2016: 01-03 news

Stories posted between January and March 2016
Students encouraged to apply for scholarships
The College of Education’s scholarship committee is now accepting scholarship applications for College-specific scholarships available for the 2016-17 academic year.
Class in session on high seas
Class Afloat experience combines teaching and travel for College of Education and Schreyer alumnus
Center for Science and the Schools aspires to help grant-seeking researchers
CSATS offers assistance on broader impact portion of grant applications.
Jackie Ridley
Jacqueline Rohrbeck Ridley praises her College of Education background for helping prepare her to teach in urban areas.
College of Education alumna making a difference in Akron city schools
Jacqueline Rohrbeck Ridley also offers advice to prospective education graduates.
Humphrey Fellow to speak about life in Afghanistan
Angela Niazmand, a 2015 Penn State Humphrey Fellow, will share "My Life's Journey: Story of an Afghani Woman" on Jan. 25 at the Nittany Lion Inn.
State-of-the-art Social Studies Lab opens
The new Social Studies Lab will support instruction of students across the three social studies education certification levels — elementary, middle and secondary grades — and give faculty members options in their teaching methods.
Unique CEDAR Clinic serves dual purpose for students
CEDAR Clinic provides long-term counseling services to Penn State's undergraduate students while simultaneously training future counselors and counselor supervisors.
Walking and talking: What a walk around a neighborhood can teach us about history, memory and community
Penn State arts educator Kimberly Powell explores how walking through a neighborhood with a rich culture and painful history influences how residents think of their community and their place in it.
Penn State professor named among most influential in shaping education
Penn State Associate Professor of Education and Demography Erica Frankenberg was recently named to the 2016 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings list of the top 200 U.S.-based university scholars who influence education policy and practice.
Stephanie Gursky leads an elementary class in Napakiak, Alaska.
College of Education alumna's teaching role in Alaska anything but traditional
College of Education alumna Stephanie Gursky teaches in Napakiak, Alaska, which is accessible in the winter only by boat, plane or driving on a frozen river.
Competitive trapshooting leads research assistant to new adventures
Growing up in the world of competitive trapshooting has led KayLynn Hamilton on a journey of adventure that has brought multiple titles, including a national championship.
State College teachers Gail Romig, left, and Kate Hallinger team up to work on a coaching cycle in the school district.
PDS program provides ongoing learning process for Penn State interns, State College teachers
When this year’s annual PDS Inquiry Conference is held April 23, it will mark the 18th anniversary of the highly successful program featuring Penn State interns who work with SCASD mentors for an entire school year – mid-August to mid-June – in elementary education, middle level education, secondary English and world languages.
College of Education to offer drop-in career counseling
Penn State Career Services and the College of Education have partnered to provide education students with specialized, drop-in career counseling sessions.
Task force examines community-police relationship, seeks best practices
In an effort to strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in the Penn State community, a new town-gown task force has been reviewing best practices and developing observations and recommendations in a report to be released later this spring.
Nearly a dozen student-athletes drawn to human service field in College of Education
Rehabilitation and Human Services graduates can seek employment from among drug and alcohol centers, rehab centers, senior citizen centers, community mental health programs, mental retardation programs, corrections systems and hospitals.
Retirement sitting well with these former College of Education professors
Retirement can sneak up on a person. Former College of Education professors who opted to retire explain that the decision is highly personal -- and can be highly rewarding.
Krause Innovation Studio
The Krause Innovation Studio has futuristic seating pods and vibrant breakout rooms.
Teaching first, technology second
The Krause Innovation Studio, located in Chambers Building at University Park, is finding new ways to promote teaching and learning with technology.
Penn State PDS program graduates eager to assist College of Education interns
State College Area School District teachers draw on past experience to aid prospective educators.
Summer is a time for learning, enjoying Happy Valley
Summer sessions may just be the best-kept secret at Penn State. There’s a lot going on in Happy Valley over the summer, both in and out of the classroom.
Faculty member receives national research award
Julia Bryan, associate professor of counselor education, has been awarded the 2016 Extended Research Award by the American Counseling Association for research contributions made throughout her career.
School districts hold curriculum and instruction graduates in high regard
Recruiters from large, suburban schools and smaller, remote outposts seek out Penn State education graduates.
Science achievement gaps begin before kindergarten
Academic achievement gaps in the United State are well documented in the upper elementary and middle school grades, with minority and low-income children consistently underperforming their peers. New Penn State research indicates that science achievement gaps may begin earlier than previously thought, before children enter kindergarten.
Eight selected to receive Distinguished Alumni Awards in 2016
Eight Penn State alumni, including a College of Education alumnus, have been selected to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, the University's highest award for an individual.
New course brings video games to the classroom
A new course from the College of Education’s Learning Design and Technology (LDT) program is not only integrating technology in the classroom, it is encouraging the students’ use of commercial video games.
2FA enrollment deadline approaching for College of Education
Faculty and staff in the College of Education who have not yet enrolled in two-factor authentication (2FA) have until April 5 to register. After that date, College of Education faculty and staff who have not enrolled will be automatically forwarded to a 2FA required logon site when they attempt to to log in to WebAccess, the University’s authentication system that protects such systems as WebMail, ANGEL (and Canvas), the Employee Self-Service Information Center (ESSIC) and more.
Mitra attends education conference at White House
Dana Mitra, associate professor of education policy studies, participated in a national education conference at the White House on March 17, at the invitation of First Lady Michelle Obama.
2 College of Education alumni earn Achievement Award
Penn State graduates make an immediate impact in their careers, and this year’s recipients of the Alumni Association’s Alumni Achievement Award - including two alumni from the College of Education - show how.
Heard on Campus: Curtis Chin, documentary filmmaker
"Education is the only way out of poverty for a lot of these families. And so they do put all of their emphasis on it, because that's their perception." -- Curtis Chin, writer, producer, director, talking about his documentary, "Tested."
Secondary English side of PDS program to showcase its students at Teacher Inquiry Conference
Nearly 60 elementary and secondary Professional Development School interns to display their research April 23.
Abington education student hits it big on 'Wheel of Fortune'
Liz Janoski leaves Los Angeles with nearly $50,000 after her appearance on the "Wheel of Fortune College Road Trip.''