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Program offers new path for busy teachers who want educational leadership degree

Tue, 03/12/2013

LAWRENCE — Elementary and secondary school educators with full-time jobs who wish to obtain administrative certification have a new path to an advanced degree from the nationally ranked University of Kansas School of Education.
 
Beginning in June 2013, the KU School of Education will offer its widely respected Master of Science in Educational Administration degree in a blended format. The program combines web-based coursework with a traditional classroom experience.
 
“The new format was developed for busy teachers who wish to obtain a master’s degree in educational administration and pursue a license to become a building principal,” said Rick Ginsberg, dean of the School of Education. “The blended program acknowledges that these professionals need to balance their current teaching and family responsibilities with their educational careers.”
 
The program offers a master’s degree from KU's School of Education, ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the No. 12 public university education graduate school.
 
Ginsberg said the blended program provides the best of many worlds: the convenience of online coursework and real-world simulations, collegial learning, world-class instructors andincreased affordability. Face-to-face class meetings will take place 3-4 times per semester in Lawrence or the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park giving students the opportunity to work in person with their professors and cohort groups.
 
 “Students throughout the state and the region can interact and share experiences and ideas with colleagues while saving travel time and driving expense,” Ginsberg said. “In addition to Kansas residents, residents in 11 western Missouri counties are eligible for the Metro KC Tuition Rate, which is the same in-state tuition rate as paid by Kansas residents.”
 
In the classroom, students develop long-term professional and scholarly relationships with both faculty and colleagues. Courses balance theory and practice while focusing on research-based strategies that prepare graduates to become school administrators.
 
Research shows that students are more likely to participate in online discussions compared to traditional classrooms. Online learners have demonstrated better subject mastery and test performance when lessons include content that is visual, auditory and practical – and can be reviewed multiple times, if necessary. Typical coursework will include case study analyses, writing, discussions, interactive co-learning exercises, videos and smaller assignments that bring material to life.
 
Online coursework is delivered via widely available technology for which the primary technology requirements are a standard Internet connection and audio/video capability.
 
The application deadline for KU’s 2013 summer cohort is April 1, 2013, with courses beginning in June 2013. More information is available online. Applications can be made here.
 



Wanna Skype? Chancellor gets creative to surprise Truman winner. See it here: http://bit.ly/1awodaa
Rock Chalk! Junior Ashlie Koehn named KU's 18th Truman Scholar
Ashlie Koehn, a University of Kansas junior from Burns studying in Kyrgyzstan, interrupted helping her host family prepare dinner to make a Skype call on Monday evening.

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Wanna Skype? Chancellor gets creative to surprise Truman winner From KU News Service: http://bit.ly/1awodaa Ashlie Koehn, a University of Kansas junior from Burns studying in Kyrgyzstan, interrupted helping her host family prepare dinner to make a Skype call on Monday evening. To her surprise, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little was on the other end of the call letting Koehn know she had been named a 2015 Harry S. Truman Scholar. Koehn is the 18th KU student to be named a Truman Scholar and the only 2015 recipient from the state of Kansas. Earlier this month, she was also named a 2015 Udall Scholar. And in spite of a distance of more than 10,800 kilometers and 11 time zones, Koehn’s thrill from hearing the news from the chancellor came through loud and clear. “Ashlie’s experience at KU epitomizes a quality undergraduate experience. She challenged herself in her coursework, exposed herself to different research opportunities, studied abroad in Germany, Switzerland and Kyrgyzstan, and participated in both student government and community service projects,” Gray-Little said. “This is quite a year for Ashlie. Her hard work is a wonderful reflection on her and also a great reflection on the university, and we all congratulate her.” Each new Truman Scholar receives up to $30,000 for graduate study. Scholars also receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and special internship opportunities within the federal government. Koehn, a member of KU’s nationally recognized University Honors Program, is majoring in environmental studies, economics and international studies. Her goal after earning her KU degree is to pursue a master’s degree in economics at either the London School of Economics or the University of Reading, with a focus on the economics of climate change. In 2014, she received KU’s Newman Civic Engagement Award for her work establishing the Coalition against Slavery and Trafficking. Her involvement with the issue was sparked by Hannah Britton, associate professor of political science and women, gender, and sexuality studies, who hosted national conference on contemporary slavery at KU three years ago. “Ashlie and I met several times to think about what KU students could contribute to the issue of slavery and human trafficking, and the result was her founding of KU CAST,” Britton said. “After a year as president, Ashlie successfully handed the organization over to the next student leader. She demonstrated her strong leadership qualities by setting a unique goal and then pursuing it with her sense of passion, engagement and dedication. No matter the country or context, her leadership strength is evident in her coursework, her public service and her work experiences.” The University Honors Program works with a campus committee to select KU’s nominees for the Truman Scholarship and supports them during the application process. Anne Wallen, assistant director of national fellowships and scholarships, noted it was an amazing ruse to pull off the surprise. Originally, the call was set up to be between Wallen and Koehn. “I was totally not prepared to be greeted by Chancellor Gray-Little, but it was an amazing surprise for sure,” Koehn said. “As a first-generation student, it took time to learn the collegiate system, but my parents taught me to be resourceful and independent from a young age and KU and the Kansas Air National Guard have provided me with the opportunities to drive me into the future, both at graduate school and in my career. I plan to use the Truman Scholarship to pursue a career as an environmental economist helping to shape future trade agreements and leverage action on important international environmental issues, particularly concerning climate change.” Koehn also had a surprise of her own for the chancellor — the meal she was helping to prepare was not exactly typical Kansas dinner fare. On the menu with her host family in Kyrgyzstan on Monday was a traditional Kyrgyz meal called Beshbarmak, or “five fingers,” because you eat it with your hands. The dish is made of horse and sheep and was being prepared as a birthday celebration for Koehn’s host mom. Chancellor Gray-Little, as she signed off from Skype, made sure to encourage Koehn to enjoy her Beshbarmak. Koehn is the daughter of Rodney and Carolyn Koehn of Burns. She graduated from Fredric Remington High School in Moundridge. She is an active member of the Kansas Air National Guard and currently on leave while studying abroad in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. She is a member of the KU Global Scholars Program and a past member of the Student Senate. In addition to being named a 2015 Truman and Udall scholar, she was named a 2014 Boren Scholar and Gilman Scholar and in 2013 was named the Kansas Air National Guard Airman of the Year.


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