2019 News Archive

Patterson research leads to new social justice minor
Ashley Patterson's research will show up in practice when she teaches Principles of Social Justice (CI815) as part of a new Social Justice in Education minor in the College of Education.
College of Education to host Rivera roundtable forum
The Penn State College of Education is hosting Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera and other Pennsylvania Department of Education leaders for a public roundtable on charter school reform, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, in Foster Auditorium in Paterno Library.
Inaugural Dean's Symposium on Educational Equity set for Dec. 3
Join the College of Education for the inaugural Dean's Symposium on Educational Equity, featuring Francesca López on the topic of Asset-Based Pedagogy Research-Practice Partnerships to Promote Whole-Student Outcomes.
Boldt earns international recognition for her distinguished career
Gail Boldt, professor of education (language and literacy education) in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, recently received the Bloch Distinguished Career Award, the highest award of the International Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education Conference.
Meyer elected to Reading Hall of Fame
Bonnie J.F. Meyer, professor of education (educational psychology), is one of five people elected into the Reading Hall of Fame. She and the others will be inducted into this international society in a formal ceremony at the annual meeting of the Literacy Research Association in Tampa, Florida, in December.
Heard on Campus: Motivational speaker K. B. Strawder
"In the race of this thing called life, it's not about image. It's about completing YOUR race. What is it that you're attaining that YOU really, really want to accomplish? Do it and do it FOR YOU and you only, nobody else. … In order to achieve true success, it starts with you. If you can't achieve success in taking care of yourself, how do you expect to be successful in any area of your life? If you don't take care of you, how are you going to take care of somebody else? … Taking care of you is always first and foremost a priority in your life. … You have to be in the right mental state and you have to be in the right self-care state, to deal with whatever you want to deal with in your heart." — Motivational speaker K.B. Strawder Jr., speaking on "Success and Self-Care: Taking Care of You." Strawder's talk to students in the College of Education was prompted by Diandra Prescod, assistant professor of education, who saw that her students were experiencing a lot of stress and wanted to do something to help them. For more information about Strawder, visit https://www.kbstrawderjr.com online.
Project TEAM continues to grow and flourish
Project TEAM is a school-wide anti-bullying movement to help schools develop and strengthen team-oriented cultures, and its founder is attempting to make its overall reach become even wider.
Alumni honored at annual awards banquet
The College of Education honored several alumni at its annual awards banquet on Friday (Oct. 25).
Alumni-Student Teacher Network recognized for outstanding programming
The Penn State Alumni Association has recognized a program in the College of Education for its exceptional success in connecting alumni and current students.
Heard on Campus: Derrick Alridge
"To preserve the stories or narratives I've briefly discussed with you this morning, along with the many other stories recounting teachers' lives, their pedagogical influences and their classroom approaches, highlight a vital, but often overlooked dimension of education and the Civil Rights Movement. Eliciting and documenting these stories not only supports the notion of teachers as activists, but also illuminates the influential role that teachers can play in contemporary movements for civil rights and social justice. And it is my hope that these narratives will inform the current generation about their vital role as teachers and activists." — Penn State Alumni Fellow Derrick Alridge, speaking about his “Teachers in the Movement” project, which includes oral history interviews with elementary, secondary and university teachers and educators about their participation in and efforts during the Civil Rights Movement. Alridge is visiting the University Park campus as one of 16 Penn State alumni who were selected to receive the 2019 Alumni Fellow Award, the most prestigious award given by the Penn State Alumni Association. He earned his doctoral degree from the Penn State College of Education in educational theory and policy in 1997.
Speaker to give tips for 'Taking Care of You'
Motivational speaker K.B. Strawder Jr. will speak on "Success and Self-Care: Taking Care of You" from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, in 108 Chambers Building on the Penn State University Park campus.
Forum to highlight teacher influence, impact during Civil Rights Movement
A forum focused on the experiences of teachers, administrators and college leaders during the Civil Rights Movement will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, on the University Park campus.
Mexico trip to offer students opportunity at international learning
The creation of another international program – this one in Mexico – will allow College of Education students to develop abilities in social responsibility and leadership in multicultural/multilingual contexts.
Professor contributes to federal report on child and youth mental health
A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine calls for a comprehensive national agenda to improve mental, emotional and behavioral health in children and youth. Jennifer Frank, assistant professor of education, senior research associate with the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, and Social Science Research Institute faculty co-funded faculty member at Penn State, served on the panel responsible for the report.
