With the support of a $400K School Improvement Grant, Ryan Colwell, PhD, assistant professor of childhood education and director of the childhood education program, and Alyson Martin, EdD, assistant professor and co-director of the Special Education Program, have collaborated with Cesar Batalla School to revise and implement a comprehensive scientific research-based intervention (SRBI) process.
The overall goal of the partnership is to increase collaboration and communication among classroom teachers, interventionists/specialists, and administrators to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the current SRBI process. In addition, Colwell and Martin will lead professional development sessions and work with the entire K-8 faculty during the academic year. This collaboration has been built upon the ongoing successful partnership between GSEAP, the Center for Faith and Public Life, and Cesar Batalla over the past several years. Colwell and Martin would like to thank the faculty and staff at Cesar Batalla for their dedication and willingness to pursue this ongoing collaborative work.
Diana Hulse, EdD, professor and chair of Counselor Education, has been appointed to serve as coordinator of the Distinguished Visiting Professional (DVP) Program in Applied Ethics. Hulse’s responsibilities will include advocating for the program to build relationships with the University community, and to promote and manage the program’s expansion.
For the second consecutive year, graduate counseling students went to Nicaragua to work with women on issues associated with violence against women. This summer, 10 graduate students from the Counselor Education Department in GSEAP traveled with Virginia Kelly, PhD, professor of counselor education, to continue this work. Kelly also co-facilitated a women’s retreat with Diana Hulse prior to the 2017 Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) Conference in Chicago last month.
In June Peter McDermott, distinguished visiting professor in the Center for Applied Ethics, and Diana Hulse, EdD, professor and chair of Counselor Education, presented at a legislative committee meeting in Hartford, advocating on the importance of integrating the teaching of interpersonal skills into the police training program.
Stephaney Morrison, PhD, assistant professor of counselor education, is working in partnership with the CT School Counseling Association to provide significant leadership in the Association while working to review and revise Connecticut school counseling standards.
Tracey Robert, PhD, professor of counselor education, and Diana Hulse facilitated a roundtable discussion last month at the national conference for the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. The discussion focused on the necessity of pre-planning for corrective feedback in counselor education with the goal of building professional identity and enhancing ethical decision making.