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News: Oct - Dec 2014

Future Teacher Influences Children through America Reads
Jessica Sachs, a student in the College of Education’s Childhood and Early Adolescent Education major, furthered her one-on-one teaching skills while working as a learning support aide this summer at Ringing Rocks Elementary School in Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, through the America Reads program.
Alumnus John Foster Believes in the Value of Working with One’s Hands
Alumnus John Foster believes in the value of working with one’s hands and has dedicated his professional life to helping reinstate that value.
New Study-Abroad Course Focused on Disability is Only One of Its Kind
A new study-abroad course in Ireland, which is focused on disability and is the University's only study-abroad of its kind, starts in June 2015.
College's Special Education, Autism Program Adds State Endorsement
The Penn State College of Education announced an expansion of their special education and autism program that now features the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Endorsement.
College of Education Graduate Student, Teacher Finds Educational Lessons in Germany
Ashley Silvernail, a College of Education graduate student, studied German teaching styles in several classrooms after receiving a Fulbright Grant for the Diversity in German Education program.
Teacher Candidate Connects with Diverse Cultures through Community Involvement
Cara Dore, a sophomore from Malvern, Pennsylvania, looking to enter the College of Education’s Childhood and Early Adolescent Education (CEAED) program, gained valuable teaching experience when she immersed herself into the public school system during the Philadelphia Urban Seminar this summer.
Study Examines Effects of Credentialing, Personalization
Recently published research from Chris Gamrat, a doctoral student in Learning, Design and Technology, examined the use of credentialing personalized professional learning through a digital badge system.
Alumnus Stephen Bagnato Named Alumni Fellow
College of Education alumnus Stephen J. Bagnato, Jr. was among 21 Penn State alumni who were honored Oct. 16 for their outstanding professional accomplishments and given the lifelong title of Alumni Fellow, the highest award given by the Penn State Alumni Association.
Alumni Society Honors 2014 Award Recipients
Congratulations to 10 outstanding alumni of the College, winners of 2014 Alumni Society Awards.
Latina Master’s Student Provides Crucial Support to University Cultural Centers
Roseilyn Guzman, a master’s student studying higher education (student affairs emphasis), sought out invaluable experiences with Latino/a cultural centers this summer during her student affairs and research internships at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn).
Student Summer Stories
College of Education students do amazing things. In our Student Summer Stories, we highlight some of the great activities our students did this past summer, from internships to volunteering and everything in between.
Tour of Local Historical Site Helps Students Improve Teaching Skills
Students in the College of Education's CEAED program toured the Centre Furnace Mansion to learn about teaching history effectively.
Mentor Ignites Student's Passion for Teaching, Mentoring, AIDS Education
Sakena Sampson started a mentoring program for young women and is heavily involved in HIV/AIDS education, a motivation stemming from her middle school assistant principal, who continues to mentor and advise Sampson.
College Alumnus Terrell Jones Named Penn State Alumni Fellow, Daughter Accepts Award on His Behalf
W. Terrell Jones, was honored for his outstanding professional accomplishments and given the lifelong title of Alumni Fellow, the highest award given by the Penn State Alumni Association.
Krause Innovation Studio Featured in Local News Story
WTAJ-TV visited the College and explored the Krause Innovation Studio to learn about how technology is impacting teaching and learning.
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Tutoring through Technology: Education is Online in the College of Education
Penn State students helped elementary and middle-school English language learners from Hazleton One Community Center in Hazleton, Pennsylvania to develop their language, literacy and math skills during virtual tutoring sessions in the College of Education’s course titled CI 280: Teaching English Language Learners.
Highlighting Veterans in the College
The College of Education recognizes the veterans within its community with snapshots of students, faculty, and staff.
Grant Helps Create Innovative Materials, Improve Communication for People with Severe Disabilities
David McNaughton, a professor of education in the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling and Special Education, will collaborate with the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in a $5 million grant to help the communication options for those unable to speak.
Let the Music Play: A Unique Classroom Method Helps Students with Disabilities Learn
Jonte (JT) Taylor, an assistant professor of education, recently shared his unique lessons for using song lyrics to help teach students with disabilities with an audience at the Kennedy Center’s Intersections Conference.
College of Education Online Programs Highly Ranked by Online Resource
Two of the College of Education’s online master in education programs—Higher Education and Learning, Design, and Technology—delivered through Penn State World Campus, were recently recognized as some of the best online degree programs in the nation by, a leading resource for campus and online education.
School Districts Struggle to Adapt to English Language Learner Needs
Research from Megan Hopkins, assistant professor of education, revealed that the teaching of English as a second language and the teaching of academic subjects are separated and disconnected, which can cause English language learners (ELLs) to fall behind.
Faculty Member Research Reveals Software Improving in Ability to Analyze, Score Writing
Roy Clariana, professor of education in the Department of Learning and Performance Systems, recently published research on how software for evaluating human writing is improving and expanding.
Two College Alumni Honored as Alumni Fellows
Stephen J. Bagnato and Terrell Jones were both honored as Alumni Fellows, the highest award given by the Penn State Alumni Association.
Racial, Ethnic Diversity on Campus: Considering Legal, Public Policy Developments, Future Implications
Assistant Professor Liliana Garces provides an overview of how colleges and universities are becoming increasingly more diverse, but legal decisions are making it more difficult for institutions of higher learning to assemble a diverse student body.
Creating Innovative Materials, Improving Communication for People with Severe Disabilities
David McNaughton, professor of education, will play a major role in the grant providing research for those who require Augmentative and Alternative Communication, typically people who are severely disabled.
Doctoral Candidate Researches Learning in Low-Resource, Conflict-Affected Areas at Refugee Settlement
Ally Krupar, a College of Education doctoral candidate, went to Dadaab, Kenya, the largest refugee settlement in the world over the summer to research people from conflict-afflicted areas learn.
Faculty Member Helping to Support Middle-School Students Experiencing Academic, Behavioral, Social Difficulties
David Lee, professor of education, is part of a research team that is developing and evaluating a professional development program for seventh- and eighth-grade teachers to help support students experiencing academic, behavioral and social difficulties.
Baseball Biography Sheds Light on Civil Rights Hero
Trudie Engel, instructor and supervisor for CI 495A, recently published a biography about Larry Doby, the second African American to break to the color barrier in Major League Baseball.
Student’s Drive to Improve Inner-City Education Standards Influences Career Path
Philip Chew, an undergraduate student in the College of Education studying Education and Public Policy, had his career aspirations confirmed after an internship under the New York City Department of Education.
First-year Students Explore Education in Seminar
Anne Whitney, associate professor of education, taught a first-year seminar that allowed first-year students to explore education as a career.
American Journal of Education Receives Top Rankings
Research and information published in the American Journal of Education (AJE) is impacting education and educational research, as demonstrated by recent rankings by Thomson Reuters.
Staff Changes (Winter 2014)
Please welcome Annemarie Mountz and Miranda Weaver to the College.
Faculty Congratulations (Compiled December 2014)
A compilation of awards and honors won by faculty and staff.
Faculty Research (Compiled December 2014)
The latest faculty presentations, publications, grants and proposals.
Student Research (Compiled December 2014)
Review the latest research by our students.
Student Congratulations (Compiled December 2014)
Faculty Member Leads Development of Webinars that Improve Science Education
Carla Zembal-Saul, head of the College of Education’s Curriculum and Instruction Department, led the development of a free webinar series that aims to help educate elementary teachers utilize a new set of K-12 science standards.
Schools Pursuing Diversity Face Numerous Challenges
A report from Erica Frankenberg, assistant professor of education, and her colleagues reveals that schools that pursue diversity can face a number of challenges.
Centre County Teachers Insert Voices into the Educational Conversation
A group of Centre County teachers, including associate professors of education Anne Whitney and Bernard Badiali, are using their writing to contribute to the professional conversation about teaching and to benefit their students.
College of Education Names Fall 2014 Student Marshal
Kyle O'Donnell was named the fall 2014 student marshal for the College of Education.
Dean's Message (December 2014)
Dean Monk's message for Connections (December 2014) titled "Some Thoughts About High-Quality Advising for Graduate Students"
Promise of Equality from Common Core Not so Easily Achieved
A research report from Associate Professor Mindy Kornhaber and her team revealed that there can be problems with the view of equity that most Common Core policy entrepreneurs hold.
Book Series Addresses Tough-to-Teach Mathematics
A top-selling 16-book series, edited by Professor of Education Rose Mary Zbiek, that addresses mathematics and statistics topics that are challenging to teach yet critical to student development will release the final book in the series this month.