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    Connections - Spring 2012

    Newsletter for College of Education faculty, staff, and students

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    In addition to the articles published in this issue of Connections, you may view all recent news releases on the College of Education's News Release Web site.


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    Dean's Message

    In Defense of Academic Freedom


    College News


    Bug_leah_thm.jpgCSATS Directors Visit Ghana to Facilitate Science-Based Sister School Project

    Annmarie Ward and Leah Bug spent three weeks in Africa as part of a five-year STEM research project known as ReBUild to study disease outbreaks.

    Lights on signNewly Launched AJE Forum Encourages Interaction on Education Topics

    The forum, a feature of the American Journal of Education, is expected to serve as an important vehicle for users to contribute to the discourse on education.

    cheatham-thm.gifHarold Cheatham Named Distinguished Alumnus

    A 1961 graduate of the College of Education, Cheatham has received the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award from Penn State.

    lady_thm.jpgHumphrey Fellows Inspired by the Spirit of Volunteerism

    The fellows at Penn State have fully immersed themselves in dozens of professional, academic, and cultural programs.


    Marcellus Shale Informational Conference for School Officials Being Planned

    The March 15 conference will be held on Penn State’s University Park campus. Educators, school administrators, and community stakeholders in the gas-drilling region are urged to attend.

    Waterbury Lecture Series Continues in March and April

    March 22: Kathleen Metz, internationally recognized scholar and professor at the University of California, Berkeley, will discuss ways educators can come to understand evolution by natural selection among second and third graders.

    April 23:  Mark Windschitl, of the University of Washington, will speak about the best means for teaching the professional educators of tomorrow.

    Book Club Forming in Advance of Visit from New York Times Bestselling Author

    Sarah Vowell, author of Unfamiliar Fishes, will be visiting Penn State April 9.

    spled-student.jpgPenn State Offers Scholarships for Special Education Master's Degree and Certification

    Participants can concurrently earn both a master's degree and certification in the program that begins in summer 2012.

    Traditional American Indian Powwow to Be Held April 14-15

    The annual powwow attracts more than 150 dancers from a number of American Indian reservations around the country.


    Faculty and Staff News

    lindsay_thm.jpgLindsay Elected AAAS Fellow

    Beverly Lindsay, professor and senior scientist of higher education and international policy studies, has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

    arbaugh-thm,jpgArbaugh Elected President of AMTE

    The Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators is the country’s largest professional organization devoted to improving math teacher education.dexterd_thm.jpg

    Graphic Organizers Aid Students with Learning Disabilities

    Doug Dexter and Charlie Hughes found that students who are taught with graphic organizers perform better posttest than when traditional instructional techniques are used.

    kolb_j_thm.jpgKolb Authors New Book on Facilitation of Small Groups

    Small Group Facilitation offers research, insights, and suggestions on ways to improve the functioning of groups or teams.

    Lloyd Produces Two New Books on Mathematics Education

    lloydg_sml_thm.jpgCurriculum-Based Activities and Resources for Preservice Math Teachers offers strategies and resources for using Standards-based curriculum materials in mathematics teacher education.

    Developing Essential Understanding of Expressions, Equations, and Functions: Grades 6-8 encourages teachers to explore math ideas that are central to understanding algebra.

    Carla Zembal-Saul

    New Book Helps K–5 Teachers Engage Students in Constructing Evidence-Based Explanations in Science

    Carla Zembal-Saul, Katherine McNeill, and Kimber Hershberger are co-authors of What’s Your Evidence? Engaging K–5 Students in Constructing Explanations in Science.


    Solving the Problem of Transferring Study-Abroad Credits

    Jamie Myers examines how study-abroad credits are recognized by home institutions.

    Gail Boldt

    Boldt Co-Edits Bank Street Occasional Papers Series That Addresses Teacher Accountability

    The special issue is titled "Challenging the Politics of the Teacher Accountability Movement: Toward a More Hopeful Educational Future."


    Heid Delivers Invited Keynote Address at Conference in Sweden

    The biennial conference Matematikbiennalen hosts approximately three thousand mathematics teachers from Sweden.

    Staff Changes

    Keep up with the most recent changes in staffing around the College.


    Congratulations Faculty and Staff

    Recent achievements of Kathleen Collins, Joe Valente, Myrna Covington, Susan Faircloth, Steven Herb, and Gwen Lloyd.

    Faculty Research

    Review the latest faculty/staff presentations, publications, grants, and grant proposals.


    Student News

    EDTHP Doctoral Students Present Qualitative Research at Poster Session

    The event was part of the coursework of the program’s Qualitative Methods I course

    Gottfried with books

    Penn State's Student-Run African Book Project Begins New Drive

    College of Education junior Michael Gottfried has founded and organized the Penn State African Library Project.

    campbell_thm.jpgSophomore and Disabled Student Advocate Inspired to Teach

    Caitlin Campbell's inspiration is her older brother, Brett.


    Education Majors: Experience Teaching in the City

    A two-week, 3-credit course offers undergraduates a unique immersion experience and exposure to diversity in Philadelphia’s public school system.

    Congratulations Students

    Recent achievements of Elizabeth Cipriano Essel, Eryka Charley, Stephanie Cardona, Michael Hannon, David Knight, David Perez, and Nalova Westbrook.



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