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Dr. Jodie Riek


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Dr. Jodie Riek

"This degree not only enhances educators planning and instructional practices, but it will also challenge educators to be leaders in their schools on curriculum and instruction."

Dr. Jodie Riek

Degrees Held:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Education – Oklahoma State University, 2018
  • Master of Science in Educational Technology – Oklahoma State University, 2013
  • Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood – Queensland University of Technology, 1998

Career Highlights:

  • Lead the Play Working Group for the World Forum on Early Care and Education since 2019
  • Completed my PhD in 2018
  • Recognized by Exchange Magazine in 2015 as a Promising Emerging Leader

Why did you start teaching?

I started teaching in higher education because I love education and want others to love this profession as much as I do. Additionally, I want to be part of the solution in reforming and improving education for our youngest citizens.

What is the value of this degree?

This degree not only enhances educators planning and instructional practices, but it will also challenge educators to be leaders in their schools on curriculum and instruction.

What advice would you give to prospective students?

Be open minded, collaborative, involved, and connected. Be an active member of the learning community.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

"The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education" by Diane Ravitch

What do you think is the biggest challenge that teachers face today?

Working within an audit culture which devalues the expertise of educators in favor of standardizing education

Links to share?

https://www.uwsuper.edu/directory/jodie-riek_jriek

In which online programs do you teach?

MSE Instruction

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students may not know.

I am an Aussie that dislikes hot weather and loves the cold winter snow and ice.

What do you want students to learn in your classes? What is the take-away?

Students should learn to question, reflect, and reimagine not only their own practices, but those of the profession as a whole.

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