1 Also in this issue: n Director s message n New faculty n Junior gardeners n New math concentration n Intern in D.C. n A lesson on friendship n SOE scholarship winners n International student panel n MBEA tour CEBA logistics n Janota wins educator award n Books to Downsville school n Notable Notes The School of Education at UW-Stout Winter 2012 School Counseling program accredited Denise Zirkle Brouillard, program director of the M.S. degree in School Counseling, and faculty members Barbara Flom and Carol Johnson have something to celebrate. The degree program has received full national accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, an independent agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, that accredits master degree counseling programs. Accreditation is valuable; It provides a national endorsement that the program has been evaluated and prepares students with the necessary knowledge and skills according to quality standards established by the field of counselor education, said Brouillard. The master s program is one of only three CACREP accredited programs of the 12 school counseling graduate programs in Wisconsin. This is a first-time CACREP accreditation for the program and is effective for eight years. The accreditation application process, which began in 2006, involved a tremendous commitment on the part of the School Counseling faculty, Brouillard said. They gathered data, wrote a self-study and prepared for the accreditation site visit. It has been a long yet fruitful journey to finally achieve CACREP accreditation, she said. Brouillard also attributes the accreditation to the help and support of Mary Hopkins-Best, dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, and Provost Julie Furst-Bowe. They initiated and maintained administrative support for us to reach our goal, she said. In April, representatives from the agency held a three-day on-site review. While on campus they met with school counseling faculty Flom and Johnson, Brian McAlister, School of Education director, Diane Klemme, School of From left Carol Johnson, Denise Zirkle Brouillard and Barbara Flom Education chair, and program students. They also had a library tour and met with John Klem, program director in mental health counseling, for a tour of the on-campus clinic. The review included visiting schools where counseling students complete their required internship of 600 on-site hours and meeting with recent graduates of the program. The 50-credit degree program offers courses in formats to meet the needs of traditional and nontraditional students. Weekend courses and a total of four online courses are offered. Students receive preparation in school counseling that leads to certification by the Department of Public Instruction for employment in public schools, PK-12. Approximately 25 students graduate per year; 52 students are enrolled. For more information about the program, go to Brouillard can be contacted at or at School of Education College of Education, Health and Human Sciences Inspiring Innovation Learn more at The School of Education at UW-Stout» Benchmarks 1
2 Director s Message: Accountability Brian McAlister, Director School of Education Greetings from the School of Education, We live in a time of increased accountability. At UW-Stout, we have a long history of accountability practices. A Faculty Senate Planning and Review Committee reviews each program every seven years and program directors annually prepare an Assessment in the Major. These practices reflect a commitment to continuous improvement. Data driven processes like these positioned UW-Stout to qualify for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in Accountability also comes through external review of our unit and its programs. We are one of only two UW System education units accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Also worth noting is accreditation of the school psychology program by the National Association of School Psychologists and of the Child and Family Study Center by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The recent national accreditation of the school counseling program by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs adds another feather to our fully feathered cap. The School of Education Mission: The School of Education faculty and staff will engage in exemplary teaching, research, and service to ensure that graduates of the School become successful professional educators. Vision: The School of Education faculty and staff have the vision of preparing teachers and other professional educators who are reflective practitioners and engage in evidence-based practice. School of Education 267 Heritage Hall University of Wisconsin-Stout Menomonie, Wisconsin Phone: 715/ Online: We who work in the School of Education know we have great programs but are appreciative when an external review by an accrediting body validates this. Student accomplishments, a Brian McAlister few of which are highlighted in this issue, also speak volumes about our quality programs. I am proud and optimistic about the future knowing these fine people represent our next generation of educators. Lastly, our alumni continue to do an excellent job representing themselves, their programs and their alma mater. So thank you alumni, students, faculty and staff for your continued efforts and accomplishments; you make it easy to provide evidence of the quality of our programs. If you have some good news, make my day and share it with us. Benchmarks now has an address, You are welcome to contact us with feedback and ideas for future editions. The School of Education at