Events, Awards and Celebrations
Learn more about the exciting events we host throughout the year within our college and out in the community.
On May 8, the University of Delaware College of Education and Human Development hosted a Celebration of Excellence at Clayton Hall. 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.
The Department of Human Development and Family Studies and the School of Education presented awards and scholarships to their outstanding students.
In addition, Lamont Browne, M.Ed, Ed.D, was presented with a Distinguished Alumnus award by the SOE, and two faculty members were recognized for their exemplary work in the field of education:
To see photos of the event, including our award winners, visit our CEHD Facebook page.
This year, CEHD bestowed degrees on 321 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students. The Convocation ceremony was held on Friday, May 30 at the Bob Carpenter Sports Center. Dean Okagaki congratulated our students on their achievement before urging them to use their degree to make a difference. (video of the CEHD convocation ceremony is available on YouTube).
Many of our students have already secured employment, accepting positions with Public Allies, Global Board of Missions and the New England Center for Children. They will be teaching in the US in Delaware, Maryland, New York, Tennessee and Vermont and even internationally, in Italy, England and Japan. Others are going to graduate school, including University of Virginia and Columbia University, or right here at UD, in our 4+1 programs.
CEHD’s student speaker, Nikki DiGregorio shared how her experiences at UD shaped her future. DiGregorio received a Doctor of Philosophy in Human Development and Family Studies this year.
Dean Okagaki then recognized students who completed the 2-year Career and Life Studies Certificate (CLSC) program through the Center for Disabilities Studies and the undergraduate and graduate students in our College. (see video below)
Doctoral students were also honored at the Doctoral Hooding ceremony on Friday evening on The Green. Jim Hiebert, the Robert J. Barkley Professor in the School of Education was presented with UD’s Outstanding Doctoral Graduate Student Advising and Mentoring Award.
Video of the CLSC students and their families preparing to receive their certificate during CEHD’s Convocation.
We kicked off the celebration on Friday with a College Reception, recognizing our Shining Stars — June 6 from 6-8 p.m. in the Alison Hall courtyard.
Alumni and friends strolled up the red carpet, flanked by golden tables and chairs, toward festive displays of delicious hors d’oeuvres. The weather was picture perfect providing the ideal backdrop for them to reunite with faculty and colleagues. Lynn Okagaki, dean, presented our Shining Stars with a blue and gold sculpture, honoring alumni and faculty who had received recognition for outstanding achievements in their field.
CEHD’s first iPads in Education Conference, was held on Saturday, October 19, in Willard Hall Education Building, with 168 pre-K to college educators from Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey in attendance. The conference, sponsored by the Office of Educational Technology, The College School, and the Education Resource Center in the College of Education and Human Development, gave regional educators an opportunity to learn how others integrated the iPad into their curriculum.
Thirty-three concurrent sessions were offered that included diverse topics such as digital storytelling, creating art on an iPad, flipping the classroom, and using the iPad to foster problem solving. A complete list of sessions is available on the iPads in Education site.
A featured presenter at the conference was Monica Burns (CEHD ’07) who presented on energizing lessons with iPad apps aligned to the Common Core and on teaching common core math with iPads. Ms. Burns is a New York City educator and Apple Distinguished Educator whose blog is at http://classtechtips.com. She has spent the past six years teaching in general education and Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) classrooms.
“It was so wonderful to meet passionate Delaware educators at the iPads in Education Conference here at UD. Not only was I excited to share my work surrounding iPads and the Common Core, but I had an opportunity to hear about the great things going on in other teacher’s classrooms and their vision for how technology can be used to transform instruction,” said Burns.
On Oct. 2, CDS held a ceremony marking their 20th Anniversary. The theme for the evening was “Educate — Connect — Empower.” Held at Clayton Hall the celebration included a reception, remarks from leaders in the community and a video featuring interviews from the people they’ve impacted.
UD alumna Rita Landgraf, a member of the Class of 1980 who serves as secretary of Delaware Health and Social Services, explained the important role that CDS has played throughout the years. “CDS has been a prime mover in helping my department achieve their goals,” she said. “They have played a pivotal role in all areas of government, collaborating with our departments of transportation, housing and education, to make them more inclusive for our citizens.”
But the message from keynote speaker Keith P. Jones was the most compelling. He explained how most families are discouraged from expecting their child to become a productive member of society. They are taught to accept that their child may graduate high school, but will then transition into social services. They will not go to college, get a job, live on their own or raise a family.
“People don’t expect us to dream the same dreams,” said Jones. “What they don’t appreciate is that our dreams aren’t different than anyone else’s, we just take a different road to get there.”
There are 60 million people with disabilities in the United States. Leaders should not consider that they are doing people a favor by providing accommodations. It is the right of individuals with disabilities to have the equal access to jobs, housing, education and health insurance.