Team wins 5-year, $1.98 million NSF grant to improve teacher prep
A team of College of Education faculty led by P. Karen Murphy has won a five-year, $1.98 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to improve the preparation of undergraduate preservice elementary teachers.
Murphy awarded Lyle Spencer grant for transformative research project
P. Karen Murphy, distinguished professor of education (educational psychology), and a multi-university/institute team has won a Lyle Spencer Research Award to Transform Education. The award is for just shy of $1 million.
School district secessions shown to have deepened racial segregation
Since 2000, school district secessions in the South have increasingly sorted white and black students, and white and Hispanic students, into separate school systems, weakening the potential to improve school integration, according to a new study published today (Sept. 4) in AERA Open, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association.
Education policy studies faculty member awarded co-funded grant
Kelly Rosinger, assistant professor of education in the Department of Education Policy Studies and research associate in the Center for the Study of Higher Education, and a team of researchers were recently awarded a total of $373,590 to analyze how variations in performance-based funding (PBF) policies in higher education impact outcomes for underserved students and under-resourced institutions.
M. Fatih Tasar: Teaching physics fundamentals to future educators
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 M. Fatih Tasar, an alumnus who is using his degree to train future educators in his native Turkey.
Alumni Updates: Aug. 14, 2019
"Alumni Updates" highlights career achievements by College of Education alumni.
Study shows benefits to changing students' mindsets about learning
A groundbreaking new experimental study with more than 12,000 ninth grade students in the United States confirmed that a low-cost online program that takes less than an hour to complete can help students develop a growth mindset — the belief that intellectual abilities are not fixed but can be developed. This is important because student motivation often suffers when students have been exposed to the idea that their intellectual abilities can't change.
Webinars to focus on students with disabilities in career and tech ed
The College of Education's Workforce Education program, in conjunction with the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT) and the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), will hold a series of webinars this fall on career and technical education (CTE) for students with disabilities.
Gorgas named student marshal for summer commencement
Jessica Gorgas has been selected as the College of Education's student marshal for the summer semester 2019 commencement ceremony, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Bryce Jordan Center on the Penn State University Park campus.
Presidential debates launch faculty member into national spotlight
With busing and civil rights being key topics in the current Democratic presidential debates, Erica Frankenberg, professor of education (educational leadership), has found herself in the spotlight, being interviewed and quoted in national news outlets as an expert on those subjects.
Ability to 'Be Prepared' broadly helpful in Josh Kirby's career
It was through the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) that Josh Kirby found education, and the Penn State assistant professor of education remains devoted to making things better for others in both of those fundamentally vital facets of his life.
Cunningham named professor of practice in education and engineering
The objective of the new position of professor of practice in education and engineering is for Penn State to be thought leaders in preK-12 engineering education by creating research-based and classroom-tested resources for students and teachers that enable high-quality engineering experiences.
Local artist's work becomes Monk's official portrait
When Dean David H. Monk had his portrait drawn by William Snyder III, he wasn't thinking about where it would end up; he was simply doing the artist a favor.
Monk leaves lasting legacy of caring
For the past 20 years, David H. Monk and the Penn State College of Education have gone hand-in-hand. What most people do not know is that Monk very nearly did not become dean of the College.
Rabiyatu Jalloh's impactful work leaves long-lasting legacy
Whether she was performing in a poetry slam or heading new initiatives on campus, recent College of Education graduate Rabiyatu Jalloh left a lasting impact on the College and the community.
Partnership between College of Education, South African universities flourishes
A project to dramatically bolster the number of doctoral degrees awarded in South Africa is in full swing, and administrators from three of that country's universities are working with Penn State higher education faculty members to ensure its success.
Happy Valley Improv fuses artform with pedagogy
Penn State education faculty Andrea McCloskey and Sam Tanner are quite serious about the often comedic artform of improv. They are two of the four founders of Happy Valley Improv, and behind the performative emotions the two are whittling away at how their artform can serve to transform teaching in the classroom.
Kimberly Lawless appointed dean of the College of Education
Kimberly Lawless, associate dean for research in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has been named dean of Penn State’s College of Education, following a national search. Lawless will begin her appointment on Sept. 1.
