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March - April 2013 Archive

April 2013

Gettysburg Area School District Wins Rural Education Award

Penn State’s Center on Rural Education and Communities (CREC), in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools (PARSS), has announced the winner of the ninth annual Building Community Through Rural Education Award — Gettysburg Area School District.

College of Education Students and Alumni are Making a Big Difference at a Little School

College of Education students, staff, and alumni continue to work closely with Isaac A. Sheppard Elementary School, which is paying big dividends for both schools.

International Partnership will Advance Learning Sciences

Penn State University and National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) have developed a collaboration to establish the Advanced Center for the Study of the Learning Sciences.

Three College Faculty Members Recognized with University-Level Awards

Three faculty members from the College of Education have recently been recognized with University-level awards.

Ninety Years and Counting

Penn State's College of Education is celebrating its 90th anniversary in June. Join us as we reflect on ninety years of progress, innovation, and breakthroughs.

Far-Reaching Positive Effects: Humphrey Fellowship Helps Participants Make Differences Around the World

The academic year for the eleven Humphrey Fellows who worked and studied at Penn State this year may be drawing to a close, but its effects will continue. These international professionals are excited to build on the skills and knowledge that they attained through the Humphrey Fellowship Program.

2013 Spring Commencement Speaker Comes Full Circle

Jhan Doughty Berry ’94g, '01g is thrilled, humbled, and honored to serve as the College of Education’s Spring 2013 commencement speaker at 1:30 p.m. on May 5 at the Bryce Jordan Center at University Park.

Harris to Receive University's Distinguished Alumni Award

The Penn State Board of Trustees has selected James T. Harris III to receive the University’s highest award for an individual, the Distinguished Alumni Award. Harris earned his doctorate in higher education administration from Penn State’s College of Education in 1988.

Meghan Littlejohn Named Spring 2013 Student Marshal for the College of Education

Meghan Littlejohn, an elementary & kindergarten education (K-6) major, has been named the College of Education's Spring 2013 Student Marshal.

Student Teaching in India Offers a Variety of Lessons

Secondary education student Drew DiSario learned lessons about more than curriculum and instruction when he opted to take advantage of the short term student teaching abroad program in Bangalore, India.

2013 Outstanding Faculty, Staff, and Students Honored

The College of Education recently honored the recipients of its 2013 Faculty, Staff, and Student Awards. Seven members of the College were recognized for their achievements at a April 3 reception hosted by Dean David H. Monk at the Nittany Lion Inn.

 

March 2013

Exploring Lifelong Learning Through Technology

Chris Gamrat, a doctoral candidate in Learning, Design, and Technology in the Penn State College of Education, has been awarded a $50,000 Center for Online Innovation in Learning (COIL) Research Initiation Grant (RIG) to develop a lifelong learning system for Penn State.

Showing Their Work: College of Ed Graduate Students Participate in the Graduate Exhibition

Four graduate students from the College of Education shared their work in the poster portion of the Annual Graduate Exhibition on March 24 in the HUB-Robeson Center at University Park.

Technology Helps Students Understand Reasoning Behind Math

Kathleen Heid, distinguished professor of mathematics education, and Rose Mary Zbiek, professor of mathematics education, discuss how teachers who use computer algebra systems (CAS) can help students better understand mathematics and effectively apply it to the world around them.

Reading Camp for Elementary Students Coming this Summer

The College of Education is offering the Penn State Reading Camp for elementary school students from July 8 through August 1.

March Madness Comes to the College of Education

Help the College of Education win the March Madness Big Ten Facebook Rivalry Challenge by helping us acquire the most likes on Facebook between March 15 and April 5.

Alumni Award Winner Continues to Actively Engage Students

Dr. Rebecca West Burns, a 2013 Alumni Achievement Award winner, is a life-long learner who works to engage her students actively in the classroom and online.

Research Shows Rural Community Institutions Affect Immigrants' Receptivity

A College of Education professor and research associate recently published research that revealed four constellations of factors that influence receptivity toward immigrants in rural Pennsylvania.

School Choice Policies can Relieve or Exacerbate Segregation

College of Education Assistant Professor Erica Frankenberg co-authored a book that examines the effect that school choice and charter schools has on segregation.

Probing Question: Can We Reduce the Risk of School Shootings?

Two College of Education professors provide answers to that question. The first is a resounding, "Yes."

Workforce Ed Students Recognized at Professional Conference

Two graduate students from the College of Education's Workforce Education program won awards in February at the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) Conference in Arlington, VA.

Eleven Students Receive Research Grants

Eleven doctoral students received Student Dissertation Research Initiation Grants this academic year. These grants are funded through the Dean’s Office to help fund research for student dissertations.

College of Education to Offer M.S. in Higher Education and Student Affairs

David H. Monk, dean of the College of Education, and Damon Sims, vice president for Student Affairs, have announced a new partnership between the College of Education and the Office of Student Affairs to provide a scholar-practitioner-focused higher education master’s degree program.