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Miranda Lindsey works as a student teacher at Medina Elementary

Education Story

Union University Graduate Students Excel

July 1, 2009 -

Graduate students in both the Ed.S. and Ed.D programs have been recognized for their exemplar leadership in area schools and school districts. Congratulations to each of you!

Under the leadership of its principal, Tamika L. Carwell, Ed.S. graduate (Germantown campus) and current graduate student in the Ed.D. program (Germantown campus) the Ida B. Wells Academy (Memphis City Schools), has been honored as a 2009 EPIC (Effective Practice Incentive Community) Gold Gain Award. The academy was named as an EPIC Silver Gain Award School in 2008. Awardees were selected based on overall student achievement gains for a 1 year period. Recognition focused on significant student achievement gains across all four core subject areas for 2 years in a row.

The awardees share their effective practices worldwide with other educators in EPIC cities, including New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Baltimore. The sharing consist of either a written Practice Profile (completed last year on their writing program) or a video/written version Case Study (completed this year on their school-wide use of data, particularly T-N-T Test and Talk sessions data). The Practice Profiles and Case Studies will be uploaded to a worldwide database and used as step-by-step professional development tools to assist schools around the world toward improving student achievement and closing the achievement gap. The awards are a part of the New Leaders for New Schools Administrative Training Program's federal grant with the Department of Education. Carwell is striving for her school to be an award winner next school year, as well.

Bobby Davis, Ed.S. graduate (Germantown campus), current graduate student in the Ed.D. program (Germantown campus) and Instructional Specialist in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the Desoto County School System (Mississippi) received a Foundation of Excellence Award from the DeSoto Economic Council. In addition, Davis has been nominated for the State Farm Dissertation Award! The award provides a $10,000 stipend and winners should be notified in June.

Leisa Justus, Ed.S. graduate (Germantown campus) and current graduate student in the Ed.D. program (Germantown campus), has completed her first year as Principal at Houston High School (Shelby County Schools, TN).

Linda LiCause, graduate student in the Ed.S. program (Germantown campus) and teacher at Sycamore Elementary School (Shelby County Schools, TN) received educational grants from the Twentieth Century Club and the West Tennessee Episcopal Church Women. Versa Tiles were purchased to support phonics activities and promote meaningful, relevant learning on many levels. They cater to kinesthetic, visual, and tactile learners, and allow children to collaborate and/or work independently.

Taneha Scott , graduate student in the Ed.S. program (Germantown campus) and teacher at Sycamore Elementary School (Shelby County Schools, TN) was recognized as Teacher of the Month by the Collierville Rotary Club. Scott was recognized during the Collierville Rotary Club’s monthly luncheon and was presented a monetary gift.

Under the leadership of Reginald R. Williams, Kirby High School has recently been recognized as one of the five EPIC ( Effective Practice Incentive Community) Gold-Gain Schools in Memphis City Schools. Kirby High School is the only high school to receive the award this year. “His enthusiasm and passion for his school and student are obviously contagious,” wrote Ray Schwartz in a March issue of the Commercial Appeal.

Williams was also the recipient of the Hattie Bradley Education Award presented by New Sardis Baptist Church and Rev. Dr. LaSimba Gray, Jr. for outstanding leadership, dedicated service and accomplishments at Kirby High School.

In addition, Williams was the keynote speaker at the Teacher Learning Academy. His presentation addressed Initiatives on Assisting Students with Discipline Problems thru In School Suspension (ISS). Williams also presented at the Center for Urban School Leadership’s 2009 Leadership Conference and at the MCS Principal’s Academy on "Tipping Points"--Transformational Leadership . Williams is currently a graduate student in the Ed.D. program (Germantown campus).