Annual Report 2008-2009

Graduate School of Education

2008-2009

Intel/Vernier partnership aids math and science teaching
A $20,000 grant from Intel and deeply discounted products and training from Vernier Software & Technology, in Beaverton, are helping twenty-eight Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP) students to boost their teaching skills in math and science. This summer, students were treated to hands-on workshops that included gifts of Vernier products and lab manuals as part of the dedicated math/science teacher preparation program begun by Professor Ron Narode.

This is the second year of funding from Intel and the fifth year in partnership with Vernier. Professor Ron Narode says, “This is a wonderful opportunity for our students. Their familiarity with technology was only possible with the support from Vernier and Intel.”

“Intel is pleased to partner with PSU to help new teachers enter their classrooms equipped with the technology tools to bring science and math instruction alive,” says Morgan Anderson, Intel Oregon government affairs manager. Intel contributed $3.4 million to Oregon education in 2008 for science and math programs, as well as supported schools where employees donate their time. Besides this donation, Intel regularly partners with PSU on many initiatives, including sponsoring the Intel Northwest Science Expo, MESA, and equipment labs and scholarships.

In 1981, David (a former high school physics teacher) and Christine Vernier started their company to develop and produce science classroom data-acquisition products called “probeware.” These resemble handheld calculators, and they measure and record a wide variety of materials and conditions. Using probeware alone or interfaced with a computer, students can acquire, store, record, and manipulate data for use in science, math, chemistry, physics, and biology. According to Mr. Vernier, “This partnership with PSU is a win-win for everybody. We’ve seeded a number of teachers who will go out and teach science and math.”

About the students

This program attracts wonderful students who are becoming terrific teachers in our communities. Two stories of participants have Intel/Vernier connections. Jim Kennedy, a former longtime Intel employee, is fulfilling his dream to become a math teacher. Sheila Hunter, as a high school student in Gold Beach, Oregon, participated in the 2005 Intel Northwest Science Expo (Vernier a sponsor) and was awarded a prestigious PSU McManus scholarship. She just completed her math degree and wants to be a teacher.

“I’ve had good luck [finding a teaching position],” says 2009 graduate Chris Bartlo. “I was hired by Wilson High to teach math. Technology was a big talking point in my interview. I brought up activities I created for my classes during student teaching using the Vernier technology, and this is something that I wouldn’t have been able to do without the Intel grant.”

Sarah Crunelle, from Leadership and Entrepreneurship Public High School, says, “I was hired as a high school chemistry and environmental science teacher. This was in no small part due to my experience as a PSU chemistry major using Vernier technology, and to additional training I received on the educator’s end through Intel support. Having technology in hand while I developed personal pedagogy and curriculum puts emphasis on it. I am deeply grateful.”

 From the Dean

Policymakers and researchers do not always agree, but on this they do: well-prepared and well-supported teachers and school leaders are key to improving education in America. Educators who receive the kind of support they need are much more effective than educators who are not well prepared or who are not given the resources they need. And our education must improve if we are to maintain our standard of living and our leadership in the world. It is not an exaggeration to say that the survival of democracy also depends upon the quality of education we provide our people.

Education is more important than ever as the world becomes more complicated and change occurs so rapidly. Only a few decades ago, we tolerated a high school dropout rate of nearly 50 percent. Today our dropout rate is not nearly that bad, but it is still intolerable. We need all the talent and brain power we can muster to address the pressing issues of our time: sustaining the environment, finding energy sources to meet growing demands, promoting democracy, closing the growing gap between the rich and the poor, and closing the learning gap prevalent in our country and throughout the world.

The Graduate School of Education is Oregon’s largest producer of teachers and school administrators, but most importantly, we focus our attention on leading change by providing high-quality programs and adding to the knowledge base. We are not the “run of the mill” teacher education program. Note the huge difference in teacher retention of our graduates compared to the national average later in this issue.

We lead through our very good students, all of whom have baccalaureate degrees with above-average grade point averages and come to us as mature adults with significant life experiences. Many are bilingual and many are entering teaching as a second career after success in another field, such as engineering, social work, or pharmacy. Our great faculty members lead and contribute through their scholarship, service, and teaching. We have alumni and friends of the GSE who are also leaders in education and who remain connected and helpful to us.

Not everything in this report is positive. We have been affected by the budget crisis in the state, and we will lose much-needed faculty positions and other resources. But we will move forward regardless with a strong commitment to our mission, thankful for the opportunity to serve.

In this annual report, you will read about some of our students, faculty, alumni, and friends, and you will see summaries of their accomplishments. We do our best to “tell our story” in a way that helps the reader understand and appreciate our mission and the work we do.  We work very hard to gather and analyze data to help us improve, and we share these data and our stories as widely as possible to engage others in the work. Thank you for taking time to learn more about us. We look forward to hearing from you.

Randy Hitz, Dean
September 2009

The year in review
2008–2009

The GSE nearly doubled in its production of graduates from 1999 to 2004. Since then we have chosen to stabilize enrollment and focus on increasing quality and productivity in other areas, such as research. So, for the foreseeable future we will graduate between 500 and 550 people each year from the GSE. In addition to these graduates, we also have nearly 200 people completing graduate certificate or licensure programs, the largest of which is our program to prepare school administrators.

The increase in research productivity is especially noteworthy, and based on the number of grants received in the last few months we know that in 2009 the numbers for externally funded grants will increase very significantly. External dollars make it possible for us to provide services that otherwise would not be available in Oregon, and to engage in research that adds to the professional knowledge base and to the education of Oregon students.

We are beginning to tap into a heretofore untapped database available through the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission. This database allows us to track the employment of all of the people we recommend for teaching, counseling, or administration licenses in Oregon who take employment in an Oregon public school. Of course, the vast majority of our graduates obtain licenses and take jobs in Oregon public schools. This graph provides just one small but significant example of the potential of this database. We looked at the year 2000 graduates who took positions in Oregon public schools and found that of this group only 18 percent no longer remained in the Oregon public schools after five years. We cannot tell from this database if they went to other states, went to private schools, or left the profession. We then compared our numbers to national attrition rate averages in the teaching profession. The attrition rate of our graduates is much lower than the national attrition rate.

Palestine early childhood conference
The International Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education (RECE) Conference hosted its 17th annual event in Bethlehem City, Palestine, with a theme of Pedagogies of Hope. Many early childhood colleagues from across the globe, including Dr. Will Parnell from Portland State University, looked forward optimistically to attending the conference. Palestine is a war-torn and conflicted area of the world, which truly affects the education of the youngest citizens who reside there.  As stated on RECE’s Web site, http://www.rece09.com, the program committee and conference hosts hoped to: provide the international early childhood community with a forum for exploring Pedagogies of Hope. The 2009 conference theme invites engagement with the meanings of hope and pedagogy, and how these terms might be connected to thinking differently about and reconceptualizing early childhood. The theme’s openness to interpretation encourages a wide range of discourses associated with early childhood education, with the common provocation to position discourse in terms of the lived experiences of children, families, and communities.

As a program committee member, Dr. Parnell states that it was his charge to read and peer-review conference presentations and to help prepare a program for the June 2009 events. Dr. Parnell was excited and nervous about entering an area of the world with such outright conflict, but was not prepared for what he actually did encounter, the events that opened his eyes forever to the tragedy residing inside the occupied territory of the West Bank and surrounding areas.

For example, on the day when the 80 conference attendees were to visit the middle of Hebron (a city controlled by both Palestinian and Israeli leadership) and a school for young children, an international incident arose and the school was set on fire. People on both sides of the conflict, ranging from the school principal to the Israeli guards, were shocked about the events. Luckily, no children were hurt. “As a participant in the event, I was worried we may be harmed or worse as we entered an in-between space, where we crossed through a checkpoint into an occupied war-zone, a place where children have to attend their schooling. I couldn’t imagine what daily life must be like for all who inhabit that space,” says Dr. Parnell. As the conference participants reentered Bethlehem City, they were more at ease, although not out of harm’s way. They all knew that they would not be safe until they returned to their homes safely.

