Grant to Fund Computer Science Education, Research in Rural Schools

October 18, 2017

Emporia State’s focus on high-impact learning for students now extends to rural Kansas middle schools, thanks to a nearly half-million-dollar grant from the National Science Foundation.

The project, a joint effort between ESU and Flint Hills Technical College, involves creating curriculum and affordable equipment kits that classroom teachers can use to model a variety of practical agricultural tasks. National Science Foundation funded the three-year project with $454,356.

“The goal is to get eighth and ninth grade students in rural areas across the country excited about the powerful possibilities computer coding can add in the agricultural field.” said Joseph Kern, Olpe High School STEM teacher and former ESU instructional designer.

Numerous efforts to increase interest in computer science fields involve adding computing projects to science and math curriculum. In contrast, this project adds computing to non-computer science careers and technical courses, specifically agriculture science or agriculture mechanics classes.

Dave Budke and Chris Wilson, FHTC industrial engineering instructors, will develop the kits and the design challenges. The kits will be produced by DEPCO or Dependable Education Products Company of Pittsburg, which develops and markets curriculum in science, business, marketing, IT, careers and technology, family and consumer sciences, industrial automation and pre-engineering.

An ESU team of Kern, Dusti Howell, interim chair of Instructional Design and Technology; and Matt Seimears, chair of Elementary Education, Early Childhood and Special Education; will develop the curriculum and train classroom teachers through online and face-to-face workshops.

Professional Development Opportunities for Educators

November 2, 2017

Educators are being offered opportunities to increase their skill and knowledge through workshops and conferences provided this fall through The Teachers College at Emporia State University. Some events offered have graduate credit available.

Author and Reading Experts to Speak at Emporia State

November 1, 2017

An author of more than 45 children’s books who “found a way to make a pretty good living doing stuff that used to get him in trouble in school” will be among the featured speakers at an upcoming conference at Emporia State University.

Program for Educators Supported by Business Hits Landmark

October 27, 2017

For nearly 20 years, an area business has supported the efforts of educators pushing for one of the most prestigious accomplishments a teacher can achieve: national board certification.

Distinguished Alumni, Outstanding Graduates Honored at Homecoming Gala

October 24, 2017

Ole Miss Vice Chancellor for Athletics. Nationally known accounting expert. Activist for Americans with Disabilities Act. Kansas Superintendent of the Year. Founder of the Travel Channel. The five members of the 2017 Emporia State University Distinguished Alumni is an impressive class that Hornet Nation is proud to call our own.

Art Piculell Establishes Endowed Professorships in Each of Three Undergraduate Colleges

October 9, 2017

An historic gift to Emporia State honors a former university president, launches the new Hornet Nation Rising fundraising initiative and propels current and future students to successful futures.

Exploration of Teaching/Education Careers Offered

October 5, 2017

Kansas high school students looking toward the future have the opportunity to see whether they want to be among the future generation of teachers, coaches, counselors, education researchers, speech therapists — every profession that begins with a degree in education. And those repeating attendance at the Kansas Future Teacher Academy will find a new experience.

The Work of Honoring Educators

October 4, 2017

The Kansas Master Teacher program, which has been honoring teachers for 65 years, recently updated the criteria by which teachers are selected for the award. The program is based out of The Teachers College at Emporia State University.

ESU Earns National Accolades

September 19, 2017

Emporia State University is the only public university in Kansas to have earned national recognition as a College of Distinction, an honor for universities demonstrating innovative application of high-impact education. In addition, in the Best Colleges 2018 guidebook by U.S. News and World Report, ESU is ranked No. 2 in lowest student debt of all Midwest regional universities.

Kansas Literacy Week Proclaimed by Governor

August 21, 2017

On Friday, Aug. 18, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback declared the week of Sept. 3 through 9 Kansas Literacy Week as a result of efforts put forth by the Kansas Masonic Literacy Center and Emporia State University. Kansas Literacy Week coincides with Library Card Sign-up Month, National Read a Book Day (Sept. 6), and International Literacy Day (Sept. 8).

STEM Learning in the Summer Time

July 14, 2017

Kansas teachers are working with students in rural parts of the state this summer to increase student learning in key areas.

National Teachers Hall of Fame Induction Week Begins Tuesday

June 16, 2017

Emporia is getting ready to roll out the red carpet next week for the five new inductees into The National Teachers Hall of Fame as activities are in place for the 26th induction ceremony.

2017 Distinguished Alumni Announced

June 7, 2017

Leader of an SEC athletic program. A nationally known accounting expert. Kansas Superintendent of the Year. An advocate jailed while fighting for the Americans with Disabilities Act. Founder of the Travel Channel.

Emporia State Names Four University Service Citation Honorees

June 1, 2017

Four Emporia State alumni will be honored with the 2017 Service Citation Award during the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on Saturday, June 3.

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