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Wheaton College and School Dist. 200 Participate in Teach to Lead Summit in Washington, DC.

Dr. Jon Eckert, Associate Professor of Education, and McKenna Fitzharris, junior Elementary Education major, recently attended an education summit sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education in Washington DC, Nov. 3-4, 2016. Meg Bostrom, a 1991 Wheaton Education graduate and current Math Coach at Whittier Elementary in the Wheaton/Warrenville School District, along with Dr. Robert Rammer, Assistant Superintendent of District 200, completed the collaborative group. The team's project was entitled "WheTeach: Learning, Leading, and Improving," which focused on ways to increase the support for new teacher through a strong partnership between the Wheaton College Education Department and Community Unit District 200. The team participated in brain storming sessions, utilized a logic model, and heard lectures and panel discussions from speakers include the U.S. Secretary of Education, John King, the Senior Policy Advisor Ruthanne Buck, and the Undersecretary of Education, Ted Mitchell. Feedback on the project was provided by a representative of CAEP, the accreditation organization for teacher education programs, and by a representative of the American Institute for Research. Wheaton College and District 200 will continue to collaborate in the preparation of strong teacher candidates. 

Wheaton College Math Secondary Education Alumni Earns Teacher of the Month Award

Steve McIlrath, '93 graduate of Wheaton College, was just named as the Teacher of the Month by WGN, Chicago. He teaches math in creative ways to his students at Austin College and Career Academy on the west side of Chicago. Since beginning his teaching career at Austin Community High School, he has challenged students' math phobias and lack of confidence and connected with the families of his students by moving near the school. Mr. McIlrath has also researched school choice in Chicago and co-authored an article on the topic. WGN has posted a video of an interview with "Mr. Mac", as he is known by his students, including some of his creative teaching techniques, involving rhyme and choreography. 

Interested in Student Teaching Abroad in 2018 or 2019?

The Wheaton College Teacher Education Program offers many diverse settings for the student teaching practicum completed during one's final year in the program. One of these options relates to international placements. This requires a separate application and a screening process during the spring semester. An informational meeting will be held on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 at 10:30 am in BL 455. Questions will be answered by those who just returned from these unique placements and from others preparing for fall, 2017 international placements. On-line applications through GEL will be due January 27, 2017.

Krista Schuh and her cooperating teacher in Thailand, Sept. 2016

Special Education Team Researches Quality of Life for Families with a Child with an Intellectual Disability

Thomas Boehm, the Ann Haskins Assistant Professor of Education, is leading a team of researchers gathering data on the quality of life for families that have a son or daughter with an intellectual disability. The study will survey hundreds of families in Illinois and in Tennessee with questions about family life, life stressors, social relationships, and religious life. Dr. Eric Carter of Vanderbilt is providing guidance while Professor Boehm leads the research team on Wheaton's campus.

This is a particular area of interest to Professor Boehm and builds on his passion to support families and faith communities who have children with intellectual disability. Mark Hiben, an MAT candidate, and Maddie Hazel, an English/Secondary Education teacher candidate, are assisting in the project as data is gathered over the summer months. If interested in viewing or responding to the actual survey, or if you want more information, click here

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