School of Education Fall 2023 Newsletter

Fall 2023 newsletter for UW-Stout School of Education

Fall 2023 School of Education

Message From the Director

F all is the time of year with lots of changes – a new school year, leaves changing, and gardens being prepared for winter. Changes have been occurring here in the School of Education, too. We have welcomed four new staff members in our office: Amanda Olson, ePortfolio/Data Reporting Specialist; Josh Bowe, Clinical Education Experiences/ Placement Coordinator; Amy Gjestson, Administrative Assistant; and Barb Larrabee, Financial Specialist (part-time). We are excited to have them join our team in serving students, faculty, and our school district partners. Josh will be reaching out to schools for placements and we appreciate the consideration for working with our students. We also have three new faculty members in our SOE programs and you can learn about them in this newsletter. 20 this summer. While the legislation includes requirements for University of Wisconsin reading faculty and our Early Childhood Education, Special Education, Reading Teacher and Reading Specialist programs, it will require limited change in practice for our campus. Our faculty have included the five pillars of reading, including phonics-based reading instruction, in our education courses for a number of years and they are completing training in science-based reading instruction. We feel well-prepared to address the requirements of Act 20 and the UW Education Deans and Directors are preparing to support our school district partners in addressing this new legislation. Changes may also be taking place in your school districts with the passage of Act

One thing that has not changed this fall is the need for more teachers. We continue to do our best to prepare quality educators and have 45 student teachers placed in schools this fall. A focus for our UW-Stout School of Education this year will be on what we can do to support individuals all along the pathway to becoming a Tier II teacher in Wisconsin. This includes: • Developing a dual credit education course for high school students. • Offering Teach Day events, one fall semester and one spring semester (read more later in this newsletter). • Engaging our pre-service education students in collaborating with high school Educators Rising chapters. • Exploring different pathways to licensure in our undergraduate and graduate programs. • Expanding and exploring new articulation agreements with the Wisconsin technical colleges to increase transfer opportunities into our K-12 licensure programs. • Identifying scholarship opportunities and other creative ways to help students manage the financial investment they make when pursuing a teacher education degree. campus but in the community. You can read about their accomplishments and awards in this newsletter. I hope that by sharing their stories and the great work they are doing, we set an example that helps elevate the teaching profession and education as a whole. Thank you for the work you do and for being a partner with us in preparing future educators! We are proud of our education students and their engagement not only on

Deanna Schultz, Ph.D. Associate Dean School of Education Director

Issue Highlights: • New Faculty Members • Faculty Research • Recognitions and Awards • Students in the News • Teacher Recruitment Efforts • Educator Preparation Programs

New Faculty Members

Dr. Mike Mills, Assistant Professor Technology Education Dr. Mills is a native Minnesotan and has post-secondary degrees from Southern Utah University (A.A. Criminal Justice; B.S. Technology Education), Dakota State University (M.S. Educational Technology), and University of North Dakota where he recently completed his Ed.D. in Educational Practice and Leadership. Mike joins us from South Dakota where he spent 17 years teaching high school cabinetmaking/woodworking. During that time, he also spent four years serving as the State Director of SkillsUSA South Dakota. In addition to teaching education courses, Mike will be collaborating with university faculty, Fab Lab staff, and preK-12 educators to help integrate Fab Labs into the preK-12 curriculum. Mike is excited to be transitioning to higher education where he will be able to work with future teachers and leaders in Technology Education and in Career and Technical Education. Dr. Michael Selover, Assistant Professor, Career & Technical Education Dr. Selover is a former K-12 and community college educator with additional private industry background in agriculture and engineering. His research interests focus on educational geography and its impact on access and equity as well as employing emerging methodologies across educational and interdisciplinary research. In addition to teaching courses, Dr. Selover is serving as the MSCTE Program Director. He earned his B.A. in Geography and his M.S. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Florida and his Ed.D. from UW-Stout.

Dr. Brett DeJager, Assistant Professor School Psychology Dr. DeJager is also a native Minnesotan and earned his bachelor’s and graduate degrees from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Previously he was a high school Dean of Students and served as a School Psychologist prior to that. Brett recently moved from Shell Lake, WI to Chippewa Falls after accepting his position at UW-Stout. He is enjoying his new position and is excited about meeting new people here at UW-Stout.

Faculty Research Ann (Oberding) Carlisle completed her year-long research project as a 2022-23 Wisconsin Teaching Fellow. Her research project titled Classrooms for Inclusivity: Emerging Voices in Art Education Preservice Educators focused on understanding how future teachers see themselves as future teachers creating inclusive classrooms. She collected data from student surveys and journal entries which led her to create a painting to reflect her findings. She presented her painting and findings at the June 2023 University of Wisconsin System Faculty College professional development program.

