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    Rapid Planning Workshop Notes (10-26-07)

    Outline and notes generated from table discussions during the rapid strategic planning workshop held on October 8, 2007.

    October 26, 2007

    Collegeof Education


    Workshop Facilitators:  Louise Sandmeyer and Michael Dooris


    Group 1

    Members:  Ellie Dietrich, Bob Hendrickson, Judy Leonard, Scott Metzger, Kathy Ruhl, Beverly Vandiver, and
    Susan Woodhouse

    1.  Translating Research to Practice to Impact


    • Teaching
    • Administration
    • Learning
    • Human Development
    • Civic Engagement
    • Policy


    2.  Elevate the Status of Education as a Career atPennState


    3.  Increase Capacity of Educators to Apply Principles of Learning to Emerging   Technologies


    • Impact of technology from a research perspective
    • Using technology to broaden outreach


    Group 2

    Members:  Kathy Bieschke, Jim Herbert, Jonna Kulikowich, Eugenio Longoria Saenz, Sharon Patrick, Priya Sharma, Jackie Stefkovich, and Dan Thompson

    I.  Living and Learning in a Diverse World (overarching/umbrella-like theme)

    Underlying Strands/Themes

        • Cross-disciplinary/inter-disciplinary dialogues
        • Collaboration
        • Technology
        • Communities of Practice
        • Pedagogy
        • Student-Centered
      1. How and what we teach
      2.  What we choose to evaluate and how we evaluate it
      • Research
      • Worldview(s)
      •  Life-long


      II.  Concentric Circles


          • Collaboration, Research, and Technology in the outer-most ring
          • Student Centered and Pedagogy in the next ring toward the center
          • Living and Learning in a Diverse World in the center


      Group 3

      Members:  Preston Green, Kathy Heid, Darla Homan, Brian Mauersberg, Karen Murphy, Lorraine Ritter, and
      Rich Walter

      Addressing Problems --  Developing Solutions


                          1.  STEM --  IST, Eberly, Engineering

                          1.5 Literacy        

                      2.  Socio-Emotional --  HHD, Prevention Center

                      3.  Biological Indices --  Liberal Arts, Biobehavioral health, Hershey
                      4.  Teacher Education --  Arts and Architecture, Ag, Commonwealth, Disciplines

                      5.  Understanding/Appreciation/Building on Strength of Differences (broadly defined)

                      6.  Evaluating Technology --  See STEM also Public/Private Schools

      Being careful not to assume automatically that technology is necessarily good.


      Group 4


      Members:  Craig Eozzo, Dan Grow, Richard Hazler, Esther Prins, Rayne Sperling, Jackie Taby, and Laura Zimmerman

      1.  Community/Schools

      • Working more systematically with communities to address educational issues
      • Working more systematically with other PSU scholars to address education and community issues


      2.  Learners --  the diversity of learning

        • Collaborating with other scholars to help educators work effectively with marginalized, culturally diverse learners and to promote equity in education


      3.  Science of the Learner

      • Collaborative research and development with the scientific community
      • Focusing on learners


      4.  Reaching out to and Engaging with Diverse Communities

        • Working more closely with extension to address pressing community issues


      5.  Promoting Critical Literacies

        • Critical analysis of the media
        • Critical analysis of technology

      Group 5


      Members:  Dave Cochrane, Myrna Covington, Dorie Evensen, Jerry Henry, David McNaughton, Dana Mitra,
      Michael G. Moore, and Deborah Smith

      Constructing a Presence 

      1.  Position ourselves as resources 

      • Outreach --  faculty, students, alumni --  to influence policy decisions (e.g., the State Board of Education and PDE)
      • Interacting more effectively
      • Public Engagement


      2.  Broadening Conception of Education

              • Not just teacher certification
              • Other areas of employment --  technology --  plan ahead


      3.  Proactive

              • State mandates
              • How do we shape/respond  
              • Looking for overlaps in what we do


      4.  Connections 

      • Across colleges --  undergraduate students
      • Within the College --  research agendas
      • Communities, schools, non-profits, to practice of all kinds
      • To other populations, cultures
      • How do other cultures connect to U.S.--  diversity issues
      • Creative delivery systems
      • To other issues – health, poverty, that influence education
      • Continuing Education
      • To other campuses
      • Disciplinary communities


      5.  Measuring outcomes of our programs 

      • Alumni
      • Employers


      6.  Support/Recruitment $$ 

      • Losing low income students
      • Faculty
      • Graduate students
      • Grants