Open House event brings together alumni, faculty, staff, and students
Austism program continues to educate teachers and community members
The College of Education and Integrative Studies welcomes Dr. Nancy Hurlbut as the new Associate Dean
Dr. S Terri Gómez received a CSU Chancellor's Office Grant to develop PolyTransfer Program
EWS Department to bring Dr. Fatima Sadiqi to Cal Poly Pomona for the 2013-2014 Academic year
Annual Robot Expo inspires students to think about careers in math and science
IGE professor Dr. Rosanne Welch publishes essay "When White Boys Write Black"
Dr. Nancy Sanders presented a paper at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association
IGE Professors co-edit Women in American History: An Encyclopedia
CEIS Honors Three Retiring Faculty Members
Dr. Shahnaz Lotfipour is honored with exemplary hybrid-online course award
In Spring and Summer of 2013, faculty and staff moved from various locations on campus to be housed in building 6 and 94. With a little TLC, the buildings were given new life as the new home of CEIS. On October 10th, CEIS welcomed back alumni, students, faculty, and staff with an Open House to show off the new buildings.
Austism program continues to educate teachers and community members
Mrs. Smith, a special education teacher and alumnus of Cal Poly Pomona’s Education Specialist credential program, was concerned about Chad, a 15-year-old student with autism. Although a good student academically, Chad struggled with social and communication skills, typical challenges found in those on the autism spectrum, but so important for a young teenager. Thanks to a recent state mandate that all special education teachers receive additional training in teaching and working with students with autism, Mrs. Smith enrolled in Cal Poly Pomona’s online Autism Spectrum Disorders Authorization program.
The ASD Authorization/Certificate is a fully online program, offered through the College of the Extended University in partnership with the College of Education & Integrative Studies. It consists of three courses: Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders; Teaching Students with ASD; and Home/School/Community Collaboration in Special Education. All courses include field experience observing and working with individuals with ASD. The program is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) for the Added Authorization in Special Education (AASE) for Autism Spectrum Disorders. As one of the few fully online programs of its type, Cal Poly’s Autism Authorization allows the flexibility of accessing course materials any time of the day or night, from home or any other location where there is internet access.
Although developed for California special education teachers, the online format allows individuals from across the country, and even around the world, to enroll and complete the courses. “The majority of our students come from California, although we’ve had teachers from other states such as New York and Kentucky, and even from other countries, including Hong Kong and Taiwan”, says Dr. Barbara E. Bromley, the program’s coordinator. The program earned recognition from Cal Poly’s “Wall of COOL” (Celebrating Outstanding Online Learning), a resource which highlights exemplary online and hybrid course development at the University. In addition to special education teachers, others who have benefitted from the courses include general education teachers, speech pathologists, school psychologists, and parents. Feedback regarding the program has been overwhelmingly positive, states Bromley. Students comment about the depth of the knowledge they receive about autism, as well as training in the use of specialized teaching strategies and how to collaborate with educational personnel, families, and community resources such as the Regional Centers.
Mrs. Smith was able to assist Chad by using a strategy she learned about through the courses, called a Power Card, a small card he carries that lists specific tips for socializing. With his Power Card, Chad began to give more eye contact and interact with his peers. For more information about the Autism Program, please contact Barbara Bromley in the Education Department.
CEIS Welcomes our New Associate Dean, Dr. Nancy Hurlbut! Dr. Hurlbut, comes to us after 17 years at Humboldt State. At Humbolt, she served in many roles which included Chair of the Child Development Department, a member of the University Curriculum Committee, Interim Dean of College of Professional Studies, Coordinator of Distance Education, and most recently, as one of the University Ombudspersons.
Her scholarship began with a focus on the relationship between social emotional cognitive development across the lifespans. Her scholarship has progressed into a focus on Early Care and Education (ECE) and pedagogies that provide optimal access.
She just completed a 1.5 million dollar contract with the Child Development Division of the California Department of Education in which she and eleven faculty from California Community Colleges and 5 other CSU's developed a web-based program (the ECE Mapping Tool) to align Early Care of Education (ECE) Programs with the new California ECE competencies.
She has two children, who recently graduated from the CSU system. For fun, she works with animals (eg., horses and cats) and likes to try new things. For instance, a year ago, Nancy and her two children went sky diving in Monterey.
Dr. Hurlbut is very xcited about joining the Cal Poly Pomona community! She is looking forwrd to supporting the CEIS mission, and collaborating in the development of the new early care and education program.
