UCA President Tom Courtway upped his selfie game this past weekend at the UCA Winter Commencement.
College of Education Lighthouse Beacons held their 2014 fall semester Beacon Bite Days during the first week of December.
For two days, Lighthouse Beacons greeted students in the halls with plates of cookies and candy canes as well as copies of the finals week schedule. Brief conversations also were held to ensure that students had registered for their spring courses.
Lighthouse Beacons are volunteer College of Education (COE) and Professional Education Unit (PEU) faculty and staff dedicated to providing student support services for all undergraduate and graduate students/candidates enrolled in their COE courses to enhance their academic progress and professional development.
Initiated in 2010, Lighthouse Beacon goals include collaborating with student support services at UCA and in Arkansas communities, enhancing academic understanding, course completion, and program graduate rates of all COE and PEU students, expanding the number and professionalism of educators produce by UCA so the educator population is more inclusive of all people, and lastly, building stronger bridges with educators in all capacities across the state of Arkansas.
For more information about the Lighthouse Beacons, please contact Dr. Nancy P. Gallavan at firstname.lastname@example.org or (501) 450-5497.
The Kitale Connections Project (KCP) emerged as the flagship service-learning project for the Mashburn Center for Learning–Institute on Research for Social-Emotional and Service-Learning. KCP grew from the partnership between the Chicks for Children Foundation with support from the College of Education and the Department of Elementary, Literacy and Special Education. The Kitale Connections Project was designed with the overall purpose: to gain a deeper understanding of the various factors, especially extreme poverty, that impacts education around the world.
The exhibit provided teacher candidates an opportunity to share what they learned with other students and empower those students to find ways to make a difference in their local and global communities. The group has also submitted a proposal to the Gulf South Summit on Service-Learning & Civic Engagement through Higher Education with the hopes of being accepted for presentation this March in Little Rock.As part of the overarching goal of KCP, students and faculty have shared their experiences through various presentation and articles. Most recently, a representative group presented to the College of Education for its Tea Time Talk–a monthly activity where faculty share their work with other colleagues and others.
There was also an exhibit organized in the lobby of the College of Education.In May, 2014, a group of professors and teacher candidates, along with a medical team from Tennessee, traveled to Kitale, Kenya. For the professors and candidates the trip was guided by three objectives. One, teacher candidates, with their professors, would provide professional development and training on Making Minutes Matter to teachers at the Seeds Academy. Making Minutes Matter is an instructional technique to integrate social and emotional lessons into the daily routines. Two, teacher candidates and professors would cultivated relationships with orphans, students, teachers, community organizers and clergy in Kitale with the goal of sustaining those relationships. Three, gain a more global perspectives of education, engage in self-discovery and reflection, and embrace the idea of global citizenry and education. The trip was more than anyone expected and provided everyone with unique and life-changing experiences. In many ways, the teachers became the students and they learned invaluable lessons from the many individuals they encountered throughout Kitale.
Students from the Department of Elementary, Literacy & Special Education pursuing dual certification in P-4 Early Childhood Education and Special Education are engaged in providing literacy tutoring to children in Bigelow, AR.
The students tutor on Mondays and Wednesdays, providing one on one instruction complete with lesson plans and activities to enhance literacy.
They have provided over 80 hours of tutoring over 2 semesters and have increased literacy scores as assessed by the UCA students and the Bigelow faculty.
UCA was well represented at the 2014 Annual Arkansas Federation of the Council for Exceptional Children Conference when 33 students from the Department of Elementary, Literacy and Special Education attended the conference in Hot Springs in mid-November. The conference includes approximately 400 attendees, and has been a tradition with special education majors for 15 years.
Thirty-three students from the Department of Elementary, Literacy and Special Education presented poster presentations and facilitated sessions at the Annual CEC Conference in Hot Springs. The students attended both days of the conference and learned many new innovative strategies for teaching children with diverse learning needs. They were also included in networking activities and were able to meet leaders in the field of special education. The student raised over $1,400 to attend the conference with t-shirt sales, a soup luncheon and silent auction. They were also awarded $450 from UCA SGA.
Student Tiffanee Miller attended the conference and had this to share, “The state CEC conference was by far the most informative professional conference I have attended. I met leaders in the field of special education and learned new ideas to help me in my future classroom. I especially enjoyed the time spent with my fellow classmates and the UCA faculty. It made me proud to be a part of such a magnificent teacher training program.”