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    New Castle Resident Receives DU President’s Award for Faculty Excellence in Teaching

    Dr. Connie M. Moss of New Castle has received the Duquesne University President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

     

    An associate professor in the School of Education, Moss also is director of the Center for Advancing the Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) in the Department of Foundations and Leadership at Duquesne University.

    In addition to receiving this year’s prestigious award for her teaching, Moss has been recognized for her teaching excellence throughout her university career. The Duquesne student body voted her the Duquesne University Teacher of the Year in 2002, and the Duquesne Center for Teaching Excellence and her faculty peers selected her for its prestigious Creative Teaching Award in 2006.

    Her research and publications investigate the role that formative assessment plays in increasing teacher quality, administrative effectiveness, and raising student learning and achievement. Moss provides professional development in formative assessment across the nation and the region, collaborating with the Armstrong and Norwin school districts to promote and research effective classroom assessment.

    Moss’ recent book on formative assessment, Advancing Formative Assessment in Every Classroom, appears on a short list of recommended professional development resources in support of President Obama’s Common Core Standards Initiative to improve our nation’s schools. It has been recognized repeatedly for its clarity in translating complex research findings on effective, classroom-friendly and student empowering assessment practices. Her new book on the topic is in currently in press and will be published in 2012.

    Moss began her career as a special educator in Anchorage, Alaska. After four years in Alaska, she returned to the continental United States and spent 17 years teaching for the Grove City Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV in classrooms in the Mars Area and New Castle Area school districts.

    She served as intermediate unit’s curriculum consultant for Butler, Lawrence and Mercer counties, where she led school improvement efforts including initiatives in instructional support, early childhood and teacher improvement across 27 school districts.

    Moss makes her home in New Castle, with her husband, John, and daughter Rachael.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in 10 schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.