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Sept. 16, 2004

UI's Wade Named John Glenn Scholar In Service-Learning

Rahima Wade, a professor of curriculum and instruction in the University of Iowa College of Education, has been named a John Glenn Scholar in Service-Learning in the area of teacher education.

The award was established by The John Glenn Institute for Public Service and Public Policy at The Ohio State University, with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Between February 2004 and May 2006, the institute is seeking to recognize 25 scholars whose work contributes to advancing the understanding of or adoption of service-learning, with specific emphasis on K-12 education.

Recipients are recognized as a John Glenn Scholar in Service-Learning and receive a $1,000 honorarium. Papers written by scholars are featured on the institute's website and are publicized on a national level and to practitioners, policy makers, funders, media and the general public.

Wade's paper, "Service-Learning for Multicultural Teaching Competency," provides a comprehensive analysis of the topic, accompanied by timely recommendations for the many teacher educators who are placing preservice teachers in schools and communities with diverse populations. In particular, Wade discusses the "essential elements for multicultural service-learning" that are necessary to ensure strong outcomes for both children and pre-service teachers.

"I am excited about the institute's efforts to disseminate scholarship on service-learning," Wade said. "The article I submitted for this award provides teachers and teacher educators with key findings on developing effective service-learning to enhance multicultural teaching competency."

Wade has been engaged in the preparation of social studies and elementary education teachers, with specific teaching interests in democratic, global, and multicultural education. Her research focuses on citizenship development through social action and community service-learning, democratic education in preservice and elementary classrooms, and education for social justice.

Currently, Wade is project director for CiviConnections, a National Council for the Social Studies sponsored project funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Over the course of three years, this project will involve nearly 300 teachers and 7,500 third- through 12th-grade students nationwide in linking local history inquiry with community service-learning activities.

As a scholar, Wade has been dedicated to integrating high quality service learning in teacher education. For more than a decade, she has provided leadership in advancing service-learning in teacher education at the state and national levels. In the early 1990's, she was a consultant to the Iowa Department of Education while serving as the project director for a Corporation for National and Community Service grant to integrate service-learning in the three largest teacher education institutions in Iowa. She also served as a project director for the National Service-Learning in Teacher Education Partnership (NSLTEP) from 1997 through 2000. Within the scope of this project, Wade and six NSLTEP partners consulted with 49 teacher education programs across the nation and made more than 60 conference presentations.

Wade continues to present and consult on service learning with teacher education programs across the country and also serves as a member of the planning committee for the International Center for Service-Learning in Teacher Education at Clemson University.

Wade has generated over 40 publications focused on service-learning in teacher education, including two edited book volumes. One of these volumes, "Community Service-Learning: A Guide to Including Service in the Public School Curriculum," has been an instrumental resource for K-12 schools and teacher education programs, where it has been adopted as a text for both undergraduate and graduate courses.

For more information about The John Glenn Institute for Public Service and Public Policy and the John Glenn Scholar in Service-Learning program, visit

For more information about the CiviConnections project, visit the NCSS website at

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