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Eighth Annual Faculty/Student Research Forum- April 10, 2015 - Bost Extension Center Theater & Auditorium
(9:00am - 1:00pm - Complimentary Lunch provided)
Hosted by College of Education and Vice-President for Research & Economic Development

Keynote Speaker: Lucy Johnson, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Rural Outreach,
U.S. Department of Education

You are invited to attend our eighth annual COE Research Forum, which is designed to provide an environment that promotes discussion and fosters collaboration with other colleges on the MSU campus. For those staff, faculty, and students who wish to showcase their research in the Poster Session, tables and tripods/easels will be made available in the Bost North Auditorium.

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Grant to MSU, Louisville school seeing positive results- March 11, 2015 - STARKVILLE, Miss.--Now in only its second year, an after-school and summer program named for a late Mississippi State alumna is making an impact in Winston County.

In 2013, the Mississippi Department of Education awarded a nearly $2 million grant to the university's College of Education and Louisville Municipal School District to help boost at-risk student achievements through academic tutoring, interventions, and literacy and mathematics enrichment. Part of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers programs, the project focuses on at-risk students in the district's kindergarten-fourth grades.

College of Education Associate Dean Teresa Jayroe, who is also principal investigator, said, "The grant specifically supports the Dillard's Reading, Enrichment, Arts, Mathematics, and Science (DREAMS) after-school and summer enrichment program. DREAMS is a memorial to Dr. Susan Gregory Dillard, an award-winning district English teacher and MSU doctoral graduate who died in 2010."

Jayroe said that DREAMS has served more than 200 students since its launch. The program has provided extra attention needed to improve reading and mathematics skills at Fair and Louisville elementary schools, along with Nanih Waiya and Noxapater attendance centers. Daily in-school sessions typically involve four or five students in 45-50 minute time slots, she added.

Angela Mulkana, a lecturer in the department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education (CISE) is the grant's co-principal investigator. "Students work on reading skills every day by reading passages to work on fluency and comprehension," she explained.

Associate professor in CISE Rebecca Robichaux-Davis is DREAMS other co-principal investigator. "DREAMS after-school participants engage in standards-based, problem-based mathematics activities that develop their conceptual understanding of mathematics content," Robichaux-Davis said.

Belinda Swart, Louisville Elementary principal, said "the everyday, intense intervention provided to them by the program has produced great results for the students' test scores."

Through DREAMS, Swart said, "We're beginning to target students we know can improve from the program, and since the program's implementation, our percentage of students below their respected reading proficiency levels has steadily decreased."

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College of Education hosts External Advisory Board Meeting- March 10, 2015 - The Mississippi State University College of Education (COE) recently hosted its annual External Advisory Board (EAB) meeting on the MSU campus. Established in 2007, the EAB meets annually to discuss issues relevant to the COE and to the community.

Dean Richard Blackbourn said, “The COE is fortunate to have such a stellar group of education professionals and community members to serve on the advisory board. They provide input that is wise and grounded in experience.”

This year, the EAB discussed the college’s ongoing accreditation efforts. The college, which is reviewed for national accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) every seven years, will host an on-site NCATE visit this April.

The EAB reviewed the national standards which the college addresses in its report to NCATE. A few of those standards include dispositions, data, and classroom management. Information regarding student support services and academic recruitment within the college was also provided.

In addition, Dr. Teresa Jayroe, Associate Dean in the College of Education, discussed new positions within the college, highlighted the reactivation of the Phi Theta Kappa chapter for the university, and showcased the college’s partnership schools. “The purpose of the meeting was to receive feedback from those involved with the college to make sure we have the best accreditation visit this spring,” said Dr. Jayroe.

Also presenting was Mr. Shane Davis, Program Manager for the Mississippi Excellence in Teaching Program (METP). “I appreciate the opportunity to present to the External Advisory Board. It is their continued support along with other community members that aid in the success of the college and the METP,” said Davis.

The meeting proved very helpful for the College of Education as they received positive feedback and suggestions from attending board members. The formal accreditation process by the NCATE will take place April 25-29 on the MSU campus.

New MSU kinesiology doctoral program begins with fall semester - February 18, 2015 -

STARKVILLE, Miss.--Leaders agree, Mississippi State's new doctoral program in kinesiology represents the long-anticipated extension of the university's most popular undergraduate major.

The College of Education's inaugural doctorate-level courses in the study of human movement begin in August with the 2015 fall semester. Before the introduction of this program, the highest academic level the kinesiology department offered was a Master of Science degree with concentrations in exercise physiology, sport administration or sport pedagogy.

"The new Ph.D. program in kinesiology will strengthen a department that already is strong and growing," said Jerry Gilbert, provost and executive vice president. "We expect to see additional graduate students as well as increased grant funding and research productivity as the new graduate program is implemented.

"It will be a great addition to the doctoral programs of the university," Gilbert emphasized.

MSU's official 2014-15 enrollment totals more than 20,100. More than 6 percent of undergraduate students--approximately 36 percent of College of Education majors--are pursuing bachelor's degrees in kinesiology.

Those high numbers explain why the university's addition of the doctoral degree was the natural next step, said department head Stanley Brown.

"This Ph.D. program will create a new visibility on campus, the state, region, nationally and internationally," he said. "There will be even more research being conducted, which will enhance the program as a whole."

According to college dean Richard Blackbourn, kinesiology is one of the fastest growing higher education disciplines. He said MSU's leadership in training doctoral-level researchers and instructors will further enhance the department's national reputation.

"As Mississippi State trains doctoral faculty and researchers who go on to work in other settings, we're going to have a program where our graduates will be very employable," Blackbourn said. "Our graduates will be the kind that represent Mississippi State very well on the national and international stage as we continue to spread our influence around the nation."

Graduate students interested in teaching or research careers may focus their doctoral studies in exercise science or sport studies, said Adam Love, associate professor of kinesiology.

"These two concentrations are quite different," he said. "The focus of the exercise science doctoral concentration is the scientific study of how biophysical aspects function during physical activity, exercise and sport, and the sport studies doctoral concentration encompasses such fields as sport management, sport pedagogy, sport sociology, and sport philosophy," he explained.

Whether they become postsecondary teachers or continue their work in research centers, kinesiology doctoral program graduates will contribute to the expanding understanding of health and human performance, Love said.

"With the growth and increasing numbers of students in the field--not just here at Mississippi State but also across the country--there's an increasing demand for people and programs to train those students at the doctoral level."

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