College Highlights

The Morgridge College of Education (MCE) jumped 22 spots in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings. The college made the list at 112. MCE faculty were also extremely productive with 300 publications and presentations and nearly double the funded research from the previous year.

The Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program was ranked 25th in the nation in educational administration and supervision by U.S. News & World Report in its annual rankings list. Additionally, and new to the top 25 rankings is the Morgridge College of Education’s Teacher Education Program, ranked 18th in the nation for secondary teacher education.

The Morgridge College of Education was awarded the INSIGHT into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award and named as one of the Top Colleges for Diversity in 2020. The HEED Award recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Karen Riley, PhD, Teaching and Learning Sciences, and Jeanine Coleman, PhD, Teaching and Learning Sciences, along with researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute, Northwestern University, Rush University and University of California Riverside, updated and validated the National Institutes of Health Toolbox Cognitive Battery. The goal of this research is to validate cognitive measures for individuals with intellectual disabilities so that the assessmentments can be used as outcome measures for intervention studies.

As part of the Department of Higher Education’s Leadership Speaker Series, the Morgridge College of Education hosted Joe Garcia, former Lt. Gov. of Colorado and current chancellor of the Colorado Community College System. Garcia discussed the current state of financing higher education among students, faculty and staff.

With support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Marsico Institute announced its partnership with Northwestern University to develop a Baby Toolbox intended to be an efficient and comprehensive battery of neurodevelopmental measures for use with children ages 1-42 months. This design is modeled after the NIH Toolbox test battery for ages 3-85 years. Doug Clements, PhD, Marsico Institute, serves as the math content lead for this award and Julie Sarama, PhD, Marsico Institute, is a contributing member of the research team.

The Marsico Institute received a two-year $565,047 grant from the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences. Doug Clements, PhD; Julie Sarama, PhD; and Traci Kutaka, PhD, Marsico Institute, were awarded the grant to determine how kindergarteners’ problem-solving strategies vary and evolve across math problems over the course of an intervention. To measure impact in the project, the team will develop two new indicators of instructional efficacy that will account for strategy patterns over time, application of strategies of diverse math problem types and correctness of response among students.

The Positive Early Learning Experiences (PELE) Center was awarded a $200,000, two-year contract from the State of Washington to replicate the Learning Experiences and Alternate Program (LEAP) model. The contract was the largest of six contracts supporting LEAP replication that together totaled more than $450,000. Authored by Phil Strain, PhD, PELE, the model is inclusive for young children with autism and can be emulated by other school districts. There are currently more than 150 LEAP sites across the country.

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