Welcome new GSE dean, Dr. Marvin Lynn

Dr. Marvin Lynn wants to put the GSE on the map. The national map, that is. He feels the GSE’s strong reputation for equity in the classroom is worthy of a larger audience. As a nationally recognized scholar on race in education, Lynn is well-suited to do just that. Portland State and the GSE have everything in place to provide leadership for diversity in Oregon and beyond, he says.

Lynn most recently served as the dean of the School of Education at Indiana University South Bend. He was also associate dean at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire and a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland, College Park. He began his education career as an elementary and middle school teacher in Chicago and New York.

In 2008, he founded the successful South Shore Chicago Opera Company, which brings classical opera to underserved communities in Chicago. During that time, he also co-founded the Critical Race Studies in Education Association, a scholarly organization focused on advancing discussion about race and education in the US and beyond.

Dean Marvin Lynn is the 15th dean and only the second African American to lead the GSE.

He began his tenure at PSU on July 1, 2017. Lynn, his wife and three sons are excited to make Portland a permanent home.

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GSE alumnus named OnPoint Credit Union 2017 Teacher of the Year

GSE alumnus James Nosen, ’83, is one of two OnPoint Credit Union Teachers of the Year for 2017. He was nominated by his school this spring and received honors at the annual OnPoint event May 26, during a KGW broadcast. Nosan was the art teacher at Baker Prairie Middle School in Canby School District where he worked for 34 years, and has now retired.

Nosen earned his bachelor’s in elementary education at PSU when the program was offered as an undergraduate degree. He is licensed for K–12 and holds endorsements for elementary multiple subjects and art education. Continue reading

PACE graduate Brian Fassett distributes bicycles in Uganda

Brian Fassett, his wife Kate, and daughters Ruby and Clara are excited about their new adventure.

A former Peace Corps member, Brian Fassett, ’12, had a great job as director of training and development at Advantis Credit Union in Portland. But Fassett was ready for a new adventure. He has taken a new position as operations director with a small start-up NGO, Bicycles Against Poverty. Their mission is to distribute bicycles to rural African communities to improve the standard of living. They distribute bikes on a lease-to-own basis that enables people in small villages, especially women, to expand their opportunities.

Fassett is a graduate of the PSU Postsecondary, Adult and Continuing Education (PACE) master’s degree program that develops adult educators to anticipate and respond to the changing developmental issues of diverse adult learners, organizations, and communities. He also holds a certificate in working with adult learners. Continue reading

GSE celebrates 2017 graduates at annual Academic Hooding Ceremony

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On Sunday, June 18, GSE students and their families crowded the Oregon Convention Center for the 26th Annual Academic Hooding Ceremony. The ceremony was the culmination of their programs. GSE graduates will serve the community as teachers, counselors, adult educators, and sustainability educators in Oregon and elsewhere. More than 500 GSE students complete programs each year, and 334 attended this event.

Joining the 15 doctoral graduates were master’s and licensure students from Special Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Counselor Education, and Educational Leadership and Policy. Four undergraduate students also received recognition through GSE’s award-winning Bilingual Teacher Pathway Program. Continue reading

GSE alumnus named digital principal of the year

Jamie Richardson ’06, ’13, an alumnus of the GSE’s Initial and Continuing Licensure programs, is a 2017 Digital Principal of the Year. Richardson joins two others for this national award: Jethro Jones, principal of Kodiak Middle School in Kodiak, Alaska, and Stephen Santilli, principal of William Davies Middle School in Mays Landing, New Jersey. Richardson is the principal of LaCreole Middle School, Dallas, Oregon. The award is from the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and recognizes these leaders for effectively using technology to support teaching, learning, and school management to drive student success.

According to his nomination, Richardson developed a school culture where staff and students use a variety of tools to solve problems, communicate, and promote a cohesive yet personalized learning environment. Teachers and students describe Richardson as an exceptional advocate for technology and digital-age learning and a catalyst for implementing technology, makerspaces, and project-based learning programs. Richardson ensures that all teachers get time to learn and discuss technology integration and that, through social media, parents stay connected to the school.

“Each of these principals is a powerful multiplier of effective practice,” stated NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. “We honor the significant school improvements they have spearheaded and the strides they have made in implementing a 21st-century education at their schools.”

As part of the award, each principal gets an expense-paid trip to present at the 2018 NASSP National Conference, in Chicago, July, 2018.

NASSP is the leading organization of and voice for principals and other school leaders across the United States.

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Commencement speaker focused on family finds support at PSU

Mona (left) and Mania Asadi Zadeh, ’17, celebrate a new beginning in America.

For the GSE’s Mania Asadi Zadeh, this year’s PSU student commencement speaker, life is all about family. She grew up in a multigenerational household in Tehran, Iran, so when her older sister Mona wanted to join her in the United States, Mania was thrilled. She was not expecting her sister to become caught up in an immigration crisis that made national news. Mania, a GSE counseling major had a real-life problem that would require all of her years of training to solve.

Mania did not start her undergraduate college career wanting to be a counselor. She envisioned a high-paying profession, like pharmacist, so she could help support her family. She took every science course she could at PCC and transferred to Portland State as a junior in 2012. In 2014, Mania earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at PSU. Working with PSU advisors in her undergrad years and mentoring other students had taught her that she liked to take care of people. She had realized that her graduate degree should be in counseling and the GSE’s Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling specialization was a perfect fit for her. Continue reading