Reaching Forward - Online COEL Magazine

Reaching Forward serves as a tool for sharing news, promoting programs, recognizing individuals connected to the college, and extending the reach of Stritch's Franciscan values beyond the classroom and into the community.


Its content informs, challenges and entertains readers, and is meant to build connections, instill pride and reflect the academic rigor of the College of Education and Leadership.

In the Fall 2012 issue

  • pg. 3 - Dean’s Message: Dr. Freda R. Russell
  • pg. 5 - Stritch launches new brand, logo and website
  • pg. 7 - Two teacher candidates win scholarships
  • pg. 8 - Student Voices: Reflections on Becoming a Teacher
  • pg. 10 - COEL Voices  
  • pg. 11 - COEL Advisory Board Update
  • pg. 12 - Bridging Theory and Practice: Searching for Best Practices
  • pg. 14 - Five Things I Believe About Leadership
  • pg. 15 - Five Books Every Leader should read about change
  • pg. 17 - Editorial: Leadership Lessons from Exercise Boot Camp

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Our Vision

The collective vision of the College of Education and Leadership is to create, implement, sustain and support exemplary models and practices in education and leadership that meet the needs of local, state, regional, national and international communities.

Past Issues

  • Spring 2012
    • Resources: Making the Most of Talk in the Classroom and Workplace - Speed Dialogue, Talking Heads, and Turn and Talk are three strategies for promoting talking among individuals, from age six to 60-plus, that are novel and easy to implement in classrooms. Using these tools, students can discuss ideas, concepts, or something they just learned.
  • Fall 2011
    • Resources: Adjective Moebius Strip and Word Bank: This word bank and writing activity is useful in helping PK-12 students describe themselves or characters they read about. This can also help students and teachers learn each other's names, which builds a sense of community in classrooms.
  • Spring 2011
  • Resources: “Report on Clinical Preparation and Partnerships for Improved Student Learning” This report, by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), recommended 10 design principles for teacher education programs. “Professional Development in the United States: Trends and Challenges” This document, by the National Staff Development Council, outlines the findings of a study on the professional development of educators.3-2-1 Contact: This document outlines four prompts that require students to read assigned text in order to complete the activity. this strategy because it organizes their thoughts about the reading assignment. It facilitates student construction of meaning because prompts are a balance between what is in the text and the student’s background knowledge and experience. Instructors like this strategy because it becomes the basis for class discussion.Effective SMART Board integration: This document provides information on evaluation and coaching of effective SMART Board instruction in the classroom.