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Bridges: Research into Practice - November 2008

Bridges Alumni Newsletter, November 2008

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November 2008 Issue


Engaging Middle School Mathematics Students in Problem-Based Learning: Placement of Cell Phone Towers

Rose Mary Zbiek, Shari Ann Reed, and Tracy Boone developed a geometry lesson that incorporated problem-based learning stations.

Students in Family Literacy Programs Benefit from Planning and Leadership Roles

Researchers at the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy describe how learners at an Even Start literacy program benefited from leadership roles.

Black Latinos with Disabilities: Limited Access to Vocational Rehabilitation Reflects African American Societal Challenges

Keith Wilson, professor of rehabilitation services, says Black Latinos are less likely to receive rehabilitation services than White Latinos.

Shaping the Equitable Distribution of State Education Funding to the Schools

Preston Green has done extensive work in the area of law and education. His influence helped the Kansas Supreme Court in its decision to change the state legislature's practice of distributing funding.


William L. Boyd, Batschelet Chair Professor of Educational Leadership, Passes Away

Boyd was a renowned researcher and educator in the field of educational leadership, with a specialty in education policy and politics as well as educational administration.

Penn State’s American Indian Leadership Program Awarded New Four-Year Grant to Prepare Principals

The $960,000-plus initiative, titled Principals for Student Success, allows participants to earn a master’s degree in Educational Leadership with principalship certification.

New $3 Million Research Project Looks at Online Reading Tutor for Middle Schools

The four-year project examines a tutoring strategy that was developed by a College of Education research team on an earlier grant that ends this summer.

Penn State Wins $800,000 Grant to Support Concurrent Master’s Degree and Certification in Special Education

Student applications are now being accepted for summer 2009.

School Business Managers from the United Kingdom Observe the American Education System

They met with a number of alumni and doctoral students of Penn State’s Educational Leadership program, each holding an essential position in educational administration or state government.



American Indian Educator Named 2008 Alumni Fellow

College of Education alumnus Gerald Gipp has been honored by the Penn State Alumni Association.

Alumni Society Recognizes Award Recipients

The College of Education recently honored the 2008 award winners for their excellence in teaching and leadership.

Hurley Joins College as Assistant Director of Alumni Relations

Brent Hurley has worked as an academic counselor and advising programs coordinator for Penn State.

Alum Beth Schiavino-Narvaez Shows Her Leadership and Humanitarian Interests

Sciavino-Narvaez has been a student marshal, a Fulbright scholar, a Peace Corps volunteer, and a school principal, not to mention pursuing advanced degrees and adopting a Korean child.

Alumnus to Receive New Teacher Award

Matthew Herdman '06 is being honored Nov. 7 by the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Alumnus Honored with Award at EDUCAUSE Conference

Dr. John Nworie '04 receives the 2008 EDUCAUSE Quarterly Contribution of the Year Award at its annual conference in Orlando, Fla. this October.

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.

Student Features

Iraq War Vet Inspired to be a Teacher

Matthew Poth served two tours in Iraq before enrolling in the College of Education to pursue a career in teaching.

Student Fuels Cross Country Trip with Used Vegetable Oil

Education student, Jillian Deegan and her friend, Scott Karduck, converted a truck to run on used vegetable oil for their cross country trip this summer.

Doing it for the Girls: Benta Abuya’s Research Touches Her Kenyan Roots

Doctoral candidate Abuya saw Penn State's Educational Theory and Policy program as the perfect fit for her research interests.

Sean Meloy Honored to Attend the Democratic National Convention

Meloy, a College of Education senior, served as an alternate delegate at the Democrats’ national event in Denver.

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