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Bridges - Summer 2012

Summer 2012 Issue of Bridges, the newsletter from the Penn State College of Education.

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Summer 2012 Issue



Stephanie SerriereCarpet-Time Democracy: Carving out Time for Civics in the Classroom

Stephanie Serriere believes teachers should give students a chance to experience civic situations.

johnson-thmNew Approach to Preparing Teachers Can Close PreK–3rd Achievement Gap

Public schools are increasingly moving toward a system known as the PreK–3rd approach, in which prekindergartens, full-day kindergartens, and primary grades are organized as a coordinated system of education.

Kyle PeckSTEM Scouts Engages Students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

Kyle Peck, John Wise, and Brad Zdenek are developing a concept to get more kids interested in pursuing careers in the STEM disciplines.

David BakerDavid Baker Heads Study to Examine Impact of Higher Education on Global Knowledge Society

The study seeks to understand the factors that have historically led to the productive research systems of higher education.

niles-thmNiles Co-Authors New Edition of Career Development Book

Career Development Interventions in the 21st Century (4th edition) presents theories, assessments, planning tools, resources, and technologies relevant to modern career development.


Alumni News

LaubscherBarbara Golden Laubscher Trustee Scholarship Established

Brian W. ’89 BUS , ’04 MBA and Kristine E. Laubscher ’95 LA have established a $50,000 trustee scholarship in the College of Education to provide financial assistance for undergraduate students pursuing degrees in childhood and early adolescent education.

Chris BrownM. Christopher Brown II Establishes Endowment for Higher Education

In an effort to give back to the program that has had immeasurable influence on his career, M. Christopher Brown II, ’97 Ph.D. HI ED , has pledged $25,000 to create the M. Christopher Brown II Endowment for Higher Education in the College of Education.

woman riding a bikeCycle-thon 2012 Kicks Off Fall Semester

The seventh annual College of Education Cycle-Thon & 5K Run/Walk will take place on Sunday, September 9, 2012. The fundraising event will start at the Chambers Building at 10:00 a.m. and end at 2:00 p.m.

Ethan-FriedEthan Fried Honored as Summer 2012 College of Education Student Marshal

Ethan Fried of Langhorne, PA, was honored as the College of Education student marshal at the Penn State baccalaureate commencement ceremony on Saturday, August 11, at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Rodney HughesFormer Trustee Rodney Hughes Seeks Ph.D. in Higher Education

His experience as a student trustee on the Penn State Board of Trustees precipitated a change in degree program from economics to higher education.

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

mcdonaldScott McDonald Receives Fulbright Award to Work in Ireland

His work will be focused on beginning teachers’ professional vision in the context of two cultures.

Pat TerenziniTerenzini Receives Stecklein Award from Association for Institutional Research

The award honors an AIR member for significant and substantial contributions to the field of institutional research.

John CheslockCheslock Chosen to Head the Center for the Study of Higher Education

John Cheslock's three-year term begins July 1.


Ecuador Cultural Immersion for Education Students

Penn State students participated in Penn State’s English as a Second Language (ESL) Certificate Program with an Ecuador Immersion Experience on campus, online, and in Otavalo, Ecuador.

HendricksonAcademy to Address India's Higher Education Needs

The Academic Leadership Academy, housed in the College of Education, is working with Rutgers University and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai as an award recipient from the Obama-Singh Initiative.

Students Explore Global Education Systems in CIED Program

Graduate students who wish to become knowledgeable in the field of comparative and international education can join the Comparative and International Education (CIED) Program, a dual-title degree program offering a master of science (M.S.) degree or a doctoral (Ph.D.) degree.

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