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College of Education and Human Development

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Preparing K-5 Teachers to Integrate the Computer Science Standards of Learning in Inclusive Classrooms to Support Students with High Incidence Disabilities

August 28, 2018

A new NSF award was granted to Amy Hutchison and colleagues for a project that brings together faculty from George Mason University and Old Dominion University, the non-profit group CodeVA and Norfolk City Public Schools (NCPS) to broaden participation in Computer Science in Virginia. Read more...
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Professor Takes Teacher Research from Tennessee to Mason

August 28, 2018

For the past four years, Seth Hunter has been researching teacher evaluations and teacher observations in Tennessee. Before coming to Mason just a few months ago, Hunter worked in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education while he was a doctoral candidate at Vanderbilt University. It was his extensive work with Tennessee education standards that brought him back to the state in July, when Hunter was invited to a Tennessee Education Research Alliance (TERA) summit to discuss his research findings. Read more...
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Dave Wiggins, an Authority on the African American Experience in American Sport, is Retiring ... Sort of

August 2, 2018

When the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture began planning its sports gallery, the first call museum director Lonnie Bunch made was to Dave Wiggins. Wiggins, a professor of sport history at George Mason University, is Bunch’s longtime friend. But he is also an acknowledged authority on the African American experience in American sport. Read more...
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Professor's Research Shows How the Digital Revolution is Creating an Evolution in Learning

July 23, 2018

Thanks to digital technologies such as laptops, smartphones and tablets, students are creating personal learning environments in which they choose the tools, times and methods by which they learn. Institutions should help students make the best use of those technologies, George Mason University professor Nada Dabbagh said. Read more...
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Dave Wiggins, an Authority on the African American Experience in American sport, is Retiring ... Sort of

July 23, 2018

When the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture began planning its sports gallery, the first call museum director Lonnie Bunch made was to Dave Wiggins. Wiggins, a professor of sport history at George Mason University, is Bunch’s longtime friend. But he is also an acknowledged authority on the African American experience in American sport. Read more...
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Using Music to Change the World

July 10, 2018

For Shelley Wong, an associate professor of multilingual and multicultural education at George Mason University, music is an important tool in the teaching of languages. “It’s a way to lose your inhibitions,” she said. Music, or songs, to be more precise, are central to the proposal Wong used to win a Fulbright Fellowship, which will allow her to travel to the West Bank in Palestine, where she will teach grammar to students majoring in English and instructors at Birzeit University in Ramallah and also engage them in discussions about justice, peace and reconciliation. Read more...
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The Schar School and College of Education and Human Development Launch a New Master’s-Level Education Policy Track

June 18, 2018

Leading scholars and education policy practitioners from George Mason University’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) and the Schar School of Policy and Government will help students understand how education policy is debated, created, and implemented in a new master's level program this fall. The graduate-level emphasis area, Education Policy, is offered in the Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree program and is spearheaded by CEHD associate professor Spiros Protopsaltis, a former deputy assistant secretary in the Department of Education and senior Senate aide, and former Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton, now a visiting professor at CEHD and the Schar School. Read more...
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Bridging the Gap Between Academia and Business

May 2, 2018

In a career focused on learning design that has spanned decades, Shahron Williams van Rooij, associate professor in the College of Education and Human Development’s Instructional Design and Technology program, has come to a realization: professionals in the world of education who want to make the jump to business often struggle. Read more...
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April 30, 2018

Pablo Ramirez Uribe, a master’s student at George Mason University studying secondary education and English, said it was quite a revelation when he learned how to really be successful as teacher. More than planning, more than constructing assignments, is the ability to connect with students. “It’s go into a school and help these people grow,” Ramirez Uribe said. That was Ramirez Uribe’s takeaway from a program called “Through Students Eyes,” developed by George Mason education professor Kristien Zenkov. Read more...
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Counselors Without Borders Provides Counseling Services in Puerto Rico

