Graduate education programs gain national recognition


March 16, 2011

In its first year after expanding to serve all four campuses of Arizona State University, ASU’s http://education.asu.edu/content/home" target="_blank">Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College is ranked as one of the nation’s highest-quality graduate programs in education.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Teachers College 25th among public graduate schools of education and 35th among all public and private graduate programs in the field. Last year ASU’s graduate education programs ranked 25th and 35th respectively. Download Full Image

Five individual programs within Teachers College were singled out for top 25 rankings:

• Curriculum and Instruction: 17th among public graduate schools of education and 21st overall.

• Educational Policy: 10th among public graduate schools of education and 16th overall.

• Elementary Teacher Education: 16th among public graduate schools of education and 20th overall.

• Secondary Teacher Education: 13th among public graduate schools of education and 16th overall.

• Student Counseling and Personnel Services: 16th among public graduate schools of education and 18th overall.

“These impressive rankings speak to the quality of our programs, faculty and students,” said Mari Koerner, Teachers College dean. “The work of our college is centered around impact on schools and the community.  We prepare graduate students to make positive changes for all students. Our college takes pride in our faculty who are great teachers, who receive grant awards for their research – much of which directly benefits local schools – and who continue to contribute to the academic community through scholarship. We have faculty who include a Nobel Prize winner, Fulbright scholars, and many dozens of faculty members who are dedicated to providing curriculum innovations both at the university level and in PreKindergarten-12th grade settings. They are bold, flexible and committed.

“This recognition also gives me an opportunity to express my appreciation to the faculty as well as the students and staff of Teachers College. The past year has been one of tremendous growth and change within the college, and our success is due to the hard work and flexibility of countless individuals at all levels,” Koerner said.

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College offers world-class academic programs for educators and scholars preparing to enter or advance in the profession. Teachers College provides challenging educational programs to prepare successful and highly qualified PreK-12 teachers. The College offers programs for those interested in advanced study and research activities leading to careers in school leadership, school and educational psychology, education policy, education technology, higher and post-secondary education, and other fields.

ASU School of Dance presents the Graduate Project Presentations


March 16, 2011

Who
Graduate students Karryn Allen, Randi L. Frost, Rebecca Blair Hillerby, Amanda Ling, Britta Joy Peterson, Emily Spranger and Whitney Waugh in the ASU School of Dance in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

What
The Graduate Project Presentations is a self-produced performance featuring original works by current MFA students in the School of Dance. New works and works-in-progress by choreographers Karryn Allen, Randi L. Frost, Rebecca Blair Hillerby, Amanda Ling, Britta Joy Peterson, Emily Spranger and Whitney Waugh are highlighted during the event. Various perspectives and artistic interests of the choreographers will make for a delightful evening of dance. Rehearsal in APMA Photo by Tom Story. Download Full Image

 

The evening begins with From… To… With (work in progress) choreographed by Randi L. Frost. This piece is an offshoot of Randi's thesis work produced in the fall 2010 semester. It is a self-exploration of what it means to journey and move forward.

Pieces is presented by Rebecca Blair Hillerby and is inspired by the contemporary ballet style of movement. Crumbs pushed into a pile and brushed is a duet created by Amanda Ling in collaboration with Ivory Myers. Render in Reverse is a duet created by Whitney Waugh with a focus on the creative process. This piece is viewed in the round with the audience invited on stage around the dancers. Britta Petterson’s Oh the Places We Go is a work that focuses on the medium of the body to take the audience on a journey through the minds of others and their own.

Story: Scene One is a work in progress and eventually will be part of Karryn Allen’s MFA thesis project presentation. The piece is inspired by fantasy world narratives and is created with creative input from all of the dancers. Finding Perspective is a duet created in collaboration between Karryn Allen and Kathryn Ullom. It is a light-hearted with an overarching theme but an eclectic movement style.

 

The evening concludes with Integrity of Breath. Shaped by Emily N. Spranger and all the dancers, the work was meant at first simply just as fun, but has now developed its own character and is a movement bound piece.

Where
The Margaret Gisolo Dance Studio is located at 611 E. Orange St., in the Physical Education Building East (PEBE) #132 on the ASU Tempe campus.

When
March 30, 7:30 p.m.; March 31, 7:30 p.m.

Cost
Free admission. Tickets are required and are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis each performance night at 6:30 p.m. in the Physical Education Building East lobby. Only one ticket is issued per person.

Public Contact
Sunny Kuo 
Operations Manager
ASU Herberger Institute 
School of Dance
480.965.5029
sunny.kuo@asu.edu

The School of Theatre and Film in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University provides a comprehensive range of courses in performance and directing; design and production; new work development; theatre and performance studies; film; and theatre for youth. Its Theatre for Youth program is nationally ranked in the top three and the dramatic writing/playwriting program is ranked 15th among public institutions by U.S.News & World Report. To learn more about the School of Theatre and Film, visit theatrefilm.asu.edu.

Media Contact:
Sunny Kuo
Operations Manager
ASU Herberger Institute 
School of Dance
480.965.5029
sunny.kuo@asu.edu