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Dr. Frazier and Dr. Palmer - Publication2014Dr. Laura Corbin Frazier, Assistant Professor of Education, and Dean Barbara Martin Palmer contributed a chapter to Exploring the Effectiveness of Online Education in K-12 Environments. 


Their chapter, Effective Online Learning Begins with Effective Teacher Preparation, provides a discussion on four models for professional development for online instruction and proposes a decision-model for K-12 and university leaders seeking to implement professional development for those teaching or preparing to teach online.



DelaneyLecture2014On October 30, 2014, the Mount St. Mary's University Criminal Justice Student Association welcomed to campus guest speaker Charles H. Ramsey, Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department, for the Delaney Lecture Series. Internationally recognized, he began his law enforcement career at the Chicago Police Department, Chicago, Illinois. In 1968 he entered the police department as a cadet and was sworn in as an officer, in 1971. Commissioner Ramsey rose to the positon of Deputy Superintendent and retired in 1998.  He then assumed the position of Chief of Police of the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department until 2007. He currently serving the ‘City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, become a safer community as their Commissioner.  Ramsey spoke to audience of approximately 200 people consisting of Mount Students, faculty, as well as local, State and federal law enforcement officers. 

After his talk, a Question and Answer session was held and open to all who attended.  Prior to his talk, Commissioner Ramsey was inducted into the Mount’s Order of St. Michael by CJSA President Kerri Shields and Vice President Marian Grenchik at a club luncheon

Pictured are CJSA Club Members and Commissioner Ramsey

Dr. Eick and Dr. Ryan in front of presentation posterDrs. Caroline Eick and Patrick Ryan publish article in Journal of Catholic Education

Principles of Catholic Social Teaching, Critical Pedagogy, and the Theory of Intersectionality: An Integrated Framework to Examine the Roles of Social Status in the Formation of Catholic Teachers

This article discusses the relevance of an analytic framework that integrates principles of Catholic Social Teaching, critical pedagogy, and the theory of intersectionality to explain attitudes toward marginalized youth held by Catholic students preparing to become teachers.

Link to article:

Eick, C. M., & Ryan, P. A. (2014). Principles of Catholic Social Teaching, Critical Pedagogy, and the Theory of Intersectionality: An Integrated Framework to Examine the Roles of Social Status in the Formation of Catholic Teachers. Journal of Catholic Education, 18

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FCRC2014Dean Palmer reconnected with former students of the Reading Specialist program at the Frederick County Reading Council membership dinner on 10/2/14.   John Slagle, a consultant with McGraw-Hill Publishers, presented “Analytical Writing: Reading Closely to Write Deeply.”  Attendees extended their knowledge and worked collaboratively to complete assigned tasks.  In the audience were four individuals with advanced degrees in reading from MSMU.* 

-Beth Ann Miller, C’97,  received her M.Ed. in 2007.  She is currently a Literacy Specialist at Middletown Middle School.  She formerly served as FCRC’s vice-president and past president. 

-Myra Foreman received her M.Ed. in 2000 and her Certificate of Advanced Study in Reading in 2011.  She is currently the Targeted Intervention Teacher at Whittier Elementary School.

-Kathleen Reifschneider received her M.Ed. in 2007 and recently retired.  Prior to retirement she was a Literacy Specialist at Oakdale High School.  She  is a past president of FCRC and is currently the membership chair.

-Megan Clark received her M.Ed. in 2010 and is currently the ELL Elementary Teacher Specialist for Frederick County Public Schools.

*Presented in order of L-R appearance in the photo:
Beth Ann Miller, Barbara Martin Palmer, Myra Foreman, Kathleen Reifschneider, Megan Clark


Life just got simpler for Professors in Residence (PiR), thanks to the efforts of Computer Science major Tim Evans, C'14.  Tim designed a lesson plan evaluation app for the iPad as an independent study.  Now PiRs can use the app to record comments regarding interns' lessons and send the completed form directly to the intern. Dean Palmer, PiR to Crestwood Middle School, applauds the expediency and efficiency of the app. 






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