Webster Students and Professors Brown Bag It

From left to right, Dr. Mary Bevel, Katherine Luh, Yupa Saisanan Na Ayudhya, Dr. Yin Lam Lee-Johnson, Dr. D. J. Kaiser, Melanie Fitzgerald, and Mary Meadows

Monday, September 12, 2016 marked the first of many Brown Bag meetings for the School of Education. The forum was created for Doctor of Education (EdD) program students and candidates to have a platform to present their current research work.

The meetings will be held once per month, rotating between Monday and Thursday evenings from 5:30p-7:00p. See below for the full Fall 2016 schedule:

Study Abroad Application Deadline Extended

Interested in studying abroad in Spring 2017?

Exciting News and a Special Offer for the school of education students!

The study abroad deadline for applications has been extended until September 30th. We are holding a few housing scholarships for Webster Thailand especially for undergraduate school of education students!

Combine this with our Webster World Traveler Program (free airfare) and you have FREE HOUSING AND FREE AIRFARE. This is for the spring semester only

Please contact Johany Glen ASAP for this offer at worldview@webster.edu

Office of Study Abroad

Sverdrup 207 | Webster University | 470 E. Lockwood Ave. | St. Louis, MO 63119

Phone:  314-246-6988 | Fax:  314-963-6019

Office of Study Abroad Website


DTE New Student Orientation

DTESOWebster University recently held its annual orientation for new students in the Department of Teacher Education at our home campus in St. Louis Missouri. The event provided valuable resources and important information for students entering one of our programs for educators. Faculty members from the Department of Teacher Education were in attendance to provide advice for students and answer any questions that they had.

Faculty helped familiarize the students in attendance with all of the online resources that are available to them, and helped prepare them to be successful in their programs. Topics discussed were the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments, academic integrity, information technology services, The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website, deadlines for practicum and apprentice teaching, and other on-campus resources.

We would like to give a special thanks to the students who attended the event and hope that you feel prepared to excel in your college career and beyond!

If you were unable to attend the event, some of the resources can be found on the Webster University website by clicking here: http://www.webster.edu/education/student-resources/

Students can also email Sheila Anglin Jordan, Teacher Education Department Coordinator, with questions at: anglinsh@webster.edu


School Psychology students are headed to the ISPA conference in the Netherlands this July


School Psychology graduate students Laura Grizzle, Centron Felder, Erica Vaughn, Samra Sahbegovic, and Benjamin Koenig.

Five Webster School of Education graduate students will be presenting their work on advocating for school psychology, children’s rights, and mental health in Missouri at the International School Psychology Association (ISPA) conference, July 20-23 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

They will be representing their 20 co-authors, the Applied Educational Psychology and School Psychology Programs, and Webster University.

They will also be videoconferencing from Webster Leiden with Applied Educational Psychology students in Webster Groves.

Professor Debbie Stiles has asked anyone who is interested in supporting these students’ travel to visit their GoFundMe page and consider making a small contribution.

Art on Display in Webster Hall

IMG_2176Margaret Stage, a sculpture major in the Webster University art department
installed an interactive sculpture on April 26th in the second floor hallway underneath the MAT display.

As teachers we love pencil sharpeners so this is perfect for us; come by and check it out!



Photos from Empowering Disenfranchised Learners

On Saturday, April 16th the Webster University School of Education hosted its annual conference. This year’s theme, Empowering Disenfranchised Learners, provided an incredible opportunity to shed light on the struggles of our most vulnerable students. Big thanks to all who organized, presented, or attended. We hope to see you next year!


Keynote Speaker Dr. Jennifer Rose

Dr. Dorcas Mclaughlin's session got everyone on their feet.

Dr. Dorcas Mclaughlin’s session got everyone on their feet.

Dr. Carol Williams

Dr. Carol Williams

We are so thankful to the St. Louis area school administrators who sat in for our panel discussion.

We are so thankful to the St. Louis area school administrators who sat in for our panel discussion.

The post-conference session, organized by members of the inaugural EdD cohort provided a great discussion of what "the school of the future" should look like.

The post-conference session, organized by members of the inaugural EdD cohort provided a great discussion of what “the school of the future” should look like.

SOE explores Makerspaces

The school of education has recently embarked on developing a Makerspace for teachers in training and other educators as well as students in the St. Louis community. The project seeks to help education faculty understand how design thinking and problem solving can be taught to teachers as well as K-12 students.

In a recent series of studies, Dr. Basiyr Rodney and collaborators from the Webster Groves School District uncovered the importance of flexible learning spaces in information-age schools. In their study entitled, “School for Today” Rodney along with his colleagues John Simpson and Merlene Gilb discovered four principals of the 21st century school. Flexible learning spaces is one of these principles — alongside democratic or student-driven environments, community centeredness, and systemic adaptiveness.20160225_105945

As a further extension of this investigation, the importance and design of flexible learning spaces in the form of a School of Education Makerspace is an important development.

