Congratulations to South Albany Principal Brent Belveal, CAL ’12, who is the Oregon Music Educators Association (OMEA) Outstanding Administrator of the Year. Belveal was honored at the OMEA annual conference in Eugene, January 12.
In April 2015, an arsonist set fire to South Albany’s music rooms and cafeteria, destroying band instruments, choral music, and kitchen equipment. One year and $15 million dollars later, that portion of the school has reopened. Belveal was nominated by his music teachers for working tirelessly with the insurance company, collecting donations, and managing construction to get the best possible results for students.
OMEA is a nonprofit association that serves music students and music educators in the state of Oregon.
Gabe Hunter-Bernstein is the new GSE school partnership director. This position in the GSE was developed to facilitate partnerships with schools and districts to enable our teacher candidates to have the best possible clinical experiences in K–12 schools.
Hunter-Bernstein has had a close relationship with the GSE since 2003. As the director of education programs at PCC, he partnered with the Portland Teachers Program and the Bilingual Teacher Pathway program, and ran a center for aspiring teacher education students. These programs serve as incubators to GSE graduate education programs.
“Gabe has a solid reputation in the metro area due to his successful initiatives, thoughtful leadership style, and collaborative approach to partnership work,” said the GSE Associate Dean Micki Caskey. “We are delighted that Gabe has joined the GSE!”
Hollie Hix-Small (left) with employees of the Free-Space Café—a social enterprise designed to raise awareness and support the needs of persons with disabilities in the Republic of Georgia.
Hollie Hix-Small, an early intervention specialist in the Special Education Department, is partnering with several organizations in the Republic of Georgia. Since 2011, she has worked with Open Society Foundations to build early intervention (EI) services for children with developmental delays and disabilities. Hix-Small has hosted Georgian EI specialists interested in learning about EI practices in the United States. Together with local service district partners, Hix-Small introduced them to services in Portland. They are part of an emerging effort in Georgia to transform the lives of individuals with disabilities.
“Eastern Europe and Central Asia have the highest rates of institutionalized children in the world,” said Hix-Small in a recent article she authored in the Open Society Foundations newsletter. “For many, placement in an institution begins at birth.” Continue reading
Staci Martin has been awarded a scholarship from Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education. Martin is PSU doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership Curriculum and Instruction and an adjunct instructor in Child and Family Studies in the School of Social Work.
Martin was awarded the $1,300 Louise M. Berman Fellows Award for doctoral students. She was recognized for her research project, Co-Creating Spaces of Critical Hope.
The scholarship is based on academic success, involvement in Kappa Delta Pi, and a written essay. She was selected from pool of applicants from students around the country. Continue reading
Moultrie is part of the “Great Eight” PhD class at IUPUI. The eight women are Jasmine Haywood, Demetrees Hutchins, Tiffany Kyser, Shannon McCullough, Nadrea Njoku, Juhanna Rogers, Johari Shuck, and Moultrie, who is at the top far left.
Jada Phelps Moultrie, an assistant professor in Educational Leadership and Policy at PSU and recent graduate of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), has been selected by Ebony magazine as an Ebony Power 100 Honoree. The Ebony Power 100 celebrates the world’s most inspiring African Americans from various sectors as standout achievers in their respective fields. This year’s list includes some very familiar names, such as Michael Jordon, Beyoncé, Serena Williams, and the Obamas, as well as seven of Moultrie’s classmates.
Moultrie is part of the “Great Eight,” a group of eight Black women who graduated with their PhDs from the School of Education at IUPUI at the same time—a first in the school’s history. Moreover, like many traditionally white institutions (TWI), it’s a rare occurrence. “To graduate eight African American females from one school is a big doggone deal,” said Robin Hughes, interim executive associate dean of the School of Education at IUPUI. “And not just for IU, but across the country, that just doesn’t happen.” The women formed their own unique support group that helped them overcome obstacles, which they agree was a vital component to their success. Continue reading
What should the GSE do with large expanses of white walls in the new temporary location? An art show, of course! Dean Hitz and his assistant, Susan Shortridge put together a partnership for a year-long project with the art department at Beaverton’s Southridge High School. Through summer of 2017, the GSE will display Southridge student artwork in two long GSE corridors.
Southridge visual arts teacher Jessica Pluhar has curated the first of three shows that feature works by 11th- and 12th-grade International Baccalaureate art students. Her students explored a variety of media and techniques, including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, and paper cutting. The 11th-grade students worked on specific projects assigned by Pluhar, and 12th-grade students submitted projects that will become part of their portfolios. Each piece is a concept that is pertinent to the artist. Continue reading