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Welcome to Aluminations

eNewsletter for alumni and friends of UD’s College of Education & Human Development

April 2013  
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CEHD Alumni ReceptionGreetings from the Dean

UD is hosting their 5th Annual Alumni Weekend May 31 – June 2.

The College of Education and Human Development will be sponsoring a number of events and we hope you will join us. Click here to learn more

  • CEHD Alumni Reception – Friday, May 31
  • Join us as we take a “tour of the world,” highlighting our study abroad program. Faculty, alumni and friends will reunite in the courtyard of the newly renovated Alison Hall for music, hors d’oeuvres and raffle baskets. 
  • Kid Zone during Lunch with the Mascots – Saturday, June 1
  • Families can enjoy crafts, story time and jazzercise at CEHD’s Kid Zone. Alumna, Laurie Krebs will hold a book reading and parents can gather resouces from our Parenting Tips Table.  
  • Children’s Book Drive – Throughout the weekend, we are encouraging all UD alumni to contribute a new children’s book, helping us raise awareness of the importance of literacy. 

I look forward to seeing you there!

Lynn Okagaki, Dean

Enhancing Your Practice

Tips for Talking with Teens

Although adolescence is a time when children begin to pull away from the family and exert their independence, parents and mentors continue to play an important role in their lives.

Video on Creating Policy to Benefit Youth and Development – Guest speaker, Dr. Patrick Tolan 

Patrick H. Tolan, the director of the University of Virginia Center to Promote Youth Development. Tolan was the keynote speaker at the 2013 Steele Symposium, where he discussed “Speaking Truth to Policy: The Importance of Quality Educational and Human Development Research.” (Research portion begins at 11 mins.)

ASPIRE - Parents/Students Panel DiscussionParenting Tips for Adolescents – Prof. Chris Ohannessian, HDFS

Many individual and environmental factors influence adolescent adjustment. Some of these factors are relatively stable and cannot be easily changed (for example a young person’s personality), but parents can still have a strong influence on their children, (even if it does not seem that way at times). Research has shown parents can do the following to positively influence their adolescent:

  1. Use authoritative parenting!  Authoritative parenting is democratic parenting. It is characterized by  a high level of warmth, firmness, and the use of rules and reasoning for discipline. Authoritative parenting also involves taking into account and respecting the adolescent’s point of view. Countless research studies have shown that the use of authoritative parenting is associated with positive adolescent adjustment, reflected in better school performance, higher self-esteem, and fewer psychological and behavioral problems.
  2. Spend time with your adolescent and develop a close relationship. Adolescents who have close, warm, supportive relationships with their parents are more self-reliant and competent, have better self-esteem, achieve more at school, and have fewer problem behaviors (e.g., drug use, depression, and deviant behavior) than adolescents who do not have close relationships with their parents.
  3. Communicate openly with your adolescent. Teens who perceive that their parents are warm, open and accepting are more likely to disclose personal information to their parents. In turn, open adolescent-parent communication has been linked to higher self-esteem, empathic concern, and academic achievement, and to lower adolescent depression, delinquency, and drug use.
  4. Monitor your adolescent. Know your child’s whereabouts and who they are with. Research has shown that high parental monitoring is associated with higher levels of academic and social competence and to lower levels of adolescent problem behaviors.
  5. Stay connected and involved with their life. Go to their school events, get to know their teachers, find out what they are working on in school and offer to help, get to know their friends. Parental involvement has been shown to be linked to higher academic performance and to less involvement in problem behaviors.

Although it does not seem it at times, adolescence is a relatively short period in the life cycle. Enjoy this phase as much as possible!  

Website offers research in easy-to-read format

Educators and parents can now access research on education and learning formatted in a user friendly website. was developed by researcher Roberta Golinkoff and colleagues to disseminate cutting-edge research translated into easily implemented material. 

How to Implement CCSS

Three summer institutes are available to help Del. educators implement Common Core State Standards.

