Suzanne Diszler, Gamma Chapter, was recently notified that she is one of four recipients of a $10,000 Delta Kappa Gamma International Scholarship to pursue a doctoral degree. Congratulations, Suzanne!
This just in from Jane:
I submitted a proposal for a workshop, and it was accepted. I will be repeating the one I gave at the state convention a few years ago : Two Trains- Friendship and Gratitude. I won't know until mid-March when I will be giving it, but I will let you know.
Congratulations to Dr. Barbara Wheeler, Omicron Chapter, on receiving the American Music Therapy Association 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Each year, the AMTA Board of Directors honors two deserving individuals with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The 2019 recipients are Dr. Robert Groene and Dr. Barbara Wheeler.
The accomplishments of Dr. Barbara Wheeler, PhD, MT-BC over her multiple-decade career in the profession of music therapy are many and multi-faceted. She has produced hundreds of publications, peer-reviewed journal articles, and presentations that have impacted not only the US music therapy community, but also international practitioners and students. More recently, she curated and edited Music Therapy Handbook for Guilford Publications. Her contributions are generously given as she has traveled throughout the world at the request of universities, music therapy associations and music therapists to educate the public about the power of music therapy to repair and heal, based on her extensive knowledge of best practices and approaches. Dr. Wheeler’s knowledge of music therapy and related research has also made her a sought-after reviewer and editorial board member for many major journal publications. Dr. Wheeler’s lifelong investment in promoting music therapy, its educational standards and standards of professional practice and credentials have been significant and she served the American Music Therapy Association as President, Vice President, Arthur Flagler Fultz Award Chair, and many other national and regional positions of professional service. (https://www.musictherapy.org/2019_lifetime_achievement_award_recipients/)
Congratulations to Kimberly Dickstein, member of Iota Chapter, who has just been named NJ Teacher of the year!
An English teacher at Haddonfield Memorial High School has been named New Jersey's Teacher of the Year for 2019-20, the state Department of Education announced on Wednesday.Kimberly Dickstein, who was named Camden County Teacher of the Year in August, has been recognized as the top teacher in the state.
"You could not have chosen a finer, more deserving educator for this award than Kimberly Dickstein," Haddonfield Superintendent of Schools Lawrence J. Mussoline said. "Kimberly has one speed: 100 m.p.h. She instills confidence in her students every day. She delves deeper than most into inquiry, and in the case of caring about and raising money for a former child soldier in Sudan, she brings content to life for her students. We are lucky to have her on staff and New Jersey is lucky to have her as the 2019-20 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year." Read the whole news article >
Congratulations to Dr. Jeanne DelColle, Eta Chapter, who is an Instructional Development and Strategic Partnerships Specialist at Stockton University. She has just received her doctorate from Walden University!
Congratulations to Dr. Barbara Wheeler, Omicron Chapter, on her latest publication.
I am VERY PLEASED that a research study that I have been working on with some wonderful colleagues - Teresa Lesiuk, Deb Burns, Suzanne Hanser, Andrew Rossetti, and Michael Cassity - "Music Therapy and Music Medicine Studies in Oncology: Part I: A Comparison," has just been published. This research is special to me because it is the final research study that I intend to do (another step on my continuing retirement journey). Joanne Loewy, one of the editors of the journal Music and Medicine, suggested to me 10 years ago that I look at similarities and differences in the research in music therapy and music medicine, and I agreed to do that. It has taken 10 years, but the research is now complete. Thank you to the editorial team of Music and Medicine for making this article available; to read the other part of this article and the other articles in this issue - and to have access to other issues of this excellent journal - you can join the International Association of Music and Medicine. I hope you will enjoy this!
International Association for Music and Medicine (IAMM)
July 27 at 8:43 PM ·
The journal Music and Medicine (MMD) is celebrating 10 years of publication this year! In honour of this milestone achievement, the MMD Journal Team is pleased to offer one article from our hot off the press July edition 2019 to everyone for free. Please feel free to share this paper with colleagues. We chose to share Dr. Barbara Wheeler et al's paper "Music Therapy and Music Medicine Studies in Oncology: Part I: A Comparison". Dr. Barbara Wheeler has served IAMM and the MMD journal as an editorial review board member for 10 years and is highly regarded for her publications, research, teaching and service work. We also encourage you to join IAMM if you have not yet done so and encourage others to join. Your IAMM membership comes with a free subscription to MMD where you can also read Part 2 of Wheeler et al.
