2019 News Stories

Spencer Niles
Spencer Niles to step down as dean of education in 2020

After seven years of service at the School of Education, Spencer Niles will step down from the deanship in May 2020. He will continue at William & Mary as a professor in the Counselor Education program at the school.

Mother & Daughter
Mother and daughter embark on education degrees together

Lindsay Kidd ’11, M.A.Ed. ’12 is returning to the School of Education this fall to pursue her third degree from William & Mary. This time, though, one of her fellow students is her own mother, Trish Caroccia.

Meredith Kier
$300K grant supports novel approach to engage diverse students in engineering

Meredith Kier, associate professor of science education, has secured a grant from the NSF for an exploratory research study that will examine how a partnership between engineering undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds and middle-school STEM teachers can engage and inspire students in engineering.

Oracle Writers Retreat
Writers Retreat brings fraternity/sorority researchers to campus

Last week, researchers from across the country gathered at William & Mary for the second annual Oracle Writers Retreat. Sponsored by the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA), the retreat was meant to give both professionals and students dedicated time to write and to connect with fellow researchers in the field.

BAED
School of Education launches new Bachelor of Arts in Education

Starting this fall, William & Mary undergraduates will have the opportunity to pursue a standalone degree in elementary education, with optional concentrations in ESL/bilingual and special education. The new degree option was created after the 2018 Virginia General Assembly approved legislation aimed at streamlining licensure requirements and combating a statewide teacher shortage.

Holmes AACTE Washington 2019
William & Mary Holmes Scholars Attend AACTE 2019 Washington Week

Three of William & Mary’s Holmes Scholars participated in the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education’s (AACTE) 2019 Washington Week in Arlington, VA as part of the organization’s Annual Day on the Hill.

Quinn Scholarship
One family’s inspiring gift to support teachers helping children with dyslexia learn to read

The Quinn Scholarship was created by Julie Richardson Agnew ’91, Richard C. Kraemer Term Professor of Business at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business, to support School of Education students committed to helping children with dyslexia. Agnew established the scholarship in honor of her son Quinn, who was diagnosed with dyslexia and benefited from learning at the Riverside School.

WAITT Program
Counseling students empower inmates to overcome addiction

Through a partnership between W&M and Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail, four students in counseling designed and delivered a 10-week counseling curriculum focused on empowering and motivating women inmates to find a path toward a healthier life.

Gene Roche
Aceto Award honors Roche's efforts for the greater good

Gene Roche, executive professor of higher education at William & Mary, will receive the 2019 Shirley Aceto Award for exceptional commitment to excellence in service to the campus community.

AERA Conference 2019
W&M students and faculty participate in AERA conference

William & Mary School of Education faculty and students presented at the American Education Research Association's (AERA) annual conference. We offer a look at some of the research projects behind the presentations and the group that won an award for their evaluation tool.

Military Counseling
School of Education launches military counseling program

This fall, the School of Education will enroll its first students in a new online master’s degree program focusing on military and veterans counseling. The program, the only one of its kind in Virginia, will train counselors to work with veterans and their families on issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, the emotional impacts of physical injury, long-term family separation and the transition from military to civilian life.

2019 Teachers of Promise
Inspiring the Next Generation of Great Teachers

Four W&M School of Education students were inducted into The Teachers of Promise program at this year's conference. The Institute prepares students for their first year of teaching with networking opportunities, sessions, workshops, and a mentoring program with a veteran teacher.

WJCC Teachers of the Year
Zachary Fetters '16, M.A.Ed. '18 named WJCC Rookie Teacher of the Year

William & Mary School of Education alumnus Zachary Fetters ’16, M.A.Ed. ’18 has been named Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools' Rookie Teacher of the Year in the district's Teachers of the Year ceremony. He is one of 12 alumni who received Teacher of the Year accolades at the annual ceremony.

McEachron and Korinek Retirements
Professors Korinek and McEachron retire with combined 66 years of service to W&M

As the spring semester comes to a close, the School of Education celebrates the retirement of two of its most beloved and longest-serving professors. Lori Korinek, professor of special education, and Gail McEachron, professor of social studies education, were granted the status of professors emeritae by the Board of Visitors during their April session in recognition of a combined 66 years of service to William & Mary.

Dean Niles wins publication award from American Counseling Association

The dean of the School of Education at William & Mary, Spencer “Skip” Niles, received the inaugural Thomas Hohenshil National Publication Award at the American Counseling Association (ACA) 2019 Conference & Expo on Saturday, March 30. The award honors an individual who is deemed to have made outstanding contributions to the publishing of counseling-related literature.

