UNT education honor society wins national awards

The University of North Texas chapter of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), an international honor society in education, won three national awards for the 2016-17 school year. The chapter, co-counseled by College of Education faculty members Ricardo González and Jeanne Tunks, earned the 2016-2017 Gold Literacy Alive! award for the chapter’s project Variety is the Spice of Life; the 2016-2017 Achieving Chapter Excellence Award; and the 2016-2017 Distinguished Chapter Officer Award for the chapter’s president, Cynthia Molina.

The awards will be presented at the 51st Biennial Convocation in Pittsburgh Oct. 26-28. Additionally, several members of the Alpha Iota chapter will present their accepted sessions at the conference.

“We are very proud of the outstanding work of our officers and members as they strive to achieve KDP’s mission of advancing quality education by inspiring teachers to prepare all learners for future challenges,” González said.

Gonzalez said UNT’s KDP chapter has always been very involved with students and professionals in education. Last year, the chapter organized two regional workshops for pre- and in-service teachers, one focusing on leadership in the schools and the other on culturally relevant teaching and leading. The chapter also organized a literacy night at one of Denton’s elementary schools. The Literacy Alive! event targeted bilingual students through a series of fun activities and the donation of hundreds of books in English and Spanish, Gonzalez said. 

“The chapter is led by a group of very dedicated students who, in every occasion, show a passion for education. KDP is helping these future teachers not only become excellent educators, but also to be the caring leaders of our future schools,” he said. “KDP, through its awards, recognizes the desire to shine and become the type of educators that our diverse student body population needs.”

Stephanie Camacho, UNT KDP vice president, said the College of Education paved the way for the group’s members to succeed.

“UNT serves its students with quality education, and the college gives us a foundation in which we can grow both as individuals and as professionals,” she said. “These awards are a mere representation of hard work, quality and passion, all of which the COE has taught us to embody.”  

Current officers include Molina, Camacho, Azurell Thomas (secretary), Maria Beaudoin (historian), Lucas Horton (treasurer), Alexandra Schrunk (membership), Tressa Roberts (foundations) and Andreia Jackson (graduate student liaison).

KDP is open to undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty by invitation only. The UNT chapter won the bi-annual ACE award in 2015, 2013, 2011 and 2009. In 2016, the chapter earned an outstanding officer award, program award and silver for Literacy Alive!. The chapter also earned outstanding officer awards in 2014 and ’15 and earned the Program of the Year Award in spring 2017 for facilitating the regional workshop titled Culturally Relevant Teaching and Leading.

For more information, visit www.coe.unt.edu/kappa-delta-pi.


Above, KDP officers with advisors Ricardo González and Jeanne Tunks.

11th Annual Doctoral Student Association Conference

Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 8:00am to 1:30pm

Matthews Hall

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Pizza Before Class - an Event for COE Doctoral Students

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Matthews Hall 111

pizza flyerThe College of Education Doctoral Student Association presents Pizza Before Class, a free event for all COE doctoral students.

Come visit with other doctoral students and learn about all of the DSA events that will be held this year!

Project NEXUS offers professional development for current and future teachers

This fall, the UNT College of Education will offer pre-service teachers a workshop and review sessions that will help them better connect with English learners in Texas schools. The professional development opportunities are part of the Department of Teacher Education and Administration’s Project NEXUS, a program funded by the U.S. Department of Education for the past five and a half years. 

Project NEXUS is a unique collaborative partnership between UNT, five schools from Denton ISD, five schools from Lewisville ISD, and the Texas Education Agency’s Region 10 Education Service Center.  Through this partnership, the project has been able to provide high-quality professional development for 200 in-service teachers, 15 UNT teacher education faculty members and 150 UNT pre-service teachers, said Rossana Boyd, director of the project and COE principal lecturer. 

The professional development has focused on how teachers can enhance their knowledge and skills to teach mathematics and science to English learners (ELs) in grades four through 12. English learners have difficulty accessing subject area content because they are learning English as their second language (ESL) at the same time, Boyd said.

In addition to giving current teachers and professors critical professional development, Project NEXUS workshops also help UNT students who are planning to become educators prepare for the Texas educator certification testing (TExES).

“Dozens of pre-service teachers have benefitted from attendance to TExES ESL and Bilingual Supplemental Test review sessions offered by the project in partnership with Region 10 ESC consultants Cynthia Jaird and Enrique Jolay,” said Daniela Balderas, Project NEXUS coordinator.

Project NEXUS has awarded $111,579.65 in scholarships for tuition and fees for courses related to teaching English learners to 55 mathematics, science or English as a Second Language pre-service teachers. This fall, 14 additional teachers will receive a scholarship award for $2,092 each, Boyd said.

Also, four in-service teachers from Denton ISD and Lewisville ISD have received scholarships through the project to pursue the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction degree with a focus on ESL education at UNT. Three of these teachers will graduate in December.

Professional development sessions for pre-service teachers are set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, in UNT’s Wooten Hall. To register, students may contact Daniela Balderas at Daniela.Balderas@unt.edu or 940-565-2933.


