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Benefit concert to hit high note for literacy

Three musical groups comprised of Drake University students and faculty members will perform a benefit concert in support of literacy education.
September 10, 2015

Drake University ranks third in U.S. News and World Report 2016 rankings

For the seventh consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Drake University third for overall quality among Midwest master’s institutions.
September 9, 2015

Fairbairn co-authors book on ESL curriculum development

Shelley Fairbairn, associate professor of education, is co-author of a new book that guides the development of school curricula to address the needs of English Language Learners. “Engaging English Learners Through Access Standards: A Team-Based Approach to Schoolwide Student Achievement" was co-written by Stephaney Jones-Vo, ESL/diversity consultant at the Heartland Area Education Agency in Johnston. Fairbairn […]
August 28, 2015

Learning to Teach in Kuwait

Kendra Glider, ED’10, taught for four years in Kuwait. Her rich experiences with the warm, caring people of the Middle East have driven her back, as she begins teaching in Oman this fall.
June 30, 2015

Drake forges innovative degree partnership with Des Moines Public Schools

Drake University has formed an innovative partnership with Des Moines Public Schools (DMPS) that will allow some teachers to pursue a master's degree at little or no cost.
June 17, 2015

Educational Leadership Students Visit Toronto Schools

Educational Leadership Professors, Dr. Buckmiller and Dr. Grundmeyer recently led a group of 12 graduate students from three difference educational leadership cohort into Toronto, Canada Schools.  The Toronto Public School system was chosen for the trip because it is one of the most diverse in the world while high functioning in regard to levels of […]
June 16, 2015

Mathematics professor co-authors book on number choice

Tonia Land, an assistant professor of mathematics education in the School of Education, has co-authored an professional book "Transforming the Task with Number Choice.” The book defines number choice and explores its use in problem solving, ensuring mathematics is accessible and engaging for all students.
June 5, 2015

Drake University a top producer of Fulbright Scholars

Drake University was recognized in 2015 as a top producer of Fulbright Scholars and Students. Three recent alumnae join the lengthy list of Drake graduates who have received the prestigious honor.
June 3, 2015

Wellness in School Settings

Dr. Randy Peters, Assistant Professor in the Educational Leadership Department, recently published an article entitled, "Case Studies of Schools Exemplifying Wellness & Lifetime Fitness Models" published in the International Journal of Sport and Society.   Despite widespread knowledge of the benefits of wellness practices among young people, sedentary lifestyles and worsening nutrition are contributing to early […]
May 26, 2015

Standards-Based Grading in Special Education

Last summer the Drake Educational Leadership Program hosted the first annual Standards-Based Grading Learning Symposium featuring Dr. Thomas Guskey. For those who were able to attend, we felt it was timely and important in supporting efforts of transition to a standards-based grading approach. As Educational Leadership faculty at Drake University, we are taking the lead […]
May 22, 2015

Faculty and Staff Recognition

On May 7, faculty and staff of Drake University were honored for their commitment to creating an exceptional learning environment that prepares students for meaningful personal and professional lives and responsible global citizenship. The following individuals represented the School of Education: Eunice Merideth, Teaching & Learning, retiring after 26 years of service Tom Buckmiller, Counseling […]
May 19, 2015

Drake Supports SEP College Week

As part of Southeast Polk College Week, Mitchellville Elementary fourth and fifth graders visited Drake University campus on April 29. Trent Grundmeyer, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, and Joe Nelson, Principal of Mitchellville Elementary, put together a field trip creating a college experience for about 50 students. With the assistance of Drake faculty, staff and students, this was […]
May 18, 2015

Counseling Professor Earns Community Service Award

Matt Bruinekool, Assistant Professor of Counseling Education, was presented with the Madelyn Levitt Distinguished Community Service Award on May 7 at the Faculty and Staff Recognition Reception.  Dr. Bruinekool is the first faculty member of the School of Education to receive this award. Recipients of this award are chosen on the following criteria: demonstrated personal commitment […]
May 15, 2015

Adult Literacy Center Volunteer Training May 29-30

The Adult Literacy Center at Drake University is seeking volunteer tutors to help adults achieve basic literacy (reading, writing and/or speaking) skills. Training sessions will be held May 29-30.
May 13, 2015

Homesteaders partners with Drake students to reduce environmental footprint

Homesteaders Life Company, in consultation with students at Drake University, announced today that Homesteaders will begin phasing out plastic water bottle use at their West Des Moines office in favor of a more environmentally-sound, cost-effective alternative.
May 7, 2015