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Week of May 26, 2015

The Bulletin is published biweekly during the summer.

In This Issue

Commencement Photos and Video
William Davis, Ph.D., Receives Mullan Distinguished Teaching Award
Welcome Michael Allensworth, Student Life Intern
NDMU Athletics hosting summer basketball camp

Professional Accomplishments
   Office of Student Life
   School of Education

NDMU in the News


Commencement Photos and Video

Please visit the Commencement page on the website for a video of the entire Commencement 2015 ceremony and for links to photos of Commencement Week activities.

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William Davis, Ph.D., Receives Mullan Distinguished Teaching Award

William Davis, Ph.D., professor of English at Notre Dame of Maryland University, has been honored with the 2015 Mullan Distinguished Teaching Award. Every year since 1976, the University has selected to honor one exemplary faculty colleague.  

NDMU President Marylou Yam, Ph.D., presented the award to Dr. Davis during the University’s 2015 Commencement on May 23 at the Hilton Baltimore.

In announcing the surprise honor to Dr. Davis, Christine De Vinne, OSU, Ph.D., Notre Dame’s vice president for academic affairs, said “well represents the purpose of the award. He was an early leader in service learning on campus. And as a student who nominated him points out, the material on his syllabus ‘teachers life lessons,’” she said.

“A past department chair and past director of the Writing Center, Professor Davis is also the first to have held the Sister Maura Eichner endowed chair in the English Department. From the land of Thomas Hardy to the halls of Notre Dame, from the London theater to the offices in Gibbons, he has been a model of learning and teaching,” she said.

Dr. Davis earned a bachelor’s degree from Towson University and his master’s and doctorate from the University of Delaware, all in English. A specialist in Victorian literature, Dr. Davis is the author of a 2003 book, Thomas Hardy and the Law: Legal Presences in Hardy's Life and Fiction.

He received the President’s Medal at the 2014 Commencement for 25 years of service to the University.


Welcome Michael Allensworth, Student Life Intern

On Monday, May 18th, Michael Allensworth joined the Student Life team as part of the national internship program through the Association of College & University Housing Officer-International (ACUHO-I). ACUHO-I internships are one of the most prestigious and competitive  internship opportunities in Student Affairs with over 150 institutions throughout the world competing in the process to host interns on their campuses each summer. During his time at Notre Dame, Michael will be learning about the rich history of our institution, the value of a Catholic liberal arts education, and from mentors throughout Student Life and beyond. Michael is a visiting second year student in the Masters of Arts in Student Affairs Administration program at Michigan State University. His office is office is in MBK 215. Please stop by and welcome him to the gator community.

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Athletics hosting a summer basketball camp

NDMU Athletics will host a summer basketball camp from 10 am. to noon, July 6-10 for 6-8th grade girls. Cost is $35 per camper.  We will also be holding an evening session for 3rd-5th grade boys and girls at 5 pm. to 7 p.m. July 6-9. Cost is $30 per camper.  The price includes a camp t-shirt.  Camp will feature instruction and coaching from the Notre Dame basketball coaching staff and current team members, a team that posted the schools best record since 2008-09. 

Any questions can be directed to Head Basketball Coach Allen Dehority, 410-532-5378 or adehority@ndm.edu

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Professional Activities

Office of Student Life

Melissa Lees, Director of Campus Ministry and Service, and Sarah Williamson, Director of Residence & Commuter Life, have been selected to make a presentation at the 16th Annual Association for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities Conference from July 21 to 24 at Providence College in Providence, R.I. In their talk, titled Courage to Care: Transforming lives, empowering change, they will address how small Catholic colleges and universities are challenged with the diverse needs of an ever-changing student population. With these challenges come the response to critical incidents such as sexual assaults, homelessness, and mental health crises. This presentation will discuss best practices when responding to at-risk students while providing a collaborative team approach to empower students in developing critical skills for success in college and beyond. Participants will learn about national trends, a collaborative institutional approach, and will discuss strategies to address these population needs on their campuses.

