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Director: Eric C. Sheffield
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WIU Educational Leadership

Voices of Alumni

It has been 6 years since I graduated with my master's in EIS [now EDS, Educational Studies].  I now have a district-level administrative role that hires, trains, and evaluates all EL teachers in the district.  Thank you for all of the foundational skills you taught me during my first graduate-level program.  The EIS program at WIU set me on a wonderful trajectory that has pushed me to get additional degrees in administration, making it possible for me to take on this role that will impact the educational services offered throughout 25 schools in our district. Thank you for your dedication to education.  You all have truly left a mark. ~ Jessica Marty

Tribal School Student Teaching Initiative

Thanks to the efforts and collaboration of many people across the University, last semester we had our very first student teacher participate in the Tribal School Student Teaching Initiative. Adrienne Tinsley, an English Education major, spent time in 3 different Tribal Schools in Wisconsin. This is a video of Adrienne talking about her experience.

For Fall 22 student teachers, the application is due Feb. 1st.  It can be found on the  Tribal School Student Teaching Initiative  page of our website. ALL education majors are invited to apply!

2022 Iowa Teacher of the Year, Sara Russell ('16)


Sara Russell was named as the Iowa 2022 Teach of the Year! Sara graduated from WIU in December of 2016 with a MSEd in Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies. She devoted her coursework and thesis project to researching multicultural curriculums and created a multicultural American Government course as a result.

Sara remains a valuable resource to WIU as a member of the Program Advisory Committee for the MSEd in Educational Studies and a role model for the teacher education students at WIU-QC.

We are thrilled to see her recognized as the outstanding educator that she is.

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Students in our Master's degree in Reading have applied for and received grant funding! 

Marcy Lantz had a grant funded titled "Listen...Learn…and Grow! Headphones for Student Learning." She will receive 96 pairs of headphones for students who do not have them or cannot afford them.

Due to Covid restrictions, students are not allowed to share headphones and must have their own. Although students are provided every day school supplies and bookbags through local organizations, headphones for learning are frequently overlooked and fall on the responsibility of each individual teacher or parent for supplying them. Having quality headphones available to all students will give everyone the opportunity to listen and learn both in the classroom and at home. Congratulations, Marcy!

Quin Bannon received a grant for a set of the book Charlotte's Web for their class and the other 2nd grade class. The grant was for $383. Students will read these books at the end of the school year both in class and at home with their families. Congratulations, Quin!

Danielle Poteshman grant application was fully funded for $6221.00! The project is called Enhancing Literacy in the Classroom. The materials requested will enhance students' experiences in the classroom, including book bags for students to check in and check out books from the classroom library. Also requested were writing notebooks for students' daily 5 centers, and journals, which will help students have something to show over the course of the year. Lastly, students will get new headphones in order to do their daily online programs. Congratulations, Danielle!


David Mouser, a 2014 graduate of our Educational Leadership doctoral program was selected as the new superintendent of District 87 in Bloomington.

Read more here.