UW-Stout is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 2010 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036; phone (202) This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs. NCATE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional school personnel. Published biannually by UW-Stout s School of Education Brian McAlister, Editor Hannah Flom, Writer 715/ Find this publication and additional information about the scholarly activities, publications and presentations of School of Education faculty and staff online at We welcome your inquires and comments. UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS Art Education Career, Technical Education and Training Early Childhood Education Family and Consumer Sciences Education Marketing and Business Education Science Education * Special Education Technology Education Technology and Science Education GRADUATE PROGRAMS M.S. Career and Technical Education M.S. Education M.S. School Counseling M.S./Ed.S. School Psychology Ed.S. Career and Technical Education TEACHING MINORS Biology Chemistry Economics Health and Fitness History Mathematics Physics SPECIAL CERTIFICATIONS Career and Technical Education Coordinator Early Childhood through Middle Childhood, PK-6 Early Childhood Special Education Reading Specialist Reading Teacher Technology Coordinator Traffic Safety ONLINE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR EDUCATORS M.S. Education Graduate Certicate in E-Learning and Online Teaching * The B.S. in Science Education offers major certifications in biology, broadfield science, chemistry and physics; and minor certifications in biology, broadfield science, chemistry, earth and space, environmental science and physics. 2 Benchmarks» The School of Education at UW-Stout
3 Meet Catherine Winters Catherine Winters is a newcomer to UW-Stout but not to Wisconsin. She was born in Fond du Lac and lived in four states while pursuing her education and working as a registered dental hygienist and certified dental assistant. For five years and immediately prior to coming to UW- Stout, Winters was dean of Public Services and Health Sciences at Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac. Today, she teaches Principles of Career and Technical Education, Methods of Teaching CTE, and Administration and Adult Education in the Career, Technical Education and Training degree program. Winters academic background includes a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene and a certificate in Post-Secondary Education from Marquette University; a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene Education and a graduate certificate in Junior gardeners at work Is it a weed or a friendly vegetable or flower? Diane Klemme, SOE chair and Master Gardener, helped preschoolers identify plants in the Child and Family Study Center s vegetable and flower garden in the summer of In collaboration with the campus branch of the Sustainable Agriculture Education Association, the center developed a program for the preschoolers to create their own garden. Judy Gifford, director of the center, named it STEM: Sustainability Teaches Everyone More. It s not really an official name, but more of a motto or concept, she said. Beginning in the spring with a visit to the university greenhouse, the garden program continued through summer and fall. At harvest time, the children enjoyed vegetable soup made from their own produce. The young students also learned about worm composting, seedling transplanting, weeding and winterizing the garden. Gerontology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has a Ph.D. in continuing and Vocational Education with a minor in Educational Administration from University of Wisconsin- Madison. Winters is a qualitative researcher with interests in lifelong learning, career choices and first generation college students. She also enjoys working with graduate students on health care-related Catherine WInters research. As for hobbies, Winters loves cooking, fishing and spending time around the campfire with her husband and two-yearold twins. Master Gardener Diane Klemme shows the children the difference between weeds and vegetables. Preparing needed math teachers The School of Education and the Applied Mathematics and Computer Science degree program have joined forces to offer a mathematics education concentration. The degree and concentration will qualify graduates to teach math at the junior and senior high school level and for licensure in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Education Association Council has reported a shortage of math teachers in the state, said Laura Schmidt, undergraduate program director. Students have expressed an interest in teaching mathemat- ics at the secondary level, so it is wonderful that we now have a program to prepare them for this fun and challenging career, Schmidt said. Students in the concentration will take required education courses through the School of Education, will participate in the benchmark process and do student teaching. For more information on the program, refer to programs/bsamcs. The School of Education at UW-Stout» Benchmarks 3
