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2018: 10-12 news

Research projects help children have inquiring minds about science
When it comes to learning about just how much preschool-aged children are capable of while attempting to grasp the concepts of astronomy, Julia Plummer likes to shoot for the stars.
Policy expert Lubienski to deliver annual Nicely Lecture
Christopher Lubienski, professor of education policy in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Indiana University and visiting professor at East China Normal University, Shanghai, will present the Robert F. Nicely and Donna C. Nicely Distinguished Scholar in Education lecture on Nov. 9.
Latin may help students bridge their native language with English
Researchers found that teaching English Learners — students who aren’t fluent in English and often come from homes where a language other than English is spoken — the Latin roots of words helped them problem solve the meaning of unfamiliar words.
Annual Brown Lecture in Education Research to be streamed live
The Center for Education and Civil Rights (CECR) will be host for a livestream viewing of the 15th annual American Educational Research Association (AERA) Brown Lecture in Education Research at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in 123 Chambers Building on the University Park campus. A discussion will follow the lecture.
Around the College: Oct. 17, 2018
Students, staff and faculty members from Penn State's College of Education share recent research and career achievements.
Monk receives 2018 Educational Excellence Award
The Pennsylvania Principals Association has honored David H. Monk, dean of the College of Education and professor of educational administration, with its 2018 Educational Excellence Award.
Helping prospective educators land jobs goal of Alumni-Student Teacher Network
Student teachers at Penn State are being taught the finer points of securing a job after graduation by the College of Education's Alumni-Student Teacher Network (ASTN).
David Monk to step down as dean of Penn State College of Education
David H. Monk, dean of the College of Education, today (Oct. 26) announced his plans to step down as dean on June 30, 2019. The University will immediately launch a national search for the next dean of the College.
Monks commit $1.5 million to the College of Education
College of Education Dean David H. Monk and his wife, Pam, assistant teaching professor of journalism in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, are supporting efforts by the greater Penn State community to learn more about the power of the story and its role in today’s world through a $1.5 million estate gift commitment.
Pam Monk has long history of involvement
Pamela Monk joined the faculty at Penn State in the fall of 1999 after 25 years in public education, where she taught writing and general science.
In their own words
David and Pamela Monk explain how important storytelling is to them.
College of Education honors alumni for achievements, service
Seven College of Education graduates were recognized for their professional accomplishments, leadership and service during the annual College of Education Alumni Society Awards banquet held earlier this month at the Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus.
#GivingTuesday event to raise funds for student scholarships
In an effort to help as many students as possible participate in valuable educational experiences, the College of Education’s participation in #GivingTuesday this year will target the College’s general scholarship fund, which is used to help students who need financial assistance to be able to participate in these impactful, out-of-classroom experiences.
College and donors both able to reap benefits from structured estate gifts
Penn State means the world to many alumni. Giving back to the institution that gave them not only a degree, but also many cherished memories, can mean even more because of the personal satisfaction that comes from making an investment in education.
Recent graduate honors those who helped him by giving back to causes dear to his heart
As a recent College of Education graduate and new member of the Golden Lion Society, Ramon Guzman describes giving as the next chapter in his love story with Penn State
Grateful alumnus uses estate gift to help struggling doctoral students
Richard Dorman remembers his days as a financially frugal graduate student and he’d like future doctoral candidates at Penn State to have memories a bit more pleasant.
Early activation of estate gifts lets donors see the effects of their gift
Eric and Paula Taylor and Bob and Donna Nicely have all been longtime supporters of the Penn State College of Education. But it wasn’t until they chose to early-activate their pledged estate gifts that both couples got to see first-hand the effects of their generosity.
Mother’s dedication to education inspired son to add to scholarship
It took Joe Niebel’s mother, Doris, nearly nine years attending part-time to complete her elementary education degree from Penn State, and her family is honoring her full-time determination and dedication to teaching by enhancing an estate gift she initiated in 2000.
Penn State raises a record-setting $362.9 million during 2017-18 fiscal year
Through a campaign focused on Penn State’s impact on the lives of students and in the larger world, Penn State has achieved the strongest fundraising results in its history during the just-concluded fiscal year.
