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Around the College: April 11, 2018

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

Seria Chatters, assistant professor of education (counselor education), was quoted in an article in the Centre Daily Times. The article, "When is too young to start preparing children for active shooter situations?" recaps a panel discussion about how to prepare young students for potential active shooter situations in schools.

Erica Frankenberg, associate professor of education (educational leadership), had an op-ed published on Her piece, "District secession proposal may further segregation," touches upon segregation and desegregation in Alabama schools and her personal experience with the matter.

Royel M. Johnson, assistant professor of education (higher education), Uju Anya, assistant professor of education (second language education), and Liliana Garces from University of Texas at Austin, had their conference grant proposal "Envisioning Racial Equity on College Campuses: Bridging Research-to-Practice Gaps for Institutional Transformation" selected for funding by the Spencer Foundation.

Maria Lewis, assistant professor of education (educational leadership), published "Using Educational Law as a Tool to Empower Social Justice Leaders to Promote LGBTQ Inclusion" in SAGE Journals. The article focuses on LGBTQ research on the experiences of students and employees and explores the relationship between sources of legal authority and the role of law in policy implementation.

Scott Metzger, associate professor of education (social studies education), is the lead editor of The Wiley International Handbook of History Teaching and Learning, which has just been published. The project took three years to produce and is now available for purchase.

Bonnie J. F. Meyer,professor of education (educational psychology), was recently selected as fellow of the Society for Text & Discourse. The Fellows program recognizes and honors individuals who have made significant and sustained contributions to the study of text and discourse.

— Research on racial disparities in disability identification conducted by Paul Morgan, professor of education, and George Farkas of University of California, Irvine, was cited in an analysis by the Brookings Institution. The article by Nora Gordon, author at the Brookings Institution, "Who is in special education and who has access to related services? New evidence from the National Survey of Children's Health," compares how student characteristics are related to participation in special education and access to speech, occupational and physical therapy. Additionally, Morgan and Farkas' research on "Executive Function Deficits in Kindergarten Predict Repeated Academic Difficulties Across Elementary School," a NSF-funded study which will be presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2018 Annual Meeting on April 13, is one of nine studies selected to be highlighted at the annual conference. 

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