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Campus Community Fund Awarded to Literacy Center

The UofM Literacy Center for Research and Practice, headed by Dr. Laurie MacGillivray, was awarded funding by the UofM Campus Community Fund. Their project "Literature Circles: Shared Stories in a Virtual World with UofM College of Education Students and Seventh Graders" is a shared literary experience for UofM students in the Honors College and local seventh grade students in Mr. Bryan Walker's English class at White Station Middle, SCS. Mr. Walker is a current COE student pursuing his doctorate in ICL with an emphasis in Literacy.

Small groups will discuss short stories using Flipgrid, a website for educators that facilitates teacher-monitored video discussions between participants. This platform is particularly relevant for the participants because they are short videos shared socially, much like Snapchat and TikTok. The Center intends this project to use students' interest in social media to scaffold literacy engagement. The UofM Campus Community Fund funds programs and events that positively impact the University of Memphis campus community, which includes students, faculty and staff. Congratulations to Dr. MacGillivray and her team for promoting literacy and receiving this award!

Dean Hill-Clarke Receives WKNO SPARK Award

Congratulations to Dean Hill-Clarke for receiving The SPARK Awards 2020 Education Leadership Award! The WKNO SPARK Awards honor leaders who are fueling change and giving back to the Mid-South. We are so proud of you and thankful for your leadership, Dean Hill-Clarke. Dean Hill-Clarke's leadership has allowed the COE to progress on a "Do Better Journey" focusing on a commitment to equity, diversity, social justice leading to a positive impact on Memphis, the Mid-South and the world. View Dean Hill-Clarke's award video on YouTube>.

Office of Teacher Education and Clinical Practice Receives Technology Grant

Dr. Nichelle Robinson and the Office of Teacher Education and Clinical Practice recently received one of AACTE's EdThena $25k grant to support our teacher candidates. The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Video Observation Technology Implementation Grant, offered in partnership with Edthena, helps educator preparation programs enhance training for future teachers in methods courses, field observations, skill building and group learning via advanced technology. It will provide real-time feedback in a virtual setting. Dr. Robinson said that this program is important in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and virtual or socially distanced teaching and observation.

The program allows supervisors to supervise our candidates in this virtual setting through videos, provides an online portal for candidates to demonstrate their teaching, allows feedback to be uploaded at the exact point in teaching demonstrations and encourages candidates to self-assess by reviewing video and comments. Dr. Robinson said she's excited about, "Any technology we can use to enhance our candidates experience." To learn more about the grant, visit AACTE's site> or learn more about Dr. Robinson and the Office of Teacher Education and Clinical Practice on their site>.


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UofM Magazine features the COE

The COE's Teacher Preparation Program and River City Partnership were featured in the Spring issue of University of Memphis magazine. Read about how we're changing the narrative here>.