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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. 


Fellowship and Research Grant Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students

Attention Grad Students! Are you looking for funding or opportunities to complete research?

Here are some helpful resources put together by our awesome team from the SPREE (Sponsored Programs, Research and External Engagement) department. Please take a look!

Funding Graduate School For Womenlink
Links to a variety of scholarship, fellowship, and research supports with varying deadlines.

Social Science Research Council
The SSRC’s varied fellowships and prizes share a core commitment to improving conditions for social science knowledge production worldwide. Programs engage themes ranging from global issues facing the United States and Japan to security in Africa and Latin America.
The deadlines for these awards vary.

Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation: Offers various fellowships in education, religion and ethics, teaching, and access and opportunity. The deadlines for these awards vary. 
Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program: SI Fellowships are awarded annually to scholars wishing to conduct independent study or research at one or more of the Smithsonian’s 19 units and research centers. Graduate Student Fellowships are typically 10 weeks in length. Students must be formally enrolled in a graduate program of study at a degree granting institution.
The deadline for this award is early December.

*Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowship: The Rangel Graduate Fellowship aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service in which they can help formulate, represent and implement U.S. foreign policy. Recipients are supported through two years of graduate study, internships and professional development activities, and entry into the Foreign Service.
The deadline for this award is September 21.

Christianson Grant: The Christianson Grant is awarded to individuals who have arranged their own service programs abroad. Proposed programs must be at least six months in length and emphasize a work component. The grant program does not support independent research projects or academic study abroad programs. Award amounts range from $2,500 to $10,000.
The deadlines for this award are March 15July 15, and October 15.

Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security Graduate Research Grant: This grant program supports exceptional graduate students who are interested in developing a component of their graduate research in a developing country setting and in collaboration with a mentor from an International Agricultural Research Center (IARC), or a qualifying National Agricultural Research System (NARS) unit.
This program is not accepting applications at this time.

*Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Study/Research Grants and English Teaching Assistantships are available in over 140 countries. The study/research grant category includes projects in both academic and arts fields. Applicants for these grants design their own projects and will typically work with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education. English Teaching Assistants help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for U.S. culture.
The campus deadline for this award is September.
The national deadline for this award is October.

Echoing Green Fellowship: The Echoing Green Fellowship offers seed-stage funding and support to emerging leaders working to bring about positive social change. Fellows receive up to $90,000, participate in leadership development gatherings, and have access to the network of Echoing Green Fellows and partners. Echoing Green manages three distinct programs: the Global Fellowship, the Black Male Achievement (BMA) Fellowship, and the Climate Fellowship.
The deadline for these awards is October.

American Educational Research Association: Provides support from the NSF, NCES, and IES to provide funding for graduate students at various levels who have an interest in educational policy-related research. Deadlines for these awards vary.

NURSE Corps Scholarship Program: The purpose of the NURSE Corps Scholarship Program is to provide scholarships to nursing students in exchange for a minimum 2-year full-time service commitment (or part-time equivalent), at an eligible health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses. Scholarships are awarded competitively and consist of payment for tuition, required school fees, and a monthly support stipend. The deadline for this award is May.

*NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP): The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions.
The deadlines for these awards are in the last full week of October.

National Institute of Health Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program: The NIH Program is a doctoral training program for students committed to biomedical research careers. The program is based on the British system, in which students perform doctoral research without required formal courses other than those students choose to take related to their own interests.
The deadline for this award is December 1.

American Association of University Women: One of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW is providing more than $3.7 million in funding for fellowships and grants to 250 outstanding women and nonprofit organizations in the 2017–18 academic year. Six distinct awards are available.
Deadlines for these awards are November through January.

Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust: The Fellowship Trust aims to recognize and assist students whose scholastic achievements reflect its founder’s high standards. Approximately 8 fellowships, $22,000 for graduate students and $14,000 for undergraduate students, are awarded for the regular academic year. Fellowships are open to students in any discipline, including international students, who are currently enrolled in a university or college located within the United States.
The deadline for this award is January 31.

*Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans: The Soros Fellowship provides thirty awards annually to New Americans who are younger than 31 and college seniors, holders of bachelor’s degrees, or not beyond the second year of graduate study. Each award is for up to $25,000 in maintenance grants and up to $20,000 in tuition and fees or 50% of required tuition and fees/year.
The deadline for this award is November 1.

*Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship: The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi currently awards fifty-one Fellowships of $5,000 each and six at $15,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Applicants must be a member of their university’s PKP chapter.
The deadline for this award is April.

Computer Science Education Week Dec 4-10: Win a Wonder Pack from Wonder Workshop!

Wonder Workshop

Photo Credit: Edmodo, Inc.

Win a Wonder Pack from Wonder Workshop!

Share what you are doing with your class for Hour of Code, and be entered to win one of three Wonder Pack prizes! Choose from either a Wonder Pack (includes a Dash robot, a Dot robot, and all the robot accessories) or a new Cue robot (great for ages 11+). Bring coding to life with robotics! To enter and learn more about the Wonder Pack prizes, click here. (link opens to Edmodo blog).


Computer Science Education Week Dec 4-10: Learn How to Host Your Own Hour of Code

Hour of Code

Photo Credit: Edmodo, Inc

It’s easy to host your Hour of Code on Edmodo!

Read about how other teachers have used Edmodo for their Hour of Code right here (link opens to Edmodo blog). You can also check out curated lessons on computational thinking that apply to Language Arts, Social Science, and STEM.

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