Robin Miller Young, Ed.D
Director of Early Childhood Education
Dr. Robin Miller Young, Ed.D., is currently an Assistant Professor and the Director of Early Childhood Education (ECE). She provides program leadership, designs and teaches coursework and aligned clinical experiences, and supervises student teachers to prepare the next generation of exemplary teacher-leaders who obtain the ISBE PEL and Gateways Level 5 Credentials. Robin is actively engaged in local-, state- and national-level early childhood teacher preparation and leadership development activities. This is accomplished through collaborative efforts that span the early childhood, school psychology, special education, and leadership fields based, in part, on her formal training and experiences in meeting children’s and families’ needs in these roles. Specifically, she recently served on the ISBE Early Childhood Advisory Group (ECAG) to support development of the proposed changes in Illinois Early Childhood Teacher licensure requirements. Additionally, she is a past staff member of the Center for the Study of Education Policy (CSEP) at ISU, where she was the first author of the LINC Toolkit for Redesigning Principal Preparation Programs, working to ensure that P-12 principals knows how to meet the needs of our youngest learners, those who are ELLs and those who have disabilities or are at-risk of developing disabilities. Finally, Robin and Professor Kim Wagner, Education Department Chairperson, are successful grant recipients who will be collaborating with RU colleagues and community partners to pilot new Gateways credentials through 2016 to continue meeting the need for high quality staff to meet the early care and education needs in our community.
Her scholarship includes grant-funded work, resulting in presentations, published curricula, book chapters, and data-based and practitioner-oriented articles focused on matching children’s needs to a variety of evidence-based interventions, such as high quality universal, embedded, scaffolded, and teacher-directed instruction. As Past President of the Illinois Division for Early Childhood (IDEC) and currently, as the MTSS/RTI in EC Program Consultant with the Early Childhood Center of Professional Development (funded by ISBE), Robin continues to promote policy development and administrative practices to ensure ALL children and their families can access high quality education and support services matched to their needs.
Dr. Karen Blake Ruffner
edTPA Faculty Coordinator
Assistant Professor of Education
Dr. Karen Blake Ruffner is an
Assistant Professor in the Department of Education. She has served as an
educator and consultant in public and private schools and holds State of
Illinois teaching and administrator certificates. Karen has a Master’s degree in
Reading and a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership. She has presented at
both national and international conferences. Dr. Ruffner’s research interests
are focused on standards-based instruction, authentic assessment, and education