April 20, 2018

In March several faculty members from the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at George Mason University had the opportunity to travel to a rural area of Puerto Rico with a small team from Counselors Without Borders. Among the people they met was a 25-year-old who had begun withdrawing from society before Hurricane Maria hit the island last September. After the storm wreaked its devastation, his condition worsened. Read more...
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Master of Science in Athletic Training Program Receives CAATE Accreditation

April 19, 2018

One of the College of Education and Human Development’s youngest programs has completed the accreditation process, providing further proof that the new classes are equipping students with the tools they need to succeed in the field of athletic training. The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program at Mason, housed on the Science and Technology campus, recently received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, or CAATE. Read more...
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CEHD Helps Support Adjunct Faculty Self-Study Collaborative at Mason

March 25, 2018

More than 20 adjunct faculty from colleges and disciplines across the university—as well as an equally diverse group of facilitators—met on March 5 to talk, share their visions, practice as educators, and begin to design a self-study teacher research project. After brief introductions by the facilitators and warm welcoming remarks by College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) Dean Mark Ginsberg and Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning (SCTL) Director Shelley Reid (sponsors of the project along with Faculty Affairs and Development in the Office of the Provost), participants formed critical friend teams to create and share the initial sketching of a personal-situated teaching inquiry to improve their students’ learning. Read more...
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Leading the Way for Schools, Businesses to Shape Students’ Career Paths

March 13, 2018

For Arne Duncan, the key to successfully educating and preparing students for career paths is relevance. “Students want to know what they are doing in the classroom is relevant in the real world,” the former U.S. Secretary of Education said. “Kids should know that if I take this class I can get this internship, and this internship will lead to a real job. If we can get to that point, we’re going to be in great shape.” Read more...
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Mason Team Helps Heal Scars from Disaster

March 1, 2018

Fred Bemak remembers all the hugs and tears. They inevitably come, he said, when his Counselors Without Borders team is on location helping hundreds—sometimes thousands—of people healing from the emotional scars of a disaster. “It’s the person who is grabbing and hugging you, thanking you for being there,” the George Mason University professor said. “That’s huge.” For 13 years Counselors Without Borders has traveled the world into areas devastated by floods, wildfires and storms, offering culturally responsive humanitarian counseling in post-disaster situations. Read more...
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Education in a Time of Divisiveness, Lessons on Listening at a Virginia School

February 27, 2018

One student questioned her father about his conservative views on gay rights. Another approached a friend from camp about their divergent opinions on President Trump. And a third pressed his cousin on his ardent support for guns. In a climate of political and social divisiveness, when social media often doubles as an echo chamber, educators issued a challenge to 12th-graders at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria that seemed, at once, simple and extraordinary — find someone different from themselves, with whom they disagree on a foundational issue, and talk. Read more...
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Sport Diplomacy at the Winter Olympics

February 12, 2018

The 2018 Winter Olympics have officially begun in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and top athletes from around the world are currently competing in 15 events over more than two weeks. But there’s more than just sport at this worldwide mega event—there’s also diplomacy. Read more...
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Mason's Fred Bemak Receives Outstanding Faculty Award from State

January 23, 2018

Fred Bemak, a professor and academic program coordinator of George Mason University’s College of Education and Human Development counseling and development program, is a recipient of a 2018 Oustanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). Bemak, in the College of Education and Human Development, is one of 12 recipients selected from 83 nominees, and the 21st George Mason recipient since the award’s inception in 1987. Read more...
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CEHD Professor Consults on App for Children With ‘Parents at the Center’

January 17, 2018

If you’re an enormous social media company looking to adapt some of your technology for younger children, you want to make sure you’re creating a fun user experience—but also a safe one. That’s what Facebook was recently looking to do. While preparing to put together what eventually became Messenger Kids, which launched in late 2017, the company consulted with experts on children and media. One of those experts was Kevin Clark, CEHD professor and director of the Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity. Read more...
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Could Spit be the Latest Key to Diagnosing Concussions?

