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The Teachers College at Emporia State University named Dr. Damara Goff Paris the 2023-24 John E. King Endowed Professor. Dr. Paris was recently promoted to full professor in Counselor Education within The School of Applied Health Sciences. She began working for Emporia State University in 2014. “I was very surprised to have been chosen for this prestigious award,” Paris said. “I am very honored to have been chosen.”
Fifty high school students from around the state of Kansas attended the first Advanced Kansas Future Teacher Academy (KFTA) on the campus of Emporia State University from July 25-28, 2023.
Ninety-three Kansas high school students spent the week of June 5 at Emporia State University exploring the education profession during the annual Kansas Future Teacher Academy. This is the largest group of prospective educators since KFTA’s founding in 1989.
Topeka — The Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) is announcing a new nine-module, self-paced structured literacy professional development opportunity for P-12 educators that includes a stipend.
The five career teachers in the National Teachers Hall of Fame Class of 2023 arrive in Emporia on Monday, June 12, for a week of activities that culminate in their induction into the hall. Several events later in the week are open to the public. This is the 31st year for the NTHF induction ceremonies.
The five career teachers in the National Teachers Hall of Fame Class of 2023 traveled recently to Washington D.C., to participate in the first part of induction ceremonies. The Emporia induction activities will begin June 12.
Nearly 130 people were recognized at The Teachers College Annual Honors Event held the evening of May 1 on the campus of Emporia State University. Of those honored, 122 are graduating students, and seven are retiring members of the college. Twenty-five students received outstanding student awards and 97 students were honored for achievement of a 3.8 grade point average or higher.
A professor of elementary education with a focus on reading and literacy is the 2023 Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professor at Emporia State University. Dr. Elizabeth Dobler received the award during a surprise presentation at the conclusion of her Dr. John E. King Endowed Professor Lecture in The Teachers College this afternoon (Thursday, April 27, 2023).
The Board of Trustees of the National Teachers Hall of Fame has hired Dr. Ralph H. Draper as the new executive director. Dr. Draper has more than 30 years of experience in administrative functions that have required organizational, communicative, and interpersonal skills.
Dr. Clinton Longacre will be honored with an Emporia State Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Building Dedication at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 7. Longacre served 22 years in the ESU HPER Department and has contributed many years of valuable service to the recreation profession at the local, state and national level. During the dedication, Longacre's name will be added to a plaque on the building that honors HPER faculty who have served 20 or more years in the department.
Five career teachers from across the country have just learned that they have been selected as Class of 2023 inductees into The National Teachers Hall of Fame in June.
Emporia State students and faculty will learn from experts when the 2023 Kansas Teacher of the Year team visits campus on Thursday, April 6.
Representing 174 years of classroom experience, seven members of the class of 2023 Kansas Master Teachers were announced today (Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023).
When Kristine Becker entered the gymnasium of Logan Elementary School in North Topeka on Wednesday for a school assembly, she was wondering what good news she would hear.
People can have federal funding pay for their education if they are looking to train as vocational rehabilitation professionals who help individuals with disabilities prepare for and find meaningful work. In 2020, Emporia State University received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education/ Rehabilitation Services Administration to train vocational rehabilitation professionals whose goals are to help individuals with disabilities prepare for and find meaningful work. Through the grant, Emporia State’s counselor education department supports students with tuition, training, and professional development. The grant began in October 2020 and will run through September 30, 2025.
Characters separated by walls, learning what’s on the other side of the walls is the premise of this year’s Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book Award, "Every Little Letter."
Exceptional educators will be honored this week as the National Teachers Hall of Fame inducts 10 new members. Two classes of five inductees each will be honored, the first in-person events after the COVID pandemic canceled the schedule in 2020.
