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Dr. Mildred M Pearson

Dr. Mildred M Pearson

Associate Professor

Office: 2215 - Buzzard Hall
Phone: 217-581-7880
Fax: 217-581-6300
Email: mmpearson@eiu.edu
Website: http://www.ux1.eiu.edu/%7Ecfmmp/
Dr. Mildred Pearson is Associate Professor at Eastern Illinois University where she teaches in the College of Education and Professional Studies in the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, and Middle Level Education.  Dr. Pearson teaches the following courses: Developmental Reading in Elementary School, Language Arts in Elementary School, Advanced Reading in the Content Area, Diagnostic Reading, Remedial Reading Practicum, Content Area, Interdisciplinary Curriculum, Principles of Classroom Management, Principles and Procedures in the Middle Level School and Social and Emotional Development of the Adolescent Child.  She is an Associate Professor at Eastern Illinois University and the founder of the Bridging Voices in Our Community: Bullying Project.  She is the past Director of Faculty Development where she served for 6 years at EIU. As Director, Dr. Pearson laid the foundation for excellence to ensure that Faculty Development continues to be a rich resource for the EIU learning community, by implementing teaching and learning workshops. Building a national network of contacts, Dr. Pearson brought several leading experts in their fields to Eastern Illinois University, a testament to her passion and enthusiasm for improving teaching and learning(See faculty development speakers on her website). Additionally, her love for her students comes from her long-term interest in adolescents’ social and emotional well-being. Prior to teaching in higher education, Pearson taught middle school for 17 years.  Her research interest is Social Cognition, with a focus on self-efficacy. With over 27 years of evidence- based practice, her passion for bullying prevention has evolved into a venue for healthy dialogue among scholars and pratitioners into a community of learners.  A victim of bullying herself, she shares her story of how her own efficaciousness allowed her to overcome pain; while having a strong faith in God, a strong supportive family, and excellent faculty mentors.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her dog Marcus,reading, listening to music, traveling and seeing the world, and spending time with her family.


Current Syllabi

Frequently Taught Courses

MLE 3110- Principles of Classroom Management
MLE 4760-Social & Emotional Development of the Adolescent Child
M:E 5110-Principles & Procedures in the Middle Level School
ELE 3280- Developmental Reading
MLE 4280-Content Area Reading
MLE 5270- Advanced Reading in the Content Area
MLE 5620-Remedial Reading Practicum
ELE 4880- Diagnostic Reading and Assessment
ELE 5650-Elementary Language Arts
ELE 5150-Interdisciplinary Curriculum

Education

 
2000     Ed.D. Curriculum & Educational Leadership, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
                        Dissertation: Influence of Self-Efficacy on Academic Achievement and Academic
                        Performance of Selected Middle School African-American Girls
                                                                       
1989     Master of Education in Secondary Education, Central State University, Edmond, Oklahoma
 
1986     Bachelor of Arts in Education, Langston University, Langston, Oklahoma
 
Professional Development
 
Online Learning Course Development Institute (OLCD),  Quality Matters, Eastern Illinois University, 2012
 
Higher Learning Commission
 
Higher Learning Commission/NCA. Program to Evaluate Academic Quality (PEAQ) Consultant-Evaluator. 2009.
Certificate Program
 
PalmOne Corporation. San Jose, California, 2007
Certificate Program, Palm OS (R) Platform
 
Indiana University-Purdue University National Institute for Faculty Developers, 2005
Certificate Program, National Institute for New Faculty Developers 
 
Perrone and Ambrose, Chicago, Illinois, 2005
Certificate Program, Setting Up a Mentoring System in Your Organization
 
 
 
Certifications
 
Wisconsin Administrator’s License (Pre-K – 12th), since 2000
Wisconsin Curriculum Supervisor Certificate (All Levels), since 2001
Oklahoma Elementary Principal Certificate (Pre-K – 12th), since 1999
Oklahoma Curriculum Supervisor Certificate (All Levels), since 2000

Professional Organizations

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
American Education Research Association (AERA)
Association for Supervision Curriculum Development (ASCD)
Association of Illinois Middle Schools, Member
Higher Learning Commission(HLC),, NCA, PEAQ Consultant Reviewer
Illinois Committee for Black Concerns for Higher Education Member
Illinois Reading Council (IRC)
International Reading Association (IRA)
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME)
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
National Education Computing Conference (NECC)
National Undergraduate Council for Undergrate Research (NCUR)
Association for Middle School Association (AMLA)
Professional Organizational and Development Network (POD)

Speakers Bureau

For more information, please visit the Speakers Bureau Webpage.

