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News and Events

Here’s what is happening in the education department.

Education News

  • Jonathan Call photo 1
    Jonathan Call ’20, a double major in English Literature and Education, studied at the ISEP program at the University of Roehampton in London, England
    The new cohort of teacher candidates in the Department of Education is starting its first fieldwork experiences this semester.
  • Jacquelynn Popp

    Assistant Professor of Education Jacquelynn Popp is facilitating a yearlong professional development network with six Chicagoland middle school social studies teachers. The network teachers collaborate in developing and implementing curriculum to foster their students’ social justice historical literacies. 

    On February 4, nine education majors were inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in education.
  • Joshua Bill

    As a longtime high school history teacher, Joshua Bill ’04 makes history come alive for his students. An award-winning teacher at Waukegan High School, the Lake Forest alumnus will be featured at the annual Lincoln Honor Roll Society reception at the Chicago History Museum on Tuesday, February 12.  

  • Jacquelynn Popp
    An article on teaching historical literacy strategies that Assistant Professor of Education Jacquelynn Popp co-wrote with a colleague was published in The Reading Teacher.
  • AMER 200/480 students explore the "American Home" in Chinatown
    Students in American Studies: The American Home bolster their in-class learning with out-of-class experiences on several Chicago field trips.
  • Desmond Odugu
    Associate Professor of Education Desmond Odugu received the Joyce Cain Award for Distinguished Research on People of African Descent from the Comparative and International Education Society.
  • Lake Forest College teacher candidates passed the national Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) with flying colors, scoring an average 49.3 points, well above the passing score of 35 set by the state of Illinois.
  • Rachel Ragland
    “Coming Full Circle: Using Program Alumni as Cooperating Teachers for the Next Generation of Student Teachers,” research by Professor of Education Rachel Ragland, has been published in Cogent Education.
  • Student-teachers Nicole Ostro ’16 and Jeanette Thommes ’16 celebrated the culmination of their teacher licensure program at a ceremony on December 13, 2016. Both have secured teaching positions for the spring 2017 semester.

  • Students and faculty attended the Project LEAD (Leaders in Education Advocating for Diversity) Fall Forum on November 11.
  • Rachel Ragland
    Chair of Education Rachel Ragland and teacher education candidates Luz Herrera ’16 and Tonny Avila ’15 MAT ’16 served as ambassadors representing Lake Forest College at the April 15 Project LEAD Spring Summit held in Chicago and sponsored by the Center for Success at Associated Colleges of Illinois.
  • Robert Simovic '19 discusses some of the research details with visiting Von Steuben High School students.
    First-Year Studies students presented their semester-long research project to visiting high schoolers and teachers from Chicago’s Von Steuben High School on December 3.
  • Danielle Gore ’12 is recognized as one of the outstanding beginning teachers in Illinois.
    Danielle Gore ’12 received the Outstanding Beginning Teacher Award from the Illinois Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (IACTE).
  • Sometimes, a Richter Scholar research project doesn’t wrap up when the summer program ends.
  • Assistant Professor of Education Desmond Odugu comments on his native country Nigeria’s emotional connection to its national anthem in this story about the World Cup and the enthusiasm, or lack thereof, displayed by athletes and fans during the playing of their country’s anthem.
  • Professor of Education Dawn Abt-Perkins (center) will use their work for her book on teacher education reform in high need...
    These two Richter Scholars learned this summer that research isn’t all about the sciences; it’s necessary in all fields, including education.
  • Ryan Stivers '14 is the first Lake Forest student to be named to the board of Kappa Delta Pi, the national education honor...
    Senior Ryan Stivers ’14 is the first Forester to be elected to the executive council of Kappa Delta Pi, the education honor society. It’s his third honor in the past year.
  • Psychology professors taught Alyssa Parr ’13 how to use a complex statistical technique usually reserved for second- or third-year PhD students while she was working on her senior thesis about high school dropouts.
  • “Holocaust Education: Analysis of Curricula and Frameworks: A Case Study of Illinois,” co-authored by Daniel Rosenstein ’12, was published in The Social Studies in March 2014.
  • The Lake Forest College chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the education honor society, is asking for your help. Every year, we have a spring book drive in order to build the classroom libraries of Waukegan public school teachers.
  • Brad Rathe, ’06, education and history major, was awarded the Outstanding Contributions to Community Education Award by District 214
  • Associate Professor of Education Rachel Ragland accepted a Model of Excellence Award on behalf of the Department of Educat...

    The Department of Education accepted a national Models of Excellence Award in recognition of its approach to utilizing on- and off-campus partnerships as part of the Lake Forest College teacher preparation program.

  • Ryan Stivers '14 with Executive Director Faye Snodgress of Kappa Delta Pi
    Ryan Stivers ’14, president of the College’s education honor society Kappa Delta Pi, was named one of six recipients of the national organization’s Distinguished Chapter Officer Award in November.
  • Josh Bill '04
    The history and education graduate, who won the 2012 History Teacher of the Year award, is included in a new book, American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom, by Katrina Fried. It’s a collection of fifty stories of “extraordinary educators whose creative and unconventional methods are transforming the lives and futures of their students.”
  • Josh Bill '04 (second from left) is the National History Teacher of the Year. Here, he poses with Caroline Kennedy and two...
    Josh Bill ’04 is a different kind of history teacher. Rather than relying on textbooks for his lessons, he makes historians out of his students.
  • Abbott Sigma Xi award banquet   From L to R: Sally Bullard, Cameron Wacker, Elizabeth Ross
    To have been recognized with the Abbott Sigma Xi 2012 Elementary School Outstanding Science/Mathematics Teacher Award would be an achievement and an honor for any science or math teacher, but it is especially true for someone in the very early stages of a teaching career.