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Bridges - Summer 2013

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

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Summer 2013 Issue



JoLynn CarneyResearch Shows Fewer Minority Children Diagnosed with ADHD

A study conducted by College of Education Associate Professor Paul Morgan explores the factors that can play a role.

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Rethinking the Arts and Young Children

Gail Boldt, associate professor of education, co-edited a new book that discusses how the arts play an important role in the classroom.


Research Shows Paraeducators Need More Training in Speech Language Services

Sarah Douglas, an assistant professor of special education, found that paraeducators do not typically receive training that helps them support children with cognitive, motor, or communications needs.

Esther Prins

Improving Professional Skills in Higher Ed

Robert Hendrickson, professor of education and senior scientist in Penn State’s College of Education, has co-authored a new book that offers guidance to higher education managers and leaders.


Alumni News

William FarrellJoin the College of Education on LinkedIn

Alumni, students, faculty, and staff are invited to join the College's professional group on LinkedIn.

James T. Harris IIIHarris Receives University's Distinguished Alumni Award

The Penn State Board of Trustees has awarded James T. Harris III the University’s highest award for an individual, the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Rebecca Burns School and Hard Knocks

Hope Rogers, a junior in the College of Education, has a deep passion for teaching and learning, and rugby, all of which naturally overlap in this amazing student-athlete's life.

Student Teacher Award WinnerA Year Like No Other

College of Education seniors who participate in the Professional Development School spend an entire school year inside a local classroom for their senior student teaching experience.

Susan O'LearyCollege of Education planning alumni tour to England, France

The Penn State College of Education and Penn State Alumni Association are teaming up to offer alumni a chance to go on a 10-day trip to England and France.

Tonia BauerJoin the College for Cycle-Thon and 5K Fun Run/Walk in October

Come to University Park on October 5 to participate in this great event that supports SCOPE, a program that promotes the increase, the recruitment, participation and success rates of underrepresented students in higher education.

Tom DoddCollege of Ed Doctoral Student Selected for Fellowship

Natasha Wilson, a special education doctoral student in Penn State’s College of Education, was selected to participate in the New York University (NYU) Postdoctoral and Transition program for Academic Diversity Fellowship.

Drew DisarioStudent Teaching in India Offers a Variety of Lessons

Secondary education student Drew DiSario learned lessons about more than curriculum and instruction when he when he completed his student teaching in Bangalore, India.


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

Jeanine StaplesHelping Create Global Citizens of a Diverse World

Jeanine Staples, associate professor of education, shares how the Philadelphia Urban Seminar, as it has grown, has helped more students find their passion for urban teaching.

Kyle PeckGraduate Student's Proposal for Google Glass is Accepted by Google

Sam Sennott, a Ph.D. candidate in the College of Education, has been accepted into Google's latest test group to develop an accessibility tool for people with a wide range of disabilities.

Megan FosterCollege of Education Students Support New Student Orientation

Three students from the College's rehabilitation and human services major are working on Penn State's New Student Orientation team.

Penn State logo in CEDAR BuildingRecent Renovations Create New Learning Spaces

Upgrades to two of the College of Education's buildings, Chambers and CEDAR, will create new math lab and clinic.

Ed FullerCollege Names New Department Head

Kathleen Bieschke became the new department head for the Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education (EPCSE) department on July 1.

Dinosaur SkullExperiencing Urban Education in Chicago

Eleven SPSEA students from the College of Education participated in an urban teaching trip to Chicago last spring.

ALA ParticipantALA Prepares Higher Ed Leaders, Sets Stage for Penn State-Indian Partnership

The Center for the Study of Higher Education in the College of Education hosted the fourth Academic Leadership Academy (ALA) which included participants from India.


New Degree Emphasis Focuses on Mental Health in Schools

Elizabeth Mellin, associate professor of education, said that the College's latest master's degree is especially important given the emerging national dialogue on school mental health.



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