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'Don't give up': After nearly 30 years, student earns Ph.D.

by Robert Stein | December 14, 2018

It has taken him three tries over a span of nearly three decades, but Todd Witt finally completed his doctorate.

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Robin Lock named College of Education interim dean

by Robert Stein | December 12, 2018

Dr. Robin Lock

Robin Lock has been named interim dean of the Texas Tech University College of Education.

Lock is the college's acting dean and a professor of special education. She has been at the university since 1996 and has previously served as associate dean and vice dean in the College of Education and director of the Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research.

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Texas Tech receives $9.1 Million to grow national teacher prep center

by Robert Stein | December 10, 2018

Science Classroom

Texas Tech University recently received $9.1 million in grant funding to expand a center housed in the College of Education that transforms teacher-preparation programs around the country.

The funds will help double the size and expand the reach of the University-School Partnerships for the Renewal of Educator Preparation National Center (US PREP), which collaborates with universities and school systems to help strengthen teacher talent pipelines and prepare educators for diverse classrooms.

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Burkhart Center donor honored for bringing similar center to Alabama

by Robert Stein | December 7, 2018

Faulkner University President Mike Williams presents Jere Lynn Burkhart with the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters at the university's Annual Benefit Dinner on Oct. 4, 2018.

A supporter of Texas Tech University whose financial gifts helped establish the Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research recently received an Alabama university's highest honor for helping establish a similar center there.

Faulkner University awarded Jere Lynn Burkhart an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree on Oct. 4 for her contributions to autism education and a new autism center at the university.

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Professor breaks ground with academic journal on foster care

by Robert Stein | December 3, 2018

Journal of Foster Care logo

A professor in the Texas Tech University College of Education recently launched a first-of-its-kind academic journal focused on foster care research, The Journal for Foster Care (JFC).

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Texas Tech to host education policy panel discussion online

by Robert Stein | November 19, 2018

Texas capitol and flags

The Texas Tech University College of Education is hosting a webinar Dec. 3 where policy experts, faculty members and other panelists will discuss the education landscape in Texas ahead of the January start of state and federal legislative sessions. Anyone with an interest in education policy is invited to tune in and ask questions.

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Texas Tech recognized for community engagement at APLU national meeting

by Amanda Castro-Crist | November 12, 2018

Teaching in East Lubbock Promise Neighborhood

Texas Tech University was recognized Sunday (Nov. 11) as a 2018 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award recipient by the Association of Public Land-grant Universities (APLU) at its annual meeting in New Orleans.

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College of Education staffer recognized with President's Award of Excellence

by Robert Stein | November 9, 2018

Donna Brasher

Donna Brasher, unit associate director in the College of Education, received the Texas Tech University President's Award of Excellence for outstanding leadership, committee service and campus volunteer work as a staff member.

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Scott Ridley, trailblazing reformer in teacher education, leaves lasting mark

by Robert Stein | November 7, 2018

Dr. Scott Ridley: 1955-2018; Educator, Advocate and Dean

Standing more than 6 feet tall – and made taller by his trademark cowboy boots – Scott Ridley was a big man, and he had big ideas.

Ridley was dean of Texas Tech University's College of Education from 2011 until his death on Oct. 22 at age 63. During his career in academia, Ridley led a paradigm shift in how teachers are prepared, leaving a legacy that stretches across the country and touches millions of lives.

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Texas Tech holds veteran-led read aloud

by Hope Lenamon | November 6, 2018

Members of the Texas South Plains Honor Flight – including Peyton Oldham, the organization's president and a U.S. Navy veteran – will read "Blue Sky, White Stars" to children in pre-K through fifth grade. The book, written by Sarvinder Naberhaus and illustrated by New York Times bestselling and Caldecott honor-winning artist Kadir Nelson, is a patriotic tribute to the American flag and the people it represents. After the read aloud, all students will receive a hardcover copy to take home.

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New professor brings passion for foster care to Texas Tech

by Robert Stein | November 1, 2018

Out of embarrassment, Daniel Kelly for years avoided telling his story of living in foster care, group homes and shelters in New York state.

But after becoming a middle school teacher and seeing students in the foster care system struggle, Kelly, one of the newest Texas Tech University College of Education faculty members, thought he should speak up.

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3 College of Education students win school psychology awards

by Robert Stein | October 25, 2018

The Texas Association of School Psychologists (TASP) is recognizing three current and former Texas Tech University College of Education students for their outstanding performance in the practice and study of school psychology. The awards are scheduled to be presented Thursday at an annual TASP convention in Dallas.

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Texas Tech mourns passing of Dean Ridley

by Robert Stein | October 24, 2018

The Texas Tech University family is saddened by the death of Scott Ridley, dean of the College of Education, who passed away Monday afternoon after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 63.

Ridley served as dean of the College of Education since 2011. He led significant academic reform, brought a huge wave of grant funding to the college and launched nationally recognized initiatives.

