2018 News Archive

LDT graduate embraces online learning to help students
After 10 years working as a technology director and teacher for a small, rural school district, Marty Petrosky knew the best way to help his district was to return to school himself.
'Schooling Narratives' film to be shown Dec. 10
"Schooling Narratives," a mini-documentary created by Penn State College of Education graduate students Wideline Seraphin and Ana Díaz Beltrán, will be shown at 6 p.m. Dec. 10 in Heritage Hall of the HUB-Robeson Center on the Penn State University Park campus. The film features families of color in the State College Area School District, with a panel to follow the screening. The event is free to the public.
Professor’s writings encourage compassion, empathy, inclusivity, social change
Penn State Professor Vivian Yenika-Agbaw has spent her life studying and analyzing hierarchical systems of oppression and race relations. Through her writing and teaching, she encourages compassion, empathy, inclusivity and social change.
Venancio Ybarra: Innovating online learning
The Alumni Spotlight is a monthly feature in Bridges, highlighting College of Education alumni who are making a difference in the lives of the people around them. This edition features Venancio Ybarra, whose unexpected layoff in the tech field in 2001 led to a career in higher education.
Rosinger awarded William T. Grant Foundation funding
Kelly Rosinger, assistant professor of education in the Department of Education Policy Studies, is a recipient of one of five research grants awarded by the William T. Grant Foundation for research on reducing inequality in youth outcomes.
Pre-service teachers show off portfolios, but in electronic fashion
Prospective teachers in Penn State's College of Education preparing to do their student teaching during the 2019 spring semester put their ePortfolios on display for people to see in a recent Krause Studios for Innovation showcase titled Making our Learning Visible.
Sexual risk assessment tool in the child welfare system developed
Research lead by Carlomango Panlilio, assistant professor of education, finds that few practical screening tools currently exist to identify victims of and those at risk for sexual exploitation.
Love for international education takes alumna to the Philippines
College of Education alumna Evangeline Chow has followed her love of international education and diverse students to the Philippines, where she heads an accelerated language program for English language learners.
NTNU delegation arrives for benchmarking visit
A delegation from National Taiwan Normal University arrived on the University Park campus for a visit on Nov. 29.
‘Old Main’ to be displayed inside Chambers Building
Elementary education students are creating a replica of Old Main for display in Chambers Building, and they would like passers-by to contribute their poetry.
Christine Franklin: Preparing the next generation of cosmetologists
The Alumni Spotlight is a monthly feature in Bridges, highlighting College of Education alumni who are making a difference in the lives of the people around them. This edition features Christine Franklin, who took a non-traditional path to her current teaching career.
Kindergarten difficulties may predict academic achievement across primary grades
New Penn State research suggests that children’s academic difficulties in kindergarten may be able to predict continued difficulties throughout elementary school.
'Music-head' professor uses love of hip-hop as a teaching tool
From "The Little Mermaid" to Rihanna, Assistant Professor of Education Jonté "JT" Taylor has used music to teach and inspire his students.
Nominations sought for College of Education alumni awards
The College of Education is currently accepting nominations for its annual alumni awards. The awards recognize graduates and friends of the College who have distinguished themselves in their profession and who continue to support the College and University.
Seifert named fall 2018 College of Education student marshal
The Penn State College of Education has named Morgan Seifert as its student marshal for fall 2018.
New programs reduce parenting stress, challenging behavior in children with autism
A new program developed by Tracy Raulston, assistant professor of education (special education), seeks to address challenging behaviors of children with autism while simultaneously lowering parents' stress.
Keynote speaker’s message to graduates: ‘Now is your time!’
Michelle Asha Cooper, president of the Institute for Higher Education Policy, was the keynote speaker for the College of Education’s spring commencement ceremony. Following are excerpts from her address.
New endowments, scholarships and awards
Several endowments, scholarships and awards were created recently in the College of Education. For information on how to make a gift, call 814-863-2146.
Penn State raises a record-setting $362.9 million during 2017-18 fiscal year
Through a campaign focused on Penn State’s impact on the lives of students and in the larger world, Penn State has achieved the strongest fundraising results in its history during the just-concluded fiscal year.
