Faculty/Staff Highlights and News

Recent News and Achievements

Dr. Corrie Block and the undergraduate students in the Educational Measurement course assisted in assessing students into the Advanced Program at a local public elementary school, and she and Ms. Diane Courington, a doctoral student, conducted a trauma-informed professional development session at The Brown School. Dr. Block made a presentation titled “Behavior & Advanced Placement” at the National Evaluation Institute’s annual conference, The Consortium for Research on Educational Assessment and Teacher Effectiveness, in Williamsburg, Va. She was also voted in as secretary for the Consortium’s board. Dr. Block has been asked to become a trainer in trauma-informed care for educators and school personnel by the Center on Trauma and Children in Lexington, Ky.

Dr. Kristin Cook conducted professional development on STEAM Education for middle schools in Jefferson County Public Schools alongside the Next Generation Leadership Academy. Dr. Cook and colleagues published “K-12 STEM and STEAM education in the United States: Vision and best practices” in the Teachers College Record.

Dr. Jessica Ivy co-authored a chapter, “Adding a New Dimension to Teaching Mathematics Educators,” in a handbook that was just released: Handbook of Research on TPACK in the Digital Age, M. Niess, H. Gillow-Wiles & C. Angeli (Eds.), Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Dr. Amy Lein co-presented “Teaching Equal Groups Problems to Elementary Students with Learning Disabilities” at the Council for Learning Disabilities’ 40th International Conference on Learning Disabilities in Portland, Ore.

Dr. Donald "DJ" Mitchell, Jr., professor of higher education leadership, co-authored a journal article, “A Qualitative Analysis of Undocumented Latino College Students’ Movement Toward Developing Purpose,” in The Review of Higher Education.

Also, Lauren Niederstadt and her husband Eric became first-time parents, of a boy.


Dinkins and Cooter talkingFormer School of Education dean Dr. Robert B. Cooter, Jr. and interim dean Dr. Elizabeth Dinkins celebrated Dr. Cooter’s retirement at a May 11 celebration. During his more than 30 years in higher education—plus nearly a decade in the public school system as a teacher and assistant/associate superintendent—Dr. Cooter led literacy initiatives that have touched many thousands of lives, most recently the JCPS Bellarmine Literacy Project.