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Counseling Professor Elected to Board Position

Dr. Bengu E. Tekinalp, Associate Professor of Counselor Education in the School of Education, has been elected Vice President for Counselor Education for the Iowa School Counselor Association (ISCA).  Professor E. Tekinalp states that she is, “honored and excited to be serving in this capacity.”  The Drake University School of Education is very proud of […]
February 4, 2015

Drake Students Travel to Belize over J-Term

One of the more popular service learning trips is the Belize trip, chaperoned by Dr. Sally Beisser, Dr. Shelley Fairbairn and Lynda Brown of the School of Education.  Students are able to choose from three different experiences in Belize; Marco Gonzalez Maya archeological site, Holy Cross Anglican School and the Belize Strombus gigas Alliance (SGA). […]
February 2, 2015

$1.1 million federal grant to Drake University Head Start will boost quality of early childhood education in Des Moines

Drake University has been selected for a $1.1 million federal grant that will allow eight of Des Moines’ urban childcare centers to increase the quality of year-round, full-day service for infants, toddlers, and two-year-olds.
December 10, 2014

School of Education Instructor Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

A press release from the Iowa School Counselors Association (ISCA) regarding Sue Schirmer, Adjunct Instructor in the Counseling Department. Sue Schirmer, Consultant at Heartland AEA, was awarded the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award in School Counseling by the Iowa School Counselor Association (ISCA) at the annual ISCA conference held in Des Moines, Iowa on November 3-4, 2014. […]
December 5, 2014

Adult Literacy Center seeks volunteers

Show your gratitude that you can read. Give the gift of literacy to an adult who cannot. Volunteers tutor one adult for 1 ½ or 2 hours a week at the Adult Literacy Center at Drake University.
November 26, 2014

Speaker on Behavior Interventions Coming to Drake

The Special Education Department in the School of Education presents guest speaker, Dr. Kathleen Lane. Dr. Lane will present "Proactive and Positive Classroom Interventions." This presentation will identify early interventions and systematic screenings to detect students with behavioral challenges. Kathleen Lynne Lane is a Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of […]
November 25, 2014

2014-2015 SC STEM Advisory Board Announced

The Drake University School of Education is home to the South Central STEM Hub.  We are please to announce the 2014-2015 South Central Hub Advisory Board Members. They are dedicated to making quality STEM education available to all Iowa students. Service includes both big-picture planning and hands-on assistance.  Karen Pattison is the newly-elected Board President […]
November 19, 2014

Middleton Lecture Series will focus on Students and Prescription Medications

Educators are on the front line of children's mental health.  Whether services are provided at school, or the school refers the family to another agency for help, making sure a child's mental health needs are met can be critical to educating the child.  Panelist will pay particular attention to important issues such as confidentiality, prescription […]
October 30, 2014

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