2016: 04-06 news

Mobile Clinic trains students, helps local schools
Mobile Clinic, a unique training program in the Penn State College of Education's school psychology program, takes fourth-year doctoral students into local schools where they get hands-on experience in the role of a school psychologist.
College of Education graduate student displays passion for counseling -- and cooking
Ashley Hamilton hopes to manage a dual career of elementary school counselor with her business venture of running Rosie's Pierogies.
Students to unveil advanced technology for people with communication barriers
Professor of Special Education David McNaughton mentors students as they develop assistive technologies for individuals with communication disorders.
Faculty member wins 2016 Open Innovation Challenge
Scott McDonald, associate professor of education (science education) and director of Krause Innovation Studio, won the 2016 Penn State Open Innovation Challenge with an idea that may change how learning spaces are used in the future.
Student volunteers live in ‘Harmony’
Harmony, a multidisciplinary performing arts student organization on the University Park campus advised by Associate Professor of Special Education Katie Hoffman, connects students with disabilities with the Penn State community through singing, dancing and theater.
College of Education honors 8 faculty, staff members during awards program
The College of Education recognized the accomplishments of its employees at the annual Faculty, Staff and Student Awards Program on April 19 at the Nittany Lion Inn.
Manalo chosen as College of Education's student marshal
Future teacher to graduate with bachelor's and master's degrees from Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate program.
Cuban literacy scholars to visit Penn State
Felipe Pérez Cruz, Cuban literacy campaign expert and professor of history, and Luisa Campos, professor of history and director of the National Literacy Museum in Havana, Cuba, will visit the University Park campus on April 27 and 28 and speak with faculty and students about Cuba's historic literacy campaign.
Inquiry Conference celebrates accomplishments of students in Professional Development School program
School was in session on this particular Saturday morning at Mount Nittany Middle School and for 25 minutes each, 86 prospective teachers – with just a few steps to take before heading into their respective futures – were heading their own classrooms.
College of Education receives $1 million grant to fund scholarship program
Penn State will help address the nationwide shortage of secondary mathematics teachers in high-needs schools with a $1.16 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant will fund mathematics education scholarships for 15 students over a three-year period and allow them to complete their last two years of college tuition-free.
Longtime member of College of Education, Edwin L. Herr, dies
The Penn State College of Education mourns the passing of Edwin L. Herr, 82, who died April 23 at at Foxdale Village in State College.
Graduate student receives the 2016 W. Lamar Kopp International Achievement Award
Chao Su, a Penn State graduate student pursuing a master of arts degree in educational theory and policy with a dual title in comparative and international education, received the 2016 W. Lamar Kopp International Achievement Award during the inaugural Graduate Student Awards Luncheon held on April 27 at the Nittany Lion Inn.
Scholarship winners assist students through diversity-related organizations
Kristina Hunter and Christina Walker already know they want to help people after they graduate from Penn State. With two years remaining until that milestone occurs, they are very comfortable starting early.
Summer interns in higher education graduate program span wide range of student affairs duties
Penn State students in the College of Education’s higher education graduate program are spanning out around the world this summer in search of three credits for now and experience that will prove invaluable later.
Krause family to make vision of new learning space a reality
The College of Education once again has become the beneficiary of a family whose philanthropy is literally changing the way students are taught at Penn State and beyond. Gay and Bill Krause, whose $6.5 million gift created the existing Krause Innovation Studio, have pledged an additional $1 million to support the creation of an innovative teaching and learning space that will expand the scale and scope of the work being done in the current studio.
'Three Takeaways for your Educational Journey!'
Irvin Scott, deputy director of education for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, addressed the College of Education's 325 graduating students at the 2016 Spring Commencement ceremony held Sunday, May 8, at the Bryce Jordan Center. A transcript of his remarks is available here.
Faculty members publish book on school integration
Erica Frankenberg, associate professor of education and demography, and Liliana Garces, assistant professor of higher education, recently published "School Integration Matters: Research-Based Strategies to Advance Equity." The book sheds light on how and why U.S. schools are experiencing increasing segregation more than 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education declared segregated schooling inherently unequal.
New adult education master’s degree, certificate respond to changing workplace
Penn State is offering a new certificate and a revamped master’s degree online for professionals looking to advance their skills in adult education.
Professor of education named interim dean for Schreyer Honors College
Penn State has named Kathleen J. Bieschke, head of the Department of Education Psychology, Counseling and Special Education, as interim dean of the Schreyer Honors College, effective June 1.
Education alumna - and her students - adapt to new language in Beijing
As Chelsea Peak develops curriculum for an English language school in Beijing, China, she is simultaneously developing her path of life.
Mortar Board Society celebrates milestone anniversary and endowment
With a lead gift of $40,000, Helen Dickerson Wise, College of Education alumna, and Mimi Barash Coppersmith, alumna of the College of Communications, have created the Mortar Board Program Endowment for the Archousai Chapter at Penn State, launching an effort they hope many more alumni and friends will join. The society will celebrate this fundraising initiative along with its 80th anniversary at a luncheon June 3 at The Nittany Lion Inn.
Culture and disability program receives international award
"Culture and Disability," Penn State's only study abroad program focused specifically on disability, has been recognized for its innovation in the field of international education with the Innovative New Program — Study Abroad award from GoAbroad.
Education summit aims to ‘re-invent tomorrow’s schools’
A group of 50 educators, mental health professionals and human services specialists from across Pennsylvania gathered today (June 16) at the Nittany Lion Inn for an interdisciplinary conference intended to increase community-university partnerships and better serve children in K-12 schools.
Alumni Society Board announces new president, membership
The College of Education Alumni Society Board has announced its new membership.
Brainwave tech sweeps from labs to classrooms
Two Penn State researchers are using portable electroencephalogram (EEG) technology and the latest insights in neuroscience to move our understanding of the brain out of the laboratory and into the classroom, where they hope their findings can head off ethical lapses on the job and combat bullying in schools.
Lifelong love for books influences student's career choice in education
Jaime Ellenberger shares her love of reading with children of State College and is applying what she is learning in the classroom to her position as a literacy mentor for America Reads at Penn State.
College of Education faculty member to co-host international seminar
Dana Mitra, associate professor of educational theory and policy in the Penn State College of Education, will represent the University as co-host for an international seminar on “Amplifying Student Voice and Partnership,” which will be held July 6-8 at the University of Vermont (UVM).
Alumna wins Fulbright grant
Susan J. Olson, a 1989 doctoral graduate of the Workforce and Education program in the College of Education and professor emeritus in The LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education at The University of Akron, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program grant to Finland this fall semester.
Jobs for the Future names nine Distinguished Fellows
Dana L. Mitra, associate professor of Education in the Department of Education Policy Studies, is among those chosen for the inaugural cohort of Students at the Center Distinguished Fellows by Jobs for the Future’s Students at the Center initiative.