Ph.D. candidate in Curriculum and Instruction, Elizabeth Hughes, was selected to serve as a 2009 summer intern for the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), a branch of Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services within the Department of Education located in Washington, DC.
Hughes was one of seven undergraduate and graduate students from across the country chosen for this competitive internship. At OSEP, Elizabeth worked under the guidance of Renee Bradley in the Research to Practice Division. Elizabeth’s responsibilities included, but were not limited to, assisting OSEP staff with arranging formula grant spending, creating budget request proposals, aligning the Secretary of Education’s priorities with OSEP priorities, and planning and attending a variety of meetings and conferences.
She served as a member of the 2009 Project Directors’ Conference Planning Committee. Through this experience, Elizabeth had the opportunity to work with top leaders and researchers in the field of special education and was proud to represent Clemson University at the national level.
M.Ed. social studies student, Melissa Collum, president of the Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies, and Fulbright Scholar - worked this past summer with Global Grassroots to teach about curriculum and pedagogy in Rwanda. She provided a valuable workshop on creative problem-solving, and spent two weeks consulting with teams on curriculum design and teaching methods.
Dr. Spearman, assistant professor of elementary education, was elected president of the national Organization of Educational Historians for 2009-2010. She served as vice-president and program chair last year.
In September, 2009 four doctoral students presented original historical research at the Organization of Educational Historians' annual conference in Chicago.
Yoruba Mutakabbir (Educational Leadership) presented "The History and Challenges of Historically Black Land-Grant Universities", Paula Schubert (Curriculum & Instruction) presented "A History of the Pendleton Female Academy in South Carolina, 1827-1904",
Ron Knorr (Curriculum & Instruction) presented "The Road to Restoration--The History of the Hope Rosenwald School of Pomaria, South Carolina, and Elizabeth Hughes (Curriculum & Instruction) presented "Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education in South Carolina from 1929-1975".