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Around the College: August 1, 2018

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

— Elijah Armstrong, an undergraduate student majoring in education and public policy spoke with Lizzie O'Leary of Marketplace Weekend to discuss education of students with disabilities.

— Elizabeth Daly, a graduating senior majoring in childhood and early adolescent education (pre-K to 4) with a minor in special education, has been selected as the College's student marshal for summer 2018 commencement.

— Jessica Dirsmith, an adjunct faculty member in the Department of School Psychology, presented "Keeping Students and Schools Safe through Legally Compliant Emotional and Behavioral Intervention, Prevention, and Assessment Practices" with special education attorney Rebecca Heaton Hall at the 40th annual International School Psychology Association Conference in Tokyo. The presentation focused on prevention, intervention, school safety and laws that support and protect youth in schools who struggle with emotional and behavioral needs both in the United States and internationally.

Erica Frankenberg, associate professor of education (educational leadership and demography), was quoted by Chalkbeat in the article "How school desegregation efforts could change, or not, after DeVos's move to scrap Obama-era guidance on race."

— Joe Luther, a current master's student in the workforce education program who also earned his bachelor's degree in the program, was invited to give testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce on July 25, which is expected to be televised sometime on C-SPAN. Luther teaches at the Central Pennsylvania Institute for Science and Technology in Pleasant Gap, Pa.

Carlos Zalaquett, professor of education (counselor education), has co-authored Essential Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy: Everyday Practice in Our Diverse World (First Edition), an undergraduate textbook that provides an integrated presentation of relational competencies, microskills and theories. The text can be used for foundational courses in human services, behavioral healthcare, counseling, marriage and family therapy, pastoral counseling, psychology programs, rehabilitation services programs, social services, substance use and addiction programs, and social work programs.

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