Mother’s dedication to education inspired son to add to scholarship
It took Joe Niebel’s mother, Doris, nearly nine years attending part-time to complete her elementary education degree from Penn State, and her family is honoring her full-time determination and dedication to teaching by enhancing an estate gift she initiated in 2000.
Early activation of estate gifts lets donors see the effects of their gift
Eric and Paula Taylor and Bob and Donna Nicely have all been longtime supporters of the Penn State College of Education. But it wasn’t until they chose to early-activate their pledged estate gifts that both couples got to see first-hand the effects of their generosity.
Grateful alumnus uses estate gift to help struggling doctoral students
Richard Dorman remembers his days as a financially frugal graduate student and he’d like future doctoral candidates at Penn State to have memories a bit more pleasant.
Recent graduate honors those who helped him by giving back to causes dear to his heart
As a recent College of Education graduate and new member of the Golden Lion Society, Ramon Guzman describes giving as the next chapter in his love story with Penn State
College and donors both able to reap benefits from structured estate gifts
Penn State means the world to many alumni. Giving back to the institution that gave them not only a degree, but also many cherished memories, can mean even more because of the personal satisfaction that comes from making an investment in education.
#GivingTuesday event to raise funds for student scholarships
In an effort to help as many students as possible participate in valuable educational experiences, the College of Education’s participation in #GivingTuesday this year will target the College’s general scholarship fund, which is used to help students who need financial assistance to be able to participate in these impactful, out-of-classroom experiences.
College of Education honors alumni for achievements, service
Seven College of Education graduates were recognized for their professional accomplishments, leadership and service during the annual College of Education Alumni Society Awards banquet held earlier this month at the Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus.
In their own words
David and Pamela Monk explain how important storytelling is to them.
Pam Monk has long history of involvement
Pamela Monk joined the faculty at Penn State in the fall of 1999 after 25 years in public education, where she taught writing and general science.
Monks commit $1.5 million to the College of Education
College of Education Dean David H. Monk and his wife, Pam, assistant teaching professor of journalism in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, are supporting efforts by the greater Penn State community to learn more about the power of the story and its role in today’s world through a $1.5 million estate gift commitment.
David Monk to step down as dean of Penn State College of Education
David H. Monk, dean of the College of Education, today (Oct. 26) announced his plans to step down as dean on June 30, 2019. The University will immediately launch a national search for the next dean of the College.
Helping prospective educators land jobs goal of Alumni-Student Teacher Network
Student teachers at Penn State are being taught the finer points of securing a job after graduation by the College of Education's Alumni-Student Teacher Network (ASTN).
Monk receives 2018 Educational Excellence Award
The Pennsylvania Principals Association has honored David H. Monk, dean of the College of Education and professor of educational administration, with its 2018 Educational Excellence Award.
Annual Brown Lecture in Education Research to be streamed live
The Center for Education and Civil Rights (CECR) will be host for a livestream viewing of the 15th annual American Educational Research Association (AERA) Brown Lecture in Education Research at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in 123 Chambers Building on the University Park campus. A discussion will follow the lecture.
Latin may help students bridge their native language with English
Researchers found that teaching English Learners — students who aren’t fluent in English and often come from homes where a language other than English is spoken — the Latin roots of words helped them problem solve the meaning of unfamiliar words.
Policy expert Lubienski to deliver annual Nicely Lecture
Christopher Lubienski, professor of education policy in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Indiana University and visiting professor at East China Normal University, Shanghai, will present the Robert F. Nicely and Donna C. Nicely Distinguished Scholar in Education lecture on Nov. 9.
Research projects help children have inquiring minds about science
When it comes to learning about just how much preschool-aged children are capable of while attempting to grasp the concepts of astronomy, Julia Plummer likes to shoot for the stars.
Penn State-Pitt partnership celebrates 3 years
The third annual PSU-Pitt Education Summit will convene at University Park at 11 a.m. today (Sept. 27) at the Nittany Lion Inn to continue a partnership aimed at providing better services and resources for K-12 students in Pennsylvania.
