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Friday, July 7, 2006

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Issues in Education

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Media seminar to feature Indiana University education and substance abuse experts

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- From full-day kindergarten to substance abuse prevention, public K-12 educators face a variety of tough issues. Indiana University experts can help reporters sift through the intricacies of public education policy. Get ahead of the curve this school year by spending a day learning about 2006-07 issues in education.

Indiana University has organized a one-day seminar, "Issues in Education," to help reporters tackle the complex topics involved with educating children in Indiana and nationwide. Faculty experts will draw from their research and service as they discuss the following topics: full-day kindergarten, adolescent substance abuse, computers and new media, the achievement gap, and educational issues before the state legislature. The casual setting will allow for an easy exchange between reporters and faculty. Reporters will be able to get sound bites, quotes, contacts and a deeper understanding of some of the challenging issues of the day.

The seminar is scheduled for July 28 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Room 4095 of the Business/SPEA Building, 801 W. Michigan St., on the campus of Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. Registration and a continental breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. The $30 registration fee includes a catered lunch and breakfast.

This mailing includes a brief biography of the presenters and a registration form that should be returned by July 21. The registration form also can be accessed at For more information about the seminar, please contact Nicole Roales at IU Media Relations, 812-856-3717 and We look forward to seeing you on July 28 and discussing some of the challenging "Issues in Education."

Larry MacIntyre, director, IU Media Relations
Nicole Roales, assistant managing editor, IU Media Relations

Topics and Bios

Welcome: Khaula Murtadha is executive associate dean of the School of Education, overseeing school operations at IUPUI. She is an associate professor in educational leadership and policy studies. Her academic and professional work has focused extensively on multicultural issues in urban settings. Dean Murtadha's research interests include effective leadership in urban schools and she is currently writing about African American women in city school reform efforts

Preventing substance abuse among adolescents: Ruth Gassman is executive director of the Indiana Prevention Resource Center, which supports prevention professionals in Indiana through research, materials, consultation and technical assistance. The IPRC is best known for its annual survey of drug and alcohol use among adolescents, its tobacco retailer inspection program, and its coordinating role in statewide after-school prevention programs. Gassman's research and scholarship have focused on alcohol and drug health services, and her clinical experience includes serving as a therapist in a private psychiatric practice and as clinical supervisor of a hospital-based substance abuse program. She is also an associate professor in the Department of Applied Health Science at IU Bloomington and teaches a course titled "Drug Use in American Society."

Computers in schools: The integration of immersive virtual learning environments for K-16 learning: Robert L. Appelman is a nationally recognized authority on digital production and technology education. Trained initially as a graphic designer, he continued into motion picture and television production, and produced award-winning titles in both of these mediums. As a clinical associate professor with the Instructional Systems Technology Department at IU, he has designed and delivered classes and workshops on multimedia production, message design, user interface design, creative pipeline management, and learning environment design. His current focus is on the integration of immersive virtual learning environments into teaching and training contexts which include the integration of games and simulations as both performance interventions in corporate contexts, and as rich immersive environments for K-16 learning. Appelman is director of the Virtual Xperience Lab (VX Lab) as his research focuses on game and simulation interaction analysis and learning potential of virtual environments.

School of Education special announcement: Gerardo Gonzalez is University Dean of the School of Education. He is also a professor in educational leadership and policy studies and counseling and educational psychology. He is the founder of the largest collegiate organization for the prevention of alcohol abuse in the country, BACCHUS. His research interests include alcohol and drug education, college prevention programs, and multicultural counseling. He is also interested in higher education administration and assessment of institutional performance among top research universities.

Legislative update, full-day kindergarten, achievement gap and high school reform—what are the issues?: Terry Spradlin is the associate director for education policy at the IU School of Education's Center for Evaluation and Education Policy in Bloomington. He serves as a manager for the center's policy-related projects, with an emphasis on P-16 projects. He regularly interacts with legislators and other educational leaders on behalf of the center.


Indiana University Media Seminar: Issues in Education
Friday, July 28, 2006
Business/SPEA Building, Room 4095, IUPUI campus


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