Where Innovative Curriculum Scholarship is Cultivated

It was great to see some of you at AERA.  We hope you all had a productive conference and that your semesters are coming to a good end.

Several of you asked when the Call for Proposal and Theme for this year’s conference would be released.  We hope this is a good sign that many of will attend this year and enjoyed your experiences last year.  Rest assured that the Call will be released in the next month with lots of information to follow.  In the meantime, please visit this page, http://www.jctonline.org/save-the-date-for-2014-bergamo-conference/, for information about the date of the conference, here http://www.jctonline.org/call-for-applicants/ for information about the Graduate Advisory Council, and here http://www.jctonline.org/we-are-back-up-and-running/ for more information about the journal and conference.  JCT’s first issue of 2014 will be released before the end of April.

Best,

The Journal of Curriculum Theorizing’s Leadership Group

 

Dr. Sherrie Reynolds

The Journal of Curriculum Theorizing is sad to learn of Dr. Sherrie Reynolds’ passing from her colleague Dr. M. Francyne Hucakby.  Below is Dr. Reynolds’ obituary.  We wish her family, friends, and colleagues our heartfelt condolences.

Dr. Sherrie Reynolds, 71, passed away peacefully at home Saturday, March 15, 2014. Service: 11 a.m. Friday at Holy Family Catholic Church. Vigil service: 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Thompson’s Harveson & Cole followed by visitation until 8 p.m. Memorial: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the TCU College of Education for a graduate-level scholarship honoring Dr. Sherrie Reynolds, TCU Box 297044, Fort Worth, Texas 76129, or at www.makeagift.tcu.edu.

 Sherrie was a loving mother, spouse, sister, aunt and friend. Professionally, she was a loyal colleague and an inspiring mentor. She was a professor of educational psychology in the College of Education at TCU. She shared her passion and love for the new sciences and the construction of knowledge, place-based education, feminist and inclusive ways of teaching and learning with both undergraduate and graduate students for over 25 years. Her published works include multiple papers and three books that give an indication of the breadth of her interests: “Learning is a Verb;” “Higher Education Reconceived (HER),” with Toni Craven; and “The Arms of God.” Professionally, she held various offices in Chaos and Complexity Theories of American Educational Research Association. Education was life-changing for Sherrie. She often spoke of a class in creativity that she took as a young undergraduate that opened her mind to how someone could take ideas, put them together and create something entirely new and wonderful. She thought this was so important, that she spent her entire career sharing this insight with others. Her doctoral students quoted her as often saying, “Until we know what is possible, what is seems necessary.” Sherrie grew up in Phoenix, Ariz., and received her B.S. in physical education at the University of Arizona (1964), M.S. in physical education at Southern Illinois University (1965), M.Ed. in counseling at Texas Woman’s University (1976) and Ph.D. in psychology at Texas Woman’s University (1982). Her years teaching in the College of Education at TCU were a continuation of her own education as she taught and learned from students. She truly believed that 21st century education is like “crossing a bridge that we are building as we cross” (Gregory Bateson). A recent grant funded her work on “Preparing Students for Their Future Instead of My Past.” Sherrie lived in the “sunlight of the Spirit,” loved by all who traveled with her on the “Road of Happy Destiny.” Her life included multiple expressions of devotion to God, expressed primarily in her association with the Sisters of St. Mary, who regarded her as a great friend. Sherrie interviewed many of the Sisters in the writing of their history and their caring contribution to education in our area as told in “The Arms of God: Sisters of Saint Mary of Namur, Western Province.” Sherrie loved to swim, ride her bike, plant flowers, watch TCU football and spend time with her family, including her cats, Mouse and Bambi. One of her greatest joys was to help individuals grow in mind and spirit, exceeding their own expectations. She will be deeply missed by all those whose lives she touched.

 Survivors: Sherrie is survived by her son, Matthew, who was her pride and joy; beloved spouse, Diane Murray; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Robin and John Shelander; niece, Lezli Shelander; nephews, JD and Ryan Shelander; stepsister, Joyce Farquer Johnson; and stepbrother, Rus Farquer. Additionally, she leaves a special group of women who declared themselves her “Ducks,” numerous friends and many amazing current and future educators inspired by her teaching and mentorship.

 Published in Star-Telegram on Mar. 19, 2014

The Bergamo Leadership Team is pleased to announce October 9th to the 11th as the dates for the 35th Annual Bergamo Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice.   Check-in will be available on the evening of October 8th and check-out on October 12th.  Please mark these dates on your calendar as we hope to see you all there for another thought-provoking year.  More information will be released in the coming months.

Call for Applicants

The leadership group of the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing and The Bergamo Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice are looking for interested graduate students to serve on the Graduate Advisory Council for the conference.  This council will help the leadership group in the planning of the conference.  Tasks of the council will include, but not be limited to, organizing volunteers for the conference, planning entertainment and social activities, choosing topics for graduate roundtable sessions, and aid in graduate student recruitment for the conference.  Members of the Council will serve for one to three years depending on her or his year of study and be required to attend the Bergamo Conference.

The Council is chaired by Gabriel Huddleston and Jim Garrett—those who have submitted CV’s need not submit again, unless to inform us that you are withdrawing your submission.  All interested students should send a CV to gabe@jctonline.org by May 1st.

We Are Back Up and Running!

You might have noticed that our numerous websites have been down lately.  We are happy to say we are back up and running.  We apologize for any inconvenience this might have caused.  We have several announcements:

We are very pleased and excited to announce two additions to our editorial and leadership team.  First, Theodorea Regina Berry has been chosen as the Vice President of the Foundation for Curriculum Theory and Associate Editor of JCT.  Another addition to our editorial team is Jacqueline Bach who will be serving as Section Editor for Literacies.  Please visit http://www.jctonline.org/about/leadership-group/for more information about Dr. Berry and Dr. Bach and join us in welcoming them to the team.

We have sent out several announcements about our need for new reviewers and for existing reviewers to update their information.  Several of you have responded and we thank you!  For those of you who haven’t, please visit http://journal.jctonline.org to register, update your review interests, and sign up to review.

Our first issue will be out at the end of April.  We have several exciting manuscripts that are going through the editing process right now.  We invite you to submit your manuscripts as we will be publishing three regular issues this year.

Finally, in Bergamo news, Gabriel Huddleston and Jim Garrett will be heading up a Graduate Advisory Council for the conference.  A call for nominations will be sent out soon, so watch this space.

Best,

Gabriel Huddleston, Managing Editor

Robert Helfenbein, Editor

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