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2019: 10-12 news

Forum to highlight teacher influence, impact during Civil Rights Movement
A forum focused on the experiences of teachers, administrators and college leaders during the Civil Rights Movement will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, on the University Park campus.
Speaker to give tips for 'Taking Care of You'
Motivational speaker K.B. Strawder Jr. will speak on "Success and Self-Care: Taking Care of You" from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, in 108 Chambers Building on the Penn State University Park campus.
Heard on Campus: Derrick Alridge
"To preserve the stories or narratives I've briefly discussed with you this morning, along with the many other stories recounting teachers' lives, their pedagogical influences and their classroom approaches, highlight a vital, but often overlooked dimension of education and the Civil Rights Movement. Eliciting and documenting these stories not only supports the notion of teachers as activists, but also illuminates the influential role that teachers can play in contemporary movements for civil rights and social justice. And it is my hope that these narratives will inform the current generation about their vital role as teachers and activists." — Penn State Alumni Fellow Derrick Alridge, speaking about his “Teachers in the Movement” project, which includes oral history interviews with elementary, secondary and university teachers and educators about their participation in and efforts during the Civil Rights Movement. Alridge is visiting the University Park campus as one of 16 Penn State alumni who were selected to receive the 2019 Alumni Fellow Award, the most prestigious award given by the Penn State Alumni Association. He earned his doctoral degree from the Penn State College of Education in educational theory and policy in 1997.
Alumni-Student Teacher Network recognized for outstanding programming
The Penn State Alumni Association has recognized a program in the College of Education for its exceptional success in connecting alumni and current students.
Alumni honored at annual awards banquet
The College of Education honored several alumni at its annual awards banquet on Friday (Oct. 25).
Project TEAM continues to grow and flourish
Project TEAM is a school-wide anti-bullying movement to help schools develop and strengthen team-oriented cultures, and its founder is attempting to make its overall reach become even wider.
Heard on Campus: Motivational speaker K. B. Strawder
"In the race of this thing called life, it's not about image. It's about completing YOUR race. What is it that you're attaining that YOU really, really want to accomplish? Do it and do it FOR YOU and you only, nobody else. … In order to achieve true success, it starts with you. If you can't achieve success in taking care of yourself, how do you expect to be successful in any area of your life? If you don't take care of you, how are you going to take care of somebody else? … Taking care of you is always first and foremost a priority in your life. … You have to be in the right mental state and you have to be in the right self-care state, to deal with whatever you want to deal with in your heart." — Motivational speaker K.B. Strawder Jr., speaking on "Success and Self-Care: Taking Care of You." Strawder's talk to students in the College of Education was prompted by Diandra Prescod, assistant professor of education, who saw that her students were experiencing a lot of stress and wanted to do something to help them. For more information about Strawder, visit online.
Meyer elected to Reading Hall of Fame
Bonnie J.F. Meyer, professor of education (educational psychology), is one of five people elected into the Reading Hall of Fame. She and the others will be inducted into this international society in a formal ceremony at the annual meeting of the Literacy Research Association in Tampa, Florida, in December.
Boldt earns international recognition for her distinguished career
Gail Boldt, professor of education (language and literacy education) in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, recently received the Bloch Distinguished Career Award, the highest award of the International Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education Conference.
Inaugural Dean's Symposium on Educational Equity set for Dec. 3
Join the College of Education for the inaugural Dean's Symposium on Educational Equity, featuring Francesca López on the topic of Asset-Based Pedagogy Research-Practice Partnerships to Promote Whole-Student Outcomes.
College of Education to host Rivera roundtable forum
The Penn State College of Education is hosting Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera and other Pennsylvania Department of Education leaders for a public roundtable on charter school reform, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, in Foster Auditorium in Paterno Library.
Patterson research leads to new social justice minor
Ashley Patterson's research will show up in practice when she teaches Principles of Social Justice (CI815) as part of a new Social Justice in Education minor in the College of Education.
Heard on Campus: Pa. Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera
Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera held a public roundtable forum Nov. 22 on charter school reform, hosted by the Penn State College of Education in Foster Auditorium in Paterno Library.
College to offer first graduate-level study abroad course
Rebecca Tarlau would like to buck the trend that study abroad isn’t an integral element of doctoral programs, and she and two colleagues are about to unveil the College of Education’s first-ever graduate-level embedded study abroad course.
