February 21, 2011
This year has been particularly fruitful for Teacher Education faculty. Here are a few highlights:
Dr. Deitra Kuester, whose primary research focus is on Autism Spectrum Disorder, has become part of a new initiative, The Center on Collaborative Brain Research, whose members include physicians from the OSF hospital system and the University of Illinois Medical School, and whose co-director is Dr. Lori Russell-Chapin of the Educational Leadership Department. Dr. Robert Wolffe continues in his leadership role regarding the Bradley initiative of STEM faculty development. His work requires much grant writing and collaboration at the national as well as state and local levels. Dr. Heljä Antola Crowe is a fellow for the William T. Kemper Foundation and as such coordinates the educational initiatives of the five Professional Development Schools affiliated with BU Teacher Education. She is also a leader of the Peoria Grow Your Own teachers program. Dr. Dean Cantu is not only the chair of the Department of Teacher Education, he is also a dedicated scholar and teacher. His latest book, The Art and Science of Elementary Social Studies Education, was published this past year. In addition, Professor Cantu was named the Communications Director for the Illinois Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (IACTE) and the Executive Director of the Illinois Council for the Social Studies (ICSS).
For a full description of the many activities in which the Teacher Education faculty are involved as leaders and participants, see the Department of Teacher Education.