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2015: 07-09 news

News stories July through September 2015
Increasing prevalence of autism due, in part, to changing diagnoses
The greater than three-fold increase in autism diagnoses among students in special education programs in the United States between 2000 and 2010 may be due in large part to the reclassification of individuals who previously would have been diagnosed with other intellectual disability disorders, according to new research.
Summer Academy prepares students with visual impairments for college life
The Summer Academy for the Blind and Visually Impaired helps high school students experience college life and teach them that anything is possible.
Penn State online graduate degree helps principal in Qatar improve her school
Kelsie Abduljawad, of Doha, Qatar, graduated in December 2014 with a master’s degree in educational leadership that she completed online through Penn State World Campus. She has been able to apply what she learned in her coursework to help with decision-making for her school’s accreditation, professional development programming and curriculum.
Learning to read between the lines with new digital tutor
Penn State professor develops online method to teach reading comprehension.
Partnership honors educators, board members for outstanding service
The Pennsylvania School Study Council held its annual awards banquet today (August 5) at The Penn Stater Conference Center to recognize two area educators and a school board member for their outstanding service to public education.
Faculty, staff learn about leadership at Gettysburg
Because everyone in the College of Education has a leadership role to help the College achieve its goals, a group of faculty and staff went to Gettysburg on Thursday, Aug. 6, to learn about leadership through the lens of the historic Civil War Battle of Gettysburg.
Teaching vocab to kids early may lead to better academics, behavior later on
Two-year-old children with larger oral vocabularies enter U.S. kindergarten classrooms better at reading and mathematics as well as better behaved, according to a team of researchers lead by Paul Morgan, associate professor of education policy studies at Penn State.
Robert Floden to deliver annual Nicely Lecture on October 16
Robert Floden will deliver the Robert F. Nicely and Donna C. Nicely Distinguished Scholar in Education lecture at 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 16 at the Nittany Lion Inn.
Penn State offers new minor in Child Maltreatment and Advocacy Studies
A new minor in Child Maltreatment and Advocacy Studies is now available at Penn State. The University is the first school in the Big Ten and one of the first in the nation to devote 18 credits to an undergraduate minor of this kind.
World Campus, College of Education launch online certificates in organization development and change
The 12-credit certificates offer specializations in organization development and change essentials; consulting skills; and operational excellence. The certificates are being offered online through Penn State World Campus and the Penn State College of Education.
Summer program abroad provides insight into culture, disability in Ireland
A group of 10 Penn State students from a variety of majors traveled to Ireland this summer for a month-long examination of the country's culture through the lens of disability advocacy and accommodations.
Learning beneath the trees
Penn State research group uses iBeacons to help children learn more about The Arboretum
Nayab Gill, standing at left, and Michael Easterbrook, members of Penn State's International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition Team, offer assistance at a Bioenergy Byproducts Education Program teacher workshop conducted by CSATS.
Center for Science and the Schools promotes teacher education among STEM colleges
CSATS believes an inquiry-based teaching approach is highly effective.
Law School
The Lewis Katz Building on the Penn State campus houses the University's Law School.
Partnerships with Penn State Law, Student Affairs provide varied degree options
Students receive clear understanding of the nature of the work that awaits them.
Rachel Wolkenhauer
Rachel Wolkenhauer
Penn State enhances its research-practice partnership with National Taiwan Normal University
Program's goals include innovative science education techniques.
Take note and tune in: College of Education faculty, staff discuss love of music
Many faculty and staff of the College of Education find solace and relaxation in music.
Taylor Manalo
College of Education student Taylor Manalo participates in the Sept. 23 production of The Moth.
College of Education students benefit from 'The Moth' storytelling production
Participants reveal something transformational that happened in their lives.
Penn State partners with littleBits to connect students to 'Internet of Things'
Through a partnership with technology company littleBits, Penn State is opening a new "Invention Studio" within the Knowledge Commons to inspire students to develop research, invoke entrepreneurship, and explore new ideas through creative coursework.
Barbie play generates research work for College of Education doctoral candidate
Emily Rose Aguilo-Perez focusing on influence of Barbie in Puerto Rican girlhoods.
Emily Rose Aguilo-Perez
Emily Rose Aguilo-Perez is examining the influence of Barbie on Puerto Rican girlhood as her dissertation topic.
Yamil Sarraga-Lopez
Yamil Sarraga-Lopez is a College of Education doctoral candidate from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez.
Academic partnerships with College of Education continue to broaden
Agreements with Xavier University of Louisiana and University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez focus on doctoral candidates.
Shepperd School
Virtual learning allows Penn State students to teach youth in the Isaac Shepperd Elementary School in Philadelphia via online methods.
Virtual tutoring plays principal role in College of Education partnerships with urban schools
Students connect online with youth in Philadelphia city schools.