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Miranda Lindsey works as a student teacher at Medina Elementary

Education Story

Faculty News

February 28, 2003 - Faculty members in the School of Education at Union University share their knowledge and expertise in the classroom and throughout the community.

Dr. Michele Atkins, Director of Graduate Studies in Education on the Jackson Campus, and Dr. Ann Singleton, Education Department Chair, in February led a workshop entitled, “The Empathic Leader: A New Dynamic for Leading Academic Programs,” at the National Academic Chairpersons Conference in Orlando.

Dr. Ann Singleton also recently co-presented with Dr. Kina Mallard, Chair of the Communication Arts Department, a workshop for Union University adjunct faculty in Germantown called “Teaching, Learning, Testing—Where Is the Missing Link?”

Dr. Carrie Whaley, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education, traveled to New York in November and presented a paper entitled, “Implementing the Project Approach in Ins-Service and Pre-Service Classrooms” at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) annual conference.

Dr. Elizabeth Vaughn-Neely, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, in January presented two workshops to local educators. The first was entitled, “Hugging Data,” and challenged participants to create lesson plans and goals for reading instruction based on TCAP results and other data sources. The second workshop in Memphis, “PLC’s and Continuous Improvement,” focused on material for diagnosing a PLC to enhance continuous improvement for schools and programs.

Education faculty—Anna Clifford, Melessia Mathis, Carrie Whaley, Michele Atkins—in January presented workshop sessions at “LifeLines for Teachers,” sponsored collaboratively by Union University, Lambuth University, Freed-Hardeman University, Lane College, Jackson State Community College, and University of Memphis. More than 200 teachers from West Tennessee attended the all-day workshop.

Dr. Ken Newman, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, has been serving faithfully as a reader for the university’s Scholars of Excellence papers. In January he read and evaluated 70 essays submitted by hopeful new freshmen who wish to qualify for these prestigious scholarships.

Dr. Bill Hedspeth presented an in-service session, “Reading Comprehension,” at Medina Elementary in Jackson-Madison County Schools in January. Professor Hedspeth shared ideas for developing reading comprehension strategies in pre-kindergarten to grade four.