Voices of Children documentary released worldwide

A3-textboxbottom-POSTER_VOICES.pdfThe final cut of the Voices of Children documentary, told entirely from the perspective of young children, is now released worldwide. The 24-minute movie, produced by GSE Associate Professor John Nimmo and his team of eight international colleagues, is the culmination of a project by the Working Group on Children’s Rights at the World Forum Foundation.

Nimmo is an author and professor of early childhood education in the PSU Curriculum and Instruction Department. This is his second year at PSU, where he teaches in the Early Childhood: Inclusive Ed and Curriculum and Instruction online master’s degree program. Nimmo also researches connections between young children and the broader community. His home base is Australia, and his scholarship has taken him to many countries around the world.

What people are saying

“The film offered poignant examples of children’s competence and life experiences around the world. The film reflects the children’s perspectives beautifully and powerfully.”

“Wonderful, touching comparison of universal rights important to children as stated by children and unique messages from individuals. Fascinating!”

“Very profound! Experiencing what the children’s messages were about, regardless of which continent. What happens to be their daily worries and struggles in order to just survive and thrive in their environments. Loved having the children share their heartfelt honesty and opinions!”

The World Forum Foundation is a nonprofit group organized in response to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The United Nations General Assembly adopted the UNCRC in 1989 to guarantee children civil and political, as well as economic, social, and cultural rights.

The Voices of Children film is available for free streaming or download in English and Portuguese, and soon in Spanish, French, and Chinese. For more information and discussion tools, visit: https://worldforumfoundation.org/voices-of-children.

Dannelle Stevens’s new book outlines sustainable writing practices

img_dannellestevensEmerita Professor Dannelle Stevens has published her fifth book, Write More, Publish More, Stress Less! Stevens, who retired in 2016, has worked at PSU since 1994 in the Center for Academic Excellence and in the Curriculum and Instruction (CI) Department. She was a program coordinator for the CI master’s degree, the doctoral program, and the Bilingual Teacher Pathway program and served as interim CI chair. Stevens is a Fulbright and a Carnegie scholar. Her best-selling book, Intro to Rubrics, has sold over 40,000 copies and is translated into Chinese and Japanese.

About the book
In Write More, Publish More, Stress Less!, Dannelle D. Stevens offers five key principles that will bolster your knowledge of academic writing, enable you to develop a manageable, sustainable, and even enjoyable writing practice, and, in the process, effectively increase your publication output and promote your academic career.

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GSE faculty member Olivia Murray honored

Olivia MurrayThe Oregon Safe Schools and Communities Coalition (OSSCC) will honor Dr. Olivia Murray at their yearly awards ceremony for her work supporting LGBTQIA students.

Murray is an associate professor of practice in the Curriculum and Instruction Department, where she teaches in the Graduate Teacher Education Program. She leads a student group on the PSU campus that meets periodically to discuss pressing issues related to gender and sexual orientation in education. Her research interests include culturally responsive classroom management and the use of queer-inclusive pedagogy in teacher education.

The OSSCC Safe Schools Awards celebrates Oregonians who have made schools and communities safer for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth.

New Hires in GSE 2018–19

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Counselor Education
Benita Bellrichard Munson, MS, CRC, LPC, CADC I, is an assistant professor of practice in the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Program, in the Counselor Education Department. She is also a member of the Graduate Certificate in Addictions faculty. She obtained her master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Portland State University. She maintains a private practice where her clinical specialties include working with individuals and couples adjusting to chronic illness/disability, relational improvement, and addiction. She has previous experience working in an inpatient alcohol and drug treatment program and a history of both social work and career counseling in Canada. She is interested in multicultural issues in counseling and the intersection among couples, families, and their adjustment to disability.

Helen Gordon Child Development Center
Mary Schumacher-Hoerner, MA, is the new head of PSU’s Helen Gordon Child Development Center (HGCDC). Schumacher-Hoerner was previously an associate professor of early childhood education and director of the Child and Family Development Center at San Juan College (SJC) in New Mexico, where she supervised for the past six years. Schumacher-Hoerner has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming and an MA from the University of New Mexico and has done doctoral work in curriculum and instruction.

Curriculum and Instruction
Alex “Xander” Davies, PhD, is a new assistant professor of ESOL and elementary education in the Curriculum and Instruction Department. Prior to coming to Portland State University, Davies earned his doctorate in education–TESOL from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. His research interests include ESOL infusion in teacher-preparation programs using interactive avatars and simulated classrooms; dual-language education with emphasis placed on curriculum and program implementation; ESOL methods among both preservice and in-service teachers; family and community involvement in K–12 schools; and second-language and cultural identities among first-generation immigrants and persons of refugee and asylum backgrounds. Davies has worked closely with administrators and content area teachers in local school districts throughout the Orlando area to provide professional development in both ESOL methods and dual language. Additionally, he worked with resettlement agencies as a cultural broker and language specialist to various families from refugee backgrounds.