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School of Education

The following faculty members and Professional Development School partners presented their research during the Maryland Professional Development Schools Conference held at Bowie State University on May 2, 2015:

  • Associate Faculty Member, Dr. Lisa Williams presented, Developing Cultural Competence:  A School/University PDS Partnership Moving In-Service Teachers from Theory to Practice, a research project developed in conjunction with Dr. Stephanie Savick, Assistant Professor, and Ms. Candice Logan-Washington, Associate Faulty Member.
  • Peter Schmidt, Ph.D. student and assistant principal at Hillcrest Elementary School, and Amanda Winpigler, PDS site coordinator at Hillcrest, presented their work, Involving Underserved Populations in the Learning Process:  Focus on the Family for English Learners.

The following NDMU interns presented their action research projects during a gallery walk at the MD Professional Development Schools Conference:

  • Julie Carter presented Analyzing the Effects of College and Career -Ready Reading and Writing Standards in the Classroom;
  • Samantha Ellis, Michelle, Devlin, and Abigail Kliar presented English Language Learners in Reading / Language Arts;
  • Eryn McCarthy presented Practically Preparing for PARCC;
  • Latoria Shephard presented The Effects of Using Classroom Management and Pedagogy to Improve General Proficiency and Classroom Instruction for Ninth- Grade Students.

2014-2015 Professional Development School Accomplishments

NDMU formally partners with 18 public PDS schools across 4 different school systems to develop teacher interns, provide professional development to school-based faculty, and support school improvement goals.  Below are just a few of the many accomplishments these partnerships have accomplished this year, facilitated by SoE faculty members.

Oakleigh Elementary School Partnership, Baltimore County Public Schools

Liaison – Lisa Pallett, Assistant Professor, SoE

Site Coordinator, Jen Jones, Teacher at Oakleigh

Faculty at NDMU and Oakleigh collaborated to design and implement a mini-conference for Oakleigh teachers in August of 2014.  Teachers were able to select three sessions to attend from nine total sessions. Topics were based on the needs of the faculty and included PARCC, classroom management, differentiation, learning styles, and sessions on a variety of teaching strategies.  Teachers found this to be a beneficial professional development experience. As in past years, interns from NDMU tutored Oakleigh students one day a week before school.  This program ran in two, six-week sessions; one session was in the fall and one session was in the spring. The administrators and faculty were impressed with the dedication of the interns and saw mathematical growth from the tutored students. The students enjoyed the opportunity to receive focused instruction and personal attention from the interns.

Hillcrest Elementary School Partnership, Baltimore County Public Schools

Liaison – David Morrocco, Assistant Professor, SoE

Site Coordinator – Amanda Winpigler, Teacher at Hillcrest

Four SoE interns successfully completed their internships at Hillcrest this year. All four interns collaborated with Hillcrest faculty and staff on a successful evening designed for families of ESOL students, and funds were used to continue meeting these families’ needs with the purchase of books in Spanish. In addition, Hillcrest administration and faculty collaborated with NDMU in arranging unique and productive placements for two of the interns.

Johnnycake Elementary School Partnership, Baltimore County Public Schools

Liaison – Dawn Jacobs, Assistant Professor, SoE

Site Coordinator – Tiffany Aryes, Teacher at Johnnycake

Two SoE inters successfully completed their internships with general and special educators at the school.  Interns were supported through faculty guidance, teaching opportunities, welcome breakfasts, welcome letters, and integration into school events.  During two family nights, parents received research-based strategies for math and science support that were collaboratively created by the interns and the university liaison.  In addition, SoE Assistant Professor, Ryan Schaaf, provided a professional development session on technology integration in the classroom. 

Woodlawn High School Partnership, Baltimore County Public Schools

Liaison – Stephanie Savick, Assistant Professor, SoE

Site Coordinator – Yalonda Booker, Staff Developer at Woodlawn

Four SoE interns successfully completed their internships at Woodlawn High School this year. The coordinating council planned semester-long ‘chew and chat’ professional development sessions for the interns this year.  Some of the topics included ‘chats’ on classroom management, special education, setting up your classroom, first-year reflections.  In addition, SoE Assistant Professors, Ryan Schaff, Dawn Jacobs, Danea Farley, and Angela Snyder provided professional development sessions for inservice teachers at Woodlawn on the following topics:  integrating technology, co-teaching, inclusion strategies, and classroom management.  The Woodlawn High School leadership team also held their annual retreat on Notre Dame’s campus this year.

