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2020: 01-03 news

Conference to launch research into policies affecting teacher leadership
The College of Education Department of Education Policy Studies will hold a conference Jan. 30-31 at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center on the University Park campus for faculty and students who want to impact policy development as it relates to teacher leadership.
Next Dean's Symposium on Educational Equity set for Jan. 22
Join the College of Education for the second Dean's Symposium on Educational Equity, featuring Camille M. Wilson, professor of educational foundations, leadership and policy at the University of Michigan. The symposium, which is co-sponsored by the College's Department of Education Policy Studies, will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, in Foster Auditorium in Paterno Library.
AAUW International Perspectives on Women in Society luncheon Jan. 23
A pair of Humphrey Fellows who specialize in social work training and women’s empowerment/social policy, respectively, will be the featured panelists at the annual luncheon of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) on Jan. 23.
Frankenberg again among RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influencers
Erica Frankenberg, professor of education (educational leadership) and demography, director of the Center for Education and Civil Rights, and an associate in the University's Population Research Institute, jumped 76 places to rank 87th in this year's RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings. Frankenberg has been on the list every year since 2015.
Johnson cited as Emerging Scholar
Royel M. Johnson, assistant professor of higher education within the Department of Education Policy Studies in the College of Education, has been selected as an Emerging Scholar Designee by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).
Young students show off literacy learning in self-built museum
There are many museums in and around State College, but none are curated by a more passionate and enthusiastic group than the museum organized by children each summer in The College of Education's Summer Reading camp.
Staples to deliver 2020 Luchinsky Lecture
eanine Staples, associate professor of education (literacy and language education), African American studies, and women’s, gender and sexuality studies in the colleges of Education and the Liberal Arts at Penn State, will present “… And Justice for All: Advancing Social Justice Through Emotional Justice” as part of the 25th annual Mark Luchinsky Memorial Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, in the Palmer Museum of Art's Palmer Lipcon Auditorium.
Student symposium a College-wide day of professional development
The Inaugural Penn State College of Education Student Symposium will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 29 in Chambers Building on the University Park campus.
Extent of discipline on students with disabilities remains limited
The scientific evidence for whether students with disabilities – including those who are of color – are being unfairly disciplined by U.S. schools relative to similarly behaving students without disabilities is currently limited and inconclusive, according to a new research synthesis.
Cunningham appointed to board overseeing Nation’s Report Card
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has appointed Christine Cunningham, professor of practice in Education and Engineering, along with two others to four-year terms on the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees the only continuing, nationally representative evaluation of U.S. students’ knowledge.
Professor’s research sheds light on preschool segregation
Young children can benefit greatly from exposure to racial and ethnic diversity during a crucial formative period in their lives, according to a Penn State education professor. However, recent research indicates that a high degree of segregation in American preschools could be hindering students from forming those valuable cross-racial connections.
WorkLink prepares students with intellectual disabilities for work
For individuals with intellectual disabilities there can be numerous challenges in securing employment, according to two Penn State professors, but with proper support, training and education, those barriers can be mitigated.
Expert tells faculty that storytelling opens channels of communication
Some Penn State College of Education faculty learned recently the importance of storytelling in relation to their teaching as well as humanizing their research.
Kelly first Penn Stater elected to National Academy of Education
Greg Kelly, senior associate dean for Research, Outreach, and Technology and distinguished professor in the College of Education, is one of 15 people nationwide to be elected to the National Academy of Education (NAEd) in 2020, and the first ever member from Penn State. He will be formally inducted during the NAEd annual meeting in November. Election to membership in the academy is one of the highest honors accorded to educational researchers by their peers.
Education professor to assist state with revision of science standards
The state Department of Education (PDE) is about to embark on updating its Pennsylvania Science and Technology and Environment and Ecology standards, and Penn State is positioned to play a leadership role in that process.
Inaugural College of Education Graduate Student Showcase to be April 3
The College of Education will hold its inaugural Graduate Student Showcase from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 3, in Chambers Building. This event will provide graduate students the opportunity to share their work with members of our community.
Message from Dean Lawless on coronavirus
Dean Kimberly A. Lawless echoes Provost Nicholas Jones' message about what the University is doing to monitor the evolving worldwide coronavirus outbreak, with a message of support to students in the College of Education whose loved ones may be impacted.
Education dean, faculty members elected to key posts within AERA
College of Education Dean Kimberly A. Lawless was elected American Education Research Association (AERA) division vice president for Division C: Learning & Instruction. In addition, several College of Education faculty members were elected to posts in AERA special interest groups.
All Penn State classes to take place remotely beginning March 16
Penn State has announced that all classes will be held online beginning on March 16 and continuing through Friday, April 3. Visit to read a message from Penn State President Eric J. Barron, and to learn more.
Doctoral student Sagun Giri earns top award from state organization
A doctoral candidate in the College of Education’s Learning, Design, and Technology (LDT) program and founding president of Penn State’s student chapter of the Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications (PAECT) has been named that state organization’s student of the year.
Office changes name to better reflect mission
College of Education ranked 36th in nation for graduate education programs
U.S. News released its annual rankings of colleges and universities today (March 17), and all 10 College of Education graduate programs that fall into categories ranked by U.S. News and World Report have been ranked in the Top 15, with four of those programs in the Top 10.
New project to allow families to learn together in Hazleton classrooms
A Penn State project team that collaborates with experienced elementary teachers to utilize science and STEM education for English language development will be fully functional in the community of Hazleton, Pennsylvania -- thanks to the College of Education -- once the state-mandated restrictions because of COVID-19 are lifted.
Alumna shares elementary remote teaching experience, resources
Rachel Mountz is a 2011 graduate of the Penn State College of Education, with a degree in elementary and early childhood education. She teaches in a rural, Title I school in Colorado, and is sharing her story of moving to remote teaching of her fourth-grade class with the hope that her story and the resources she's using may help others in similar situations.
Education professor aims to raise awareness of youth in foster care
Recent research indicates youth in foster face stigmatization and stereotyping at school