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2020: 04-06 news

Uju Anya receives College of Education's Outstanding Teaching Award
The College of Education’s Outstanding Teaching Award recognizes a faculty mentor who demonstrates teaching excellence, shows respect to all students as individuals and creates an environment conducive to learning.
Ways to help
The COVID-19 physical distancing restrictions that forced the move mid-semester from in-person to remote learning have had ripple effects on our College of Education community, and many people are looking for ways to help others.
Gerald LeTendre named Outstanding Senior Researcher
This award recognizes the overall impact of one’s research and typically is given to a faculty member who has achieved national and international recognition.
Jennifer Frank earns Outstanding Junior Researcher Award
The Outstanding Junior Researcher Award typically recognizes the significance of a particular contribution to the research literature, and Frank’s research on universal systems focuses on the study of positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS) and is one of the most widespread universal schoolwide frameworks for identifying and responding to students at risk for behavioral maladjustment or academic failure.
Simon Hooper earns College of Education's Career Achievement Award
Hooper's research focuses on design, design thinking and novel uses of technology for learning and instruction. In some of his other research, Hooper has focused on students’ learning with technology alone and in pairs, as well as the impact of gamification on learning.
JT Taylor earns College of Education's Climate Enhancement Award
Taylor, associate professor in special education, has research interests that include science education for students with disabilities, evaluating innovative classroom practices, and bullying issues with autism, learning disabilities and emotional/behavioral disorders.
Megan Foster 1 of 2 winners of College's Outstanding Staff Award
The Outstanding Staff Award recognizes the accomplishments of a staff member in the College of Education for outstanding service and commitment to faculty, staff and students of the Penn State community.
Darlene Kolesar earns College of Education's Outstanding Staff Award
The Outstanding Staff Award recognizes the accomplishments of a staff member in the College of Education for outstanding service and commitment to faculty, staff and students of the Penn State community.
New website helps k-12 teachers tackle remote learning
The K-12 Media Repository provides a comprehensive list of links to educational resources that provide information on varied topics related to online education.
Shannon Walker named spring 2020 Education student marshal
Walker is graduating with a 4.0 GPA, with a bachelor of science in elementary and early childhood education and minors in special education, education policy studies and theatre. She also is in the Schreyer Honors College.
Kaela Fuentes-Packnick winner of Graduate Student Recognition Award
The Graduate Student Recognition Award honors a graduate student for outstanding scholarship, research and dedication to education and promise of professional excellence.
College of Education honors individuals with faculty and staff awards
Faculty, staff and students who have made significant contributions to their fields were selected through nomination letters prompted by their outstanding service and dedication to their job.
Prospective science teachers making most of remote learning methods
Carmen Vanderhoof and her SCIED 458 class are proof positive that even with remote learning, students don’t have to be removed from the mainstream.
Taylor Young wins Undergraduate Student Leadership and Service Award
Taylor Young is a 4.0 student in her secondary English education major who also is working on minors in English and education policy studies as well as a certificate in teaching English as a second language. She is a Schreyer Honors College Scholar and she serves on the College of Education Undergraduate Student Council.
Ashley Patterson earns Cotterill Leadership Enhancement Award
An assistant professor of education, Ashley Patterson is this year’s winner of the Cotterill Leadership Enhancement Award, the Penn State College of Education’s annual accolade made possible by Joan and David Cotterill to recognize faculty or staff for exemplary performances and leadership efforts.
PDS student teachers making the most of their new online 'classrooms'
College of Education and State College Area School District have joined forces for 22 years to conduct the Professional Development School.
PDS interns, teacher educators navigate COVID-19 with shared inquiry
The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted internships and student teaching in Pennsylvania’s teacher education programs. Teacher educators in K-4 Professional Development School partnership between Penn State and the State College Area School District have taken an inquiry stance to empower interns to navigate learning to teach during these times.
Mindfulness practices may reduce stress in the classroom
An education professor is investigating how educators can adopt mindfulness practices to keep stress and anxiety at bay.
Student teacher's job after Penn State graduation: U.S. Marine Corps
Come May 18, College of Education student Gabriela Marsh will commission as second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. She graduated from Officers Candidate School in August 2019, completed her senior year at Penn State in the Navy ROTC program and commissions with the Marines in mid-May.
It's been quite the experience for Penn State CI 495 student teachers
Synchronous and asynchronous education on Zoom and other platforms are the new normal, and student teachers Kristen Krause, Lexi Principe, Gabriela Marsh and Carley Cassandro have rolled with punches delivered by the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent K-12 school shutdowns.
