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Bridges - Spring 2013

Spring 2013 Issue of Bridges, the newsletter from the Penn State College of Education.

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Spring 2013 Issue



JoLynn CarneyProbing Question: Can We Reduce the Risk of School Shootings?

Professors JoLynn Carney and Richard Hazler provide answers to that question. The first is a resounding, "Yes."

FrankenbergSchool Choice Policies can Relieve or Exacerbate Segregation

College of Education Assistant Professor Erica Frankenberg co-authored a book that examines the effect that school choice and charter schools has on segregation.

Esther Prins Research Shows Rural Community Institutions Affect Immigrants' Receptivity

Esther Prins, associate professor of education, and Blaire Toso, a research associate in the College, recently published research that revealed four constellations of factors that influence receptivity toward immigrants in rural Pennsylvania.

Kathy Heid ThumbnailTechnology Helps Students Understand Reasoning Behind Math

Kathleen Heid, distinguished professor of mathematics education, and Rose Mary Zbiek, professor of mathematics education, discuss how teachers who use computer algebra systems (CAS) can help students better understand mathematics and effectively apply it to the world around them.


Alumni News

William FarrellFarrell Named 2012 Alumni Fellow

William Farrell '59 Edu, was honored as an Alumni Fellow at a ceremony held October 19, 2012.

Rebecca Burns Alumni Award Winner Continues to Actively Engage Students

Dr. Rebecca West Burns, a 2013 Alumni Achievement Award winner, is a life-long learner who works to engage her students actively in the classroom and online.

Student Teacher Award WinnerAlumni Society Honors 2012 Award Recipients

Congratulations to eight outstanding alumni of the College, winners of 2012 Alumni Society Awards.

Susan O'LearyAlumni Couple Gives $2 Million to Honor Innovative Leaders

Through their gift, Kevin and Susan O'Leary will support an early career professor in history, graduate students in language and literacy education, and innovative teaching awards in both colleges.

Tonia BauerNorth Carolina Teacher Earns Master's Degree Online at Penn State

Tonia Bauer is using knowledge learned online through a Penn State World Campus master’s degree program to help improve her fourth-graders’ reading abilities.

Tom DoddPrincipal and Doctoral Candidate's School is Awarded National "Breakthrough" Schools Award

Doctoral candidate Tom Dodd's school was recently recognized as a Breakthrough School by a partnership between the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and the MetLife Foundation.

facebookMarch Madness Comes to the College of Education

Help the College of Education win the March Madness Big Ten Facebook Rivalry Challenge by helping us acquire the most likes on Facebook between March 15 and April 9.

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

College of Education Renews National Accreditation

Penn State’s College of Education recently completed a successful review by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Kyle PeckNew Penn State Center Aims to Transform Teaching and Learning Process

The Center for Online Innovation in Learning (COIL) will support faculty research on inventing, implementing and investigating new ways to use technology to improve online education.

College of Education to offer Master's in Higher Education and Student Affairs

The Penn State College of Education will collaborate with the Division of Student Affairs to offer a new master's degree in higher education and student affairs.

Ed FullerNew Center for Evaluation and Education Policy Analysis Established

The Penn State College of Education has created a new Center for Evaluation and Education Policy Analysis (CEEPA).

Penn State Offers Scholarships for Special Education Master’s Degree and Certification

The Penn State College of Education is offering scholarships to support graduate-level study in special education with an emphasis on infants, toddlers, and preschoolers who have disabilities and their families.


The College is Well-Recognized in Latest Rankings

U.S. News & World Report ranks ten of the College's graduate programs in the top 20 of their respective program rankings, with six programs in the top 10.




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