2016: 07-09 news

SCOPE helps alumna overcome poverty, achieve dreams
After participating in the College's SCOPE program in 2007, Loretta Lowman knew she could achieve anything, including her dreams of becoming a special education teacher.
CCMH data reveal counseling needs of students with disabilities
New research from the College of Education shows that across the country students with disabilities may not be receiving the counseling services they need and it could be impacting graduation rates for this underserved population.
Penn State students make social justice course in Washington, D.C., successful venture
All involved in C I 497 Social Justice course label it as overwhelmingly positive; D.C. administrators issue request to again host students in 2017.
Researchers partner with Great Cities to study career pathways programs
A group of Penn State researchers are leading the way in the study of adult education by partnering with agencies in three of the country’s largest, most diverse cities — Chicago, Houston and Miami — for a researcher-practitioner study that looks at career pathways programs and providers, and the individuals they aim to educate.
New center supports researchers investigating educational inequities
The Center for Educational Disparities Research is being jointly established by Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute and the College of Education to provide a support system for education-focused research.
School official in Maryland praises Penn State mathematics education graduates
Kellie Rizzo, Lauren Pace and Elizabeth Tumpa commended after first year of teaching in Caroline County Public Schools.
Dooris recognized for distinguished service
Mike Dooris, former executive director of the Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment (OPIA) at Penn State and retired affiliate faculty in Education Policy Studies, is the 2016 recipient of the North East Association for Institutional Research’s (NEAIR) Distinguished Service Award.
Lee named acting department head in EPCSE
David Lee will serve as the acting head of the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education (EPCSE) in the College of Education through June 30, 2017.
Pennsylvania Center for the Book receives Library of Congress renewal
The Library of Congress recently renewed its agreement with the Pennsylvania Center for the Book for a sixth three-year term, extending the partnership through 2018. The center works closely with the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy and the Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy to develop online family literacy curriculum.
Quality Talk improves students’ writing, study shows
After developing Quality Talk in 2002, Penn State Professor of Education P. Karen Murphy has continued researching and expanding the teacher-facilitated discussion instructional approach to advance the academic skills of school-aged children. In a recent project that spanned three years, she found that Quality Talk not only is a successful intervention for comprehension of text, it also increases students’ ability to do argumentative writing.
Pecile named student marshal for summer commencement
Morgan Pecile is the College of Education’s student marshal for Penn State’s summer commencement ceremony, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Aug. 13 at the Bryce Jordan Center.
Education researcher partners with PDE to support rights of transgender students
Maria Lewis, assistant professor of education, is working collaboratively with the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office for Safe Schools on issues of how to better accommodate transgender youth within the state’s school districts.
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The soldiers in the first class of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy Fellowship program attend an orientation hosted by Penn State adult education professor William Diehl. The soldiers spent the past year completing a master’s degree online through Penn State World Campus and will go on to teach the Sergeants Major Course. (Image: U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy)
Army fellowship program sees its first Penn State graduates
The 19 sergeants major who graduated with master’s degrees in lifelong learning and adult education from Penn State on Saturday comprise the first cohort of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy Fellowship Program.
Education professor develops progress-monitoring software
A new software suite designed by Penn State Professor of Education Simon Hooper is helping special education teachers track the literacy levels of students who are deaf and hard of hearing.
Working play into early childhood education bolsters students' learning experience
Research by Jim Johnson, Viana Wu shows play is necessary for development of preschool and primary children.
‘Transition is the Mission’ helps veterans make the most of time at Penn State
Making the transition to college can be daunting for any student, but for military veterans it can be particularly challenging. A new class, being piloted at University Park this semester, helps student veterans maximize their time at Penn State academically, professionally and personally. The course, Education 100, is open to all student veterans.
Diverse school-district administration beneficial to students, research shows
Associate professor Ed Fuller's Texas-based research also reveals assistant principals of color take 'much longer' to be named principals.
Locke named senior director for Counseling and Psychological Services
Benjamin Locke, affiliated assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling and Special Education, has been named senior director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at Penn State, effective Aug. 1. Locke will be transitioning to this new role after serving as associate director of clinical services for CAPS since 2011. Locke will succeed Dennis Heitzmann, who served as senior director since 1984.
Addressing the STEM crisis through career development
New research out of the College of Education shows that students who participate in career development and readiness courses related to their STEM majors are less likely to switch to another major.
Kevin Kinser embraces leadership role in Education Policy Studies
New department head impressed by overall academic program in College of Education.
New grant examines early academic difficulties of children with disabilities
Children with disabilities often struggle in mathematics and science, but a new Penn State project led by Paul Morgan, professor of education, will investigate whether executive functions help explain these children’s academic difficulties.
Blogging in the classroom can help both students and educators
Penn State researcher and Associate Professor of Education Priya Sharma is researching how blogging in the classroom can help students better understand and make meaning from their classes.
Nicole Titus, Andrea de Carle earn PDS program-related national award
State College Area School District instructors and College of Education graduates honored with Claudia A. Balach Teacher Researcher Award.
Penn State World Campus co-founder to be recognized at annual awards dinner
Pete Rubba, professor emeritus of education at Penn State and co-founder of Penn State World Campus, is one of three individuals to be honored by Penn State Outreach and Online Education.
Philadelphia Urban Seminar gives students impactful and challenging immersion course
Jeanine Staples’ Philadelphia Urban Seminar transcends a two-week Maymester course that offers a pre-service teaching experience in an urban setting; it’s ongoing research on how to teach students to identify and intercept racist, sexist and ableist ideologies in their own souls, in school and in society.
Kinser on webinar panel
Kevin Kinser, head of the Department of Education Policy Studies in the College of Education, is a speaker for a free webinar, “Embracing Technology for Global Engagement: A Leadership Challenge and Opportunity,” scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4.
Lecture to focus on identity, higher ed and social activism
The Center for Education and Civil Rights presents Susana Muñoz, assistant professor of higher education at Colorado State University, who will speak on “Undocumented and Unafraid: Identity, Higher Education & Social Activism” from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in 112 Chambers Building on the Penn State University Park campus.
New certificate in digital learning design opens through Penn State World Campus
A new online certificate in e-learning design is being offered online through Penn State World Campus.
Cornell educator to present annual Nicely Lecture
Susan H. Murphy, vice president emerita for student and academic services at Cornell University, will deliver the Robert F. Nicely Jr. and Donna C. Nicely Distinguished Scholar in Education Lecture on Friday, Nov. 18. She will present “Creating a Healthy Campus Environment for Students: It takes a Village,” at 4 p.m. in the alumni lounge of the Nittany Lion Inn.
Trip to Ecuador offers prospective ESL instructors quality educational, cultural opportunity
Six-week summer immersion program allows students to hone teaching skills to English language learners.
New report finds substantial racial and linguistic segregation among preschoolers
'Segregation at an Early Age' report urges formation of policy to help preschools draw a more diverse enrollment.