New endowments, scholarships and awards
Several endowments, scholarships and awards were created recently in the College of Education. For information on how to make a gift, call 814-863-2146.
Keynote speaker’s message to graduates: ‘Now is your time!’
Michelle Asha Cooper, president of the Institute for Higher Education Policy, was the keynote speaker for the College of Education’s spring commencement ceremony. Following are excerpts from her address.
Around the College: Oct. 31, 2018
Students, staff and faculty members from Penn State's College of Education share recent research and career achievements.
New programs reduce parenting stress, challenging behavior in children with autism
A new program developed by Tracy Raulston, assistant professor of education (special education), seeks to address challenging behaviors of children with autism while simultaneously lowering parents' stress.
Seifert named fall 2018 College of Education student marshal
The Penn State College of Education has named Morgan Seifert as its student marshal for fall 2018.
Nominations sought for College of Education alumni awards
The College of Education is currently accepting nominations for its annual alumni awards. The awards recognize graduates and friends of the College who have distinguished themselves in their profession and who continue to support the College and University.
'Music-head' professor uses love of hip-hop as a teaching tool
From "The Little Mermaid" to Rihanna, Assistant Professor of Education Jonté "JT" Taylor has used music to teach and inspire his students.
Kindergarten difficulties may predict academic achievement across primary grades
New Penn State research suggests that children’s academic difficulties in kindergarten may be able to predict continued difficulties throughout elementary school.
Christine Franklin: Preparing the next generation of cosmetologists
The Alumni Spotlight is a monthly feature in Bridges, highlighting College of Education alumni who are making a difference in the lives of the people around them. This edition features Christine Franklin, who took a non-traditional path to her current teaching career.
‘Old Main’ to be displayed inside Chambers Building
Elementary education students are creating a replica of Old Main for display in Chambers Building, and they would like passers-by to contribute their poetry.
NTNU delegation arrives for benchmarking visit
A delegation from National Taiwan Normal University arrived on the University Park campus for a visit on Nov. 29.
Love for international education takes alumna to the Philippines
College of Education alumna Evangeline Chow has followed her love of international education and diverse students to the Philippines, where she heads an accelerated language program for English language learners.
Sexual risk assessment tool in the child welfare system developed
Research lead by Carlomango Panlilio, assistant professor of education, finds that few practical screening tools currently exist to identify victims of and those at risk for sexual exploitation.
Pre-service teachers show off portfolios, but in electronic fashion
Prospective teachers in Penn State's College of Education preparing to do their student teaching during the 2019 spring semester put their ePortfolios on display for people to see in a recent Krause Studios for Innovation showcase titled Making our Learning Visible.
Rosinger awarded William T. Grant Foundation funding
Kelly Rosinger, assistant professor of education in the Department of Education Policy Studies, is a recipient of one of five research grants awarded by the William T. Grant Foundation for research on reducing inequality in youth outcomes.
Venancio Ybarra: Innovating online learning
The Alumni Spotlight is a monthly feature in Bridges, highlighting College of Education alumni who are making a difference in the lives of the people around them. This edition features Venancio Ybarra, whose unexpected layoff in the tech field in 2001 led to a career in higher education.
Around the College: Nov. 28, 2018
Students, staff and faculty members from Penn State's College of Education share recent research and career achievements.
Professor’s writings encourage compassion, empathy, inclusivity, social change
Penn State Professor Vivian Yenika-Agbaw has spent her life studying and analyzing hierarchical systems of oppression and race relations. Through her writing and teaching, she encourages compassion, empathy, inclusivity and social change.
'Schooling Narratives' film to be shown Dec. 10
"Schooling Narratives," a mini-documentary created by Penn State College of Education graduate students Wideline Seraphin and Ana Díaz Beltrán, will be shown at 6 p.m. Dec. 10 in Heritage Hall of the HUB-Robeson Center on the Penn State University Park campus. The film features families of color in the State College Area School District, with a panel to follow the screening. The event is free to the public.
LDT graduate embraces online learning to help students
After 10 years working as a technology director and teacher for a small, rural school district, Marty Petrosky knew the best way to help his district was to return to school himself.