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  • Researcher, lecturer, and entrepreneur, Solomon Akele Abebe visits Beloit College. During the second week of classes, Solomon Akele Abebe visited the Beloit College campus, at the invitation of Sonja Darlington. Sonja met Solomon while she was in Ethiopia participating in ...
    Posted Dec 9, 2015, 10:31 AM by Education Studies
  • Introducing our Fall 2015 Visiting Instructors The department of Education and Youth Studies is fortunate to have the following visiting instructors teaching courses during the fall 2015 semester while Kathy Greene and Jingjing Lou are on ...
    Posted Dec 10, 2015, 9:34 AM by Education Studies
  • EDYS Department Hosts Open House for its Majors On Sunday, October 25th, the department of Education and Youth Studies hosted an Open House for its majors.  The purpose was to provide a time for students to relax and ...
    Posted Dec 10, 2015, 9:35 AM by Education Studies
  • Welcome Back, Professor Jingjing Lou! As many of you know, Professor Jingjing Lou has been on maternity leave/sabbatical since fall of 2014.  She will be coming back to teach at Beloit College beginning January ...
    Posted Dec 10, 2015, 9:36 AM by Education Studies
  • EDYS Faculty Sabbaticals, 2015-2016 Professor Kathy Greene is spending her year on sabbatical in and around Beloit, working on several projects.  She and Katie Johnson (Biology) have been translating the research they conducted as ...
    Posted Nov 17, 2015, 11:24 AM by Education Studies
  • New EDYS Majors: Fall 2015 The department of Education and Youth Studies is pleased to announce the addition of 19 new students as majors.  Congratulations on a great choice!Track 2 (Adolescents and Schools)Chris ...
    Posted Nov 17, 2015, 10:18 AM by Education Studies
  • EDYS Students Who Have Studied Abroad The following EDYS majors recently spent time studying abroad:Izabella Berman (Fall 2014-Turkey)Kristen McNeill (Fall 2014-Russia)Vanessa Peña (Fall 2014-Amsterdam)The following EDYS majors are currently ...
    Posted Dec 10, 2015, 9:40 AM by Education Studies
  • Fall 2015 Student Teachers During the fall 2015 term, nine EDYS students in Track I and II started their student teaching semester.  Most students will complete their student teaching in January, 2016.    Elementary / Middle ...
    Posted Dec 10, 2015, 9:42 AM by Education Studies
  • Updates on Recent Graduates Congratulations to the following EDYS graduates who are now teaching!!Emily Wells (Drama teacher at Storey County District, Carson City, Nevada)Katherina Nelson (Chinese teacher at Bridgeport High School, Grayslake ...
    Posted Dec 10, 2015, 9:44 AM by Education Studies
  • Fall 2015 Office Assistant for EDYS Department Student worker Semaite Abiy is the EDYS department office assistant for the fall 2015 semester. He is a first-year student from Nairobi, Kenya. Semaite is as of yet undecided ...
    Posted Dec 10, 2015, 11:39 AM by Education Studies
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Researcher, lecturer, and entrepreneur, Solomon Akele Abebe visits Beloit College.

posted Dec 1, 2015, 10:38 AM by Semaite Abiy   [ updated Dec 9, 2015, 10:31 AM by Education Studies ]

During the second week of classes, Solomon Akele Abebe visited the Beloit College campus, at the invitation of Sonja Darlington. Sonja met Solomon while she was in Ethiopia participating in Projects Abroad, a volunteer teaching experience. Solomon was a former teacher at the International Language and Leadership school where Sonja taught, and he also introduced her to artists teaching at the University of Addis Ababa in preparation for her FYI (2009) on environmental cross-currents in Ethiopia and Sudan. Solomon’s scholarship includes a Master of Science in Entrepreneurship (2015) and a Master of Arts in Applied Cultural Analysis (2013) from Lund University, Sweden, in addition to a Masters of Arts in Social Anthropology (2008) from the University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. His work experience includes being a co-founder and project manage
r of WiFarm, a Swedish-based investment company that provides farm management and monitoring intelligence using wireless sensor networks and mobile/web–based applications. He has also been an assistant lecturer at Lund University in the Faculty of Arts and Cultural Sciences. Previous to studying and working in Sweden, Solomon worked as a researcher in the School of Social Work at Addis Ababa University and Oxfam Canada’s Ethiopia Office. He also participated in a research team, which provided access to and utilization of health centers in rural Ethiopia though the Ethiopian Millennium Rural Initiative. Other work-related experience includes principal research team member reviewing Where There is No Doctor (WTND), a village healthcare handbook, and volunteering for the Children Legal Protection Center of The African Child Policy Forum. While at Beloit College, Solomon visited classes and met with faculty and students across the campus. He was invited to speak in Dr. Sonja Darlington’s EDYS 102 and EDYS 276 classes, Dr. Jennifer Esperanza’s Anthropology Senior Capstone, and Mr. Brian Morello’s Entrepreneurship class. The department of Education and Youth Studies served as host for Solomon while he was in Beloit.

