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2017: 04-06 news

Peck receives 2017 Kopp International Achievement Award
Kyle L. Peck, professor of education and research fellow in the Department of Learning and Performance Systems, and co-director for the Center for Online Innovation in Learning, is one of two recipients of the 2017 W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award.
New project serves military families affected by autism
TeleConsult, a three-tier, collaborative program in the College of Education, provides guidance and information for military families regarding their child’s autism diagnosis.
Student's humanitarian work inspires professor
After reading the weekly internship logs of senior Kalkidan Streit, who is interning in South Sudan, Professor Jim Herbert was motivated to help those in the war-stricken nation by hosting a benefit concert.
Concert to benefit the people of South Sudan
Local band Group Therapy, which includes Jim Herbert, professor of rehabilitation and human services, will headline a benefit concert on April 17 to support the citizens of South Sudan, an area rampant with poverty and famine as a result of a 22-year civil war.
Hill awarded $25,000 seed grant
Kathleen Hill, assistant professor of education in Curriculum and Instruction and the Center for Science and the Schools (CSATS), is one of 20 faculty recipients of 2017 ICS Seed Grant Program awards from the Institute for CyberScience (ICS).
College recognizes five at annual awards ceremony
The College of Education recognized five of its own at its annual awards ceremony on April 17.
Interns in Professional Development School take time to give back to community
Prospective teachers in Penn State's PDS program enjoy a variety of philanthropic interests.
Preview Days matches higher education master's students with graduate assistantships
New graduate students say College of Education program is most helpful in their decision-making process.
Doctoral candidate earns American Bar Foundation fellowship
Rachel Montgomery awarded $35,000 to assist emerging scholars studying a variety of higher education topics.
Research focuses on training needs of African teachers
Penn State faculty member Elizabeth Hughes and a colleague are collaborating with professors at African universities to identify the special education professional development needs of teachers in four African nations.
Hudock earns award for outstanding teaching
Laura Hudock, doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction, is one of 10 Penn State graduate students to receive the 2017 Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award.
College of Education well-represented at national conference
A large number of faculty and students are authors or co-authors of papers being presented in symposia, paper sessions or poster sessions at the American Education Research Association (AERA) meeting April 27 through May 1 in San Antonio, Texas.
Student learns about diversity in Italy
Study-abroad opportunities can be life-changing for undergraduate students, and that indeed is the case for Julianne Arcamone, a third-year student studying elementary and early childhood education with a minor in psychology.
Alumna returns to school to follow her passion
She graduated from Penn State in 2014 and has returned to College of Education for a teaching certificate and master's degree.
Alumna dedicates career to American Indian education
Alumna Jane Harstad credits the College of Education for preparing her for her new position as Director of Indian Education for the State of Minnesota.
College of Education celebrates twin marshals
For the first time in at least 20 years, and possibly ever, the Penn State College of Education has two student marshals for its spring commencement ceremony – and they're twins in more ways than just their perfect 4.0 GPA.
National School Boards Association head to speak at commencement
Thomas J. Gentzel, the executive director and CEO of the National School Boards Association (NSBA), is the speaker for the College of Education's spring commencement ceremony, scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 7, in the Bryce Jordan Center on Penn State's University Park campus.
Organizational development program adds two certificates
The College of Education, in partnership with Penn State World Campus, will offer certificates in analytics and occupational safety and health as part of its graduate program in organization development and change.
Alumna draws on Penn State experience to assist Florida school district
Rebecca Burns knew she could be a prober-solver because of her background in College of Education's Professional Development School.
Students create digital game to raise landmine awareness
Kenan Zekic, a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, collaborated with visual arts students to create a game to help students in his home country learn while also raising awareness of landmines left behind following the Bosnian War.
Mandalas by education graduate student to be displayed in Old Main
Intricate mandalas, created by College of Education graduate student Fernanda Bonafini, will be on display in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, 209 Old Main, beginning May 12.
Research project changes lives in remote communities in Peru
For Joe Levitan and Kayla Johnson, their research quite literally has become their life’s work. What started as Levitan’s research has expanded to include Johnson’s area of expertise, and it has been life-changing for both of them, as well as for the indigenous people in rural communities in Peru with whom they are working.
PDS Inquiry Conference brings out best in future teachers
More than 70 prospective teachers in Professional Development School program present research interests.
Doctoral student focuses research on North Korean defectors
Regardless of the things that make people different, there is one thing we all have in common. We all are human beings and we all deserve to be happy. This philosophy is the driving force behind doctoral candidate Jinhee Choi's interest in researching the experiences of North Korean defectors living in South Korea.
Prospective teacher thankful for Penn State's educational environment
Winner of College of Education's Undergraduate Student Leadership and Service Award, Leigh Boggs made the most of her college career.
Doctoral candidate aims to help his Indonesian students broaden their horizons
Usep Syaripudin hopes to change students' way of thinking when he returns to his homeland to teach educators.
RHS graduate, veteran featured on Good Morning America
ABC’s "Good Morning America" will feature Penn State graduate Danielle Joliet on May 10 as part of the GMA Class of 2017. Joliet, a U.S. Army veteran and graduate of the Penn State College of Education, is also the recipient of the Penn State Outstanding Adult Student Learner Award. This success did not come to Joliet without challenges — the wife and mother of two is a recovering alcoholic who found a way to turn her life around and help others do the same.
School choice policies may impact segregation and diversity of public schools
Erica Frankenberg, associate professor of education and demography and co-director of the Center for Education and Civil Rights at Penn State, is looking at how student assignment policies may be impacting the diversity of public schools.
Free event to examine diversity in K-12 schools
The Penn State College of Education's Center for Education and Civil Rights will hold a free event focused on "Furthering Diversity in K-12 Schools through Student Assignment," scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 1, at the Georgetown Law Center, 600 New Jersey Ave. NW, 1st Floor, in Washington, D.C.
New research shows reversal of Civil Rights era gains
A report by the Civil Rights Project at UCLA and the Center for Education and Civil Rights at Penn State finds intense school segregation of black and Latino students in the south.
College of Education opens search for associate dean
The College of Education has launched an internal search for its next associate dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Studies to replace Stephanie Knight, who will step down Aug. 1 to become the next dean of the Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
After 40 years, Jamie Myers' teaching career comes to a close
The professor of education knows the Professional Development School program is in great shape; more time with family and additional hours on a boat beckon.
Praise and plaudits about Jamie Myers come from everywhere
Former students, colleagues have nothing but compliments for retiring professor.
Student Elijah Armstrong takes a stand for educational equity
Dealing with epilepsy and overcoming adversity has empowered Education and Public Policy student Elijah Armstrong with an all-in sense of advocacy dynamic enough to stand up for the rights of others and even the courage and tenacity to do a little stand-up on his own.
TEAMology receives $75,000 award from Fund for Innovation
Project TEAM is a school-wide program that assists students with social skills, career education, anti-bullying strategies, friendship and relational skills.
Student teacher's kindergarten class collects, sends 1,300 books to school in Africa
Ericka Sinicrope completed her Professional Development School program by overseeing African Library Book Project that will benefit underserved students in Malawi, Africa.
Penn State, Pitt examine partnerships at second annual Education Summit
While Penn State and Pitt may be athletic-event rivals, when it comes to education they have developed a very collaborative partnership.
Quality Talk Science Summit explores how to make critical thinking happen in classrooms
Nearly two dozen middle- and high-school science teachers gathered on the Penn State University Park campus recently to participate in a Quality Talk Science Summit, "Quality Talk in Science: How to make critical-analytic thinking happen in your classroom."