Join the College of Education for We Are Weekend events
We Are Weekend, scheduled for May 31 through June 2, includes events in the College of Education.
Waterbury Summit sparks discussions about the Learning Sciences
How the Learning Sciences play out in our work, our learning and our analyzing learning as well as having an impact on the world are topics that some of the country's top learning scientists broached at the recent Penn State College of Education Waterbury Summit.
What can you do with a College of Education degree?
Based on the careers our graduates have pursued, the answer is “almost anything.” At Penn State alone, there are approximately 300 College alumni working in various capacities across multiple campuses, colleges and administrative units.
Success through the years: Alumni distinguish themselves in their fields
The College of Education boasts 35 Distinguished Alumni — outstanding alumni whose “personal lives, professional achievements and community service exemplify the objectives of their alma mater.” The Distinguished Alumni Award, authorized by the Penn State Board of Trustees in 1951, is the highest honor bestowed by Penn State. Following are introductions to some of our Distinguished Alumni.
Education faculty member named Belfer Fellow
Gabriela Richard, assistant professor of education (learning, design, and technology) at Penn State, is one of four scholars from across the United States to be named a Belfer Fellow (second cohort) by the Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) Center for Technology and Society.
Mentoring roundtables find new home in College of Education
Penn State is deepening its commitment to mentoring emerging scholars in the areas of higher education law, finance, economics and governance.
Penn State higher education program has ample reason to celebrate
The Center for the Study of Higher Education is marking its 50th anniversary and is honoring College of Education faculty past and present who have helped create and maintain one of the country's largest such research centers.
Heard on Campus: Nikole Hannah-Jones at the Brown@65 National Symposium
Nikole Hannah-Jones, an award-winning investigative reporter for The New York Times Magazine whose work focuses on civil rights and racial injustices, served as the keynote speaker at "Brown@65: National Symposium for the 65th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education" held Friday, May 10 at the Nittany Lion Inn.
School security chief topic at Penn State Directors Academy
Campus/school safety takes time, involves multiple stakeholders and requires many people to engage to develop an effective safety and emergency plan that is brief, specific and flexible, members of the Penn State Personnel Professional Development Center (PPDC) learned at a recent conference in State College.
Supercomputer cluster donation helps turn high school class into research lab
After participating in professional development opportunity through CSATS, a Bald Eagle Area High School physics teacher teamed up with Penn State's Institute for CyberScience and used a supercomputer cluster to explore the world as real climate scientists.
Brown at 65: New research details increasing segregation in a transformed school population
As the nation prepares to mark the 65th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling declaring segregation in public schools unconstitutional, the UCLA Civil Rights Project and the Penn State Center for Education and Civil Rights today (May 10) published new research detailing school enrollment patterns and segregation in the nation’s schools. The findings are not cause for celebration.
College of Education host of Waterbury Summit May 14-16
Penn State's College of Education will welcome some of the country's top luminaries in the field of the Learning Sciences at its Waterbury Summit scheduled for May 14-16 at Krause Learning Space in 221 Chambers Building on campus.
Teachers' strikes a new social movement, researcher says
With every social movement, there is a moment — an event or instance that sparks a time for change. The death of Michael Brown propelled #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo accelerated following the allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Now for the first time in decades, public education is seeing its own moment that's prompted a new movement.
Around the College: May 8, 2019
Students, staff and faculty members from Penn State's College of Education share recent research and career achievements.
College establishes Staff Advisory Council, accepting applications
The College of Education is establishing a Staff Advisory Council (SAC) that will serve staff members in the College's departments, administrative units, and centers and institutes. Throughout the spring semester, a work group consisting of eight staff members worked together to develop guidelines for the SAC, which were shared with the College via email on May 4.
Staff members balance roles of parent, employee and student
It's not easy balancing the roles of parent, spouse and employee. Add being a student to the mix and the demands become even more challenging. But for five College of Education staff members, it is a challenge they face head-on.
Probing question about online learners leads student to develop app
In an effort to address the low retention rates of online learners, education student Nicole Wang developed SPOT, a web-based application that allows for students to interact in an online classroom while remaining anonymous.
PDS Inquiry Conference highlights interns' research
Penn State's Professional Development School interns are tasked to ask intriguing questions and find enlightening, research-based answers. Prospective teachers Leah Higbee, Krishawna Goins and dozens of their PDS classmates put their queries and subsequent findings on display at the program's annual Inquiry Conference.
