Thursday, September 17, 2015

Welcome to the 2015-2016 Academic Year!

Dear Counseling students,

Welcome to the 2015-2016 Academic Year! Now that classes have begun, we'd like to provide you with a few updates and announcements.

1. Welcome Dr. Corinne Kodama to the College Student Development (CSD) program. Dr. Kodama joins the Department of Counseling and Special Education as an instructional assistant professor. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Bachelor of Arts in Music from University of Washington, Master of Arts in College Student Personnel from University of Maryland, and Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration from Loyola University in Chicago. Dr. Kodama will be teaching CSD specific courses this year.

2. Welcome Marc Pedroso, Department Assistant. Marc joins the COE as the department assistant to Counseling and Special Education. He has a bachelor’s degree in art from the New School in New York, and he currently is completing his Masters in Media from DePaul University. In the past, Marc worked for Parsons School of Design in New York as a Program Assistant, Northwestern University as a Program Assistant/Event Coordinator, and most recently at Roy Boyd Gallery as Associate Director.

3. The Counseling program is pursuing CACREP accreditation. This year the Counseling faculty will be the process of earning CACREP accreditation thanks to the support of our Department Chair, Dr. Beverly Trezek and Dean Paul Zionts of the College of Education. The accreditation process complex is complex, tedious and time-consuming but ultimately one that we hope will benefit the program. During the Fall quarter, faculty will determine the initial steps of the process and provide you with updates via CSLNews. At this time we can make no clear estimates about when we would potentially receive accreditation. The CACREP website has a page for students with lots of helpful information.

4. The next New Student Group Advising session is Tuesday, October 6th from 4:30-5:30pm. All new students must attend a group advising session before they can meet with a faculty advisor. Please RSVP to Marc Pedroso, at

5. Advising assignments have been updated. Advising responsibilities of faculty rotate each year due to teaching loads, research leaves and various other factors. For returning students in their 2nd year and new students who have attended the Group Advising session, the concentration advisors are as follows: Dr. McDevitt for CSD, Dr. Tovar-Murray for CMH and Dr. Ockerman for CMH. Advisors for interns and the internship process are separate because of the significance of the professional practice phase. For internship for CSD or CMH, please contact Dr. Gnilka and for internship for SCH, please contact Dr. Novakovic.

Should you have any questions or concerns that cannot be addressed by the department assistant or faculty, please contact either:
Dr. Erin Mason, Associate Chair and Counseling Faculty
Dr. Beverly Trezek, Department Chair and Special Education Faculty

Here's to a great year at DePaul!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Save the Date! Please join us for the Teacher’s Forum which is right around the corner!

Save the Date!  Please join us for the Teacher’s Forum which is right around the corner!

Event Overview
In its 8th year, The Teachers' Forum offers new teachers the opportunity to gain critical skills and resources and network with principals and professionals in education.  Specifically, this event provides our students and early alumni with opportunities to gain insight through a keynote address, participate in roundtable discussions on various topics led by educators, receive guidance on resumes, and network with all educators and DePaul College of Education alumni.  There is also an opportunity for current student teachers and early COE alumni to participate in mock interviews with principals and assistant principals (limited space).  Over 35 current and former principals, seasoned educators, and College of Education faculty representing urban and suburban schools will be participating in this event as mock interviewers and facilitators of round table discussions.  Round Table discussions will focus on topics ranging from classroom management, communication with parents, building strong relationships with administration, etc.
Key Components of Teacher’s Forum:
·         Keynote address from seasoned educator
·         Participate in 10 different topic roundtable discussions led by 25 administrators and educators
·         Receive feedback and critique on your teaching resume from educators
·         Network with fellow DePaul Educator Alumni about professional experiences and best practices
·         Check out the returning “Tech Corner” – Demo and Best Practice Tips on Technology Resources for Instruction
·         Check out new “Primary Sources Corner”  - Quick Show and Tell Search of resources on Primary Sources for Instruction
·         Practice interviews with principals (Additional Registration required and limited space)

Check Out Topics for Roundtables This Year!
·         Breaking Into Urban and Suburban Schools – Best Practices for Job Searching
·         Building Collaborative Relationships with Principals
·         Crash Course in Classroom Management
·         Incorporating Social and Emotional Strategies into Teaching
·         Success and Survival – Tips for a First Year Teacher
·         State Assessments and Student Learning (PARCC, NWEA)
·         The Case of Common Core – New Strategies of Engagement
·         Perspectives of Accountability – Exploring Teacher Evaluation and Best Practices in Teacher Effectiveness
·         Technology and Innovation – From Flipped Classrooms and Beyond
·         Breaking It Down – Effective Inclusion and Differentiation

Check Out Our Teacher’s Forum Webpage to See Who is Participating and the Full Agenda:
Interested in Participating In the Mock Interview Portion?
·         Reach out to me for details on eligibility and registration process for the mock interview:
Gina Anselmo, DePaul Career Center, Career Advisor,

Event Location:
Saturday, October 24, 2015, 10am to 1pm
DePaul University – Lincoln Park Campus
Cortelyou Commons
2324 N. Fremont St.
Chicago, IL. 60614

Important Reminder Note:  You can be at any level in your studies or profession to join us at the event to take part in the keynote, roundtables, resume critiques, and open networking.  You do not have to participate in the mock interview portion to attend the rest of the components of the event.
This is a rare and invaluable opportunity to meet a seasoned group of educators and principals and we would love for all of you to join us. 

Thanks everyone and please reach out to Gina Anselmo with any questions at or 773.325.7431

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