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Esther GrayEsther Gray, associate professor, Literacy Studies, Department of Special Education and Literacy Studies, presented two poster sessions at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria, on Friday, July 8, 2011, at the International Orff Schulwerk Symposium celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Orff Schulwerk Teacher Training Institute in Salzburg, Austria. The posters reported her research in a classroom with U.S. children and her research on the history of the Orff Schulwerk approach to music education. They are titled , "U.S. Third Grade Children's Projects: Student Research about Music and a Student Songwriters' Workshop" and "The Development of Orff's Schulwerk Viewed in Orff's Relationships with Colleagues of Günther School Days, 1924-1944."
Posted September 28

Western Michigan University and the College of Education and Human Development were well represented at the International SELF Research Conference this summer. This gathering of researchers in education and social psychology was held in Quebec City, Canada. Heather Highhouse (CECP) and Dr. Allison Kelaher-Young (TLES) presented findings from a study of self-determination, pre-service teacher beliefs, and the decision to enter the teaching profession. Bethany Warnaar and Joshua Bench (CECP), working with Dr. Jeffrey Jones (TLES), reported on psychosocial outcomes that result from participation in community service and social action.
Posted September 23
Self ConferenceSelf Conference

Gary Miron
On September 13, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France, released a new set of international indicators on national education systems. Professor Gary Miron from the Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology was responsible for developing and reporting on the international indicators related to school accountability. The framework and instruments he developed over the last year made it possible to collect and report data from 35 countries related to Performance Accountability, Regulatory Accountability, and Market Accountability. Now it is possible to examine and compare the relative importance of the 3 types of accountability within and across countries and regions. These indicators are also important as researchers seek to explain differences in country performance on standardized tests, access to tertiary education, and overall economic productivity.
Posted September 23

Jianping ShenCo-Principal Investigators Jianping Shen and Van Cooley and team member's Louann Bierlein Palmer, Walter Burt, Bob Leneway, Dennis Mc Crumb, Sue Poppink, Pat Reeves, Gary Wegenke, Gail Walker, and Jill Grosscup are collaborating with 25 principals and 25 aspiring principals in 12 Michigan school districts. The project is funded by a $3,527,438 grant from the United States Department of Education. The team is comprised of faculty from the Department of Educational Leadership, Research, and Technology (ELRT) and the College of Education and Human Development (CoEHD).

Van CooleyTwo three-day work sessions were held at the Crystal Mountain Conference Center in June and August. Work sessions were based on 7 Dimensions of Leadership that have been found to positively impact student achievement. These include: (1) Data Informed Decision Making; (2) Passion and Commitment for School Renewal; (3) Orderly School Operation; (4) High, Cohesive, and Culturally Relevant Expectations for Students; (5) Cohesive Curriculum Programming; (6) Distributive and Empowering Leadership; and (7) Real-time and Embedded Instruction. The team provides professional development and coaching in school districts to support principals, aspiring principals, and school improvement team members in developing renewal projects based on the 7 Dimensions of Leadership that will impact student achievement. The team feels that renewal projects are a systematic approach to school improvement. Each principal will develop a renewal project for each dimension that addresses needs in their respective building. The grant provides stipends to principals and aspiring principals for graduate tuition, supplies, equipment, professional development and activities related to grant activities.

The ELRT team is in the process of completing a book based on the work that has been completed. The book will be published in 2012. The project is an example of faculty and staff developing a learning community with principals, aspiring principals, and teachers in high-needs Michigan school districts. This collaborative work will positively impact the College of Education and Human Development and the Department of Educational Leadership, Research, and Technology. Drs. Shen and Cooley conclude that the inclusion of faculty and staff on the project will help to establish a cohesive leadership team which will have an impact on curriculum and instruction.
Posted September 23

Adam Manley

WMU CTE Launches The CTE Advocate Website
Dr. Manley has developed a news website for Michigan Career and Technical Education (CTE) called The CTE Advocate. The Advocate offers viewers CTE-related news, information, and free stuff! The website is broken into six sections:

Dr. Manley plans to continue building the website. The next section Dr. Manley plans on adding to the website will be a professional development page. This page will have online professional development sessions that will be intended to help new CTE teachers learn more about the art of teaching. To visit the website, go to

Melissa and Amanda giving a presentationSpecial (Adapted) Physical Education graduate students, Melissa Bogard and Amanda Chiotti gave two presentations at The Annual Conference of National Consortium for Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities in Reston, Virginia on July 16, 2011. Bogard gave a poster presentation entitled as The Effective Practice of a Data-Based Program on Training Young Adults with Disabilities Sport Activities over Two Years. Chiotti gave an oral presentation entitled as The Effective Practice of an Integrated Recreational Program on Training Young Adults with Disabilities Workout Activities over Two Years, which was selected as one presentation of the Emerging Scholar Symposium held in this conference with the conference registration fee being waived. The completion of both presentations was supported by a federal grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education (H128J090007). The abstracts of both presentations are published in The Proceedings of the 2011 Annual Conference of National Consortium for Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities on pages 15 and 20.

Ghada SolimanDr. Ghada Soliman published the following article featured in Cell Cycle: Soliman GA. The integral role of mTOR in lipid metabolism. Cell Cycle. 2011 Mar 15;10 (6):861-2. She was also  awarded Level II Certification in Adult Weight Management from the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), after completing the training in May 5 - 7, 2011 in California, successfully passing the examination, and fulfilling weight management level 2 certification requirements.

Jessaca Spybrook

Dr. Jessaca Spybrook was recently awarded a 3 year, $270,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for the project "Advancing Methodological Knowledge in STEM Education Research: An Empirical Investigation of Design Parameters for Planning Cluster Randomized Trials in Science Education."