Above, UNT mathematics and science pre-service teachers participated in a professional development workshop on educating English learners sponsored by Project NEXUS in August 2017.

Statistics Primer

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Wooten Hall 216

flyerA workshop aimed at providing applied researchers with introductory statistics information, including:

  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Sampling Distribution / Standard Error
  • Hypothesis Testing
  • Confidence Intervals
  • Effect Sizes

See the Office for Research Consulting (ORC) website for more information.

Doctoral Student Orientation for new Frisco Cohorts

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:30pm

UNT New College at Frisco
2811 Internet Blvd.
Frisco, TX 75034

postcardThe Buchholz Doctoral Program Faculty in Educational Leadership welcome Faculty and Students to the Doctoral Student Orientation for Frisco Cohorts of the Classes of 2019 and 2021.

Dan Krutka

Assistant Professor, Teacher Education and Administration
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Daniel G. Krutka, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education in  the Department of Teacher Education and Administration at the University of North Texas, where he joined the faculty in 2017. His research interests concern citizenship education and the role participatory media might play in cultivating more democratic educational experiences. Dr. Krutka has authored over 20 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and he is an editor for Keywords in the Social Studies: Concepts and Conversations to be published by Peter Lang Publishing in 2018. To these ends, he was awarded the 2016 Early Career Award by the Technology as an Agent of Change in Teaching and Learning (TACTL) SIG of AERA and the 2017 Outstanding Research Paper Award from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). He currently serves as the Chair for the Social Studies Research SIG of AERA and is a board member for the College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA). He is also a board member for the non-profit #sschat network and a co-host of the Visions of Education podcast (VisionsOfEd.com). In additions to teaching high school social studies in Oklahoma City for six years, he completed his undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degrees at the University of Oklahoma.  He can be found on Twitter @dankrutka.

Selected Publications

Krutka, D. G., Nowell, S. D., & Whitlock, A. M. M. (2017). Towards a social media pedagogy: Successes and shortcomings in educative uses of Twitter with teacher candidates. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 25(2), 215-240.

Krutka, D. G. (2017). Remixing current events: Navigating the transmedia terrain with fifth graders. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 29(4), 27-31.

Krutka, D. G., Carpenter, J. P., & Trust, T. (2017). Enriching professional learning networks: A framework for identification, reflection, and intention. TechTrends, 61(3), 246-252.

Houser, N. O., Krutka, D. G., Roberts, R. D., Pennington, K., & Coerver, N. A. (2017). Navigating the reform-accountability culture in Oklahoma social studies. Theory and Research in Social Education, 45(1), 7-42.

Krutka, D. G. & Christ, R. C. (2017). Interrogating the medium and the message: Utilizing historical documentaries to teach about genocide. In W. Russell & S. Waters (Eds.), Cinematic social studies (pp. 183-211). Charlotte, NC: Information Age.

Krutka, D. G., Carpenter, J. P., & Trust, T. (2016). Elements of engagement: A model of teacher interactions via professional learning networks. Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education, 32(4), 150-158.

Trust, T., Krutka, D. G., & Carpenter, J. P. (2016). “Together we are better”: Professional learning networks for teachers. Computers & Education, 102(1), 15-34.

Krutka, D. G. & Carpenter, J. P. (2016). Why social media must have a place in schools. Kappa Delta Pi Record, 52(1), 6-10.

Carpenter, J. P. & Krutka, D. G. (2015). Engagement through microblogging: Educator professional development via Twitter. Professional Development in Education, 41(4), 707-728.

Carpenter, J. P. & Krutka, D. G. (2014). How and why educators use Twitter: A Survey of the Field. Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 46(4), 414-434.

Selected Presentations

Damico, N. & Krutka, D. G. (2018, March). Mindfulness and Twitter in Teacher Education. Paper presented at the annual meeting for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), Baltimore, MD. (Session accepted).

Krutka, D. G. & Hurlbut, A. (2018, March). Wisdom of Practice: A Programmatic Approach to Creating, Developing, and Implementing Practice-Based Teacher Education. Paper presented at the annual meeting for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), Baltimore, MD. (Session accepted).

Heath, M. & Krutka, D. G. (2018, March). Eliciting Student Thinking: Pedagogy of Inquiry for High Leverage Practices. Paper presented at the annual meeting for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), Baltimore, MD. (Session accepted).

Colley, L. & Krutka, D. G. (2017, November). Stories of feminism: Students’ historical and contemporary perceptions of gender. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA), San Francisco, CA. (Session accepted).

Krutka, D. G. (2017, November). Technology. In Krutka, D. G., Helmsing, M., & Whitlock, M. A. (Session organizers), Keywords in the social studies: Concepts and conversations. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA), San Francisco, CA. (Session accepted)

Krutka, D. G. (2017, November). Mediums and mindfulness: Theories for inquiry in a “fake news” era. In J. Stoddard (Symposium organizer), Media and civic education in the post-truth era: Concepts, methods, and measures. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA), San Francisco, CA. (Symposium accepted)

Krutka, D. G. & Broome, J. (2017, November). Masculinity and marching. In M. Crocco (Contemporary Issue Dialogue organizer), The global women’s marches of January 2017: What do they mean for citizenship education? Session presented at the annual meeting of the College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA), San Francisco, CA. (CID accepted)

Krutka, D. G. (2017, April). Tweeting alongside teachers: The need for an emic approach in researching educational social media uses. In J. Hochman (Symposium organizer), Data, big and small. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Antonio, TX.