  • SMARTER Summer Institute  learn how to assess CCSS, including assessment items for ELA standards.
  • Put Writing Back into the Curriculum – exploring innovative ways to include narrative, opinion, and informative writing into classroom daily activities, using a CCSS-aligned rubric to assess student writing.
  • Teaching Non-Fiction Writing with Style  incorporating CCSS’s focus on informative writing instruction into Delaware classrooms.

Interested in School Leadership?

School leaders who are looking to become a superintendent may be interested in a new ELA program offered by our Delaware Academy for School Leaders (DASL). Beginning in June, the goal of the academy is to prepare outstanding individuals to successfully lead school districts and charter schools.

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College News

thumbs upWelcoming New Professionals

At UD’s Commencement on May 25, more than 350 undergraduates and 80 graduate students will be graduating from our College. We offer them a heartfelt congratulations and remind them to stay in touch! 

Recognizing Our Faculty

April showers brought a deluge of awards for our faculty. Join us in congratulating Bob Hampel, Michael Ferrari, Elizabeth Farley-Ripple,  Barbara VanDornick, Chrystalla Mouza, Gary Allison and Marsha Baumeister as they are recognized for their dedication. We also held a Celebration of Excellence honoring our outstanding undergraduate and graduate students.

Faithful Friends

The cost of education has risen dramatically over the past few years, often making it difficult for students to pursue an education. And in today’s society, a degree has become a necessity to get a good job.

Thanks to the generosity of our alumni and friends, we are able to provide a number of awards and scholarships to support our students, allowing them an opportunity to pursue their dreams and focus on their coursework and student teaching experiences instead of working to support themselves, or be distracted by the stress and burden of significant financial loans.

Future scholarship planned for CEHD education students

An elementary teacher education major from the Class of 1987 understands this challenge and has established a new scholarship to support future educators. During her own experience as a student she overcame the challenges of earning her college degree while being a wife and mother. She took classes while her children were in school and studied at night when they slept, and even took courses during winter and summer sessions to graduate early. Even though earning her degree at UD wasn’t easy, she values her education and wants to help today’s students have an opportunity to focus on their coursework and student teaching instead of having to work to support themselves.

In fact, many of our students benefit from the generosity of all of our alumni and friends. One scholarship recipient wrote, “This award means so much to me. I cannot thank you enough. The only thing I can do is promise to be a good representative of this award by working to become the best I can be.” 

Steele Symposium/Celebration of Excellence

Polly Reinicker with benefactor,  Catherine Bieber.

Polly Reinicker with benefactor, Catherine Bieber.

On April 12, the University of Delaware College of Education and Human Development set aside a day to showcase student scholarship and celebrate the success of undergraduate and graduates alike.

The day began with the 28th annual Marion H. Steele Symposium, during which students presented research papers and posters highlighting their knowledge about topics such as parenting and academic outcomes among Latino adolescents, practices of mathematics educators, an inventory of sexuality education, and assessing preschoolers’ language abilities.

In the afternoon, CEHD held its Celebration of Excellence, during which the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) and the School of Education each held ceremonies and presented awards. Over 200 family, friends and faculty were on-hand to offer congratulations as the students were recognized for their academic excellence, research, leadership and outstanding potential as professionals in the fields of education and human services. 

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College Connections

  • Contact us if you have a son or daughter graduating from UD this May (especially if they are in our College). We like to announce “legacies” at graduation.
  • Let us know if you’ve written a book – be it a textbook, children’s book or novel. We’re compiling a list of alumni authors.  

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Alumni News

Here are just a few highlights on our alumni in the news. To learn more about what’s been happening with your friends and colleagues, visit Catching up With Friends.  

  • Three CEHD alumni helped launch Delaware’s first Chinese immersion program for kindergarteners at McIlvaine Early Childhood Center.
  • Erin Yetter, our first graduate in the Economic Education PhD program is working as an Economic Education Specialist for the Louisville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis.
  • Monica Burns, ETE ’07 has a blog where she offers tips, lesson plans and ideas on how to effectively integrate technology into instruction.


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