“Individuals with disabilities deserve the same future as everyone else. They deserve social justice,” said Jones. “CDS understands this. They have made a difference in the lives of hundreds of people over the years. Not only for people who have come through your doors, but the people who can now become an integral part of the community.”
This year, the College of Education and Human Development reception brought our alumni on a ‘tour of the world’ as we highlighted our study abroad program.
Over 60 alumni, faculty and friends joined us on a warm summer evening as we enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, beverages and live music with an international flavor. We shared memories among tables decorated with Italian urns, tropical flowers and Indian spices. We dined on tortellini, cous cous, and prawns while sipping rum drinks and French wines.
In recognition of our study abroad theme, CEHD students and alumni who had participated in study abroad trips brought items to display, including an Australian boomerang, elegant scarves, African carvings, and animal figurines as well as contributing photos to a giant slideshow. They shared what they learned during their service learning in South Africa, France, Italy, Barbados and Australia. Shane Palkovitz, CEHD alumni, played acoustic guitar, entertaining the crowd with songs composed during his trips around the world.
NDEHS 15th anniversary celebration
On May 3, 2013, New Directions Early Head Start (NDEHS) celebrated 15 years of service to children and families in Delaware.
More than 300 faculty, staff, board members, community supporters, student volunteers and families joined the festivities at the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Wilmington,. Attendees were invited to participate in a scavenger hunt to learn the history of NDEHS while exploring the museum’s exhibits. Children were treated to face painting and adventures in the museum’s Nature Nook – including a visit with a live snake. Everyone enjoyed a refreshments and cake. Amber Edwards, a parent, was quoted saying “ My kids had a blast, they loved it. They keep asking, when we can go back.”
NDEHS is an interagency program based at the University of Delaware having partnership with the College of Education and Human Development, Department of Human Development & Family Studies and the Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood. As a non-profit organization NDEHS is committed to empowering and supporting low-income pregnant women, infants, toddlers and their families. They provide families with quality care and services to help them and their very young children, to promote children’s success and families’ self-sufficiency, through community collaboration and partnerships.
NDEHS was funded in October 1997 during the third national wave of federal support to develop Early Head Start programs across the nation. The NDEHS consortium of agencies represents an innovative collaborative model bringing together the University with a diverse group of nonprofit community agencies to provide direct services to over 1000 children and pregnant women in New Castle and Kent counties during the past 15 years.
UD professor, and co-author of the original NDEHS grant, Martha Buell, stated, “I could not be more pleased and proud of how New Directions Early Head Start has grown and developed over the years. In many ways this project exemplifies the mission of an engaged university – translating leading edge best practices into services that address the real needs of children and families.”
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 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.
Following the Celebration of Excellence, attendees were welcomed to a reception featuring UDairy Creamery ice cream scooped by faculty members and staff.
The College School celebrates National Literacy Month
To kick-off National Literacy Month activities, students at The College School (TCS) took part in Read the Most From Coast To Coast on March 1, and helped set a new national record for the number of Accelerated Reader™ quizzes taken in one day. The one- day record students were challenged to top was 3,581,992. and students across the US succeeded in setting a new record, taking 4,409,622 Accelerated Reader quizzes.”
“Students were excited to be a part of this shared challenge. They enjoyed seeing their quizzes counted among the national results on the live quiz counter,” said Laurie Drumm, TCS teacher.
The nation’s most widely used reading management software program for K12 schools, Accelerated Reader helps teachers motivate students to read, measure progress and improve reading levels. Students read a book at their appropriate level and then take a quiz. The software monitors results, generates reports, and provides a platform to manage individual reading practice.
Read the Most From Coast To Coast enabled students to take part in a shared reading adventure,” said Laura Dougherty, TCS Director. “Students were thrilled when the one-day AR Quiz Record was shattered.” All students at The College School who took part received a certificate of participation.
On March 4, students continued National Literacy Month activities with a kick-off to Blue Hens Read Across UD. Through this initiative, TCS took advantage of its unique opportunity to host UD and local community members who shared favorite children’s books with the students. On the first day, TCS welcomed Eric Ziady, UD Athletic Director; Coach Dave Brock, UD Head Football Coach; and Tony Glenn, Executive Director of DFRC.
Students then showcased their skills by sharing a reading of Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, by Judy Barrett. Dr. Glenn, former UD football player and coach, as well as educator, shared Giraffes Can’t Dance, by Giles Andreae, which emphasizes the value of each life and the unique gifts each person brings to society.
Through the remainder of the two-week project, TCS had visits from men’s basketball coach, Monte’ Ross, CEHD Dean Lynn Okagaki (pictured above), and numerous other professors and University community members. From all our visitors, the students at The College School are reminded that positive actions produce positive results and are encouraged to do their very best and always strive for success.
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Cross-University Collaborative Mentoring Conference held at UD
On June 20-21, UD hosted the 12th annual Cross-University Collaborative Mentoring Conference (CUCMC) at Perkins Student Center.