Kissling's passion about patriotism featured in Occasional Papers Series
Though it's been a longstanding passion, Mark Kissling finds no time like the present to teach, research and write about patriotism, something that's piqued his interest since 2001 and extended into graduate school.
Researcher seeks to increase college enrollment, success among foster youth
Large percentages of foster youth have college aspirations but estimates from research suggest that no more than 20 percent of that population are known to enroll and fewer than half of them actually graduate.
Research aims to boost dual-language learners' reading comprehension
The interdisciplinary work being done by Amy Crosson and her colleagues to help dual-language learners with reading comprehension also may help students with learning disabilities.
Professors integrate study of education and Latin American social movements
Inspired by Italian philosophers and Brazilian educators, John Holst and Rebecca Tarlau are exploring social movements, education and sociology with their work in South America and the United States.
Faculty member expands the boundaries of civics in the classroom
Mark Kissling, assistant professor of education, discussed his approach to civics education and what it means for democracy on the latest episode of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy’s Democracy Works podcast.
Dynamic assessment can help language learners have more success
Altering or individualizing assessment procedures can propel second-language learners toward more successful mastery of that language, ongoing research by Matt Poehner and his interdisciplinary team suggests.
Program combines mobile devices and the outdoors in an unlikely pairing
Research combining technology and the outdoors is ‘Transforming Outdoor Places into Learning Spaces’ for children and families.
Next stop for these Penn State graduates: teaching the military’s next leaders
Twenty sergeants major received a master of education in lifelong learning and adult education online from Penn State through the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy Fellowship program.
Class project turns into consulting gig for doctoral students
Three students in the Workforce Education and Development doctoral program have been working with their instructor on a project to helps a 105-year-old national organization establish core values.
College of Education to offer postsecondary program for students with intellectual disabilities
WorkLink will provide academic and career preparation experiences for students with intellectual disabilities, and will emphasize self-determination, advocacy, independent living and social inclusion on Penn State's University Park campus.
Schreyer Honors College awards grant to College of Education to craft an assessment plan
Associate professors David Guthrie and Karen Paulson have received allocations to develop a comprehensive assessment plan for Penn State's Schreyer Honors College.
Penn State conference to focus on educational needs of students with autism
National Autism Conference to be held from Aug. 6 to 9 at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
Summer commencement set for Aug. 11
Summer commencement at University Park is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, in the Bryce Jordan Center.
Daly named student marshal for summer commencement
Elizabeth Daly has been selected as the College of Education's student marshal for the summer semester 2018 commencement ceremony, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Bryce Jordan Center on the Penn State University Park campus.
Frankenberg to participate on national panel in D.C.
Erica Frankenberg, associate professor of education (educational leadership) and director of the Center for Education and Civil Rights, is one of four panelists who will present "School Integration 2018," a briefing on past progress, present threats and future opportunities, at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26, in the House Visitor Center of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.
Research examines how criminal justice contact can affect college enrollment
Early contact with the criminal justice system through arrest could have long-term negative consequences for black male college enrollment, research shows.
Penn State's Summer Academy is changing lives — and attitudes
The Summer Academy for the Blind and Visually Impaired is a three-week program that functions with the help of a not-so-small village. The network of people and organizations that make up the moving parts of the Summer Academy stretches as far as the national level and hits as close as home.
Science Education wing renovations near half-way point
Renovations to the science education wing in Chambers Building are well underway as the fall semester approaches. Since its start in January 2018, construction has moved steadily and is nearly half way done.
Partnership to help South Africa universities redress apartheid legacy
Penn State's College of Education is helping to support and prepare South Africa's next generation of university leadership, funded by the republic's Department of Higher Education and Training.
Dean Monk shares thoughts on College's 95th anniversary
On June 11, the Penn State College of Education celebrated the 95th anniversary of its founding. We have accomplished a great deal in the five years since our last milestone, and those accomplishments are worthy of note.
