Rendell Center Announces Its First Scholarship Recipients

By Purnell T. Cropper | May 16, 2014

The Rendell Center for Citizenship and Civics at Arcadia University announced today the recipients of The Center’s 2014 Teacher Scholarships.

  • Jillian Coyne, Copper Beech Elementary School, Abingdon School District, Pa.
  • Ahngelique Davis, Marlton Middle Elementary School, Evesham Township School District, Pa.
  • Jules Mermelstein, Upper Dublin High School, Upper Dublin School District, Pa.
  • Bart Miller, Jingumae International, Tokyo, Japan
  • Rachel Orland, Congregation Brothers of Israel Rabbi Hersch Religious School, Newtown, Pa.

The five teachers have received funding to take the course ED676, “Teacher Practice in a Connected World,” offered by Arcadia University. As part of The Center’s mission to provide “opportunities to develop the knowledge, practices and characteristics of engaged citizenship,” the scholarships allow K-12 teacher-recipients the opportunity to take a masters-level 3-credit course at Arcadia University as determined by a committee of The Rendell Center. The recipients were selected based upon their scholarly pursuits and enthusiasm for teaching.

In ED676, participants will become connected educators using networking and digital technologies to build professional learning networks and develop pedagogical practices that empower students to create and learn in authentic ways. Through this experience, students of the course will become energized to re-envision their practice and build a powerful community that shares educational resources and support. The course is one of four courses in the Connected Learning Certificate, a new program in Arcadia’s School of Education that combines studies in curriculum design, social media, and connected technologies.

Dr. Kira Baker-Doyle, assistant professor of education, and director of programs in literacies, technologies, and citizenship studies at Arcadia University’s School of Education noted, “The certificate is the first of its kind being offered at a College or University. Its aim is to break the mold of traditional teacher education practices by encouraging program participants to become co-creators of curriculum for the program, and to participate in an openly networked platform to make their work public.”

Upon receiving one of the scholarships, Ahngelique Davis stated, “Thank you for sharing this incredible news about my acceptance as a Rendell Center Scholarship recipient. It means so much to me to have the ability to advance my professional education through your grant.”

The Rendell Center’s Executive Director, Beth Specker, said that these scholarships are the first of many that The Center will provide as part of its commitment to the education community.

For more information about The Rendell Center for Citizenship and Civics at Arcadia University, contact Beth Specker at 484-804-2328 or