Kansas high school students will get to experience what it means to be a teacher at the Kansas Future Teacher Academy June 5 through 9. About 60 students from across the state will be meeting at the academy, held at Emporia State University. “The goal of the academy is to expose high school students in Kansas to the rewards of the teaching profession, and what the future of education will look like through our theme for 2022: Reimagine Education,” said Todd Roberts, KFTA director.
Dr. Damara Paris recently received Emporia State’s Graduate Mentor Award. As the sole graduate advisor for 45 rehabilitation counseling graduate students, she works closely with them to ensure they are on track with graduation, enrolls them in their courses each semester and provides resources and support for individuals who are taking the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor exam, which represents the licensure for rehabilitation counseling professionals. In the past two years, the ESU graduate students have a 100% pass rate on the CRC for an examination that has an average of a national pass rate of 58% to 60%.
Over 110 people were recognized at The Teachers College 38th Annual Honors Ceremony held the evening of May 6. This was the first time this event was held in person since 2019.
A psychology professor with nearly three decades in the field is the 2022 Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professor at Emporia State University. Dr. John Wade was surprised with the announcement during his Psychology in the Real World undergraduate glass this morning (Thursday, May 5, 2022).
Two King Endowed Professors are scheduled to speak April 21, 2022, at Emporia State University. Dr. Nancy Albrecht will address “Student-First Teaching: A Career of Kansas Leadership and International Impact,” and Dr. Cathy Grover will discuss “Mentoring: It is What We Do.” Their presentations will begin at 2 p.m. in Visser Hall, Room 330. People unable to attend in person can contact The Teachers College Dean’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to attend virtually or watch the recorded event.
An annual event raising awareness and funds for Cystic Fibrosis awareness is coming up soon. Laps 4 Landon will be held Tuesday, April 19, starting at 6 p.m. at Emporia State University. Now in its 15th year, the event is planned, organized and run by Emporia State students majoring in health and human performance.
Representing nearly 130 years of teaching experience, the seven members of the 2022 class of Kansas Master Teachers were announced today.
Doing the work required to become board certified in any profession is difficult. When the board certification demands you demonstrate your skill — like teaching in an elementary, middle, or high school classroom – and schooling during a pandemic makes it more difficult. However, 27 Kansas determined educators persevered and earned their first-time certification or maintained their status as National Board Certified Teachers.
Five members of the faculty and staff at Emporia State University received awards on Jan. 13 for their work within The Teachers College.
The 30th annual National Teachers Hall of Fame auction will be held on Thursday, Nov. 18, with the goal of raising money for Induction Week 2022.
What started as a project for class now is a book that can assist art therapists. “A Graphic Guide to Art Therapy,” written by Amy E. Huxtable, a 2019 graduate of the art therapy program at Emporia State University, was released September 21.
The 100-year history of the Iota Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi at Emporia State University will be preserved in a time capsule this week.
Educators across America will be able to virtually attend a roundtable discussion involving 5 career teachers with a combined total of 150 years of classroom teaching on Sept. 14, The Big Day in the Extra Yard for Teachers Program.
Just four months since it started, the How We Teach This podcast from The Teachers College at Emporia State is adding a second season and a second series. “In our first season, we interviewed K-12 teachers and university professors about a variety of subjects,” said Kristy Duggan, the host and executive producer of the podcast. “With what we’re seeing with the ongoing pandemic and the increased need to understand and address emotions students are dealing with, we are focusing the second season on social-emotional learning.” A second series will also be adding new episodes to the podcast this fall and be identified as How We Teach This: Higher Education Edition — Connecting with OER.
An organization championing literacy in children is being recognized for its efforts. The Kansas Masonic Literacy Center is receiving a Literacy Legacy Award from Storytime Village, Inc. at a Read and Rise Breakfast Gala today (September 3) in Wichita. The honor comes as KMLC was cited in a proclamation from Kansas Governor Laura Kelly, declaring September 5-11 as Kansas Literacy Week. As part of Kansas Literacy Week, KMLC will have its annual photo contest during Kansas Literacy Week, September 5-11.