Education Bullying Adolescent Development Self-Efficacy Social and Emotional Development Cultural Responsive Teaching Professional Development

Research

Self-efficacy among African American Middle School Students;
Culturally Responsive Teaching
Mentoring
Providing Hope to Pre-Service Teachers Through Classroom Management Techniques
Faculty Development Programs
Assessments(Formative and Summative
Infusing technology in classroom practices;
Reading and writing for struggling students
Deep Learning Vs. Surface Learning
Social and Emotional Development
Social Cognition
Bullying(Girls and Minorities
Write Traits
Diversity

Selected Publications

Pearson, M. (2012). Promoting Deeper Learning…How Bad Do We Want It? (Under review)

Pearson, M., Williams, A., Chilsom, G.(2012). Urban Learners:  Dis-Connected Voices in the Learning Community (Under review).

Pearson, M.M.& Cantu, S. (2012).The Diversity Dialogue:  Rethinking Pedagogical Practices to Provide Hope for Teachers (Under review)
 
Pearson, M. & Harvey II, D. (2011). Integrating Technology Among Pre-service Teachers to Promote Reflections and Make Connections. In Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2011 (pp. 2654-2659). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Retrieved from http://www.editlib.org/p/36714.
 
Pearson, M.M. & Cruse, B.(2010). Getting Published:  Inquiring Minds Want to Know. In Hal Blythe and Charlie Sweet. (Eds.) It Works for Me: Becoming a   Publishing/Scholar Researcher.  Stillwater, OK: New Forums Press, 2010.
 
Pearson, M.M. & Thomas, K.T. (2010) Creating Quality Faculty Development Programs to Impact Teaching & Learning. In S. E. Van Kollenburg, (Ed.) (Ed.) A Collection of Papers on Self- Study and Institutional Advancement 2010 –Vol.1:Accountability and Organizational Leadership(pp.83-87). Chicago, IL: Higher Learning Commission.

Pearson, M.M, Thomas, K. & Cruse, B. (2008). Creativity & Inspiration: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Engaging Pre- Service Teachers. In Hal Blythe and Charlie Sweet. (Eds.) It Works for Me, as a Scholar-Teacher:
            Shared Tips for the Classroom (pp.89-91). Stillwater, OK: New Forums Press, 2008.
 
Pearson, M. (2007).  Mentoring, Modeling, & Growing Your Own. Higher Learning Commission: A Collection of Papers on Self-Study and Institutional Improvement, 1 (4), pp. 130-134.
 
Pearson, M.M. (2005). Self-Efficacy & Technology: Teaching and Learning Using a Handheld Computer. Eastern Education Journal, 34 (1), pp.41-42.
 
Pearson, M.M. (2004). If Not You, Who? Preparing All Teachers for All Learners. AILACTE Journal, 1, pp. 31-43.

Selected Conference Presentations

 
Pearson, M. & Harvey II, D. (2011). Integrating Technology Among Pre-service Teachers to Promote Reflections and Make Connections. In Proceedings of Society forInformation Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2011 (pp. 2654-2659). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.Retrieved from http://www.editlib.org/p/36714.
 
Pearson, M.M. & Thomas, K.T. (2010) Creating Quality Faculty Development Programs to Impact
     Learning.Higher Learning Commission Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL.
 
Pearson, M.M. & Thomas, K.T. (2009) Promoting the Wholesome Professor: Building, Sustaining &
     Assessing Faculty. Higher Learning Commission Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL.
 
Pearson, M.M. (2009). Making Connections: Creating a Mentoring Community. Lilly Conference on
     College Teaching –Annual Conference 2009. Traverse City, MI.
 
Pearson, M.M. & Harden, J.(2007). Equity For All?  Each One, Reach One.  National Middle
     School Essentials Conference, St. Louis, Missouri.
 
Pearson, M.M (February, 2007). Culturally Responsive Teaching. Paper presented at Eastern
     Illinois University, Charleston Illinois.
 
Pearson, M.M (October, 2006). Promoting the Wholesome Professor.  Paper presented at the
     Professional Organizational Development Network (POD). Portland, Oregon.
 
Pearson, M.M (August, 2006). From Myths to Reality:  Strategies for Culturally Responsive Teaching.
     Paper presented at the Association of Illinois Middle-Level Schools, Tinley Park, Illinois.
 
Pearson, M.M (May, 2006). Center Stage:  Moving Voices From The Margin To The Center.  Paper
     presented at the National Association for Multicultural Education. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
Pearson, M.M. (May, 2006). Inspiration in HandUsing a handheld computer with struggling
     readers.  Paper presented at the International Reading Association, Chicago, Illinois.
 
