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Bridges - Fall 2013

Fall 2013 Issue of Bridges, the newsletter from the Penn State College of Education.

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Fall 2013 Issue


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Garces Files Amicus Curiae in Supreme Court Case

Liliana Garces, assistant professor of education, served as counsel of record for the Civil Rights Project at UCLA in an amicus curiae brief filed for a case with the United States Supreme Court.


Finding What Improves Employment Outcomes for People with Disabilities

In her recent research, Deirdre O'Sullivan, an assistant professor in the College of Education, explores the factors that can contribute to improving employment outcomes for people with disabilities.

Esther Prins

Web-based Tutoring System Helps Students with Reading

Research from Bonnie Meyer, professor of education, shares how a web-based tutoring tool is helping improve reading comprehension among fourth and fifth graders.

Esther Prins

Clarifying Dispositions in Teacher Education can Lead to Better Teaching

According to recent research by Deborah Schussler, associate professor of education, building an awareness of dispositions in teacher education can help future teachers to be better prepared and morally sensible.

JoLynn CarneyHooper Develops Web-Based System to Help Children Learn to Read

College of Education professor Simon Hooper is helping to develop a web-based system to help children learn to read.


Alumni News

Cheryl AllenAllen to be Honored with Alumni Fellow Award

Judge Cheryl Lynn Allen presides on the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. She has served on the bench for six years in her current capacity and possesses more than 30 years of experience in the judicial system.

William Farrell Krause to Receive Alumni Fellow Award

Gay Krause is executive director of the Krause Center for Innovation (KCI), located at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, Calif. She has extensive experience in offering professional development programs to K-14 educators as well as experience as a teacher, counselor, assistant principal, and principal.

George Santiago, Jr.Alumni Society Honors 2013 Award Recipients

The College of Education Alumni Society proudly announces its 2013 award winners. All recipients are alumni of Penn State’s College of Education and have distinguished themselves in their careers, as well as in the field of education.

Susan O'LearyCollege of Education Planning Alumni Tour to England, France

The Penn State College of Education and Penn State Alumni Association are partnering to offer alumni an opportunity to go on a 10-day trip to England and France.

Professional Development

Penn State offers a number of seminars and courses, many approved for Act 48 credit.

Alumni Notes

Alumni, learn about what your Penn State classmates are up to, and let them know what you are doing now.


College News

Dean David MonkCollege of Education Employees Honored by Education Association

Dean David H. Monk, Professor Jim Nolan, and retired Administrative Support Coordinator Suzanne Harpster were recognized by PAC-TE.

CEDAR Clinic

CEDAR Clinic Provides Services to Clients and Training for Penn State Students

For nearly 70 years, the College of Education’s CEDAR Clinic has served two important purposes at Penn State: as a facility that provides services to clients as well as a supervised training center for graduate students.

Kyle Peck

College of Education Names New Associate Dean

The College of Education named Stephanie Knight as the new associate dean of undergraduate and graduate studies.

New FacultyCollege Welcomes 15 New Faculty Members

Penn State’s College of Education welcomes 15 new tenure-line faculty members this semester.

Ed Fuller

College of Education Summit Discusses STEM Education

The Waterbury Summit brought education leaders and researchers to University Park to explore the challenges of the Next Generation Science Standards.


Student Features

A thumbnail photo from the group of 7 students who traveled to Brazil as part of EDUC 497C.

Students Explore Brazilian Educational Systems

A College of Education class gave students a unique opportunity to experience Brazilian culture and its educational system.

Ed Fuller

Track and Field Athlete Selected as Student Marshal

Emily Giannotti served as the College of Education's student marshal for summer 2013.

Ed Fuller

Childhood Tragedy Prompts Student to Advocate for Suicide Prevention

Maggie Cardin, a College of Education senior and Presidential Leadership Academy student, has been working to create a mental health training requirement for educators.

Ed Fuller

Student Summer Story Videos

Throughout the fall semester, we are sharing Student Summer Stories, features that highlighted some of the amazing activities our students did this past summer, from the arts to volunteering and everything in between. Three student chose to submit videos.

Ed Fuller

Working as Camp Counselor, Student Finds True Passion

While working at a camp, undergraduate student Anna Boettcher found her true passion for special education, a passion she plans on carrying into her graduate work.

Ed Fuller

Student Works with English-Language Educators in Africa

Colleen Shaughnessy, a doctoral student in the College of Education, spent last summer working in Africa as an English language specialist.

Ed Fuller

Learning the Language: Student Spends Summer in Ecuador Teaching English

Tara Perpignan, a junior studying special education, spent her summer teaching English to students in Ecuador, which helped her become a better teacher.

Ed Fuller

Student Becomes Mentor to Children in Hospital

Katie Haskins, a junior studying rehabilitation and human services, got a new perspective on children thanks to her internship at Cumberland Hospital last summer.


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