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Around the College: Oct. 17, 2018

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

— Marlon Fernandez Castro, a doctoral student in the higher education program, co-authored the article, "Achieving Racial Equity From the Bottom-Up? The Student Equity Policy in the California Community Colleges," which was published in Educational Policy.

Maithreyi Gopalan, an assistant professor of education (education policy studies), is one of 13 scholars to receive a National Study of Learning Mindsets Early Career Fellowship. The fellowship, awarded by the Mindset Scholars Network and the University of Texas at Austin's Population Research Center, supports research that utilizes data from the National Study of Learning Mindsets to advance science in education

— Faculty and current and past doctoral students from the special education program contributed to a recent book published by the International Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and Routledge Publishing. The book, "High Leverage Practices (HLPs) for Inclusive Classrooms," is organized around 22 instructional practices identified by CEC's Teacher Education Division. The book includes chapters by Charles Hughes, professor of education (special education); Paul Riccomini, associate professor of education (special education); Mary Catherine Scheeler, associate professor of education (special education); David Lee, head of the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling and Special Education (EPCSE) and professor of education (special education); current doctoral candidate Jared Morris; and College of Education alumni Shannon Gormley Budin and Andy Marklez.

— An essay written by Mark Kissling, assistant professor of education (social studies education), has been published by Phi Delta Kappan, a professional journal for educators. The essay, "Patriotism and perspective: Teaching 'Born in the U.S.A.'" discusses Kissling's use of the famous Bruce Springsteen song as a tool to teach about patriotism.

— Members of the Penn State Student Council for Exceptional Children (PSU-CEC), along with their faculty adviser Jonte Taylor, on Oct. 4 and 5 attended the annual state meeting of the Pennsylvania CEC (PACEC) in Harrisburg. While there, five of the nine members of PSU-CEC were elected to positions in the student PACEC. They are: Tess Fukuyama, president elect; Tyler Kemp, chair; Addisyn McGregor, Children and Youth Action Network; Julia Prokopik, state representative to national CEC; and Sydney Trimmer, convention chair.

— Paul Riccomini, associate professor of education (special education), was part of an expert team who presented at the Seventh Biennial Education Conference on Oct. 11 and 12 in Kingston, Jamaica. The conference focused on diversity in education and was hosted by the Mico University College Child Assessment and Research in Education Centre.

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