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2011 News and Events

Athletic Training Education: Senior Students Displaying their Poster Presentations

On Tuesday, December 6, the senior athletic training students presented the results of their research projects.  Each of the six students created a poster presentation for display at a poster session in Willett Hall.  The students discussed their research and answered questions from the twenty plus attendees at the session.  Pictured below is an example of the fine work conducted by the students.
Athletic Training Picture

Longwood University: Helping Build Successful Careers and Making Dreams a Reality

Brittany Byrd, 23, who recently earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Longwood University through the New College Institute, is beginning her adventure as a second grade teacher at Patrick Henry Elementary School in Martinsville, VA.  Before becoming a full-time teacher, Byrd served as a teacher's aide at Patrick Henry.  Through her dedication and passion for teaching others and the necessary tools and opportunities presented to her in her education, Byrd is well on her way for a successful career and she is just where she always dreamed she would be - changing the lives of children one step at a time.  She understands that students must be stimulated and motivated to learn, and her strategies and commitment must prove sufficient to satisfy this challenge.  The training she has received through Longwood University's program has prepared her for success in and out of the classroom.  Byrd is a model example of what Longwood University can do for you.      

Brittany Byrd

Longwood Students Train for the Future

Longwood athletic training majors who volunteered during Saturday's Suntrust Richmond Marathon were featured on WWBT-12 (NBC, Richmond) and in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
A feature interview, "Longwood Students Train for the Future," was part of the Richmond Marathon Highlight Special that aired on WWBT on Sunday, November 13 at 1:30 p.m. Seniors Kaylyn Hopkins and Derik Claar, along with Dr. Sharon Menegoni, assistant professor of athletic training and program director for athletic training education, were interviewed and other Longwood athletic training majors appear in the background of the video.

To view the full interview, click on the link below and access the video player in the top right corner of the screen.


In the RTD, Longwood senior
Matt Rawlins and freshman Hanna Sacks, are pictured in a special section dedicated to coverage of the marathon.


2011 AACTE Leadership Academy

The third annual AACTE Leadership Academy, which lasted from June 26-30, served as a training ground for dozens of new deans and education administrators. Participants originated from 33 states and 55 individual educational institutions, to create a centralized learning platform for developing superior leadership skills, more concrete institutional structures, and highly effective professional networks. The 3.5-day event, hosted in Seattle, Washington, was led by a number of distinguished professionals of Higher Ed., including Dr. Deneese Jones, Dean of the College of Education and Human Services here at Longwood University. Together, Dr. Jones and other AACTE faculty collaborated with participants in both large and small group form. This format allowed both broad administrative topics to be addressed, including conflict resolution, budgets, time and stress management, and leadership skills; as well as more customized and private group sessions on topics ranging from decision-making strategies, managing external resources, and alternative routes and clinical preparation. The event has been deemed a success yet again and the organization plans to continue its campaign again next year, June 24-28, in Louisville, Kentucky. For more information or reference to the AACTE Advisor online blog, please visit http://www.aacte.org.


Longwood University Teachers of Promise at the TOP conference

The Eighth Annual Teachers of Promise Conference was held March 25 and 26 at James Madison University. The conference, sponsored in part by the Virginia Milken Educators Network, recognizes outstanding teacher education candidates from the Commonwealth. Approximately 200 TOP teachers from 30 Virginia colleges and universities attended the two-day conference. TOP students are matched with a mentor recognized as a state or national teacher of the year and they are networked with other TOP students through their mentor group. The Teachers of Promise heard Dr. Jo Lynne DeMary, Former State Superintendent of Public Instruction, speak at the Friday night Gala Banquet and they were "pinned" as TOP teachers by their mentors. On Saturday, TOP teachers and their faculty sponsors attended sessions on a variety of topics. Ten teacher candidates represented Longwood University: Amy McGregor (Middle), Christian Mock (Middle), Jameka Jones (ELEM), Duan Wright (ELEM), Sarah Johnson (Middle), Melissa Elliott (SPED), Abby Taylor (SPED), Kourtney Nichols (SPED), Catherine Easter (SPED), and Elizabeth Rensch (SPED). Dr. Ruth Lyn Meese, Professor of Special Education, and Dr. Pamela Aerni, Assistant Professor of Education attended as faculty sponsors from Longwood University.