Penn State doctoral student selected for prestigious California academic program
Fourth-year College of Education doctoral student Elyzza Aparicio has been selected to participate in the California State University Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP) that will allow her to complete her Penn State degree while simultaneously being a part of the CSU process that prepares its scholars for the professoriate.
College celebrates 2 Spencer Postdoctoral Fellows
Two faculty members in the College of Education have been named 2018 NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellows. Gabriela Richard and Rebecca Tarlau, both assistant professors in the Department of Learning and Performance Systems, are two of only 30 fellows named nationally for 2018.
Microsoft Office 365 migration begins Tuesday
The migration to Microsoft Office 365 begins Tuesday, May 29, for faculty and staff in the College of Education.
Leonhard legacy includes generous support of language and literacy in College of Education
Even as a child, Jeanne Leonhard recognized the importance of proficiency in language and literacy, and she’s made it a priority throughout her life.
Overseas servicewoman grateful for Penn State's online master's program
Air National Guard Captain Melissa Spencer has traveled the world as a military brat, she calls home the top of the world, and now feels at home as a master of education graduate student in Penn State's World Campus.
College of Education prepares for Office 365 migration
Penn State has adopted the Microsoft Office 365 suite of applications, and is migrating all faculty, staff and students at all campuses to the new applications this spring and summer. In the College of Education, that migration will take place at the end of May and beginning of June for faculty and staff.
Professional Development School marks 20 years of devotion to 'hard work of teaching'
Two decades of encouraging cooperation and collaboration between teachers and students have led to a landmark anniversary for Penn State's College of Education and the State College Area School District.
Haynes-Thoby selected for NBCC MFP Fellowship Program
Latoya Haynes-Thoby, an alumna and current doctoral student in the counselor education and supervision program, was selected for the National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program (NBCC MFP).
Student teachers get early start on research interests
Education is steeped in research and student teachers are finding that it's never too early to take an interest in inquiry.
College of Education student earns Erickson Discovery Grant
Penn State College of Education student Rachel Shriver knew that five weeks in Ecuador wasn't enough; she wanted at least five more because she had more questions to ask, more research to uncover, much more to explore.
Kelly receives Dr. John J. Gumperz Memorial Award
Gregory J. Kelly was the recipient of the Dr. John J. Gumperz Memorial Award at this year's annual American Education Research Association meeting.
Student teacher takes advantage of PDS opportunity to learn and grow
Whenever there's been a way to not only educate children but help them as well, Ali Cohen has been there.
College of Education faculty, staff serve students across the University
At any university, it is common to see faculty and staff working with students. After all, it is part of most job descriptions. But oftentimes, faculty and staff go above and beyond their job descriptions in what they do for students.
Graduate student's endeavor is to tackle the science of teaching science
Dan Henderson is a student with a lifelong passion for science and he's engineered his future plans to relay that passion through the profession of teaching.
DCEC promotes diversity, fellowship among college community
In the College of Education, the Diversity and Community Enhancement Committee (DCEC) works to promote an "all-in" atmosphere and provide opportunities so that all members of the college may be personally and professionally successful.
Elementary education majors to host children's arcade at Discovery Space
Elementary education majors enrolled in CI 497: The Creative Child will host Creative Child at Discovery Space. The event, to be held at Discovery Space on North Atherton Street, kicks off from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25. A second session will take place 1:45-2:35 p.m. Thursday, April 26.
Reputation of PDS program beginning to precede itself
The popularity of Penn State's Professional Development School has broadened throughout its 20 years to the extent that students who are interested in teaching careers have heard of the program prior to enrolling in the College of Education.
Hannah Kohler named spring 2018 student marshal for College of Education
Hannah Elizabeth Kohler is the College of Education’s student marshal for Penn State’s spring 2018 Commencement ceremony, which will be held at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 6, in the Bryce Jordan Center. A Schreyer Honors College student from York, Pennsylvania, Kohler made dean's list in every semester.
