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Bridges: Research into Practice - Spring 2011

The Spring 2011 issue of Bridges, the research and alumni newsletter from the Penn State College of Education.

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Spring 2011 Issue



Barbara Van HornStudy Identifies Shared, Different Traits Among GED Candidates

The study, conducted for the Pennsylvania legislature, points to reasons GED candidates left high school in the first place and provides recommendations for improving the candidates' success rate.

thomas farmerHelping 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.”

Two students at computerEETT 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.

Alison Carr-ChellmanCarr-Chellman Authors New Book on Instructional Design Teaching Model

An innovative teaching model known as Instructional Design for Teachers (ID4T) is the subject of the newly released book.

Kai SchafftSchafft Co-Authors New Book on Rural Societies and Communities

Rural People and Communities in the 21st Century: Resilience and Transformation examines the contemporary social, political, and economic context of changing rural communities in the U.S.



Alumni News

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Academician Ovid J.L. Tzeng to Receive Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award is the University's highest award for an individual.

Vickie AllenReturning Adult Student Set to Graduate with Teaching Degree in August

Vickie Allen plans to complete her bachelor’s degree in elementary education this August.

student teachers abroadStudent Teachers in New Program Praise the Project, Their Experiences

Participants in the first cohort of the Short-Term Overseas Student-Teaching Abroad program are giving the experience high marks.

Michelle MoyerCommunications Professional Pursues Teaching Dream

Michele Moyer says it was her position as Penn State Dubois’ public information officer that sparked her interest to return to school to pursue a teaching career.

Picture of dancer from THONSPSEA Students Raise the Bar in THON 2011

The Student Pennsylvania State Education Association is dedicated to advancing leadership skills and professional development among future educators.

blanketsStudent Interns Make Blankets to Warm Latin American Orphans

PDS interns took part in a project titled “Teachers Warming Our Future,” working with ProNino USA, a nonprofit volunteer organization.

Alumni Notes

Alumni, learn about what your Penn State classmates are up to, and let them know what you are doing now.

Professional Development

Penn State offers a number of seminars and courses, many approved for Act 48 credit.


College News

rankingsNew Graduate School Rankings Released

Penn State's College of Education continues to rank highly in the latest national rankings of graduate programs released March 15 by US News & World Report.

Detail from Old Main FrescoLand Grant Conference to be Held June 22–24 at Penn State

Registration is open for the three-day event that sets out to examine the past and the future of the land-grant mission.

Female attendee at Law and Ed SeminarThe Law and Education Institute at Penn State Being Planned

School administrators, teachers, and attorneys are encouraged to register and gain a better understanding of legal issues that impact the education system.

wash seminarEPS Students Attend Washington Policy Seminar

Undergraduates as well as graduate students met with educatin policy administrators in the nation's capital.

Brandon HuntBrandon Hunt Named Fellow of the American Counseling Association

The honor recognizes ACA members for significant and unique contributions to the counseling profession.

Sara Stapleton Named Student Marshal for College of Education Spring 2011 Commencement

Stapleton, a a secondary education, social studies option major with a perfect 4.0 GPA, will lead the procession of graduates at the May 16 ceremony.

Michael Moore2011 Outstanding Faculty, Staff, and Students Honored by the College

Eight members of the College were recognized for their achievements at a May 4 reception.

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