4 Ms. Lindberg goes to Washington Michelle Lindberg, a small-town girl from Hixton, Wis., experienced big-town life while living in Virginia just across the Potomac from Washington, D.C. for three months in the summer of Lindberg interned at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America national office in Reston, Va. Lindberg, a senior in Family and Consumer Sciences Education, will graduate in May For Lindberg, who had never lived more than an hour away from home and family, living and working in the D.C. area definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone and opened my eyes to the world, she said. But the journey and adventure built her self-confidence and took my positive outlook on life to a whole new level, she said. There were other schools I considered, but when it came down to making a decision Stout was the clear winner. Michelle Lindberg Diane Klemme, Family and Consumer Science Education program director who has known Lindberg her entire college career, has never had other students intern. This is a very competitive internship so this is an honor, Klemme said. Lindberg doesn t plan on living in a big city again but does plan on traveling and will encourage her students to take the same risks and chances I did in hopes they also have meaningful life experiences, she said. Lindberg chose UW-Stout and her major because of her interests in high school, I was very involved in FCCLA, and my favorite classes were the family and consumer sciences courses I took, she said. She developed a bond with her FCS high school teach- Michelle Lindberg shows some Wisconsin pride in her Washington D.C. office. ers and realized that teaching FCS was what she wanted to do. Many of the teachers she met at conferences had attended UW-Stout and praised the Family and Consumer Sciences Education program. There were other schools I considered, but when it came down to making a decision Stout was the clear winner, she said. Lindberg s dream is to teach family and consumer sciences in middle or high school, or both, starting in the fall of 2012, hopefully in Wisconsin. Farther down the road, she would like to study for a master s degree in special education. During her final semester she will intern in the Pulaski School District. MBEA members tour logistics firm The UW-Stout Marketing and Business Education Association toured CEVA Logistics in Menomonie in December. CEVA employees helped with the tour. Jim Thomas, CEVA s human resources manager, helped coordinate and lead the tour. From the left: Ben Keuhl, Aaron Paisar, CEVA employee, CEVA employee, Erik Hill, Ryan Kindschy, Kelsey Muthig, Kayla Oliver, Erika Gleason, Becky Bushman, Nicole Woehrmann, Eric Mau and Jim Thomas, CEVA s Human Resources manager. 4 Benchmarks» The School of Education at UW-Stout
5 Sips for Scholarships winners Two students went away with checks for $1,000 each at the SOE Sips for Scholarships award reception in September. The scholarships were awarded to Kaylee Skinkis, of Seymour, a senior in Art Education, and Stefanie Janssen, of Webster, who is in her second year of the M.S. in Education program. Janssen teaches high school Spanish at Webster High School. She Kaylee Skinkis chose to pursue a master s degree to become a more effective educator, not necessarily to seek a different job, she said. Skinkis who grew up in a small tight-knit community hopes to dive right into teaching. I feel I have grown so much as an educator, and as a person, and I can t wait to finally have my own classroom, she said. Her goal is to integrate the arts into Stefanie Janssen the lives of my students. After graduation, she also hopes to do some traveling; Having never been outside the United States, I want to step outside my comfort zone, Skinkis said. The Sips for Scholarships scholarship and event was established in 2009 by the School of Education and the SOE Advisory Board to raise monies to increase the number of educational scholarships. To donate, go to the Stout University Foundation website at or contact University Foundation at International students share global perspectives International students Kinga Jacobson, of Romania (right, on screen); Alexander Ogundele, of Nigeria; and Olga Lopukhova, of Russia; joined Carol Mooney, Career and Technical Education program director, (below, left to right) to present their perspectives of global education systems in a panel discussion to the campus in October. The students are studying in the M.S. in Career and Technical Education program. The event was co-sponsored by the CTE program and the Stout Association of Career and Technical Educators. A lesson on friendship School counseling students and their puppet friends teach a practice lesson on friendship. In Carol Johnson s PK-12 Guidance Curriculum class, students design lessons aligned with state and national standards and then practice them in class for peer feedback. From left to right: Zin Zhang, Bill Grimes and Gracie Bowen. The School of Education at UW-Stout» Benchmarks 5
6 Janota wins Milken national educator award Kevin Janota, 2001 Technology Education graduate, was taken by surprise at an all-school assembly at Kimberly High School. He was waiting to hear the name of the winner for the Milken Family Foundation educator award and was blown away when he heard his name being called. There are so many other great teachers out there who have been doing it longer, Janota said. I guess I must be doing some things right. Janota, from Chetek, has been teaching technology and engineering classes at Kimberly High School for 10 years. Education reform leader Lowell Milken started the awards, which are not based on applications or nominations; the foundation conducts its own search for the K-12 teachers it recognizes. The awards, called the Oscars of teaching by Teacher Magazine, have been given to more than 2,500 deserving teachers in the last 25 years. Of the 30 honored so far this year, Janota is the only one in Wisconsin. Jane Foley, of the foundation who was present at the assembly, called Janota one of the best teachers of 3,000,000 in the country. Tony