'Legally Blind, Blonde and Albino': Faculty member shares life story of overcoming adversity
It's not easy being the new kid in school. It is especially difficult when you have a disability. But being the new kid — and the new kid with a disability — is something Seria Chatters, an assistant professor of education (counselor education), experienced more than a dozen times throughout her childhood and adolescence.
Experiential learning trips help engineering students develop leadership skills
Wesley Donahue, associate professor of education (workforce education and development) and instructor of ENGR 409, uses experiential learning as part of his curriculum to teach future engineers leadership excellence in corporate performance.
Erickson Discovery Grant showcases partnership between Education, IST
Seth Wilcox, a first-year student majoring in secondary education with a focus in earth and space sciences, will spend his summer coding a program that will extract keyphrases from scientific publications and determine their usefulness through crowdsourcing.
No Hate Penn State: Student-group promotes inclusivity and awareness in community
In the midst of a controversy involving prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer and the University of Florida, Jacksonville native Elijah Armstrong decided enough was enough — it was time for him to take action.
Inaugural year of career counseling-engineering partnership sees great success
A partnership established in the summer of 2017 between Diandra Presod in the College of Education and Eric Marsh in the College of Engineering has proven successful for undergraduate students in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering as well as for the master's and doctoral students training to be career counselors.
College of Education well-represented at annual AERA conference
Many University Park faculty and graduate students are authors or co-authors of papers being presented in symposia, paper sessions, roundtable sessions or poster sessions at the American Education Research Association (AERA) meeting April 13 to 17 in New York City.
Whitney recognized with 2018 Palmer Faculty Mentoring Award
Anne Whitney, professor of education in the College of Education, is the recipient of the 2018 Howard B. Palmer Faculty Mentoring Award.
Jenkins recognized with Jackson Lethbridge Tolerance Award
Jessie Jenkins, a junior majoring in rehabilitation and human services in the College of Education at Penn State, is the recipient of the 2018 Jackson Lethbridge Tolerance Award.
Dedicated Learning and Performance Systems students juggle busy lives with school
Working toward a college degree is hard on its own, but students in the Workforce Education and Development (WFED) Program juggle college, full-time jobs, family life and many more obligations.
Faculty, staff recognized for contributions to the College
For more than two decades, the College of Education has held an annual award ceremony recognizing faculty, staff and students who have made significant contributions to their fields, the College and the University.
Message from the Dean: Update on diversity and inclusion efforts in the College
As a college of education, we have the obligation and opportunity to open our faculty, staff and students’ eyes to the richness of diversity and inclusion. We can point to steps we have taken to fulfill this responsibility, and many of these efforts are pursued under the aegis of the College’s Office for Multicultural Programs and the Diversity and Community Enhancement Committee (DCEC). But there remains the question about why we are not doing more.
Dean's Graduate Assistantship program attracts the best students to the College of Education
The Dean's Graduate Assistantship (DGA) for Engaged Scholarship and Research in Education in the College of Education was established in 2010 to support exceptional students working toward a doctoral degree. As of January 2017, DGAs guarantee four years of funding for recipients.
Discussion considers score of video games, gaming cultural spaces for society
Gabriela Richard, assistant professor of education (earning, design and technology) will be leading a public discussion on the positive learning benefits, as well as the adverse effects of video games and gaming cultural spaces, at 7 p.m. on March 20 at the Liberty Craft House in downtown State College as part of the ongoing Science on Tap series. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older.
ADRI to showcase 'StoryWalks' research through dialogue and workshop
Kimberly Powell, associate professor of education (language, culture and society), art education, and Asian studies, and an affiliate faculty member with the Arts and Design Research Incubator, will discuss and demonstrate her research project, "StoryWalks," March 27 and 29.
Individual education programs not being used as intended in special education
Laura Bray, assistant professor of education (special education) is examining the role of individualized education programs for students with specific learning disabilities in general education settings.
Faculty, graduate students to present at CIES conference
More than three dozen faculty members and graduate students in the Penn State College of Education are presenting at the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) conference, scheduled for March 25-29 in Mexico City, Mexico.
