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EdEx Partnerships Launched

To expand our reach helping teachers develop computational literacies — from coding to physical computing and data crunching — we have begun partnering with organizations that provide high quality K-12 curriculum in Computer Science (CS) fields.

Zulama Game Design Course Professional Certificate

Teachers can learn curriculum designed in a partnership between the Computer Science Teachers’ Association (CSTA) and Zulama by EMC School, and earn a graduate credit through St.Kate’s. The course is aligned with student curriculum, and could be taken as part of a more in-depth dive into CS education with additional courses offered online at St.Kate’s.

Together, we can better help students get the knowledge and skills they need to be citizens and creators in this new economy.

Many thanks to the team at Zulama and CSTA for creating this partnership for the greater good!

Contact Dr. Anderson to learn more about how you or your organization can join in this expanding network of organizations committed to building the common good and sharing the power of computational literacies with all.

Zulama CSTA SCU Partnership


STEM + C Book Recommendations


The weather is warming up and that means summer reading list time is coming! Why not add these excellent book recommendations for students in STEM and children and girls in STEM + C  to your reading list? Courtesy of ReigningIt!  There are also a few resources for teachers listed. Please share!



Dr. Kelly Publishes Article


Congratulations to Dr. Kate Kelly who’s recent article, “Data is Extremely Useful!” Preservice Teachers Growth in Literacy Assessment and Instructionhas been published in the ​Journal of Scholastic Inquiry: Special Edition Fall 2017, Volume 8, Issue 1 (link opens article).

Using a case study framework, Dr. Kelly studied the confidence and proficiency of preservice teachers (PTs) in the area of literacy assessment and instruction. The mixed methods study was conducted in a U.S. university literacy methods course, taught both on campus and at a partner K-6 elementary school. Through the Case Study Report, the culminating signature assignment of the course, PTs develop and use assessment tools to measure student learning, organize literacy instruction with attention to the diverse strengths, needs, and interests of students, and work collaboratively and productively in an elementary school setting. Analysis of survey and assessment results indicate that preservice teachers feel more prepared for the realities of assessment and instruction in their future teaching, they better understand literacy development in the context of classroom instruction, and they are more confident in their teaching of literacy as a result of the field-based case study assignment, though they need additional support developing expertise in assessment knowledge.

Thank you Dr. Kelly for your scholarship!

Wearable Technology & 3D Printing Fashion Designer on Campus in February!

St. Kates LogoThe St. Kate’s Apparel, Merchandising and Design Department is pleased to announce a 2-day Guest Speaker event sponsored by the School of Business and Professional Studies. This event is focused on technology to advance digital literacy, future scholarship, and explore a successful business model for technology infused fashion and foster industry partnerships. Sylvia Heisel, a fashion designer, will be on campus from Wednesday, February 21 – Friday, February 23.

 Sylvia Heisel, is a fashion designer and creative director working with new materials, manufacturing and physical computing for fashion and wearables. Based in New York, Sylvia is an expert on 3D printing, functional fashion, design for smart wearables, and new materials manufacturing applications for fashion.  She is currently developing a work-flow and manufacturing system for 3D printed apparel and she was named one of the “12 Amazing People You Need To Know in New York Fashion Tech”.  If you would like additional information on Sylvia Heisel, check out this website (link opens to website).

 We would like to invite you to a series of presentations:

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

PUBLIC LECTURE – 4:00-5:00pm — Recital Hall

This lecture will be on wearable garment technology, 3D printing, and sustainability

QUESTION/ANSWER – 5:00-5:30pm

Friday, February 23, 2018

Classroom Presentation: Technology Trends in Fashion- 11:45am-12:45pm- Fontbonne 108

NOTE: PLEASE RSVP for the Classroom Presentation to Barb Gritzmacher at  no later than February 12, 2018 to be sure there’ll enough space for all who want to attend. 


Academic Professional Development Committee (APDC) Grants-Congrats Dr. Kaback!

Image of Suzanne Kaback

During the fall 2017 Academic Professional Development Committee (APDC) grant round, St. Catherine University faculty submitted 13 proposals requesting a combined total of over $67,000 for research, scholarly activities and curriculum development projects. With just $29,917 available to allocate, the APDC grant reviewers awarded funding for six of the 13 proposals, which will be completed during the current academic year.

Congratulations to Dr. Suzy Kaback who was one of six proposals to receive funding from the APDC committee! Her pilot study, edTPA On-Boarding: The influence of professional development on cooperating teachers’ knowledge about a state-mandated performance assessment, will explore the effect of professional development on cooperating teachers’ knowledge about a state-mandated performance assessment (edTPA), and their perception of the edTPA as an educative tool for new teacher growth and reflection.

Additional congrats to St. Catherine University Faculty from various departments who also received funding from APDC in Fall 2017. They are:

  • Holistic Studies Narrative Study
    Principal Investigator: Laurie Anderson Sathe, Holistic Health Studies

The purpose of this research is to gather the stories and narratives of St. Catherine University’s Holistic Health Studies graduates’ field work. Ultimately, this will contribute a broader narrative of what holistic health looks like in practice, as well as provide insights into the field’s next phase of evolution.

  • Undergraduate M-STEM student perceptions of careers in aging
    Principal Investigator: Alvina Brueggemann, Public Health

The aim of this qualitative study is to examine underrepresented undergraduate M-STEM students’ attitudes toward aging research careers. The study will focus on perceptions of older adults, aging careers, and STEM persistence, to inform an NIA grant application and the expansion of gerontology studies at St. Kate’s more broadly.

  • Nighttime postural care: Caregiver training and outcome measure feasibility
    Principal Investigator: Jennifer Hutson, Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy

This feasibility study examines a caregiver training protocol and the psychometrics of an outcome measure used to address issues of health for children with cerebral palsy. Results will inform the design of a nighttime postural care intervention study.

  • Comparative transcriptomics to investigate carbon and nitrogen exchange in the lichen symbiosis
    Principal Investigator: Tami McDonald, Biology

The objective of this project is to sequence the transcriptomes of two closely related lichens to identify the transport proteins that carry carbon and nitrogen between the fungal, algal and cyanobacterial partners in the lichen symbiosis.

  • Moving LIS 7030 from a face-to-face format to online
    Project Developer: Sheri Ross, Master of Library and Information Science

The goal of this curriculum development project is to develop online curriculum for LIS 7030: Knowledge Organization. This project represents the department’s first effort to build a course to be delivered completely online.




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