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Bridges: Research into Practice - Summer 2011

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

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Summer 2011 Issue



Bill_Hartman_thm.jpgAiling Financial Conditions of School Districts Likely to Continue, Says Hartman

Without adequate revenues to maintain programs, districts are forced to turn to expenditure reductions to balance their budgets.

Liang_Zhang_thm.jpgThe Changing Landscape of Faculty Employment

Liang Zhang discusses how full-time, non-tenure track and part-time faculty members are becoming more prevalent.

Youb_Kim_thm.jpgYoub Kim Research Looks at English Language Learners

Kim observed teachers to find out what skills are needed to effectively teach English language learners.

Deborah Smith

National Research Council Releases New Framework for K-12 Science Education

Penn State faculty member Deborah Smith is an appointed member of the NRC committee that contributed to the report.


Alumni News

ehrenberg_thmEhrenberg Inspires Graduates

Cornell's Ronald Ehrenberg spoke of the importance of family and friends in his commencement address to College of Education graduates.

Phua_Lndscp_thmCanadian Student Makes First Visit to Penn State to Receive Diploma

Lucy Phua earned a master's degree online and spent a week at Penn State for commencement.


Penn State Program Prepares Counselors to Help At-Risk Youth

The 15-credit Counseling Youth At-Risk certificate program is being offered through the Penn State Video Learning Network.

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

Two College of Education Faculty Members Receive Fulbright Awards for International Studies


Linda Mason will teach in Hungary this fall.




Susan Faircloth will conduct research in New Zealand next spring.

glenn-thompson_thm.jpgAnnual Day on the Hill

Two students and a dean visit Capitol Hill to learn about federal education policy and to advocate for policy and funding that supports educator preparation.

bug_leah_thm.jpgreBUild Program Connects American and Ghanaian Students to Study Disease Outbreaks

The Center for Science and the Schools is a partner in a project that engages K-12 students in a worldwide health study.

pile of debris after floodingCounseling in a Calamity

JoLynn Carney and Richard Hazler helped provide crisis counseling to displaced victims of flooding in Minot, North Dakota.

Sadhna_kitchen_thm.jpgStaff Member Gives Cooking Lessons to Penn State’s Dining Chefs

Looking to expand its selection of ethnic menus, the University's food services staff called upon Agrawal to teach them how to prepare Indian recipes.

College of Education Students Selected for Presidential Program

Maggie Cardin, Marcy Herr, and Julia Kern will be among new members inducted into the academy, which was started by President Graham Spanier.

Ghada-Al-Morshedi_thm.jpgGhadah Al Morshedi Prepares for English Teaching Career in United Arab Emirates

Born and raised in the UAE, Al Morshedi is pursuing a duel Ph.D. in the College of Education.

vickie allenVickie Allen Serves as Summer 2011 Student Marshal

Allen is an elementary and kindergarten education major who decided to enter college as an adult learner.

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