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    Connections - April 2009

    Newsletter for College of Education faculty, staff, and students

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    Dean's Message

    Update on the Implementation of the College of Education’s Strategic Plan


    College News

    Penn State/State College PDS Wins Exemplary Achievement Award

    The recognition, given by the National Association for Professional Development Schools, is the initiative's third major national award in the past eight years.

    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.

    Jenkins Endowment Will Support PEPP Initiatives for At-Risk Students

    Penn State alumni Jacquelyn and Thomas Jenkins have provided a $100,000 to help the statewide PEPP collaborative.

    EDUCATE Marks First Year, Receives Donor Support

    Joyce and Vince McLean have provided two gifts to the College to support technology initiatives such as EDUCATE.

    CSATS Faculty and Staff Attend Briefings at Kennedy Space Center

    The Center directs the Aerospace Education Services Project, NASA’s longest running educational initiative.

    Nicely Lecture to be Presented by Educational Leadership Scholar Daniel Duke

    Duke, professor of education at the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education, will present the lecture April 20.

    Education Historian to Present Waterbury Lecture

    John Rudolph will present "How Understandings of Scientific Practice are Built: The Case of High School Biology in the 1960s" on April 30.

    Forging Pathways to College: 4th Annual Cycle-Thon

    The community is invited to participate in the 4th annual Cycle-Thon to benefit the Summer College Opportunity Program in Education (SCOPE) to be held April 26.


    Faculty and Staff News

    David Saxe Named Winner of Fulbright Scholarship

    He will be teaching America History and Cultural Studies at the University of Regensburg in Bavaria, Germany, from January to August 2010.

    Barbara Grabowski Wins 2009 Penn State Excellence in Advising Award

    The University honored 32 outstanding faculty and staff for the highest levels of academic excellence, outstanding leadership, and meritorious service.

    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.

    Simon 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.

    Using Pop Culture to Develop Critical Media Literacy in Adult Education

    Elizabeth Tisdell has done extensive research on how instructors in adult education draw on popular culture and the entertainment media in their classrooms.

    Congratulations Faculty

    Recent achievements of Judith Kolb and Jeanine Staples.

    Faculty Research

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


    Student News

    Student Group in Workforce Education and Development Formed

    The WFED Society for Peer Mentoring helps its members prepare for candidacy, dissertations, job interviews, research, internships, and presentations.

    Students: Experience Puerto Rico This Summer

    A two-week, 3-credit course will be offered at the Universidad del Este and will include cultural excursions and teaching experiences in Puerto Rican schools.

    THON 2009 Benefits from the Work of Education Student Organizations

    The Education Student Council and the Student Pennsylvania State Education Association were among the groups that volunteered to help raise a record-setting amount for the dance marathon.

    Kaprea Johnson Wins First-Place Research Award

    Johnson's entry at Penn State's 2009 Achievement Conference Research Exhibition addressed career counseling of former inmates.

    Cheryl Ostryn Wins Grant to Study Non-Vocal Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Her study, funded by the Organization for Autism Research, stems from an article Ostryn recently published in an academic journal.

    Multicultural Student Group Presents at National Conference

    Kaela Fuentes, outreach chair of F.E.A.–MESA, provides her perspective on the group's recent trip to Denver to participate in the Future Educators Association National Conference.

    WFED Students and Recent Grads Present Papers at Human Resource Development Conference

    The papers were subject to peer review before being accepted by the conference.



    New Digital Signs are a Useful Communication Tool

    Members of our College community are welcome to submit messages for broadcasting.

    Nominations Sought for Kozak Graduate Fellowship

    Penn State graduate students, enrolled full time or part time in a field of public education, are eligible. Deadline for nominations is April 29.

    Diverse World Views: Lunchtime Presentations by Holmes Scholars

    Several talks remain in this spring's brown bag series featuring the Penn State Puksar Holmes Scholars.

    American Indian Powwow Scheduled April 18 & 19

    Don't miss this traditional powwow featuring dancers, singers, and traders.


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