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January-February 2008 News Archive

A list of press releases and news announcements distributed in January and February 2008 by the Penn State College of Education

February 2008


College of Education and Dickinson School of Law to Offer New Joint Graduate Degrees

Participants will be able to obtain both a juris doctor (J.D.) and a master’s or doctoral degree from one of the following College of Education programs: College Student Affairs, Educational Leadership, Educational Theory and Policy, or Higher Education.

Student Voice Is an Integral Component of School Reform

Dana Mitra's research shows that administrators who are implementing school policy gain a fresh perspective by reaching out to students for their opinions. 

New Waterbury Chair in College of Education will Focus on STEM Education

Dr. Richard A. Duschl will join the Penn State College of Education as the new Waterbury Chair in Secondary Education, effective August 15, 2008.

Residential Mobility and its Effect on Family Literacy Programs

Penn State researchers Kai Schafft, Esther Prins, and Marcela Movit examined how poverty and residential mobility influence adults’ persistence in literacy programs in Pennsylvania.

Kara Callahan and Chris Harmotto Help Lady Lion Volleyball Team to NCAA Championship

Kara and Christa, both students in the Elementary & Kindergarten Education program of the College of Education, played key roles throughout the team's championship season.

Inequality of Achievement Among Early Elementary Students Can Widen in Later Years

Katerina Bodovsky has been researching the differential in children’s experiences and the factors behind the inequality of learning.

Linking School with the Homes of an Urban Neighborhood

Penn State’s Urban Teaching Collaborative is putting a new desktop computer into the home of each child enrolled at Philadelphia's Isaac A. Sheppard Elementary School.

Bulent Tarman Wins 2008 Alumni Achievement Award for Charter School Work

Tarman founded the Young Scholars of Central PA Charter School, whose curricula center around foreign language study.

Clifford Bennett Joins Alumni Society Board of Directors

Bennett, who earned his D.Ed. from Penn State's College of Education, is chairman of the Department of Teacher Education at Cleveland State University.

January 2008


Gerald LeTendre Named Department Head of Education Policy Studies

LeTendre's tenure began on January 1, 2008.

American Indian Leadership Program Hosts Principals' Institute

Current AILP participants as well as recent graduates of the program participated.

International Economist James Quilligan to Speak at Penn State

Quilligan will share his vision on the future of global development and human cooperation on January 30.

Nicelys Establish New Endowment for Educational Leadership

The Robert F. Nicely, Jr. and Donna C. Nicely Doctoral Student Research Endowment in Educational Leadership will help outstanding doctoral students develop their research agendas.

Shanya Cordis Researches Japanese Colonies in the Dominion Republic

Cordis presented her research at the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program Summer Research Conference.

Office Profile: Humphrey Fellowship Program

Syedur Rahman, Stephen Belcher, and Jane Reese bring an international flavor to their office.

Update from the Development Office, January 2008

Ellie Dietrich provides the latest news from the College’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations.

Winners of Fall 2007 Faculty Research Initiation Grants Announced

Gerry LeTendre, Barb Schaefer, and Deb Smith were awarded seed money for their projects.

Visiting Scholar from Estonia Conducts Research on Early Childhood Education

Aino Ugaste, faculty member at Tallinn University in Estonia, spent a month at Penn State recently.

Penn State Berks Students Raise $1,022 in Dance for the Cure for THON

Sophomores Mathew Kovalich and Kahlie Long organized the successful middle school dance and associated activities.