Special Education Professor and Department Chair Randall DePry has been named to the editorial board of the International Journal of Positive Behavioral Support, a peer-reviewed publication of the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD) that promotes Positive Behavioral Support (PBS), training, and advocacy to improve outcomes for people with disabilities and/or autism. DePry has an extensive background working in the area of PBS, including past service as an elected member of the Association for Positive Behavior Support board of directors and co-editor of the book Individual Positive Behavior Supports: A Standards-Based Guide to Practices in School and Community Settings (Brown, Anderson, & DePry, 2015).
DePry came to PSU in 2011 to chair the Special Education Department and has since added new courses and programs to the Special Education Department’s robust portfolio. DePry holds a PhD from the University of Oregon and previously served as chair of the Department of Special Education at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. To learn more about the PSU Special Education Department degree, licensure, and certificate programs, please go to the website.
Graduate School of Education students completing their programs need only attend a single ceremony this year. Traditionally, the GSE hosts a separate event from the University Commencement, Academic Hooding. For the first time, the school will instead host an official Academic Hooding and Commencement Ceremony, the first of five such events involving academic schools at PSU this spring. On June 15 in the newly renovated Viking Pavilion, the GSE will honor 340 students with master’s and doctoral degree diplomas while also performing the traditional academic hooding to signify advanced degree completion. The new pavilion seats up to 3,500 guests to accommodate graduates’ families and friends. This year, the GSE will also offer free childcare in collaboration with Little Vikings on a drop-in, as-needed basis.
PSU’s newly inaugurated ninth president, Rahmat Shoureshi, will congratulate graduates while Marvin Lynn officiates his first Academic Hooding and Commencement Ceremony as dean.
This year’s guest speaker is Karen Fischer Gray, the current superintendent of the Parkrose School District and the 2018 Oregon Superintendent of the Year. She has led Parkrose since 2007. Gray is the chair of the Oregon Educational Equity Advisory Group, which meets to increase the number of linguistically and racially diverse educators in Oregon. She is a former Spirit of Portland Award winner and served on the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission from 2010 to 2015. Gray has worked in education for 36 years.
Tickets to the 27th Academic Hooding and Commencement Ceremony are obtained through the student graduates, who may contact the PSU Box Office.
Author: Kurt Bedell, PSU Media and Public Relations
Portland State University Graduate School of Education Dean Marvin Lynn has been appointed as a director of The Educator Advancement Council (EAC), a brand new advisory group representing Oregon educators and community leaders.
Following two years of efforts by the Governor’s Council on Educator Advancement, the EAC was created this year by Oregon Legislature to help the state reach the goal of high-quality, well-supported and culturally responsive educators in every classroom. The Council will establish a system of local educator networks to connect Oregon public educators with professional learning and support so that they can best serve students.
Lynn joined PSU as dean of the Graduate School of Education last fall. He is an internationally recognized expert on race and education and the lead editor of the Handbook of Critical Race Theory in Education published simultaneously in the U.S. and the U.K. with Routledge Press. He serves as an editorial board member of several journals, and has published more than two-dozen research articles and book chapters in reputable outlets.
Lynn works closely with an outstanding and diverse faculty and staff to advance the national profile of high-quality academic programs while further building and strengthening relationships with local schools.
The new EAC has 20 education and philanthropic leaders from across Oregon including superintendents, K-12 teachers, foundation and government leaders. Four members of the council are PSU alumni.
Assistant Professor Hollie Hix-Small has been named a Fulbright Scholar to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. She will reside in the Southeast Asian country for four months, from June to September 2019, and will work to support implementation of their 2017–2020 National Strategic Plan for Early Childhood Intervention. Hix-Small, who has expertise in early childhood intervention and is known nationally and internationally for her work, will help to develop the country’s first higher education curriculum for Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) services. This collaboration among the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief, Relief and Resettlement and seven other ministries with support from UNICEF Myanmar and the Leprosy Mission of Myanmar has laid the groundwork for the opportunity to work with institutions of higher education on the further development of ECI.
Hix-Small will work with professors and other stakeholders in the country to co-develop coursework to support emerging professionals in the field of ECI. Rather than bringing a prescribed curriculum with her, she feels strongly that it will be important to use the perspectives and expertise of local practitioners, parents, professors, and others to jointly generate the content to customize the program to the country and the varied contexts within it. “My challenge is to understand the context and the culture and their learning needs,” said Hix-Small. Continue reading
Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP) teacher candidates in the Integrated Arts cohort have used a tribal method to construct “portfolios” of their journeys through their program. Curriculum and Instruction Department Associate Professor Jan Abramovitz collaborated with American Indian Teacher Program Director Maria Tenorio to give students a new process by which to construct portfolios of their learning in a creative way that honors those who originally occupied the land.
The Winter Count project is modeled after one method employed by tribal nations to record and preserve their history. Students’ artwork is based on the Nakota Sioux Winter Count, an educator lesson from the National Museum of the American Indian. The Winter Count lesson illustrates how an oral culture used pictographs as a mnemonic device to create a calendar of a year in the tribe’s life. As such, it provides American Indian context to a time in American history when major social, cultural, and economic changes took place in tribal cultures. Continue reading
The Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) has named GSE Assistant Professor Torrey Kulow a Mathematics Fellow. The Service, Teaching and Research (STaR) in Mathematics Education Fellowship is an induction program for early-career mathematics educators working at institutions of higher education.
“I am pleased that Dr. Kulow has received this prestigious fellowship,” said GSE Dean Marvin Lynn. “She is an excellent scholar with a deep commitment to mathematics teacher education. The fellowship will allow her to further enrich her already strong research agenda.”
Kulow is completing her first year at PSU where she is a cohort leader in the Graduate Teacher Education Program, specializing in secondary mathematics. Kulow taught middle school mathematics in Massachusetts prior to getting her master’s degree and PhD in curriculum and instruction (in the area of mathematics education) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
“Dr. Kulow is a promising young scholar,” said Curriculum and Instruction Department Chair Will Parnell. “She is mindfully building her agenda with passion, energy, and focus.”
AMTE is the largest professional organization devoted to the improvement of mathematics teacher education. It includes over 1,000 members who support preservice education and professional development of preK–16 teachers of mathematics.
The STaR Fellows program includes a summer institute, academic year networking, and a follow-up session in conjunction with the annual AMTE meeting. The program was initiated through a grant from the National Science Foundation. Admission to the program is competitive. Fellows are selected from a broad range of institutions and for their academic objectives. To date, 270 early-career mathematics educators working at institutions of higher education have completed the program as STaR Fellows.