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Welcome, School of Education alumni and friends!


As you visit this website, we hope you'll find lots of opportunities to catch up on recent news about the school, learn about upcoming events and perhaps even discover new areas of the School of Education that will enlighten and inspire you.

Our faculty, staff and students continue to do award-winning work. For recent news about our achievements, please see the news page.

We have many opportunities for our alumni and friends to be involved in the continued success of the School. Please see our giving to the school page for more information. To help by hosting alumni events in your city, working with the National Advisory Board or hosting a student teacher, intern, practicum or observation, please e-mail Sherrie Saathoff at ssaathoff@ku.edu.

To learn about upcoming alumni and other events, please visit our School of Education news and events page.

Keep in touch! We would like to send copies of The Jayhawk Educator to you and notify you of upcoming events. Please update your contact information and give us news of your recent activities.

The KU University Career Center provides a variety of services to our alumni, please visit their website to learn more.

Thanks for visiting and be sure and check back often!

School of Education Alumni include:

Gale Sayers - Chicago Bears Hall of Famer
Billy Mills - Olympic gold medalist
former Mayor Kay Barnes of Kansas City, Missouri
former Mayor Carol Marinovich of Kansas City, Kansas
Andy Tompkins - former Kansas State Commissioner of Education
and former Governor Jane Hull of Arizona.


Alumni Feature

C&T Alumnus, Diane Taveggia

Dr. Diane Taveggia (Ph.D., 2013), lecturer in the Applied English Center, received the 2014 J. Michael Parker Award at the annual Conference of the Literacy Research Associate in December. This award recognizes a high quality study that has the potential to impact the field of adult literacy. Dr. Taveggia’s study, The Vocabulary Notebook as Vehicle for Independent Vocabulary Learning in Community College English Language Learners, found that adult ELLs (a) have a clear sense of their goals and the English they needed to be successful in their lives; (b) have responsibilities that, at times, can make learning challenging; and (c) face challenges as language learners that are both frustrating and motivating. Further, Dr. Taveggia found that vocabulary notebook became a vehicle for discussing words and helping adult ELLs to develop a set of comprehensive and coherent strategies for learning new vocabulary. Finally, the study suggests that community colleges need to implement vocabulary strategies consistently across their academic ESL programs and to do so may mean that instructors need professional learning opportunities related to teaching academic vocabulary.

Become A Philanthropic Partner

Thank you for your interest in contributing to the KU School of Education! There are many ways for you to support the School and our students, faculty and programs while achieving your philanthropic goals. If you would like to explore ways you can help, see the Giving Options at KU Endowment, or contact:

Brian Friedman
Brian Friedman
Associate Development Director, School of Education
1891 Constant Ave.
Lawrence, KS 66047
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Congratulations to Dr. Marc Mahlios, 2013-2014 Gene A. Budig Teaching Professor!

Why KU
  • Associate professor Diane Nielsen involved in $120 million project to overhaul how reading is taught to children by 2015
  • School of Education is 10th among public universities for its master’s and doctoral programs
    —U.S. News & World Report
  • 3.35: average GPA of students admitted to teacher education program
  • All teacher education programs accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • All teacher education programs accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education
  • Alumni have been named Kansas Teacher of the Year
  • Alumni have received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and the Horizon Award