CSATS liaison named a STEM ambassador
Amanda J. Smith, STEM outreach and engagement liaison of the Center for Science and the Schools (CSATS) in the Penn State College of Education, has been accepted as one of 36 ambassadors in the Pennsylvania STEM Ambassadors Program.
C.A.R.E. Fair offers job opportunities that make a difference
Penn State students have the opportunity to find a career path that makes a difference at the Penn State C.A.R.E. Fair, to be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22, in the Alumni Hall at the HUB–Robeson Center.
Faculty member appointed to State Board of Vocational Rehabilitation
Liza Conyers, associate professor of education (rehabilitation and human services), is one of four new members appointed by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to the State Board of Vocational Rehabilitation.
New scientific model to aid young students in understanding biology
Researcher presents "Transformation Boxes (TBs): A system-based guidance to support elementary student teachers to teach and learn scientific modeling" at Waterbury Lecture.
New partnerships take Quality Talk to classrooms in Taiwan, South Africa
After seeing success in K-12 classrooms in the United States, Quality Talk, an empirically supported instructional approach, now will help students in international classrooms achieve academic success.
College of Education's Professional Development School earns national award
Penn State and the State College Area School District have earned the Exemplary PDS Achievement award from the National Association for Professional Development Schools and will be honored March 17 at the NAPDS conference in Jacksonville, Florida.
Author tells parents, educators to speak openly with children about skin color
An author/activist implored parents to speak to their children about racism because silence about skin color, she said, implies that it must not be OK that people have different colors of skin.
PDS alumni group seeks new members
The College of Education Professional Development School (PDS) is in the process of reinvigorating its Affiliate Program Group (APG) and is looking for new members.
Kathy Hill new director of Center for Science and the Schools
CSATS serves to facilitate mutually beneficial and sustainable relationships between K-12 schools and Penn State's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) researchers.
German educator to deliver Waterbury Lecture
Andres Acher, an associate professor at the Institut für Schulpädagogik und Grundschuldidaktik, University of Halle, Germany, will deliver the annual Waterbury Lecture and panel discussion in the College of Education from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 9 in the Krause Learning Space on the second floor of Chambers Building.
Graduate student's goal of having benches installed at shuttle stops close to reality
Though her own health is less than satisfactory, Maria Aguilar Walls maintains a passion to improve the lives of many other Penn State students with disabilities.
Kelly, Murphy named distinguished professors
Gregory J. Kelly and P. Karen Murphy have been awarded the title of distinguished professor in the College of Education.
Doctoral student earning joint degree looking forward to choosing from multiple career opportunities
Vanessa Miller's drive toward a joint doctoral degree from the College of Education and a juris doctorate from Penn State Law was the beginning of the final phase of an academic journey to find out who she was.
College of Education to host bias-based bullying workshop
The College of Education's Diversity and Community Enhancement Committee will host a justice education workshop on Jan. 27 at the Nittany Lion Inn. "Bullying Among Diverse Populations" will discuss the prevalence and impact that bias-based bullying has on society and how individuals can begin to identify these acts.
Diversity in Education conference scheduled for Feb. 10
The College of Education's Diversity and Community Enhancement Committee, in partnership with the Penn State Student Council for Exceptional Children, will hold its annual Diversity in Education conference on Feb. 10.
College seeks nominations for Alumni Society Awards
The College of Education's Alumni Society Board is seeking nominations for its annual awards. The awards recognize graduates and friends of the college who have distinguished themselves in their profession and have continued to support the college and University. The deadline for nominations in Wednesday, Jan. 31.
Humphrey Fellow to speak at local AAUW luncheon
Hoda El Mahdy, a 2017-18 Humphrey Fellow in Penn State's College of Education, will serve as the keynote speaker at the local American Association of University Women's (AAUW) annual luncheon on Monday, Jan. 22, where she will detail the experiences of women living in Egypt.
Lee named department head for Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education
David Lee has been named head of the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education (EPCSE) in the College of Education.
Students encouraged to apply for scholarships
The College of Education’s scholarship committee is accepting scholarship applications for College-specific scholarships available for the 2018-19 academic year.

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