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Bridges: Research into Practice - Winter 2011

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

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Winter 2011 Issue



FrankenbergFrankenberg Research Shows Segregation in Charter Schools

After two decades, the promise of an integrated charter school system has not held up, perhaps in some instances because of school choice.

McNaughtonNew Book Co-Edited by McNaughton Addresses Alternative Communication, Includes Chapters by AAC Users

Transition Strategies for Adolescents and Young Adults Who Use AAC documents educational practices from academic and personal perspectives.

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CarbonEARTH Program Facilitates Science Education, Teaching

The Center for Science in the Schools has launched an initiative aimed at strengthening the communicating and teaching of science to elementary and middle school students.

Wind TurbinePennsylvania Schools Sought to Participate in Wind for Schools Program

The Wind Application Center at Penn State is now accepting applications for Pennsylvania's new Wind for Schools project. The program aims to engage rural elementary and secondary school teachers and students in wind energy education while educating college students about wind energy applications.

johnson-thmStudy Identifies Tensions Between Teacher Preparation Programs

A survey of teacher education programs in 38 states reveals difficulties and successes related to preparing teachers to educate the nation's youngest students.



Alumni News


Recent Grad Thrives in Challenging Position

College of Education alumna Leslie Potter is enjoying success in a challenging school in one of the largest school districts in the nation.

salad girls The Salad Girls: Students of PDS Alum Learn the Strength of Civic Action

A school cafeteria expanded its selection of lunch salads, thanks to the persistence and civic practice of students in the fifth-grade classroom of alumnus Jennifer Cody.

wisniewskiStefan Wisniewski: Ambition on the Football Field and in the Classroom

The Nittany Lion offensive lineman, Schreyer honors scholar, and senior in secondary education attributes each aspect of his well-rounded success at Penn State to maintaining a steadfast perseverance.

rafferty in el salvadorStudents with Interest in Rehabilitation Do International Volunteering

International volunteerism has been an important service of at least five students taking courses in Penn State's Rehabilitation and Human Services program.

Student Organization Creates Award Recognizing Student Leadership

College of Education students in Penn State's chapter of the Student Pennsylvania State Education Association worked for more than twenty years to establish an award that recognizes student leadership in that pre-professional organization. This academic year, the first recipients of the SPSEA Leadership Award will be named.

gottfried with booksStudent Helped Raise 21,000 Books for Children in Africa

Penn State sophomore Michael Gottfried was recently honored in San Francisco at the headquarters of the African Library Project for his fundraising efforts.

Alumni Notes

Alumni, learn about what your Penn State classmates are up to, and let them know what you are doing now.

Professional Development

Penn State offers a number of seminars and courses, many approved for Act 48 credit.



College News 

sandy sapas thumbAlumna, Husband Endow Scholarship Supporting Most Needy Students

Sandy and Glenn Sapa have endowed the Sandy Sapa Trustee Scholarship in Penn State's College of Education.

kathleen spicherAlumna to Endow Undergraduate Scholarship

Penn State College of Education alumna Kathleen L. Spicher has pledged to create a scholarship to support outstanding undergraduate students in the College.

bob and barbara byrdCollege of Education Alumnus, Wife to Leave Lasting Legacy

Robert E. and Barbara Bennett Byrd have pledged $182,000 to the College of Education's General Fund.

Preston Green ThumbnailPreston Green Named Batschelet Chaired Professor of Educational Administration

The Batschelet Chair is one of five faculty endowments in the College of Education.

Spencer NilesMichael Moore, Spencer Niles Named Distinguished Professors

Moore and Niles were identified from among a strong pool of seven faculty candidates nominated by faculty, staff, and students of the College.

susan faircloth

Faircloth Named Director of American Indian Leadership Program

Susan Faircloth has been appointed director of the American Indian Leadership Program, succeeding John Tippeconnic.

liz mellinMellin Supports Collaborative Project to Integrate Schools and Mental Health Systems

The project aims to decrease nonacademic barriers to learning and improve access by local high school students to mental health services.

ValenteValente’s New Book Portrays His Life as a “Deaf Kid” and “Superhero”

d/Deaf and d/Dumb: A Portrait of a Deaf Kid as a Young Superhero chronicles the conflicts, challenges, and successes of a College faculty member who grew up as an oral deaf child.



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