Honoring donors to the Graduate School of Education

July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015

Thanks to the following donors for their support of the Graduate School of Education and our students during fiscal year 2015, July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015.

Gift levels include planned/deferred gifts.

$1 million or more

  • Thomas Chambers

$100,000 – $200,000

  • Anonymous
  • Wilna Anderson•
  • Betty Gray Early Childhood Development Endowment Fund
  • Ecoworks Foundation, Inc.
  • Randy◊ and Lynn Hitz
  • Irving Levin and Stephanie Fowler and The Renaissance Foundation

$25,000 – $99,999

  • Chalkboard Project
  • {}Dorothy Coombs
  • {}Betty and Larry Hittle
  • {}Robin and Robert Holmes
  • Mary Kinnick◊
  • {}Deborah Peterson◊ and Edwin Perry
  • {}Arlene Schnitzer

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GSE awards over $180,000 in scholarship funding for 2015–16

graduationSupport for GSE scholarships grows

Philanthropic support for the Graduate School of Education (GSE) totaled more than $2.4 million in fiscal year 2015 (which ended June 30). Of this, almost $1.6 million was committed to student support, much of it as planned or endowment gifts for scholarships. The GSE is proud to be supporting future teachers and counselors with 54 scholarship awards made for the 2015–16 academic year, totaling $183,250. The average award has nearly doubled from $1,700 in 2012 to $3,339 in 2015.

Scholarships impact futures

Scholarships provide important support, not only for the student recipients but for the many individuals whose lives these future educators, administrators, and counselors will impact throughout their careers.

In the words of one GSE scholarship recipient, “I know the Graduate Teacher Education Program at PSU will be my launch pad as I pursue this goal, and your generous contribution to my education serves as more than a financial boost; it is a vote of confidence to make a daily impact on the young minds that I will one day have the privilege to teach.”

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GSE Dean’s Fund for Excellence: FY15 Impact Report

Thank you to the Graduate School of Education (GSE) donors who supported the GSE Dean’s Fund for Excellence in the 2014-15 fiscal year. Because of these generous individuals, the GSE was able to launch creative initiatives, increase student support, and strengthen community engagement opportunities.

The largest GSE Dean’s Fund for Excellence investment made in fiscal year 2015 was $10,000 to the second phase of the Culturally Responsive Elementary Mathematics Education (CREME) project. CREME began in 2014 as a year-long teacher development course for teachers at two schools in North Portland. During the year, the teachers collectively explored how to relate mathematics in the classroom to the lived experience of diverse students, and to foster the students’ development simultaneously as learners of mathematics and as individuals with cultural identity.

 “Because of this investment from the GSE Dean’s Fund, we will be able to work with this team of teachers to reach out into the communities served by their schools and to further develop culturally responsive pedagogy and practices in the next phase of the CREME project.”
– Professor Swapna Mukhopadhyay, GSE Faculty member and founder of CREME

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GSE hosts international mathematics conference

Conference presenters Peter Gates and Ubiratan D'Ambrosio at KBOO radio

Conference presenters Peter Gates and Ubiratan D’Ambrosio at KBOO radio

The eighth international Mathematics Education and Society (MES) conference took place at Portland State University, June 21–26, 2015. Swapna Mukhopadhyay, professor in the Graduate School of Education (GSE) Curriculum and Instruction Department, and Brian Greer, adjunct instructor in the GSE, organized the conference. This year marks the first time that the MES conference has been held in the United States, with previous conferences having taken place in Europe, Australia, and South Africa. The conference provides a forum for the discussion of historical, cultural, social, and political aspects of mathematics education and how it both reflects and impacts society. The conference was attended by more than 150 people from over 20 countries.

GSE Dean Randy Hitz said, “The Mathematics Education and Society Conference is unique and extremely important as it focuses on the ethical responsibilities of mathematicians and mathematics educators, including making mathematics accessible to all students and reflecting critically on what is done with the mathematics developed.”

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Farewell to retiring GSE faculty members

Petti, Murray, Young, Miars

Petti, Murray, Young, Miars

A celebration to honor the GSE’s 2015 retirees was held at the end of spring term. This year’s retirees include Amy Petti, Educational Leadership and Policy (17 years at PSU); Ruth Murray, Curriculum and Instruction and Continuing Education (16 years at PSU); Helen Young, Special Education (20 years at PSU); and Russ Miars, Counselor Education (22 years at PSU).

Also retiring, but not pictured, are Jim Carlile, Educational Leadership and Policy (56 years in education), and Linda Jessell, Center for Student Success (43 years in education), who were both honored at the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators Annual Conference in Seaside in June.

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Dr. Thomas A. Chambers establishes new endowed scholarship for aspiring teachers

Tom Chambers

This spring, Dr. Thomas A. Chambers made a gift to establish the Thomas A. Chambers Endowed Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers within the Graduate School of Education (GSE). Through a planned gift valued at more than $1.2 million, Chambers has also generously provided for the endowment’s future growth. Beginning in 2016, this scholarship will be available to students in the GSE graduate teacher preparation programs. Financial need and academic merit are a consideration, and preference will be given to students who started their undergraduate education at an Oregon community college.

A Portland native, Chambers graduated from David Douglas High School in ‘65. He then went to work in the US Bank of Oregon Work/College Program, and enrolled at what was then Portland State College. He spent three years at Portland State, where he was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, before transferring to University of Oregon for his senior year, and graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1969. Continue reading