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    Winners from the 2013 Faculty and Staff Awards2013 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 an April 3 reception hosted by Dean David H. Monk at the Nittany Lion Inn.

    Rebecca Burns ThumbAlumni 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.

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    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.

    sheppard thumbCollege 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.

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    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.

    Jim HarrisHarris 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.

    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.


    Faculty and Staff News

    Kathy Heid ThumbnailTechnology 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.

    Esther Prins 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.

    FrankenbergSchool 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.

    JoLynn CarneyProbing 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."

    Jacqueline EdmondsonThree College Faculty Members Recognized with University-Level Awards

    Jacqueline Edmondson, Brandon Hunt, and Gwen Lloyd have recently been recognized with University-level awards.

    Staff Changes

    Welcome to Dirk Copland, Thomas Hunt, Joshua Miller, and Samantha Walker.

    Faculty Congratulations

    Congratulations to Soo-yung Byun, Kimberly Powell, Kai Schafft, Ellysa Stern Cahoy, Richard Duschl, Jacqueline Edmondson, Brandon Hunt, Mark Kissling, Beverly Lindsay, Gwen Lloyd, and Barbara Van Horn.

    Faculty Research

    Review the latest faculty/staff presentations, publications, grants, and grant proposals.


    Student News

    Gamrat ThumbExploring 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.

    Drew DiSarioStudent 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.

    Meghan Littlejohn ThumbMeghan 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.

    Talia CarrollShowing 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.

    WFED Awards ThumbWorkforce 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.

    Student Congratulations

    Congratulations to Chris Gamrat, Yu Kyoung Park, Cho Hyun Park, Elif Balin, and Aubree Web.

    Student Research

    Review the latest research by our students.


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