The conference also included visiting a refugee camp; planting olive trees at the Roman Catholic Church, located between Palestinian homes and Israeli settlers; and touring a Palestinian university. As Dr. Parnell recalls, “Shots fired out as we planted the olive trees at the church. We weren’t sure which direction they were coming from or where they were headed. We just stayed in the grove and valley, where there was cover. Later, we visited the church and saw the Palestinian children’s play corner on the church grounds. We’ve met so many people, both Palestinian and Israeli, who have lost someone close to them over the conflicts. It is quite sad, especially for the children, many of whom still hold out for hope and want to connect with others in the world. Amidst all of this discord lies the irony of life, a desire to reach out and connect. I met so many who want that connection and want the war to end. But how, they all ask. I have wondered the same thing ever since returning home.”

Dr. Parnell plans to write about his many experiences, as his research is phenomenologically based. Phenomenology is a part of the interpretivist tradition, in which Dr. Parnell seeks the meaning in experiences. Usually, he helps others to make meaning of what they experience. In this case, his experiences have been so life-altering to many including himself. He will seek out what they mean in relation to his work with teachers, families, and young children.

The GSE and program assessment: Preparing for NCATE
Just over three years ago, the GSE decided to evaluate more thoroughly and systematically our preparation of teachers, counselors, and school administrators. Dean Hitz appointed an Assessment Task Force to revamp our assessment system and prepare for the renewal of our national and state accreditation. However, our reasons for assessment were not motivated only by accreditation. The most important reasons for our assessment efforts were:

  • To support candidate learning, making clear our expectations and giving helpful feedback
  • To verify each candidate’s qualifications, ensuring that the teachers, counselors, and administrators we prepare are adequately equipped for their new professional roles
  • To verify program effectiveness so that we can better tell others about the good work we do
  • To identify areas for program improvement, showing our commitment to quality

The Assessment Task Force guided the development of an assessment plan and the creation of new assessment tools. A centerpiece of the assessment system is field experience—teacher candidates are required to complete at least three field experiences as part of their professional preparation. The Task Force members developed new online evaluations for field experiences, which are completed by both the University supervisor and the cooperating teacher who mentors the student teacher. Similarly, new online forms evaluate student work samples, the portfolios in which the candidate demonstrates the ability to plan instruction, teach students with diverse needs, select or design appropriate measures of student learning, gather and analyze data, and reflect on what the data suggest as to the effectiveness of the instruction.

PSU degree candidates also now have had the opportunity to evaluate the GSE. Exit surveys upon program completion and follow-up surveys, sent out three years after graduation, have given us good information on how well we’ve met our graduates’ professional needs and have suggested areas for program improvement as well. We’ve also done a survey and interviews with district administrators.

We have learned many positive things about the GSE through our assessments. For example, state licensing exams, field experience evaluations, exit surveys, and administrator surveys have confirmed that our candidates have the content knowledge they need to teach in their subject areas. Candidate work samples, follow-up surveys, and principal interviews have verified that our candidates learn about student diversity but want still more instruction in this area. Data from work samples and supervisor ratings also demonstrate that our candidates have a positive impact on student learning through their teaching.

We’ve made many changes in response to what we’ve learned about our areas for improvement. For example, in response to our candidates’ concerns about their preparation in the use of instructional technology, we’ve made a considerable investment in upgrading our classrooms and improving our curriculum in this area, and student satisfaction has risen accordingly. In other areas also, our faculty has engaged in more discussion about courses and field experiences, created better alignment of content within and between cohorts, and worked to provide clearer direction to University supervisors, cooperating teachers, and candidates.

Our accreditation visit will occur soon, from October 31 to November 4. Eight team members, representing our national accrediting body (the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education) and our state agency (Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission), will read our self-study report and look at the evidence of the quality of preparation we offer our students. We are proud of our accomplishments and look forward to their validation of our efforts.

Marylhurst welcomes PACE grads
Three recent Postsecondary Adult & Continuing Education (PACE) program graduates have begun careers at Marylhurst University. This quiet, reflective campus, south of Lake Oswego, has acquired great energy in Heather Lindsay-Carpenter, Amber Steffes, and Kristin Benson, who are all working with adult learners in jobs they love.

Heather Lindsay-Carpenter, who earned her bachelor’s degree in communication studies at PSU, graduated in 2007 and immediately started the PACE program. She earned one of the new certificates offered—Teaching Adult Learners—and completed her master’s in PACE in spring of 2009, just as she started her new position at Marylhurst. She is an academic adviser to undergraduates in Marylhurst’s Business and Leadership program. “I have had the amazing good fortune to have advisers who made a huge impact on me. I would not be where I am today without the support and guidance of advisers and student services faculty members along the way, and I feel proud to now be a staff member who can support students in a positive manner,” she says.

Kristin Benson completed her master’s in PACE in 2007. Her undergraduate degree is in environmental studies from New College of Florida. She was hired by Marylhurst in February 2009 as the associate registrar. Her focus in the PACE program was in student services. “Courses in organizational theory and student services have been particularly helpful in managing institutional change,” she says.

Amber Steffes is the new coordinator of accessibility and disability services at Marylhurst. She earned a BS in family and consumer sciences education from Montana State University in 2002, and graduated from PSU in 2007. She works cooperatively with faculty and staff to provide appropriate accommodations for all students with disabilities. Ms. Steffes conceived a peer mentor project in her PACE comp class that was designed to support student retention. Her enthusiasm working with students and faculty at Marylhurst is infectious. “I love the energy on college campuses and the focus on lifelong learning,” she says. “It is incredible to work with students who are passionate about reaching their educational goals, and [to be] surrounded by professionals who want to see them achieve those goals.”

PACE faculty are also proud of these alumnae. “Heather, Amber, and Kristin are wonderful examples of graduates from the PACE program,” says Professor Andy Job. “Each one is a talented and gifted professional who embodies the principals and values of our program. Marylhurst is fortunate to have them serving its students, and PSU and the PACE program are fortunate to have them as alums.”

GSE student Carmen Anderson collects diversity award
For the third year in a row, the GSE was represented at the PSU President’s Diversity Awards. Joining Julie Esparza Brown (’07), and Yer Thao (’08), is Carmen Anderson who collected this year’s award, representing the graduate students. She is a returning student who works in the Women’s Resource Center as a graduate assistant, coordinating the Returning Women’s Student Programs. She also sits on the Multicultural Center’s advisory board. Ms. Anderson is a PACE master’s student.

Friends of the GSE
The mission of the Friends group is to support the GSE by building a sense of community and pride through expanding and maintaining connections with alumni and friends. Composed of alumni, retired faculty, and interested community members, the Friends are a non-dues-paying volunteer group that meets four times each year. In partnership with the school, they host events such as PSU Weekend Breakfast Roundtable, Educators Night at the PSU Opera, and the annual stewardship reception for thanking donors and recognizing scholarship recipients. They also volunteer at the school’s academic commencement and give a welcome to the graduates.

For the last eight years, the Friends have raised scholarship funds to support students preparing for teaching careers in the high-need areas of special education, math, science, and/or ESL/bilingual education.

Jane Morrow, current chair of the Friends, describes their work as friend-raising and fund-raising. She says, “The meetings reinforce our belief in the Graduate School of Education and leave us inspired by the current students and encouraged by the wonderful work of the faculty, who are leading programs that are making a difference in the community.”

Your invitation to join the Friends is always open, and all are invited to learn more about the school by attending meetings or events.

For more information, contact Sandy Wiscarson, Graduate School of Education, PO Box 751, Portland, OR 97207-0751; phone 503-725-4789; or email wiscars@pdx.edu.

Dilafruz Williams meets with US Secretary of Education
Faculty member Dilafruz Williams met with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and members of the Council of the Great City Schools in Washington DC this past spring. They discussed stimulus dollars targeted to improving urban and public education.