January 11, 2018

As the scope of potential short- and long-term damage from brain injuries in football becomes clearer every day, the mad scramble is on to try to address the crisis, which threatens the very existence of the sport. And while the leading chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, research at Boston University has made the most headlines, two scientists at George Mason University have been working on a potentially groundbreaking diagnostic tool that could change the way we test for and treat brain injury across the sports world and beyond. Read more...
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CEHD Alumnus Appointed Virginia’s Next Education Secretary

January 5, 2018

A middle school teacher in Prince William County was appointed Virginia’s next education secretary by Gov.-elect Ralph Northam (D). The announcement that Atif Qarni — a civics, economics, U.S. history and math teacher at Beville Middle School in Woodbridge — would join Northam’s Cabinet was made at the school Thursday by the governor-elect. Read more...
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Mason Professor Receives Award for ‘Vision’ Research

December 19, 2017

When Seth Parsons arrived at Mason in 2008, he was curious about something. Teaching can obviously be a tough job. So what makes a teacher stick it out? “There has to be something that sustains excellent teachers who remain in the field,” says Parsons, an associate professor at CEHD. Read more...
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Mason Hosts Provocative Symposium on Research in Comparative and International Education

November 27, 2017

How can research practices be more socially and culturally inclusive? Are the values of our participants being recognized and honored? Does our research perpetuate systems of inequality or oppression? These were just a few of the challenging questions that over 200 researchers, professors, leaders, and graduate students wrestled with at the second annual Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) symposium hosted by George Mason University at the Arlington Campus last month Read more...
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Anne Holton Adds to Her Family's Mason Legacy

November 27, 2017

The first time Anne Holton was on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus after being hired as a visiting professor, the former Virginia Secretary of Education made sure to walk to the plaza dedicated to her father. A. Linwood Holton Jr. was Virginia’s governor in 1972, and signed the bill that separated then-George Mason College from the University of Virginia. “I’m a fan of George Mason for so many reasons,” Anne Holton said, “but especially because of the connection with my dad.” Read more...
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Athletic Training Fellowship Breaks New Ground

November 15, 2017

Because of the physical demands they face, police and firefighters should be considered athletes, Shane Caswell said. So why not keep them on the job by providing them the same treatment and rehabilitation options that keep injured athletes on the field? Read more...
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More Than 7,230 Miles Apart, Mason and Pakistani Professor Come Together

November 13, 2017

The conference, Innovation and Internationalization in Pakistani Higher Education, marked the culmination of a partnership between Mason and the University of Management and Technology (UMT) in Lahore. As Fox began her concluding remarks, it became clear that even as the formal project was winding down, the work was just beginning. Read more...
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Mason’s ASL Program Moves Forward with ‘Native Speaker’

November 2, 2017

The hiring of Kevin Taylor as program coordinator of George Mason University’s American Sign Language Program is a milestone of sorts. Previously, the program ran primarily with adjunct professors, said Pam Baker, director of the Division of Special Education and disAbility Research in the College of Education and Human Development. Read more...
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CEHD Professional Faculty Member Is One of 10 in the Country With All Three Research Administrator Certifications

October 25, 2017

There are only nine other people in the country like Jessica Guzzo. Guzzo has completed all three research administrator certifications, a professional achievement she accomplished just before school started this fall. "It hasn’t really set in yet that I actually passed it,” says Guzzo, Director of Research Administration at CEHD’s Office of Research Development, about the final test she passed in August. Read more...
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Math Professor Takes Positive Ideas on Math to South Korea

October 13, 2017

In South Korea, students’ abilities in mathematics are extremely high. But there’s an issue. “The achievement is so high but the attitude toward it, the feeling toward it, is so negative,” says Jennifer Suh, an associate professor of mathematics education at Mason. “So they needed to do something.” Read more...
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Mason Professor Wins Prestigious Evaluation Award

September 25, 2017

In his 20-year teaching career, College of Education and Human Development Professor Rodney Hopson has received several awards for his work in the field of evaluation. But no award has yet compared to the American Evaluation Association’s (AEA) prestigious Paul F. Lazarsfeld Evaluation Theory Award. Recently, Hopson was named the winner of the 2017 award. Read more...
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Thirteen New CEHD Faculty Members Bring Experience From Public Schools to the Federal Government

September 19, 2017

This fall, more than a dozen distinguished professors are joining the ranks of the College of Education and Human Development’s (CEHD) faculty. From long-time professors and experienced public school instructors to faculty who have held important jobs at the federal and state government levels, the new crop of faculty members brings a wealth of talent, knowledge, and experience to the college.

