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SETH | News Archive 2010-2011

Congratulations to Professor Fred Jacobs, Director of the Doctoral Program in CAS's School of Education, Teaching, and Health! Dr. Jacobs was recently appointed as a Research Fellow to EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research. The center assembles leading scholars, practitioners, researchers, and analysts to provide research that allows higher education leaders to make better decisions about information technology. Dr. Jacobs will serve his term as Research Fellow from July 2011-June 2014. See more information about EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research.

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Danish Agency for International Education visits AU
On January 25, educators from Denmark visited AU to learn from the US model of education and to explore future cooperation. Discussions focused on how US teachers in primary and secondary schools manage and adapt to classrooms that are increasingly diverse due to immigrant communities.

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SETH and the University Library announce the dedication of the Sally L. Smith papers to the University Library Special Collections

Sally L. Smith’s Papers (1950s-2000s) document her contributions to the field of learning disabilities. The collection includes correspondence, manuscripts of published and unpublished monographs, speeches, and syllabi.

Smith founded The Lab School of Washington where she developed the school's innovative curriculum, the "academic club" method, in which students learn by relying on visual and hands-on activities. Subsequently, she ran the master's in special education program at American University, and, in 2001, received the university's medal for twenty-five years of outstanding service.

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On Friday, November 12, the United States Institute of Peace hosted the 3rd annual meeting of the Washington, DC Area Comparative and International Education Research Colloquium. Elizabeth Anderson Worden, Assistant Professor at American University, presented her findings from a study on social memory and teaching history in the Republic of Moldova. 

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On Wednesday, November 10, 2010 DC Reads and the Center for Community Engagement and Service sponsored a session on Race, Privilege, and Urban Education led by SETH's Dr. Stacie Tate. The discussion focused on historical and present day issues of race and privilege in urban education, specifically in the DC community, and how to be an advocate for education equity and social change.

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Collaborative For Urban Education, Research, and Development Panel 2010

Sarah Irvine Belson (standing), Sara Mead, Pedro Noguera, Kojo Nnamdi, Charles Tesconi, and Amber Winkler.

On November 4, 2010, SETH hosted the Collaborative for Urban Education, Research, Development Launch Event. Kojo Nnamdi lead panelists in a discussion about Urban Education: How Do We Improve Our Schools? Our discussants included Sara Mead, Bellwether Partners; Dr. Pedro Noguera, New York University; Dr. Charles Tesconi, American University; and Dr. Amber Winkler, Fordham Institute.

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Vivian Vasquez, Gerald Campano, Emily Appel, and Muna Shami - panelists.

On Saturday, October 23, 2010, American University welcomed Gerald Campano and SETH alumni, Emily Appel (MAT 2008) and Muna Shami (PhD 2010) (pictured: seated left to right; also pictured Dr. Vivian Vasquez) for the Annual Larissa Gerstel Critical Literacy Symposium.  The panel discussed effective methods of encouraging critical literacy with immigration students.