A memorial for Caitlyn has been placed at the entrance of the School of Education building on campus.
Dear friends and colleagues,

I would like to end the month of April by telling you about a student who is fulfilling her dream of being a teacher in a way her family could not have anticipated.

Caitlyn Carman was an elementary and special education major at the University of South Dakota. While she is no longer with us, her passion for helping others and teaching continues to have an impact on others. Caitlyn's family created the Live Like Cat Foundation, a nonprofit organization that will carry on Caitlyn's legacy by supporting organizations committed to children, literacy and teaching.

We invite you to support Live Like Cat as a way of honoring Caitlyn and providing her foundation with more opportunities to inspire and teach children.
Dean Donald Easton-Brooks, Ph.D.
University of South Dakota School of Education
April Highlights
Undergraduate and Graduate Research Presentations
Congratulations to all who presented at IdeaFest! Over a dozen School of Education students from a variety of disciplines shared their research at USD's annual celebration of scholarship.
Dr. Donald R. Potter Bench Dedication
Dr. Donald R. Potter was a special education professor and division chair in the School of Education. This month, his family joined us on campus to dedicate a bench they placed in his honor.
Kappa Delta Pi Induction Ceremony
This month we welcomed several leaders into the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education. Please join us in congratulating these outstanding inductees!
Faculty Spotlight
School of Education Excellence Awards
The School of Education presented three faculty members with our annual Excellence Awards. Congratulations to Laura Kruger, M.Ed. (Excellence in Teaching), David De Jong, Ed.D. (Excellence in Research) and Kari Oyen, Ph.D. (Excellence in Service)!
Science of Learning Research Group
With the support of the School of Education Research Center, the Science of Learning Research Group has done excellent work that stretches across multiple disciplines. Their manuscript, " A Phenomenological Exploration of Children's School Life and Well-Being," has been accepted for publication in Learning Environments Research. The group had another paper accepted in the International Journal of Emotional Education, and they recently had a study published in Computers & Education.

The USD Science of Learning Research Group is comprised of core faculty and affiliated faculty. Core faculty members include Daniel Mourlam, Ed.D., Lisa Newland, Ph.D., Gabrielle Strouse, Ph.D., and Steven Chesnut, Ph.D. Affiliated faculty members include Daniel DeCino, Ph.D., Kevin Reins, Ph.D., and Craig McGill, Ed.D.
Book by Dean Donald Easton-Brooks
Dean Donald Easton-Brooks, Ph.D., wrote Ethnic Matching: Academic Success of Students of Color , which was published this month. The book provides an in-depth exploration on the impact of ethnic matching in education.

Faculty Present at AERA
Several faculty members and students from the School of Education traveled to Toronto for the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference. Assistant professor David De Jong, Ed.D., and colleagues shared research on the impact prekindergarten programs have on children from low-income families.
Daniel Mourlam Receives Award
“Understanding Teacher Candidate TPACK while Participating in a STEM Professional Development School Partnership Program” by Daniel Mourlam, Ed.D., was awarded the Judi Harris Research into Practice award at SITE. Mourlam was also elected to be the next co-chair of the TPACK Special Interest Group at SITE.
Alumni Spotlight
Paige Wright Collaborating with USD Faculty
Assistant professor Jing Williams, Ph.D., and Paige Wright, a teacher who graduated from the School of Education in 2018 with a degree in history education, will soon be publishing their second work together. " Civil War Drummer Boys: Integrating Music into Social Studies" has been accepted for publication by Middle Level Learning. Deborah Reeves, a USD music professor and curator of education at the National Music Museum, is also an author for the article.
Jill Marsh's Classroom Activity
Our alumni are so creative! USD School of Education alum and ELA teacher Jill Marsh developed a Pac-Man game in her school’s library to help students learn about figurative language. 
Alumni Mixer in Atlanta
Our first alumni mixer in Atlanta was a success! Alumni from multiple USD colleges and schools gathered for the mixer on Sunday, April 28. Thank you to USD School of Education alum Micène Fontaine for collaborating with us to plan this event!
Student Spotlight
School of Education Student Ambassadors
As we near the end of the semester, many high school students are making their final decisions about what they will do next fall. Our student ambassadors spent an afternoon making phone calls and welcoming committed coyotes into the Class of 2023.
Earth Days Activities
Students in an educational psychology class taught by Gabrielle Strouse, Ph.D., led activities about recycling and the water cycle at the public library in celebration of Earth Days.
SDEA Student Organization
The University of South Dakota chapter of the South Dakota Education Association was awarded 2019 Outstanding Campus Organization at the SDEA annual conference. The organization has received this award for three consecutive years. Congratulations to the executive team!
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