Inside CEHS - Spring 2011

Student News

  • Allison Chaplin and Andrew Hockenbery, graduate students in Communication Sciences and Disorders, have developed a hearing conservation program, in collaboration with the Farmville Lions Club, that will be offered for all 4th grade students in Prince Edward Elementary School on March 31, 2010.  Dr. Power-deFur is serving as their advisor.
  • Acey Holmes, Michele Andersen, Nicole Eide, and Carrie Grandy, graduate students in Communication Sciences and Disorders, are presenting at the Speech and Hearing Association of Virginia conference in Richmond March 16 - 19.  Their faculty advisors are Lissa Power-deFur, Michele Norman and Gayle Daly.   Acey Holmes also presented her research at the Graduate Forum and will be presenting it at the North Carolina Speech and Hearing Association.

Faculty News

  • Dr. Deneese L. Jones has been elected to the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) Board for a three-year term.  She will also serve as one of the teaching faculty for the AACTE Leadership Academy for 2011 that will be held in Seattle, Washington from June 26th-30th.  The AACTE Leadership Academy draws upon experienced and distinguished professionals, all leaders in the field of teacher education, to provide intensive training to all participants.
  • Dr. Chris Jones, Dr. David Locascio, Ms. Alissa Baldwin and Dr. Peggy Tarpley presented at the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) in San Diego, CA, on Moving From Good to Great: How Longwood University Transformed Its Traditional Teaching Preparation Program Into a Five-Year Residency Model.
  • Over the past academic year, Longwood faculty have presented their expertise in a program called "Call the Professor." This program, an idea created by Dr. Stephen Keith, includes an article in the Farmville Herald and an interview on WFLO. The most recent interview was audio-taped and will soon be available on Longwood University's website. Information on previous interviews and how to participate in future interviews will also be available. 

Published Articles by Faculty

  • Dr. McGowan and Dr. Koyzis currently have an article under peer review for the JDLTE, titled Optimizing Learning with Digital Readers.  In addition, Dr. McGowan was interviewed on the use of Digital Readers.  
  • Dr. Audrey Church, School Library Media, recently published an article concerning standards for librarians. Dr. Church currently serves as chair of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) NCATE Coordinating Committee: 
    Church, A. (2011). Standards for preparing 21st century school librarians. School Library Monthly. March 2011, 54-56.
  • Dr. Katrina Maynard recently published with colleagues:
    Pullen, P. C., Tuckewiller, E. D., Maynard, K. L., Konold, T. R. & Coyne, M. D (2010). A Tiered intervention model for early vocabulary instruction: The effects of tiered instruction for young students at risk for reading disability. Learning Disabilities Research & Practice, 25, 110-123.
  • Drs. Wiesendanger, Perry and Braun recently published an article in The Reading Teacher:
    Wiesendanger, K., Perry, J., & Braun, G. (2011, March). Suggest-Choose-Plan-Compose: A Strategy to Help Students Learn to Write. The Reading Teacher, 64(6), 451-455. doi: 10.1598/RT.64.6.8

Spring 2011 Professionals Who Made a Difference

Banquet Photos

Go Challengers!

Amy Scott, a teacher at Cumberland Elementary School with two of her students on Favorite Sports Team Day.  Amy, along with Brittany Long, a HARK student at Longwood, and Dr. Matthew Lucas run the Challenger All-Stars program, which as been an ongoing success within the local community and offers a lot of fun for the children involved.   
Challenger All Stars

Click on link below to view video featuring School Library Media student, Kim Tate. This video will be shown at the Sixth Annual Graduate Student Research Forum hosted by the Virginia Council of Graduate Schools.

Note: You will need Quicktime player to view video.



2011 PHETE Teacher Education Candidates

Seventeen newly admitted teacher candidates in Physical and Health Education Teacher Education (PHETE) were recognized for their admission into the program on Sunday, January 23, 2011.  Each teacher candidate was "whistled" by his/her advisor. Parents and family friends attended the event.  This is the largest cohort group admitted into PHETE program in many years.