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Dr. Mildred M Pearson

Dr. Mildred M Pearson

Professor

Office: 2215 - Buzzard Hall
Fax: 217-581-6300
Email: mmpearson@eiu.edu
Website: http://www.ux1.eiu.edu/~cfmmp/
Bio Information
Dr. Mildred Pearson is 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 a Professor at Eastern Illinois University and the Founder of the Bridging Voices in Our Community: Bullying Prevention 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 discipline 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 29 years of evidence-based practice, her passion for bullying prevention has evolved into a venue for healthy dialogue among scholars and practitioners 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. Dr. Pearson also enjoys 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
 
Higher Learning Commission/NCA. Programs to Evaluate Academic Quality (PEAQ) Consultant-Evaluator(2013) Pathway Training.

Online Learning Course Development Institute (OCDI, 2012) Quality Matters, Eastern Illinois University (2012) Certificate Program.
  
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
Online Certification (OCDI) since 2012
Higher Learning Commission (PEAQ) since 2009
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)-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 Council for Undergraduate Research (NCUR)
Association for Middle Level Education  (AMLE)
Professional Organizational and Development Network (POD)

Speakers Bureau

For more information, please visit the Speakers Bureau Webpage.

Bullying Prevention Adolescent Development Self-Efficacy Social and Emotional Learning(SEL) Cultural Responsive Teaching Professional Development

Research

Self-efficacy among African American Middle School Students;
Culturally Responsive Teaching
Mentoring
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 Learning
Social Cognition
Bullying Prevention
Write Traits
Diversity

Selected Publications

Pearson, M.M. (2015 in progress).  Bridge of Hope: Integrating SEL and the Common Core.
 
Pearson, M. & Harvey II, D.(2015 Under Review). Cognitive Science: How Do Deep Approaches to Learning Promote Metacognitive Strategies to Enhance learning?
 
Pearson, M.M.(2015 in progress).  Excel Thru SEL: Using Social and Emotional Learning to Promote Civility in the Classroom.
 
Pearson, M. M. (September, 2014). Bridging Voices in Our Community (BVC) B.R.I.D.G.E.  Brochure, (p.1-2).

Pearson, M. M. & Harvey II, D.(2013). Cognitive Science: How Do Deep Approaches to Learning Promote Metacognitive Strategies to Enhance learning? In Proceedings of the International Lilly Conference 2013 (pp.60-65). Bethesda, MA: Lilly Evidenced Based Teaching. Retrieved from http://lillyconferences.com/bethesda/files/2013-Proceedings.pdf
 
Pearson, M.M. (April, 2013). Mentoring, Advisory, Partnerships, and Service (MAPS) Project.  Illini Region Newsletter, p. 24.
 
Pearson, M. M. (2013 Accepted and forthcoming). Academic Bullying: Can a Sista Survive? In Tenuous Veneers: Women of Color in the Academy— Narratives of Distress and Success in the Tenure.
 
Pearson, M.M.& Cantu, S. (2013). The Diversity Dialogue: Rethinking Pedagogical Practices to Provide Hope for Pre-service Teachers. Critical Issues in Higher Education Vol. XX : p.31-40. 

 
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.M. (October, 2015). Racial Bullying, Can Minority Students Survive and Thrive in the Academy? Yes! Bridging Voices in Our Community (BVC) 5th Annual Bullying Prevention Conference. Charleston, IL.
 
Pearson, M.M.(February, 2015).  Excel Thru SEL: Using Social and Emotional Learning to Promote Civility in the Classroom. Lilly Conference, Newport Beach CA.
 
Pearson, M.M.& Schmitz, A.(October, 2014).  Integrating SEL and the Common Core. Bridging Voices in Our Community (BVC) 4th Bullying Prevention Conference. Charleston, IL.
 
Pearson, M.M. (August, 2014).  Hope:  Effective Instruction for the Millennial Learners.  Keynote speaker.  Alcorn University, Mississippi.
 
