EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

FACULTY

NANCY COOK
Professor of Education
Special Education

Director of Student Teaching

Email: ncook@hope.edu

B.A., Michigan State University, 1973
M.A., Michigan State University, 1978
Additional graduate studies at Michigan State University, University of Michigan, and Western Michigan University

TEACHING RESPONSIBILITIES

Educ. 253 – Introduction to Learning Disabilities
Educ. 254 - Introduction to Learning Disabilities Field Experience
Educ. 352- Assessment, Prescription & Remediation in Special Education
Educ. 359 – Instructional Design in Special Education-L.D./E.I.
Educ. 454 – Current Issues and Trends in Special Education
Educ. 460/465/470/480/485-Student Teaching (L.D./E.I./Elementary/Secondary/K-12)
Educ. 455 - Student Teaching Seminar

PUBLICATIONS

Cook, N. L. (2004). The Evolution of Assessment: (Chapter Three) in Mezeske, R.J. & B.A. Mezeske, (eds.). Finding our way: Teacher education reform in the liberal arts setting. New York: Peter Lang.

PRESENTATIONS

“Rhyme or Reason? Selection of Reading Programs in the Special Education Setting,” conference proposal accepted for Hawaii International Education Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, Nashville, Tennessee and Grand Rapids, Michigan
“ The Student Teaching Seminar: Best Practice,” conference proposal accepted for Hawaii International Education Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii and Nashville, Tennessee
“ Establishing Learning Centers in the Early Childhood Classroom,” presented in Bodrum, Turkey at the Early Childhood Educators Seminar
“ The 100th Day of School,” presented in Bodrum, Turkey at the Early Childhood Educators Seminar
“ Young Children with Disabilities,” presented in Antalya, Turkey at the Early Childhood Educators Seminar
“ Using the Room to Teach,” presented in Antalya, Turkey at the Early Childhood Educators Seminar
“ Special Education Across the Lifespan,” organized and presented a week-long seminar series for Turkish educators visiting in western Michigan
“ Autism and Spectrum Disorders,” presented in Antalya, Turkey
“ Special Education in the U.S.,” presented in Antalya, Turkey
“ A.D.H.D-What It Is & What To Do,” presented at the FIRE-UP Conference for Student Teachers, Grand Valley State University
“ A.D.H.D-What It Is & What To Do,” presented at the Inter-Institutional Teacher Education Council’s Cooperating Teachers’ Conference
“ Special People,” presented to Hamilton Community Schools
“ Differentiated Instruction,” presented to West Ottawa Public Schools
“ Help! I’m Not Prepared for That!” presented in the Grand Valley State University Graduate School of Education

AWARDS

Provost's Award for Service to the Academic Program, 2010
Favorite Professor Award, Hope College, Holland, Michigan, October 2000

GRANTS

“ Writing in the Special Education Major,” Teagle Grant (2011)
" Reading in the Elementary Special Education Setting", Nyenhuis Faculty Development Grant, (2009)
“ The Education Department’s Assessment Plan: Reflection & Revision,” with Susan Cherup (2005)

DEPARTMENT REPRESENTATION

(Michigan) Directors and Representatives of Teacher Education Programs (DARTEP)
Inter-Institutional Teacher Education Council of West Michigan (IITEC-WM)

RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS

Special Education-Learning Disabilities and Emotional Impairments
Student teaching
International educational relationships

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders (ChADD)
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
Learning Disabilities Association (LDA)
Phi Delta Kappa (PDK)

PERSONAL

In addition to loving Hope College, I also enjoy reading, working word puzzles, walking, being at our cottage, gardening, and playing with our English Springer Spaniel, Benny. I have two married daughters, one of them a Hope ’02 grad, and three grandchildren. My husband, Brian, is a local builder.