Evers, director of the state Department of Public Instruction, also attended the ceremony. The award included a check for $25,000; Janota probably will use it to pay off a master s program he recently completed, he said. Upon accepting the award, Janota told a packed gymnasium that students shape who I am. I spend a lot of time focusing on trying to be a better person for them. I try to push their limits because of all the potential they have. Every day I get up excited to come to work. Janota has developed a strong technology and engineering program at Kimberly, which has been named one of the top 500 U.S. high schools the last two years by U.S. News & World Report. Not surprisingly, his students have fared well in regional and national Rube Goldberg Contests and in engineering and super-mileage vehicle competitions. They use industry-standard software for design work and have an adjacent prototype lab. I don t lecture a whole lot; it s a lot of learning by doing, he said. And where did he learn this hands-on approach to education? Why, at UW-Stout, of course. Team collaboration was a big part of the lab classes at Stout. We had challenge problems and had to figure them out. I have the kids (at Kimberly) do the same things, he said. Janota chose UW-Stout because it was the only school in the state at that time that offered technology education. Also, I really like the layout of the campus, the good teacher/ student ratios, and the great community feel it had, he said. He especially appreciated the rapport teachers Byron Anderson, Jerome Johnson and David Brenholt built with their students. Technology Education was his chosen major as a result of positive experiences in high school working as an assistant to a tech ed teacher. Through him, Janota discovered the joy of 6 Benchmarks» The School of Education at UW-Stout Students shape who I am. I spend a lot of time focusing on trying to be a better person for them. I try to push their limits because of all the potential they have. Every day I get up excited to come to work. Kevin Janota Students applaud at an all-school assembly as Kevin Janota steps forward to accept the Milken Educator Award. helping other students. I thought how great it would be to do this all day long, he said. Also, two of his high school teachers influenced him to go into the field of teaching. They were outstanding teachers that I had very good relationships with and made me want to be a teacher too, he said. Thankful for good teachers, Janota strives to be one and is succeeding.
7 Students donate new books to Downsville Elementary School of Education students saw firsthand the power of the written word when they donated books to children at Downsville Elementary in Downsville. Kids were ripping through the books like presents at Christmas, said third-grade teacher Todd Hayden. There s a lot to be said about the feel of a book in your hands. Within minutes the children were engaged with their new books. In December during a ceremony held in the school s gymnasium, a total of $1,600 worth of new books was donated, amounting to about 25 books for each of six classes. The money was raised during a Scholastic book fair held on campus in November by SOE students. More than 50 university students worked at the fair from the student chapter of the Wisconsin Education Association and the Student Association for the Education of Young Children. It was their first collaborative book fair. People still can t believe we made that much, said Erik Collins, a senior early childhood education major from Coon Rapids, Minn., who helped coordinate the book fair. The books donated to Downsville were Scholastic titles. Founded in 1920, Scholastic focuses on encouraging children worldwide to learn to read and to love to learn. It recognizes literacy as the cornerstone of a child s intellectual, personal and cultural growth. The student WEA and SAEYC chose to donate to Downsville Elementary, part of the Menomonie school district, because SOE students have vol- SOE students announce donation to school, from left to right: Erik Collins, Lauryn Engleman, Chloe House, Ashley Whipple, Kayla Collins and Janelle Meyer. We wanted to promote literacy within their school, and with the holidays we thought it would be beneficial. Erik Collins There s a lot to be said about the feel of a book in your hands. Todd Hayden unteered at the school and have been student teachers there for several years. We wanted to promote literacy within their school, and with the holidays we thought it would be beneficial, Collins said. Downsville teachers picked the books and a few other teaching aids that they wanted for their classrooms. Hayden, a 2000 UW-Stout early childhood education graduate, was thrilled with the additions to his classroom. I inherited a class library, but this is my first opportunity to pick materials that fit my teaching style, said Hayden, holding up the new hardcover, If You Give a Dog a Donut. We got some hardcovers, and with the tight budgets it s hard to get hardcover books. They ll outlast my teaching career, he said. The books were presented during an all-school assembly. After Collins explained why the UW-Stout students were there and the books were presented to each class, Principal Bill Giese had the 113 children give a round of applause and sing the school song as a way of thanks. Each Downsville student also received a free pencil. We hope you enjoy all the books. It s such an amazing school, Collins told the children. Among the UW-Stout students present were book fair cocoordinators Kayla Collins of Coon Rapids, Minn., and Kaitlyn Orrock, of Elk