School of Education and Counseling
The School of Education and Counseling (SOEC) is built on a conceptual framework of constructing knowledge, developing practice, and fostering relationships. Accomplishments over the past academic year flow directly from that framework.
Anne Gregory joined PNW on July 1, 2017 as director of the School of Education and Counseling. Gregory has more than 17 years of experience in literacy and elementary education and earned her Ph.D. from Purdue University.
Excellence in Early Childhood Education
The Charles J. Strosacker Foundation extended a partnership with PNW by awarding a $150,000 grant to the Early Childhood Education baccalaureate degree program. Associate Professor Mary Jane Eisenhauer, the grant’s principal investigator, stated: “The grant funds three major areas: the early childhood conference, student support (mini-grants, service-learning projects, Westville Little School), and faculty development (research, travel).”
The PNW Early Childhood Conference held April 22, 2017 at the Westville Campus focused on the educational STEAM disciplines of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. The conference was well attended by more than 300 educators, faculty members, students, and community representatives.
PNW early childhood education major Erin Provenzano attended the Campus Compact national convening of the Newman Civic Fellows in Boston, a gathering of university students from across the country who earned the Newman Civic Fellow distinction for their campus and community engagement.
Faculty,Staff, and Student Accomplishments
The SOEC, in collaboration with PNW’s Office of International Affairs, hosted a group of Korean teachers in fall 2016 for a six-month study program. Teachers attended classes in English language immersion, attended seminars on U.S. school policies, and served 10-week internships. As part of the Korean Teachers Grant, four students and Clinical Experiences Director Kristen McChesney will participate in a two-week study abroad program in South Korea focusing on a comparative study of Korean elementary schools.
Three SOEC faculty members became certified members of the national board of examiners for the new Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAPE, formerly NCATE) in 2016-2017. They are Associate Professor Kam Chi Chan, Professors Geoff Schultz and S. Rex Morrow. PNW is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.
Clinical Associate Professor Bonnie Colon received a Lilly Endowment in the amount of $20,000 for the Comprehensive Counseling Initiative: Enhancing School Principal and Counselor Preparation Program Planning Grant. Colon will work on developing new school-based counseling practices with Avon Public Schools in Avon, Ind.
Beverly Van Drunen, currently pursuing her master’s degree in school counseling at PNW, was selected by the National Board of Certified Counselors for the NBCC Minority Fellowship Program. The $8,000 award will fund training to support her education and facilitate her service to underserved minority populations, specifically focusing on transition-age youth (ages 16-25).