College of Education

News Archives 2016-2017

More About Central Magnet School & Dr. John Ash, Principal > >

Visit the link above to see the story on ABC-WATE Channel 6, Knoxville.


College of Education Habitat for Humanity Chapter

...2016 Campus Organization of the Year!

College of Education Receives $225,000 in 2017 Improving Teacher Quality Grants from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission

THEC’s 2017 ITQ program awarded three $75,000 grants to projects proposed by College of Education faculty and campus partners. Grants focus on STEM Education, English Language Arts, and Social Studies for middle and high schoolers. Projects address increasing use of technologies, innovative teaching practices, and improving learning strategies.

NOTE: Only 20 ITQ grants were funded across the state, TTU was awarded three of them.

STEM Literacy in the Classroom to Enable Societal Change: Dr. Leslie Suters (PI), Dr. Adam Anderson (Co-PI), Dr. Henry Suters (consultant)

STEM Literacy in the Classroom to Enable Societal Change will use engineering challenges as defined by the National Academy of Engineering that address current societal issues as a means to develop middle and high school science and STEM teachers’ knowledge and use of coding, robotics, 3D printing and modeling, technical reading and writing, statistical analysis skills, and actual science content and pedagogical skills. Teachers will use the NSTA Learning Center to locate resources for instruction and complete personalized PD modules called SciPacks as a means to improve their science content & pedagogical knowledge. Participants will receive explicit instruction for the use of various “flipped” classroom tools and be challenged to develop their own teaching modules for their own students to complete out of class in lieu of lecturing during class. The flipped method allows for more time for project-based, active learning such as the engineering challenges posed in this project in which students have the opportunity to apply their learning. The project will include a two-week summer institute based at Roane State Community College in Oak Ridge, June 2017 and one follow-up Saturday for a total of 54 contact hours. STEM Lit has secured a partnership with the National Transportation Research Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory which will provide tours to the teachers as a means for them to see real-world applications of robotics and additive manufacturing located within their community. Dr. Leslie Suters, from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and Dr. Adam Anderson, from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will serve as the program director and co-director respectively. Dr. Henry Suters, professor of math and computer science, will serve as a consultant from Carson Newman University.

Librarians and Makerspaces: Enhancing Learning and Literacy Across Content Areas: Julie Stepp (PI), Stephanie Wendt (Co-PI), Jennifer Meadows, Tony Baker

With the passing of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the importance of school librarians in student learning has reaffirmed itself. School librarians support and guide students in being inquiring learners who evaluate and use print and digital information efficiently, effectively, and ethically, with the goal of developing lifelong learning and literacy skills (AASL, 2007). While librarians may guide learning in a variety of physical and virtual spaces, makerspaces – quite literally, spaces to make things – provide students access to materials, tools, and technologies to facilitate and inspire hands-on investigation and collaborative learning. Through our proposed program, Librarians and Makerspaces: Enhancing Learning and Literacy Across Content Areas, we will work to increase middle and high school librarians’ instructional partnerships with content-area teachers through high- and low-tech makerspace opportunities that integrate multiple literacies. The program will also empower librarians to enhance collaboration and networking with other librarians and administrators in supporting innovative learning in library makerspaces.

Making Mathematics Meaningful: PI: Dr. Holly Anthony (Professor, C&I), Dr. Ann Davis (Associate Professor, Accounting & Business Law) and. Dr. Melissa Geist (Professor, Nursing) as Co-PIs. Dr. David Smith (Professor, Mathematics) and Dr. Jennifer Meadows (Assistant Professor, C&I) are Senior Personnel.

The Making Mathematics Meaningful project will provide 42 contact hours of professional development to 30 teachers focused on the TN Academic Standards for Grades 5–8 mathematics. Making Mathematics Meaningful will focus on strategies for integrating authentic real-world health care and business contexts into the teaching of mathematics content in order to engage and motivate students’ learning. The goal of this project is to (1) increase middle school teachers’ mathematical content knowledge and provide strategies focused on (a) guiding students through real-world inquiry investigations in middle school mathematics centered around health care and business applications, and (b) using manipulatives and online tools appropriately to teach mathematics (per the TEAM model). Improving students’ fluency with mental mathematics (via Number Talks) and problem solving will also be central to our work. Participants will improve their mathematical content knowledge and develop pedagogical strategies to support students’ application of mathematical content using authentic contexts from their lives (i.e., health care and business applications). All sessions will be interactive and math-specific manipulatives will be used as appropriate. The workshop will emphasize the development of mathematics content via investigations, problem solving, hands-on and group activities, and the use of manipulatives. Eleven high-need districts have partnered on the project (Cannon, Clay, Dekalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Warren, & White).

Dr. Jason Beach works with fulton high school in knoxville to introduce innovative virtual reality learning

Curriculum & Instruction’s Tyler Feucht selected to represent TTU at Graduate Student Day on the Hill

Congratulations to graduate student Tyler Feucht whose abstract was selected by the College of Graduate Studies to represent all TTU graduate students at Day on the Hill on Feb. 24 during Graduate Education Week in Tennessee.

Graduate students and university representatives will gather in Nashville's Legislative Plaza to showcase the graduate work being completed across the state.

Tyler's abstract was titled "Perspectives of Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Candidates on the Teaching Profession." He is a graduate assistant in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and he is currently student teaching. Tyler was nominated by Janet Isbell.

The National Strength and Conditioning Association Recognizes TTU College of Education’s Department of Exercise Science, Physical Education and Wellness

The NSCA Education Recognition Program (ERP) recognizes regionally accredited academic institutions for their educational programs that have met, and continue to meet, educational guidelines recommended by the NSCA.

EXPW has been nationally approved for the NSCA ERP Recognized Strength and Conditioning Program. ERP recognitions are for three years and schools are eligible for renewal.

An NSCA partnership provides a proven network of professional support for students as they embark on their careers in the Strength and Conditioning industry. This national, professional organization offers a variety of benefits to approved programs and their students, including promotions and national exam fee discounts.

For more information, contact Dr. Christy Killman, Chair / Department of Exercise Science, Physical Education and Wellness at 931-372-3467 or email

Congratulations 2016 THEC Grant Award Winners, $148,568!

Two groups of TTU faculty members partnered for cross-discipline projects in educational applications for teachers. They were awarded funding through the Tennessee Higher Education Commission’s 2016 Improving Teacher Quality Grants.

  • $75,000: Coding Connections at the Interface of Algebra I and Physical World Concepts; Dr. Leslie Suters, PI, Department of Curriculum & Instruction; Dr. Adam Anderson, Co-PI, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • $73,658: Experiencing STEM: Demystifying the Practical Classroom Application of Immersive & Augmented Technologies; Dr. David Gallop, PI, Department of Art; Dr. Jason Beach, Co-PI, Department of Curriculum & Instruction; Dr. Jon Ezell, Co-PI, Department of Communication