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Provost Briefs

Education Department

For the second time in two years, Mary Kelly received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support The Arts Experience Festival, a celebration of the arts and people with disabilities that is now running four years in a row. The department welcomed Jeremy Ortloff to the Colleges in the fall and he began teaching courses and seminars in the Department’s newly New York State-licensed program leading to certification in Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages. Helen McCabe is spending an extensive amount of time in China this year as she coordinates a 3-year project promoting inclusive education for children with disabilities in two provinces, and collaborating with four universities to improve pre-service education about disability and inclusion. Pat Collins directed The Heidi Chronicles in the Bartlett Theater, to rave reviews. Jim MaKinster continued as PI of the NSF-funded Crossing Boundaries project, which has involved over 350 face-to-face hours of teacher professional development workshops and led to the publication of an edited book, three teacher journal articles, and a number of research articles currently in preparation or under review. Khuram Hussain hosted the New York State Foundations of Education annual conference at HWS. He is currently organizing a youth dialogue on race and racism between Geneva High students and HWS students and is submitting two essays to education journals on the topics of Islamophobia and neoliberalism respectively. As a volunteer for CODE-Canada, Charles Temple led a project in Sierra Leone that published eight locally authored and illustrated titles to be distributed to 100,000 children there, and also conducted literacy projects in Tanzania and Armenia with support from Canadian CIDA and USAID. Pearson Education published a fourth edition of The Beginnings of Writing by Temple and colleagues, admitted two other book manuscripts into production, and issued contracts for new editions of two more books by the same writing team. Sherry Gibbon has been working with secondary teachers at Pioneer Central School as they prepare for new State APPR evaluations and Paul Kehle has continued his fine work in the Provost's office. Finally, at the end of the fall semester the Department sadly saw the retirement of Lillian Sherman who had served the Department unfailingly for over fifteen years.