2017: 07-09 news

Initiative aims to use education to reduce recidivism among Centre County inmates
With the number of incarcerated individuals growing across the United States, a Penn State faculty member is using education to help reduce recidivism rates at SCI Benner Township and the Centre County Correctional Facility.
Summer Academy returns to Penn State July 8
The College of Education once again will co-sponsor Pennsylvania’s Summer Academy for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired, a the three-week intensive program focused on enhancing independence skills for high school students transitioning to post-secondary education.
Evensen-Lions in Recovery Scholarship Award supports students in recovery
A new endowed scholarship will focus on supporting Penn State’s Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC). The Evensen-Lions in Recovery Scholarship Award was established by Dorie Evensen, professor emerita of education and 25-year member of the Penn State College of Education faculty, who retired June 30.
Workshops enable math teachers to hone skills
School may be out for students, but it's about to be back in session for two dozen elementary school math teachers who want to improve their mathematics fluency.
Associate dean Knight named dean at Southern Methodist University
Stephanie Knight, associate dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Studies in Penn State's College of Education, will step down on Aug. 1 to become the next dean of the Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. The College has launched an internal search for her successor.
Center for Education and Civil Rights examines integration among K-12 schools
Penn State's Center for Education and Civil Rights' ongoing quest to eliminate educational inequities and advance school integration efforts moved forward in Washington, D.C., recently during a "Furthering Diversity in K-12 Schools through Student Assignment" conference.
Bieschke named vice provost for faculty affairs at Penn State
Penn State has announced that Kathleen Bieschke, a department head in the College of Education and professor of education in counseling psychology, will become the University’s new vice provost for faculty affairs. Bieschke, who recently concluded her term as interim dean of the Schreyer Honors College, will begin her appointment Aug. 1.
Penn State hosts state’s first Deaf and Hard of Hearing Summer Academy
The College of Education recently co-sponsored Pennsylvania’s first Deaf and Hard of Hearing Summer Academy, which is designed to prepare deaf, hard of hearing or deaf-blind high school students for their transition to higher education.
Morgan named Eberly Faculty Fellow
Paul L. Morgan, professor of education and demography, has been named recipient of the Harry and Marion Royer Eberly Faculty Fellowship in Education in Penn State's College of Education. His six-year term began July 1.
Virtual reality lessons can help students become better real-life teachers
Because Associate Professor of Education Mary Catherine Scheeler has spent her career concentrating on ways to make special education teacher preparation as effective as possible, she spent her recent sabbatical speaking with individuals -- some human and some not -- who could help her heighten that effort.
Teaching science made easier because of TESLA organization
Science educators at Penn State are out to assure that those students whose careers will include teaching that tough topic exhibit a passion for it in their classroom instead of simply a passing interest. The Discovery Space Children's Museum in State College plays a major role in that.
Summer commencement is Saturday
Summer commencement at University Park is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, in the Bryce Jordan Center.
Witts named student marshal for summer commencement
Emily Witts has been selected as the College of Education’s student marshal for the summer semester 2017 commencement ceremony, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at the Bryce Jordan Center on the Penn State University Park campus.
Graduate students author journal article
Chi Nguyen and Maraki Kebede, graduate students in Education Policy Studies, authored "Immigrant Students in the Trump Era: What We Know and Do Not Know," which appears in the September issue of the journal Educational Policy.
Sperling named associate dean
Rayne Sperling, associate professor of education (educational psychology), has been named associate dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Studies in the College of Education, effective Aug. 1.
Army fellowship helped 20 soldiers earn Penn State master’s degrees
Twenty of the U.S. Army’s senior enlisted soldiers will be honored Tuesday, Aug. 22, after earning Penn State master’s degrees as part of a fellowship aimed at improving their teaching skills to prepare the military’s next generation of leaders.
Unique way of teaching benefits future science teachers
Content courses for prospective elementary teachers in the College of Education differ in comparison with courses taught at other institutions.
Teaching students to think a priority for education professor
Penn State associate professor of education Fran Arbaugh has inspired passion and a new way to look at math as an instructor and an honors adviser.
Speaker to discuss 'The Color of Law'
Author Richard Rothstein will speak on "The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America," at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, in 116 Lewis Katz Building on the Penn State University Park campus.
Researcher explores learning habits of skateboarders
Ty Hollett, assistant professor of learning, design, and technology, believes that learning takes place in all settings, including informal ones.
Research grant to help young students learn what goes on beneath Earth's surface
Getting to the core of the problem of teaching young students about the dynamic Earth is the impetus of a four-year, $2.8 million grant awarded to Penn State Associate Professor Scott McDonald.
Tracing trends could lead to better public health education
New research conducted by David Baker, professor of educational theory and policy, and sociology, shows that educated members of society are the trailblazers of risky behaviors.
New partnership brings together career counseling and engineering students
A College of Education faculty member is putting her research in action by partnering with the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering to provide undergraduate students with STEM-focused career counseling.
Quality Talk increases critical thinking in high school STEM classrooms
Having already seen success in language arts classrooms, researchers are now applying the Quality Talk approach to high school physics and chemistry classrooms.
Doctoral candidates help create online studio for graphic design course
In collaboration with a faculty member in the College of Arts and Architecture, Jessica Briskin and Gary Chinn explored the importance of educational design in online arts-based courses.
Discussion to focus on educating and supporting children from immigrant families
Join Penn State’s Center for Education and Civil Rights, and Penn State Law’s Center for Immigrants’ Rights for a timely discussion about immigration. "Educating and Supporting Children from Immigrant Families: What Educators Need to Know" will be held from 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4 in Room A of Panorama Village Building, 240 Villa Crest Drive in State College.