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Bridges - Winter 2014

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

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Winter 2014 Issue


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Do Cyber Charter Schools Help or Hurt the Educational System?

Alison Carr-Chellman, professor of education and head of the department of Learning and Performance Systems, contends that the funding model for cyber charter schools and their tie to for-profit companies is hurting public schools.



New Book for Educators in Technical and Career Facilities

Mark Threeton, assistant professor of education, and Richard Walter, associate professor emeritus of education, wrote a book that is designed to help technical educators effectively manage their classrooms and labs.


Esther Prins

Exploring Social Justice and Democracy Through the Arts

Research by two College of Education faculty members, Kimberly Powell and Stephanie Serriere, explores how individuals engaged different social justice and democracy issues through theater techniques.


Esther Prins

Book Encourages School-Wide Improvement through Instructional Rounds

John Roberts, assistant professor of education, shares in his new book how a process of observing teachers in action can increase the collective learning of educators.


Lani GuinierGuinier Named Keynote Speaker of Upcoming Civil Rights Conference

The Penn State College of Education announced that Lani Guinier, the Bennett Boskey professor of law at Harvard Law School, will be the keynote speaker at its interdisciplinary civil rights conference in June 2014.


Alumni News

Susan Bauer Penn State Alumnae Receive Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Two Penn State College of Education alumni have received the nation’s highest honor for math and science teachers.


William Farrell Penn State Alumna Wins History Teacher Award

Lori McGarry, teacher at Park Forest Elementary, wins the National History Teacher of the Year award for Pennsylvania.


Laura Mincemoyer EganFall 2013 College of Education Student Marshal

The College of Education named Laura Mincemoyer Egan as its fall 2013 student marshal.


Susan O'LearyValuable Lessons in Leadership

Robert Kehler, an alumnus and four-star general in the U.S. Air Force, spoke to the fall 2013 College of Education scholarship dinner on the topic of leadership.


Susan O'Leary

King Family Supports Anti-Bullying Efforts

A portion of a recent gift to Penn State made by Jeffery King and his family is helping support an anti-bullying project in the College of Education.


Susan O'Leary

World Campus Student, College of Ed Master’s Candidate Comes from Japan for Commencement

Hiroko Takano, a junior high teacher who has been teaching English in Japan for 20 years, is looking forward to her Penn State commencement.


Susan O'Leary

Doctoral Candidate Overcoming the Odds, Making an Impact in Education

Gulab Khan has positively impacted students as an educator and is looking forward to how his dissertation on teacher evaluation systems will continue that trend internationally.


Susan O'Leary

RHS Student Takes an Inside Look at Global Health

Allie Silber, a senior in the rehabilitation and human services (RHS) program, traveled to South Africa this summer to learn about global health and best practices from those in the community.


Susan O'Leary

Students Prepare for Unique International Student Teaching Experience

College of Education students take advantage of the opportunity to teach abroad as a part of their teacher preparation program.


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

Michele Crowl

Local Museum is Expanding Offerings, Minds of Children

Discovery Space and its director of education, Michele Crowl, a College of Education doctoral student in science education, have a mission to provide engaging science experiences to children in and around State College.


Kyle Peck

Student-Teachers Supported by Network of Professionals

College of Education supervisors provide essential guidance and instruction to student-teachers as they work through their classroom internships.


Marla YukelsonLifeLink PSU provides passionate bond between Penn State, State College Area School District

LifeLink PSU is a partnership between the State College Area School District and the Penn State College of Education that provides SCASD students with special needs the opportunity to take college classes at Penn State.


Ed Fuller

Program Provides Public Policy Career Opportunities

The education and public policy (EPP) major in the College of Education helps students become skilled and effective policy experts in education at the local, state, and federal levels through coursework and internships.


Ed Fuller

New Scholarship Aims to Increase Special Education Faculty

The TIPS Program in the College of Education offers $36,000 per year to students interested in pursuing their doctorate in special education.


Ed Fuller

New Online Master's Degree Focuses on Organization Improvement

The College of Education is partnering with Penn State World Campus to offer a new master's degree in organization development and change.


Ed Fuller

Read the Annual Report

The 2013 Annual Report of the Penn State College of Education features stories student leaders as well as alumni award winners, reporting on the College endowment, and the honor roll from 2012-13.


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