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Wolf leads workshop for teachers of German

Gregory Wolf, associate professor in German, conducted a statewide workshop, “Strategies for Successful German Programs: Advocacy, Articulation, and Outreach.”

Gregory H. Wolf, associate professor in German, conducted a statewide workshop and seminar titled “Strategies for Successful German Programs: Advocacy, Articulation, and Outreach” for the Michigan chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German, hosted by Wayne State University in Detroit on April 16.

McMahon gives talk on Common Core Standards for Mathematics

Mary McMahon, associate professor of mathematics and mathematics education coordinator, gave a presentation at the ACI Summer Institute for Educators.

July 12, 2011—Mary McMahon, associate professor of mathematics and mathematics education coordinator, gave a presentation titled “Math and the Common Core” on June 24 at the ACI Summer Institute for Educators, held at the Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora. The annual summer institute includes presentations, keynotes and skill-building workshops that focus on teaching diverse students with varying learning styles in high-need schools.

The objective of McMahon’s presentation was to give teachers a familiarity with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

MAEd alumna named principal of Romeoville school

Alyson Ewald
North Central College alumna Alyson Ewald has been named principal of R.C. Hill Elementary School in Romeoville.

North Central College alumna Alyson Ewald has been named principal of R.C. Hill Elementary School in Romeoville, the Valley View School District has announced.

Ewald earned a master’s degree in educational leadership and administration from North Central College, which is aligned with the national leadership standards and leads to eligibility for Type 75 General Administrative Certification.

Ewald has been at R.C. Hill since 2003, most recently as assistant principal and earlier as a fourth-grade teacher.

Heller and McMahon lead math workshop for girls

Katherine Heller, assistant professor of mathematics
Katherine Heller, assistant professor of mathematics, and Mary McMahon, associate professor of mathematics, led math workshop for middle school girls.

Katherine Heller, assistant professor of mathematics, and Mary McMahon, associate professor of mathematics and mathematics education coordinator, led a workshop in math activities on deciphering codes, Fibonacci numbers, golden rectangles and tessellations for middle school Junior Scholar girls during three afternoons in April and May. The workshop was funded by a Sonia Kovalevsky Grant from the Association of Women in Mathematics and National Science Foundation. The goal of the grant is to foster interest in girls to follow careers in mathematics.

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.

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