Carpenter, J. P., Krutka, D. G., Linton, J. N. Trust, T. (2017, April). Informal and teacher-directed professional learning. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Antonio, TX.

Krutka, D. G., Carpenter, J. P., Trust, T. (2017, April). Supporting participatory teacher learning: A framework for professional learning network enrichment. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Antonio, TX.

Krutka, D. G. (2017, March). The #sschat Network: History, Purpose, & Implications of a Subject-Area Network. Paper presented at the annual international conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE), Austin, TX.

Krutka, D. G., Trust, T., & Carpenter, J. P. (2017, March). Moving beyond silos: Professional learning networks in higher education. Paper presented at the annual international conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE), Austin, TX.

Krutka, D. G. & Damico, N. (2017, March). Mindful tweeting: Holistic social media integration with teacher candidates. Paper presented at the annual international conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE), Austin, TX.

Krutka, D. G. & Carano, K. T. (2017, January). Videoconferencing for Global Citizenship Education: Wise practices for social studies educators. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA) Retreat, Orlando, FL.

Current Service Activities

Chair, Social Studies Research Special Interest Group (SIG), American Educational Research Association (AERA), 2017-2018.

Board member, College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA), 2017-2020.

 Co-chair, Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE) Social Media SIG, 2016-2018.

Technology & Media JAVA Co-Leader, College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA), 2015-present.

Co-host, Visions of Education podcast. Episodes and show notes retrieved from VisionsOfEd.com.

Board member, the #sschat Network, 2012-present.


American Educational Research Association (AERA)

College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA)

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS),

Pi Lambda Theta (PLT)

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE)

Society of Philosophy and History of Education (SOPHE)

KHPR grad student earns national scholarship

James Boyett, a graduate research assistant in the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation's Applied Physiology Lab, has been named a recipient of the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Challenge Scholarship for 2017. Boyett was selected by the NSCA Foundation Scholarship Committee after a thorough evaluation process of all applicants. This program awards $1,500 to NSCA members seeking either an undergraduate or graduate degree in a strength and conditioning-related field.

Boyett is currently working on his doctorate under the mentorship of KHPR Associate Professor and lab director Jakob Vingren. His research interested include the hormonal response to resistance exercise and subsequent hormonal regulation of skeletal muscle adaptations, as well as gender differences within these responses.

"Congratulations to James for this well-deserved honor," said Brian Schilling, NSCA Foundation Board president. "He is an outstanding student with an extremely bright future. We are proud to support James in his studies to be a future leader of the strength and conditioning industry.”


The National Strength and Conditioning Association Foundation (NSCAF) was founded in 2007 with the aim of supporting the advancement of strength and conditioning practical applications. The NSCA Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to providing funding to NSCA members taking part in educational and research endeavors.

Since its establishment, the NSCA Foundation has awarded 120 grants and 440 scholarships, totaling over $2 million to outstanding individuals within the strength and conditioning community. The NSCA Foundation is one of the few foundations that fund work at the master’s level and across all levels up to senior investigators, as well as one of the few sources that funds work in the strength and conditioning fields. A major goal of the foundation is to continue to maximize assets in order to increase grants and scholarships for NSCA members.


The Advances in Research Designs Symposium (TARDIS) 2017

Friday, October 27, 2017 - 8:15am to 4:30pm

University of North Texas
University Union 382

The Office of Research Consulting announce the fourth annual meeting of TARDIS - The Advances in Research Design Symposium. Our theme this year is Single-Case Experimental Designs (SCEDs). The purpose of the symposium is to expose students and researchers to advances in research methods and analyses. The presentation is centered on discussing state-of-the-art research methods to a wide audience.

Registration is free, but space is limited! See the event website for further details.

UNT bilingual education scholarship program helps reduce shortage of bilingual teachers

According to the Texas Education Agency, the state continues to face a critical shortage of bilingual education teachers, and the enrollment of English learners in Texas public schools continues to increase each year. The UNT College of Education’s Bilingual/ESL Teacher Education Programs are working to fill the state’s needs, with some help from Texas Rep. Roberto Rivera Alonzo.

Alonzo, who represents Dallas District 104, continued his advocacy efforts for bilingual education and teachers this legislative session. Thanks to his efforts, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board awarded UNT $107,142 this academic year to distribute among eligible students seeking certification in bilingual education. 

Most students will receive awards of $5,400 each.

To qualify, applicants have to be admitted to the teacher preparation program, meet a minimum 3.0 grade point average, have financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have passing scores of the practice or actual Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test.

“Providing financial assistance to 23 eligible bilingual teachers this year will help ensure that they complete the program, be prepared to serve English learners and their families and help narrow the supply/demand gap in our North Texas region,” said Rossana Boyd, director and principal lecturer of the Bilingual/ESL Teacher Education Programs at UNT.