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January-February 2011 News Archive

News releases from the College of Education from Jan and Feb 2011.

February 2011


Penn State Offers $12,500 Scholarships for Special Education Master’s and Certification Program

Participants can earn both a master’s degree in early childhood special education and special education certification concurrently.

HI ED 546 Focuses on Teachers Teaching Undergrads

Summer course offering—College Teaching, HI ED 546—provides valuable academic job-market skills and fulfills the website and course requirements for the Graduate School Teaching Certificate.

Michael Moore, Spencer Niles Named Distinguished Professors

Moore and Niles were identified from among a strong pool of seven faculty candidates nominated by faculty, staff, and students of the College.

The Salad Girls: Students of PDS Alum Learn the Strength of Civic Action

A school cafeteria expanded its selection of lunch salads, thanks to the persistence and civic practice of students in the fifth-grade classroom of alumnus Jennifer Cody.

Penn State/State College PDS Wins Spirit of Partnership Award

The award, given by the Universit of South Carolina's PDS National Conference Planning Team, is the fourth national award that the local PDS has received in the past 10 years.

Undergrads: Two-Week Course Offers Teaching Experience in Philadelphia Schools

CI 295: The Philadelphia Urban Seminar allows participants to apply what they have learned in previous Penn State courses.

Pennsylvania Schools Sought to Participate in Wind for Schools Program

The Wind Application Center at Penn State is now accepting applications for Pennsylvania's new Wind for Schools project. The program aims to engage rural elementary and secondary school teachers and students in wind energy education while educating college students about wind energy applications.

Frankenberg Research Shows Segregation in Charter Schools

After two decades, the promise of an integrated charter school system has not held up, perhaps in some instances because of school choice.

Preston Green Named Batschelet Chaired Professor of Educational Administration

The Batschelet Chair is one of five faculty endowments in the College of Education.

CarbonEARTH Program Facilitates Science Education, Teaching

The new CarbonEARTH program in the College of Education's Center for Science in the schools aims to improve way science is communicated and taught in elementary and middle schools.

Speaker to Discuss Contemplative Observation in Mindful Teacher Education

Richard C. Brown, faculty member at Naropa University, will present “Contemplative Observation in Mindful Teacher Education” on Feb. 10 in 221 Chambers Building.

Valente’s New Book Portrays His Life as a “Deaf Kid” and “Superhero”

d/Deaf and d/Dumb: A Portrait of a Deaf Kid as a Young Superhero chronicles the conflicts, challenges, and successes of a College faculty member who grew up as an oral deaf child.



January 2011


Recent Grad Thrives in Challenging Position

College of Education alumna Leslie Potter is enjoying success in a challenging school in one of the largest school districts in the nation.

College of Education to Merge Two Departments in Response to Core Council Recommendations

The College will merge two departments and close the degree program in Counseling Psychology.

Alumna to Endow Undergraduate Scholarship

Penn State College of Education alumna Kathleen L. Spicher has pledged to create a scholarship to support outstanding undergraduate students in the College.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Penn State's Office of Undergraduate Education is pleased to announce opportunities for undergraduate research, open to students at all Penn State campuses.

Guided by the Stars

Brittany Foreman switched her major from aerospace engineering to education in order to share her interests with elementary school students.

Weiss Interdisciplinary Humanities Seminar Series Set to Begin

The Consuming Child is the topic of a unique series of public lectures and seminars that is set to begin Jan. 19 on Penn State’s University Park campus.

The Importance of Knowing One's Self

Doctoral candidate Astrid Edens is ever-vigilant about the importance of re-examining one’s own life from other angles.

Mentors Help a Student Find Success and a Career

Alexa Hodge never really wanted to go to college for any degree. Four years, and a number of mentors later, she is a Penn State Ronald E. McNair scholar with plans to, one day, earn a doctorate degree.