Dr. Williams, who is secretary-treasurer of the council and co-chair of the Portland School Board, comments, “We will need to spend the funds effectively and wisely in a rather short period of time. With this meeting we were able to clarify the guidelines and how best to put the funds to use to accelerate reform. There is a sense of urgency to use the stimulus dollars; we must be prudent and show results.”   Press release

PPS, PSU partnership finalist for Carter award
GSE faculty members Dilafruz Williams, Ramin Farahmandpur, Yer Thao, Samuel Henry, and several colleagues, including former faculty member Joan Strouse, were recognized recently for their work in a long-standing tutoring program, The Migrant Education Tutorial Partnership. The Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Foundation named the program as a finalist in the foundation’s 2009 awards program.

The tutoring program, going on 21 years, places over 500 PSU students each year from the GSE’s Introduction to Education and Society course into 60 schools in Portland Public Schools to help with tutoring needs. Each GSE student spends 30 hours per quarter in the schools. The experience provides ample opportunities for relevant hands-on practice of educational theories in a school setting, while exposing PSU students to cultural, linguistic, and socio-economic diversity. The course is taught by a team of faculty across two departments: Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership and Policy.

This is a win-win situation for both PSU and PPS students. The PSU students gain a better understanding of the K–12 world and can better focus their career and education plans. The PPS students received help in a variety of skill areas, including ESL/bilingual, special education, and reading. “One of the main benefits that PPS students who are minorities derived from the PSU students is that they gain confidence from working with representatives from the majority culture,” says Ray DeMarco, Migrant Education oordinator.

“Our English language learners have the opportunity to work one-on-one with tutors from Portland State University. They benefit greatly from the relationship with their tutors,” says Carol Smith, superintendent of PPS who, along with her staff, believes college students may inspire PPS students to consider seeking degrees.

Since 1988, the tutoring partnership between Portland State University and the Portland Public Schools Migrant Education Program has benefited over 18,000 migrant and high-poverty K–12 students.

GSE grants for 2008-2009
Summary: increased capacity
Reductions in state school support funding for the GSE are creating fiscal challenges. Fortunately, our efforts to support research and grant acquisition are succeeding. In fiscal year 2008–2009, GSE faculty submitted 31 proposals, more than twice as many as during the previous year. Many of these proposals were submitted by faculty using GSE research support for the first time. Of the 31 submitted, 10 were funded in fiscal year 2008–09 and will bring in $4,177,971 over the next four years; four were funded, but do not begin until 2009–10  and will be reported next year. Of the 10 proposals funded in this fiscal year, four are for amounts over $25,000 (below). Of the remaining submissions, 17 were not funded, and six are still under consideration.

Awards over $25,000 funded in fiscal year 2008–2009:
Helen Young—SPED
Comprehensive Autism Program using Strategies for Teaching Based on Autism Research (CAPSTAR)
Institute of Education Sciences
$2,561,416
4/1/09 to 3/31/13

Ruth Falco, Helen Young—SPED
FUTURES PROJECT: Preparing Special Educators to Use Evidence-Based Practices to Support Desirable Futures for Students with Significant Disabilities
US Department of Education/Office of Special Education Programs
$799,680
9/16/08 to 7/15/12

James Carlile, Linda Jessell—CSS
Evaluation of Professional Learning Teams to Teach U.S. History
Vancouver Educational Service District/U.S. Department of Education
$38,000
10/1/08 to 9/30/09

Leslie Munson, Ruth Falco, David Allen—SPED
Parent Infant Interaction (PII) Project
USDE-National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research
$610,151
9/16/08 to 8/15/11

Counselor Education Department works with Oregon Board
Dr. Rick Johnson and the GSE Counselor Education faculty have been working with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists to redesign and update state licensing requirements for licensed professional counselors (LPCs) and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs) and to better align programs and training for current practice. Recent legislation in Oregon (see sidebar) has indicated the need to better refine the language around licensure to reflect appropriate skills in practitioners and to increase access to mental health care for Oregonians.

There is currently a nationwide trend to increase stature of licensed, master’s-level mental health practitioners, which is driving the need to refine programs and licensure. Recent changes in the national accrediting organization (CACREP) have resulted in the need to replace the Community Counseling program with a 90-credit Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, and to increase the credit hour requirement for the Couples, Marriage and Family Therapy program to 90 credits as well. This not only provides more training in diagnosis and treatment, but also allows space in the programs for elective credits to enable students to pursue specific interest areas.

Dr. Rick Johnson, chair of the Counselor Education Department, and Dr. Susan Halverson-Westerberg, the coordinator of the Couples, Marriage and Family Therapy program, met with members of the licensure board and representatives from other academic institutions to begin the process of assessing and revising the state licensure standards. The board then asked Dr. Johnson to chair a subcommittee to focus on revising the LMFT standards. “It’s exciting,” says Dr. Johnson. “We [the GSE] are offering cutting-edge counseling programs that provide state-of-the-art training. And, we now have an opportunity to be part of the process that will set the training standards for master’slevel counselors in the state of Oregon for years to come.”

State legislation
The 2009 Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 2506―the “practice act” for counselors and marriage and family therapists. Governor Kulongoski signed it into law and the legislation will become effective January 1, 2010. The bill improves on a previous version, Senate Bill 1, passed in 2005, that requires health insurance providers to cover mental health and substance abuse treatment at the same level as medical treatment. The new bill better defines and broadens which practitioners are qualified for reimbursement. The result is increased access to mental health care for Oregon consumers, on par with other states.

Other Counselor Education news
Counselor Education Clinic receives new grant

The Portland State University Community Counseling Clinic is pairing with Impact Northwest, a local social service agency that serves over 70,000 children, families, seniors, and adults with disabilities annually, to provide services to children and families with foster care or social service involvement. The PSU Clinic will provide counseling services to children who have experienced maltreatment, multiple transitions, and other stressors. In addition, couples and family counselors from the clinic will work with foster care families and biological families to support them in creating optimal relationships and supports for these children to thrive. These services are funded through a grant from United Way. The Counseling Clinic’s portion of this grant allows the delivery of up to $11,000 of services this year and may be renewed for two additional years.

2.6 million dollar grant will study autism
Special Education faculty have received a four-year, $2.6 million research grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES), to study the efficacy of the Comprehensive Autism Program using Strategies for Teaching Based on Autism Research (CAPSTAR).  Helen Young, EdD, is the project director.

The CAPSTAR model was designed to include the components that research shows are needed to improve outcomes for young children with autism spectrum disorders, including: individualized instructional programs, the use of curriculum designed specifically for children with autism, instruction both at school and home, highly trained staff, and training for parents to embed interventions into the child’s home routines.

This study will train teaching teams (teachers, instructional assistants, and related service personnel) and parents to implement a scientifically based program that includes multiple instructional approaches and curriculum developed specifically for teaching children with autism spectrum disorders. The researchers will investigate whether young children with autism spectrum disorders who receive the CAPSTARmodel make greater gains in their expressive language, receptive language, preacademic skills, social skills, adaptive behavior, and cognitive abilities, and will show significant differences from the control group of children with autism spectrum disorders receiving their “business as usual” model, what they normally receive. A variety of sources and multiple methods will be used to collect data. Outcomes will be measured by observation of performance, surveying and interviewing parents and educators, and standardized child assessments.

Three hundred children with an educational eligibility for autism spectrum disorders, between the ages of two and five and who are enrolled in early childhood special education services in Oregon and Washington, their families, and 60 teaching teams will participate in this study. There is no cost to schools or parents for participating. The grant provides funds for all materials and staff release time so they can learn to implement the model.

To participate in the study, school programs will nominate classrooms. Classrooms will then be randomly selected to participate. Thirty of those classrooms will be randomly assigned to receive the CAPSTAR model and 30 will be randomly selected to continue receiving their “business as usual” program. Each classroom will participate for one school year.

This is the first U.S. Department of Education IES grant received by the Graduate School of Education. Dr. Young and her colleagues went through a rigorous, competitive process to obtain this award. “We hope this work will make a significant contribution to knowledge about effective early childhood special education for young children with autism spectrum disorders,” says Professor Young.

Center provides wide variety of education support
Educators today often face challenges that they have not encountered in the past. As new situations arise, they have often looked to the GSE to jointly think through new solutions, and that’s exactly why the Center for Student Success (CSS) was conceived. As an education consulting group, the CSS’s cadre of experts are able to collaborate with schools and districts to identify appropriate solutions.

