Don Steiner

Don Steiner

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Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: CC 213


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Professor Emerita/ Education

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“My mission is to prepare novice and experienced teachers to become leaders who advocate for children and youth through scholarship and caring relationships. This mission is accomplished through the context of the broader missions of the teacher education unit and Eastern Mennonite University.”

Having chaired the education department since coming to EMU in 1982, he now serves as director of the Master of Arts in Education program. He is known in education circles throughout the state and beyond and has served two terms on the Unit Accreditation Board of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). He initiated EMU’s M.A. in education, building on a strong undergraduate program. He also started an M.A. program at EMU’s campus in Lancaster, Pa. In addition to his administrative duties, he currently serves as professor of the Jesse T. Byler endowed chair. Dr. Steiner has a special interest in literacy education, foundations of education, Anabaptist-Mennonite education, and educational leadership.

Education

B.A., Goshen College
M.A., Northern Arizona University
Ph.D., Southern Illinois University

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

Steiner, D. (2012). Mennonite education agency affiliated schools. In Carper, J.C. & Hunt, H.C. (Eds.). Praeger handbook of faith-based schools in the United States, K-12.Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Press.

Steiner D. (2010, Jan. 22). Response to Nell Noddings. Shenandoah Anabaptist Science Society. Eastern Mennonite University.

Steiner D. (2010, Jan. 25). Action Research for Professional Development. SKYPE conference with Christopher Dock Mennonite High School faculty. Invited.

Steiner D. & McDowell, J. et al. (2009, Feb. 7). Educational leadership in the context of independent liberal arts colleges. American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Chicago, IL. (invited)

Steiner, D. (2008, April 3). The computer hacker: A case study in restorative discipline. Virginia Association of Teacher Education, Sweet Briar College, Amherst, VA.
(Invited)

Steiner D. & McDowell, J. et al. (2008, Feb. 9). Private colleges take on the NCATE standards. American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, New Orleans, LA. (invited)

Steiner, D. & Moyer, E. (2007, February 3). Anabaptist Learning Institute: Profession development with roots. Mennonite Education Leaders Gathering 2007. Pittsburgh, PA (invited)

Church, Community and Professional Service

Steiner, D. (2012, January). Value of an Anabaptist perspective in education, Stepping Up e-zine.Mennonite Education Agency, Elkhart, IN

Presentation: Ingredients of an excellent school.Inaugural event at Lezha Academic Center, Lezhe, Albania, September 1-3, 2011

Presentation February 2-5, 2012 Anabaptist Learning Institute Learning the Language of Community at Lansdowne, VA.

Chair & writer, Self-study for Pennsylvania Department of Education on Teaching English as a Second Language program. October, 2012.

Initiatator, Proposal for MA in Workplace Leadership in consultation with Karen Milheim, EdD. Spring 2011.

Chair & writer, Self-study for Pennsylvania Department of Education on Reading Specialist program. April 3-6, 2011.

Chair, Board of Directors, Albanian Christian School in partnership with Virginia Mennonite Board of Missions (2007-present)

Coordinator, Shalom Sunday School class, Park View Mennonite Church. (2008-2010). Occasional teacher.

Unit Accreditation Board or the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). October 12-16, 2008. Washington, D.C. Served as substitute UAB member.

Presentation August 18-19, 2008 Anabaptist Learning Institute “Learning the Language of Community” at Quakertown Christian School, Quakertown, PA.

Presentation March 7, 2008 at Lancaster Mennonite High School “Vision and hope: The profession of teaching today and tomorrow” to senior level classes.

Board of Directors, Eastern Mennonite School (2001-2011)

Unit Accreditation Board or the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) completed two 3-year terms; 2001-2007.

Consultant to Chowan University’ teacher education unit, McMurfeesboro, NC. March 25-28, 2007

Consultant to Virginia Mennonite Board of Missions to Albania and Montenegro, May-June, 2007.

Honors, Awards and Grants

Recipient of 30 years of service to Eastern Mennonite University, May, 2012.

Recipient of special certificate for completion of 6-year term on the Unit Accreditation Board of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Dallas, TX, April 16, 2008.

Professional Memberships

Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)

Association of Independent Liberal Arts colleges for Teacher Education (AILACTE)

Phi Delta Kappa

American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE)

Professional Conferences Attended

Mennonite Education Leadership Conference, Lansdowne, MD, February 2-4, 2012.

Association Supervision Curriculum Instruction (ASCD), San Francisco, CA, March, 2011

Mennonite Education Leadership Conference, Lansdowne, MD, February 4-6, 2010.

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, San Diego, CA: February, 2011.

Mennonite Schools Council Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, February 4-6, 2010.

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Atlanta GA, February, 2010.

Association Supervision Curriculum Instruction (ASCD), San Antonio, TX, March, 2010

Mennonite Education Agency Education Leaders Gathering. Pittsburgh, PA.
January 29-31, 2009.

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Chicago, IL. February 2009.

Virginia Association of Teacher Educators & Virginia Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. Amherst, VA. April 2008.

Mennonite Education Agency Education Leaders Gathering. Pittsburgh, PA.
February, 2008.

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. New Orleans,LA February 2008.

New Courses Taught

Developed syllabi for Foundations of English as a Second Language. 2012.

Initiated EDLA 681 Teaching Writing, a 3-semester hour graduate course, 2010.

Initiated 2 online courses EDCI 551 Leading and Learning in the 21st Century and EDLA 621 Informational Literacy and Response to Intervention Procedures. 2008-2009.

Developed and taught EDPC 521 Teacher Work Sample, a one-semester hour transition course for candidates in the Master of Arts in Education program. (2008)

Developed and taught EDAI 541 Shaping a Community of Learners, a new three-semester hour course designed for the Mennonite Schools Council as part of a professional development certificate program to serve K-12 Mennonite educators (2008)

Developed and taught EDAI 531 Building Caring Communities, a new course designed for the Mennonite Schools Council as part of a professional development certificate program to serve K-12 Mennonite educators. (2007)

EMU Service

Lancaster Advisory Council
Teacher Education Admissions Committee
Committee on Reflective Practice
Committee on Teacher Education
University Graduate Council
University Writing Committee