2017 Teacher Education Presenters

Annual Conference & ExpoNAFSA 2019 Proposals

Education for Teaching in a Global Classroom

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Sharon Brennan
Sharon Brennan is an associate professor and director of clinical practices and school partnerships in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky. Her academic interests include teacher assessment, and mentoring and professional development, with an emphasis on global teaching and learning. She serves on several state and national committees, including the board of directors for the Consortium of Overseas Student Teaching, the Kentucky Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and the Kentucky Advisory Council for Internships, which she chairs. She has published articles and made presentations at conferences in the United States and other countries on these topics. For more than three decades, she has served on the development and monitoring team for the system used to assess Kentucky's first-year teachers. Currently, she is working with colleagues from across the state to design and implement an instrument aimed at assessing global-mindedness in teaching.

Donna Brockman
Donna Brockman is currently the director of the Division of Internship and Assessment at the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board. Her responsibilities include oversight and training for the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program (KTIP), an intensive, one-year internship that involves a three-person support committee for all first-year teachers. Previously, Brockman worked as an education policy adviser for the Kentucky School Boards Association, and an educator quality consultant for the Kentucky Department of Education, where she served on the Design and Deployment Team for the Kentucky Teacher Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (TPGES). Brockman’s experiences in a public school system include serving as a district-wide instructional supervisor, a middle school coordinator, a curriculum specialist, and a high school language arts teacher. She earned National Board Certification in 2002, and co-authored Can You See the Cow: A Primer for the Beginning Teacher in 2009.

Karen Kidwell
Karen Kidwell is the director of the Division of Program Standards in the Office of Teaching and Learning at the Kentucky Department of Education. The division is committed to providing excellent leadership, service, and support to schools and districts as they implement Kentucky’s Academic Standards through quality programs grounded in highly effective teaching, learning and assessment practices, considering academic, social, physical, and emotional influences. The Division of Program Standards houses 3 branches: school readiness, academic core, and coordinated school health. Karen earned her BS in elementary education and mathematics from the University of Louisville and her MA in education from Georgetown College. Between 2006 and 2008 she completed The Executive Leadership Program for Educators at Harvard University as a member of the Kentucky Department of Education team.

Vessela Ilieva, PhD
Vessela Ilieva is an associate professor and assistant dean of the School of Education at Utah Valley University. The school is implementing a comprehensive model of global engagement that is strategically aligned with local educational needs. Ilieva’s current work is dedicated to the preparation of competent 21st-century educators and to providing opportunities for professionally impactful international involvement and meaningful intercultural experiences to pre-service teachers.

Mark LaCelle-Peterson, EdD
Mark LaCelle-Peterson, senior vice president for policy and programs, joined the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) in 2014. He oversees government relations (federal and state), state affiliates, quality support, and data initiatives. He led AACTE’s development of online professional learning programs and expanded support for nationally available performance assessments, leading to the creation of the Quality Support Center. He led the reorganization of AACTE’s data collection and analysis efforts. Prior to joining AACTE, he served as senior vice president of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and as president of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), both national programmatic accrediting agencies. He has held faculty, administrative, and research posts at public and private colleges and universities. Comparative and international education is a longstanding interest of his, and among his degrees is an MA in international development education from the University of Minnesota.

David Moss, PhD
David M. Moss is an associate professor and director of global education on the faculty of the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. Specializing in curriculum studies, his research interests are in the areas of global and international education; culturally sustaining pedagogies; and curriculum reform. His published books include Preparing Classroom Teachers to Succeed with Second Language Learners: Lessons from a Faculty Learning Community (Routledge, 2014); Reforming Legal Education: Law Schools at the Crossroads (IAP, 2012); Critical Essays on Resistance in Education (Peter Lang, 2010); Interdisciplinary Education in an Age of Assessment (Routledge, 2008); Portrait of a Profession: Teachers and Teaching in the 21st Century (Praeger, 2005, 2008); and Beyond the Boundaries: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Learning and Teaching (Praeger, 2003). Moss has directed a teacher education internship-based study abroad program in London for nearly 20 years and has been named a University of Connecticut Teaching Fellow, the highest honor for instructional excellence and leadership awarded by the university.