The CSS team consists of former school administrators Linda Jessell, Deborah Sommer, and Jim Carlile, who all have over 30 years of experience in education. Using their experience and a network of highly qualified colleagues, they are able to collaboratively evaluate issues, recommend solutions, and provide professional assistance with a growing number of critical projects throughout the region.

The Center provides services which include training, consultation, and third-party evaluation. An example of the Center’s contract training component is the Professional Learning Team (PLC) workshop series they have offered over two years at Liberty High School in the Hillsboro School District. Teachers reflected upon and analyzed the impact of their learning on their instructional strategies and skills—in the words of the workshop series, “What did I learn that had a positive impact on my effectiveness as a classroom teacher?”

A number of teachers affirm the positive impact on classroom instruction:

  • “ This PSU PLC training has helped my PLC become aware of the importance of documenting data, interventions, etc.  We have become aware of our lack of documentation of growth and interventions.  We will walk away with tools with which to document our teaching and collaboration.”
  • “…We have learned that we need to have more timely data collection, collect smaller, more usable amounts of data, refine our writing curriculum, and continue with more in-depth cross curricular collaboration.”

The CSS contract with Multnomah Educational Service District to implement  Professional Learning Teams in the Gresham-Barlow School District, the Centennial School District, the Parkrose School District, the David Douglas School District, and at the BizTech school in PPS is a good example of the consultation they provide. Other professional development contracts include Maimonides Jewish Day School to provide professional development work related to best practices for assessing student learning.

State standards: math and science
One of the issues the Center has been involved with from the beginning is helping schools understand and strengthen curriculum for the new Oregon standards in the classroom. The Center publishes and sells math and reading standards workbooks that are designed by and for Oregon teachers to help teachers ensure that students meet benchmarks. The CSS recently contracted with the Gladstone School District to provide professional development related to math for middle school teachers. The Center has also provided support to implement two new programs, Deeping Mathematics Understanding and Preparation for Instruction of Science and Math (PrISM), a statewide program to help elementary teachers build science and math capacity earlier in the elementary grades so that students are better prepared for those subjects in middle and high schools.

Third-party evaluations
The Center has served as a third-party evaluator for review of charter and alternative schools and has been written into grant funding. The reports generated guide educators and stakeholders in revising and enhancing programs in their districts. Their work over the past year has included evaluations of charter schools for the Gresham-Barlow School District, the Scio School District for a second year, and the David Douglas School District . The CSS also provided third-party evaluation services to the Chalkboard Project for their CLASS (Creative Leadership Achieves Student Success) Project throughout the 2008–09 school year and will be adding to this work for the 2009–10 school. ESD 112 (Vancouver area) has a contract with the CSS for an additional two years to provide third-party evaluation services related to their implementation of a federal grant on teaching American history.

The CSS has extended the outreach capability of the GSE as it takes on a large variety of projects. As this much-needed work continues, the Center is becoming an important resource for educators throughout the state and their accomplishments a source of pride for the GSE.

Infant Toddler program provides leadership
The Infant Toddler Mental Health program is a 25-credit graduate certificate for professionals who provide services to families with children from the prenatal period to 36 months of age. The program is aimed at improving the abilities of families, of people who work with young children, and of other partners to support and strengthen the emotional and relational development of these children.

The program is offered as a cohort with students participating together through six quarters of online instruction and some weekend face-to-face meetings on PSU’s campus. Students from the fields of mental health, special education, child welfare, social services, education, early childhood, and health care have participated in the program.

Impact of the program reaches considerably beyond direct infant care. “One of the most powerful impacts of the Infant Toddler Mental Health program is that, because it is truly a multiprofessional program, we are helping the very youngest children and their families receive support for social/emotional health and well-being in diverse settings all across the country.”

The ITMH program has 30 alumni from all regions of Oregon and other states, including Washington, Idaho, and Alaska. The third cohort of 15 students, which graduates winter 2010, is from Wyoming, Washington, Michigan, and all regions of Oregon. The next cohort begins fall 2010; applications are due February 1, 2010.

Scholarships make a difference
Sixty-seven GSE students earned scholarships awarded through private gifts totaling $128,220. An additional 22 competitive awards were made from public funds.

  • Alejandro Alvarez—Phyllis Edmundson Honorary Scholarship, $2,000
  • Carmen Anderson—Mary Kinnick PACE Scholarship, $1,000
  • McCale Ashenbrener—Janette Drew Endowed Scholarship, $3,000
  • Timothy Bradley—Ames Scholar, $5,000
  • Meghan Briggs—Friends of the GSE Scholarship, $1,000; Robert Noyce Scholarship, $8,500
  • Alex Buckwald—Keith and Paula Stanovich Scholarship, $750
  • John Castle II—Friends of the GSE Scholarship, $1,000
  • Abigail Coatney—Mary Elizabeth York Endowed Scholarship for Early Childhood Education, $500; Oregon Laurels Graduate Scholarship, tuition remission
  • Nathanial Crosman—GSE Scholarship, $1,000
  • Ariel Daeschel—Janette Drew Endowed Scholarship, $3,000
  • Nicole Dalton—Janette Drew Endowed Scholarship, $3,000
  • Darcy Davidson—Teach for Diversity Scholarship, $3,500
  • Ana Estrada—Teach for Diversity Scholarship, $1,500
  • Alissa Evans—Learning Disabilities Foundation of Oregon Scholarship, $2,910
  • Sadie Feibel—Ames Scholar, $5,000
  • Gretchen Fiscus—Ames Scholar, $5,000
  • Alicia Fitzgibbon—Janette Drew Endowed Scholarship, $3,000
  • Lourdes Flores—Teach for Diversity Scholarship, $2,000
  • Angelica Fuentes—Teach for Diversity Scholarship, $1,000
  • Jeffrey Fuller—GSE Scholarship, $1,000
  • Sylvanna Gallegos—Teach for Diversity Scholarship, $1,000
  • Dora Godinez—Teach for Diversity Scholarship, $2,000
  • Sara Goldman—Oregon Laurels Graduate Scholarship, tuition remission
  • Alisha Goodman—Nancy Benson Scholarship, $500
  • Jason Gregory—Teach for Diversity Scholarship, $2,000
  • Gabriela Gutierrez—Sandy Kaplan Scholarship, $1,000; Marta and Ken Thrasher Scholarship, $1,000
  • Tad Hansen—Founders Endowment in Special Education Scholarship, $500; Wayne Larson Endowed Scholarship, $1,500
  • Brian Hanson—Janette Drew Endowed Scholarship, $3,000
  • Rajiv Hatcher—Teach for Diversity Scholarship, $3,000
  • Krista Heldenbrand—Janette Drew Endowed Scholarship, $3,000
  • Aisha Hollands—Ames Scholar        , $5,000
  • Elaine Hudson—Special Education Scholarship, $1,000 and Keith and Paula Stanovich Scholarship, $750
  • Michael Irikawa—Teach for Diversity Scholarship, $1,500
  • Jason Isbell—Capps Family Scholarship, $1,000; Friends of the GSE Scholarship, $1,000
  • Antonio Jaramillo—Sandy Kaplan Scholarship, $1,000
  • April Joy-Koer—Friends of the GSE Scholarship, $1,000; Teach for Diversity Scholarship, $1,500
  • Nam Kirn Khalsa—Eleanor Hardt Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Teacher Education, $1,000
  • Nadia Khater—Janette Drew Endowed Scholarship, $3,000
  • Micah Klatt—Joe Kaplan Scholarship, $1,000
  • Tina Kolpakowski—Janette Drew Endowed Scholarship, $3,000
  • Gretchen Kraig-Turner—Robert Noyce Scholarship, $10,000
  • Fei Lathrop—Eleanor Hardt Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Teacher Education, $1,000; Sandy Kaplan Scholarship, $1,000
  • Anne Licurse—Helen Farrens Library/Media Scholarship, $5,400
  • Christine Maier—Helen Farrens Library/Media Scholarship, $6,000
  • Ali Maileh—Teach for Diversity Scholarship, $2,000
  • Patrizia Mastne—Oregon Laurels Graduate Scholarship, tuition remission
  • James Mayik—Marta and Ken Thrasher Scholarship, $3,000
  • Christine McCarty—Eleanor Hardt Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Teacher Education, $1,000
  • Liang Meng—GSE Scholarship, $1,000
  • Reagan Mergen—Janette Drew Endowed Scholarship, $3,000
  • Nathaniel Messer—GSE Scholarship, $1,000
  • Darcika Monroe—Teach for Diversity Scholarship, $2,000
  • Brandie Nelson—Joe Kaplan Scholarship, $1,000
  • Maria Ochoa—Ames Scholar, $5,000
  • Cara Olson-Sawyer—Norbert Gilles Endowed Scholarship, $500; Sheldon Maron Endowed Scholarship, $1,000
  • Cristina Osborn—Eleanor Hardt Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Teacher Education, $1,000
  • Jennifer Amanda Parrott—GSE Scholarship, $1,000
  • Nicole Perrin—GSE Scholarship, $1,000
  • Amanda Peterson—Michael and Marjorie Fiasca Endowed Scholarship, $1,000
  • Carol Polinsky—Janette Drew Endowed Scholarship, $3,000
  • Trisha Rhoades—Learning Disabilities Foundation of Oregon Scholarship, $2,910
  • Rosalia Rincon—Teach for Diversity Scholarship, $3,000
  • Amaury Sarmiento—Teach for Diversity Scholarship, $3,500
  • Brittany Schult—Jorgensen Family Endowed Scholarship, $1,500
  • Corey Sevigny—GSE Scholarship, $1,000
  • Tyler Shelden—Benenson Scholarship, $2,000; Teach for Diversity Scholarship, $1,500
  • Blake Shinn—Janette Drew Endowed Scholarship, $3,000
  • Elizabeth Sidebottom—Friends of the GSE Scholarship, $1,000; Marta and Ken Thrasher Scholarship, $1,000
  • Renee Sutter—Teach for Diversity Scholarship, $1,500
  • Jodie Thiel—Art Terry Scholarship, $500; GSE Scholarship, $1,000
  • Anna Trobaugh—Janette Drew Endowed Scholarship, $3,000
  • Katharine Tuepker—Barbara Ann Kisinger Scholarship for Elementary Education, $1,000
  • Thomas Van Cleave—Mary Kinnick PACE Scholarship, $1,000
  • Jennifer VanDuker—Oregon Laurels Graduate Scholarship, tuition remission
  • Lisa Venable—Eleanor Hardt Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Teacher Education, $1,000
  • David Walker Jr.—GSE Scholarship, $1,000
  • Haley Weiner—Teach for Diversity Scholarship, $1,500
  • Steven (Doug) White—Oregon Laurels Graduate Scholarship, tuition remission
  • Peter Yahnke—Janette Drew Endowed Scholarship, $3,000

