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Bridges: Research into Practice - October 2007

Bridges Alumni Newsletter, October 2007

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October 2007 Issue




Pennsylvania Teacher Certification Requirements to Change with the Class of 2013

Under new regulations approved in August by the Independent Regulatory Review Commission, teacher certification in Pennsylvania is getting a new look.

Penn State Certificate Program for Special Education Supervisors Goes Online

The online certificate carries approval of the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Carla Zembal-Saul Appointed First Kahn Professor in Education

The professorship was endowed with a gift from the late Gilbert Kahn and his wife, Donna Kahn. It is intended to strengthen the college’s programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

First-Year Seminar Students Volunteer in Community

Forty-eight students performed 144 hours of community service across State College.

A Taste of Teaching in the City: The Philadelphia Urban Seminar

Eighteen future teachers from the College spent two weeks observing and teaching in Philadelphia public schools.



Penn State Wins $492,000 Grant to Study Mathematics Disabilities in School Children

Paul Morgan and George Farkas are using data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study–Kindergarten Cohort of 21,260 students in their analyses.

Report Examines Ripple Effect of Job Loss in Electronic Connector Manufacturing Industry

Researchers David Passmore and Rose Baker contend that job losses in one major industry within a region can affect an entire local economy.

Ethics Training Grows in Importance in a Multicultural Society

A team of researchers in Penn State's College of Education, headed by Judith Kolb, studied the issues that emerge in teaching ethics in multicultural classrooms.

NASA Selects Center for Science and the Schools to Lead $27.5 Million National Education Initiative

The project is the longest-running K–12 effort in NASA's education history.

New Publication Discusses Technology and its Application to Teaching and Learning

Penn State’s College of Education has released a new publication titled Report on Technology and its Application to Teaching and Learning.



Alumni Society Honors Award Recipients

Eight College of Education Alumni are awarded for excellence in teaching and leadership.

Free EdLion Seminars Offered Online

“Improving Parent Teacher Communications” and “Internet Safety for Children” are slated for presentation over the next several weeks.

Penn State Alumni are Honored at the Celebration of Teaching

College of Education alumni were among those recognized as outstanding educators by the Teacher Excellence Center.


Alum Gwen Smith Takes Her Teaching Profession to War-Ravaged Sierra Leone

The missionary work of a selfless Penn State College of Education alumna is helping a third-world West African nation rebound.

MAAC Becomes the Newest Alumni Program Group of the College

The designation further enhances the Multicultural Advancement Alumni Council's ability to promote diversity.

Recent Graduate Kimberly Beall Awarded Teaching Assistantship in France

Beall will teach English to elementary school students from Oct. 1, 2007 until June 30, 2008.

Nominations for 2008 Alumni Society Awards Being Sought

Alumni awards are presented in five categories each year to graduates and student teachers who have distinguished themselves in their profession. Nomination deadline is January 31.

Nominations for Alumni Society Board of Directors

The nomination deadline is December 31. Self-nominations are welcome.

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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