Coffee Table Conversations
How has the pandemic affected our teacher training program? How have we helped K12 teachers and parents adjust to online learning? What are the best ways to manage stress and stay physically and mentally healthy during the pandemic?
These issues and more were addressed in our series of Coffee Table Conversations. This series of virtual events, available for viewing here, are designed to disseminate the work of faculty and staff in meeting the challenges of our time.
“Teacher Training in A COVID World” was held on Sept. 22 and detailed how our faculty adjusted practices to provide optimum preparation for pre-service teachers despite limitations on field experiences. The event showcased research on teacher experiences and several initiatives designed to support our teachers in training during COVID-19. Our commitment to helping parents cope with that always frustrating homework was evidenced by the establishment of the Aggie Homework Helpline. This registered University Youth Program was created to provide individual tutoring for PK-12 learners and their families throughout Texas. PK-12 students can receive free support in math, English, Spanish, science, social studies, research skills, time management, organization, and more via a Zoom meeting or telephone conversation with a pair of Aggie Homework Helpers.
Maintaining mental and physical health during the pandemic was the focus of “Health in the Age of COVID” virtual presentation on Nov 10. Faculty from our department of Health and Kinesiology as well as the College of Medicine and the School of Public Health discussed recovering from illness as an older adult, managing stress, exercise techniques, the importance of weight control, telehealth opportunities, and more. The evening discussion included information about how the Center for Translational Research in Aging & Longevity (CTRAL) is working on alternative ways to improve rehabilitation like specific nutritional formulations and home-based and monitored exercise programs. Participants learned how our Masters in Athletic Training students are navigating the new normal of athletic healthcare during COVID and how they are continuing to contribute to the health and safety of this population while using best practices. A brief overview was given of Texas A&M’s Telebehavioral Care and evidence of its effectiveness.
These efforts are evidence of our work to enhance equity in educational achievement and health outcomes in education, sport, business, government, and health. We strive to use our collective wisdom to support communities in providing a superior education and quality of life through our teaching, research, and service.
To learn more about supporting any of these initiatives, contact Jody Ford, Senior Director of Development, email@example.com or 979-847-8655.
This series of virtual events, available for viewing here, are designed to disseminate the work of faculty and staff in meeting the challenges of our time.
Recently, Tom and Lynda established the Curl-Bowers Endowed Scholarship in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture in the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University.
Mike and Cassie McClung established the Avery Elise McClung Endowed Memorial Aggie ACHIEVE Scholarship in honor of their twelve-year-old daughter who passed away in April.
Dr. Jason Penry recently established the Jason Penry, Ph.D. ’08 Endowed Graduate Fellowship. The gift will provide financial assistance to one or more full-time students pursuing a doctorate in educational administration with a higher education emphasis.
The award recognizes outstanding senior education undergraduate students who have demonstrated exceptional service and commitment to the teaching profession.
Irma Alvarado graduated in 1970 with a bachelor’s in education. She is known as one of the first Hispanic female graduates of Texas A&M. Now, she is focused on using that education to inspire others.
H. Malcolm Stewart has taken the “Leadership” role as the title sponsor of the 50th Anniversary Gala and Dean’s Roundtable.
In 2005, the Gibson’s began supporting students interested in becoming special education teachers. Their daughter, Sharon, graduated from the college with a certificate in special education and Glenn loved to come visit her in Aggieland.
After hearing about Aggie ACHIEVE on Twitter, Aggie Linebacker, Keeath Magee II, wanted to invite the students to tour Texas A&M’s football training facilities.
Dr. Timothy Lightfoot, professor of kinesiology in the Department of Health and Kinesiology, will hold the Debbie and Mike Hilliard ’73 Huffines Institute Chair.