The Johns Hopkins School of Education Newsletter.
Vol. 3, No. 6, November 21, 2017
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Happy Thanksgiving!  
As we take some much-deserved time for relaxation during this season, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on our mission as a School of Education. Our ultimate goal is to produce knowledge and change practices to improve our communities, particularly for the least-privileged members. It’s what animates our work—from faculty and staff, to students and alumni, to our partners and supporters. It inspires our teaching and our research. It’s the foundation of our work.
While we have tools available to us that were unimaginable a generation ago, in the form of learning technologies and insights into how the brain develops and functions, the progress we make in this realm depends ultimately on you—your ingenuity, your passion, your energy, your dedication.
I want to express my gratitude to all of you for your commitment to the School of Education, and I wish you and yours a happy and safe Thanksgiving. 
Education Matters
Illustration of The Confluence if Pipeline Planning

Partnership Producing New, More Diverse, Generation of Principals

With a grant from the Wallace Foundation, the Administration & Supervision program and Prince George's County Public Schools are adopting standards of practice and performance for school leaders.
The Challenge of Independant Colleges

Dean Morphew Publishes Book on Small Independent Colleges

The book is an attempt to bridge a research-to-practice divide and connect the work of higher education scholars with the realities of campus leaders who confront complex problems daily.

Mariale Hardiman

Arts Integration Promising for Students with Limited Skills

At a conference in Spain, Vice Dean Mariale Hardiman suggested that the arts boost the academic performance of students with limited language or lower academic skills. 
Children Reading

More Personalized Instruction Benefits Struggling Readers

The Center for Research and Reform in Education has completed a comprehensive review of research on programs for readers in middle school and high school.
Associate Professor Annette Anderson 

Dean Gives Presentation in Moscow

Dean Christopher Morphew discussed “Building a Dynamic School of Education” at an international conference on Dynamic Universities for a Dynamic World, sponsored by the Russian Association of Higher Education Researchers in Moscow in October. He also was the moderator of a session on “Universities in Transition and the Case for Austria” and took part in a seminar discussion on “Young Researchers of Higher Education.”

No One Way to School Ashley Berner Discusses Her Book at the Texas Public Policy Foundation
Ashley Berner, executive director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy and author of Pluralism and American Public Education: No One Way to School, recently discussed with Kevin Roberts, vice president of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, the experience of other democracies in funding diverse types of schools, finding a balance between school choice and public accountability, the role of the federal government in education, and social cohesion and socioeconomic integration as key considerations for today's education policymakers.

Graduation Deadline Reminder
Students planning to complete their studies in spring 2018 must apply to graduate using the online graduation application form available through SIS Self-Service. The link to the application is in the registration menu under the Program of Study Information. Students should apply for each degree and/or certification they expect to complete. For additional details, visit SOE Graduation. All students, regardless of whether or not they plan to attend the ceremonies, need to complete this application to be approved for graduation. The deadline to apply for spring completion is Friday, Jan. 19. The first, middle, last name and suffix you enter when applying is exactly how your name will be printed on your diploma. Any name changes must be made by completing the Change of Information form and submitting the required documentation for the name change. 

Strategic Planning Results in Positive View of the Future
Ira Blatstein, an assistant professor in public safety leadership, gave a talk in October on “Strategic Planning, Predicting or Shaping the Future” as an invited speaker in a senior class seminar at Catholic University of America’s School of Engineering. He also reported on the results of a survey on strategic planning perspectives:
  • Strategic planning makes individuals feel positive about the future. They are more likely to respond to opportunities as they arise.
  • After doing the planning, a larger number of respondents expect to involve other people in the development of their plans.
  • Many of the respondents did not have any personal strategic plan prepared before they did the one in this class.
  • A large majority of the respondents were impacted by this planning process. They either changed their plans, took specific actions or changed their approach to planning overall.
  • The course altered many individuals’ view of their plan and planning in general.
Technology Training Workshops
The Multimedia, Technology & Training team provides resources to help students, faculty and staff become proficient with technology and applications in order to facilitate academic and job productivity. Technology workshops are open to all SOE faculty­­ and staff. View detailed descriptions for all sessions or register for training.
Educational Pluralism and the Problem of Culture
Wednesday, December 6
4 - 5:30 p.m.
Education Building | Great Hall
Giving Tuesday
Tuesday, November 28
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