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Two Faculty Share Their Experiences at the National Science Foundation

September 19, 2017

After three-year appointments at the National Science Foundation (NSF), two College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) faculty have returned to the college this fall—though they’ll continue to bridge the gap between the federal government and the university in part-time roles. Read more...
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Looking Back, Looking Forward: A Conversation about the Changing Landscape of Education Policy

September 6, 2017

The field of education policy is constantly changing. But there is a way to make sense of an area in perpetual flux. College of Education and Human Development Dean Mark R. Ginsberg will moderate “Looking Back, Looking Forward: A Conversation about the Changing Landscape of Education Policy,” presented by CEHD. A panel of distinguished Mason faculty will discuss the current landscape of issues, their implication for education practice in schools, and the learning and development of students in Virginia and throughout the nation. Read more...
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Kinesiology Professor Named to Board of NSCA

August 24, 2017

Margaret Jones has held many jobs—coach, director of strength and conditioning, associate professor of kinesiology at George Mason University. But though her job titles have changed over the years, she’s always felt at home as a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Read more...
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Transformative Teaching Program Showcased on WJLA

July 12, 2017

CEHD faculty, Betsy DeMulder, Stacia Stribling, and Jenice View were invited to WJLA’s Let’s Talk Live television program to discuss the Transformative Teaching Program. Transformative teaching is a multi-layered practice grounded in democratic leadership. It is the practice of protecting all and fostering equitable treatment, often through activism or negotiation with the school system. This form of transformative leadership relies on emotional intelligence and is cultivated through mindfulness, hope, and compassion. Read more...
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Mason’s College of Education and Human Development Adds High-profile Faculty

June 26, 2017

For George Mason University’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), the 2017-18 academic year will be one of creation and integration. The school is adding 13 faculty members, which means new faces, classes and ideas in a college whose increasing enrollment is bucking the national trend in education preparation. “It’s energizing,” CEHD Dean Mark Ginsberg said of the new additions. “I’m very excited. We have some really good people who will be joining with us and adding their expertise and experience to our highly respected faculty.” Read more...
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SPARK STEM Program Designed To Do Just That in Young Students

June 21, 2017

The best way to get and keep students interested in STEM programs is to engage them in hands-on learning, said Morgan Occhuizzo, assistant principal of Centreville Elementary School in Centreville, Va. That is why Occhuizzo is so excited about SPARK STEM, an interdisciplinary program for elementary school students and teachers developed by faculty at George Mason University, using a $125,000 grant from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). ...excerpted from Mason News. Read more...
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New Endowed Professorship Advances STEM Education

June 12, 2017

The College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University is pleased to announce the appointment of Erin Peters-Burton, PhD as the Donna R. and David E. Sterling Endowed Professor in Science Education. This new endowed professor position within the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University is supported by a generous gift from the Sterling family that will provide resources to advance STEM education in Virginia’s K-12 schools as well as nationally. Read more...
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Dr. Kevin Clark to Be Awarded Inaugural Presidential Medal

May 8, 2017

The College of Education and Human Development’s Dr. Kevin Clark will be awarded the university’s first Alcalde Family Medal for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion. Mason’s president, Dr. Ángel Cabrera, will present Dr. Clark with this medal on May 20 at the university’s Commencement ceremony. This newly-created award honors a faculty member who has made extraordinary contributions to advancing diversity and inclusion within the Mason community and beyond. Read more...
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Videos Explore PDS Approach to Mentoring, Feedback

January 26, 2017

The College of Education and Human Development at Virginia’s George Mason University (GMU) and its professional development school (PDS) partners have established leadership teams to plan robust and personalized training programs for teacher candidates. The teams at the university and school sites work together to engage interns in well-rounded experiences, such as by involving them in local school activities, to help fulfill their individualized professional development plans.

