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Congratulations Students (compiled Feb. 2010)

An article acknowledging College of Education students for their accomplishments


Doug Dexter, doctoral candidate in the Special Education program, was selected as a Doctoral Student Scholar by the Council for Exceptional Children's Division for Research (CEC-DR). He is among ten doctoral students participating in the CEC-DR’s inaugural cohort of Doctoral Student Scholars.

Throughout the current academic year, Dexter and his peers are participating in a series of generative discussions and professional development, led by distinguished researchers recognized for making outstanding scientific contributions in special education. Three virtual seminars and online forums are being held, culminating in a final colloquium that brings students and researchers together in a session dedicated to graduate student development at the 2010 CEC Convention & Expo, to be held in April in Nashville, Tenn.

Dexter says the seminars “are sparking some good conversation among the participants and helping to craft our own research proposals.”



Nicole Titus, graduate student in Curriculum & Instruction, and Bernard Badiali, associate professor of curriculum & instruction, are winners of a $5,000 Learning & Leadership Grant from the National Education Association (NEA) Foundation. With the grant, Titus and Badiali will pilot models of co-teaching with mentor teachers and teacher candidates within the context of a professional development school (PDS).

Badiali is coordinator of the Central Pennsylvania Holmes Partnership, a PDS collaborative between Penn State’s College of Education and the State College Area School District (SCASD). Titus, a SCASD, is a mentor in the PDS collaborative.

The NEA Foundation awards support educators' efforts to close achievement gaps, develop creative learning opportunities for students, and enhance their own professional development.


David Saxe, associate professor of social studies education, announces that all nine students in his Heritage Interpretation course (SSED 497A) have been awarded their Certified Interpretative Guide credential by the National Association for Interpretation (NAI). Completing the requirements were Eliza Altenderfer, Breanna Eiswenger, Rebecca Dell, Travis Guthrie, Matt Kovalich, Shayne Mattich, Matthew Mutchler, Andrew Saxe, and Bob Spellman.

Two of the students have been offered paid summer internships at highly recognized sites: Altenderfer will work at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, and Spellman will work with the National Parks Service at Harper's Ferry National Park.

To earn certification, the students were required to complete classroom work, pass the NAI exam, and complete an interpretative talk program. NAI is a professional organization dedicated to advancing the profession of natural and cultural heritage interpretation. The credential allows individuals to deliver interpretive programs and engage in public contact at museums and historical and heritage sites.