National think tank highlights GSE/PPS partnership to build a bilingual teacher pipeline

In May 2017, Amaya Garcia reached out to the leadership of the Portland Public Schools and PSU Dual Language Teacher Partnership. In her role as senior researcher at New America—a relatively young public policy think tank, Garcia was interested in learning more about the PPS-PSU partnership. Her goal was to gather first-hand accounts about the partnership and the program that is dedicated to preparing dual language and world language teachers. Her interviews with the leaders of the PPS and PSU Dual Language Teacher Partnership led to the development of the report, The Portland Public Schools and Portland State University Dual Language Teacher Partnership. The report is the second in a series of papers that examines innovative approaches to bilingual teacher preparation across the nation.

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Grant raises math scores in East Multnomah County

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EaMML leadership team (left to right): Nicole Rigelman (PSU), Amy McQueen (DDSD), Karen Prigodich (CSD), Paul Latiolais (PSU), Chandra Lewis (RMC), Jackie Cooke (MESDD), Steve Vancil (DDSD), and Roxanne Malter (MESD).

PSU faculty member Nicole Rigelman, Curriculum and Instruction, and Amy McQueen, David Douglas School District (DDSD) math specialist, have completed a three-year, $1 million project to improve mathematics education in East Multnomah County. The East Metro Mathematics Leadership Project (EaMML) began in 2014 with a grant from the ODE. Both David Douglas and Centennial School Districts saw significant gains in participating students’ math test scores on Smarter Balanced Tests over the three-year period.

The grant has increased the capacity of over 70 K-12 teachers in DDSD and Centennial School Districts (CSD) to more effectively teach math. Both teachers and students were assessed before, during, and at the end of the project. Students were scored using the Smarter Balanced Assessments. The results were on average 34 points higher for EaMML Teachers’ students than those of their peers. Teachers were assessed using a tool from the University of Michigan called Learning Math for Teaching, and their pedagogical knowledge and skills with the Instructional Quality Assessment. Both measures demonstrated significant increases. Continue reading

Welcome to our new faculty for the 2017–18 academic year

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Javier F. Casado Pérez, PhD, NCC, is an assistant professor in the Counselor Education Department, specializing in marital, couples, and family counseling. He earned his MS in mental health counseling, with a specialization in marriage and family counseling, from Monmouth University and his PhD in counselor education and supervision from the Pennsylvania State University. Casado Pérez has been actively involved with equity work in higher education and professional counseling and has maintained a diverse counseling practice in crisis, therapeutic foster home, court-mandated, and university settings. His focus is on minoritized faculty success and change making in academia, mental health justice and equity, and the effects of sociopolitical activism on family and couples relationships.​

Kelly Deits Cutler, MA, is an assistant professor of practice in the Curriculum and Instruction Department and a co-coordinator of the Bilingual Teacher Pathway (BTP) Program. She is also an elementary Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP) cohort leader. She has an MA in curriculum and instruction, an added elementary endorsement, and licenses in special education teaching and educational leadership, all from PSU. Her BS is in sociology from the University of Montana. Her focus is on critical literacy, multicultural and antiracist curriculum, and empowerment of teachers and teacher educators in developing social justice–focused curriculum.

Dan Heiman, PhD, is an assistant professor of practice and 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 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). He attained his PhD in curriculum and instruction in 2017, with a specialty in bilingual/bicultural education, from the University of Texas at Austin.

Torrey Kulow, PhD, is an assistant professor and cohort leader in the Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP), specializing in secondary mathematics education. Her focus is on understanding teacher candidate learning in field placement and supporting teachers in teaching mathematics for social justice. Kulow taught middle school mathematics in Massachusetts prior to getting her master’s degree and PhD in curriculum and instruction (in the area of mathematics education) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Prior to working at Portland State University, she was a postdoctoral researcher on the Investigating Proportional Relationships from Two Perspectives (InPReP2) project funded by the National Science Foundation.

Tania McKey, PhD, is an assistant professor and a member of the Educational Leadership and Policy faculty, teaching in the Initial Administrator Licensure (IAL) program. She is a former urban school instructional leader who has worked in Minnesota, Texas, Indiana, and Alabama. McKey spent over 20 years in K–12 public education as, at different times, a teacher, international baccalaureate coordinator, assistant principal and principal, Title 1 coordinator, and director of federal programs. She volunteers for the International Baccalaureate Organizations as a workshop facilitator, site visit leader, and consultant. Her research interests include urban principal preparation, implementation of STEM K–12, green schools, and whole school sustainability.

