2017: 10-12 news

Intelligent Tutor technology helps students increase reading comprehension
Professor of Educational Psychology Bonnie J.F. Meyer has dedicated her 44-year career to helping students improve their reading comprehension skills.
Methods by which students learn science undergoing considerable revision with ACESSE Project
Penn State College of Education part of Advancing Coherent and Equitable Systems of Science Education.
New computer program to examine collaborative online learning
Marcela Borge is part of ground-breaking research about the usefulness of online communities within learning programs.
Nominations sought for internal department head search
The College of Education has launched an internal search for head of the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education (EPCSE).
Research exploring race and gender in video games is first of its kind
Groundbreaking research by Gabriela Richard, an assistant professor of learning, design and technology in the College of Education, looks at the intersection of gender and race in the gaming world and how that affects the ways users learn.
Penn State partnership reshaping science education
An interdisciplinary team of faculty has worked as part of a more than $9 million initiative aimed at reshaping the teaching and learning of Earth and space science in Pennsylvania.
Penn State offering certificate to help K-12 teachers develop online lessons
A new certificate program from Penn State can help elementary and secondary teachers adapt the curriculum they have used in a classroom for use in online instruction.
Counselor education faculty, graduate students present at national conference
The College of Education's Counselor Education Program was well-represented at the annual conference of The Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), held recently in Chicago. Program faculty and doctoral students presented on a variety of topics and were a strong presence in all levels of activities, including full sessions, posters, roundtables and leadership meetings.
$1.25 million grant to improve treating children with autism, other needs
Penn State faculty members have received a $1.25 million federal grant to address a shortage in speech-language pathologists and special educators with master’s degrees who have the knowledge and experience in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) practices, in order to improve school-based services and results for children, teens and young adults with complex communication needs.
Deans' message on the Learning Sciences
In his message in the 2017 Report on the Learning Sciences, Dean David H. Monk said there is much work going on in the classroom and through research directly related to the Learning Sciences.
McDonald to convene Learning Sciences Initiative
Scott McDonald, associate professor of science education and director of the Krause Innovation Studio in the Penn State College of Education, has been named convener of the College's Learning Sciences Initiative.
Dual-title degrees provide students with multiple academic options
Penn State is attempting to make its mark on what could be a signature program in the College of Education in which dual-title degrees are conferred upon its graduate students.
Entrance into NAPLeS aids College’s visibility
Members of Penn State’s College of Education, in their quest to advance the Learning Sciences project, are learning how to learn about learning, and they want colleagues at other institutions — domestic and worldwide — to learn about the process by which that is occurring.
Unique program helps Penn State students become citizens of the world as they teach English in Ecuador
Associate Professor Elizabeth Smolcic heads up the College’s Teaching English as a Second Language program, complete with a five-week immersion trip to Ecuador.
Giving Tuesday goal to give student a global experience
This year, the College of Education is raising money to fully fund at least one student to participate in the Teaching ESL Certificate Program with an Ecuador Immersion Experience.
Alumna endows scholarship for education student who also is part of the Blue Band
Sometimes, when you follow your dreams and do what you love, good things happen. That certainly has been the case for Ashley McCoach, a junior studying elementary and early childhood education in the pre-K to 4 option.
Longtime donors give $100,000 to endow RHS graduate program
Alumnus Ralph Pacinelli and his wife Patricia have contributed financial support to the College of Education for 34 consecutive years. This year, their gift includes the establishment of the Ralph N. and Patricia P. Pacinelli Graduate Award, a $100,000 endowment that will fund an annual award that will be given to one or more graduate students in the College of Education who intend to work in federal, state or local agencies and community rehabilitation programs.
State-of-the-art classrooms to reflect new techniques of teaching science
It’s not so much what the new science wing in the College of Education will look like that appeals to Scott McDonald, it’s more of the possibility that prospective students will take another look at the value of being a science education major.
Professor returns from 10-day trip to China with rekindled passion for research and teaching
It took just 10 days in Shanghai in May 2016 for Vivian Yenika-Agbaw to learn that having a global impact on students can make a world of difference, particularly when a little over a year later one of her scholars opted to venture far to the west to a part of the academic world called Penn State.
‘Street Law’ offers young students legal knowledge, law students public service
Efrain Marimon, instructor of education, has partnered with Penn State Law to establish "Street Law," a course that takes law students into local high and middle schools to teach young students about the U.S. legal system.
Jennifer Frank to serve on National Academy of Sciences panel
Jennifer L. Frank, assistant professor of education (special education), was appointed to the National Academy of Sciences' Consensus Study on Fostering Healthy Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Development among Children and Youth.
Once upon a time, a new way to look at children's tales was told
There are more ways than one to interpret children's stories, and Vivian Yenika-Agbaw's unique view of them has let to her being named to the board of the International Research Society for Children's Literature.
Minority students' disabilities less likely to be identified in U.S. schools
Professor Paul Morgan and four colleagues replicated an earlier but provocative study that found that minority children are less likely to be identified as having disabilities as they attend U.S. schools.
Earlier entrance into classroom helping to prepare future science teachers
Associate Professor Scott McDonald enables pre-service teachers to experience professional surroundings in classes at Park Forest Middle School.
Penn State opens family literacy program in Williamsport
Penn State's Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy has partnered with STEP Inc. to provide a new education program to needy families in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Adult education professor organizes student art gallery
In an effort to fill the blank walls on the third floor of Keller Building, William Diehl, assistant professor of education (adult education) has partnered with students and faculty across the University to develop a student-run art gallery.
Sommers named fall 2017 College of Education student marshal
The Penn State College of Education has named Casey Sommers as its student marshal for fall 2017. She will be recognized during the Penn State undergraduate commencement ceremony at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus.
Mathematics Education Student Group gains national affiliation
The Mathematics Education Student Group in the College of Education is now an official affiliate organization of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Researchers' brief provides important context for landmark school district secession case
When the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th circuit hears the case of Stout v. Jefferson next week, it will be deciding more than the fate of one small community in Jefferson County, Alabama. The court's ruling, which likely will be the definitive opinion in this case, could set precedent for other cases in the three southern states comprising the 11th circuit.
Fingerprinting services no longer available on University Park campus
Due to a recent change in the state’s contracts for fingerprint services in Pennsylvania, Penn State University Police will no longer be able to provide fingerprint services for campus community members on the University Park campus.
Recent Education Policy Studies graduate wins a master's research award
Kerri Musick earned her master's degree from Penn State's Department of Education Policy Studies in May 2017 and is gainfully employed in Virginia, but the investment she made in her capstone project about first-generation students is still paying off.
Counselor education professor heads Down Under to conduct research
Professor of Education Jeff Hayes will travel to New Zealand and Australia next semester to test the effectiveness of a training model aimed at helping counselors overcome and properly respond to problematic reactions.
Professional position precedes doctoral degree for graduate student
Heather Bennett will earn her doctorate in educational leadership Dec. 16, but her co-curricular activities helped her land a job with the Pennsylvania School Boards Association months ago.