GSE grad named 2015 Oregon High School Principal of the Year

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McMinnville High School Principal Kris Olsen, CAL ’01, has been named Oregon’s High School Principal of the Year. He is a graduate of PSU’s first Willamette Valley cohort group. Faculty members Dan Johnson and Wink Miller led this cohort as part of PSU’s Continuing Administrator Licensure program, which has many accomplished graduates in administrator positions throughout Oregon.

Olsen began his career in education as a middle school teacher and coach in Amity and Woodburn and then served as an assistant principal at Central High School in Independence. He joined the McMinnville district in 1994 as a middle school principal. He left in 1999 to become principal at South Salem High School and then returned as McMinnville High School principal in 2003. Continue reading

Christine Cress publishes new book on service-learning

Cress and Stockamer bookChristine Cress has published a third book on service-learning—this time with a focus on the educational power of community organizations. The Community Partner Guide to Campus Collaborations: Strategies for Becoming a Co-Educator in Civic Engagement (Stylus, 2015) was written in collaboration with PSU alumna Stephanie Stokamer, EdD ’13, and Joyce Kaufman, a professor from Whittier College. The book is intended to help community agencies interested in civic engagement collaborations navigate the labyrinth of college programs and offers strategies for initiating and sustaining reciprocal educational relationships.

“The format and visual cues make the guide easy to scan for quick tips and ideas. Also, the information is comprehensive regarding research-based practices, but the writing is friendly and engaging for all nonprofit sectors and community agencies.”
—Juan, Immigrant Empowerment

CressCress is an internationally known expert in civic engagement and service-learning. She is a professor and past chair in the Educational Leadership and Policy Department. She developed the Service-Learning Graduate Certificate and specialization at PSU as part of the master’s degree in educational leadership. She has published and presented hundreds of papers on service-learning, served as a Senior Fulbright Scholar to Middle East Technical University in Turkey, and developed and leads a graduate-level service-learning program with Lady Doak College in Madurai, India. Continue reading

Meet the GSE’s visiting scholar Kiyoshi Karaki

Kiyoshi KarakiDr. Kiyoshi Karaki is a visiting Japanese scholar from the University of Tsukuba, one of the leading research universities in Japan. He is spending a yearlong research sabbatical in Portland, along with his wife and their two sons, who are attending Sunset High School in Beaverton.

Karaki teaches social studies and citizenship education. His scholarship focus is the role of civic education and experiential learning in K–12 education as a reflective pedagogy for skill, knowledge, and identity development of youth. He wants to extend his research and teaching practice of service-learning into postsecondary and higher education systems to advance youth access and success in the K–20 education pipeline.

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GSE student survives earthquake in Nepal

Jeremiah O'Sullivan Half a world away in Nepal, a PSU Library Media student is dealing with the unimaginable—a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Jeremiah O’Sullivan and his family are safe after spending the night in a field near their school and enduring dozens of frightening aftershocks. He is the school librarian and his wife is the school counselor at Lincoln School, a K-12 international school in Kathmandu. O’Sullivan is taking coursework in PSU’s fully online Library Media Endorsement program.

In a quick note to his GSE advisor, David Bullock, we’ve learned that the couple and their two boys are safe, and along with the rest of their community, are starting to deal with the aftermath of the event, a sobering reminder of what earthquakes can do. Here’s his first-hand account, which includes an opportunity for people to help if they wish.

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PSU Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program ranked 18th in United States

PSU flagU.S. News and World Report announced that PSU’s Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program in the Graduate School of Education (GSE) is ranked 18th in the country (out of 88 schools), a significant advance from last year’s ranking of 24th. PSU’s program is the only rehabilitation program ranked in the top 20 in Region 10 (the Northwest).

All U.S. News rankings are based solely on the results of peer assessment surveys sent to deans, other administrators, and/or faculty at accredited degree programs or schools in each discipline. Respondents rated the academic quality of programs on a scale of 1 (marginal) to 5 (outstanding.)

“This indicates that we have a lot of respect from our peers in the industry,” said Program Coordinator Tina Anctil. “We are the only counseling specialization serving both mental health and the vocational careers of people with disabilities or chronic illness.”

In Oregon, 14 percent of the population has some kind of disability. In Multnomah County alone, more than 65,000 people of working age (18–59) identify with a disability.* According to Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services (OVRS), there is a growing gap in the vocational rehabilitation counselor field. OVRS projects a need for dozens of qualified hires to fill imminent vacancies at its agency, and more professionals are needed for vacancies in OVRS-affiliated agencies. Continue reading

Meet the Oregon Center for Career Development in Childhood Care and Education

OCCD Staff

OCCD Staff

The Oregon Center for Career Development in Childhood Care and Education (OCCD) is a relatively new department in the GSE that provides professional development infrastructure services to early learning and afterschool professionals in Oregon. The OCCD has contracts and grants with Oregon’s Early Learning Division, the Oregon Department of Human Services, the Oregon Community Foundation, and the Ford Family Foundation.

The OCCD began in PSU in 1995 with just a few staff and some start-up funds and soon grew rapidly, along with the early childhood field in general. The OCCD joined the GSE in 2012. At that time, it employed 23 staff and had $1,928,361 of grant funding. In the past three years, the OCCD has exploded with activity and its services are in high demand. The department now supports 38 people on grants with $3,661,438 in annual funding. Continue reading