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    A thumbnail photo of Jim Nolan.College of Education Employees Honored by Education Association

    Dean David H. Monk, Professor Jim Nolan, and retired Administrative Support Coordinator Suzanne Harpster were recognized by PAC-TE.

    George Santiago, Jr.

    Alumni Society Honors 2013 Award Recipients

    Congratulations to eight outstanding alumni of the College, winners of 2013 Alumni Society Awards.

    Cheryl AllenAllen Honored with Alumni Fellow Award

    Judge Cheryl Lynn Allen presides on the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. She has served on the bench for six years in her current capacity and possesses more than 30 years of experience in the judicial system.

    Gay Krause

    Krause Receives the Alumni Fellow Award

    Gay Krause is executive director of the Krause Center for Innovation (KCI), located at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, Calif. She has extensive experience in offering professional development programs to K-14 educators as well as experience as a teacher, counselor, assistant principal, and principal.

    CEDAR ClinicCEDAR Clinic Provides Services to Clients and Training for Penn State Students

    For nearly 70 years, the College of Education’s CEDAR Clinic has served two important purposes at Penn State: as a facility that provides services to clients as well as a supervised training center for graduate students.

    Stephanie KnightCollege of Education Names New Associate Dean

    The College of Education named Stephanie Knight as the new associate dean of undergraduate and graduate studies.

    Carla Zembal-SaulCollege of Education Summit Discusses STEM Education

    The Waterbury Summit brought education leaders and researchers to University Park to explore the challenges of the Next Generation Science Standards.

    College to Host Civil Rights Conference

    The College of Education will host the interdisciplinary conference Education and Civil Rights, Historical Legacies, Contemporary Strategies and Promise for the Future, along with a related graduate student symposium, on June 6 and 7, 2014.


    Faculty and Staff News

    Faculty Research Features

    • Garces Files Amicus Curiae in Supreme Court Case
      Liliana Garces, assistant professor of education and research associate at the Center for the Study of Higher Education, served as counsel of record for the Civil Rights Project at UCLA in an amicus curiae, or friend of the court, brief filed for a case that was argued Oct. 15 before the United States Supreme Court.

    John Roberts, assistant professor of education, shares in his new book how a process of observing teachers in action can increase the collective learning of educators.

    Staff Changes

    Welcome to new staff members Drew Stodart, Tiffany Benner, Mary Pearce, Heather Harter, Jane Moore, and Gary Abdullah.

     Esther PrinsFaculty Congratulations

    Congratulations to Esther Prins and Murry Nelson.


    Faculty Research

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

    Student News

    A thumbnail photo of Laura Mincemoyer.Fall 2013 College of Education Student Marshal Selected

    Laura Mincemoyer Egan, the fall 2013 student marshal, will be honored during commencement on Saturday, December 21, at 12:30 p.m. in the Bryce Jordan Center.

    Nine Graduate Students Receive Dean's Graduate Assistantships

    Three students from the College's rehabilitation and human services major are working on Penn State's New Student Orientation team.

    Dana MitraProgram Provides Public Policy Career Opportunities

    The education and public policy (EPP) major in the College of Education helps students become skilled and effective policy experts in education at the local, state, and federal levels through coursework and internships.

    A thumbnail photo of Stephen Payne.STEP Helps Extend Education Policy Discussion Beyond Classroom

    Stephen Payne, STEP's president, said that his student organization is helping students to engage with their major and each other.

    New Scholarship Aims to Increase Special Education Faculty

    The TIPS Program in the College of Education offers $31,000 per year to students interested in pursuing their doctorate in special education.

    Penn State ShieldStudents Enjoy a Variety of Unique Summer Experiences

    College of Education Students are an interesting and varied lot. Ten of them shared their unique summer experience

    A thumbnail photo of Will Diehl.Alumnus Builds Online Museum of Distance Education

    A virtual museum created by a Penn State College of Education alumnus William Diehl will be featured as a part of the 75th anniversary of the International Council for Open and Distance Education.

    Upcoming Maymester Courses

    A thumbnail photo of Bruce Martin.Unique Course Provides Immersive Experience with Ojibwe

    Two courses that focus on Native American culture and history offer students a life-changing educational experience.

    Jeanine StaplesCourse Provides Unique Urban Teaching Experience

    The Philadelphia Urban Seminar, which provides students a 2-week teaching experience in urban schools, runs from May 18–June 1 and is now accepting registrations.

    A photo of a lambkin.Rural Bedford Seminar Offers Students a Glimpse of Rural Life

    Facts about the Rural Bedford Seminar in Bedford County.

    Student Congratulations

    Congratulations to Kibum Kwon, Talia Carroll, and Travis York.

    Student Research

    Review the latest research by our students.


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