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School of Education and Human Services

SEHS is pleased to announce that Dr. Barbara Marinak, Chair of the Education Department, is this year's recipient of the A. B. Herr Award.  Presented by the Association of Leteracy Educators and Reserachers (ALER), the A.B. Herr award recognizes a professional educator who has made outstanding contributions to the field of reading.  Dr. Marinak received the award this past weekend at the 2016 ALER Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Congratulations to Dr. Marinak!


Every semester SEHS and its associated clubs host campus events that invite the Mount community to learn, question, and discuss various topics within the Criminal Justice, Education, Human Services, and Sociology fields.  This past week the Criminal Justice Student Association (CJSA) and the Education Club sponsored two guest lecturers.

For the thirteenth annual Delaney Lecture, CJSA invited Kathleen McDonald Fox, the Assistant Administrator for the National Preparedness Directorate, Federal Emergency Management Agency.  In her speech, "Protecting, Preparing, and Responding to Disasters and Attacks," Ms. Fox primarily addressed FEMA's protocol for natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and other destructive acts by humans.  At the end of the event, Fox welcomed questions from Mount students, faculty, and other professionals from the Criminal Justice field.  See Frederick News Post Article...


The Education Club invited Frank Murphy to campus on October 27th.  Murphy is the author of various  children's non-fiction books that profile famous figures of American history.  Murphy, who also teaches 4th grade in Pensylvania, began writing after noticing the lack of historical texts for children.  His books include the Step-into-Reading books George Washington and the General's Dog and Take a Hike Teddy Roosevelt.  During his presentation, "Using Primary Source Documents to Compose, Construct, and Craft Picturebooks," Murphy discussed how to effectively incorporate documents and historical records into children's literature.

Every summer SEHS students complete internships as part of their Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Human Services studies.  Students intern at organizations ranging from law enforcement departments to youth services associations.  This year Criminal Justice and Sociology major Cassandra Conti, C'17, worked at the Mercer County (NJ) Prosecutor's Office.  As an intern, Cassandra's duties included conducting research for the county's assistant prosecutor and attending daily court hearings about juvenile delinquency and domestic abuse cases.  Cassandra described the internship as an invaluable experience that helped shape her future in the Criminal Justice field.  "The internship was very hands-on and it helped me realize that I want to pursue work in victim's witness advocacy.  However, I am also thinking about crime analysis because I'm really enjoying my Crime Analysis course."

Waldron2016  SEHS student Sarah C. Bomberger, C'18, has been awarded the Eugene & Julia 
  Waldron Education    Scholarship for the 2016-2017 school year.  The Eugene &
  Julia Waldron Education Scholarship is awarded to a rising junior majoring in
  education and is awarded based on GPA, academic efforts, extracurricular
  activities and community service.  Sarah is currently pursuing a bachelor of
  science degree in elementary education.  Sarah serves as the coeditor of the
  Mountain Echo and the treasurer of Pi Lambda Theta Education Honor Society. 

Along with her leadership positions, Sarah is involved with the Education Club, the club tennis team, Bible study, and works as an undergraduate assistant in the Foreign Languages and Philosophy Departments.  Congratulations Sarah!

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In July Beth Ann Miller, C'97, M.Ed.'07, shared "21st Century Literacy Skills Instruction for English Language Learners" at a summer learning China! Miller traveled with two other educators to the Wujiang school district, a populous area outside of Shanghai. The team discussed concepts like cooperative learning and differentiated instruction, which contrasted with the traditional Chinese lecture-based classes. Miller, a former reading specialist and current middle school assistant principal, hopes "to continue this educational collaboration in the future and have some of the teachers from China visit the Frederick area."                                                                                                                                           

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