Dr. Ronda Mitchell Interview

WCIA TV (Jan. 28)

WCIA TV (Jan. 28)

UIS Assistant Professor and past President of Illinois Reading Council’s Ronda Mitchell interviewed with CI Living and highlighting some of the best books for Illinoisans by Illinois authors and illustrators, check out her interview here!

Books for Illinoisans by Illinois Authors: Sneak Preview


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Prize Giveaway!

Smaller giveaway prize

Welcome back, UIS students! In celebration of the start of Spring semester we are having another prize giveaway! Visit Facebook.com/uiscehs to enter.

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Meet Our Staff- Dr. Nancy Barrett

Dr. Nancy Barrett

Dr. Nancy Barrett

Meet Dr. Nancy Barrett, Coordinator of Assessment and Accreditation for the College of Education and Human Services at UIS. Dr. Barrett joined our team this September with an EDD in Program Evaluation and Continuing Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As Coordinator of Assessment and Accreditation, she works with department heads and faculty identifying assessment needs and helping to build a system to address those needs. She enjoys helping programs identify future needs, methods of improving what is currently occurring, and demonstrating the department’s outcomes to outside sources such as ISBE.

Dr. Barrett also is involved with CASL, a university wide program at UIS that helps diverse programs improve the way they assess student learning outcomes. She says that she has always appreciated the UIS mission which emphasizes student learning. Dr. Barrett feels a ‘great fit’ with UIS, saying “I continue to be impressed by faculty dedication and hope to contribute to their continuing success”.

We would also like to congratulate Dr. Barrett on Western Washington University Human Services Program adopting her book , Program Evaluation: A Step-by-Step Guide, for their winter class, HSP 485: Program Planning and Evaluation. Well done, Nancy!


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Department of Educational Leadership- Book Release

From left to right: Dr. Day, Dr. Bogle, Dr. Phillips

From left to right: Dr. Day, Dr. Bogle, Dr. Phillips

Congratulations to Dr. Day, Dr. Bogle, and Dr. Phillips, pictured here doing signings for their new book release!
Their new book, Exploring School District Reorganization in Illinois: Navigating Your Options, provides a glimpse of the many issues and considerations that school administrators, school boards, taxpayers, and parents confront when this topic arises in their communities. Since World War II, the number of school districts has gone from 12,000 to 855 due to school district consolidation and reorganization. The authors, Doctors Phillips, Bogle, and Day, hope that their book will provide a greater understanding of the process, complexities and history of the issues involved in school district reorganization to remove barriers and allow for open dialogue on the subject.

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Dr. Abler November EOM

Dr. Abler and Dean Mi

Dr. Abler and Dean Mi

Congratulations to Dr. William Abler, chair of the Department of Human Development Counseling, on being named November’s Employee of the Month! For the full story of Dr. Abler’s commitment and work ethic, here is the link for more details.

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TEP- On Campus Conference

On the weekend of September 19th, David Sye, Melody Eckenstahler, and Diandra Wilson, students in the Teacher Education program, attended our On Campus Conference for our online distance students who are required to attend class two weekends every semester. At this conference, attendees experimented with emerging technologies, such as 3D printing and Google Glass, to explore possibilities and evaluate potential benefits in K-12 schools.


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Department of Human Services- Child and Family Studies

In the Department of Human Services, a Child and Family Studies concentration understands that violence and stressors are issues that are pervasive in many aspects of the family. This concentration allows students to learn how to help their community and have a better understanding of family dynamics.

To read more on the ways Child and Family Studies helps communities and to further explore topics this concentration covers, please click here!

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New COPE Crop

Have you seen our new board on the 3rd floor of Brookens?

Hopefully everyone has already heard of and knows COPE, or the Council on Professional Education. If you haven’t yet, no worries! Visit our page to learn more.

You may not be aware of the endorsements you can earn at UIS and add to your Illinois Professional Educator License. Here are the options available for you to explore more!


Secondary Bio

Secondary Chem

Secondary English

Secondary History

Secondary Math

Secondary Pol. Sci.

Secondary Soc./Anth.

For more information on the endorsements listed above, you can visit the TEP website or email TEP@uis.edu . Endorsements available via graduate level coursework are:

CSBO- Chief School Business Officer

ESL- English as a Second Language

LBS1- Learning Behavior Specialist (Spec. Ed.)

Supt.- Superintendent

For more information on CSBO and Supt., you can visit the EDL website or email EDL@uis.edu . For more information on ESL and LBS1, you can visit the MTL website or email MTL@uis.edu .

Additionally, here is a link to Illinois Licensure Requirements, Endorsement, and Approval Requirements.

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Project Midstate Student Support (MSS)- Department of Teacher Education

Project Midstate Student Support (MSS) for Teaching partners with the University of Illinois at Springfield and local school districts to help inform high achieving students about the benefits of teaching and to facilitate a seamless progression for students from one level of higher education to another—ultimately graduation and licensure.

At the conclusion of this preparation, participants are required to apply for a teaching position with the Springfield District 186 or Decatur District 61.

To learn more about MSS, please contact:

Dr. Ronda Mitchell

Dr. Ronda Mitchell

Dr. Ronda Mitchell
Department of Teacher Education, Assistant Professor/Project Midstate Student Support (MSS), Director
Brookens 328
(217) 206-7008

Valerie Farmer

Valerie Farmer


and Valerie Farmer
Project Midstate Student Support (MSS), Graduate Assistant
Brookens 327
(217) 206-7367


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Kappa Delta Pi and IEA/SEA

Teacher Education KDP InvolExpo

(from left to right) Meredith Schweikle Byers, Dr. Ronda Mitchell, and Dr. Traci Van Prooyen

Kappa Delta Pi

Kappa Delta Pi is one of the largest and most prestigious educational honor societies in the world, with over 600 chapters and more than 45,000 educators. Kappa Delta Pi is dedicated to scholarship and education and is pledged to recognize, develop, foster inquiry and reflection these ideals toward excellence in education.

The $60 yearly membership fee includes the following benefits of joining Kappa Delta Pi: professional development opportunities (webinars, conferences, discussion boards, and web resources with topics related to education, resources, and lesson planning); publications (for pre-service, beginning teachers, and/or practicing teachers); opportunities for scholarship; access to the Teacher Hotline (nationally recognized teachers answer questions quickly and confidentially); career and employment assistance (networking, job search, career re-sources, and an online career center); discounts on some products and services.

KDP is not only currently seeking members (applications are due Friday, November 22) but also there is a need for officers to serve in the UIS Alpha Alpha Gamma Chapter. Please contact Dr. Traci Van Prooyen at ( tvanp2@uis.edu ; 217-206-8532) with questions.


Illinois Education Association/Student Education Association (IEA/SEA) is a pre-professional organization dedicated to preparing students for careers in education. Students are members of IEA, representing over 133,000 teachers and other school employees. IEA student members attend more than 40 Illinois higher education institutions.

The $22 yearly membership fee includes the following benefits of joining IEA/SEA: dues rebate after graduation, professional publications, two annual state student conferences, mentoring program, employment assistance, professional development workshops, student scholarships, and liability insurance.

IEA/SEA is currently seeking members and officers. Please contact Dr. Ronda J. Mitchell (rmitche@uis.edu; 217-206-7008) with questions.

For more information, here is a link to their website.

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