Dear KSOE Alum,

This summer marked the completion of my first year as Dean of the Kalmanovitz School of Education (KSOE).  It’s been an honor and an inspiration to work with such a dedicated staff and faculty.  Despite the challenges we currently face in providing quality education for all children, our faculty works daily to find new approaches to help teachers, administrators, and counselors make an immediate and measurable contribution as they enter or advance in their professions.  As we position ourselves for the future, we are pursuing a more focused mission.  Already we’ve seen the positive outcome of our collective efforts.

Successful Accreditation Review
We are pleased to announce that last fall, we successfully completed a state accreditation review of our teaching, K-12 administrative, and school counselor preparation programs by the California Teaching Commission (CTC).

New KSOE Website
Saint Mary’s and KSOE launched an information-packed, easy-to-navigate new website this year.  To keep up-to-date on the outstanding achievements of the KSOE faculty, students, and staff, please visit our “Points of Pride,” and Calendar of Events.

New Faculty
Also, last fall, the KSOE welcomed four new faculty members to our Credential, Special Education, and Counseling Programs.  Each brought an impressive record of excellent teaching and scholarship reflective of our Lasallian values and traditions.

New Degree Program
You’ll be proud to know that the KSOE faculty and staff continues to work tirelessly for Saint Mary’s College and the greater education community with several of them publishing books on helping struggling readers, literacy development, brain science, and poetry.  We also have recently began a new Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAIT) degree program for teachers who earned their credential from the KSOE. Our next step is to make the program accessible to non-KSOE credentialed teachers.  Our target date is January, 2014.

New Center for Environmental Literacy
KSOE is delighted to be the home of a new Center for Environmental Literacy (CEL) and it’s flagship program, River of Words, which was co-founded by SMC alum Robert Hass (’64) and Pamela Michael.  Ms. Michael also is the founding director of the Center. River of Words is internationally recognized for its unique pedagogic model that integrates science, art and poetry in a place-based K-12 curriculum. To see some of the remarkable children’s art and poetry generated by this project, visit their web-pagehttp://www.stmarys-ca.edu/row.

Support for Oakland Diocese Schools
Another important new development has been our outreach to Catholic educators.  We recognize that there is a growing need for professional development in our K-12 Catholic schools to help teachers address the challenges of an increasingly technology-driven, standards-based approach to teaching and learning.  Given the expertise of our faculty in various aspects of K-12 education, administration, and special education, last spring we launched a series of free, professional development workshops for K-12 Catholic teachers and administrators in the Oakland Diocese.  We were overwhelmed by the response – over 300 participated!  These workshops currently are scheduled through August. Next term we plan to offer workshops in math, science, and literacy.

Finally, please know that I am eager to meet you and hope that you will visit soon.  On Saturday, October 6, 2012, the College will kick-off its Sesquicentennial year-long celebration with a Family Weekend.  The KSOE will host an Open House on that date and would like very much for you and your family to stop by to visit with old friends and former professors. If you can, please join us.

In closing, I want you to know that we are proud of our KSOE alumni and we realize that you are the face of our legacy of producing outstanding teachers, administrators, and counselors.  I’d like to hear from you and learn how we can continue to support you in your career. Please feel free to contact me at:ebizot@stmarys-ca.edu or (925) 631-4309.

 Sincerely,

Phyllis Metcalf-Turner, Ph.D.

Dean

Kalmanovitz School of Education

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