Benjamin Bulletin - Fall 2015

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Transforming Cole Field House

Jennifer Albro, a Ph.D. student in the Language, Literacy, and Social Inquiry program, works to bring teachers and parents together for children’s literacy education. For her leadership of Pages & Chapters, a nonprofit she founded while teaching in Kansas City, Missouri, Albro has been named to the International Literacy Association’s “30 Under 30” list of young leaders and innovators in literacy.Link Arrow

Legacy: My Inheritance from a Family of Educators
On receiving the 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award for clinical faculty at the College’s faculty awards ceremony in May, fourth-generation educator Dr. Ebony Terrell Shockley spoke movingly about how the many educators in her family have influenced her. In this op-ed, she tells their story, which has become her link arrow

As UMD Grows, So Does College Park
Seeking to attract students and families, the University of Maryland and the City of College Park have come together to create a dynamic plan to revitalize the link arrow

New Special Education Ph.D. Program Focuses on Language and Literacy
A $1.25 million U.S. Department of Education grant supports a five-year doctoral training program to impart expertise in language and literacy intervention and assessment. Learn more about the program and how to apply.Link Arrow

"New York State Test Questions Tricky for 3rd Graders, and Maybe Some Adults" (New York Times)
Professor Peter Afflerbach, a reading assessment expert, weighs in on sources of confusion in New York’s standardized tests. 

"Schools in Baltimore Suburbs Address Growth in Minority Enrollment” (Baltimore Sun)
Data from the Maryland Equity Project (MEP) charts the growing diversity in Maryland schools in this Sun story about the challenges that demographic shifts present for school districts. MEP director Dr. Gail Sunderman contributes. 

Stop by the College of Education’s table at the Alumni Association’s Homecoming Tailgate from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 7! The Homecoming game against Wisconsin kicks off at 3:30.


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Lent Receives National Career Development Association’s Highest HonorLink Arrow

Wexler Lands Grant to Research Co-Teachers’ Professional Development for Student LiteracyLink Arrow


TYaffe (M.A. ’75) to Lead College of Southern Maryland’s St. Mary’s County Nonprofit InstituteLink Arrow

Conklin (M.A. ’04) Receives National Science Foundation’s Presidential Teaching AwardLink Arrow

Gonzalez (Ph.D. ’12) and Peabody (M.Ed. ’05) Win Maryland School Counselor Association AwardsLink Arrow

Tosado (Ph.D. ’12) Receives GEAR UP Grant for Work in Buffalo Public
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