Pair of education students learn a lot by doing -- and they're doing a lot
If the time-worn adage that job seekers should limit their resume to a single page remains true, then Penn State students Taylor Young and Carly Siegle are out of luck. Those two prospective educators in just four semesters have participated in enough educational activities to start to fill a university bulletin.
Park Smith: Enhancing education at Jersey College
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 Park Smith, whose career as a financial aid planner led him to the college's learning, design and technology online graduate program.
RHS student named recipient of Outstanding Adult Student Award
Kimisse King, a single mother of four and survivor of domestic violence, is one of two Penn State students to receive the Outstanding Adult Student Award presented by Penn State World Campus.
New RHS/LER course emphasizes needs of workers with disabilities
A new course developed by College of Education faculty member Wendy Coduti is the first of its kind to merge the fields of vocational rehabilitation and human resources.
Penn Staters represent 'All In' at education abroad conference
Wendy Coduti, assistant professor of education (rehabilitation and human services), and Brian Brubaker, director of education abroad in Penn State Global Programs, held a session at the Forum on Education Abroad that examined best practices in recruiting, preparing and supporting students with disabilities in education abroad.
New process of teaching literacy to future teachers gets rave reviews
Instead of listening to lectures, prospective elementary-level instructors underwent literacy training that included first watching a lesson being taught to students and then immediately teaching that same lesson to other students.
Multicultural Resource Center honors 3 in College of Education
The University's Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) has recognized one College of Education staff member and two students in its annual awards presentation. Brenda Martinez, administrative support assistant in the College's Office of Multicultural Programs, is the inaugural recipient of the MRC Faculty and Staff Diversity Recognition Award. Students Krishawna Goins and Rabiyatu Jalloh won the Student Leadership Award and Volunteer Service Award, respectively.
College of Education senior wins Fulbright
The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board selected Rachel Shriver, a senior secondary English education major from Manassas, Virginia, for a Fulbright award to Colombia.
Outstanding faculty, staff, students recognized
Once again this year, the College of Education has recognized faculty, staff and students who have made significant contributions to their fields, the College and the University.
Puppet shows teach students to put classroom learning into practice
Teachers-in-training need to learn a lot of different skills, but Jordan Gardner never imagined sewing would be one of them. The culminating project in one of her classes is the performance of The Happy Valley Show puppet show, with puppets made by students in the class.
Symposium to mark 65th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education
To commemorate the 65th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, the Center for Education and Civil Rights (CECR) and the Africana Research Center (ARC) are convening Brown@65, a national symposium of education, law and policy scholars and practitioners, May 10 at the Nittany Lion Inn on the Penn State University Park campus.
Anna Gabriel named spring 2019 Education student marshal
Anna Gabriel has been selected as the College of Education's student marshal for Penn State's spring 2019 Commencement ceremony, which will be held at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5, 2019, in the Bryce Jordan Center.
Secretary of education to deliver commencement address
State Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera will deliver the keynote address at the College of Education ceremony scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Sunday, April 5, in the Bryce Jordan Center on Penn State's University Park campus.
50 College of Education students earn University-wide awards
Fifty students in the College of Education are among the recipients of Penn State's most prestigious University-wide student awards for this academic year.
Network including CSATS selected to join global STEM ecosystem
A central Pennsylvania collaborative network that includes the Penn State College of Education's Center for Science and the Schools (CSATS) is one of 15 organizations selected to join the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice (SLECoP).
Prison Education Summit to help inform growing program in College of Education
Diversity, inclusion and social justice all have an articulated importance in the Penn State College of Education. That is increasingly evident through the actions of the College's faculty, staff and students, who are working hard to bring about social change and realize more student success in diverse populations. The most recent example of this commitment is the Prison Education and Reentry Summit, held March 29-30 on the University Park campus.
Marimon is 2019 recipient of emerging faculty award for engaged scholarship
Efrain Marimon, assistant professor of education in the College of Education, has received Penn State's 2019 Outreach and Online Education Emerging Faculty Award for Engaged Scholarship.
Prins a recipient of 2019 Graduate Faculty Teaching Award
Esther Prins, professor of education in the College of Education, is one of two recipients of Penn State's 2019 Graduate Faculty Teaching Award.
