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Des Moines native, Crystal Torres, wins “Best New Female Tejano Artist” at the 34th 2014 Tejano Music Awards

Spanish Translation Below It was October 2009, and Crystal told herself, “it’s now or never!” Crystal made her decision to chase her dream of becoming a Tejano singer. She picked up and moved to San Antonio, Texas, the heart of Tejano music. After a few years of singing locally and dropping a CD in January […]
October 30, 2014

Drake board approves new academic programs, launch of $65 million STEM initiative

The Drake University Board of Trustees recently approved new degree programs in mathematics, science, education, technology, and health sciences while taking initial steps to further enhance the University’s programming through $65 million in new construction and renovation.
October 29, 2014

Mr. John Ligouri Brings "M&M" to Drake SOE Students

Mr. John Ligouri, retired teacher, administrator and Drake graduate, visited Dr. Shelley Fairbairn’s Learning and Assessment students in September 2014. He brought invaluable knowledge from his 30 plus years of experience to Drake SOE students. Mr. Ligouri spoke about the importance of classroom management and motivation (M&M) and the general “rules” of the game of […]
October 28, 2014

From ONLINE to REAL TIME: Student from Mexico attends ITAG Conference

Cristina Garza de Castellanos is a Drake University graduate student from Monterrey, Mexico.  She is taking online courses in the Talented and Gifted (TAG) program through the School of Education.  As a teacher and a parent of four bright young sons, she wanted to learn more. She states, “I started searching for a more formal study […]
October 23, 2014

Specialists Students Participate in Mock School Board Meeting

Trent Grundmeyer, assistant professor of educational leadership, gave his Specialist in Education (EdS) students an opportunity to showcase what they'd learned in class.  Dr. Grundmeyer organized a mock school board meeting for students in the Education Leadership class, Policy, Influence and Legal Issues.  Board members probed students with relevant questions while students served as the superintendent. […]
October 23, 2014

Drake University awarded nearly $1 million for rehabilitation counseling

In an announcement made by Senator Tom Harkin, the U.S. Department of Education Rehabilitation Long-Term Training program awarded Drake University a major grant to increase the number of individuals trained in providing all areas of rehabilitation services to people with disabilities.
September 23, 2014

Drake hosts literacy conference for more than 200 Iowa teachers

On Sept. 19, more than 200 Iowa teachers, consultants, and administrators gathered at Drake University's Parents Hall for a literacy conference led by Nell K. Duke, professor of literacy, language, and culture at the University of Michigan. Duke is known for her recent work with implementing the National Core, a literacy curriculum for K-3rd grade teachers. […]
September 22, 2014

SOE Counseling Program has reason to celebrate

Congratulations to the faculty of the School of Education Counseling program.  Senator Tom Harkin has announced that Drake University will receive a U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services grant for Rehabilitation Counseling and Long Term Training.  This grant is funded at approximately $200,000 per year for an anticipated five years, […]
September 19, 2014

Study Abroad Students Share Their Experiences

School of Education study abroad students have an outlet to share their international experiences.  A blog entitled Echoes shows reflections of students while overseas.  Follow this link to read about the international adventures of our students.  It's a great resources for students considering a study abroad experience!
September 11, 2014

Extension Education Volunteers at Meals for the Heartland

Staff members in the School of Education Extension Education department volunteered during the Meals from the Heartland 2014 Annual Hunger Fight.  This annual event packages meals to alleviate hunger of malnourished or food insecure people.  Nearly 15,000 volunteers helped package 4.3 million meals.  Kendra Colbert, Extension Education staff member stated, "I really enjoyed knowing how […]
September 11, 2014

Drake University co-sponsors event on substance abuse and mental health

In collaboration with UnityPoint Health, Drake University is hosting a panel discussion, “Young People, Substance Abuse and Mental Health: Recognizing the effects of marijuana and other drugs on tomorrow’s leaders.”
August 29, 2014

Head Start more than just education

Featured in Quick Bites newsletter: Drake University Head Start has served children and families in the state of Iowa since 1975. The Head Start program is designed to promote the school readiness of children, ages birth to five years old, from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive and social/emotional competence. Head Start provides comprehensive services to […]
August 20, 2014

School of Education Faculty Participate in Learning Symposium

Drake University hosted a Learning Symposium on August 15.  Faculty and staff were invited to participate in various breakout sessions focused on the topic of "Partnering for the Future." Nine faculty members from the School of Education presented at the event on the following topics: Building Our Community One Block at a Time Judy Russell, […]
August 19, 2014

New STEM Endorsement

Drake University is pleased to announce that Drake now offers a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) endorsement at the elementary and secondary level, as well as a professional strand.  These endorsements build upon our existing high quality math and science education courses. The course offering will provide students with additional tools to meet the expectations of […]
August 19, 2014

Literacy Education Professor Publishes Article

Visiting Assistant Professor of Literacy Education, Elizabeth Beschorner, recently published an article entitled, "Using the iPad as a tool to support literacy instruction," in the publication Technology, Pedagogy and Education. The purpose of this case study was to examine how iPads could be integrated into literacy instruction in a fourth-grade classroom in ways consistent with […]
July 22, 2014