Apr 05


Insights Happenings – Faculty and Staff

Don’t forget to mark your calendars!

Showcasing Changing Technology
April 24 from 11 am – 1 pm in the Horrabin Hall Gymnasium.




COEHS has a new submission form for Insights! The form can be accessed on the COEHS website. Submissions are due by 3:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoons. Every effort will be made to include the information in the current Insights. If you do not see your entry, it will be inserted in the next issue. Upcoming Insights publication dates are April 19 and May 10.

WIU College of Education and Human Services is on Facebook!!  Watch our Facebook page for fun and interesting COEHS news! Like COEHS at

COEHS is proud to be part of WIU and to show our Purple Pride! Watch for Friday Fun as we celebrate our Purple Pride! Anyone interested in being featured in the Purple Pride Fun Photos please contact

Carol Weisheit, Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood/Starnet Regions I and III, presented the workshop, Helping Children Transition Throughout the Daily Routine, on March 21, in Princeton, IL. Carol provided attendees with ideas and techniques to remove the stress of transitions and to empower preschool children to be true participants in classroom activities.

Starnet Regions I and III (Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood), sponsored the workshop, Resources and Supports for Children with Autism, at Kishwaukee College in Malta, IL on March 19. Presenters were former Starnet Regions I and III staff member Sandy Valentine and other parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The presenters offered insights, ideas, resources, and tools for parents and teachers of children with ASD.

Sandy Ginther and Joan Leff, Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood/Starnet Regions I and III, presented the webinar, Making Early Childhood Appropriate for Every Child: All Behavior is Communication, on March 19. The focus of the webinar was on strategies that facilitate development of communication skills in young children.

Susan Massey (on right), C&I, and Julie Pearson (on left), graduate student at the Quad Cities campus, presented Digital Word Study at the Illinois Reading Conference in Springfield, IL on March 16.

Starnet Regions I and III sponsored the Make It/Take It Visual Supports presentation by former Center for Best Practices staff member, Letha Clark, and Starnet Region IV staff member, Sheri Kraus, on March 14 in Springfield. The presentation included tips, techniques, and examples of visual supports helpful for all preschool children. Participants also were introduced to Boardmaker and used the program to create visual supports for their classrooms.

CSMMD sponsored a Women’s History Month panel entitled Girl in Guyland on March 27. The panel discussed how women challenge and support patriarchy. Serving on the panel: Kelsey Harrington, current CSP student, Burt Sorkey, Counseling Center, Sarah Schoper, CSP, and Jennie Hemingway, RPTA & CSP. The panel moderator was Sean Dixon, IVPI Coordinator & EIS alumnus.

Mindy Ely, Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood/Starnet Regions I and III presented the webinar, Visual Supports:  Keys to Success on March 12. Among other things, the webinar provided tips for engaging preschool children’s interest through the use of visual strategies.

Sarah Shoper, EIS, presented Professional Socialization Institute:  Findings on New Professionals at the ACPA:  College Student Educators International Annual Convention March 5. Environmental conditions promoting the process of more complex meaning-making for graduate students were shared.  The findings can help improve practice for graduate students and faculty, new professionals, and supervisors within higher education.

Lora Wolff, EDL, presented a session entitled Grading: The Elephant in the Room at the AASA (American Association of School Administrators) conference in Los Angeles, CA on February 21.  Questions addressed included:  How will you know students have meet the common core standards?  How can schools measure students’ mastery of the standards?  What are the reasons for standards-based grading?  How can standards-based grading and report cards be implemented?  The presentation shared one school district’s journey to implement standards-based grading at the elementary level and to report eighth grade technology literacy.

Rebecca Newgent, CNED, along with Victoria Kress and Laura Mease of Youngstown State University presented their study, Spirituality as an Insulating Factor Against Nonsuicidal Self-Injury:  Research Findings and Counselor Practice Suggestions, at the 2013 American Counseling Association Conference in Cincinnati, OH on March 23.

Rene Noppe, EDL, gave a presentation entitled Illinois Teacher Pension Reform:  An Idea Whose Time Has Come at the AASA National Conference on Education in Los Angeles, CA on February 23.

Rene Noppe, EDL, worked with AASA personnel to set up participants for the AASA/WIU Job Central at AASA National Conference of Education in Los Angeles, CA on February 22. Various participants (e.g. IASB and other Superintendent Search Firms) were aided in scheduling their presentation sessions as well as consulting work sessions. Continuous contact was maintained with all participants that resulted in an organized program. Noppe, along with Mr. Robert Gillum, executive officer of Leading with Valor, gave a presentation, Supercharge B4U Leave:  A Guide to Succession Planning.


Insights Happenings – Alumni and Students

Deidra Carter, DFMH student, recently received a grant/scholarship from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and ConAgra for $5000. The grant is to promote home food safety.

Sarah Lewis, KIN, was chosen as the first place winner by the Phi Kappa Phi Undergraduate Research Paper Committee for her paper entitled, Emotional Intelligence and Mindfulness in Athletes. Sara also received a monetary award of $300. Congratulations Sarah!

Rebecca Newgent, CNED, was named Editor of Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation Journal; a publication of the Association of Assessment and Research in Counseling. Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation provides counselor educators, researchers, and other mental health practitioners (including psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and addiction counselors) with outcome research and program evaluation practices for work with individuals across the lifespan. It presents topics such as: treatment efficacy, clinical diagnosis, program evaluation, research design, and outcome measure reviews. Dr. Newgent begins her appointment as Editor July 1, 2013.

Sarah Schoper, EIS, and Kristen Wyse and Todd Rotgers, CSP graduate students, published the article Leveraging Transformative Learning in the Job Search Process. Click here to read the publication.

The Department of Counselor Education would like to welcome over 30 new masters-level counseling students for summer/fall 2013. The department was very pleased by the exceptional quality of these students and is looking forward to working with them.

Rebecca Newgent, CNED, and colleagues Do Hee Kim-Appel (Ursuline College) and Jonathan Appel (Tiffin University), met with international counseling students from Korea at the 2013 American Counseling Association Conference in Cincinnati, OH on March 22

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