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
GSE Dean’s Fund gifts are more important than ever because state support for higher education is at a historic low, making up less than 12% of PSU’s budget. The GSE Dean’s Fund provides unrestricted funds which can be used for timely opportunities and special projects which have a positive impact on our students and the greater community. Thank you to our supporters for helping us to realize our mission.