Pearson, M.M. (April, 2006). “Inspiration in Hand.” Paper presented at the International
     Reading Association, Chicago, Illinois.
 
Pearson, M.M. (April, 2006). “What’s in a Mentor”?  Paper presented at the Faculty Mentoring
     Circles Connection.  Eastern Illinois University.  Charleston, Illinois.
 
Pearson, M.M. (February, 2006). The Effective Use of a Handheld Computer in Reading.  Paper presented at the Technology Reading
     & Learning Difficulties Conference.
 
Pearson, M.M (February, 2006).  “Culturally Responsive Teaching.”  Paper presented at Eastern
     Illinois University. Charleston, Illinois.
 
Pearson, M.M. (June, 2005). PMS: Physical, Mental, and Social Cost of Being a Woman in Leadership. 
     Paper presented at the Excellence in Ministry Conference, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 
 
Pearson, M.M. (June, 2004). Reading and Writing to the Handbeat of the Handheld.  Paper presented
     at the National Education Computing Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.  
 
Pearson, M.M (March, 2004). Bridging The Gap For Struggling Learners By Maximizing Literacy Opportunities” Paper presented at the
     Illinois Reading Conference, Springfield, Illinois. 
 
Pearson, M.M (September, 2004). Bad Girls Empowered & Entitled For Leadership. Paper
     presented at Women of Excellence Conference, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
 
Pearson, M.M. (November, 2004).  “Finding ‘Their Way: The Influence of Self-Efficacy Among Middle
     School Girls.”Paper presented at the National Middle School Association (NSMA)
     Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Funding & Grants

Wrote a Redden Grant $1500.00 TBA Fall, 2012

Wrote a College of Education and Professional Studies Grant $100.00 (Lauren Gallick)

Wrote a College of Education and Professional Studies Grant $250.00(Samantha Cantu)

Wrote a Partnership Grant-Faculty Development totaling 750.00, Fall 2012

Developed a fundraising program called Partners in Action Program totaling $73,000 Fall 2009. 
 
Developed a fundraising program called Partners in Actions Program totaling $40,930 Fall 2008.
 
Developed a fundraising program called Partners in Actions Program totaling $31,463 Fall 2007.
 
Academic Solutions Learning Academy, Milwaukee, Wisconsin  
August 2000-2006Consultant:  Curriculum Development ($82,000.00)
Teacher Training: Classroom Management, Multiple Intelligences, Direct Instruction
Advisor:  School Reform Issues (Charter/Choice)
 
Course Redesign MLE 4280: Preparing Teachers For Tomorrow’s Technology
August 2003(PT3 Grant - $4,000.00)
 
Course Redesign ELE 3280:  Preparing Teachers For Tomorrow’s Technology
(PT3 Grant - $4,000.)
August 2003

Community

Bridging Voices in Our Community(BVC):  Bullying Project (Deceber 6, 2011) Kick Off-Opening Night
Bridging Voices in Our Conmmunity (BVC):  Bullying Project Town Hall Meeting:  PBS January, 2012
Bridging Voices in Our Community BVC: Bullying Conference, October 5, 2012(13 Speakers)
Higher Learning Commission – NCA. Peer Review Corps Program. Chicago, IL: November 2010.
 
Higher Learning Commission – NCA. PEAQ Consultant Evaluator Training. Lisle, IL. November 2009.
 
Illinois Association for School, College and University Staffing. Cultural Relevance & Diversity. Utica, IL. January 2009.
 
Reedsburg School District. Palm Training Workshop. Reedsburg, Wisconsin. September 2007.
 
Six Traits Writing Assessment:  Write On Ahead, Doing it The Right Way!  (Williams Elementary-Mattoon, Illinois) - Project involves designing a writing curriculum using the 6 traits (Stimulating ideas, Organization, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, Voice, and Conventions) to enhance students writing skills.
 
Mattoon Middle School, Self Efficacy and the Influence of Handheld Computers, Spring, 2006.
 
International Reading Association (IRA) Concurrent Presenter: Inspiration in Hand. Chicago, IL.  2006.
 
Mattoon Middle School, Self-Efficacy and the Influence of Handheld Computers, Fall, 2005.

Wisconsin Administrator’s License (Pre-K – 12th), since 2000
Wisconsin Curriculum Supervisor Certificate (All Levels), since 2001
Oklahoma Elementary Principal Certificate (Pre-K – 12th), since 1999
Oklahoma Curriculum Supervisor Certificate (All Levels), since 2000

 

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