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Dean Kenny

From Interim Dean Maureen Kenny


Alumni and Friends,

Welcome to the 2012–2013 academic year. This year marks a milestone for both Boston College and the Lynch School of Education, as the University celebrates its sesquicentennial and the Lynch School marks its 60-year anniversary. This year’s October 5 Lynch School Symposium on Education and Its Role in Democratic Societies, led by professors Marilyn Cochran-Smith and Dennis Shirley, is the first academic symposium of Boston College’s 150th anniversary year. I hope to see you there. Read more »

Kristen Melley

Crash course in tech for Catholic schools


The topic was 21st-century teaching and learning for two days this summer, when the Lynch School of Education hosted more than 100 teachers from 30 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Boston at its first Summer Technology Academy June 27–28. 

Sponsored by the Catholic Schools Foundation of Boston with funding from the Lynch Foundation and in partnership with the Archdiocese of Boston, the Lynch School, and its Roche Center for Catholic Education, the program gave Catholic School teachers a crash course on applying digital tools and preparing students to use them effectively in school. (Pictured: Kristen Melley) Read more »

Janet Helms

Banner year for Janet Helms

“We sort of talk about diversity in this society, but we never actually talk about race or culture,” says Janet E. Helms, the Augustus Long Professor in the Lynch School’s counseling, developmental, and educational psychology department. Race, culture, and violence are on the agenda October 19–20 at the 12th annual Diversity Challenge, an event Helms established when she came to Boston College in 2000 to direct the Lynch School’s Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture. Read more »

Eric Dearing

Digging for data on immigrant children's needs

With a $150,000 grant from the Foundation for Child Development for his project “Student Support in High-poverty Elementary Schools and the Achievement of Immigrant Children,” Associate Professor of Developmental and Educational Psychology Eric Dearing is harnessing mountains of data from City Connects, the Lynch School hub for student support resources, to find out more about what immigrant children and families really need. Read more »

Lynch School

Looking back: The Lynch School at 60

In September 1952, Boston College’s newly chartered School of Education opened its doors to 176 students who brought a “new look” to the Chestnut Hill Campus, Boston College’s student newspaper The Heights reported. That is because several of them were wearing skirts. What was then simply the School of Education was the first undergraduate division at Boston College to admit women as well as men. (Pictured: The 1954 groundbreaking for Campion Hall) Read more »

John Cawthorne

In memoriam

Former Associate Dean of Undergraduate Student Services John Cawthorne, an urban education expert whose care and regard for students made him one of the Lynch School’s most popular administrators, died of cancer at the age of 70. Read more »

Faculty news

Associate Professor Lillie R. Albert just published Rhetorical Ways of Thinking: Vygotskian Theory and Mathematical Learning (Springer, 2012). The book was written in collaboration with Lynch School alumnae Danielle Corea ’10 and Vittoria Macadino ’10.

Research Associate and Professor Emeritus Beth Casey received a $500,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for her study on the long-term changes in the relationship between spatial skills and math achievement in girls in grades five through seven.

Professor Joseph O’Keefe, S.J., was appointed to a four-year term on the National Assessment Governing Board. As a “non-public school administrator or policymaker,” he will help set policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation’s Report Card.

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Alumni notes

Karen L. Anderson, Ph.D. ’03, associate professor of education studies at Stonehill College, received a five-year NSF grant to develop a new model of math teacher education.

Richard F. Houston, M.A.T. ’80, an American history teacher at Harwich High School in Harwich, Mass., was named the 2012 Massachusetts History Teacher of the Year.

Liz Loveless, M.A. ’12, is conducting individual and group sessions with children and adolescents and creating community programs at Medfield Youth Outreach in Medfield, Mass.

Read more alumni notes »

October 5 Lynch School symposium

This year's October 5 Lynch School of Education Symposium is also the first academic symposium of Boston College's Sesquicentennial celebration. Education and Its Role in Democratic Societies is free and open to the public. Registration is required. More information »