Bagwell College of Education Annual Report 2010-2011 : Page 2

Message from the Dean For many years to come, Academic Year 2010-11 will be remembered as a major milestone for the Bagwell College of Education. For the first time in Kennesaw State University’s 48-year history, the institution has been recognized by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission as the university that prepares the largest number of teachers for Georgia. We are especially proud of this accomplishment and are honored that aspiring teachers recognize our acclaimed teacher education programs. It is our goal to remain the leading source of excellent teachers for the state. The highly dedicated and student-centered faculty and staff in Bagwell are deeply committed to continuous improvement of our academic offerings that prepare educators to be successful in the diverse and changing world in which we live and learn. The Urban Education Option in several of KSU’s teacher education programs was implemented in fall 2010 at seven professional development schools in Area 2 of the Cobb County School District. In this report you will read about the unique features of the Urban Education Option and how it will contribute to reducing teacher attrition in high-need schools in Area 2 and improving K-12 student achievement. Responding to the state’s multiple initiatives to enhance the quality of early learning, the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education implemented in spring 2011 the Birth through Five bachelor’s degree program. Students select either the Traditional or Montessori program of study. Unlike the programs offered at other universities in Georgia, our Birth through Five program affords students the opportunity to earn certification. Those in the Montessori track also earn International Montessori Certification from the Pan American Montessori Society. Bagwell holds the distinct honor of offering the only nationally recognized Middle Grades Education program in Georgia. This past spring the National Middle School Association reviewed our program and found it to be meeting all standards. Our Educational Leadership Department launched its newly developed performance-based Ed.S. program. Educators enrolled in this program were identified by their respective school districts as strong candidates to become K-12 school administrators with the potential to lead change focused on improved student achievement. 2

Message from the Dean

For many years to come, Academic Year 2010-11 will be remembered as a major milestone for the Bagwell College of Education. For the first time in Kennesaw State University’s 48-year history, the institution has been recognized by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission as the university that prepares the largest number of teachers for Georgia. We are especially proud of this accomplishment and are honored that aspiring teachers recognize our acclaimed teacher education programs. It is our goal to remain the leading source of excellent teachers for the state.<br /> <br /> The highly dedicated and student-centered faculty and staff in Bagwellare deeply committed to continuous improvement of our academic offering sthat prepare educators to be successful in the diverse and changing world in which we live and learn. The Urban Education Option in several of KSU’s teacher education programs was implemented in fall 2010 at seven professional development schools in Area 2 of the Cobb County School District. In this report you will read about the unique features of the Urban Education Option and how it will contribute to reducing teacher attrition in high-need schools in Area 2 and improving K-12 student achievement.<br /> <br /> Responding to the state’s multiple initiatives to enhance the quality of early learning, the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education implemented in spring 2011 the Birth through Five bachelor’s degree program. Students select either the Traditional or Montessori program of study. Unlike the programs offered at other universities in Georgia, our Birth through Five program affords students the opportunity to earn certification. Those in the Montessori track also earn International Montessori Certification from the Pan American Montessori Society.<br /> <br /> Bagwell holds the distinct honor of offering the only nationally recognized Middle Grades Education program in Georgia. This past spring the National Middle School Association reviewed our program and found it to be meeting all standards. Our Educational Leadership Department launched its newly developed performance-based Ed.S. program. Educators enrolled in this program were identified by their respective school districts as strong candidates to become K-12 school administrators with the potential to lead change focused on improved student achievement.<br /> <br /> The establishment of a new academic department, Instructional Technology, in fall 2010 lends credence to 2010-11 being seen as a memorable benchmark for Bagwell. Created to advance the effective use of technology to support teaching, learning, and leadership through education preparation and research, the new department launched an M.Ed. in Instructional Technology. It is our hope to offer this program to cohorts of educators in school districts throughout the northwestern part of the state. Additionally, this master’s program will serve teachers across the country when it is offered as a fully online program.<br /> <br /> Bagwell’s prominence in KSU’s Global Learning for Engaged Citizenship initiative remainsconstant. Grant funding from the Overseas Security Advisory Council of the U.S. State Departmentwill afford faculty in the Inclusive Education Department the opportunity to influence the field ofspecial education in Central America, Colombia, Mexico, and the Caribbean.<br /> <br /> In our previous annual reports, you learned about the accolades that were bestowed upon the Bagwell College of Education for its leadership role in implementing Kennesaw State University’s first doctoral program in January 2007. During the past year we graduated five candidates from the first cohort of the Teacher Leadership for Learning program.<br /> <br /> We could not be more pleased that the FY12 budget included designated funds for the design and construction of the long-awaited New Building Addition to the Bagwell College of Education. This report presents the conceptualization that has already gone into the preliminary planning of the facility. For the building to adequately accommodate our needs, it will be necessary to supplement the amount of state funding we have received. Therefore, we are actively seeking financial support from individuals and groups who believe in our mission to prepare exceptional teachers and educational leaders who will effectively advance the learning of all K-12 students in the 21<sup>st</sup> century. I hope you will join our growing network of donors. We invite you to visit the Bagwell website for updates on the progress of our building project.<br /> <br /> As you become more familiar with the Bagwell College of Education, you will learn the college is special because of its people and its programs. I am extremely proud about where we are and very excited about where we are going.<br /> <br /> Sincerely,<br /> <br /> Arlinda J. Eaton, Dean<br />

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