Kenwood High School Partnership, Baltimore County Public Schools

Liaison – Kelly Bull, Associate Professor, SoE

Site Coordinator – Erica Groom, Teacher at Kenwood

One of NDMU’s longest-running PDS partnerships is with Kenwood High School in Baltimore County.  This year, Kenwood centered its faculty development on meeting the needs of diverse student populations.  After school workshops were held throughout the year on topics including Differentiating Instruction for High-Ability Learners, Spanish Language and Culture for Educators, and Mentoring a New Teacher.  Next year, many Kenwood teachers will enroll in a nine-credit certificate program on Culturally Proficient Teaching sponsored by the university.

Stemmers Run Middle School Partnership, Baltimore County Public Schools

Liaison – Kelly Bull, Associate Professor, SoE

Site Coordinator – John Huber, Teacher at Stemmers Run

Professional Development School partner, Stemmers Run Middle School, hosted five interns this year from NDMU.  Mentor teachers at Stemmers were pleased with the preparation and professionalism of our NDMU interns who taught sixth through eighth grade students in social studies, mathematics, and English language arts.  Faculty participated in a professional development book study on Eric Jensen’s Teaching with Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids’ Brains and What Schools Can Do about It

Western High School Partnership, Baltimore City Public Schools

Liaison – Stephanie Savick, Assistant Professor, SoE

Site Coordinator – Charmaina Clay, Teacher at Western

Western hosted one SoE intern in Western’s English department this year.  NDMU and Western also partnered to offer a professional book study to teachers based on Peggy Orenstein’s, School Girls: Young Women, Self-Esteem, and the Confidence Gap.  Eight Western teachers participated in the book study, and gained valuable information about how they can better serve the young women in their academic programs at the school. As Western’s liaison, Stephanie Savick provided a 5-session professional development series to all Western faculty on backwards mapping during the planning process. 

John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle, Baltimore City Public Schools

Liaison – Joyce Cummings, University Liaison, SoE

Site Coordinator – Lauren Watson, Assistant Principal at John Ruhrah

Four teacher interns successfully completed their internships at John Ruhrah this year. As of this date, three of these teacher interns have been offered advanced contracts with Baltimore City Public Schools!  During the bitter cold winter, faculty at the university organized a coat drive at the request of the Coordinating Council.  The response was overwhelmingly positive and 153 coats plus numerous hats, scarves, mittens and gloves were donated to the students at the school.  This year, the eighth grade closing will be held in the auditorium on Notre Dame’s campus.

Medfield Heights Elementary, Baltimore City Public Schools

Liaison – Joyce Cummings, University Liaison, SoE

Site Coordinator, Paula Sells, Teacher at Medfield Heights

Four interns successfully completed their internships at Medfield Heights this year.  In addition, a member of the Notre Dame faculty presented a professional development session to teachers at the school on teaching writing in the classroom.  Intern research projects were presented during team meetings.  One intern conducted research which provided baseline data for the school improvement writing goal. 

Arnold Elementary School Partnership, Anne Arundel County Public Schools

Liaison – Sr. Janet Mary Shields, University Liaison, SoE

Site Coordinator – Margie Smith, Teacher at Arnold

At Arnold Elementary, four interns successfully completed their internships. As a result of the funding supported by NDMU and AACPS, The Daily Five book was purchased for interested teachers.  A book study was conducted on EMODO and afforded the faculty in the primary grades a basis for the implementation of the program.  In collaboration with Belvedere Elementary, the primary teachers visited the primary grades to observe the Daily Five Program being implemented.