Dr. S. Terri Gómez received a CSU Chancellor's Office Grant to promote student academic success. The proposed PolyTransfer Program, will be a comprehensive recruitment, retention, and transitional program for transfer students. The purpose of the program is to increase the persistence and graduation rate of underrepresented and first-generation transfer students. This purpose will be accomplished by implementing specific supports and strategies to develop a “transfer receptive culture,” which is defined as an institutional commitment by a four-year college or university to provide the support needed for students to transfer successfully – that is, to navigate the community college, take the appropriate coursework, apply, enroll, and successfully earn a baccalaureate degree in a timely manner. This institutional effort will require collaboration with our local community colleges to foster a successful transfer process.
Cal Poly Pomona has been selected to host a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence from Morocco during the 2013-2014 academic year as part of the University's 75th anniversary celebration. The Scholar-in-Residence will be part of a collaborative effort between the College of Education and Integrative Studies, the International Center, and many other campus constituents to help increase the global orientation of the campus. Dr. Fatima Sadiqi, an expert and well known scholar in Gender Studies and Linguistics from Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Fes City, Morocco was awarded the Fulbright grant by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
Dr. Sadiqi will help internationalize Cal Poly Pomona by being an integral part of a lecture program series on The World in Motion: Understanding the Interconnections between the Global and Local in the Shaping of our Contemporary World". She will also be involved in teaching, curriculum development, research, and will assist the campus in implementing its strategic plan, which includes specific goals for increasing global awareness and engagement.Click here to read the rest of the official press release!
On May 20, the College of Education & Integrative Studies hosted the exciting Robot Expo, the annual culminating event of the School Robotics Initiative, an outreach and teacher professional development program. Close to 200 elementary and middle school students from the Pomona and Walnut Valley Unified school districts competed for medals and bragging rights. Months of student learning and practice culminate with this chance for students to demonstrate building, programming, and most importantly, mathematical skills. Through participation in this fun, engaging, and challenging initiative, now in its eighth year, students discover the relevance of math and engage with key math concepts such as fractions, decimals, proportions, and linear equations. The robotics challenges require student ingenuity, collaboration, perseverance, and align effortlessly with the Common Core State Standards in mathematics.
To read more about this event and to see pictures taken by Walt Mancini from the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, please visit Richard Irwin's article on the event.
If there are any Doctor Who fans among the Cal Poly Pomona community, they may want to add Doctor Who and Race: an Anthology (Intellect) to their summer reading list as it contains an essay by Dr. Rosanne Welch of the Cal Poly Pomona IGE Department. Her essay "When White Boys Write Black", discusses the different ways show runners Russell T. Davies and his successor, Steven Moffat, handle race in the writing the program. It concludes that while Davies characters of color (Mickey, Martha and Rosita) are all three-dimensional, sexualized human beings, Moffat's (Liz Ten, Mels and Rita) tended toward more one-dimensional, Talented Tenth types. The rest of the anthology looks at the representation of other peoples of color across the 50 life of the iconic British science-fiction program.
Dr. Welch has delivered several papers on the subject of Who and its spin-off, Torchwood. On August 1st a paper co-written with Dr. Martin Griffin (University of Tennessee, Knoxville) -- "Crisis of Authority / Authoring Crisis: Decision and Power in Torchwood: Children of Earth" will be published as a chapter in Torchwood Declassified: Investigating Mainstream Cult Television (I.B.Tauris). Based on a paper co-presented at the Torchwood Symposium, University of Glamorgan in Wales, UK in July 2010 it focuses on the way both personal and political authority was presented in the third season of the program.
Dr. Welch will be presenting papers based on these works at the UFVA (University Film and Video Association) Conference at Chapman University this July and the SRN (Screenwriting Research Network) International Conference at the U of Madison this August. She is currently contracted to write The Monkees: A Metatextual Menagerie of Critical Studies for McFarland Publishing.
Dr. Nancy Sanders, Associate Professor in the new EdD program for Educational Leadership at Cal Poly Pomona, presented a paper at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association, April 27, 2013 in San Francisco. The paper, Principal Evaluation as a Strategy for Improving Student Learning: Comparative Case Studies of District Capacity for High-Quality Evaluation Systems, reports on the final phase of a three-year collaboration with CPP professors Stephen Davis and Ron Leon and with Karen Kearney, Director of Leadership Initiatives at WestEd, the federally-funded research laboratory in San Francisco.
In this collaboration with WestEd, the CPP team reviewed research and data about principal evaluation and designed a model that incorporates best practices, professional guidelines, and national and state standards for principals. The team identified13 Key Features of high-quality principal evaluation systems, specifying that the data must provide useful guidance for improvement; include principals' input; have clear, relevant performance criteria; and demonstrate technical accuracy and fairness. The case studies in paper describe district needs for technical assistance in using evaluation data for high-stakes decisions.