Special Education
Mary E. Morningstar, PhD, is the new co-director of PSU’s ThinkCollege Inclusion Oregon project in the Special Education Department and will teach courses for preservice students focused on transition and postsecondary outcomes. She has a BSEd in special education from the University of Georgia, an MEd in special education from the University of Maryland, and a PhD from the University of Kansas. Morningstar’s research encompasses three interrelated concentrations: college and career readiness for youth with disabilities, teacher education and professional development, and secondary inclusive educational reform. She is the author of The Educator’s Guide to Implementing Transition Planning and Services (2017) and over 40 peer- reviewed journal articles and numerous book chapters, monographs, and technical reports.

Maria Gilmour, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA, is an assistant professor of practice in the Graduate School of Education and head of the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) program in the Special Education Department. Gilmour is an educator who has extensive experience consulting with parents and families, teachers, educational leaders, and school administrators in both public and private programs for educating children and adults with special needs. Gilmour received her master’s degree in Special Education at Gonzaga University and her PhD from the University of Georgia, focusing on applied behavior analysis and autism, learning and cognition, and educational administration and policy. She has been working with families since 1998.

GSE’s Amy Parker receives transportation honors

Amy ParkerThe Portland chapter of the Women in Transportation (WTS) has awarded Special Education Assistant Professor Amy Parker an honorary membership to their organization for one year. She joins Governor Kate Brown and five others with this distinction.

Parker came to PSU in 2017 to coordinate the Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Program in the Special Education Department, which can be taken alone as a certificate, be taken in concert with teacher preparation in PSU’s Visually Impaired Learner license or endorsement, or infused as an area of specialization in the Master of Science in Special Education.

Last year, Governor Brown championed a $5.3 billion transportation package to upgrade Oregon’s highways and infrastructure to withstand earthquakes and to create safer crossings and signals. It passed the legislature in 2017, and she signed House Bill 2017 in August of that year.

Since launching the O&M program at PSU, Parker has partnered with the Transportation Research Education Center (TREC) on projects to improve mobility in urban environments for individuals with disabilities and/or vision impairment. TREC, the Transportation Research and Education Center for Portland State University, houses the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) and the archives of its predecessor grant program, the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC).

WTS Portland was established in 1985 and provides career and technical support to women in transportation throughout Oregon. WTS Portland is a local branch of a national organization consisting of 79 chapters and 6,500 members throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

This year’s WTS Portland honorees include:
Kate Brown, Governor of the State of Oregon; Brendan Finn, Transportation Policy Advisor; Doug Kelsey, General Manager, TriMet; LaQuida Landford, Outreach and Engagement Specialist, Urban League; Amy Parker, PSU Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Orientation and Mobility Program; Momoko Saunders, Operations Director, BIKETOWNpdx, and cofounder, Bike Farm; and Alando Simpson, VP City of Roses Disposal and Recycling and Commissioner, Oregon Transportation Commission.

GSE alumna receives national award for research in Kenya


Recent GSE doctoral graduate Staci B. Martin, ’18, is the recipient of the 2018 Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) Dissertation in Practice of the Year Award for her work entitled Co-Creating Spaces of Critical Hope Through the Use of a Psychosocial Peace Building Education course in Higher Education in Protracted Refugee Context: Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya.

Martin holds an EdD in the Educational Leadership: Curriculum and Instruction. She is an adjunct assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Portland State University and a scholar of critical hope and critical despair. She is a community-based action researcher working with vulnerable populations, in particular, refugee youth. She has lived and worked alongside communities in over 15 countries. Her experiences vary from designing to implementing to evaluating sustainable psychosocial peace-building education programs in four countries: South Africa, Dieplsoot Informal Settlement (nthabiseng project, 2001); Nepal, Vishwa Shanti Vihara Vishwa Monastery (Khelera Sikou Project, 2012); Jamaica (Irie Project, 2010); and Kenya, Kakuma Refugee Camp (Pambazuka, 2017). She has presented in over 20 conferences and authored five papers on this work.

Martin’s research and teaching interests include critical hope and despair, pedagogy of hope, refugee education, psychosocial, peace-building, participants as co-researchers, and community-based action approach.

“Staci is indeed a remarkable young scholar,” said her dissertation chair, Professor Emerita Dannelle D. Stevens. “She is humble, focused, articulate, and persistent in accomplishing her goal of conducting rigorous research. By doing so, she empowers individuals to create better outcomes for themselves and others. It has been my honor to work with and learn from her over these last five years.”

Her dissertation committee includes Micki Caskey, doctoral program coordinator, Samuel Henry, emeritus faculty in Curriculum and Instruction and Matt Carlson, Graduate Office representative.

Martin will attend the CPED Consortium Convening in Phoenix, Arizona, in October to receive a monetary award and plaque, and she will present her work at their luncheon.

The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate is the knowledge forum on the EdD with a membership of over 100 schools of education in the US, Canada, and New Zealand, working collaboratively to improve professional preparation in education at the highest level.