Belvedere Elementary School Partnership, Anne Arundel County Public Schools

Liaison – Sr. Janet Mary Shields, University Liaison, SoE

Site Coordinator – Kelly Henderson, Teacher at Belvedere

At Belvedere, two SoE interns completed successful internship experiences. The faculty at Belvedere welcomed teachers from Arnold as they observed the Daily Five Program being implemented in the primary classrooms.

Lothian Elementary School, Anne Arundel County Public Schools

Liaison – Michelle Jones, University Liaison, SoE

Site Coordinator – Jennifer Simmons, Teacher at Lothian

The new site coordinator and the new liaison established a trusting, working relationship with the administration and faculty of the school this year. The liaison became a member of the School Improvement Team and contributed to the team meetings throughout the year. The site coordinator initiated professional development activities for teachers and students on the Chromebook for PARCC implementation and testing.

Severn River Middle School Partnership, Anne Arundel County Public Schools

Liaison – Juliann Dupuis, Assistant Professor, SoE

Site Coordinator – Mary Rathlev, Teacher at Severn River

Six SoE interns successfully completed their internships at Severn River, and two workshops were hosted by NDMU SoE faculty. One workshop focused on classroom management training and the second included six faculty members providing strategies in a content area workshop for English, science, social studies, math, special education and technology educators. 

Broadneck High School Partnership, Anne Arundel County Public Schools

Liaison – Juliann Dupuis, Assistant Professor, SoE

Site Coordinator –Amanda Adley/ Leslie Agre, Teachers at Broadneck

Five SoE interns successfully completed their internships at Broadneck, and one workshop was hosted by NDMU faculty focused on classroom management training. One intern was so well received by the school that he was asked to finish the remainder of his internship as a long term substitute teaching advanced placement courses.  

Church Creek Elementary School Partnership, Harford County Public Schools

Liaison – Keri Guilbault, Assistant Professor, SoE

Site Coordinator – Josie Curry, Teacher at Church Creek

Partners worked together this year to ensure a smooth transition with their new principal and new university liaison. The Coordinating Council members provided a welcoming environment for NDMU student interns who also had the opportunity to participate in the first county-wide professional development conference in November. CCES hosted five interns this school year including one undergraduate, two GEIs and two MAT interns. This year, interns completed action research and intervention projects that focused on the school word work goals for reading improvement. One of our interns was hired immediately as a long-term substitute allowing her to remain in her second internship classroom for the remainder of the school year while the mentor teacher was out on leave.

Forest Hill Elementary School Partnership, Harford County Public Schools

Liaison – Keri Guilbault, Assistant Professor, SoE

Site Coordinator – Robin Peterson, Teacher at Forest Hill

Forest Hill Elementary hosted five interns this school year including one undergraduate intern, one ACT, one GEI and two MAT interns. NDMU was able to provide an expert speaker on the topic of STEM to align with school improvement goals. The Coordinating Council members are working with their university liaison to continue planning professional development on differentiation for the 2015-2016 school year.

Aberdeen High School Partnership, Harford County Public Schools

Liaison, Pat Neary, University Liaison, SoE

Site Coordinator – Melynda Velez, Mentor at Aberdeen HighA major goal at Aberdeen High this year was to improve the relevancy of the Intervention Projects produced by NDMU interns at the school. Ms. Velez was able to develop a document which allowed interns to choose from relevant topics related to school improvement efforts. 

Aberdeen Middle School Partnership, Harford County Public Schools

Liaison, Pat Neary, University Liaison, SoE

Site Coordinator – Daniel Brewer, Teacher at Aberdeen Middle

Site Coordinator, Dan Brewer, was able to form a small, but committed Coordinating Council consisting of three former mentor teachers in addition to the liaison.  A major goal this year was to improve the relevancy of the Intervention Projects produced by NDMU interns. The Coordinating Council used Aberdeen’s school improvement plan and suggestions from the mentor teachers to offer interns options for future projects. This important task united the Coordinating Council and assured the members that their ideas were welcomed and valued.   


NDMU in the News

The Chronicle of Higher Education, College Admissions, Frozen in Time, Heidi Fletcher, VP for Enrollment Management, is quoted in this story on enrollment trends.

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