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Education class uses Skype to connect with noted speaker

Students in the Teaching Children with Special Needs in the General Education Classroom hear lecture, ask questions of guest speaker Brian King via Skype.

Some 24 students enrolled in North Central College’s EDN 330 course Teaching Children with Special Needs in the General Education Classroom, taught by Adjunct Instructor of Education Julie Carballo, heard from and exchanged questions with guest lecturer Brian King via the Internet using Skype on May 20.

Carballo says she met King in March when he gave a presentation on sensory processing disorders and was eager to have him speak to her students. King discussed “Five Things Every Teacher Should Know About Effectively Supporting Children on the Spectrum.”  

Guest speakers tell graduate students in education about technology use in classrooms

Students in North Central College’s master of arts in education program heard two guest speakers talk about technology use in classrooms.

Students working toward graduate degrees in North Central College’s master of arts in education (MAEd) program recently heard two guest speakers talk about how technology is being used in today’s elementary, middle and high school classrooms.

Susan Mack, visiting instructor of education, hosted the lecture by guest speakers Tony Schlorff, a math teacher in Naperville Community Unit School District 203, and Rodney Mack, executive director of technology for Wheaton Community Unit School District 200.

Alumna, trustee Maria Wynne named to Chicago Innovation Awards board

Maria Wynne
North Central College alumna and trustee Maria Wynne has been named a founding member of the Chicago Innovation Awards Board of Advisors.

May 5, 2011—North Central College alumna and trustee Maria Wynne has been named a founding member of the Chicago Innovation Awards Board of Advisors.

The Chicago Innovation Awards, which started in 2002 to honor new products and services across the local public, private and non-profit sectors, invited Wynne to join its newly created 40-member advisory board. The board is comprised of business and civic leaders who understand the importance of innovation and what it means to the success of the Chicago region and the growth of its economy.

English major accepts position with Teach for America program

Grant Swanson, shown at Oxford University, will join Teach for America.
Grant Swanson, a North Central College senior majoring in English, has accepted a position with Teach for America.

April 11, 2011—Grant Swanson, a North Central College senior majoring in English, has accepted a position with Teach for America.

Education alumni share advice with current students

Shane Gillespie, Class of 2004, English teacher
Four alumni of North Central College's undergraduate and graduate education programs share their expertise and advice with students.

March 7, 2011—Students majoring in education at North Central College get to learn from excellent faculty members on a daily basis and from highly respected teachers in the field. Recently, four alumni of North Central’s undergraduate and graduate education programs returned to campus to share their expertise and advice with students in the 242 Classroom Management Techniques in Secondary Education class taught by Kristine Servais, associate professor of education.

Three faculty and student publish book reviews

Faculty Sheryl Finkle, Jerry Gems, Zachary Jack and graduate student Stephanie Salerno have book reviews published in “Journal of Sport History.”

Three North Central faculty and one graduate student had book reviews published in the fall 2010 issue of the “Journal of Sport History,” 37:3. Sheryl Finkle, professor of education, reviewed “The Ohio State University at the Olympics: A Biographical Dictionary of Athletes, Alternates, Administrators, Coaches and Trainers” by Rusty Wilson; Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education, reviewed “The Empire Strikes Out: How Baseball Sold U.S.

Ressler gives talks at national conferences

Mary Beth Ressler
Mary Beth Ressler, assistant professor of education, gave three presentations based on her research to national education and reading conferences.

Mary Beth Ressler, assistant professor of education, gave a presentation at the National Council of Teachers of English Assembly for Research (NCTEAR) Feb. 19 in Madison, Wis. Her presentation was based on her research on adolescents’ identity performances during literacy practices and surrounds the importance of attending to complex identity work and its inherent relation to literacy work. She also presented at the National Reading Convention in December 2010 on similar research and at the National Council of Teachers of English in November on using dramatic inquiry in K-12 classrooms.

Murawska leads workshop

Jackie Murawska, adjunct instructor of mathematics, led a workshop at the Metropolitan Mathematics Club of Chicago Conference.

Feb. 18, 2011—Jackie Murawska, adjunct instructor of mathematics, led a workshop titled “Investigations Using Inductive Reasoning: Adding Excitement to the Standard Curriculum” for middle school teachers at the Metropolitan Mathematics Club of Chicago (MMC) Conference of Workshops on Feb. 5 in Lincolnshire, Ill. This is Murawska’s third year as half-time faculty in the mathematics department.

Test subjects enjoying the experiment

Gregory Wolf, associate professor of German and German film students
Professors and students are test subjects in a Learning Studio Research classroom incorporating the latest in teaching spaces and furniture design.

Nine professors and their students are test subjects in a Learning Studio Research classroom that incorporates the latest thinking in teaching spaces and furniture design. The project is a collaboration with Herman Miller and Widmer Interiors and allows the College to collect needed information.

Record number of students to present at national research conference

A record 38 students from various academic areas will represent North Central at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research this spring.

 

Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of public relations, 630-637-5306

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (Jan. 31, 2011)—For the second year, a record number of North Central College students have been chosen to participate in the nation’s leading conference on undergraduate research.

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