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2019: 04-06 news

College of Education well-represented at annual AERA conference
A large number of University Park faculty, graduate students and staff are authors or co-authors of papers being presented in symposia, paper sessions, poster sessions or roundtable discussions at the American Education Research Association (AERA) meeting April 5-9 in Toronto, Canada.
Prins a recipient of 2019 Graduate Faculty Teaching Award
Esther Prins, professor of education in the College of Education, is one of two recipients of Penn State's 2019 Graduate Faculty Teaching Award.
Marimon is 2019 recipient of emerging faculty award for engaged scholarship
Efrain Marimon, assistant professor of education in the College of Education, has received Penn State's 2019 Outreach and Online Education Emerging Faculty Award for Engaged Scholarship.
Prison Education Summit to help inform growing program in College of Education
Diversity, inclusion and social justice all have an articulated importance in the Penn State College of Education. That is increasingly evident through the actions of the College's faculty, staff and students, who are working hard to bring about social change and realize more student success in diverse populations. The most recent example of this commitment is the Prison Education and Reentry Summit, held March 29-30 on the University Park campus.
In his own words: Student Divine Lipscomb tells his story
Divine Lipscomb, a student majoring in rehabilitation and human services, was the featured speaker on the second day of the Prison Education and Reentry summit held in the College of Education on March 29-30.
Network including CSATS selected to join global STEM ecosystem
A central Pennsylvania collaborative network that includes the Penn State College of Education's Center for Science and the Schools (CSATS) is one of 15 organizations selected to join the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice (SLECoP).
50 College of Education students earn University-wide awards
Fifty students in the College of Education are among the recipients of Penn State's most prestigious University-wide student awards for this academic year.
Secretary of education to deliver commencement address
State Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera will deliver the keynote address at the College of Education ceremony scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Sunday, April 5, in the Bryce Jordan Center on Penn State's University Park campus.
Anna Gabriel named spring 2019 Education student marshal
Anna Gabriel has been selected as the College of Education's student marshal for Penn State's spring 2019 Commencement ceremony, which will be held at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5, 2019, in the Bryce Jordan Center.
Symposium to mark 65th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education
To commemorate the 65th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, the Center for Education and Civil Rights (CECR) and the Africana Research Center (ARC) are convening Brown@65, a national symposium of education, law and policy scholars and practitioners, May 10 at the Nittany Lion Inn on the Penn State University Park campus.
Around the College: April 10, 2019
Students, staff and faculty members from Penn State's College of Education share recent research and career achievements.
Puppet shows teach students to put classroom learning into practice
Teachers-in-training need to learn a lot of different skills, but Jordan Gardner never imagined sewing would be one of them. The culminating project in one of her classes is the performance of The Happy Valley Show puppet show, with puppets made by students in the class.
Outstanding faculty, staff, students recognized
Once again this year, the College of Education has recognized faculty, staff and students who have made significant contributions to their fields, the College and the University.
College of Education senior wins Fulbright
The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board selected Rachel Shriver, a senior secondary English education major from Manassas, Virginia, for a Fulbright award to Colombia.
Multicultural Resource Center honors 3 in College of Education
The University's Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) has recognized one College of Education staff member and two students in its annual awards presentation. Brenda Martinez, administrative support assistant in the College's Office of Multicultural Programs, is the inaugural recipient of the MRC Faculty and Staff Diversity Recognition Award. Students Krishawna Goins and Rabiyatu Jalloh won the Student Leadership Award and Volunteer Service Award, respectively.
New process of teaching literacy to future teachers gets rave reviews
Instead of listening to lectures, prospective elementary-level instructors underwent literacy training that included first watching a lesson being taught to students and then immediately teaching that same lesson to other students.
Penn Staters represent 'All In' at education abroad conference
Wendy Coduti, assistant professor of education (rehabilitation and human services), and Brian Brubaker, director of education abroad in Penn State Global Programs, held a session at the Forum on Education Abroad that examined best practices in recruiting, preparing and supporting students with disabilities in education abroad.
New RHS/LER course emphasizes needs of workers with disabilities
A new course developed by College of Education faculty member Wendy Coduti is the first of its kind to merge the fields of vocational rehabilitation and human resources.
RHS student named recipient of Outstanding Adult Student Award
Kimisse King, a single mother of four and survivor of domestic violence, is one of two Penn State students to receive the Outstanding Adult Student Award presented by Penn State World Campus.
Park Smith: Enhancing education at Jersey College
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 Park Smith, whose career as a financial aid planner led him to the college's learning, design and technology online graduate program.
Pair of education students learn a lot by doing -- and they're doing a lot
If the time-worn adage that job seekers should limit their resume to a single page remains true, then Penn State students Taylor Young and Carly Siegle are out of luck. Those two prospective educators in just four semesters have participated in enough educational activities to start to fill a university bulletin.
PDS Inquiry Conference highlights interns' research
Penn State's Professional Development School interns are tasked to ask intriguing questions and find enlightening, research-based answers. Prospective teachers Leah Higbee, Krishawna Goins and dozens of their PDS classmates put their queries and subsequent findings on display at the program's annual Inquiry Conference.
Probing question about online learners leads student to develop app
In an effort to address the low retention rates of online learners, education student Nicole Wang developed SPOT, a web-based application that allows for students to interact in an online classroom while remaining anonymous.