New class stems from Schussler's Project RESPECT research
Research-to-practice comes full circle with creation of Emotionally Intelligent Leadership class scheduled for spring 2020.
Student delves into Iraqi culture at English language institute
Rafael Prado, a senior majoring in education and public policy, was given the opportunity to forge ties with Iraqis and dispel myths about the culture while participating in the American-Iraqi English for Reconciliation program in summer 2019.
New endowments, scholarships and awards established in the College of Education
Several endowments, scholarships and awards were created recently in the College of Education. For information about how to make a gift, contact the College of Education Office of Development and Alumni Relations at or 814-863-2146.
Penn State breaks fundraising record for second straight year
In fiscal year 2018-19, the College of Education raised $5,063,115, bringing its total to $15,446,769 raised in the current campaign.
Secretary of Education shares reasons teaching became his calling
Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera gave the keynote address for the College of Education’s spring commencement ceremony. Following are excerpts from his remarks.
Message from the Dean's Development Council Co-Chairs
As many know, this year has brought significant changes to the College of Education. After 20+ years as dean of the College, David Monk has stepped down and returned to faculty to begin a phased retirement. His influence and guidance of the College will be missed. We wish Dean Monk, his wife Pam and their family the best as he moves into this next phase of his life. Our new Dean, Kim Lawless, formerly of the University of Illinois at Chicago, has hit the ground running, impressing everyone with her enthusiasm and energy in her first few months on the job. We look forward to working with the dean and supporting her in her new role at Penn State.
Longtime friends of the college fund new scholarship, honor assistant dean
Longtime friends of the Penn State College of Education, John and Maryann Gilmartin, have committed $600,000 to the college. The gift will endow a $500,000 Open Doors Scholarship and establish the $100,000 María J. Schmidt Endowed Program Fund, named for the current assistant dean for multicultural programs in the College of Education.
Office of Multicultural Programs aims to create an inclusive environment
The Office of Multicultural Programs is a unit under the Office of the Dean in the College of Education, serving a broad clientele and performing a multitude of roles in its goal of creating an inclusive learning and working environment.
Assistant dean's dedication to students is the hallmark of her long career
A native of Puerto Rico and a longtime resident of Pennsylvania, María Schmidt has dedicated her life to addressing issues of educational equity and college access for under-represented students.
Personalized learning the highlight of Muñiz’s College of Education experience
Raquel Muñiz decided early in the process of earning her doctorate from Penn State's College of Education that instead of solving problems in the classroom, she’d be better off thinking about those problems at the system level.
Experiences as students lead to lasting connections for alumni
Eighty-one-year-old Ellen Winston graduated from Penn State's College of Education in 1960 and has felt connected ever since.
Golden Lions have fond memories of their college days
There are countless reasons why people stay loyal to and give to Penn State, but perhaps one of the most prevalent is that graduates give back because, at one time, someone had given to them.
Program endowment funding enables students to focus on helping others
One of the longest-accredited doctoral school psychology programs in the country, Penn State’s School Psychology Program trains students to become scientist-practitioners with interdisciplinary coursework across the fields of psychology and education.
College welcomes new director of Development and Alumni Relations
After a national search, Steve Wilson has been named the new director of Development and Alumni Relations for the College of Education.
Beating the odds, Education freshman is ready to make his mark on the world
Terrance Jefferson said he views every day of his life as a good day. “I could have a really horrible day, but at the end of the day I look at myself and I go ‘well, I’m alive, so this was a good day.’
Improving diversity in entrepreneurship is primary goal of The Cape
Since Eric Barron became president of Penn State in 2014, he has made economic development and student career success a University priority. Betsy Campbell is dedicated to building on that commitment by working to diversify the face of entrepreneurship.
Marimon to be honored by campus sustainability group
Efraín Marimon, director of Restorative Justice Initiative and the Social Justice Fellowship in Penn State’s College of Education, is the first faculty member to be honored by the Council of Sustainable Leaders.
Students learn about improving diversity in entrepreneurship
A course that may contribute to an entrepreneurship and innovation minor in Penn State’s College of Education addressed issues of diversity, inclusion and belonging in entrepreneurship. Undergraduate students created animations with contemporary beats about entrepreneurship for children from non-dominant backgrounds.
$1 million grant to fund counselor education master's scholarships
A long-term grant from the Rehabilitation Services Administration will create scholarships for students interested in vocational counseling for people with disabilities.