Congratulations to the 2019 International Achievement Award recipient, Judy Merz!
The award was presented at the International Conference on July 12, 2019 in Iowa.
Judy is a member of Alpha Chapter in NJ, as well as a member of a chapter in Nevada.
Dr. Nora Pollard's article "Considering the POWER of Teacher Leaders: A Book Review" has been selected for inclusion in the 2019 Volume 85-5 issue of The Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin.
Nora is a member of Lambda Chapter and is our First Vice President this biennium.
Lora Durr, Gamma Chapter, has been named 2019 Lowell Milken Center Fellow
FORT SCOTT, KS – June 1, 2019 – The Lowell Milken Center (LMC) for Unsung Heroes in Fort Scott, Kansas, an international educational non-profit, has awarded its prestigious Fellowship to high school art teacher, Lora Marie Durr, of Hopewell Valley Central High School in Pennington, NJ. Lora will arrive in Fort Scott on June 23rd for a week of collaboration with LMC staff.
The LMC Fellowship is awarded on the basis of merit to educators who have distinguished themselves in teaching respect and understanding through project-based learning or who have the potential for this distinction. The Center selects exemplary teachers from across America and Europe, drawn from a variety of disciplines, to collaborate on projects that discover, develop, and communicate the stories of Unsung Heroes in history.
Lora Marie Durr is the 2018 recipient of the National Art Education Association Eastern Region Middle Level Division Art Educator Award, the 2016 Art Educators of NJ Middle Level Art Educator Award, and was recognized as the 2016 Crockett Middle School Teacher of the Year. Lora currently works at Hopewell Valley Central High School in Pennington, NJ, teaching advanced art courses. She is known for her engaging lessons designed to connect students to their community through art. In recent months, Lora's students have used their art to support The Memory Project with creative portraits for Syrian children and have also researched and created artwork to support local animal shelters. She is a dedicated educator who supports her students in and out of the classroom.
Lora has served in many roles in her state's professional art educators’ organization and currently holds the position of President Elect of AENJ. She has worked with countless pre-service and novice teachers over the years to contribute to the future of the field of art education. As a presenter for workshops at the state and national level, Lora believes in the importance of lifelong learning for all educators. She is also an active artist, exhibiting her artwork regularly in the region and curating a group exhibition at Artworks Trenton.
LMC Executive Director Norm Conard says, “We welcome Lora to the LMC Fellowship as an innovative educator, who shares her artistic ability and creativity by inspiring students to use their talents to connect with others.”
While in Fort Scott, LMC Fellows gain knowledge, educational resources and ongoing support to enhance their classrooms and help students cultivate a passion for learning by creating projects that initiate positive change. Fellows emerge prepared to develop Unsung Heroes projects with their students as they apply and evaluate the stories of role models who have changed the world
Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes
1 South Main
Fort Scott, KS 66701
Read about Jennifer's adventures!
Upon receiving my first United States Passport stamp to travel to rural Jamaica in college, schools around the world have intrigued me. Now, 11 stamps later, global education has become a passion of mine. Like many educators, we realize our students tend to be in their own “bubble,” so the question then becomes: How do we foster a greater understanding of the world and the people in it? In April, I learned of an opportunity at Harvard University to participate in their Think Tank on Global Education: Empowering Global Citizens Professional Development course. After completing this course through the schools graduate program my work will benefit my school community by me being able to continue growing professionally in the field of Global Education. In July of 2018, I became one of 76 teachers in the nation to earn a Fulbright Teachers for Global Education fellowship. Having earned this honor I passed a 10-week online course, traveled to Washington D.C. for the Global Education Symposium, will be traveling to Peru this summer, and in August, will be submitting my capstone project. Participating in both programs will help assist me in creating a sustainable model of education that I can implement in my school. One of the challenges I would like to explore during my time at Harvard, are those faced in urban environments such as where I teach. I work at a wonderful, yet small charter school in Plainfield. We have a high immigrant population with many students being first-generation. Additionally, although our school is diverse, our students are still very segregated in their interactions with one another. I try to be the bridge all groups of students at my school, by creating an engaging, safe, and culturally sensitive/aware environment for my students, but I cannot do this alone. I want to help foster a school community with global competency being a priority, not just in my classroom, but to create a school-wide environment for global learning. I am greatly looking forward to sharing my knowledge with my Delta Kappa Gamma sisters after completing both courses.