News and Events

Here’s what is happening in the education department.

Education News

  • 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.
  • “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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • These two Richter Scholars learned this summer that research isn’t all about the sciences; it’s necessary in all fields, including education.
  • 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
  • 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, 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.
  • 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 is a different kind of history teacher. Rather than relying on textbooks for his lessons, he makes historians out of his students.
  • 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.