Pearson, M. M. & Harvey II, D. (May, 2013). Cognitive Science: How Do Deep Approaches to Learning Promote Metacognitive Strategies to Enhance learning? In Proceedings of the International Lilly Conference 2013 (pp.60-65). Bethesda, MA: Lilly Evidenced Based Teaching. Retrieved from http://lillyconferences.com/bethesda/files/2013-Proceedings.pdf
 
Pearson, M. & Williams, A.(May, 2013).  Engaging Voices of Disconnected Learners. International Lilly Conference, Bethesda, MA.
 
Pearson, M. (October, 2013).  When Bullies Speak:  Are you listening? Presented at the Bridging Voices in Our Community (BVC).  Bullying Prevention 3rd  Annual Conference.  Charleston, Il.
 
Pearson, M. (October, 2013). Can you Feel My Pain?  Presented at the Bridging Voices in Our Community (BVC).  Bullying Prevention 3rd Annual Conference.  Charleston, Il
 
Pearson, M. (November, 2013).  Let’s Do Teaching: Promoting Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) To Enhance Personal and Academic Development. Association for Middle Level Education. Minneapolis, Minn.
 
Pearson, M. & Cantu, S.(2013, April). The Diversity Dialogue: Rethinking Pedagogical Practices to Provide Hope for Pre-Service Teachers. National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME). Chicago, Illinois 

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. & 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

  • NSF STEM Grant Eastern Illinois University, Charleston Illinois ($3 million) (2015 under review).
  • John S. and Margaret Redden Grant Fund, Eastern Illinois University, $1500.00 awarded, Charleston, Illinois (Fall, 2015).
  • John S. and Margaret Redden Grant Eastern Illinois University, $1500.00 Charleston, Illinois (Fall, 2014).
  • Provost Integrative Learning Grant Eastern Illinois University, ($750.00) awarded, Charleston, Illinois (Fall, 2014).
  • John S. and Margaret Redden Grant Eastern Illinois University, ($1500.00) awarded, Charleston, Illinois (Fall, 2013).
  • Partnership Grant-Faculty Development, Eastern Illinois University, ($700.00) awarded, Charleston, Illinois (Fall, 2013).
  • Undergraduate Research Grant (College of Education and Professional Studies (Samantha Cantu-$250.00) awarded, Charleston, Illinois (2013).
  • John S. and Margaret Redden Grant Eastern Illinois University, $1500.00 awarded, Charleston, Illinois (Fall, 2012).
  • Undergraduate Research Grant College of Education and Professional Studies Grant (Lauren Gallick-$250.00), Charleston, Illinois (Fall, 2012).
  • Partnership Grant-Faculty Development awarded ($700.00) Charleston, Illinois (Fall, 2012).
  • Developed a fundraising program called Partners in Action Program totaling awarded $73,000 Charleston, Illinois (Fall 2009).
  • Developed a fundraising program called Partners in Actions Program totaling awarded $40,930 Charleston, Illinois (Fall 2008).
  • Developed a fundraising program called Partners in Actions Program totaling awarded $31,463 Charleston, Illinois (Fall 2007).
  • Academic Solutions Learning Academy, awarded ($82,000.00) Milwaukee, Wisconsin  (Fall, 2007).
  • Course Redesign MLE 4280: Preparing Teachers For Tomorrow’s Technology awarded (PT3 Grant – ($4,000) (August 2003).
  • Course Redesign ELE 3280:  Preparing Teachers For Tomorrow’s Technology awarded (PT3 Grant – ($4,000) (August 2003).

Community

  • Bridging Voices in Our Community, President
  • Mayors Appointment-Citizens Police Academy
  • Making Excellence Inclusive (MEI)
  • Interdisciplinary Center for Global Diversity
  • Mentoring, Advisory, Partnerships & Service (MAPS)
  • Diversity Coffee Shop Conversations
  • Youth Church Groups (Milwaukee, Wisc.)
  • 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.
  • 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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