Welcome to the first edition of EDU Pulse, the Biannual Newsletter from the LCU School of Education. Check in each semester for the latest in faculty and alumni achievements, as well as news for the School of Education, area education resources and news, and other announcements.
The LCU teacher education program has truly benefitted from skilled Christian educators that laid a bedrock foundation on which the program has grown from infancy, through adolescence, and now into young adulthood. Throughout all the growing pains – students have always been at the core of LCU’s success.
Instructional Resources Published in Journal
LCU undergraduate students Sydney Kennedy and Katie Turnipseed worked with Dr. Sam Ayers to develop an educational simulation for use in social studies classrooms. Qualified to be President: Identifying the Best Candidate was printed as a lesson plan in the Summer 2016 issue of The Social Studies TEXAN, the official publication of the Texas Council for the Social Studies. The instructional resources are also available to teachers on the Knowledge Center website.
Sports History Book
In an effort to identify outstanding Lubbock athletes and coaches of the past one hundred years, Sam Ayers created a reference resource – Lubbock Sports: A Century of Champions 1916-2016. Complimentary copies of the hardback reference book were distributed to Lubbock public libraries and librarians at Lubbock public and private schools. Funding for the project was provided by The CH Foundation, The Knowledge Center, the Staked Plains Council for the Social Studies, and the Texas Council for the Social Studies. It is hoped that readers will enjoy reading about some of their favorite local sports heroes and maybe even discover a few new sports heroes worthy of emulation.
History in Person
Bill Perryman of History In Person will return to Lubbock in February 2017 to portray historical characters at seven elementary schools. A former award winning elementary teacher, Bill Perryman now travels the state bringing historical figures to life for students. While in Lubbock, he will make presentations at Bowie, Stewart, Waters, Roscoe Wilson, Whiteside, Oak Ridge and Lubbock Christian elementary schools. The performances are sponsored by The CH Foundation, The Texas Commission on the Arts and The Knowledge Center.
LCU School of Education students are invited to join Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) an International Honor Society in Education after they have completed a minimum of 50 college credit hours and have a 3.3 or above grade point average (gpa). Our local chapter, Chi Chi Chapter, foster excellence in education and promotes fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. Using a variety of programs, services, and resources, KDP supports and advances educators throughout the phases and levels of their teaching careers.
The Chi Chi Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi held its fall initiation on Wednesday, October 5, 2016. The initiation ceremony was held to induct 22 candidates into the LCU School of Education International Honor Society. Dr. Steven Lemley's address reminded the initiates, members, and guests of the importance of teaching. Graduating members were reminded that Senior Cords would be presented at the School of Education Graduation Reception in December. Kappa Delta Pi members conduct two service projects yearly focusing on serving public school students. Laura Lynn Sims serves as the 2016-2017 president. Dr. Gonzalo Ramirez and Dana Reeger serve as Counselors.
Prepare to meet the challenges of 21st century classrooms through our outstanding Curriculum and Instruction Master Degree Program. This leadership program equips you with the knowledge and skills you need to research, develop, and implement curricular changes that have the potential to raise student achievement.
Need help with how to best serve inclusion students more effectively in your classroom? LCU now has a 15-hour special education program for those wanting to increase their knowledge in the area of Special Education and pursue a Texas Certification. These courses will equip you with the skills and understanding that is required to work with special education students. You will be prepared to be more effective in the classroom and provide instruction for all your students’ unique needs.
Lubbock Christian University is in the process of determining if there is an interest in beginning a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program in the Graduate Department of the School of Education.
Please complete this survey so that we can gauge your interest in an Ed.D. program in Education at LCU. If you know others who might be interested, please send the link to them and encourage them to complete it as well.
LCU Education Students Receive Fall Scholarships
The Fall 2016 Helen Jones Knowledge Center Scholarship was awarded to three LCU education students. Recipients included Callie Chisum, Britni Cantu and Kasey Porr.
Teacher Awards Nominations
The Lubbock Christian University School of Education has again partnered with the Knowledge Center to recognize the Distinguished Educators of Lubbock County. The CH Foundation and The Community Foundation of West Texas are also partnering to support this initiative. Public school districts with attendance areas located within Lubbock County are eligible to nominate one outstanding teacher. Nomination materials will be provided to area superintendents. The Distinguished Educators of Lubbock County will each receive an engraved brass teacher hand bell and $100. The top two teachers as selected by the Blue Ribbon Panel will receive the 2017 Lubbock Christian Award for Excellence in teaching and $1,000 each on March 21, 2017.