iTeachAZ wins President's Award for Innovation

April 19, 2013

For its significant contributions to Arizona State University and higher education, iTeachAZ has won the President's Award for Innovation.

ASU values innovative contributions and recognizes ASU faculty and staff who have developed creative and inspiring projects and programs that address one or more of the challenges before us. Download Full Image

The Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College responded to the challenge of preparing more highly effective teachers by creating iTeachAZ, an undergraduate teacher preparation program that provides pre-service teachers with more content area coursework and double the amount of classroom experience.

The new design includes a Senior Year Residency, enabling teacher candidates to spend four days each week in prekindergarten through 8th grade classrooms and one day in pedagogy courses delivered at partner districts, often in Arizona’s most struggling schools.

In fall of 2011, 436 student teachers began the iTeachAZ Senior Year Residency. Of those students, 91 percent were awarded an Institutional Recommendation for certification in Arizona’s public schools, the majority of whom went on to teach in Arizona, predominantly in iTeachAZ partner school districts.

Surveys completed by principals of in-service teachers who graduated from the iTeachAZ pilot in 2010 indicated that 88 percent were effective or highly effective in their first year of teaching. In the last year, 12 universities from around the country visited ASU to learn about iTeachAZ, highlighting the impactful and innovative nature of the program.

Team members:
Nancy Perry, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Division I
Sarah Beal, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Division I
April Boozer, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Division I
Ryen Borden, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Division I
Martha Cocchiarella, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Division I
Veronica Griffin, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Division I
Pamela Harris, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Division I
Elizabeth Hinde, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Division I
Angie Linder, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Division I
Robert Morse, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Division I
Debbie Robinson, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Division I
Michelle Rojas, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Division I
Kelly Stranathan, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Division I
Kathy Tomas, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Division I

Britt Lewis

Communications Specialist, ASU Library

Professor helps National Academies promote sustainable urban development

April 19, 2013

Arizona State University engineer Samuel Ariaratnam is among contributors to a new book published by the National Academies aimed at providing communities some of the best strategies for sustainable urban development.

Ariaratnam is a professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, one of ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, and the chair of the construction engineering program in the Del E. Webb School of Construction Programs. Sam Ariaratnam book Download Full Image

He worked on material for three chapters in “Underground Engineering for Sustainable Urban Development.” The book was based on a study requested by the National Science Foundation and conducted by the National Research Council.

Underground construction is a rapidly expanding field, fueled by the growing needs of cities to replace aging infrastructure or build new infrastructure using methods that will increase the efficiency, resiliency and safety of such facilities and utility systems.

Building new infrastructure and related facilities underground “may be the most successful way to encourage or support the redirection of urban development into sustainable patterns,” The National Academies Press states in promoting the book.

Ariaratnam, a member of the National Academies’ Committee on Underground Engineering for Sustainable Development, says the book draws on expertise in broad range of areas – including construction industry leaders, academia and research leaders, urban planners and policy experts, fire prevention and public safety professionals, geotechnical engineers and psychologists.

Ariaratnam is a leading expert in the trenchless technology method of underground construction. He was named the 2012 Trenchless Technology Person of the Year by Trenchless Technology magazine, the leading North American publication in the field.

“I’m certain this book is going to have a big impact. It’s already gotten a lot of attention internationally,” he says. “Everyone is looking for better ways to build infrastructure, both the public sector and private sector.”

The National Academies is made up of four organizations, the National Academy of Science, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine. They serve as advisers to government and public leaders.

The book can be downloaded free of charge on The National Academies Press website.

Joe Kullman

Science writer, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering