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News: October - December 2013

Clarifying Dispositions in Teacher Education Can Lead to Better Teaching
According to recent research by Deborah Schussler, associate professor of education, building an awareness of dispositions in teacher education can help future teachers to be better prepared and morally sensible.
Finding What Improves Employment Outcomes for People with Disabilities
In her recent research, Deirdre O'Sullivan, an assistant professor in the College of Education, explores the factors that can contribute to improving employment outcomes for people with disabilities.
Student Works with English-Language Educators in Africa
Colleen Shaughnessy, a doctoral student in the College of Education, spent last summer working in Africa as an English language specialist.
Working as Camp Counselor, Student Finds True Passion
While working at a camp, undergraduate student Anna Boettcher found her true passion for special education, a passion she plans on carrying into her graduate work.
Student Mentors Children in Hospital Over Summer
Katie Haskins, a junior studying rehabilitation and human services, got a new perspective on children thanks to her internship at Cumberland Hospital last summer.
Student Dances Her Way to Her Dreams
Yvonne Winborne, a College of Education senior studying childhood and early adolescent education with a minor in dance, has a lifetime passion for education and dance that took her on an incredible journey across the globe this summer.
Learning the Language: Student Spends Summer in Ecuador Teaching English
Tara Perpignan, a junior studying special education, spent her summer teaching English to students in Ecuador, which helped her become a better teacher.
Student Summer Stories
Throughout the semester, we shared Student Summer Stories, stories that highlighted some of the amazing activities our students did this past summer, from the arts to volunteering and everything in between. Three student chose to submit videos.
Playing the Lead on the Stage and in the Classroom
Andrew Adamietz, a College of Education senior studying secondary education, played the lead in a community theater production of “Les Miserables” this summer, a confidence-boosting experience full of learning and teaching.
Alumnus Builds Online Museum of Distance Education
A virtual museum created by a Penn State College of Education alumnus William Diehl will be featured as a part of the 75th anniversary of the International Council for Open and Distance Education.
Garces Files Amicus Curiae in Supreme Court Case
Liliana Garces, assistant professor of education and research associate at the Center for the Study of Higher Education, served as counsel of record for the Civil Rights Project at UCLA in an amicus curiae, or friend of the court, brief filed for a case that was argued Oct. 15 before the United States Supreme Court.
Ph.D. Candidate Helps More than 1,000 Teens in Professional Development
PHD Candidate Joseph Harford in the Workforce Education and Development Program helped more than 1,000 students heighten their awareness of the future role in the American free enterprise system at Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week.
Student Summer Story: Studying Abroad and Working at Law Firm
Macy Laster, education and public policy major, spent her summer in studying abroad in Sevilla, Spain and working at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. discrimination and employment law firm.
Student's Summer Job Paves Her Way to Hawaii
Carly Presher, rehabilitation and human services junior, transformed the rough beginnings of her summer into a work experience that would determine her future.
Hooper Develops Web-Based System to Help Children Learn to Read
College of Education professor Simon Hooper is helping to develop a web-based system to help children learn to read.
Alumni Society Honors 2013 Award Recipients
Congratulations to eight outstanding alumni of the College, winners of 2013 Alumni Society Awards.
College of Education Employees Honored by Education Association
Dean David H. Monk, Professor Jim Nolan, and retired Administrative Support Coordinator Suzanne Harpster were recognized by PAC-TE.
New Scholarship Aims to Increase Special Education Faculty
The TIPS Program in the College of Education offers $36,000 per year to students interested in pursuing their doctorate in special education.
Course Provides Unique Urban Teaching Experience
The Philadelphia Urban Seminar, which provides students a 2-week teaching experience in urban schools, runs from May 18–June1 and is now accepting registrations.
Students Prepare for Unique International Student Teaching Experience
College of Education students take advantage of the opportunity to teach abroad
STEP Helps Extend Education Policy Discussion Beyond Classroom
Stephen Payne, STEP's president, said that his student organization is helping students to engage with their major and each other.
Book Encourages School-Wide Improvement through Instructional Rounds
John Roberts, assistant professor of education, shares in his new book how a process of observing teachers in action can increase the collective learning of educators.
Unique Course Provides Immersive Experience with Ojibwe
Two courses that focus on Native American culture and history offer students a life-changing educational experience.
Graduate Student Swims with Manta Rays
Carmen Strand, a graduate student in the learning, design, and technology master’s program, cleared her mind of her stressful work schedule by swimming with manta rays in Hawaii this summer. While celebrating her 10th wedding anniversary, she and her husband took part in what Strand called one of the best night dives in the world.
Fall 2013 College of Education Student Marshal Selected
The College of Education named Laura Mincemoyer Egan as its fall 2013 student marshal. She will be honored during commencement on Saturday, December 21, at 12:30 p.m. in the Bryce Jordan Center.
Program Provides Public Policy Career Opportunities
The education and public policy (EPP) major in the College of Education helps students become skilled and effective policy experts in education at the local, state, and federal levels through coursework and internships.
Student Research (Compiled November 2013)
Student Congratulations (Compiled November 2013)
Faculty Research (Compiled November 2013)
A compilation of faculty presentations, recently awarded grants and proposals.
Faculty Congratulations (Compiled November 2013)
A compilations of faculty congratulations.
Education and Civil Rights Conference from Jun 06, 2014 08:00 AM to Jun 07, 2014 05:00 PM Lewis Katz Building, Penn State University Park,
The College of Education will host the interdisciplinary conference Education and Civil Rights, Historical Legacies, Contemporary Strategies and Promise for the Future, along with a related graduate student symposium, on June 6 and 7, 2014.
Nine Graduate Students Receive Dean’s Graduate Assistantships
Nine students receive Dean's Graduate Assistantships.
Staff Changes Fall 2013
Meet the new staff members in the College.
Rural Bedford Seminar Offers Students a Glimpse of Rural Life
The Penn State College of Education is presenting students with a unique opportunity to experience learning in a rural setting. The three-credit course, CI 295C: The Rural Bedford Seminar, spans most of two weeks from May 11-23, during Maymester.
Faculty Congratulations (Compiled December 2013)
Faculty congratulations that have been compiled through December 2013.
Some Thoughts about Sabbatical Leaves
Dean Monk takes a look at sabbaticals.
RHS Student Takes an Inside Look at Global Health
Allie Silber, a senior in the College of Education's rehabilitation and human services (RHS) program, traveled to South Africa in summer 2013 to learn about global health and best practices from those in the community.
World Campus Student, College of Ed Master’s Candidate Comes from Japan for Commencement
Hiroko Takano, a junior high teacher who has been teaching English in Japan for 20 years, is looking forward to her Penn State commencement.
Doctoral Candidate Overcoming the Odds, Making an Impact in Education
Gulab Khan has positively impacted students as an educator and is looking forward to how his dissertation on teacher evaluation systems will continue that trend internationally.
Student Leaders: Eryka Charley
Eryka Charley, a Ph.D. Candidate in Educational Leadership and the American Indian Leadership Program, says her leadership style helps streamline communication that leads to understanding.
Valuable Lessons in Leadership
Robert Kehler, an alumnus and four-star general in the U.S. Air Force, spoke to the fall 2013 College of Education scholarship dinner on the topic of leadership.