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Bridges - Spring 2012

The Spring 2012 issue of Bridges, the research and alumni newsletter from the Penn State College of Education.

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Spring 2012 Issue



New Book Helps K–5 Teachers Engage Students in Constructing Evidence-Based Explanations in Science

Carla Zembal-Saul, Katherine McNeill, and Kimber Hershberger are co-authors of What’s Your Evidence? Engaging K–5 Students in Constructing Explanations in Science.


Solving the Problem of Transferring Study-Abroad Credits

Jamie Myers examines how study-abroad credits are recognized by home institutions.

mason_thm.jpgA Writing Intervention Study for Adolescents with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

Linda Mason and Rick Kubina headed a $1.8 million project to address writing problems experienced by some middle school students.

Rothwell-thmRothwell Produces Two New Books on Workforce Education Topics

The Encyclopedia of Human Resource Management is a three-volume set that covers issues related to the "people" side of business.

Lean but Agile: Rethink and Gain a True Competitive Edge advocates changes in hiring and performance management.


Alumni News

cheatham-thm.gifHarold Cheatham Named Distinguished Alumnus

A 1961 graduate of the College of Education, Cheatham has received the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award from Penn State.


Melissa Kehs Named 2012 Student Marshal for College of Education

Kehs will lead the procession of graduates at the College’s baccalaureate ceremony to be held on May 6.

stoicovy-and-burns-thmA Fresh Take on Teacher Professional Development

Two education graduate students created professional-development opportunities that give teachers control over their own learning.

campbell_thm.jpgSophomore and Disabled Student Advocate Inspired to Teach

Caitlin Campbell's inspiration is her older brother, Brett.

landis-thmA Student-Teaching Experience Unlike Any Other

Ian Landis opted to spend his last semester as a student teacher at an off-reservation boarding school for Native American children in South Dakota.

Professional Development

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

Alumni Notes

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


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 recently by US News & World Report.

Lights on signNewly Launched AJE Forum Encourages Interaction on Education Topics

The forum, a feature of the American Journal of Education, is expected to serve as an important vehicle for users to contribute to the discourse on education.

Detail of a stack of children's booksPenn State to Host Early Childhood Education Conference

The College of Education will host the 20th International Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education Conference on November 4-7, 2012.

Preston Green ThumbnailSchool Leadership Seminar Series Focuses on Protecting Students

This professional-development opportunity for school administrators and educators examines tools for protecting students and investigates the ethical and financial implications of using the tools.

Bug_leah_thm.jpgCSATS Directors Visit Ghana to Facilitate Science-Based Sister School Project

Annmarie Ward and Leah Bug spent three weeks in Africa as part of a five-year STEM research project known as ReBUild to study disease outbreaks.

lady_thm.jpgHumphrey Fellows Inspired by the Spirit of Volunteerism

The fellows at Penn State have fully immersed themselves in dozens of professional, academic, and cultural programs.

kornhaber-thmKornhaber Consults for Television Show in the Use of Multiple Intelligences

Canada’s Smartest Person, a two-hour prime-time television show on CBC, used the concept of multiple intelligences as a means of measuring the aptitude of contestants.

david monkDean Monk to Chair AERA Government Relations Committee

Monk's assignment commences as the committee's chair-designate at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the AERA in Vancouver, Canada. In 2013 Monk will become the committee's chairperson and will serve in that capacity for two years.


Heid Delivers Invited Keynote Address at Conference in Sweden

The biennial conference Matematikbiennalen hosts approximately three thousand mathematics teachers from Sweden.

Post_thmPost Delivers Two Keynote Addresses at Conference in Ecuador

The conference drew some 130 attendees, including the rectors of 20 Ecuadorian universities.

zbiek_thm2012 Outstanding Faculty, Staff, and Students Honored by the College

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

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