Storyline methodology frames teacher assessment

Curriculum and Instruction faculty member Olivia Murray will present a new approach to a state-required teacher performance assessment at the International Storyline Conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia, this summer. Her trip is supported with a grant from the GSE that is focused on innovative assessment projects.


Murray has taken a lead role in implementing the new state-mandated teacher performance assessment, EdTPA, in Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP). She has adapted the Scottish Storyline method as a way of teaching and modeling planning, instruction, assessment, and reflection to develop teacher candidates’ knowledge and skills.

Murray is the instructor for a yearlong course in the GTEP elementary program called Instructional Design and Assessment where teacher candidates learn how to design curricula, apply instructional strategies, and assess and evaluate student learning. Using the Scottish Storyline method, the candidates engage in learning content in context, and then by unpacking their experience, they learn how to create fun and engaging learning for P12 students.

The EdTPA was adopted by Oregon in 2015 and is used by 27 other states as a way to measure teacher candidate readiness. Murray selected Storyline to model and frame edTPA components for her candidates within an authentic context. Storyline is a structured curricular approach, which asserts that learning, to be meaningful, has to be memorable. Thus, Murray uses candidates’ enthusiasm for story-making to acquire and practice unit and lesson design, identify academic language demands and corresponding instructional supports, and create/augment assessments to measure student learning. Her utilization of this hands-on method of collaboratively creating a context (i.e., setting and characters) and scenarios (i.e., the plot) elicits creative exploration by candidates who direct their own learning.

GSE faculty honored at PSU length of service awards

Will Parnell & Ellie JusticePSU faculty and staff gathered in the Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom last week for the annual Length of Service Awards. Honorees included employees from across the campus who have been with PSU for 20 or more years; one received an award for 45 years of service. Among the 69 individuals recognized were two individuals from the GSE, Will Parnell and Ellie Justice. Both have been involved in the Helen Gordon Child Development Center (HGCDC). Parnell, who has served PSU for 20 years, was the pedagogical director and now chairs the Curriculum and Instruction Department. Justice is the director of HGCDC and has worked at PSU for 30 years. We are exceptionally proud of their service.

GSE Counselor Education program earns extended accreditation

The Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) has awarded accreditation to the GSE’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling master’s degree programs. The accreditation extends through March 31, 2024.


“This is wonderful news for our school,” said Dean Marvin Lynn. “We are proud of this department and all the efforts of our faculty and administration who continually uphold the highest standards of equity-based research, teaching, and practice. I am particularly thankful for Tina Anctil, who led this effort.”

These programs join the GSE’s School Counseling program and the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program, which is jointly accredited as a Clinical Mental Health Program. The Rehabilitation Counseling is also ranked 18th in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

The GSE’s Counselor Education programs are some of the most sought-after programs in the school. Many GSE Counselor Education graduates go on to successful careers in private practice, community mental health and hospital settings, government agencies, veterans services, and in higher education.

PSU Graduate School of Education announces new Chief Fiscal Officer

img_staff_kathymartinInterim Chief Fiscal Officer (CFO) Kathleen Martin was named to the position in the Graduate School of Education permanently in January of 2018. She is a graduate of PSU’s School of Business Administration, with a bachelor of science degree concentrated in finance/law. Prior to joining the GSE, Martin served in PSU’s College of Liberals Arts and Sciences as a fiscal officer and as the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Environmental Science and Management Department’s finance and administrative manager.

Martin is an accomplished financial director who has contributed to the success of organizations of varying sizes in the private and public sectors. Before returning to PSU in 2015, she spent a decade in private higher educational services, six of those years at the CFO level.

Martin succeeded K.C. Hall, who took a position at Marylhurst University last year.

Dean’s Fund will move Preschool for All initiative forward

City/county models of culturally responsive preschools: Community-informed equity investments

Assistant Professor of Practice Ingrid Anderson has two goals: make affordable preschool available for all of Multnomah County and ensure that families experience preschools that are free from racism, bias, and discrimination.

In October 2017, Anderson, who supports the work of PSU’s interdisciplinary Early Childhood Council, co-convened stakeholders in an event to discuss interest in supporting affordable preschool for all Multnomah County children, ages 3 to 5 years old. Over 200 attendees participated in the day-long symposium that drew officials from state and county agencies. They were overwhelmingly in favor of moving forward.

The Dean’s Fund for Excellence provided Anderson and GSE partners with key start-up funding to begin exploring the project. She will engage resources in a survey of large cities like Denver, San Francisco, and Seattle that already have universal preschool programs in place. Once data is collected, her team will analyze it to discover common successful patterns, conduct a literature review, and write a white paper focused on city and county models of culturally responsive preschools working to support community-informed equity investments. Continue reading

Assistant Professor Dan Heiman honored for dissertation

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) has recognized a dissertation by GSE Assistant Professor of Practice Dan Heiman with its 2018 Outstanding Dissertation Award in the AERA Bilingual Education Research Special Interest Group.

Heiman has a PhD from the University of Texas, Austin, where he specialized in bilingual and bicultural education in the Department of Mexican American and Latin Studies. His dissertation title is Two-Way Immersion, Gentrification, and Critical pedagogy: Teaching Against the Neoliberal Logic.

This is Heiman’s first year at PSU, where he is an instructor in the ESOL/Bilingual Endorsement Program and a cohort leader of the Bilingual Teacher Pathway program (BTP) in the Curriculum and Instruction Department. His research focus is on critical, equitable, and hopeful processes in dual-language contexts and preparing and working with future bilingual teachers around those processes.

Previously, Heiman was a bilingual teacher in El Paso, Texas, and a teacher educator at the University of Veracruz (Mexico).

AERA has invited Heiman to present his research at the 2018 Annual AERA meeting in New York this April.