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January 2009 News Archive

A list of press releases and news announcements distributed in January and February 2009 by the Penn State College of Education

February 2009


Penn State Faculty Report on Validity of Local Graduation Assessments in Pennsylvania

Rayne Sperling and Jonna Kulikowich have just completed a systematic study of Pennsylvania school districts’ local graduation assessments.

New Online Resource Helps Teachers Support Reading and Communication for Children with Special Needs

David McNaughton and Janice Light recently launched a Web site that provides strategies for teaching literacy to persons with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, 
and other disabilities.

Longtime Alumni Society Board Member Joan Ruth Set to Retire

Ruth ’61 EK ED, ’75 M.Ed. has served on the board since 1989 and chaired the successful Children's Book Drive.

Former Slave Henry O. Flipper Is Topic of Penn State Researchers

Edgar Farmer and Shakoor Ward recount Flipper's unprecedented rise from slavery in the nineteenth century.

Using Pop Culture to Develop Critical Media Literacy in Adult Education

Elizabeth Tisdell has done extensive research on how instructors in adult education draw on popular culture and the entertainment media in their classrooms.

Seeing the Joy of Giving Come to Life

Raven and Marv Rudnitsky recently named the College of Education in their will and in a testamentary charitable lead trust to provide scholarships.

Morgan Studies Predictors of Students' Mathematics Learning in K-5

With a grant of $492,000 from the U.S. Department of Education's Institute for Education Sciences, Paul Morgan led a research study to examine mathematics difficulties in kindergarten children and the extent to which those difficulties continued through elementary school.

Forging Pathways to College: 4th Annual Cycle-Thon

The community is invited to participate in the 4th annual Cycle-Thon to benefit the Summer College Opportunity Program in Education (SCOPE) to be held April 26. This year's event includes a 5K run-walk, a picnic lunch, games, prizes, bike demonstrations, and a special visit by the Nittany Lion.

Law and Education Institute Again Being Offered at University Park

Lawyers, teachers, school board members, and administrators are invited for summer enrichment at the 2009 Institute planned for June 21–27.

Alum, Peace Corps Volunteer Shares Experience in Blog

Michael Dissen '08, is serving 27 months in Lesotho acting as resource for teachers in a rural village. He is sharing his experiences and observations through a personal blog.

Humphrey Fellowship Program at Penn State's College of Education Is Renewed

The prestigious Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, a one-year non-degree initiative, brings accomplished mid-career professionals from around the world.

Science Ed Students, Opportunity for a Field Study Experience in Costa Rica

Secondary science education and biology students have the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica as part of a biology course to study the biodiversity of the Central American country. The deadline to apply is February 28.

Nicely Lecture to be Presented by Educational Leadership Scholar Daniel Duke

Duke, professor of education at the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education, will present the lecture April 20.

Hooper and Colleagues Develop Technique that Improves Assessment of American Sign Language Students

The system promises to transform the practice of e-assessing ASL learners.

January 2009


Ten Graduate Students Receive Research Initiation Grants for 2008-09

The $600 grants acknowledge students who have developed strong dissertation proposals for their area of research.

Martinson Grant Supports Teacher Training in Science Education

The three-year, $525,000 grant from the Martinson Family Foundation supports a project aimed at strengthening teachers' knowledge of science in grades K–8.

The Job of a Major Gift Officer

Ellie Dietrich and Susan Fleck, major gift officers for the College of Education, travel and meet alumni and donors to raise funds for the College.

Busy Spring Schedule for EPSSA Members

The Education Policy Studies Student Association (EPSSA) serves graduate and undergraduate students in the College of Education. The group has an active schedule this spring with events both on and off campus.

Plans for 4th Annual Cycle-thon Under Way

The April 26 event includes a family picnic.

Rare Book Collection is Focus of MAC-MTL Trip to American University

Mid-Atlantic Center scholars examined the Artemas Martin Rare Book collection at American University as part of their research studies.

Catherine Goffreda Wins Dissertation Research Grant

Goffreda, doctoral candidate in School Psychology, received a $25,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Call for Diversity Committee Members

The College of Education's Diversity and Community Enhancement Committee is inviting faculty, staff, and students to fill committee openings. 

Widely Recognized Author to Speak on LGBT Issues

Two events featuring Jonathan Silin, widely recognized gay writer/activist and educator, are scheduled February 26 and 27.

Edelson to Present the Inaugural Waterbury Lecture

The inaugural Waterbury Lecture will be presented by Dr. Daniel C. Edelson, vice president of Education and Children's Programs at the National Geographic Society, on February 4.

PDS Holds Holiday Giving Event

The Ronald McDonald House in Hershey, Pa., benefitted from a get-together by participants in Penn State's Professional Development School.

Christa Harmotto Wins ESPN Academic All American Award

Harmotto is a gifted student-athlete who has accomplished plenty during her College of Education career.

Maryjo Oster Appears on Television Program to Discuss Teenage Sex Education

Oster appeared January 12 with three other guests on Business Matters, a weekly community-interest program produced in Allentown, Pa.

WED Initiative Studies the Impact of Workforce Fluctuations on Local Economies

The joint initiative between Penn State's College of Education and Penn State Outreach analyzes commerce in localities throughout Pennsylvania to determine the impact that a business has on its region.

Griffin, Panelists Discuss Gender Equity in Education on WPSU

Kimberly Griffin, assistant director of education, participated on a panel to discuss the gaps in academic achievement and the possible role gender plays. The segment aired on WPSU's Common Ground Lobby Talk January 8.

Curriculum Studies Scholar Marshall Retires

After 16 years of service to the College of Education, J. Daniel Marshall, professor emeritus of education, retired December 31, 2008.




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