Staff members balance roles of parent, employee and student
It's not easy balancing the roles of parent, spouse and employee. Add being a student to the mix and the demands become even more challenging. But for five College of Education staff members, it is a challenge they face head-on.
College establishes Staff Advisory Council, accepting applications
The College of Education is establishing a Staff Advisory Council (SAC) that will serve staff members in the College's departments, administrative units, and centers and institutes. Throughout the spring semester, a work group consisting of eight staff members worked together to develop guidelines for the SAC, which were shared with the College via email on May 4.
Around the College: May 8, 2019
Students, staff and faculty members from Penn State's College of Education share recent research and career achievements.
Teachers' strikes a new social movement, researcher says
With every social movement, there is a moment — an event or instance that sparks a time for change. The death of Michael Brown propelled #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo accelerated following the allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Now for the first time in decades, public education is seeing its own moment that's prompted a new movement.
College of Education host of Waterbury Summit May 14-16
Penn State's College of Education will welcome some of the country's top luminaries in the field of the Learning Sciences at its Waterbury Summit scheduled for May 14-16 at Krause Learning Space in 221 Chambers Building on campus.
Brown at 65: New research details increasing segregation in a transformed school population
As the nation prepares to mark the 65th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling declaring segregation in public schools unconstitutional, the UCLA Civil Rights Project and the Penn State Center for Education and Civil Rights today (May 10) published new research detailing school enrollment patterns and segregation in the nation’s schools. The findings are not cause for celebration.
Supercomputer cluster donation helps turn high school class into research lab
After participating in professional development opportunity through CSATS, a Bald Eagle Area High School physics teacher teamed up with Penn State's Institute for CyberScience and used a supercomputer cluster to explore the world as real climate scientists.
School security chief topic at Penn State Directors Academy
Campus/school safety takes time, involves multiple stakeholders and requires many people to engage to develop an effective safety and emergency plan that is brief, specific and flexible, members of the Penn State Personnel Professional Development Center (PPDC) learned at a recent conference in State College.
Heard on Campus: Nikole Hannah-Jones at the Brown@65 National Symposium
Nikole Hannah-Jones, an award-winning investigative reporter for The New York Times Magazine whose work focuses on civil rights and racial injustices, served as the keynote speaker at "Brown@65: National Symposium for the 65th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education" held Friday, May 10 at the Nittany Lion Inn.
Penn State higher education program has ample reason to celebrate
The Center for the Study of Higher Education is marking its 50th anniversary and is honoring College of Education faculty past and present who have helped create and maintain one of the country's largest such research centers.
Mentoring roundtables find new home in College of Education
Penn State is deepening its commitment to mentoring emerging scholars in the areas of higher education law, finance, economics and governance.
Education faculty member named Belfer Fellow
Gabriela Richard, assistant professor of education (learning, design, and technology) at Penn State, is one of four scholars from across the United States to be named a Belfer Fellow (second cohort) by the Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) Center for Technology and Society.
Success through the years: Alumni distinguish themselves in their fields
The College of Education boasts 35 Distinguished Alumni — outstanding alumni whose “personal lives, professional achievements and community service exemplify the objectives of their alma mater.” The Distinguished Alumni Award, authorized by the Penn State Board of Trustees in 1951, is the highest honor bestowed by Penn State. Following are introductions to some of our Distinguished Alumni.
What can you do with a College of Education degree?
Based on the careers our graduates have pursued, the answer is “almost anything.” At Penn State alone, there are approximately 300 College alumni working in various capacities across multiple campuses, colleges and administrative units.
Waterbury Summit sparks discussions about the Learning Sciences
How the Learning Sciences play out in our work, our learning and our analyzing learning as well as having an impact on the world are topics that some of the country's top learning scientists broached at the recent Penn State College of Education Waterbury Summit.
Join the College of Education for We Are Weekend events
We Are Weekend, scheduled for May 31 through June 2, includes events in the College of Education.
Kimberly Lawless appointed dean of the College of Education
Kimberly Lawless, associate dean for research in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has been named dean of Penn State’s College of Education, following a national search. Lawless will begin her appointment on Sept. 1.
Happy Valley Improv fuses artform with pedagogy
Penn State education faculty Andrea McCloskey and Sam Tanner are quite serious about the often comedic artform of improv. They are two of the four founders of Happy Valley Improv, and behind the performative emotions the two are whittling away at how their artform can serve to transform teaching in the classroom.
Partnership between College of Education, South African universities flourishes
A project to dramatically bolster the number of doctoral degrees awarded in South Africa is in full swing, and administrators from three of that country's universities are working with Penn State higher education faculty members to ensure its success.
Rabiyatu Jalloh's impactful work leaves long-lasting legacy
Whether she was performing in a poetry slam or heading new initiatives on campus, recent College of Education graduate Rabiyatu Jalloh left a lasting impact on the College and the community.
Monk leaves lasting legacy of caring
For the past 20 years, David H. Monk and the Penn State College of Education have gone hand-in-hand. What most people do not know is that Monk very nearly did not become dean of the College.
Local artist's work becomes Monk's official portrait
When Dean David H. Monk had his portrait drawn by William Snyder III, he wasn't thinking about where it would end up; he was simply doing the artist a favor.