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Exploring the Digital Lives of African-American Families

November 29, 2016

George Mason University professor Kevin Clark is certain that African-American youth in low- and middle-income communities can enhance their education and even change their lives through the use of technology. Read more...
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Nelson Cortes Receives Emerging Researcher/Scholar/Creator Award

November 22, 2016

University researchers are tackling tough problems. Three of Mason’s standout researchers, Nelson Cortes, Wilsaan Joiner, and Danielle Rudes, have earned the university’s 2015-16 Emerging Researcher/Scholar/Creator awards. Read more...
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CEHD Hosts Pakistani Faculty as Part of State Department Grant

September 27, 2016

Twenty faculty from the University of Management and Technology (UMT) in Lahore, Pakistan, are visiting George Mason University. The purpose of the visit, scheduled from September 17 to October 2, is to participate in professional development seminars and to meet with Mason faculty in their respective disciplines. This faculty exchange is part of a two-year grant from the U.S. Department of State. Read more...
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Abigail Solis, just one of the guys at Redskins camp

September 8, 2016

What surprised Abigail Solis most about her internship as an athletic trainer with the NFL’s Washington Redskins was how the players seemed so down to earth. Read more...
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You're Invited! The Color of My Writing: Reflections on Race, Sport, and American Culture

August 22, 2016

CEHD and George Mason University Alumni can enjoy several "signature" University-wide events every year to welcome our Alumni back to campus. This fall, you're invited to The Color of My Writing: Reflections on Race, Sport, and American Culture presentation by Dr. David Wiggins. Read more...
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In Memoriam: Mark Spikell, Prominent Mathematics Education Scholar and Mason Professor

August 22, 2016

The George Mason University community is saddened to note the death of Mark Aaron Spikell, who served as a visionary faculty member in the Graduate School of Education for 25 years prior to his retirement in 2004, when he was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus of Education. Spikell passed away on August 12, 2016, at the age of 75 in his apartment at Sunrise Assisted Living in Fairfax, Virginia. Read more...
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David K. Wiggins and Chris Elzey Win Best Edited Collection for "D.C. Sports"

June 9, 2016

David K. Wiggins and Chris Elzey received the North American Society for Sport History (NASSH) award for the Best Edited Collection for their book, DC Sports: The Nation’s Capital at Play. The anthology explores the multi-faceted ways in which sport, both amateur and professional, female and male, forms an important part of urban life. It addresses race, class, and gender in addition to ‘fandom, the power of the press, and politics.’ Read more...
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Retiring CEHD Faculty Recognized with Emeritus Status

June 7, 2016

This year Mason's College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) says farewell to five retiring faculty members, many of whom have been at this university for decades. Dr. David Anderson, Dr. Michael Behrmann, Dr. Susan Burns, Dr. Gary Galluzzo and Dr. Steve White, were all granted emeritus status based on their dedication and contribution to the strengthening and advancement of CEHD educational programs. Read more...
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Dr. Amanda Caswell Receives Athletic Trainer Services Award

May 24, 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Amanda Caswell, director of the Athletic Training program who has been selected as one of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s (NATA) 2016 Athletic Trainer Service Award recipients for her contributions to the athletic training profession as a volunteer at the local and state levels. Read more...
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Operation Educate the Educators at George Mason University’s College of Education and Human Development

April 20, 2016

On April 13, 2106,Mark Ginsberg, Dean of George Mason University’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) participated as an invited speaker in a White House Conference focused on military-connected children and families. Read more...
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The Elementary Education PDS program and Local Elementary Schools Win National Award

March 8, 2016

CEHD's Elementary Education program receives the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPD) Exemplary Professional Development School Award. Read more...