College of Education News

COE Faculty & Students Receive DaVinci Institute Awards

NSU's College of Education is pleased to announce three faculty and two students who have been named the recipients of the 2021 DaVinci Awards. The DaVinci Institute funds creative projects among Oklahoma’s higher education community. Each recipient received a $1,000 award and were honored in a virtual ceremony on March 26.
This year's College of Education awardees are below.
Creativity in Education Fellow
  • Sarah Ramsey, Associate Professor of Curriculum & Instruction
DaVinci Fellows
  • Jericho Hobson, Assistant Professor of Curriculum & Instruction
  • Meagan Moreland, Associate Professor of Curriculum & Instruction
DaVinci Scholars
  • Anne Heine, Student, B.S.Ed. Special Education ('21)
  • Amber Quammen, Student, B.S.Ed. Elementary Education ('21)


Pictured above: Dr. Sarah Ramsey


Pictured above: Dr. Jericho Hobson


Pictured above: Dr. Meagan Moreland


Pictured above: Anne Heine


Pictured above: Amber Quammen


Click here to learn more about NSU's DaVinci Awards

March 2021

Armstrong NAMED AMONG 2021 NSU Centurions

Dr. Sally Armstrong, Professor of Curriculum & Instruction, was named among the 2021 NSU Centurions. Also among the 2021 list was Gene Frusher, who was awarded posthumously. Dr. Susan Frusher, recently retired Professor of Educational Leadership, accepted the award on his behalf.

The Centurion honor is awarded annually to 10 members of the Northeastern State University family alumni, faculty, staff, and students who impacted the life of the nominator, the Northeastern community, or the public at large. This award is for individuals whose leadership and commitment, in the course of helping others, has allowed them to make a significant impact in the past 100 years of NSU's history.

See NSU website for past winners.

March 2021

NSU Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education ranked #42 in nation has published its 2021 rankings, and Northeastern State University has been ranked #42 on the list of Best Bachelor's Degrees in Early Childhood Education!

Over 40 million visitors per month use to research potential schools, degrees, and careers, and this list will help users and NSU potential students learn about Northeastern State University's excellent offerings. To compile the list, considered hundreds of universities across the country and selected Northeastern State University based on academic and career resources, the quality of education, faculty, and more.

March 2021

Alum Featured for Inquiry-Based teaching in 5th Grade Reading & Social Studies classes

Traeton Dansby, recipient of Teach2Reach and 2020 graduate of the College of Education, was recently recognized in the Tahlequah Daily Press for incorporating inquiry-based teaching in his 5th grade Reading and Social Studies classes. His students at Heritage Elementary School conducted a mock trial to debate the role that key figures in the American Revolution had in the Boston Massacre and Boston Tea Party.

Dansby began developing the project while an undergraduate in the Elementary Education program in Dr. Benn-Duke's Social Studies Strategies. "Seeing it come to fruition was so cool. I am so appreciative for the high quality education I received by the College of Ed. You all have such an outstanding program that fully equipped me to work in the classroom. Classes like Dr. Benn-Duke's are so rich with valuable information, I continue to use what I was taught in her class and others on a daily basis. I am forever appreciative of NSU's COE!"

Dr. Samantha Benn-Duke and Traeton Dansby


Read the full story here: Heritage students 'acquit' American Revolution pair 

March 2021

NSU College of Education Alum Wins Milken Education Award

Lindsay Brooke Lee, who graduated from NSU in 2014, is the English department chair at Will Rogers Junior High in Claremore, Oklahoma. She was awarded the Milken Educator Award. See story for more detail:

https://www. educators/view/brooke-lee

November 2019

Psychology and Counseling Department Chair Presents the Triarchic Theory of Gender

On Friday, August 9, 2019, Dr. Choate and his colleagues presented a 4-hour continuing education workshop, TRANSlating Research Into Practice: Evidenced-Based Care for the Transgender Community. Dr. Choate presented his new theory, The Triarchic Theory of Gender (The Gender g), a framework he designed to incorporate the various disparate research in the field of Gender Studies into a cohesive whole that can be tested in an empirical way. Furthermore, his colleagues, Jim Scholl and William Bryant, presented data they had collected to validate the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2-Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF) with this population and inform interdisciplinary treatment decisions through a trauma-focused lens.The workshop was met with high praise and many major theorists in this area have already reached out to include Dr. Choate and his colleagues in future research and application endeavors that will cross cultures and international borders.

Pictured from left to right: Danny Johnson, NSU Director of Alumni Relations; Dee Shell, Reading Specialist at Creekwood Elementary; Rachel Kaiser, Principal of Creekwood Elementary; & Dr. Lisa Bisogno, Associate Dean of NSU College of Education

August 2019