How to help children learn in spite of emotional turmoil they are experiencing or have experienced is the goal of an upcoming conference at Emporia State University. To help with that mission, nationally known speaker and author, Dr. Ruby K. Payne, will be delivering the keynote at the Second Annual Trauma-Informed Educators Conference to be held Saturday, Aug. 28 in the Memorial Union at ESU. Payne, author of “Emotional Poverty and A Framework for Understanding Poverty,” is a former high school teacher, district administrator, and elementary principal.
Christopher Albrecht, a 2019 inductee into The National Teachers Hall of Fame, will return to Emporia on July 12 and 13 for a national launch of his second book “The Rediscovery of Hope and Purpose.”
A recent commitment from the W.S. & E.C. Jones Trust for $2.5 million to the Mobilizing Literacy grant program will continue and expand upon literacy initiatives benefitting children within the region. Over the next five years, this grant, coordinated by Emporia State’s Kansas Masonic Literacy Center, will expand efforts to improve grade-level reading attainment for the 11 participating school districts within the tri-county region of Coffey, Lyon and Osage counties.
Requirements to wear masks, social distance and disinfect classrooms and offices ended today at Emporia State University. In a communication to all faculty, staff and students, ESU President Allison D. Garrett shared that campus is officially back to normal.
A story about a bird having to rebuild and share her home with others is the winner of this year’s Bill Martin Jr., Picture Book Award.
A new program aimed to help teachers who have students struggling with dyslexia is available through Emporia State University. Every component of the program - except practicum experiences - are offered online. People can take the courses as part of a master's degree of instructional specialist with a concentration in dyslexia or as a stand-alone graduate certificate.
Dr. Nancy Albrecht will be the 2021-22 King Endowed Professor in The Teachers College at Emporia State University. She is a professor in the school leadership / middle and secondary teacher education department at Emporia State. “I’m flabbergasted! I have no words,” said Albrecht, who was surprised during a department Zoom meeting where Dr. Joan Brewer, dean of The Teachers College, announced the news on May 12. Albrecht, who joined the ESU faculty in 2001, teaches graduate students in school leadership and curriculum instruction.
Future elementary teachers can get on the fast track to finish their teaching degrees and get in the classroom sooner, thanks to a Kansas Board of Regents grant to Emporia State University.
Just over 100 people were recognized at The Teachers College Annual Honors Event held the afternoon of May 7 via an online virtual event. Of those honored, 94 are graduating students, and eight are retiring members of the college.
Teachers across Kansas are being recognized for the efforts they have made during the COVID-19 pandemic by Gov. Laura Kelly. May 3-8, 2021, will be recognized as Teacher Appreciation Week in a proclamation signed by the governor. “All teachers and other school personnel are hereby recognized by the Kansas Master Teacher program for their steadfast dedication and devotion to ensure the continuous learning of Kansas youth throughout the pandemic,” states the proclamation.
Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Kansas Master Teacher program is recognizing all educators of Kansas this year. “This past year has been challenging for everyone, especially those on the frontline. This includes our K-12 teachers,” said Dr. Joan Brewer, dean of The Teachers College at Emporia State University, home of the Kansas Master Teacher program. “In honor of their steadfast dedication to educating Kansas youth, the Kansas Master Teacher acknowledges all Kansas teachers.”
The Teachers College at Emporia State is launching the university’s first podcast this week. How We Teach This, produced by members of The Teacher College, will feature one-on-one interviews to provide insight into education. The podcast is available through Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and other listening apps on which podcasts are available, as well as from its web site, www.emporia.edu/HWTT.
Doing the work required to become board certified in any profession is difficult. When the board certification demands you demonstrate your skill – like teaching in a elementary, middle, or high school classroom – and schooling goes mostly online makes it extremely difficult. However, three more determined Kansas educators persevered and earned their first-time certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and one other teacher successfully worked to renew her certification.