Education professor designs kid-friendly face masks
An education professor at Penn State is utilizing her understanding of child psychology — as well as her sewing skills — to protect children in her community by appealing to their imaginations.
College ready to celebrate spring 2020 graduates
Commencement weekend has arrived, and the College of Education is ready with its portion of the University's virtual commencement ceremony.
Doctoral candidate wants to help blind people ... just like him
JooYoung Seo, a doctoral candidate in the College of Education’s Learning, Design, and Technology program, has secured a highly competitive internship with RStudio that will allow him to help people just like himself – those with severe visual impairments.
Herr Clinic offering free services to College of Education students
College of Education students feeling stress and pressure from events related to COVID-19 or other things that have caused anxiety can receive free telemental health services from now to August.
Researchers study impact of health care reform on child development
With the aid of a new grant, an education professor has started a project to study how health policies affect children’s learning and socioemotional development.
Special education teachers forge ties with Reading schools
Two faculty members in the College of Education have embarked on a project that they hope will help relieve the special education teacher shortage in Pennsylvania, as well as forge a mutually beneficial partnership between Penn State and Reading School District.
Collaborative research with LTEN contributes to knowledge base
The first product of an innovative emerging research partnership between the Penn State College of Education and the Life Sciences Trainers & Educators Network (LTEN), recently named the LTEN-Penn State Learning Agility Graduate Fellowship, has been published by JMIR Medical Education where the work can be accessed by training professionals around the globe.
Alumni Society board member adds certificate to 2 Penn State degrees
Douglas Womelsdorf’s first two degrees from Penn State in 2003 and 2005 opened some doors for him, and when he decided that a gateway to future success would hinge on additional education, he turned to Penn State once again.
Penn State a 'perfect fit' for incoming College of Education student
Freshman Michael Parrish knows better days are ahead. And he knows that Penn State is going to provide them.
Incoming education student awaits many opportunities Penn State offers
Nya Cherry took part in many activities in high school and the incoming College of Education student is well aware that Penn State can provide her with countless other such opportunities.
Alumnus named Peruvian minister of education
Penn State alumnus Martín Benavides is the newest Peruvian Minister of Education. He took the oath of office in February.
Alumni instrumental in shaping who We Were, who We Are, who We Will Be
If students are the lifeblood of a university, alumni are the heart that keeps the lifeblood flowing.
‘Her heart never left Penn State’
Vanessa Siddle Walker knew about Penn State from the time she was born in the late 1950s, even though she grew up in North Carolina.
Education student anticipates plenty of 'We Are' moments at Penn State
Having so much ahead of him at his “dream school” has made it easier for incoming Penn State freshman Jake Beal to rationalize all that he has lost as an outgoing high school senior in Marlboro, New Jersey.
Faculty members advocate for those who can’t advocate for themselves
Kathleen McKinnon and Jonte Taylor have a passion for their work that is evident both in and out of the classroom. The two associate professors of education (special education) not only educate the next generation of special education teachers, but also advocate for much-needed resources for their field.
Professor, students examine charter school hiring practices
It takes more than high-quality teachers and educational leaders to help students thrive in school. Research led by Ed Fuller, associate professor of education (educational leadership), indicates it’s also important to have professional support personnel such as nurses, counselors and librarians on site, for the development of the whole student.
Digital technology helps online master’s students build a sense of community
Allie Goldstein, assistant professor of education in the College of Education’s Department of Education Policy Studies (EPS), utilizes digital technology to help her online master’s students further their careers as well as build a sense of community.
Research leads to improved mental health services on campuses nationwide
Penn State’s College of Education is continually looking at ways to be a change agent in addressing societal challenges to make life better for its students, faculty, staff and alumni.
Chatters sees change in participating students
Along with being director of equity and inclusivity in the State College Area School District (SCASD) and an adjunct associate professor in the College of Education, Seria Chatters has two sons in the district who participated in the Bridging Divides class that toured three historic cities in Alabama.
Social Justice Collaborative tackling today’s tough topics
Penn State faculty members Ashley Patterson and Efraín Marimón, along with Seria Chatters, an adjunct associate professor and director of equity and inclusivity for the State College Area School District (SCASD), and three of the district’s teachers, recently formed what has become known as the Social Justice Collaborative.
So many questions, not enough answers
For Efraín Marimón, the more questions the Social Justice Collaborative tries to answer for its students, the more arise.
The work is hard, the passion behind it profound
A phrase commonly echoed within social justice work, according to Ashley Patterson, is that the bulk of this type of work cannot fall only on the shoulders of the people who benefit most from it.