Education News


The Oklahoma State Department of Education released the names of the finalists for the 2019-2020 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Award.  Four of the twelve finalists graduated from the NSU College of Education.  Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister says the finalists are "some of Oklahoma’s finest educators who are making a difference in the lives of our students every day.”  The Oklahoma Teacher of the Year was announced September 19, 2018 at the State Fair Park.  Interim COE Dean Dr. Vanessa Anton and COE Assistant Dean Dr. Lisa Bisogno were in attendance to support all finalists.

Natalie Fielden
Teaches kindergarten at Freedom Elementary School in Sapulpa
Bachelor’s in Early Childhood from NSU

Carol Hunsperger
Teaches third grade at Grove Lower Elementary School in Grove Public Schools
Bachelors in Early Childhood from NSU

Jenny Morphis
Teaches first grade at Hilldale Lower Elementary School in Hilldale Public Schools.
Bachelors in Early Childhood from NSU
Masters in Reading from NSU

V. Jannean Thompson
Teaches fifth grade at Berryhill North Elementary School in Berryhill Public Schools
Bachelors in Elementary Education from NSU
Masters in School Administration from NSU

College of Education host annual SNAG golf fundraising event

The NSU College of Education hosted the annual SNAG Golf Fundraising tournament on September 7, 2018 at the Burnt Cabin SNAG Golf Course.  100% percent of player and sponsorship funding will go to a scholarship account through the NSU Foundation. Participants from the College of Education, university, and community volunteers enjoyed playing golf, eating, and spending time with colleagues, friends, and family.

Interim Dean of the College of Education, Dr. Vanessa Anton

Xuan Li and Chinese scholars.

Dr. Karen Carey and Pamela Riggs

Dr. Anton congratulates the winning team, Dr. Jim Ferrell, Jeanna Wing, & Gary Wing.

Dr. Bisogno’s daughter enjoyed playing SNAG too.

Library Media and Information Technology program and UKB awarded grant

The NSU faculty in the Library Media and Information Technology Master of Science Program, Dr. Alesha Baker and Dr. Kelli Carney, are currently providing consulting services to the United Keetoowah Band (UKB) through an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant in the amount of $10,000. Students enrolled in Library Media graduate courses will work with faculty to catalog and evaluate the UKB educational library collection. Automation software, which will be utilized to improve the circulation process, was purchased through the grant. Faculty will assist in writing and developing policies including circulation and collection maintenance. In order to ensure sustainability, faculty will develop and deliver software training for the UKB library staff. The grant concludes in August 2019, at which time faculty will inventory the newly automated collection and recommend titles for future consideration. This partnership not only serves to benefit the members of the UKB but also provides NSU students a model for community collaboration and networking.

Call for Third-Party Comments on Educator Preparation Program

Northeastern State University’s Educator Preparation Program is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) on November 4-6, 2018. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the site team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the party's relationship to the provider (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates).

We invite you to submit written testimony to:

1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

Or by email to:

  • Such comments must be within the specified period and based on the core tenets of CAEP accreditation standards of excellence, which recognize that:
    In CAEP's performance-based system, accreditation is based on evidence that demonstrates that teacher candidates know the subject matter and can teach it effectively so that students learn. In the CAEP system, EPPs must prove that candidates can connect theory to practice and be effective in an actual P-12 classroom.
  • A professional education provider that is accredited by CAEP is expected to be involved in ongoing planning and evaluation; engaged in continuous assessment and development; ensure that faculty and programs reflect new knowledge, practice, and technologies; and be involved in continuous development in response to the evolving world of education and educational reform.
  • Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the respondent's relationship, if any, to the institution (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates). Copies of all correspondence received will be sent to the university for comment prior to the review. No anonymous testimony will be considered.