River, Minn., Chloe House, of Champlin, Minn., Lauryn Engleman, of Andover, Minn., Ashley Whipple, of Wausau, and Janelle Meyer of Osceola. Brian McAlister and instructors Jill Klefstad, early childhood education program director, and Lorri Mitchell, also early childhood education, were on hand for the event. The book fair was a great idea and was very successful. We have a good working relationship with Downsville, McAlister said. Klefstad said the university students benefited from the experience as much as the elementary students. Our UW- Stout students certainly have experienced firsthand the power of partnerships with teachers and schools and how beneficial they can be for children. Two UW-Stout students will student teach at Downsville next semester, Klefstad said. The relationship continues. The School of Education at UW-Stout» Benchmarks 7
8 Faculty and Staff Barbara Flom, Carol Johnson, both of School Counseling, J. Hubbard and D. Reidt are authors of the article The Natural School Counselor: Using Nature to Promote Mental Health in Schools; Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, Vol. 6, Issue 2, Jill Klefstad, Early Childhood Education, and Debbie Stanislawski, Marketing and Business Education, presented Critical Thinking in the Disciplines: Can We Effect/Affect It? Klefstad also co-presented Should Colleges Require Reading and Writing? with Kate Thomas, social science, Jennifer Grant, biology, and Jada Schumacher, School of Art and Design, at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Milwaukee in October. Klefstad presented Did You Eat Absurd for Breakfast? Handling Challenging Situations Involving Colleagues, Parents and Children Ethically and with a Sense of Humor at the National Association for the Education of Young Children annual conference in November in Orlando, Fla. Maggie Keenan and Judy Gifford, Child and Family Study Center, presented Caring for Our Earth: A Curriculum for Preschool Children and Here We Are Together: Movement and Singing Activities for Infants and Toddlers at the National Association for the Education of Young Children annual conference in November in Orlando, Fla. Virginia Lea, School of Education, Holly Teuber, speech, and Renee Howarton, director of Nakatani Teaching and Learning Center, hosted an Infusing Diversity Across the UW-Stout Curriculum Summer Institute on campus in August. Sandra Lindow, School of Education, won the Wisconsin Writers Association Jade Ring award for humorous poetry with her poem, The Fitting. It describes the tribulations of finding a good bra. Kevin Mason, Science Education, Petre Nelu Ghenciu, mathematics; Adam Kramchuster, engineering, taught in the summer STEM academy in La Crosse, funded by a mathscience partnership grant. Christine Peterson, School Psychology, is a contributing author for the book, Making inclusion work for students with autism spectrum disorders: An evidence-based guide, New York: Guildford Press, October Ken Welty, Technology Education, and Kevin Mason, Science Education received a UW System Teacher Quality Initiative grant for the project Microteaching Assessment in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education in the academic year. Catherine Winters, School of Education, presented her research paper An Ecological Model for Continuing Learning in Nursing at the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education annual conference in Indianapolis in November. Student and Alumni Janet Baumann, 11, Edgar, has four children and works full time. She won a 2011 American Association of Medical Assistants Excel Award for a video she made in response to the prompt I want to be a medical assistant because Mike Berry, 11, Weston, is the machine tool technician instructor at the Wisconsin Rapids campus of Mid-State Technical College. Berry earned a bachelor s degree in Career, Technical Education and Training, and a technical diploma in Machine Tool Operations from MSTC. Nick Essick, 11, Menomonie, attended UW-Stout in fall 2006, one week after returning home from a yearlong deployment to Iraq. After completing four semesters, he was deployed again to Iraq at the end of 2008 until January Upon his return, he immediately began taking classes. During the fall of 2011, he completed his student teaching requirement in New Auburn. He was a guest speaker at UW- Stout s Veterans Day event Nov. 11. Teri Lynn Giese Fuentez 75, Winter Springs, Fla., was named Teacher of the Year by the Florida affiliate of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. Undergraduates Erika Gleason and Aaron Paisar, Marketing and Business education, received scholarships from the Wisconsin Business Education Association. Technology Education students Justin Hanger, Dickeyville; Jeffrey Martin, Prairie du Chien; and Eric Sabel, Kewaskum, members of the Technology Education Collegiate Association TECA won the problem-solving division at the 69th annual Four State Regional Technology Conference at Pittsburg State in Pittsburg, Kan. SOE student ambassadors for are Dani Allenstein, Family and Consumer Sciences Education; Deborah Kjelstad, M.S. Career and Technical Education; Jacob Haug, Marketing and Business Education; Kyle Jeffress, Technology Education; Jonathan Wheeler, Art Education; Robert Nyland, Special Education; Rachael Robert, M.S. Education; Gretta Laymen, Science Education; and Brian Casey, School Counseling. NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION U.S. POSTAGE PAID PERMIT NO. 3 MENOMONIE, WI Benchmarks» The School of Education at UW-Stout SCHOOL OF EDUCATION 267 Heritage Hall University of Wisconsin-Stout Menomonie, WI 54751