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September-October 2009

News archive from the Penn State College of Education for Sept-Oct 2009

October 2009


Kindergarten Students Can Collaborate and Think Like Scientists, Research Shows

Deborah Smith headed a study that shows how teachers can create opportunities for children to take up scientific discourses and practices in their classroom work.


College-Sponsored Lecture to Discuss Challenges of Preschool Immigrant Children

Joseph Tobin, head of the Children Crossing Borders project, will speak Nov. 9, presenting video clips of preschool classrooms in five countries and presenting examples of practitioner, immigrant parent, and child reflections.


Physics Educator Phil Scott to Present Waterbury Lecture

Scott, professor of physics education at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom, will present “Teaching Science Concepts: A Neglected Art?” on October 20.


New NSF Grant Enhances College of Education Research

National Science Foundation awards grant to Penn State senior, intensifying her involvement with Baker research designed to test formal schooling's influence on reasoning and decision-making skills.


Alumna Patricia Best Named 2009 Renaissance Fund Honoree

The award honors an individual or couple who, through a lifetime of service, has contributed greatly to the Penn State and State College communities.

September 2009


Schafft Co-Edits Book on Rural Education

Rural Education for the Twenty-First Century, published by The Penn State Press, is part of the publisher’s Rural Studies Series.


Exhibit Features Artwork by American Indian students

Display at Pattee Library—part of Penn State's American Indian Leadership Program's 40th anniversary celebration—features the winning entries from annual (K-12) contest sponsored by the Office of Indian Education.


American Indian Leadership Program Announces Events to Celebrate 40th Anniversary

A number of events are planned throughout the year that will recognize the achievements of the program, its faculty, current students, and alumni.


New Faculty Appointments Announced by College of Education

Six new faculty members have joined the College this fall, and two others have accepted positions in upcoming semesters.


Events Scheduled for Arts in Education Initiative

Faculty, staff, and students of the College can win tickets to select performances from the Center for the Performing Arts.


Musicians Abound in the College of Education

No fewer than 14 faculty and staff members of the College are gifted musical artists.


2009–2010 Humphrey Fellows Welcomed at Penn State

The Humphrey Program brings accomplished mid-career professionals from around the world to pursue public service, advanced study, professional training, and work-related experiences.


New Development in Student Organization Campaign to Reduce Bottle Waste

College of Education student organization, 3E-COE, is working with OPP to test the taste and appearance of water coming out of the College's water fountains in an effort to reduce water bottle waste by encouraging campus to refill their water jugs.

Students Abby Rzepnicki and Dana Boches Volunteer at School in Tanzania

The students were challenged with the limited resources at the primary school.


Longtime Staff Assistant Retires After 39 Years

Judy Leonard, who since 1984 served as the administrative assistant coordinator in the Educational Policy Studies departments, retired in June after 39 years of service with Penn State.


University President Named Alumni Fellow

President of St. Catherine University, Andrea Lee, IHM, ’75 M.Ed., ’80 Ph.D. will return to campus on October 21 to be honored as an Alumni Fellow by the Penn State Alumni Association.


LeTendre: National Coordination Would Help Improve American Teacher Quality

Poor children in America’s schools are more likely than poor students in other nations to receive instruction from teachers who are working outside their subject area, according to Gerry LeTendre.


Madhu Prakash Invited by Bhutan Prime Minister to Advise on Educational System

Prakash will meet with Jigmi Thinley and other elected officials to offer suggestions for creating a Bhutanese educational system that reflects that country’s philosophy of life and happiness. 


Free Forums for Education Professionals

The Regional Educational Lab Mid-Atlantic (REL Mid-Atlantic) in the Penn State College of Education regularly holds regional forums in various locations. Several forums, offered free of charge, are scheduled in Pennsylvania during fall 2009 to discuss Institute of Education Sciences (IES) practice guides.