PSU project in the Republic of Georgia aids persons with disabilities

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 (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

Doctoral student Staci Martin recognized by national organization

stacy-martinStaci 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

Ebony magazine names GSE faculty member Jada Phelps Moultrie a Power 100 Honoree

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.

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

GSE opens gallery–hosts student art exhibit

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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

GSE announces new development director

scott-shlaesPSU Foundation team member Scott Shlaes is the new GSE Development Director. He follows Jaymee Jacoby, who was recently promoted to a new position within the foundation after four years with the GSE.

Shlaes is a recent graduate of the GSE’s Leadership for Sustainability Education (LSE) master’s program and a parent of a Helen Gordon Child Development Center student. He has served as Director of Development for Sustainability Initiatives at the PSU Foundation for the past five years where he had the opportunity to build support for sustainability-related programming in multiple colleges, schools, institutes and centers across the University.

Dean Randy Hitz said, “Scott’s educational and fundraising backgrounds make him a very good fit for the GSE, and I look forward to working with him to advance our fundraising efforts.”

Like the development directors of other schools at PSU, the GSE development director is assigned to the GSE but works for the PSU Foundation.

Dean Randy Hitz honored by Chalkboard

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Dean Randy Hitz, with Chalkboard President Sue Hildick, received Chalkboard’s Orcilia Zuñiga Forbes Leadership in Education Advocacy Award November 17, 2016.

Randy Hitz, dean of the Graduate School of Education, is the new recipient of the 2016 Orcilia Zuñiga Forbes Leadership in Education Advocacy Award from the Foundations for a Better Oregon (FBO)/Chalkboard Project. It is the only award from the Chalkboard Project and is presented annually to recognize state, education, or philanthropic leaders who have a track record of successful education advocacy or education leadership and who are champions of change.

Hitz follows PSU alumna Betty Komp, the state representative from District 22, who received the inaugural award in 2015. He received the award at the FBO/Chalkboard Project annual meeting, November 16, 2017. Continue reading