College of Education well-represented at annual AERA conference
A large number of University Park faculty, graduate students and staff are authors or co-authors of papers being presented in symposia, paper sessions, poster sessions or roundtable discussions at the American Education Research Association (AERA) meeting April 5-9 in Toronto, Canada.
Heard on campus – Abdulla Puckett, doctoral student at UCLA
Abdulla Puckett, a doctoral student at the University of California at Los Angeles, addressing a group of nearly 140 individuals who gathered for the Penn State Prison Education and Reentry Summit on March 29-30 at the Nittany Lion Inn.
'Education House' helps students connect with resources, each other
The College of Education's Special Living Option (SLO), the First-Year in Education "Education House," addresses the needs of the students who choose to live there and offers experiences that help shape their first year.
College of Education alumnus earns Alumni Achievement Award
Brian Patchcoski, a 2010 graduate of the College of Education with a master's degree in college student affairs/higher education, is one of 15 prominent young alumni to be honored by the Penn State Alumni Association with the Alumni Achievement Award.
Interdisciplinary team delivers intensive education leadership program
An interdisciplinary team of faculty from the College of Education and the Smeal College of Business, hosted by Penn State Executive Programs, is sharing its collective expertise with 26 officials from 15 higher education institutions in India who are at University Park for a weeklong immersion program.
Faculty member honored with national association's First Book Award
"Racialized Identities in Second Language Learning: Speaking Blackness in Brazil," a book written by Uju Anya, assistant professor of education (second language learning) and research affiliate for the Center for the Study of Higher Education, has been awarded the First Book Award by the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL).
New course to allow students to tune into diversity, entrepreneurship
This innovative new course is designed to make entrepreneurship relevant to people who traditionally have been outside of entrepreneurial careers, and also to create "Schoolhouse Rock" types of educational videos on the topic.
Dawn Crim: Sharing her passion for education
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 Dawn Crim, who started her professional career in sales before finding a passion for education.
Joseph Glace: Helping clients achieve favorable outcomes
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 Joseph Glace, who's love of education led to a career as a lawyer.
Grant to aid students' grasp of science behind natural disasters
Scott McDonald, College of Education associate professor of science education, and The Concord Consortium in Massachusetts are using a four-year, $2.8 million National Science Foundation grant to develop data visualizations and simulations that help middle-school students understand big, system-level science ideas.
National search underway for new dean of the College of Education
Penn State has launched a national search and is seeking candidates for the next dean of the College of Education. David H. Monk, who has led the college since 1999, announced in October 2018 that he will step down as dean on June 30 to pursue a phased retirement as a faculty member in the Department of Education Policy Studies.
Events planned to mark Brown vs. Board of Education anniversary
The Center for Education and Civil Rights (CECR) is co-hosting a series of events leading up to the 65th anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education decision in May 2019.
Active-duty service members' children to benefit from new partnership
In conjunction with the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness, Cristin Hall, assistant professor of education (school psychology), has partnered with the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) to revise policies, procedures and training to better address social-emotional and behavioral threats among students.
Children’s race, not disability status, may predict more frequent suspension
New research, led by Paul L. Morgan, Harry and Marion Eberly Fellow, professor of education and demography, and director of Penn State’s Center for Educational Disparities Research, has found that, among students in kindergarten through eighth grade, students who are black are more frequently suspended than white students of similar behavioral, academic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Class on sustainability sparked major interest for education and public policy student
A junior from Austin, Texas, Claire Talley took a course on sustainability in education course in spring 2017 with Peter Buckland, the academic programs manager for Penn State's Sustainability Institute, and her interest in the subject escalated from there.
Frankenberg again among RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influencers
Erica Frankenberg, associate professor of education (educational leadership) and demography, and an associate in the University's Population Research Institute, once again is included among the 2019 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings.
Online education programs rank in the top 10
For the third straight year, Penn State is the most recognized among hundreds of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings of the country’s top online degree programs, including online education programs.
Loretta Lowman: Teaching kids the fundamentals of reading
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 Loretta Lowman, who overcame a learning disability as a child and found success as a special education teacher.
AAUW to feature 2 Humphrey Fellows at annual luncheon
Anjusha Durbarry and Susan Heidarishad, Humphrey Fellows in Penn State's College of Education, will serve as panelists for the State College chapter of American Association of University Women (AAUW) annual luncheon on Friday, Feb. 1.

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