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    Connections - Spring 2014


    Dean's Message

    Some recent correspondence between Dean Monk and James Otto, the recently retired principal of the Issac Sheppard Elementary School, reflecting upon on the strength and impact of the partnership between Penn State and the school.

    College News

    Lani GuinierGuinier Named Keynote Speaker of Upcoming Civil Rights Conference

    The Penn State College of Education announced that Lani Guinier, the Bennett Boskey professor of law at Harvard Law School, will be the keynote speaker at its interdisciplinary civil rights conference in June 2014.

    Susan Bauer

    Penn State Alumnae Receive Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

    Two Penn State College of Education alumnae have received the nation’s highest honor for math and science teachers.

    Lori McGarryPenn State Alumna Wins History Teacher Award

    Lori McGarry, teacher at Park Forest Elementary, wins the National History Teacher of the Year award for Pennsylvania.

    Michele Crowl

    Local Museum is Expanding Offerings, Minds of Children

    Discovery Space and its director of education, Michele Crowl, a College of Education doctoral student in science education, have a mission to provide engaging science experiences to children in and around State College.

    Dan Thompson

    Student-Teachers Supported by Network of Professionals

    College of Education supervisors provide essential guidance and instruction to student-teachers as they work through their classroom internships.

    keyboardNew Online Master's Degree Focuses on Organization Improvement

    The College of Education is partnering with Penn State World Campus to offer a new master's degree in organization development and change.


    Faculty and Staff News

    Liliana GarcesAERA Recognizes Three Penn State Faculty Members

    The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is honoring Greg Kelly, Liliana Garces, and Erica Frankenberg.

    Ali Carr-ChellmanDo cyber charter schools help or hurt the educational system?

    Ali Carr-Chellman, professor of education and department head of Learning and Performance Systems, examines the effect private, for-profit companies are having on the public school system.

    Bill RothwellPerformance Consulting Explored in New Book

    William Rothwell, professor of education, and his co-authors wrote a book that shares how organizations can improve performance in the workplace.

    Paul MorganStudy Finds Racial, Ethnic Disparities in ADHD Diagnoses

    A study by Paul Morgan, associate professor of special education, and his colleagues indicate that Black children and children in homes where a language other than English is being spoken are less likely to receive an attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnosis by school entry.

    Mark Threeton

    New Book for Educators in Technical and Career Facilities

    Mark Threeton, assistant professor of education, and Richard Walter, associate professor emeritus of education, wrote a book that is designed to help technical educators effectively manage their classrooms and labs.

    Students linking arms for a demonstrationExploring Social Justice and Democracy Through the Arts

    Research by two College of Education faculty members, Kimberly Powell and Stephanie Serriere, explores how individuals engaged different social justice and democracy issues through theater techniques.

    Staff Changes

    Please welcome Jennifer Keyzer-Andre, Darlene Kolesar, Richard Browne, and Bonnie Richardson to the College.

        Faculty Congratulations

        Congratulations to Jacqueline Edmondson, Erica Frankenberg, Liliana Garces, Charlie Hughes, Greg Kelly, Cynthia Pellock, Kai Schafft, and Mark Threeton.

        Faculty Research

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


        Student News

        Lexi DunnellsCollege of Education Student Makes a Difference by Volunteering

        Lexi Dunnells, RHS student and avid volunteer, spent her summer volunteering in Kenya trying to make the world a better place.

        Megan HopkinsNew Maymester Course on Language, Cultural Diversity Offered

        New Maymester course focusing on experiencing linguistic and cultural diversity in a new immigrant destination in Pennsylvania and preparing to teach English language learners.

        Marla YukelsonLifeLink PSU provides passionate bond between Penn State, State College Area School District

        LifeLink PSU is a partnership between the State College Area School District and the Penn State College of Education that provides SCASD students with special needs the opportunity to take college classes at Penn State.

        Hiroko TakanoWorld Campus Student, College of Ed Master’s Candidate Comes from Japan for Commencement

        Hiroko Takano, a junior high teacher who has been teaching English in Japan for 20 years, is looking forward to her Penn State commencement.

        Gulab KhanDoctoral Candidate Overcoming the Odds, Making an Impact in Education

        Gulab Khan has positively impacted students as an educator and is looking forward to how his dissertation on teacher evaluation systems will continue that trend internationally.

        Allie SilberRHS Student Takes an Inside Look at Global Health

        Allie Silber, a senior in the rehabilitation and human services (RHS) program, traveled to South Africa this summer to learn about global health and best practices from those in the community.

        Penn State Shield

        March Like-ness, the March Madness Social Media Contest, is Back

        For the second year in a row, the College of Education is competing in March Like-ness, a social media competition among Big Ten schools/colleges of education to acquire the most likes and followers on Facebook and Twitter.

        Student Congratulations

        Congratulations to Laura Anne Copley, Emily Giannotti, Marcy Herr, Taesung Kim, Woocheol Kim, Courtney Lynch, Cho Hyun Park, Jong Gyu Park, Yu Kyoung Park, and Marie Saul.

        Student Research

        Review the latest research by our students.


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