Amy Parker, EdD, COMS, is an assistant professor and the coordinator of the Orientation and Mobility Program in the Special Education Department. In 2009 she completed her doctorate in special education, with an emphasis in deafblindness and a certification in orientation and mobility, through a leadership and enrichment fellowship funded by the Office of Special Education. Using participatory methodologies with community stakeholders, she has worked to design accessible multimedia learning modules for national technical assistance and personnel preparation. Her research interests include orientation and mobility for individuals with complex disabilities, communication interventions, participatory action research with people with disabilities and their families, and community-based partnerships to create social change.

Ramona Roberts, MS, LPC, NCC, is the director of the PSU Community Counseling Clinic. Roberts holds a master’s degree in counseling from PSU and specializes in couples, marriage, and family counseling. She has completed advanced training in multiple couples counseling modalities and specializes in adults in conflict. She is a licensed professional counselor, an Oregon-approved counselor supervisor, and a nationally certified counselor. Roberts also maintains an active private practice that includes both counseling and counselor supervision.

Molly Baustien Siuty, PhD, is an assistant professor of inclusive teacher education in the Curriculum and Instruction Department. She is also a cohort leader in the Secondary Dual Educator Program (SDEP). She received her doctoral degree in special education from the University of Kansas. Siuty’s research focuses on critical and intersectional approaches to inclusive teacher preparation. In her work, she explores the ways in which inclusive teacher preparation can be a tool for disrupting dominant ideologies that construct “normalcy” in urban school systems. Prior to pursuing her graduate studies, she taught special education in New York City.

Elliot Witherspoon, MS, LPC, is an assistant professor of practice in the Counselor Education Department. She holds a master of science in counseling from PSU, with an emphasis on school counseling and marriage and family therapy. She has worked in Portland-area schools, focusing on human development, education, and the systems surrounding marginalized communities. Witherspoon has held a private practice specializing in working with families in life transitions, LGBTQ youth, practical applications of experiential counseling, and trauma-informed international relief, while integrating mindfulness and movement into accessible mental health care.


GSE Dean’s Office Awards support key projects

The GSE Dean’s Office Awards provide financing, at the dean’s discretion, to support special projects aligned with GSE goals and priorities. Each year, GSE faculty and staff submit proposals to address student success, equity, scholarship, and a variety of efforts that advance their work, yet fall outside of the regular budgeting process. The following highlights some of the excellent work GSE faculty and staff are advancing, and illustrates why the GSE is a leader across the state in teacher and counselor preparation.

“We have outstanding faculty and staff who are engaged in important efforts to transform our community in significant ways. It is my absolute pleasure to continue to support the work of our colleagues through Dean’s Office Awards.”
-Dean Marvin Lynn

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Governor signs $51M bill for new GSE building

New GSE building site

The State Legislature has approved $51 million in bonds to fund an education and health center that will house city offices and Portland’s three largest public colleges on Portland State University’s downtown campus. Gov. Kate Brown signed the bill August 16, to officially begin the multi-school project.

The $100-million building will be home to the PSU Graduate School of Education, the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, the Portland Community College dental programs and a City of Portland bureau that is yet to be determined. Lawmakers’ approval of state bonds completes the building’s funding package with the rest of the amount coming from all four partners and philanthrophy.

Located at Southwest Fourth Avenue and Montgomery Street, the building will be the first time all three campuses and the city share one space. At 200,000 square feet and nine stories tall, the building will have classrooms, a dental clinic, and low-cost mental health services for the public, along with ground-floor retail and restaurants. It is expected to open in 2020 and be one of the largest academic buildings on PSU’s main campus. Construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2018.

“This is the first time our city’s three public institutions of higher education have been together in one building, and it will improve our system of higher education,” Mayor Ted Wheeler has said.

Marvin Lynn, Dean of the Graduate School of Education said: “This state-of-the-art facility will offer many exciting opportunities for cross-departmental and inter-institutional collaborations that will further bolster the GSE faculty’s strong teaching and research activities. I am grateful to former GSE dean, Randy Hitz, who worked tirelessly on establishing a new home for the school. I am also deeply grateful to state and university leaders for acknowledging our work with this tremendous investment.”

David Bangsberg, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health dean said: “The support of the Legislature, Gov. Kate Brown and the community serves as inspiration for the ongoing health and education of all Oregonians.”


Dr. Tina Anctil to serve as the new GSE associate dean

Dr. Tina Anctil has been selected to serve as the new GSE associate dean, effective August 1, 2017.

Anctil began at PSU in 2008. She holds a PhD in rehabilitation psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and is credentialed as a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and a clinical rehabilitation counselor (CRC). She is the current chair of the Counselor Education Department and until this year coordinated the Rehabilitation Counseling Specialization for PSU that is named one of the top rehabilitation programs in the country by US News and World Report. Continue reading