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The Office of Communications helps facilitate media interviews and provides timely information about the College of Education. Our faculty have a wide range of expertise in education and health and can provide context and insight on newsworthy happenings.

Recent Media Mentions

Duncan Klussmann, clinical assistant professor and former superintendent of Spring Branch ISD, stresses the importance of breaking down the reasons for the failure rate in Houston area schools during the pandemic.

Associate Chair Amber Thompson, who oversees teacher education, discusses the need for reasonableness and re-evaluating assignments and assessments amid the pandemic.

Kelli Drenner, director of the College’s B.S. in health program, warns that people should not let their guard down during the upcoming holiday season.

Assistant Professor Rhoda Freelon discusses learning pods and the education of Black students.

Duncan Klussmann, clinical assistant professor and former superintendent of Spring Branch ISD, explains possible reasons for the decline in enrollment in many Houston-area school districts.

Assistant Professor Leslie Frankel urges parents to adapt Halloween celebrations and make them fun and safe for children.

Professor Julie Dunsmore shared advice for parents to care for their children’s emotional and social development during the pandemic (starts at minute 15:07).

Professor Julie Dunsmore, a professor of human development and family studies, discussed the impact of young children in particular not enrolling in school amid COVID-10.

Assistant Professor Allison Master shares advice for encouraging students’ interest in STEM.

Professor Sheng Kuan Chung, director of the art education program, discusses the intersection of art, politics and social activism.

April Peters-Hawkins, associate chair of the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, discussed concerns about the pandemic disproportionately impacting the academic progress of students from historically underserved populations.

Associate Dean for Research Ezemenari Obasi warns that algorithms that are not designed with cultural differences and lived experiences in mind may be harmful to minority communities.

Cathy Horn, chair of the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies and director of the UH Education Research Center, discuss the importance of high quality and diversity in the teaching profession to support Hispanic students.

Ezemenari Obasi, associate dean for research and founder of the UH HEALTH Research Institute, discusses how an $11.8 million grant will be used to tackle chronic health problems that affect minority populations.

Clinical Assistant Professor Carrie Cutler explains the issues surrounding parents’ decision to send their children to school or keep them home.

Clinical Assistant Professor Carrie Cutler discusses her plan to keep students feeling connected in her online classes.

Clinical Assistant Professor Bulent Dogan offers tips for teachers to help students succeed in online classes.

Sam Brower, director of the M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction program, discusses the challenges of another school year during the COVID-19 pandemic (starts at minute 16:15).

April Peters-Hawkins, associate chair of the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, warns that students who weren’t engaged or in contact with their schools during the pandemic could suffer long-term impacts.

Clinical Assistant Professor Duncan Klussmann explains how K-12 attendance is crucial in Texas because it is tied to school funding.

Curriculum & Instruction Department Chair Margaret Hale explains why an asynchronous learning model, where students are more self-paced and self-guided, presents concerns for marginalized students.

Assistant Professor Leslie Frankel discusses the impact on children who have to separate from parents who come down with COVID-19.

Kelli Drenner, director of the College’s B.S. in health program, explains how ventilation may play an important role in stopping the spread of COVID.

Sam Brower, director of the M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction program, shares insights about K-12 students returning to school in an online environment and the challenges parents will face.

Clinical Assistant Professor Carrie Cutler shares technology tips and other advice for successful online learning.

Associate Dean for Research Ezemenari Obasi warns that even though Texas’ response to COVID-19 has improved, it still falls short of what's needed.

Kelli Drenner, director of the College’s B.S. in health program, comments on the importance of taking this pandemic more seriously.

Kelli Drenner, director of the College’s B.S. in health program, discusses the feasibility of continuing Texas high school sports during the pandemic.

Kelli Drenner, director of the College’s B.S. in health program, discusses the public health crisis.

Sam Brower, director of the M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction program, shares insights on the importance of helping students make up for lost learning time.

 

Clinical Assistant Professor Duncan Klussmann suggests that schools should prepare a long-term strategy in response to the pandemic.

Former Superintendent Duncan Klussmann, a clinical assistant professor of school leadership, discussed education in the COVID-19 era on the nationally distributed NPR show “1A.”

Clinical Assistant Professor Duncan Klussmann, a former superintendent, shares insights on a blueprint for the next academic year amid COVID-19.

Associate Dean for Research Ezemenari Obasi calls for a better, more equitable normal in this op-ed.

Associate Dean Ezemenari Obasi, who leads the UH HEALTH Research Institute, discussed ways to address health disparities related to COVID-19 testing.

Clinical Assistant Professor Keith Butcher offered suggestions for making online learning fun and reasonable and reflected on the long-term impact on education.

Assistant Professor Ruth López offers advices for parents trying to help their children with schoolwork while schools are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Clinical Assistant Professor Keith Butcher discusses rethinking active shooter drills, metal detectors and other school safety issues (segment starts at 6:06).

Curriculum & Instruction Department Chair Margaret Hale discusses the College’s online master's degree programs, ranked eighth best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Associate Dean Consuelo Arbona shares her research on female firefighters.

Clinical Assistant Professor Duncan Klussmann provides clarity on the proposed state takeover of the Houston Independent School District.

Clinical Professor Margaret Hale comments on the importance of school librarians to assist teachers and promote literacy.

Associate Professor Lyle McKinney shared his insights on the impact of a slowing economy on higher education.

Doctoral student Victoria Doan, founded a nonprofit in 2016 to help high school students figure out what they want to do after graduation. 

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