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Laura Coffin Koch

Laura Coffin KochDirector of International Initiatives

104 Burton Hall
178 Pillsbury Dr. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612-624-1085

Laura Coffin Koch was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines, working with elementary teachers trying to improve mathematics instruction in the schools. Dr. Koch earned a PhD in education and was invited to join the faculty of the University of Minnesota in 1987.

Dr. Koch is a Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of Mathematics at the University of Minnesota. Currently, Professor Koch is the director of international initiatives for the College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota.

For 15 years she served as the associate vice provost for undergraduate education at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. In that position, she had responsibility for Freshman Seminars, Orientation and First Year Programs, the SMART Learning Commons, the Center for Academic Planning and Exploration, the President’s Emerging Scholars program, and campus-wide student services initiatives. Dr. Koch has also served as the Interim Director of Academic Counseling and Student Services for Intercollegiate Athletics.

During the 1999-2000 academic year, Dr. Koch was an American Council of Education Fellow. In 2000, Dr. Koch was appointed by the Secretary of Defense to the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services. Dr. Koch has travelled around the world and worked with a number of international programs. For the past eleven years, has taken groups of University of Minnesota on study abroad classes to Italy and Turkey.

Marina Aleixo

Marina AleixoProgram Director

139D Burton Hall
178 Pillsbury Dr. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612-624-9671

Marina B. Aleixo is the International Programs Coordinator in the Office of International Initiatives and Relations at the College of Education and Human Development. Her current work in the office of International Initiatives involves development and implementation of international programs for educators and students. Dr. Aleixo leads the Global Teacher Education Program (GTEP), a short-term professional development and study abroad program designed for teachers. For the past four years the program has hosted more than 250 pre-service and in-service teachers at the UMN. More recently Dr. Aleixo is involved with the Global Experience Opportunity (GEO) initiative, designed to offer study abroad courses for UMN students led by CEHD faculty and staff. Her work in the Office of International Initiatives focuses on exploring new opportunities for international collaboration and worldwide partnerships, particularly in the area of teacher and faculty education and training.

Renáta Tichá

Renata TichaGrants and Contracts Coordinator

104 Pattee Hall
150 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
Phone: 612-624-5776

Renáta Tichá, PhD, has received a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Minnesota in Educational Psychology with emphasis on special education.  She works as a Research Associate at the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota.  She has extensive experience in the development, implementation and evaluation of materials, i.e. assessments and interventions, for children, youth and adults with different types of disabilities. Her work with youth has been focused on the development, validation and dissemination of formative assessments, i.e. Curriculum-Based Measures and General Outcome Measures, for student with learning and significant cognitive disabilities.  Dr. Tichá’s work with adults with disabilities includes implementation of observational methodologies to assess behavior patterns and secondary data analysis of a large national dataset known as the National Core Indicators. Read full bio

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