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Bridges: Research into Practice - February 2009

Bridges Alumni Newsletter, February 2009

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February 2009 Issue


New Online Resource Helps Teachers Support Reading and Communication for Children with Special Needs

David McNaughton and Janice Light recently launched a Web site that provides strategies for teaching literacy to persons with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, 
and other disabilities.

Hooper and Colleagues Develop Technique that Improves Assessment of American Sign Language Students

The system promises to transform the practice of e-assessing ASL learners.

Morgan Studies Predictors of Students' Mathematics Learning in K-5

Paul Morgan led a research study to examine mathematics difficulties in kindergarten children and the extent to which those difficulties continued through elementary school.

Using Pop Culture to Develop Critical Media Literacy in Adult Education

Elizabeth Tisdell has conducted extensive research on the role of pop culture in adult education classrooms.

Penn State Faculty Report on Validity of Local Graduation Assessments in Pennsylvania

Rayne Sperling and Jonna Kulikowich have just completed a systematic study of Pennsylvania school districts’ local graduation assessments.

Former Slave Henry O. Flipper Is Topic of Penn State Researchers

Edgar Farmer and Shakoor Ward recount Flipper's unprecedented rise from slavery in the nineteenth century.

College News

Humphrey Fellowship Program at Penn State's College of Education Is Renewed

The prestigious Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, a one-year non-degree initiative, brings accomplished mid-career professionals from around the world.

Martinson Grant Supports Teacher Training in Science Education

The three-year, $525,000 grant from the Martinson Family Foundation supports a project aimed at strengthening teachers' knowledge of science in grades K–8.

Seeing the Joy of Giving Come to Life

Raven and Marv Rudnitsky recently named the College of Education in their will and in a testamentary charitable lead trust to provide scholarships.

Kimberly Griffin, Panelists Discuss Gender Equity in Education on WPSU

Griffin, assistant professor of education, participated on a panel to discuss the gaps in academic achievement and the possible role gender plays in a January airing of Common Ground Lobby Talk.

Christa Harmotto Wins ESPN Academic All American Award

Harmotto is a gifted student-athlete who has accomplished plenty during her College of Education career.

Maryjo Oster Appears on Television Program to Discuss Teenage Education

Oster appeared January 12 with three other guests on Business Matters, a weekly community-interest program produced in Allentown, Pa.

PDS Holds Holiday Giving Event

The Ronald McDonald House in Hershey, Pa., benefited from a get-together by participants in Penn State's Professional Development School.

Busy Spring Schedule for EPSSA Members

The Education Policy Studies Student Association serves graduate and undergraduate students in the College. The group has an active schedule this spring with events both on and off campus.


Longtime Alumni Society Board Member Joan Ruth Set to Retire

Ruth ’61 EK ED, ’75 M.Ed. has served on the board since 1989 and chaired the successful Children's Book Drive.

Alumni Invited Back for Traditional Reunion Weekend

Make plans now to come to Penn State to attend the Traditional Reunion Weekend, June 4-7.

Forging Pathways to College: 4th Annual Cycle-Thon

Join us in the 4th annual Cycle-Thon, to be held April 26. This year's event includes a 5K run-walk, a picnic lunch, games, prizes, bike demonstrations, and a special visit by the Nittany Lion.

College of Education Magazine to Be Published Online

Alumni will have an option to receive the magazine in print format or via e-mail.

Alum, Peace Corps Volunteer Shares Experience in Blog

Michael Dissen '08 is serving 27 months in Lesotho acting as resource for teachers in a rural village. He shares his experiences through a personal blog.

Law and Education Institute Again Being Offered at University Park

Lawyers, teachers, school board members, and administrators are invited for summer enrichment at the 2009 Institute planned for June 21–27.

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.


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