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Texas Tech achieves world ranking for education

by Robert Stein | October 18, 2018

Texas Tech University ranks among the top 300 universities in the world for the subject of education, according to the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

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Dean Ridley gets diversity award for Promise Neighborhood

by Robert Stein | October 16, 2018

Scott Ridley, dean of the College of Education, was honored Monday for his efforts to improve diversity and inclusion.

Citing community-university partnerships started during Ridley's tenure – including the East Lubbock Promise Neighborhood (ELPN) – the Texas Tech Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion awarded him the Inclusive Excellence Award.

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Companion science animal researchers earn pair of grants from National Institutes of Health

by George Watson | October 16, 2018

Alexandra Protopopova and Nathaniel Hall, faculty members in the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, have established themselves as two of the most prominent companion animal science researchers in the U.S. Their work with dogs has brought about results that have increased the adoptability of shelter dogs and shown the techniques that most aid in that endeavor.

Now, they are turning their attention to how dogs can affect human health as well.

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Texas Tech remembers instructor after losing her life in car accident

by Victoria Larned | October 10, 2018

Texas Tech University is remembering one of their own, 48-year-old Casey Herrin, who lost her life in a car accident near Coleman County on Monday.

Herrin was an educator at Lubbock ISD before joining the College of Education at Texas Tech in 2013.

"I think Casey was an educator with a big heart for kids. She realized the impact a great teacher can have on a kid's life, and she wanted to bring that enthusiasm to people who were going to be teachers," said Doug Hamman, department chair of teacher preparation for the College of Education, and Herrin's long-time colleague.

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Professors earn grant to help develop reflective engineers

by Amanda Bowman | October 5, 2018

TTU Engineers group photo

Jeong-Hee Kim, professor of curriculum studies and teacher education, is part of a team of Texas Tech University researchers that earned a $500K grant to find ways to help engineers become more creative problem solvers.

The interdisciplinary team recently received the grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for its three-year project that will allow it to research, develop and teach an elective course for engineering graduate students.

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Texas Tech salutes educators on World Teachers' Day

by Robert Stein | October 5, 2018

teaching session in library

The influence of a great educator can stay with a student forever.

In recognition of the importance of excellent educators, Texas Tech University College of Education celebrated World Teachers' Day. Observed annually on Oct. 5, the day is dedicated to appreciating, assessing and improving educators around the globe. It's also an opportunity to discuss issues facing the profession.

The college on Friday heard from community leaders, who shared their admiration and spoke about the difference great teachers have made in their lives.

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Texas Tech launches online doctoral program in education policy

by Robert Stein | October 2, 2018

Student At Computer

Texas Tech University is using the latest digital technology to push educational policymaking forward with a doctoral program accessible to students regardless of geographic location.

This year, the College of Education launched a fully online, four-year Ph.D program in Educational Leadership Policy. The degree is one of just a handful of fully online doctoral programs in the nation. Prospective students can apply online.

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Texas Tech receives $475K grant to host autism trainings across Texas

by Amanda Castro-Crist | October 1, 2018

Burkhart Center building exterior

The Texas Tech University Burkhart Center for Autism Education & Research, part of the College of Education, was recently awarded $475,000 by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to expand their Autism Training Workshop Series on Functional Behavior Assessments.

The funding, which is a renewal of a previously awarded grant from the THECB's Autism Grant Program, will allow the university to partner with Texas Education Service Centers to take the workshop out to autism specialists and educators across the state.

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#DegreesOfImpact: 103-year-old alumna, educator witnessed Texas Tech's beginnings

by Glenys Young | October 1, 2018

Born in 1915 in Lubbock, Catherine Royalty was 10 years old when Texas Technological College opened its doors.

"I went to Texas Tech during the Great Depression, so the students did not have cars," she said. "I walked to school and back every day from about Avenue Q and 19th Street."

After graduating, Royalty, who is Lubbock's oldest living veteran, served in World War II in the women's branch of the United States Naval Reserve. She returned to Texas Tech after the war to earn a master's degree in journalism and education, and she went on to spend more than three decades as an educator.

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3 College of Education faculty join Teaching Academy

by Robert Stein | September 28, 2018

Fostering excellence in teaching is the name of the game in the College of Education.

So it may not be surprising that the college was well represented in the latest class of inductees for the Texas Tech University Teaching Academy, which recognizes and promotes outstanding teaching.

Raymond Flores, Shirley Matteson and Fethi Inan were among 14 inductees from across the university who were honored at a Thursday ceremony on campus.

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College of Education seeks to expand rural educator pipeline

by Robert Stein | September 28, 2018

Texas Tech University has been at the forefront of a new statewide effort to improve the talent pool for rural schools, which often struggle to recruit and retain high-quality teacher educators. This year it became one of 25 institutions in Texas – and one of just three universities – to receive a new, $411,000 state grant from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) specifically created to address the shortage.

Leaders from 30 school districts across the state recently gathered at Texas Tech to learn innovative ways to address teacher shortages at schools in rural areas. The College of Education showcased its accelerated teacher preparation program developed with the TEA funds and sought to share tips with Texas school districts on how they could create similar programs or partner with the university.

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