(Right) Artist: Ann (Oberding) Carlisle

Recognitions & Awards

Students Receive $36,200 in Scholarships

Six members of Phi Upsilon Omicron (Phi U) Tau Chapter received scholarships from the national Phi U Education Foundation totaling $36,200. The Tau Chapter also received first place nationally on their professional project titled The Impact of Supporting Families: How it can Change Lives. This project focused on family broadly as a group of important individuals who care, love, trust, and support one another. The goal of the project was to spread love, joy, and support, build strong family connections within our community, and learn more about how members can support families within schools. Their project included activities throughout the year, including donations to local non-profit organizations, volunteering in schools for special events, and creating appreciation bags for teachers and for businesses that support the schools. They connected with people of all ages, from young children to the elderly, within Dunn County and the Menomonie, WI community. Logan Horn, a 2021 Marketing & Business Education graduate, received the Lorraine Missling Outstanding Early Career Educator Award at the Fall 2023 Wisconsin Educators of Business & Information Technology (WEBIT) Conference in Eau Claire, WI where he teaches at North High School. His nomination for the award described the positive student relationships Logan has developed while running a school-based enterprise/school store, serving as DECA advisor, and providing quality curriculum that leads to student success in competitive events. WEBIT Scholarship Recipients Shawna Schalk and Julie Miller, both current Marketing & Business Education students, were awarded the Wisconsin Educators of Business and Information Technology (WEBIT) scholarships at their Fall 2023 professional conference in Eau Claire, WI. Outstanding Early Career Educator Award

(Above) Phi Upsilon Omicron scholarship recipients (L to R): Josephine Finocchiaro, Megan Buhrow, Abigail Williams, Taylor Mancl, Hannah Timm, and Kennedy Reckmann.

(Above) Marketing & Business Education students who attended the Fall 2023 WEBIT Conference.

(Left) Logan Horn, Lorraine Missling Outstanding Early Career Educator Award recipient (Right) WEBIT Scholarship recipients Shawna Schalk and Julie Miller.

Students in The News Business Internships For Education Students Many students in the School of Education have a cooperative education experience or business internship that helps them gain experiences they can bring to the classroom as a teacher. Mikayla Obsuszt, a Marketing and Business Education student, learned all about marketing through her experience as a summer intern in a cycling store. Read about how this experience helped Mikayla as a future teacher: MBE student’s marketing internship. Nick Kostka, a May 2023 B.S. Special Education graduate, was able to finish his degree despite being called to active duty by the Army and overcoming injuries while a student at UW-Stout. Read about his situation and how UW-Stout professors and classmates helped him succeed: Inspiring B.S. Special Education graduate. Teacher Recruitment Efforts October Teach Day Event This event introduces high school students to teaching as a career, showcasing UW-Stout’s career-focused applied learning. Students explored teacher education programs and engaged in lesson planning with our teacher education students. The next Teach Day event will be on Monday, February 12, 2024. Watch for an email in January 2024 with registration details. High School Dual Credit Course We are developing plans to offer Educational Psychology in Fall 2024. If your school district is interested in learning more, please email Joel Helms at . Scholarships We offer a number of scholarships specifically for education students. Each year, students can fill out one scholarship application in the fall and a committee matches eligible students to scholarships that are awarded for the following academic year. Information about scholarships and other forms of financial aid can be found online. Completing a Degree While Meeting Military Obligations

UW-Stout Educator Preparation Programs Meet Wisconsin Licensure Requirements Campus-based Degree Programs Undergraduate: • Art Education • Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education • Family & Consumer Sciences Education • Marketing & Business Education • Special Education • Technology Education • Applied Mathematics & Computer Science – Math Education Concentration Distance-Delivered/Online Degree Programs These programs are intended for career changers and other adult learners: • Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education • Family & Consumer Sciences Education* • Marketing & Business Education* • Special Education • Technology Education* * Individuals hired under a WI Experience-based Technical and Vocational Education license may complete the Practical Skills for Beginning K-12 Career and Technical Educators certificate as the school district’s professional development curriculum, then continue into the online degree program in order to obtain certification for a Wisconsin Tier II teaching license. Graduate: • School Counseling • School Psychology

Other Licensure Certification Programs • Career & Technical Education Coordinator

Postbaccalaureate Certification (online, graduate level) • M.S. CTE Career & Technical Education Coordinator & Director of Instruction Concentration (online, graduate level)

• Reading Teacher (online, graduate level) • Reading Specialist (online, graduate level)

UW-Stout also offers a number of post-baccalaureate add on certifications for individuals with a previous education degree and who hold or are eligible to hold a Wisconsin Tier II license. A list of those certifications can be found on the Post-Baccalaureate Educator Certifications web page. Learn more

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Connecting with Educators Rising If you have a chapter in your school and would like to collaborate with our education programs, please email Deanna Schultz at

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