March - April 2008

March 2008

 

Greg Kelly and Anne Whitney Win Awards from AERA

Kelly was named an Outstanding Reviewer for Educational Researcher for 2007, and Whitney is winner of the 2008 Steve Cahir Award.

 

David Gamson Leads Project to Study the Cognitive Demands of Reading Comprehension

Gamson and his colleagues received funding of $468,750 from the Spencer Foundation for the study.

 

Center for American Heritage Studies Collaborates with Pennsylvania Military Museum

Thirty-four social studies student teachers from the College have been working with the Center to assemble hands-on teaching kits on selected topics for use in public schools.

 

United Way Committee Reports on a Successful Campaign

The College's efforts to raise funds for the United Way campaign total more than $13,000.

 

Students Participate in THON

College of Education students were among the dancers, and others served on various committees.

 

CI ED Well Represented at Conference

Fourteen graduate students in the Comparative and International Programs presented papers at a recent conference in New York. 

 

Adult Education Has Presence in Second Life

Students in ADTED 531 were introduced to an online 3-D virtual environment.

 

Faculty and Staff Campaign Kicks Off

University employees have an opportunity to help enhance the quality of the University's programs.

 

Office Profile - Education and Behavioral Sciences Library

The Education Library is a user-friendly facility, largely because of its faculty and staff.

 

Students Participate in THON

The State Pennsylvania Student Education Association earned $7,492 for THON 2008.

 

Orrin Murray Joins College as Director of EDUCATE

Orrin Murray joined the College of Education in January 2008 as both a new assistant professor of education and director of Exploring Directions in Ubiquitous Computing and Teacher Education (EDUCATE).

 

Videogame Business Will Get the Academic Treatment at Conference

Several members of the College of Education are set to participate in an upcoming conference dedicated to research that examines the rapidly growing influence of videogames as they cross multiple aspects of society. 

 

Humphrey Fellow Demet Gulaldi Makes a Virtual Presentation for her Colleagues

Gulaldi, a visiting Humphrey Fellow from Turkey, had a cordial virtual exchange with familiar faces from back home during a recent Penn State presentation.

 

Enter the Third Annual 5K Race/3K Walk to Help Cure Autism

The event is scheduled for April 12, 2008.

 

Harry L. Eberly Named Distinguished Alumnus of Penn State

Eberly, a 1945 graduate, has been named a 2008 Distinguished Alumnus.

April 2008

 

Exploring Succession Planning

Amid the national challenges of foreign wars, economic distress, and health care crises, the U.S. faces a more silent crisis—a succession planning crisis. What creates this crisis? What exactly is succession planning? Why is important? What can be done about it? This short article answers these questions.

 

Embodiment Seen as an Important Element of Arts in Education

Faculty member Kimberly Powell says children are more engaged when involved in artistic activities than when involved in other types of curricular activities.

 

New Book Discusses Urban Public Education

William Lowe Boyd, Batschelet Chair Professor of Educational Leadership is co-editor of The Transformation of Great American School Districts: How Big Cities are Reshaping Public Education, which will be published in June.

 

Alumni of Penn State’s Educational Leadership Program Head Some of “America’s Best High Schools”

Twenty-four EDLDR alumni have held leadership positions at fifteen Pennsylvania schools that were recognized by U.S. News & World Report.

 

New Program Addresses Need for Differentiating Instruction in Classrooms

The five-course, 9-credit series has been designed to help teachers work with students with special needs.

 

Growing Problem of At-Risk Youth Addressed With Counseling Summer Institute

The summer series, which starts on May 19, is aimed at counselors, social workers, psychologists and others seeking to earn continuing education units to renew their licenses, as well as foster parents and group home directors.

 

Law and Education Institute Announced for Summer 2008

Prominent professors and attorneys will conduct workshops on educational law to administrators and teachers.

 

Elementary School Counselors Who Form Home-School-Community Partnerships Can Close Student Achievement Gaps

Researchers Jerry Trusty, Elizabeth Mellin, and James Herbert recommend four leadership and advocacy tasks for counselors. 

 

Scott McDonald Wins Knowles Foundation Young Scholars Research Fellowship

The two-year, $110,000 award is designated to support McDonald's research into understanding expertise in science teaching through video analysis. 

 

Penn State Berks Faculty Provide Leadership for Science Education Initiative

David Bender and Amy Marsch are coordinating a partnership aimed at improving science education at elementary schools in the Reading (Pa.) School District. 

 

Lee Upcraft and Susan Rankin Win ACPA Awards

The American College Personnel Association named Upcraft winner of its Contribution to Knowledge Award, while Rankin received the Voice of Inclusion Medallion.