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News: Jan. - March 2011

Alumna to Endow Undergraduate Scholarship
Penn State College of Education alumna Kathleen L. Spicher has pledged to create a scholarship to support outstanding undergraduate students in the College.
Weiss Interdisciplinary Humanities Seminar Series Set to Begin
A unique series of public lectures on childhood culture
Making Sense of the Evidence Surrounding the Preparation of Teachers
Dean Monk's column for Connections, January 2011
Recent Faculty Research - Compiled January 2011
A listing of recent faculty presentations, publications, grants, and proposals
Undergraduate Research Opportunities
The Office of Undergraduate Education is pleased to announce opportunities for undergraduate research, open to students at all Penn State campuses.
Congratulations Faculty and Staff (compiled January 2011)
An acknowledgment of College of Education faculty for their accomplishments
Student Congratulations (compiled Jan. 2011)
An article acknowledging College of Education students for their accomplishments
Recent Grad Thrives in Challenging Position
College of Education alumna Leslie Potter is enjoying success in a challenging school in one of the largest school districts in the nation.
Staff Changes: Winter 2011
Departed and new staff in the College of Education, winter 2010
Multiple Endowments Poised to Benefit College, Students
College of Education Alumnus, Wife to Leave Lasting Legacy
Robert E. and Barbara Bennett Byrd have pledged $182,000 to the College of Education's General Fund.
CarbonEARTH Program Facilitates Science Education, Teaching
The new CarbonEARTH program in the College of Education's Center for Science and the Schools aims to improve way science is communicated and taught in elementary and middle schools.
Valente’s New Book Portrays His Life as a “Deaf Kid” and “Superhero”
"d/Deaf and d/Dumb: A Portrait of a Deaf Kid as a Young Superhero" chronicles the conflicts, challenges, and successes of a College of Education faculty member who, as an oral deaf child, was mainstreamed in public school.
Speaker to Discuss Contemplative Observation in Mindful Teacher Education
“Contemplative Observation in Mindful Teacher Education” is the title of an upcoming talk in Chambers Building.
Robert and Barbara Byrd
Green Named Batschelet Chaired Professor of Educational Administration
Preston Green has been appointed the Batschelet Chaired Professor of Educational Administration in Penn State’s College of Education.
Frankenberg Research Shows Segregation in Charter Schools
Alarming research shows a high incidence of segregation in the charter school system.
Academician Ovid J.L. Tzeng to Receive Distinguished Alumni Award
The Penn State Board of Trustees has selected academician Ovid J.L. Tzeng to receive the University's highest award for an individual, the Distinguished Alumni Award.
Pennsylvania Schools Sought to Participate in Wind for Schools Program
The Wind Application Center at Penn State is now accepting applications for Pennsylvania's new Wind for Schools project. The program aims to engage rural elementary and secondary school teachers and students in wind energy education while educating college students about wind energy applications.
Undergrads: Two-Week Course Offers Teaching Experience in Philadelphia Schools
Education majors: Gain valuable field experience by participating in a two-week, 3-credit seminar in urban Philadelphia schools this May.
Student Teachers in New Program Praise the Project, Their Experiences
Students in first cohort of an enriching new student teaching program are giving the experience high marks. The Short-Term Overseas Student-Teaching program allows College of Education teacher education students to travel overseas for seven or eight weeks after a shortened ten-week Pennsylvania student-teaching placement.
HI ED 546 Focuses on Teachers Teaching Undergrads
Summer course offering—College Teaching, HI ED 546—provides valuable academic job-market skills and fulfills the website and course requirements for the Graduate School Teaching Certificate.
Moore, Niles Named Distinguished Professors
Michael G. Moore and Spencer G. Niles have been recommended to be conferred the status of distinguished professorship in the College of Education.
The Salad Girls: Students of PDS Alum Learn the Strength of Civic Action
Three fifth-grade girls lobbied for changes to the school's salads. Not only did their effort succeed, but they drew the praise of Pennsylvania's Secretary of Health.