External awards for GSE students

  • Elizabeth Linnman—Hispanic Chamber Scholarship, $2,000
  • Diana Collins—Hispanic Chamber Scholarship, $3,500

Promotion and tenure

Congratulations to this year’s faculty who earned promotions

Chris Borgmeier—associate professor in Special Education
Dr. Borgmeier works with teachers, school staff, and administrators to improve behavior management and discipline practices in schools. He is the co-chair of the Oregon Positive Behavior Support Network, which in collaboration with the Oregon Department of Education, is leading a statewide effort to show PBS in schools.

Ramin Farahmandpur—associate professor in Educational Leadership and Policy
Dr. Farahmandpur’s work examines how social, political, economic, and cultural forces shape and influence public education. His most recent book is Class, Ideology and Hegemony: Rethinking Marxist Educational Theory (2008).

Gayle Theiman—associate professor in Curriculum and Instruction
Dr. Theiman supervises preservice teachers as a cohort leader in a year-long teacher licensure program (GTEP), specializing in social studies methods and instruction and technolo

Thanks to our donors

GIFTS to the GSE 2008-2009.

The Graduate School of Education is grateful to all its generous supporters. The following lists alumni, faculty, staff, friends, associations, corporations and foundations that made gifts to the school from July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009.

Every effort was made to ensure accuracy. Please contact the Development Office at 503-725-4789 or email wiscars@pdx.edu with any updates.

Dean’s Circle, Platinum

  • Barbara and Gary Ames, Ames Family Foundation
  • Intel Corporation
  • David Sampsell
  • Partnership with Portland Schools Foundation and Comcast

Dean’s Circle, Gold

  • Anonymous
  • Ulrich Hardt and the Oregon Writing Festival
  • Learning Disabilities Foundation of Oregon

Dean’s Circle, Silver

  • Joseph Kaplan and Betsy Davenport
  • Metro
  • Marta and Ken Thrasher

Dean’s Circle, Bronze

  • Janine Allen and Ernest Ogard
  • Alexander Benenson
  • Roger and Jan Capps
  • David and Celia Capuzzi
  • Charles Clemans and Nancy Hungerford
  • Dubois Law Firm, LLC
  • Colin and Patricia Dunkeld
  • Randy and Lynn Hitz
  • Harold and Joan Jorgensen
  • Mary Kinnick and Mary Beth VanCleave
  • Frederick Miller and Karla Wenzel
  • Jane and Robert Morrow
  • Bruce and Nancy Samson
  • Richard and Joann Sonnen
  • Anna Mae and Michael W Tichy
  • Charles Tracy and Clarice Bailey
  • Marc Walters
  • David and Nolene Wheeler
  • Sandra Wiscarson

Builder

  • Amiguitos! Preschool
  • Louis and Darlene Balmer
  • Nancy Benson
  • Scott and Bridget Dawson
  • Alicia Denney
  • Robert and Shelley Everhart
  • Les and Nancy Fahey
  • Steve and Mary Brannan
  • Linda and Eugene Holt
  • Virginia and Arthur Kayser
  • Keith and Vivian Larson
  • Trina and Bradley Robertson
  • Patricia Schechter and Nicholas Fish
  • Joy Spalding in memory of Willard Spalding
  • David and Leann Tourzan
  • Jo Ann and Peter Wight

Connector

  • Roberta Badger-Cain in memory of Clem Lausberg
  • Gwendolyn Beals
  • Joshua Boverman
  • Robert and Teresa Clark
  • Marlene and Mark Cvetko
  • James Draznin and Lorely French
  • GBD Architects, Inc.
  • Thomas Hagen
  • Betty and Larry Hittle
  • Marilyn Hobbs
  • Mark and Ingeborg Holliday
  • Catherine Howard
  • Steven Kingsley
  • Susan Lenski
  • Cheryl and Hanoch Livneh
  • Gail Maron
  • Stephanie McBride
  • Sean and Ashlee McCusker
  • Kent and Kay Mulkins
  • Scott Mulkins
  • North by Northeast Community Health Center
  • Alden Peterson
  • Philip and Laura Pridmore-Brown
  • David Reese
  • Miriam Reshotko and Lee Gordon
  • Levonne Sedgwick
  • Joanne Shipley
  • Carol Stanfield
  • Richard and Joan Swee
  • Gayle and Donald Thieman
  • Lisa Walleri
  • Catherine Williams
  • Mary York
  • Madeleine and Daniel Zywicki

