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MATE2015The MD Association of Teacher Educators honors one distinguished teacher candidate from each
Maryland institution of higher education annually. This year Nikki Presti, C'15 elementary/special education, received this honor for MSMU. She received her award at a recognition luncheon held on May 9, 2015 in Towson. Accompanying her to the event were her family and Dr. Laura Corbin Frazier. Keynote speaker was the Maryland Teacher of the Year, Jody Zepp.







 Alia Knight-Dahl, C'16, was awarded the Dr. Barbara Martin Palmer Endowed M.Ed. Thesis Award. This award is presented to an  M.Ed. candidate who has successfully completed and defended an exemplary M.Ed. thesis and who has demonstrated a commitment to the Mount's pillars of Discovery  and Leadership through their scholarship and educational research.

 Knight-Dahl, a teacher at Hillcrest Elementary School, studied the effect of technology-enhanced spelling instruction on spelling strategy development of English language learners. Thirteen fifth grade students participated in the study and had a range of academic abilities and English proficiency. Knight-Dahl had three intervention phases, each lasting two weeks: paper-based sorts, computer-based sorts, and computer- and paper-based sorts. All interventions resulted in positive growth.


Pictured from left to right are Elizabeth C. Monahan, Director M.Ed. Programs, Dr. Barbara Martin Palmer, Dean, School of Education and Human Services, Alia Knight-Dahl, Dr. Barbara Marinak, Chair, Education Department

DeansAward2014On July 2, 2014 M.Ed. alumna Claire Beccue, C’14, was honored by the Education Department.  She is the first recipient of the Dr. Barbara Martin Palmer Endowed M.Ed. Thesis Award.  The award is presented to an M.Ed. candidate who has successfully completed and defended an exemplary M.Ed. thesis and who has demonstrated a commitment to the Mount’s pillars of Discovery and Leadership through their scholarship and educational research.

Beccue, a teacher at Mother Seton School, studied the effects of computer-based reading, writing, and listening instruction on middle school students’ reading self-perception.  Four classes at the sixth and seventh grade levels participated in her investigation over the course of a three-month period in which reading informational text online and use of a Web 2.0 tool, Glogster, were employed. T-test results revealed statistically significant differences between pre-and post-testing in grade 6, with the post-test revealing a lower reading self-perception.  However, at grade 7, students revealed an overall increase in reading self-perception which was traced back to an increase in girls’ self-perception only.  Beccue’s action research adds to the evolving work regarding technology and its impact upon student learning and motivation.

Learn more about the SEHS perspective on the graduate student thesis

Wolfetim.jpgThe Inclusive Excellence Leadership Award is awarded to faculty who have contributed to inclusive excellence through exemplary leadership by demonstrating the following:
1. Continued efforts to create a welcoming and inclusive campus environment through education, scholarhsip, training, and service to the community.
2. Committed to dismantling institutional bias by recognizing, supporting, and sustaining efforts of the diversity and inclusion initiatives at the Mount.
3. Selected high-impact practices in strengthening student success--through engagement and retention--that has moved our campus toward becoming a place where excellence is truly inclusive.
4. Enhanced curricular, co-curricular, service, and artistic activities as a means to fully engage the Mount community in an affirming diverse learning environment.

A plaque will be placed on the wall in the Tom O'Hara Meeting Room in Patriot Hall and each year recipients' names will be added to the plaque.

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