Applied Educational Psychology Students, Faculty Receive ‘Shining Light’ Award for Ferguson Research
Students and faculty in the Webster University School of Education were recently honored with a Shining Light Award from Missouri Families4Families.
The award was given to the students for the research they conducted on area schools’ reactions to the crisis in Ferguson, under the guidance of Deborah Stiles, professor of Applied Educational Psychology and School Psychology, and Jameca Falconer, adjunct faculty member.
Students spent more than five months discussing, studying and writing about schools’ responses to the Michael Brown shooting. Their investigation included analyzing data from 54 schools, reviewing Ferguson lesson plans and curricula, studying media coverage, and interviewing two inspirational school administrators in the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting.
Shining Light Awards are given to individuals, groups, teams or organizations who have acted as an outstanding support for children who deal with social, emotional and behavioral health challenges and work to enhance the future of children and their families.
Rene Murph, a department associate in the Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs is on the board nominated them for the award. Murph is also on the board for Missouri Families4Families and serves as the St. Louis area representative for the organization.
On all, 13 awards were given out at the 8th Annual Shining Light Awards April 11 in Jefferson City, Mo. Mark Stringer, director of the Division of Behavioral Health at the Missouri Department of Health, presented the awards.
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