Supporter

  • Marilyn Adair
  • Jenny Alowa
  • Judy and James Arbogast
  • Benjamin and Paula Arthur
  • Linda Atiyeh Anderson and Rainse Anderson
  • Ruthann and James Audritsh
  • Sharon Baker
  • David and Judy Bassett
  • Anne Bayer-Tessler and Steven Tessler
  • Ken and Donna Bergmann
  • David Blessman
  • Ronald and LaRae Bogh
  • James Booth
  • Tony Bornstein
  • Colleen Bourassa
  • Lynn Boyd
  • Ann Bremer and Earl Molander
  • William Brown and Elizabeth Lewis
  • Robert Butler
  • Carolyn Carr in memory of Clem Lausberg
  • Laura Casey
  • Grear Casper
  • Lisa Caverly
  • Barbara Chesnover
  • Nancy Conover
  • Christine Cress
  • Anne Cunningham Carson and Gary Carson
  • William Custis
  • Beverlee and Stuart Cutler
  • Carol and Michael Daley
  • Shelby DePriest
  • Jeannine Douglas
  • Amy Driscoll
  • Darlene and Jerry Durgan
  • Betty Flick
  • Ann and E. Fredricks
  • Page Frisch
  • Trina and Dan Gardner
  • Elizabeth and Willis Gill
  • Alan and Monica Grinnell
  • Marsha and Michael Gustkey
  • Norman Gysbers
  • Hau Hagedorn
  • Mary Haile
  • John Heinitz and Ellen Day-Heinitz
  • Leah Hershey
  • Diane Hiegel-Bazler and Jack Blazler
  • Mary Holder
  • Stephen Isaacson
  • Dirk and Gayla Iwata-Reuyl
  • Mary Jackson
  • Ruth Jensen
  • Sukhwant Jhaj and Jasjeet Kaur
  • Andrew and Julie Job
  • Mary and Walter Junewick
  • Ellie and Dean Justice
  • Helen and Richard Keagle
  • Carolyn Kelly
  • Maureen Kenny
  • Mary Kinney
  • Kristin and Donald Klotter
  • Mary and David Krug
  • Jack and Susan Lane
  • Lynne and Clifford Lansdon
  • Justine Larson
  • Nina and Larry Lindstrom
  • Philip and Lori Long
  • Rebecca Macy and James Reynolds
  • Mary Maples
  • Lynn Mayer
  • Jane McGraw
  • Marilyn and Timothy McGuire
  • Doris and Robert McQueen
  • James Miller
  • Fran Moga
  • Roland Moore
  • Kathleen Muldoon and William Banaka
  • Leslie and Thomas Munson
  • Peggy and Robert Nitschke
  • Emma Nollette
  • Aina and Michael O’Malley
  • Amy O’Neill
  • Maurine and William Otos
  • Parent Child Preschools of Oregon
  • Gail Parnell
  • William Parnell
  • Sam Partovi
  • Britton Pietz
  • Beverly Pratt-Miller
  • James and Harriett Quinn
  • Leslie Rennie-Hill and Kenton Hill
  • Jose and Kathleen Romero
  • Harold and Anna Rosene
  • Barbara Ruben and Jeffery Hammarlund
  • Laurens and Judith Ruben
  • Susan and James Rustvold
  • Gary and Jean Salyers
  • Tom Sargent
  • Gerald and Margaret Scovil
  • Marion Sharp
  • Virginia Shipman and Richard Kaiser
  • Karen Shoen-Stenzel
  • Jeffrey Showell
  • Elisa and Earl Slee
  • Pati Sluys
  • Eva Southwell
  • Patricia and John Stanley
  • Paul Steger and Patricia Ferguson-Steger
  • Dannelle Stevens
  • Susan and Von Summers
  • Terri Theisen and Walter Williamson
  • Camille and Hank Tomlinson
  • David and Carol Turner
  • James Wells
  • Jerry and Lucille Wilkins
  • Dilafruz Williams
  • Trudy Williams
  • Christina and Reed Wilson
  • Maryann Wilson
  • Fred and Jane Wong
  • Helen and Creighton Young

