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Bridges: Research into Practice - February 2008

Bridges Alumni Newsletter, February 2008

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February 2008 Issue


Inequality of Achievement Among Early Elementary Students Can Widen in Later Years

Katerina Bodovsky has been researching the differential in children’s experiences and the factors behind the inequality of learning.

Residential Mobility and its Effect on Family Literacy Programs

Penn State researchers Kai Schafft, Esther Prins, and Marcela Movit examined how poverty and residential mobility influence adults’ persistence in literacy programs in Pennsylvania.

Student Voice Is an Integral Component of School Reform

Dana Mitra's research shows that administrators who are implementing school policy gain a fresh perspective by reaching out to students for their opinions.

Study Examines Parent-Child Interactions In At-Risk Families

Elizabeth Skowron is heading a five-year, $1.6 million study on patterns of interaction between parents and preschool children and the relation to emotion and behavior.


Gerald LeTendre Named Department Head of Education Policy Studies

LeTendre's tenure began on January 1, 2008.

Cycle-Thon 2008 and Picnic Planned for April 27

This relaxed event includes a 13-mile scenic loop around the State College area.

Linking School with the Homes of an Urban Neighborhood

Penn State’s Urban Teaching Collaborative is putting a new desktop computer into the home of each child enrolled at Philadelphia's Isaac A. Sheppard Elementary School.

Richard Duschl to Join Penn State as Waterbury Chair in Secondary Education

Duschl plans to focus his work on mathematics, science, technology, and engineering education.

Kara Callahan and Chris Harmotto Help Lady Lion Volleyball Team to NCAA Championship

Kara and Christa, both students in the Elementary & Kindergarten Education program of the College of Education, played key roles throughout the team's championship season.


Bulent Tarman Wins 2008 Alumni Achievement Award for Charter School Work

Tarman founded the Young Scholars of Central PA Charter School, whose curricula center around foreign language study.

Alumnus Richard Dorman Named President of Westminster College

Dorman received his M.Ed. in counselor education and his D.Ed. in higher education administration from Penn State's College of Education.

Clifford Bennett Joins Alumni Society Board of Directors

Bennett, who earned his D.Ed. from Penn State's College of Education, is chairman of the Department of Teacher Education at Cleveland State University.

Free EdLion Online Seminar: Changes to Pennsylvania Teacher Certification

Elementary and secondary teachers are encouraged to register for this free online information session, scheduled for the evening of April 17.

Alumni Notes

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

Professional Development

Various Penn State campuses are offering a multitude of seminars and courses, many approved for Act 48 credit. Choose from Saturday seminars, online seminars and courses, and on-campus summer and evening courses.

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