The research and papers contribute to teaching and assessing students in the CPP licensure programs for educational administrators by adding recent policy changes about professional responsibilities and performance-based evaluations of administrators. Principals graduating from CPP programs will increasingly be held accountable for quality teaching and higher student achievement. They will need to understand the research and model of evaluation, prepare to gather and interpret data about their performance on-the-job, and begin to plan their own continuous professional improvement based on data. The team's research is also being incorporated into the new EdD doctoral program at CPP for performance evaluations and training for district roles in new evaluation systems.
The series of policy reports, guidance documents, research papers, and other resources from the collaboration are available on WestEd's website, under principal evaluation at: Schools Moving Up.
Dr. Rosanne Welch and Dr. Peg Lamphier, two adjunct professors in the Interdisciplinary General Education Department (IGE), have been contracted to co-edit Women in American History: An Encyclopedia for ABC-CLIO. Rather than being primarily a biographical encyclopedia, the 4-volume set will focus on women who have made social, political and cultural contributions to the United States from pre-contact to the present day. Women in American History: An Encyclopedia is scheduled to publish as ABC-CLIO's biggest catalog title of the 2016 season.
Welch had previously written The Encyclopedia of Women in Aviation and Space for the publisher in 1998.
Lamphier's previous books include Kate Chase and William Sprague: Politics and Gender in a Civil War Marriage (2003) and Spur Up Your Pegasus: Family Letters of Salmon, Kate and Nettie Chase (2009). She is under contract with Blackwell-Wiley to co-author for a Civil War and Reconstruction textbook.
The College of Education and Integrative Studies would like to recognize three outstanding faculty members who will be retiring at the end of the 2012-2013 academic year.Parvin Abyaneh
Dr. Parvin Abyaneh has been at Cal Poly Pomona for 24 years (1989-2013). Abyaneh has been a faculty member in the Department of Ethnic and Women Studies, and was instrumental in the creation of the GEMS major. Abyaneh was one of the first faculty members to integrate technology into educational curricula. She led the efforts in the department to create hybrid, blended learning courses and introduced new ideas to the library for student direct access to online materials, including films. Abyaneh spearheaded the inclusion of Middle Eastern voices into the EWS curriculum and has been a leading advocate for the representation of women and minority women in particular.Patricia de Freitas
Dr. Patricia de Freitas has been at Cal Poly Pomona for 18 years (1995-2013). De Freitas has been a faculty member and Chair in the Department of Ethnic and Women Studies and has served as Interim Associate Dean for the College of Education and Integrative studies. De Freitas has shared her research and expertise on the reproduction of identities (gender, racial, class, ethnic, national and transnational), diaspora studies, globalization hybridity, cultural practices and popular culture, discourses and practice of power, and educational praxis. She worked closely with the Office of Student Life/Cultural Centers integrating cultural programming, and collaborating on campus events. Her community service includes sharing her expertise as an anthropologist and life-commitment to advocacy. She has been recognized and received awards for her mentoring and service to others. Among them is a CEIS Advisor Award and the African American Cultural Center's Elders Award.Pamela Walker
Dr. Pamela Walker has been at Cal Poly Pomona for 6 years (2007-2013). Walker has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education, and helped to establish an online Autism Added Authorization Program that has served students from across the United States. Walker's research interests lay in curriculum development for diverse students, including those with special needs and English learners. Dr. Walker collaborated with Dr. Ruth Ahn on studies and articles regarding effective math instruction for English learners.
Dr. Shahnaz Lotfipour, Coordinator of the Educational Multimedia Program of the Department of Education in the College of Education and Integrative Studies, received an award from the CSU for her exemplary hybrid-online course. The CSU follows the national, accelerating trend of significant growth in online teaching and learning. The evolution of the Internet and broadband access at home and via mobile devices makes it certain that there will be a continued growth in hybrid and online courses. As CSU campuses offer additional online courses, it is important to define quality online teaching and learning, as well as to determine how to assess it. The Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) program was developed to assist faculty, faculty developers, and instructional designers to more effectively design hybrid and online courses. In addition, the QOLT program was developed to recognize and share exemplary practices in CSU hybrid-online courses.
Dr. Lotfipour was chosen based on her Graphic Design and Animation for Educational Multimedia course, last taught in Fall 2012. Her course was recognized as an exemplary CSU hybrid-online course, based on multiple levels of review using the QOLT analysis rubric:
Some of the evaluation comments include:
When asked how she felt about the award, Dr. Lotfipour said, "It is definitely very fulfilling and rewarding to be acknowledged for what you do and for having the opportunity to share what you have done with other faculty members, which could eventually lead into creating a learning community among us to collaborate, learn, and benefit from each other's knowledge, expertise, and skills."Click here for our CEIS News Archives!