Friend

  • Teresa and Bruce Abel
  • Lisa Abramovic
  • Kathleen Acre
  • Charles Adcock
  • Sharron Akins
  • Sharon Aldridge
  • Dorothy Alexander
  • Susan and John Alin
  • Kathleen Allen and Mark Gillispie
  • Kathleen and John Allen
  • Helen Alvarado
  • Terri and Walter Amacher
  • Pamela and Larry Amato
  • Lu Ann Anderson
  • Erin and Enrique Arias
  • Carol and Jerry Arnold
  • Patricia Arredondo
  • Jennifer Artman
  • Rhoda Ashley
  • Emre Atalay
  • Nicole Attalla
  • Judy and Michael Ayers
  • Barbara Bagg
  • Sharon and James Bailey
  • Janet Baillie
  • Merilee Bales
  • William Baney
  • Donna Barker
  • Robert Barricks
  • Charles Bauer
  • Cynthia and Bill Bauer
  • Karin Beagle
  • Linda Beardsley
  • Cheryl and George Beck
  • Judith and John Beck
  • Jon Bero
  • Teresa Bibby
  • James Bickford
  • Cindy and Gary Bidiman
  • Kathy Black
  • Shari and K. Blackburn
  • Susan Blacker
  • Rebecca Blumer
  • Jill and Fred Board
  • Anita and Curtis Boardman
  • Rose Bond
  • Alison Bostrom
  • Kathryn Bottler
  • Paula and Robert Bowlby
  • Lynette Brackenbury
  • Sherron Bredeen
  • Lonnie and June Breninger
  • Barbara Brent
  • Roberta Brice
  • Margie and Gerald Brickley
  • Carolyn and Buddy Brock
  • Larry Brown
  • James and Mary Ann Buck
  • George and Judy Buettner
  • Laura Burda
  • Philip and Robin Burgess
  • Norma and Edwin Burgstahler
  • Karen Burkhart
  • Erin Burns
  • Eleanor Burton
  • Rosario Cahill
  • Craig Calder
  • Sue and Donald Cannard
  • Dianne Capsouto
  • Paula Carder and John Schnabel
  • Betty Carrithers
  • Adela and Rafael Cartagena
  • Elizabeth Carter
  • Bonnie and Larry Cartwright
  • Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare Inc
  • Micki Caskey
  • John Castle
  • James Chellis
  • Shana Christman
  • Saori Clark
  • Janice Clarke-Reiter and Bruce Reiter
  • Brittaney Cocciolo
  • Judith Cochran
  • Anne Cockrell
  • Davene Cohen
  • Mary and Joel Cohen
  • Lara Colburn
  • Richard and Heide Cole
  • Mardene Collins
  • Nancy Combs
  • Beatrice and William Cook
  • Betty and James Cook
  • Sarah Cordell
  • Bernard Craig and Margaret Browning
  • Aimee Cuervo-Arango
  • Christine and Craig Cunningham
  • Roddy Daggett in memory of Clem Lausberg
  • Elaine Davis
  • Gloria Davis
  • Linda Davis
  • Shawn Davitt
  • Emily de la Cruz
  • James Deady
  • Tana and Thomas Dearborn
  • Tami Debord
  • Antonia Demas
  • Charlotte Denis
  • Paula Dennis
  • Margaret Dials
  • Patricia Doebele
  • Sue Doherty
  • Sandra and Robert Donis
  • Arirak Douangpanya
  • Nancy and Edward Dougherty
  • Karen Drum
  • Jean DuPere
  • Rhonda and Joseph Duran
  • Gary and Patricia Edelbrock
  • Kathryn and Garry Eisenzimmer
  • Gale Elkins
  • Vickie Ellig
  • Barbara Elliott
  • Felicity Elworthy
  • Miriam Emery
  • Dean and Marilyn Erickson
  • Mary Fahrer
  • Susan Fairchild
  • Lancelot Falcon
  • Maureen Farren-Sherman and David Sherman
  • Michael and Sherilyn Farris
  • Wendy and James Fenner
  • Lydia Fisher
  • Mary Foltz
  • Denise and Charles Foote
  • Carrie Forbish
  • Laurie and Roger Fosmark
  • Kathleen and John Franklin
  • Lawrence and Laurel Freeborg
  • William and Marlene Fuller
  • Linda Fund
  • Mary Garcia
  • Theresa Garcia
  • Deborah Reiersgaard and Chris Gaslin
  • Sandra Geiseman
  • Linda Gerber and Charles Christensen
  • Patricia and Arthur Gerlach
  • Barbara and Duane Gibson
  • Merry Gilbertson and Lawrence Frank
  • Stephan Gilchrist
  • Ralph and Cynthia Gilliam
  • Elizabeth and Larry Goble
  • Janet and Melvin Goldberg
  • Mary Golden
  • Yoshimi and Lawrence Golden
  • Laura Goodman and Jeff Fish
  • Sunny Graham
  • Kristin Grazer
  • Edward and Teresa Green
  • Scott Greer
  • Robert Gregory
  • Teri and Matt Griffin
  • Alicia Grimshaw
  • Elaine and Gordon Grose
  • Teresa Grove
  • Charlet Gunter
  • Marie and Charles Gunther
  • Alice and Gerald Guthrie
  • Mary Lou Gutierrez
  • Marjorie and Gilbert Gwilliam
  • Joanne Hace
  • Scott Hacke’ and Barbara Baudinat-Hacke’
  • Francis Haggerty-White
  • Rita and Charles Hale
  • Noah Hammarlund
  • Seymour Hanfling
  • Nancy and Randolph Hansell
  • Tad Hansen
  • Kathleen Hanson
  • Nancy Harden
  • Elaine Hartzog
  • Nicole Harwood
  • Hans Hawley
  • Joanne and David Haynes
  • Lynne and Robert Heath
  • Mary and Joseph Henderson
  • Samuel and Ana Maria Henry
  • Robert and Cora Henshaw
  • Lucille Herman
  • Kathleen Hess
  • Kathryn Hibbard
  • Camela Hicks-Alexander
  • Peter and Katherine Hinds
  • Andra Hollenbeck
  • Catherine and Jack Holmes
  • Margaret and Alton Hooten
  • Julia and Michael Horn
  • Violet Huber
  • Julie Huckestein
  • Nancy and Donald Humphries
  • Kathryn Hunt
  • Clifford Hunter and Cheri Wasco
  • John Huntsberger
  • Shirley and William Huyette
  • Donald Iverson
  • Linda Jager
  • Diana and James Jenness
  • Anne Jensch
  • Alma and Marvin Johnson
  • Joe Johnson
  • Joyce Johnson
  • Rick Johnson
  • Deborah and Bryan Jonathan
  • Sharon and Alan Jones
  • Jean and Richard Josephson
  • Rose Jungkind
  • Ariana and Hakim Kaci
  • Michael Keith
  • Daniel and Kathryn Kelleher
  • Patricia Kenney-Moore
  • Barbara Kessinger
  • Mary Kilmer
  • Dae Kim
  • Linea King
  • Pamela Kirkaldie
  • Amanda Kissinger
  • Iris and Russell Kissir
  • Zelda and Joe Kittel
  • Virginia and Gilbert Kleweno
  • Brenda Koehler
  • Alice Koenig
  • Alice Koger
  • George Konzek
  • Michael Kornegay and Diane Gilbert
  • Sally Kronewitter
  • Annielaurie and Jason Kutch
  • Katherine and William Lamb
  • Yomaira Lampi
  • Frances and Richard Lancefield
  • Ellen and J. Russell Langwig
  • Florence Later
  • Helen Lawrence
  • Cathy Layton
  • Annette LeGrove
  • John Lehning
  • Arnold and Claudia Leppert
  • Maria Leslie
  • Dennis Lewman and Kaoru Arai
  • Joan Liapes
  • Andrew Lillie
  • David and Carolyn Lindsey
  • Richard and Marie Little
  • Ronald and Loraina Little
  • Leslie Lohman
  • Britt-Mari Lord
  • Sonia Lugo-Estrada
  • Sandra Lynn
  • Judith and Wayne Macktinger
  • Michelle Mallory
  • Roxanne Malter
  • Nancie Mann
  • Stanley Mar
  • Doris and Steven Marks
  • Christy Marshall
  • Koren and Donald Marthaller
  • Kara Martin
  • Karla Martin and Gary Dexter
  • Rebecca Martin
  • Valerie and Gregory Martin
  • Barbara and Thomas McAllister
  • Shannon McCarl
  • Pamela McComas and William Harrison
  • Jon McCormick and Lucrezia Funghini
  • Cheryl and James McGrew
  • Katherine and Dale McGriff
  • Michelle McIlvoy
  • Roberta and Frank McKay
  • Krista McKillip
  • Heather McLane
  • Robert McQuillen
  • Carol and Ronald Means
  • John Mears
  • Peter Meiers
  • Kesia Micheletti
  • Deborah Miller-Allen
  • Lois Miller
  • Virginia Milne
  • George and Victoria Minor
  • Marianne Mitchell
  • John and Pamela Mollahan
  • A. Monroe
  • John and Maureen Moore
  • Sherrill and Charles Moore
  • Delissa Morelli
  • Betty and Dean Morrison
  • Matthew Morscheck
  • Jolene Mortimore
  • Antoinette and James Mountain
  • Kevin Muir
  • Swapna Mukhopadhyay
  • Nancy and Santiago Muniz
  • Hazel and Wallace Murdock
  • Chris Murray
  • Kyle Nagelmann
  • Leanne Neal
  • Vicki and David Nebel
  • Patricia and Clark Nelson
  • Sonia Nelson
  • Susan and Ralph Nelson
  • Harry Newton
  • Paula and John Noah
  • Catherine Normile
  • Cynthia Nottingham
  • Michael and Laura Nystul
  • Marie and Robert Oberg
  • Barbara O’Brien
  • Elizabeth and David Ohta
  • Elizabeth Oldham
  • Gea Overaas
  • Gerry Owens
  • Helen Parent
  • Rene Pearson
  • Dale-Elizabeth and Robert Pehrsson
  • Theresa and Pat Peick
  • Barbara and Bill Pennell
  • Stephanie Perkins
  • Lynne Phelps
  • Kimberly Pillon
  • Janis Pinkard
  • George and Suzette Polas
  • Karen and Ralph Powell
  • Jeffrey Powers and Jill Nave
  • Patricia Price
  • Ruby and Dale Price
  • Karen and Gary Prince
  • David Pulliam
  • David and Theresa Qualheim
  • Lory Quam and Leona Barnett
  • Helen and Luis Quirino
  • Paul Rager and Alba Enriquez-Rager
  • Aaron Ramsey
  • Carol Reese
  • Reflections and Assoc. Inc.
  • Noreen Regan
  • Mary Reid
  • Kenneth and Diane Reiner
  • Esther and E. Reschke
  • Daneal Richards
  • Doreen Richards
  • Joan Richardson
  • Geoffrey Richman
  • Nathan and Cheryl Riffle
  • Eleanor Ritter
  • Cindy and Douglas Robertson
  • Kal Robertson
  • Vicki and John Robertson
  • Marilyn and Kenneth Robinson
  • Elinore and James Rogers
  • Marlene and Richard Rogers
  • Thomas Roidt
  • Jane Rondthaler
  • Gilbert and Beth Rossing
  • Jill Rowe
  • Cheryl Rudarmel
  • Steven and Kathi Saari
  • Shamu Sadeh
  • Mary Salberg
  • Jenny Salm
  • Kathryn Samsom
  • Judith Saxton
  • Mary Scarpelli
  • Patricia Schatz
  • Gail Schiel
  • Patricia Schmidt
  • Jennifer and Karl Schulz
  • Jean Scott
  • Nathaniel Scott
  • Patricia Scott
  • Anthony Scribner
  • Kay and Gregg Seiler
  • Susan and Eugene Severson
  • Karey Shawe
  • Donald Sheets
  • Peggy Shivers
  • Cheryl Shockey
  • Phanny Shorey
  • Sarah and Roberto Silva
  • Wanda and Morris Silverman
  • Beverly and Gary Simpson
  • Phil Simpson
  • Timothy Smart
  • Alison Smith
  • Barbara Smith
  • Charles Smith
  • Francine and Joe Smith
  • Genevieve and Harold Smith
  • Julie Smith
  • Mary and Gene Smith
  • Roberta and Mark Smith
  • Rosalee Smith
  • Timothy and Paula Smith
  • David Snyder
  • Angela Soderberg
  • Bradley Somers
  • Roselle Soriano
  • Karen Southard
  • Jill Spaulding
  • Timothy and Kim Spaulding
  • Kevin and Margaret Spooner
  • Jan and Larry Stennick
  • Karen Sterling
  • Meagan Sternberg
  • Rosalie Steuck
  • Janet Stinson
  • Patricia Stoddard
  • Juliette Stoering
  • Stephanie Stokamer
  • Marjorie Street
  • Kathryn and James Stromvig
  • Thomas and Windi Struck
  • Roberta Stubbs
  • Charles Stuckey
  • Ida and William Sugahiro
  • Caroline and Michael Sullivan
  • Georgine and Fred Sullivan
  • Justine Sutton
  • Deve Swaim
  • Amy Swanson
  • Craig and Lisa Switalla
  • Ann Tabshy
  • Phillis Temple
  • Douglas TenEyck
  • Diane and Michael Tevlin
  • Robin Thomas
  • Vicki Thomas
  • Debra Toliver-Nash
  • Dennis and Susan Tong
  • Susan Torrence and Michael Klueh
  • Clifford Townsend
  • Joyce Trull
  • Judy Tumbleson
  • Gail Turney
  • Jocelyn and Thomas Tuthill
  • John and Marilyn Ubik
  • David Underhill
  • Marlene Underwood
  • George Vance
  • Amy Veltman
  • Joanne Vickery
  • Stephanie Wahab
  • Zachary and Jennifer Wallace
  • Nancy and David Ward
  • Juanita Waters
  • Jonah Weaver
  • Ellen and Eric Weeks
  • Kathleen and Robert Weigant
  • Delia and John Weinheimer
  • Ann and Stephen Weisensee
  • Gary and Barbara Welander
  • Charlotte Wells and Doug Kaiser
  • Jacqueline Wessel
  • Western States Chiropractic College
  • Elaine and Denny Westover
  • Laura West-Thomas and Robert Vanderpool
  • Kenneth and Heidi Wharton
  • James White
  • Jennifer White
  • Mary White
  • Pamela White
  • Barbara Wiegele
  • Marilyn Wiley
  • Katie and Jeremiah Wilgus
  • Joy and William Williams
  • Sandra and Ron Williams
  • Margaret and David Willis
  • Mark Wilson
  • Diane Wohl
  • Gregory Wolleck
  • LaVonne Wood Treat
  • Pamela Woodruff and Richard Graf
  • Robert Wubbolding
  • Mary Wurm

