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DSE Students Volunteer at the Respite Care of San Antonio

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The Dreeben School of Education offers a minor in Special Education. Advocacy for Exceptional Learners is the newest course within the minor. Students enrolled in this course learn about the civil rights of individuals with disabilities and they apply their advocacy skills in several community-based learning projects. The spring 2017 students volunteered at the Respite Care of San Antonio and participated in the Games of Hope on April 20th.  

Students enrolled in the course also visited with several community partners including Sunshine Cottage School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Reddix Center, Lighthouse for the Blind, and UT Health and Science Center.  Students were also invited to Lobby Day to support programs offered by Eva’s Heroes.

Future plans for the course include a study abroad expereince. Students enrolled in the course in spring 2018 will traveling to London during spring break. During this 7-day trip, students will visit K-12 schools and explore London. If you are interested in learning more about Advocacy for Exceptional Learners, or the London study abroad experience, contact Dr. Stephanie Grote-Garcia at or 210-832-2106.


DSE Students Volunteer at the Alamo Region FIRST Tech Challenge Regional Championship

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Many do not realize the number of volunteers required to organize and host a robotics competition. This semester Dr. Lucretia Fraga’s preservice teachers (elementary and secondary) enrolled in the Instructional Technology course completed a service-learning project at the Alamo Region FIRST Tech Challenge Regional Championship. Her students volunteered in a variety of roles from volunteer check-in, to judge’s assistants as well as field setters. Dr. Fraga also served as a referee for the two-day event.

The competition has teams build a robot and program it to complete a variety of task on a 10’x10’ field. Two teams compete in an alliance against another alliance to score points. Teams score points by moving their robots to shoot balls into a basket, turning on beacon lights, and placing a large ball on top of a 4-foot high basket.

UIW students interviewed student participants and volunteers about their interest and support for robotics. In addition to volunteering, students were able to connect their experiences to Seymour Papert’s theory of constructionism. Papert believed that students’ ability to physically manipulate code and objects develops higher order thinking and problem solving skills. At the MIT media lab, Papert developed the first computer programming software for students called Logo. The software program used in the FTC robotics competition is similar to the one Papert developed.

The event was held at Veteran’s Memorial High School in the Judson ISD and brought over 70 teams from all over the south Texas. Teams compete during the school year in preliminary competitions to earn the privilege to compete at the championship. The top 13 teams then move on to the FIRST Tech Challenge South Super Regional in Athens, Georgia in March 2017.


Faculty Collaboration

NCTEDr. Ann D. David, assistant professor in the Dreeben School of Education, and Elyse Helbig-Guevara and Kaci Boylan, Teacher Education graduates, presented a roundtable titled “What does this have to do with me?”: Preservice teachers and culturally responsive curriculum, as part of the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, in November. Dr. David discussed the design of the course, Culturally Responsive Teaching, that Kaci and Elyse took before they began student teaching.  Kaci and Elyse then shared how they applied their learning from the course during their clinical teaching experience in local elementary schools.  

At NCTE, Dr. David also served as a roundtable respondent for three preservice English teachers who presented research projects as part of the session The Future is Now: Exploring 21st Century Teaching Ideas with the Next Generation of English Teachers.  She also attended numerous sessions, found wonderful new books from Chronicle Books and Groundwood Press in the Exhibition Hall, and enjoyed walks through Centennial Park, the site of the Atlanta Olympics


Kappa Delta Epsilon (KDE) is raising school supplies for Catholic Charities’ School Impact/Newcomer Program.

Kappa Delta Epsilon, known as KDE on campus, is an honorary educational fraternity. The student organization supports the cause of education by fostering a spirit of fellowship, high standards of scholastic attainment, and professional ideas among its members. KDE is an active group engaged in preparing its members for the teaching profession.

Each year KDE builds community through a service project. In the past the organization raised over 800 children’s books and left them throughout the city at laundry mats and barber shops. They later raised over $700 worth of health and beauty supplies for Catholic Chairities’ resettlement program. The resettlement program served nearly 400,000 refugees and immigrants in 2015 alone.

This year, KDE is raisng school supplies or cash donations to buy school supplies for Catholic Chairities’ School Impact/Newcomer Program. The program assists refugee children who are in their first year of resettlement. These educational programs are provided within school districts and during the summer.

A dropbox for donations is located within the Dreeben School of Education (Gorman Building, Suite 124). For more information you can email KDE’s faculty advisor, Dr. Stephanie Grote-Garcia at; or KDE president, Crystal Frost at


Dr. Sandra L. Guzman Foster presents at the 2016 American Association of Curriculum and Teaching (AATC) conference and the 2016 National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME) conference.

Dreeben School of Education Assistant Professor Dr. Sandra L. Guzman Foster presented at the 2016 American Association of Curriculum and Teaching (AATC) conference in Grand Rapids, MI on October 13th and the 2016 National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME) conference in Cleveland, OH on November 10th.

Dr. Guzman Foster’s presentation, “Utilizing VoiceThread for Research, Collaboration and Critical Reflection: Text Can’t Replace Students!” focused on her research of utilizing a tech tool in online classrooms. Findings indicate that students become empowered when they can reflect and connect curriculum with authentic activities through the application of digital tools such as VoiceThread, in an online classroom environment. Tools such as VoiceThread can support learning and collaboration and mimic face-to-face interactions if utilized effectively. Additionally, utilizing tools like VoiceThread provides students with the opportunity to experience learning at a whole different level where research, collaboration, critical reflection, and transformative learning takes place.

Dr. Guzman Foster’s presentation, “Comfort in an Uncomfortable World: Finding Common Ground” focused on how to create learning communities that help students move beyond achieving tolerance of diversity towards a deeper understanding of multiple world views and knowledge traditions in higher education classrooms. The focus of the presentation was to help audience members frame classroom components such as instructional strategies, activities, classroom dynamics, assessment of student knowledge, and content as transformative versus inclusive in order to create learning communities that are critical in today’s changing world.


Field Placement Summary

Throughout their program, Teacher Certification students at UIW complete many field-based activities. Being involved with local schools from the very beginning helps students to see the practical implications of what they are learning in their education courses and to develop the skills of outstanding teachers.

These students in Foundations of Education—the first education course--recently spent two mornings at Northside ISD schools-- Blattman Elementary and Warren High School. During their visits, they met with the National Honor Society students at Warren, observed in classrooms at both schools, and sometime got to help out with K-12 students. As they move through the certification program, UIW students enjoy field placements in districts all over Bexar country, and as their skills grow, their field placements become longer and more complex.

The Teacher Certification program has partnerships with many districts, and everyone on the faculty is grateful to them for the wonderful learning opportunities they give our students