Benedictine University’s School of Education equips candidates with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that will shape and influence learning through critical thinking, research-based decisions, and best practices. These practices produce outcomes for teacher candidates to become highly effective practitioners who actively engage with content to promote critical thinking skills, innovatively manage the learning environment, and consistently monitor student progress to adjust curriculum delivery while collaborating with others to positively impact students, the community, and the professional field. As an integrated whole, the conceptual framework contains the overarching purpose of the unit: to create effective practitioners.
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Dr. Elizabeth "Beth" Bell joined Benedictine University in 2010. Dr. Bell is the Program Director of the Physical Education and Exercise &Sports Studies programs. Dr. Bell earned her Doctorate of Education from Tennessee State University in Education Administration with a concentration in Higher Education and a Master's Degree in Athletic Training from California University of Pennsylvania. Her previous experience was serving as a Curriculum Director of the Athletic Training Program and as a Physical Education teacher for a Catholic elementary school.Dr. Bell's research includes how technology may be utilized within the health and fitness professions. She has presented at the National SHAPE convention on this topic. Other areas of interest include higher education administration and incorporating Benedictine values.Dr. Bell serves as the academic advisor for all students majoring in both Physical Education and Exercise &Sports Studies. Her areas of teaching include foundational courses to the major, growth and development, and kinesiology. Dr. Bell received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching in 2015.