In-kind donations to the GSE

  • Leslie Munson
  • Sandra Wilde

In-kind donations to the Helen Gordon Child Development Center Auction

  • Gary Albright
  • Amrita: A Sanctuary for Yoga
  • Annie Bloom Books
  • Annie Pan
  • The Arrangement
  • Artists Repertory Theatre
  • Bike Gallery
  • Michelle Black
  • Blue Sky Wellness Studio
  • Blush Beauty Bar
  • Tony Bornstein & Robyn Gregory
  • Alan Cabelly
  • Campbell Salgado Studio
  • Karen Cellarius
  • Christine Chaille
  • Chefz Table
  • Close Knit
  • Dan’s Guide Service
  • Catherine de Rivera & Chris Bell
  • Decanterberry Tales
  • Dolce! for Kids
  • Tom and Laurie Dornan
  • Eleni’s Philoxenia
  • Enchanted Forest
  • Evergreen Curling Club
  • Lynette Feder
  • Finnegan’s Toys and Gifts
  • Foot Traffic
  • Alyssa Gasca
  • Chris and Deborah Gaslin
  • Georgie’s Ceramic & Clay
  • Gino’s Restaurant & Bar
  • Kristin Girard
  • Goose Hollow Inn
  • Grand Central Baking Company
  • Lynn Green
  • Green Seams
  • Hardwear By Renee
  • Roll Hardy
  • Hawthorne Fish House
  • Higgins Restaurant and Bar
  • Judy Hill
  • Hilton Portland & Executive Tower
  • Hollywood Burger Bar
  • Hollywood Dance
  • The Hollywood Theatre
  • Hotel Monaco
  • Paul Iwata
  • Jack West
  • Alison Justice
  • Ellie and Dean Justice
  • John L. Kashiwabara
  • Lissa Kaufman
  • Sybil & Craig Kelley
  • Ebru Korbek-Erdogmus
  • La Bottega  Di Mamma Ro`
  • Laurelwood NW Public House
  • Lutra Press
  • Magnum Opus
  • Mama Mia Trattoria
  • Christy and Scott Marshall
  • Jessie Martin
  • Maryhill Museum of Art
  • McMenamin’s Grand Lodge
  • The Meadow
  • Jana and Travis Meinhold
  • Jennifer Mercede
  • Mimosa Studios
  • Mount Hood Railroad
  • Erin & Scott Mulkins
  • Music Millennium
  • Emma and Trevor Nollette
  • Northwest Children’s Theater and School
  • Old Wives’ Tale
  • Oregon Children’s Theater
  • Oregon Coast Aquarium
  • The Oregon Historical Society
  • Oregon Shakespeare Festival
  • OSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Oregon Zoo
  • Origin Flowers & Gifts
  • Linnea Osterberg, Photographer
  • Paloma Clothing
  • Pastini Pastaria
  • Petite Provence Boulangerie & Patisserie
  • Kimberly Pillon
  • Pink Martini
  • Pittock Mansion
  • Pix Patisserie
  • Plover Organic
  • Por Que No? Taqueria
  • Portland Beavers and Portland Timbers
  • The Portland Ballet, Academy & Youth Company
  • Portland Children’s Museum
  • Portland Classical Chinese Garden
  • Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra
  • Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront
  • Portland Nursery
  • Portland Rock Gym
  • Portland Spirit
  • Portland Youth Philharmonic Association
  • PSU Alumni Association
  • PSU Architecture & Art Students
  • PSU Athletic Department & PSU Bookstore
  • PSU Campus Recreation
  • PSU Department of Music
  • PSU Outdoor Program
  • PSU Student Legal & Mediation Services.
  • PSU Transportation and Parking Services
  • PSU Women’s Resource Center
  • Pulse Salon
  • Laura & Chuck Radosta
  • Red Star Tavern
  • Redtail Golf Center
  • Roux
  • Carol and Tom Sargent
  • Mayumi Sekigawa
  • Matt Shaw
  • Shellie Bailey-Shah
  • Si Senor
  • Signature Imports
  • The Simmons Family
  • Nan Siringer
  • Soul Purpose
  • Southwest Community Center
  • Sky & Itzel Spehar
  • Julie Staker
  • Robert and Barre Stoll
  • Strohecker’s Market
  • Studio Blue
  • Doug and Barbara Swanson
  • Thinker Toys
  • The Title Wave Used Bookstore
  • Dr. Laura Torgerson, ND
  • Twenty-Four Seven
  • Universal Energy
  • Westside Dance and Gymnastics Academy
  • Widmer Brothers Brewing Co.
  • Dena Wilder
  • Yoga Pearl
  • Zipcar

News and notes
Gayle Theiman steps down as president of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), the nation’s largest professional organization for social studies educators. Dr. Theiman has served since 2007.
Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP) alumna Daphne Bussey (’06) recently toured campus with her third-grade class from Rosa Parks Elementary. The purpose of the trip was to encourage children to visualize themselves on a college campus. Ms. Bussey has been recognized by the Portland Trail Blazers during Black History Month and is featured in local television spots for the KGW School Supply Drive.

Books published

Caskey, M. M. (Ed.) (2009). Middle level education research annual: Connecting with parents and families. Westerville, OH: National Middle School Association.
Farahmandpur, R. (2008). Class, ideology, and hegemony: Rethinking Marxist Educational Theory. Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Publishing House.
Johnson, R. (2009). Reclaiming your real self: A psychological and spiritual integration. North Charleston, SC: BookSurge Publishing.
Greer, B., Mulkhopadhayay, S., Powell, A., & Nelson-Barber, S. (2009). Culturally responsive mathematics education.
Stevens, D. D. & Cooper, J. E. (2009). Journal keeping: How to use reflective writing for learning, teaching, professional insight and positive change. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publications.
Vershaffel, L., Van Dooren, W., Greer, B., & Mukhopadhyay, S. (2009). Words and worlds: Modelling verbal descriptions of situations. Rotterndam, the Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

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