June 17, 2011
Joan Nielsen, associate professor of education and director of Project Unlimited Proficiency at Morningside College, recently was a presenter at the National Association for Multicultural Education Third Regional Conference in Kansas City, Mo.
She presented “Multi-State University Collaboration: Responding to the Professional Development Needs of Teachers of English Language Learners” with faculty members from Kansas State University, University of Arkansas and East Carolina University.
They presented preliminary outcomes of a five-year collaboration where universities in multiple states used the same curriculum to assist teachers working with English Language Learners. They provided evidence that teachers were satisfied with the program – and that it was helping teachers to implement more effective teaching strategies.
Nielsen has been with Morningside College since 2001. Prior to that time, she was employed by the Battle Creek Community and BCIG Community Schools as an instructor, curriculum director and elementary principal. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Upper Iowa University and both her master’s degree and education specialist certificate from Drake University.
Project Unlimited Proficiency is a federally-funded program at Morningside College where area teachers receive scholarships to pay for their tuition and books for English Language Learner courses.