“Makerspaces are informal sites for creative production in art, science, and engineering where people of all ages blend digital and physical technologies to explore ideas, learn technical skills, and create new products” (Sheridan et al., 2014). Makerspaces are flexible learning spaces in which learners “develop an idea and construct it into some physical or digital form (Sheridan et al, 2014).

Modern makerspaces are housed in schools, classrooms, libraries, science centers, art museums and other spaces in which learners are able to “play” and learn. In such areas, learners can work collaboratively in small groups or as a whole class or even as individuals if a task demands.

Makerspaces center around engaging students in interdisciplinary learning with many tools that support Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) teaching. Students also use the DIY, tinkering, and computer programming culture to engage in project-based learning, problem solving, and design thinking.

These spaces are typically outfitted with technologies and materials that allow learners to engage with different ways of thinking, creativity and problem solving. Disciplined inquiry as well as unstructured problem solving with tools such as 3D printers, sewing machines, vinyl cutters, laminators and lathes is encouraged in the makerspace environment. Learners can engage with all types of materials and multiple skill areas.

Recently, students in Dr. Rodney’s EDUC 3127, Interactive Technologies have been exploring the design, development and use of Makerspaces in education. In addition to thinking about how makerspaces work, the 10 pre-service teachers are engaging with tools and activities that utilize problem solving with programming tools such as Scratch and low cost computers such as the Raspberry Pi.20160225_112215

The approach allows the students to see how they can apply creativity and innovation in supporting student learning. In their Scratch projects, teacher education students are using the makerspace resources to create digital stories that serve as models to engage k-12 learners in logical thinking, story sequence, and interactivity. They become adept at exploring design problems and creative thinking.

Sheridan, K., Halverson, E. R., Litts, B., Brahms, L., Jacobs-Priebe, L., & Owens, T. (2014). Learning in the making: A comparative case study of three makerspaces. Harvard Educational Review. (4), 505-531.

Profiles in Education: EdD Student Kelli Westmoreland

Today we are excited to share a Q&A with Kelli Westmoreland, a student in the EdD’s inaugural cohort. If you are considering taking the next step in your education and you want to expand your conception of learning and teaching and develop a more globally and socially conscious perspective of scholarship and leadership, we hope that her words will inspire you.

Webster University’s Doctor of Education (EdD) in Transformative Learning in the Global Community is a three-year program is designed to create scholars and leaders who are equipped to train the global workforce of tomorrow.

The next information session for the EdD in Transformative Learning in the Global Community is coming up on Saturday, April 9th at 2 p.m.

More information on this session can be found on Facebook. We hope to see you there!

For more information on the EdD program visit the School of Education website, or contact Program Director and Associate Professor Mary Bevel at 314-246-7504 or drmary@bevelweb.com.

KelliWestmorelandWhat led you to choose the EdD program at Webster?
I’ve been waiting for a doctorate program at Webster for some time. Years ago I was accepted into a doctorate program at a different university. I attended for two semesters and decided to “postpone” my decision. I never felt comfortable in the classes, and the learning was not focused on application and practicality. I felt as though my ideas were being stifled and judged.

Unlike that experience, Webster is real. We take learning outside our classrooms, schools, and communities and look at what is going on around our world. We share ideas, have an abundance of respect for each other and what we do and look at education with a global lens. Webster has changed how I think and how I teach. It is a culture in itself.

What are your thoughts on transformative learning, global education, and social justice?
KelliWestmorelandQuoteIn my current job, I am working with teachers, and I get the opportunity to visit schools across the country. All students need access to positive teachers who have worked to develop a culture of respect, creativity and risk. In the future I would like to have more opportunities through teacher education to help transform ideas about learning and instruction.

I am specifically interested in how technology integration is being addressed in teacher education programs. At the Society of Philosophy and History of Education conference, I presented a paper on the integration of technology in schools. Research confirms technology is in nearly all schools, but research also shows teachers often are not integrating it with best practices.

Technology is critical for students to critique and assess the world around them. It broadens their knowledge and helps them develop compassion towards others. Technology is the tool that can globalize learning and discovery.

I would like students to be integrating technology in their learning instead of simply using technology because it is there. I want teachers to feel free to let students explore and connect. For my research, I’m interested in studying teacher education programs and looking at the different ways universities prepare teachers for integrating technology into the curriculum.

Any other thoughts you’d like to share?
I’m grateful for the flexibility of this program. Transformative learning leads to new innovative thinking. I’m honored to be part of this inaugural class. I love that all of us have different areas of interest and study, yet our mission is the same. You can’t say that about most programs. The knowledge we are gaining from each other is invaluable, and I’m so proud to be part of this group and to say I am getting this degree at Webster University.