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SETH | News Archive 2008-2009

Dr. Pedro Noguera delivered the keynote presentation at the AQUE Symposium, Creating the Schools We Need for the 21st Century, on February 28, 2009. See more information and hear the presentation:
Pedro Noguera, Creating the Schools We Need.  

SETH Assistant Professor Elizabeth Anderson was interviewed by the BBC in April about the political situation in Moldova. To learn about Dr. Anderson’s research in Moldova go to:

To listen to Dr. Anderson’s BBC Interview, click here

SETH graduate and adjunct professor Kamel Igoudjil received the Mayor’s Award for Teaching in Language Arts in March. As an advanced placement English teacher at School Without Walls in DC, Professor Igoudjil is continually exposing his students to stimulating experiences. He received grants to bring famous authors to his classroom, implemented the Heritage Project connecting students with their ancestors, participated in the Kennedy Center Artist in Residence programs, developed and taught projects in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution, and designed and taught courses on 60’s culture and the literature of the Lost Generation. He received his MAT in Secondary English from SETH in 2007.

In December, Professor Igoudjil's students won the Human Rights Essay Contest of the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area. The students were honored at the annual UNA/NCA Human Rights Luncheon held on Capital Hill December 10th, the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. You may download the essays from the UNA/NCA website here.

More information about the 24th Annual Mayor’s Awards can be found here.

SETH graduate Jacob Choi received the American University 2009 Honors Capstone Research Conference Honorable Mention award for his project, "Combat Evolved: Lanchester’s Laws in Modern Warfare." Judges at this year's conference recognized the capstone work of a total of 12 students from the group of 42 students who gave oral and poster presentations. Conference award and honorable mention recipients were recognized at the University Honors Program Convocation on May 8. Mr. Choi completed his BS from AU this spring in Secondary Mathematics Education. His presentation can be viewed at

After the fall elections, Choi was interviewed by the Associated Press on the future of education. Click here to see interview.

Undergraduate Katherine Streit won the Mathias award this year for the best paper by a Freshman/Sophomore. Her paper, "Injustices in the Classroom: The Urban Education Crisis, Why It Happened, and What to Do," was informed in part by an alternative break on the topic of Inequality and Injustice in K-12 Education which was supervised by SETH Professor Stephen Vassallo. Ms. Streit made a presentation based on her paper in the SETH course Education for Social Justice. To learn about other Mathias winners, go to

SETH Graduate Dr. Maryam Al-Ali's book Faculty Attitudes Toward Sakai Course Management System: An Educational Perspective is available in paperback on The book is about faculty attitudes towards the open source course management system, Sakia, and is based on research Dr Al-Ali completed for her doctoral dissertation at AU.

Listen to NPR's Scott Simon interview Cosby Hunt, Social Studies teacher at Bell Multicultural High School in DC, about teaching this historic election

Cosby was one of three teachers interviewed in his classroom for a November 8th story on Weekend Edition about teaching students during the campaign and after the election of Barak Obama for President. Hunt was a participant in AU's Strengthening the Teaching of American History program which provided American history educators from the District with strategies for improving student understanding and appreciation of traditional American history through graduate level history and education courses at full scholarship. He has also mentored AU student teachers in his classroom and is one of DC's National Board Certified teachers.

You may listen to the radio story - Teaching History as it Happens - at

SETH Adjunct Professor Sherri Stevens was pictured in the Washington Post in an article about gifted education in Montgomery County. To see the article and pictures, click here

AQUE Symposium Forum on Professional Development for Early Childhood Educators was held at American University on December 6, 2008. Directors of the Georgetown University Center on Health and Education, Drs. Craig and Sharon Ramey, spoke on Effective Professional Development for Early Childhood Educators: Research Based Evidence.