Introducing our Fall 2015 Visiting Instructors

posted Nov 25, 2015, 8:32 AM by Semaite Abiy   [ updated Dec 10, 2015, 9:34 AM by Education Studies ]



The department of Education and Youth Studies is fortunate to have the following visiting instructors teaching courses during the fall 2015 semester while Kathy Greene and Jingjing Lou are on sabbatical.  
Please join us in welcoming:

Carol Fox - teaching EDYS 267 "Curricula and Theories for Adolescents"

Carol has both an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and a Master's degree in administration.  She was a classroom teacher in elementary for 12 years and a principal of elementary schools for 23 years.  She retired from Royce Elementary School here in Beloit in 2009.  Since that time she has been working with a variety of colleges, including Beloit College, as a supervisor for student teachers and helping with practicum classes.  This fall, she was asked to teach the Middle School methods class.   There are five students who completed the practicum experience for this class at McNeel Middle School.  Carol has enjoyed working with Beloit College students in her class and in previous years.  The students are eager to learn about education and want to make the most of their classroom experiences.  The students are also very friendly and welcoming.  Carol has enjoyed sharing her passion for education with Beloit College students.


Sondra Fox - teaching EDYS 262 "Exploring Language, Literature, and Literacy"

The EDYS department is delighted to have Sondra Fox teaching EDYS 262 this fall.  The course was designed to help students become successful teachers of language arts.  The academic goals included helping Beloit College students learn the developmental levels of the students they will teach, the research findings about reading, writing, listening and speaking, and the skills necessary for success in the language arts.  Students spent time each week putting this knowledge into practice in the community through a practicum experience in which they visited, observed, and practiced teaching at Robinson Elementary.


Brynn Hambly - teaching EDYS 276 "Drama for Teaching and Learning"

Brynn earned her Master's Degree in Elementary Education at the University of Iowa and her BA at the University of Puget Sound, but her most useful education came from working at Seattle Children's Theatre.  Brynn taught the EDYS course, Drama for Teaching and Learning this fall.  She loves that many Beloit College students are eager to incorporate social justice into their work with young people.

 
In addition, we are pleased to have Robert Fitzsimmons joining us as the Student Teacher Supervision Manager.  Bob is responsible for the oversight of the observation and evaluation of student teachers during the fall semester of 2015.  He works with the College Supervisors and Cooperating Teachers to ensure that evaluations are completed in a timely manner.  He plays a huge role in making the student teaching placement successful for our student teachers.

Thank you for your dedication to our students! 

EDYS Department Hosts Open House for its Majors

posted Nov 19, 2015, 10:42 AM by Semaite Abiy   [ updated Dec 10, 2015, 9:35 AM by Education Studies ]


On Sunday, October 25th, the department of Education and Youth Studies hosted an Open House for its majors.  
The purpose was to provide a time for students to relax and connect with other EDYS majors.  They enjoyed pizza and ice-cream 
with their peers and professors in the newly refurbished Fireside Lounge in MI.

   

 

Welcome Back, Professor Jingjing Lou!

posted Nov 17, 2015, 11:53 AM by Education Studies   [ updated Dec 10, 2015, 9:36 AM ]

As many of you know, Professor Jingjing Lou
 has been on maternity leave/sabbatical since fall of 2014.  She will be coming back to teach at Beloit College beginning January 2016!  We recently received an update from Jingjing:

I am currently on leave spending time with my family in Arizona. I am busying with writing, and raising my 14-month-old son Kai . We are enjoying lots of good time hiking in the forests and desert of Arizona. I look forward to going back to teaching this January and meeting the new students. I've already heard a lot of wonderful things about this class. I will be offering three courses this Spring: EDYS 204 Constructing Difference, EDYS 276 East Asian Education, Culture, and Society, and EDYS 382 Senior Thesis. 
Best,
Jingjing

Jingjing Lou, is an associate professor who obtained a B.A. from the Peking University (People's Republic of China) in Russian Language and Literature, an M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Russian and East European Studies, and a Ph.D. in Education Policy Studies from Indiana University at Bloomington.  Her dissertation is entitled "The School Wall Crumbles: Pollution, Townization, and the Changing Ecology of Rural Schooling in Northwest China."  She has been awarded a Spencer Fellowship (2007-2008), a Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Student Abroad (2007-2008), a 1990 Institute/OYCF Research Fellowship (2009-10), Chancellor's Fellowship (Indiana University, 2003-2007), and a few other research and travel grants. Jingjing is interested in international and comparative education research. She also has research interests in international education and the internationalization of US public schools and higher education. Jingjing has done research and published on the financing and privatization of higher education in Russia, US and China. She has also researched on girls’ education, migrant children’s education, and rural youth’s education and identity development in China. Currently, she is particularly interested in townization and migration and its impact on rural Chinese youth and their education.  In addition to teaching and research, Jingjing has also served as a research consultant for a few international and domestic NGOs.  louj@beloit.edu 

