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Bridges - Summer 2014

Summer 2014 Issue of Bridges, the newsletter from the Penn State College of Education.

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Summer 2014 Issue


Research News

 Esther PrinsStudy Shows that Many Pa. College Students Are Nontraditional

A study by Esther Prins, co-director of the Goodling Institute and the Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy, and her colleagues Cathy Kassab and Kimeka Campbell, challenges educators, researchers, and policy makers to recalibrate their understanding of who college students are. 

Liliana GarcesGarces Responds to Supreme Court Ruling on Affirmative Action Case

Liliana Garces, assistant professor of education and research associate at the Center for the Study of Higher Education, responded to a United States Supreme Court ruling on April 22 that upheld a Michigan constitutional amendment that bans affirmative action in admissions to the state’s public universities.

 Karen MurphyMurphy Presents on Her NSF-funded Research on Group Discussions in Science Classrooms

P. Karen Murphy, professor of education, presented at the 20th Annual Coalition for National Science Funding Exhibition and Reception in May on behalf of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

David BakerCollege of Education Faculty Member Presents TEDx Talk on How Education Positively Impacts the World

David Baker, professor in the College of Education, presented at a recent TEDx Fulbright event and discussed how education is better than ever before.

Jeanine Staples Faculty Member Jeanine Staples Addresses How to Overcome Challenges to Self-Worth TEDxPSU Talk 

Jeanine Staples presented her TEDxPSU talk titled "How to Die Peacefully" describing figurative deaths and methods to overcome them.


Alumni News

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Service with the Alumni Society is an Opportunity to Support the College

Patricia Best, immediate past-president of the College of Education Alumni Society Board, describes the activity of the alumni society as nurturing and supporting the culture of excellence in the College of Education.

Oliver DreonAlumni Recognized for their Impact on Education Through Professional Development Schools

College of Education alumni are positively impacting education through award-winning PDS programs throughout the country.

Kevin ClarkCollege Alumnus Recognized by White House as Champion of Change

Penn State alumnus Kevin Clark was honored at a recent White House ceremony as a Champion of Change.

Brad HoffmanBrad Hoffman, Alumni Award Winner, Is Transforming Education

Brad Hoffman, founder and chief executive officer of my Learning Springboard, Inc., was awarded the Alumni Achievement Award by the Penn State Alumni Association. His comprehensive multidisciplinary educational consulting company and learning concierge® service is having a transformational impact on the field.

Jannette PayneRetired Attorney Pursues Aspirations in Family Literacy with Certificate Through World Campus

After 20 years as a publishing lawyer, Janette Payne of Long Island, N.Y., is now pursuing her long-standing interest in literacy and adult basic education.

PDS internAffiliate Program Group Helps Promote, Support Professional Development School

The Professional Development School (PDS) Affiliate Program Group (APG) provides services, promotes and supports the program, and provides leadership to current and past participants of the program.

Frank SistiFor Alumnus Frank Sisti, a Memorable Encounter with a University Legend Shaped his Penn State Experience

A College of Education Alumnus, Frank Sisti, recalls how a chance encounter with a Penn State Legend helped to mold his future in more ways than one.


College News

  For the FutureSupport from Alumni, Friends Benefit Students, Provides for Future Excellence

As the "For the Future" campaign draws to a close, the College reflects on how its community's many meaningful contributions continue to make a powerful positive impact. Review Recent New Endowments to the College of Education

MouseMaster's Degree in Higher Education Now Available Online  

A new Penn State online master’s degree in higher education will help adult learners take advantage of that job growth and further their careers in the field. Faculty from the College of Education will teach the courses in the 30-credit degree program, which will be delivered online by Penn State World Campus.

a service dog helps a visually impaired student cross a streetStudents with Vision Impairments Transition to College Via Summer Academy

Many challenges are on tap this summer for students participating in the Summer Academy, a program for high school students who are blind or visually impaired that will be held at Penn State for the first time this summer. 

Hazleton studentNew Partnership Provides Future Teachers Experiences Working with English Language Learning Students

A new partnership between the Penn State College of Education and a Hazleton, Pa., community organization is helping to improve education both now and in the future. New Partnership Provides Future Teachers Experiences Working with English Language Learning Students.

A session during the 2014 Academic Leadership Academy at the Nittany Lion Inn.Penn State's Academic Leadership Academy Prepares Higher Education Administrators from India, US

The Academic Leadership Academy, hosted by the College of Education's Center for the Study of Higher Education, provided practical administrative knowledge and skills to participants from across the U.S. and around the world.

Jim NolanJim Nolan Reflects on Career Preparing Teachers

Education means a variety of things to a wide range of people. For Jim Nolan, the Henry J. Hermanowicz professor of teacher education, education starts with teachers and students.

College of Ed website on smartphoneCollege of Education Launches New Website

The College of Education has launched an improved website design that is more intuitive and accessible for all users.




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Editor: Suzanne Wayne,

Writers: Hilary Appelman, Amanda Dash, Andrew Elder, Samantha Schwartz, Kevin Sliman

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