Penn State/State College PDS Wins Spirit of Partnership Award
For the fourth time in 10 years, the Professional Development School collaborative between Penn State’s College of Education and the State College Area School District has received a national award.
Penn State Offers $12,500 Scholarships for Special Education Master’s and Certification Program
Earn both a master’s degree in early childhood special education and your special education certification concurrently.
Cycle-thon Benefits SCOPE
The 6th annual Cycle-thon will take place on April 17 in Sunset Park.
Carr-Chellman Authors New Book on Instructional Design Teaching Model
An innovative teaching model known as Instructional Design for Teachers (ID4T) is the subject of a newly released book authored by Alison A. Carr-Chellman, professor of instructional systems.
Student Interns Make Blankets to Warm Latin American Orphans
Penn State PDS interns participate in a mini blanket making marathon to help the boys at ProNino orphanages in Honduras.
Study Identifies Shared, Different Traits Among GED Candidates
A study conducted for the Pennsylvania legislature by a College of Education researcher paints a comprehensive picture of the adults who take the GED in the Commonwealth and the reasons they left high school in the first place. The report also provides recommendations for improving the success rate of GED candidates in Pennsylvania.
College of Education Rankings
2013 U.S. News and World Report Rankings for the College of Education
Diverse Approaches to Diversity: A DCEC Poster & Resource Fair
Announcement of the 2011 DCEC Poster and Resource Fair
SPSEA Students Raise the Bar in THON 2011
Student Pennsylvania State Education Association (SPSEA) raises $20,418.99 for the IFC/Panhellenic Dance MaraTHON
Students Honored with Leadership and Service Awards
College of Education students--Judi Hite, Alexa Hodge, Kate Nuschke, and Rachel Wiley--have been recognized with awards for their outstanding leadership skills and ongoing service to the community.
More than a Hundred to Represent Penn State at AERA Annual Meeting
Penn State will be well-represented by over 100 graduate students and faculty members attending this year's American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting
Student Congratulations (compiled March 2011)
An article acknowledging College of Education students for their accomplishments
Staff Changes: Spring 2011
Departed and new staff in the College of Education, spring 2011
Congratulations Faculty and Staff (compiled March 2011)
An acknowledgment of College of Education faculty for their accomplishments
EPS Students Attend Washington Policy Seminar
Undergraduates as well as graduate students met with administrators in the nation's capital.
Penn State Freshmen Encounter “Diverse” Children and “Diverse” Contexts in the Philadelphia Urban Seminar
Students who are considering a career in education often sign up for CI 295D: The Philadelphia Urban Seminar prior to their entrance to the major.
Recent Faculty Research - Compiled March 2011
A listing of recent faculty presentations, publications, grants, and proposals
An Overview of How the College’s Budget Works at Penn State
Dean Monk's column for Connections, March 2011
EETT Program Builds on Previous Technology Initiatives
The Enhancing Education Through Technology program—or Pennsylvania Title IID—provides professional development to teachers and increased access to technology for their classrooms through more than $35 million in state and federal grant monies.
Helping Adolescents Successfully Transition to Middle School
The Institute of Education Sciences has granted Thomas Farmer an award for his project, “Supporting Early Adolescent Learning and Social Success: Project SEALS.”
College of Education Now Accepting Enrollments for Summer Reading Camp
Penn State Summer Reading Camp will be held each Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from July 5 to July 28 in University Park's Chambers Building
Returning Adult Student Set to Graduate with Teaching Degree in August
Vickie Allen plans to complete her bachelor’s degree in elementary education this August.
Archive Video from EPLC Policy Forum Available
The Education Policy and Leadership Center held a public forum on March 30, 2011, at the Nittany Lion Inn. The forum focused on what is in the proposed education budget for Pennsylvania, the budget’s relative strengths and weaknesses, and key issues.