Carnegie project selects GSE alumnus Ryan Palmer

PalmerGSE Doctoral alumnus Ryan Palmer, ’13, has won the 2014 Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) Dissertation in Practice Award. He is a graduate of the GSE Doctorate in Educational Leadership: Postsecondary Education program. He is currently an assistant professor of family medicine and the director of curriculum evaluation and development at Oregon Health and Sciences University.

His thesis is entitled Exploring online community among rural medical education students: A case study. Dr. Palmer and his colleagues at OHSU are involved in ongoing research to study the impact of mobile learning on students at OHSU, noting that medical education is rapidly embracing online learning to better serve students both on and off campus. Continue reading

GSE’s Jim Carlile collects national leadership award

CarlileThe University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) has selected GSE adjunct faculty member, Jim Carlile, for an 2014 Excellence in Educational Leadership Award. He currently serves as assistant superintendent in the Oregon Department of Education Office of Instruction, Standards, Assessment, and Accountability, reporting directly to Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton.

Mr. Carlile is a well-regarded Oregon school administrator and teaches in the GSE’s continuing administrator licensure program. Since 1959, he has worked as a teacher, principal, superintendent, mentor, and project leader in numerous schools and districts across the state. He also served as the director of the PSU Center for Student Success, and in that capacity was positioned to provide the first third-party evaluation services for Oregon’s charter schools. Continue reading

Alumna profile: Mary Ann Anderson—early childhood education matters

MaryAnnAnderson_Photo_072914Mary Ann Anderson (BS ’73, MS ’75) has a lifelong passion for early childhood education and believes that it is the key to a community’s future.

According to Ms. Anderson, a substantial and compelling body of research agrees that early education programs have positive long-term effects on children’s school performance, educational attainment, and adult earnings. In other words, she believes that early childhood education is an investment in our future economic growth, which more than offsets its cost. She says, “The majority of neurons are developed between birth and age three, when the brain’s peak capacity retains new information. Eighty-five percent of who you are—your intellect, your personality, your social skills, is developed by age five. If we can provide quality education for young children before the age of five, the long-term positive results are simply overwhelming.” Continue reading

GSE alumnus joins National Geographic arctic expedition

Adam SmithHood River Middle School teacher, Adam Smith, GTEP ’10, got an offer he couldn’t refuse: a trip to the arctic as part of the National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow program (GTF). He is one of 25 individuals out of an initial 1300 applicants who were selected this year for an all-expense-paid visit to the archipelago islands of Svalbard, Norway.

Participants convene in Washington, DC for pre-trip workshops and to meet fellow teacher/travelers, then they travel to Norway where they stay on a ship during their expedition. Continue reading

GSE alumnae receive 2014 state school administrator awards

School administrators from across the state gather each year in June for the annual conference of the Confederation of Oregon School Administrator (COSA) that includes recognition of Oregon’s outstanding educators. The GSE has been well-represented on the dais, and this year is no exception. In addition to Superintendent of the Year, High School Principal of the Year, Assistant Principal of the Year and Middle School Principal of the Year, all announced earlier in the year, COSA named Pattie Waltz the recipient of the Bev Gladder Mentorship Award, and Harriet Adair as a recipient of the COSA President’s Award. Continue reading

GSE Graduate named 2014 Oregon High School Principal of the Year

HD WeddelBend High School Principal HD Weddel, MS ’85, has been selected Oregon’s High School Principal of the Year by the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA). He received the award from State School Superintendent Rob Saxton, a former classmate, at a surprise assembly at his school this spring.

HD Weddel is a graduate of Fort Vancouver High School, has a BS from Oregon State University, and holds a master’s degree from PSU. He was a teacher and coach for 25 years and was named an assistant principal of Bend High School in 2005, and principal in 2009. He started college with the goal of becoming a physical therapist and soon decided he would rather work on brains instead of bodies. He says he never thought he would move into administration. Continue reading