EDYS Faculty Sabbaticals, 2015-2016

posted Nov 16, 2015, 10:36 AM by Semaite Abiy   [ updated Nov 17, 2015, 11:24 AM by Education Studies ]

Professor Kathy Greene is spending her year on sabbatical in and around Beloit, working on several projects.  She and Katie Johnson (Biology) have been translating the research they conducted as members of the Advising Circle into several papers and presentations at professional meetings, including one in San Diego in April.  Kathy is also continuing her work on the multi-institutional Teagle grant (with faculty and administrators from Colorado College, Knox College, Monmouth College), which they will be presenting at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges and Universities in January 2016.  This month (November), she's leading an advising workshop for faculty at Colorado College. In addition to her professional work, Kathy is taking every opportunity to travel, to see her daughters and granddaughter, to spend time in warm climates, and to learn how to reupholster the wingback chair from her office that so many EDYS students have sat in over the years!

Professor Jingjing Lou will be on sabbatical for the fall 2015 semester. She plans to finish a few writing projects and spend time with family.  We are looking forward to having her back in January 2016!

New EDYS Majors: Fall 2015

posted Nov 16, 2015, 10:35 AM by Semaite Abiy   [ updated Nov 17, 2015, 10:18 AM by Education Studies ]

The department of Education and Youth Studies is pleased to announce the addition of 19 new students as majors.  
Congratulations on a great choice!

Track 2 (Adolescents and Schools)


Chris Anderson


Claudette Breaux


Colby Dace


Benamin Foley-Martin


Gillian Keller


Forrest Lloyd


Marin Powers


Jennifer Putman


Leslea Strauss


Sam Yim


Junhao Zhou


Track 3 (Youth and Society)

Siheng Fu

Julia Graston


Samantha Haubrich


Bianca Moreno


Dina Sipiora


Madeline Stein


Macy Tran


Kyndall White




EDYS Students Who Have Studied Abroad

posted Nov 16, 2015, 10:35 AM by Semaite Abiy   [ updated Dec 10, 2015, 9:40 AM by Education Studies ]

The following EDYS majors recently spent time studying abroad:
Izabella Berman (Fall 2014-Turkey)
Kristen McNeill (Fall 2014-Russia)
Vanessa Peña (Fall 2014-Amsterdam)

The following EDYS majors are currently studying abroad:
Will Banville (Puerto Rico)
Coral Ellis (Sweden)
Cassandra King (Hungary)
Jennifer Putman (Hungary)
Madeline Stein (UK)
Kyndall White (Australia)

Happy and safe travels, everyone!

Fall 2015 Student Teachers

posted Nov 16, 2015, 10:34 AM by Semaite Abiy   [ updated Dec 10, 2015, 9:42 AM by Education Studies ]

During the fall 2015 term, nine EDYS students in Track I and II started their student teaching semester.  Most students will complete their student teaching in January, 2016.    


Elementary / Middle School Certification

Olivia Cañizares at O. A. Thorp Scholastic Academy, Chicago, Illinois

Brigitte Hautzinger at Todd Elementary School, Beloit


Middle / High School Certification

Samantha Anderson at Beloit Memorial High School (English)

Adrianna Baldwin at Beloit Memorial High School (English)

Blake Garcia at Malcolm Shabazz City High School, Madison, Wisconsin

(Social Studies & Psychology)

Brenda Guzman at Beloit Memorial High School (Spanish)

Jim Leyhane at Evanston Township High School, Evanston, Illinois (History)

Alexandria Rehfeldt at Hononegah High School, Rockton, Illinois (English)

Seth Sanderson at Winnebago High School, Winnebago, Illinois (Science)


We wish you all the best!


Updates on Recent Graduates

posted Nov 16, 2015, 10:33 AM by Semaite Abiy   [ updated Dec 10, 2015, 9:44 AM by Education Studies ]

Congratulations to the following EDYS graduates who are now teaching!!

Emily Wells (Drama teacher at Storey County District, Carson City, Nevada)
Katherina Nelson (Chinese teacher at Bridgeport High School, Grayslake, Illinois)
Andrew Wood (Semester Long Substitute in the School District of Richfield)
Laramie Wieseman (Biology Teacher at Turner High School, Beloit, WI)
James Jobb (Waukesha West High School, Waukesha, WI)
Lily O'Brien (French Teacher, 8th Grade at Thurston Middle School, Laguna Beach, California) 

Fall 2015 Office Assistant for EDYS Department

posted Nov 16, 2015, 10:33 AM by Semaite Abiy   [ updated Dec 10, 2015, 11:39 AM by Education Studies ]

Student worker Semaite Abiy is the EDYS department office assistant for the fall 2015 semester. He is a first-year student from 
Nairobi, Kenya. Semaite is as of yet undecided in what he wants to major, but has interests in Anthropology, Political Science, and Philosophy. His hobbies include reading, playing chess and listening to music.


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