DENVER, Colo., (November
21, 2011) — Dr. Debora Scheffel, Dean, Jones
International University® (JIU®) School of Education, recently earned a
nomination for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
(AACTE) Board of Directors. The AACTE is
a national alliance of educator preparation programs dedicated to the highest
quality professional development of teachers and school leaders in order to
enhance PK-12 student learning. As a member
of the board, Debora would serve the AACTE mission to promote the learning of
all PK-12 students through high-quality, evidence-based preparation and
continuing education for all school personnel.
Voting for the AACTE Board is open to AACTE members
through December 5. As a Dean for an
online learning institution, Dr. Sheffel’s nomination is an anomaly as most
candidates come from more traditional institutional backgrounds.
interest in serving on the AACTE Board is due to my commitment to quality
teacher preparation,” Dr. Scheffel stated. “I am deeply
committed to ensuring that teachers have exemplary training to support their
success in the classroom. Teachers are preparing the next generation for a time
we will not see, and their role is central to increasing the effectiveness of
Dr. Debora Scheffel was appointed July, 2008 as the Dean
of the School of Education at Jones International University. Previous to her
appointment at JIU, she held a tenured professorship at the University of
Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado and also served as the Director of
Competitive Grants and Awards/Literacy Grants and Initiatives at the Colorado
Department of Education, as well as special assistant to the Commissioner of
Education in Colorado.
Dr. Scheffel has an extensive background in academic
assessment, serving as the Director of Academic Assessment at two universities,
and has been a visiting scholar at the United States Air Force Academy in
assessment. Her academic background is in communication sciences and disorders
and special education with research interests in cognitive psychology and
learning theory as related to implications for learning environments,
brain-behavior relationships and learning, and reading and oral language development
and disabilities in children.
Scheffel has worked in six states in a variety of
post-secondary educational contexts, and is a published author in literacy,
special education, and higher education assessment. Her professional
affiliations include the International Neuropsychological Society, the
International Dyslexia Association, and the Council for Exceptional Children.
She was elected to the Colorado State Board of Education in November, 2010,
representing the 6th Congressional District. She serves
on the editorial boards of Learning Disabilities Research and Practice,
Colorado Reading Council Journal (CRCJ) and Journal of the First-Year
Experience and Students in Transition.
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