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Around the College: June 6, 2018

Students, staff and faculty members from Penn State's College of Education share recent research and career achievements.

— Penn State alumna and College of Education graduate student Elyzza Aparicio has been selected to the 2018-2019 California State University Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP). For details, visit online.

Seria Chatters, assistant professor of education (counselor education), will serve as the director of diversity and inclusivity in the State College Area School District beginning in August. Chatters, also coordinator of Clinical Mental Health Counseling in Schools and Communities at Penn State, will oversee the district's efforts to meet the goals of its school climate/inclusive excellence policy.

— Research by Erica Frankenberg, associate professor of education (educational leadership) was featured in The Christian Science Monitor. The article, "Desegregation stalls, but voluntary efforts to boost it show promise," discusses findings from Frankenberg's research surrounding segregation in schools and districts. A report co-written by Frankenberg was cited in an article published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Diverse field in Gwinnett school board race could bring a first." The report also was released by the Center for Education and Civil Rights. Frankenberg also was referenced in an article, "Congress Still Won't Pay for Busing to Desegregate Schools". The article talks about desegregation in schools and the benefits of racial and socioeconomic integration.

David Gamson, associate professor of education (education theory and policy), co-edited a book that was recently published called "The Shifting Landscape of the American School District: Race, Class, Geography, and the Perpetual Reform of Local Control, 1935–2015 (History of Schools and Schooling)." The book builds upon work he did with his former doctoral student and co-editor, Emily Hodge, who also is a former Dean's Graduate Assistantship (DGA) recipient. The book is in collaboration with historians of education and scholars who study education policy, all of whom Gamson and Hodge presented with at several academic conferences. Katharine Dulaney, a new DGA student, will be working with Gamson on the next phase of the project.

— Megan Runion, a doctoral student in the School Psychology program, recently had a blog post published through the American Psychological Association. The post, "The Infrastructure Of Trauma-Informed Schools Requires A Human Scaffold," discusses challenges in today's schooling systems regarding school safety and crisis response.

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