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2019: 07-09 news

Around the College: July 3, 2019
Students, staff and faculty members from Penn State's College of Education share recent research and career achievements.
Cunningham named professor of practice in education and engineering
The objective of the new position of professor of practice in education and engineering is for Penn State to be thought leaders in preK-12 engineering education by creating research-based and classroom-tested resources for students and teachers that enable high-quality engineering experiences.
Ability to 'Be Prepared' broadly helpful in Josh Kirby's career
It was through the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) that Josh Kirby found education, and the Penn State assistant professor of education remains devoted to making things better for others in both of those fundamentally vital facets of his life.
Presidential debates launch faculty member into national spotlight
With busing and civil rights being key topics in the current Democratic presidential debates, Erica Frankenberg, professor of education (educational leadership), has found herself in the spotlight, being interviewed and quoted in national news outlets as an expert on those subjects.
Gorgas named student marshal for summer commencement
Jessica Gorgas has been selected as the College of Education's student marshal for the summer semester 2019 commencement ceremony, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Bryce Jordan Center on the Penn State University Park campus.
Webinars to focus on students with disabilities in career and tech ed
The College of Education's Workforce Education program, in conjunction with the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT) and the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), will hold a series of webinars this fall on career and technical education (CTE) for students with disabilities.
Study shows benefits to changing students' mindsets about learning
A groundbreaking new experimental study with more than 12,000 ninth grade students in the United States confirmed that a low-cost online program that takes less than an hour to complete can help students develop a growth mindset — the belief that intellectual abilities are not fixed but can be developed. This is important because student motivation often suffers when students have been exposed to the idea that their intellectual abilities can't change.
Alumni Updates: Aug. 14, 2019
"Alumni Updates" highlights career achievements by College of Education alumni.
M. Fatih Tasar: Teaching physics fundamentals to future educators
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 M. Fatih Tasar, an alumnus who is using his degree to train future educators in his native Turkey.
Education policy studies faculty member awarded co-funded grant
Kelly Rosinger, assistant professor of education in the Department of Education Policy Studies and research associate in the Center for the Study of Higher Education, and a team of researchers were recently awarded a total of $373,590 to analyze how variations in performance-based funding (PBF) policies in higher education impact outcomes for underserved students and under-resourced institutions.
School district secessions shown to have deepened racial segregation
Since 2000, school district secessions in the South have increasingly sorted white and black students, and white and Hispanic students, into separate school systems, weakening the potential to improve school integration, according to a new study published today (Sept. 4) in AERA Open, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association.
Murphy awarded Lyle Spencer grant for transformative research project
P. Karen Murphy, distinguished professor of education (educational psychology), and a multi-university/institute team has won a Lyle Spencer Research Award to Transform Education. The award is for just shy of $1 million.
Team wins 5-year, $1.98 million NSF grant to improve teacher prep
A team of College of Education faculty led by P. Karen Murphy has won a five-year, $1.98 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to improve the preparation of undergraduate preservice elementary teachers.
Professor contributes to federal report on child and youth mental health
A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine calls for a comprehensive national agenda to improve mental, emotional and behavioral health in children and youth. Jennifer Frank, assistant professor of education, senior research associate with the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, and Social Science Research Institute faculty co-funded faculty member at Penn State, served on the panel responsible for the report.
Mexico trip to offer students opportunity at international learning
The creation of another international program – this one in Mexico – will allow College of Education students to develop abilities in social responsibility and leadership in multicultural/multilingual contexts.