Project Empower 2019
Empowering high school students to reach their goals

High school is a stressful time – and may be particularly difficult for students who have few social supports but need and want to be achieving big goals. Supporting these students is the expanded goal of Project Empower, a partnership between the School of Education and the three high schools within Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools.

ACA Ethics
W&M doctoral students place second in ACA Student Ethics contest

A quartet of William & Mary counselor education doctoral students have taken second place in the national American Counseling Association (ACA) 2019 Graduate Student Ethics contest, with an essay addressing the ethical challenges raised in a fictional case study.

Virginia is for Learners
SURN teams with local school divisions on statewide innovation initiative

The William & Mary School-University Research Network (SURN) is partnering with Middlesex, Poquoson and West Point County Schools on the Virginia is for Learners Innovation Network, collaborating to innovate and transform their schools for the future.

Ryan McGill
McGill wins Article of the Year from the Journal of School Psychology

Ryan McGill, assistant professor of school psychology, recently co-authored an article that received the Article of the Year Award from the Journal of School Psychology and the Society for the Study of School Psychology. The article, titled “Cognitive Profile Analysis: History, Issues, and Continued Concerns,” appeared in the November 2018 issue.

Holmes Scholars
William & Mary Holmes Scholars Attend the 71st AACTE

Twelve William & Mary Holmes Scholars attended the Holmes Scholars Annual Meeting in Louisville, KY in February as part of the 71st American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Annual Meeting. The Holmes Program, a branch of AACTE, encourages diversity in education by providing mentorship opportunities to students from high school through doctoral programs who are interested in careers in education.

Megan Tschannen-Moran
Tschannen-Moran named among 20 most influential scholars in field of school leadership

A recent article in the Review of Educational Research has named Professor Megan Tschannen-Moran among the top 20 most highly-cited authors in the field of educational administration. She has taught at William & Mary since 2000, and her research focuses on the critical importance of trust among teachers, administrators, parents and students.

Flowers Rural Education
Doctoral student in K-12 administration highlights challenges of rural education

Having grown up in a rural community and later became a school principal in a rural school district, Jamon Flowers, a third-year doctoral student in K-12 Administration understands the unique challenges rural schools and communities face. He welcomed an opportunity recently to participate as a panelist in a SchoolReform event in Washington, D.C. to help raise awareness of the educational issues these rural communities face.

Grieving Fathers
Examining fathers’ grief after miscarriage

Fathers’ grief after a miscarriage is often overlooked. A trio of doctoral counseling students in the William & Mary School of Education set out to rectify that, and published the results of their interviews with fathers in a 2018 issue of The Family Journal.

Patricia Popp
Supporting homeless students on the path to college

Patricia Popp Ph.D. '01, clinical associate professor and state coordinator for homeless education (Project HOPE-VA), is researching the needs of homeless students as they transition to college and developing best practices to support them.

Katherine Barko-Alva Latinx Award
Barko-Alva recognized with statewide Latinx Leadership Award

School of Education assistant professor, Katherine Barko-Alva's ability to inspire young people to pursue a career in ESL and bilingual education, along with her research and service related to bilingual education, was recognized recently with the Latinx Leadership Award from the Virginia Latino Advisory Board.

Patrick Mullen
Patrick Mullen receives Reves Center Fellowship

Patrick Mullen, assistant professor in the William & Mary School of Education, received $10,000 as part of a Reves Center Fellowship to dig more deeply into the experience of school counselors in international Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) K-12 schools with the goal of preparing future school counselors to more effectively assist children of military families.

Lindy Johnson
Lindy Johnson receives Divergent Award for Excellence in 21st Century Literacies

Literacy has to expand beyond reading and writing to include digital literacy, argues William & Mary assistant professor Lindy Johnson. She recently received the Divergent Award for Excellence in 21st Century Literacies for her work and advocacy around the necessity of educating K-12 students to be both better consumers and producers of digital media.

Chi Sigma Iota
Flourishing in a Relentless World

Last semester, School of Education counseling students gathered with Kelly Crace, Associate Vice President for Health & Wellness at William & Mary for a “Flourishing in a Relentless World” discussion series, providing students with tools to help them flourish in their careers.

KH Kim
Creativity just takes practice, according to W&M researcher

The science of creativity suggests everyone can be creative with the right attitude and practice, according to William & Mary professor KH Kim, author of The Creativity Challenge: How We Can Recapture American Innovation. Kim is offering a course (EDUC582) about the science of creativity that is open to both undergraduate and graduate students in Spring 2019.