The CUCMC provides graduate students studying education and child development a unique opportunity to share their research and receive feedback from faculty and peers from neighboring universities. Students and faculty from UD, University of Pennsylvania, Fordham University and the University of Miami examined over 65 student presentations and posters.
Attendees were appreciative of the conference’s goal of providing graduate students with feedback from peers and professors on their independent research projects. As one student explained, “The supportive atmosphere and constructive feedback made for a wonderful and helpful experience.”
CEHD Alumni Reception
The sounds of good music and good cheer filled the lobby of Willard Hall Building on June 1, 2012, as alumni, faculty and staff gathered for our Alumni Reception. As part of UD’s Alumni Weekend, CEHD hosted an evening event to allow alumni to reminisce with classmates. Due to threatening weather, the reception was moved from the lawn to the lobby, but the change didn’t dampen spirits in the slightest. Guests ranged from newly-minted grads to an educator with over 50 years of experience from the Class of 1958.
- Dean Okagaki shared success stories of several students and encouraged attendees to continue their good work in the community.
- Shane Palkovitz, CEHD ’12, provided musical entertainment, playing original songs on his guitar.
- YoUDee made a special appearance, offering hugs, signing autographs and posing for photos.
- Over a dozen raffle prizes were offered, including gift certificates, CDs and items with college logos.
On June 2, UD’s Laboratory Preschool, in partnership with the Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood hosted the third annual Jane Davidson Forum on Play. The Play Forum was created in honor of former UD Lab Preschool Master Teacher Jane Davidson, who had an extraordinary ability to teach young children through play. It is designed to help educators incorporate play into their curriculum. The half-day conference, offering 12 workshops, a luncheon and a panel discussion was very well received by the teachers, administrators, specialists and therapists in attendance.
Included in the forum was the reading of a Proclamation issued by Gov. Markell, declaring June 1, 2012 to be Play Day for Delaware. This was orchestrated by students in HDFS 355, as part of a self-selected advocacy project.
To learn more about the forum and the proclamation, visit Learning Through Play on UDaily.
CONGRATULATIONS to our newest alumni – the Class of 2012
On May 25, the College of Education & Human Development’s convocation was held at the Bob Carpenter Center, where 359 undergraduate and graduate students received their degrees. Shane Palkovitz, student speaker, graduating with a double major in honors human services and English, offered these words of wisdom,”The more we learn, the more there is to know. We are now leaving one portion of student life, but we will continue to study and seek knowledge, no matter what walk of life we choose. Today is not only the end of student life, but also the start of a new student life. Today is a day of new beginnings.”
On May 11, the School of Education honored their outstanding students at an afternoon reception. Recipients were acknowledged for their mastery of education-based initiatives. Individuals were recognized for developing engaging lesson plans grounded in research-based practices, seeking leadership roles in school and even conducting research abroad to develop an international perspective in their field.
- Melva Ware, director for ASPIRE, was presented the Second Mile Award, for exceptional contributions to public education.
- Laura Glass, associate director of the School of Education and Amanda Jansen, associate professor, were presented the 2012 Distinguished Faculty Award
On April 20, HDFS hosted an awards celebration, recognizing our student award recipients. Included in this celebration were benefactors of the Marion H. Steele symposium award, the Stratner Gregory Award, the Catherine Bieber Award and the Julie Wilgen Award. Thank you to all our generous sponsors and their families, helping to support our students as they strive for academic excellence.
The Symposium and Honors Celebration took place at 3:00 p.m. in the Gallery at Perkins Student Center. To learn more about our awardees, visit Recognizing Talent in UDaily.
The 12th Annual Festival of Words (FOW) was held March 10 at Willard Hall Education Building. FOW provides high school students with an opportunity to hear a popular young adult author, enter writing contests, recite poetry and discuss books they’ve read. This year’s keynote speaker was Matt de la Pena, author of numerous Young Adult books, including Ball Don’t Lie and I Will Save You. One attendee shared their impression of the event. See more details on the event.
In April, the Early Learning Center had a visit from two very special guests – Elmo and Grover from Sesame Street. They stopped by to wave, offer hugs and share in a little physical activity, including the crowd favorite – the hokey pokey. Sesame Street Live was on campus for their production of Elmo’s Super Heroes, at The Bob.
During a press conference held Feb. 16, at the University of Delaware, Attorney General Biden was joined by leaders of four institutions of higher learning as they announced plans to introduce the Stewards of Children training to their campuses. “It is a natural fit for our college to serve as an active partner in this program,” states Dean Okagaki, CEHD.
On Jan. 19, two dozen students of The College School were able to demonstrate that they had a firm grasp of the scientific process during their school’s fifth annual science fair. See what exciting projects the students explored.
Delaware’s Text4Baby program was recognized on Jan. 31 for their first place award for the highest enrollment increase. The Text4baby program is coordinated through our Center for Disability Studies and provides “news you can use” to expectant and new moms via text messaging.