PSU Length of Service awards 2017

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

On Tuesday, March 7, 2017, PSU honored faculty and staff who reached a length of service milestone in 2016. PSU employees were honored for 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, and remarkably, 45 years of service to the university. Five GSE employees were recognized for 20, 25, and 30 years of continuous employment. Congratulations to the following Graduate School of Education members:

20 years

  • Teresa Loveland, Coordinator, Special and Counselor Education

25 years

  • Jennifer Artman, Helen Gordon Child Development Center
  • Christine Chaillé, Emerita Faculty, Curriculum and Instruction Department
  • Mark Mentzer, Registration Coordinator, Continuing Education

30 years

  • Carol L. Mack, Professor, Curriculum and Instruction Department, former GSE associate dean, former vice provost for academic personnel and leadership development

Please join us in acknowledging our fellow colleagues for their significant achievement and contribution to the Graduate School of Education and Portland State University.

PSU graduate student coaches David Douglas mock trial team

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

On March 4, a dozen teams of high school students competed in a regional Mock Trial competition in the Clackamas County Courthouse. Joseph Cornett, a PSU graduate student in the Secondary Dual Educator Program (SDEP) led the David Douglas High School (DDHS) team of eight. It is the first time in 10 years that DDHS has fielded a team.

Mock Trial is a competitive academic activity that puts two teams up against one another in arguing an authentic legal case. The Classroom Law Project developed the Mock Trial Competition to promote civic engagement and legal education throughout the state of Oregon.

In Mock Trial competition, there are three rounds. Teams are assigned to defend or prosecute cases they have previously studied, but until they begin, they do not know which side they will argue. Students must be familiar with and carefully follow court procedures. They learn to address the judge, how and when to object to questions, and what attorneys from each side are expected to know and do. Students get a dose of real-world public speaking practice and a positive courthouse experience. The “jury” is comprised of volunteer judges who tally scores.

Coach Cornett is in his second year of SDEP in the Graduate School of Education. Graduates of this program earn a teaching license and master’s degree in special education and a content area, in this case, social studies. Cornett will be qualified to teach social studies in middle and high school and able to work successfully with students from a variety of ability levels in his classroom. SDEP is unique to PSU and one of only a few such programs in the country. Dual-licensed teachers are in high demand in school districts because many schools are looking for flexibility in their workforce. Continue reading

GSE faculty member John Nimmo generates global early childhood documentary

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

What is a right? What rights do children have in their schools, families and communities? And most importantly, What are the rights young children believe they should have in order to reach their full potential and participate in their community? These are the questions early childhood Professor John Nimmo pondered as he embarked on a film project entitled “Voices of Children,” for the World Forum Foundation (WFF).

John Nimmo, assistant professor in the Curriculum and Instruction Department, is working with a team of multinational educators to discover the central values of our youngest global citizens –ages birth to eight years old. He is a member of the Working Initiative on Children’s Rights, for the WFF, an international consortium of educators working to improve the lives of young children around the world.

Nimmo’s global committee of early childhood educators and videographers sought to establish the voice of children in a documentary that would help adults understand the point of view of children. The group wondered what children actually knew about their rights. How did they feel about their place in society? And what was truly important to them?

For Nimmo, it was a unique chance to work with early childhood professionals from around the world. “What would it look like for videographers and social scientists from Brazil to come together with educators from the United States and Singapore and come to India and think about not only how we listen and how we speak about rights but also how we document them and make them visible?” said Nimmo, who has spent 30+ years working in early childhood education in multiple countries and cultures. “In the process, our goal was to unpack the typically Western and individualistic concept of rights and develop a more complex and culturally inclusive understanding.” Continue reading

GSE counseling student receives national fellowship

marie-mcmahonPSU student Marie McMahon is the recipient of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Minority Fellowship. She is in the Clinical Mental Health program in the GSE and also working toward the GSE Certificate in Trauma-Informed Therapy. The NBCC award covers a substantial portion of her graduate-level tuition at PSU.

“We are all very proud of Marie’s efforts and thankful she is part of our program,” said Assistant Professor Joel Lane, who teaches in the program. “Marie has a creative spirit and an interest in using art as a therapeutic tool, which I think will be very powerful in her work with underserved transition-aged youth.” Continue reading

PSU alumnus Brent Belveal named Outstanding Administrator

brent-belvealCongratulations to South Albany Principal Brent Belveal, CAL ’12, who is the Oregon Music Educators Association (OMEA) Outstanding Administrator of the Year. Belveal was honored at the OMEA annual conference in Eugene, January 12.

In April 2015, an arsonist set fire to South Albany’s music rooms and cafeteria, destroying band instruments, choral music, and kitchen equipment. One year and $15 million dollars later, that portion of the school has reopened. Belveal was nominated by his music teachers for working tirelessly with the insurance company, collecting donations, and managing construction to get the best possible results for students.

OMEA is a nonprofit association that serves music students and music educators in the state of Oregon.

READ MORE

GSE hires Gabe Hunter-Bernstein to lead partnership work

gabe-hunter-bernstein-smallGabe Hunter-Bernstein is the new GSE school partnership director. This position in the GSE was developed to facilitate partnerships with schools and districts to enable our teacher candidates to have the best possible clinical experiences in K–12 schools.

Hunter-Bernstein has had a close relationship with the GSE since 2003. As the director of education programs at PCC, he partnered with the Portland Teachers Program and the Bilingual Teacher Pathway program, and ran a center for aspiring teacher education students. These programs serve as incubators to GSE graduate education programs.

“Gabe has a solid reputation in the metro area due to his successful initiatives, thoughtful leadership style, and collaborative approach to partnership work,” said the GSE Associate Dean Micki Caskey. “We are delighted that Gabe has joined the GSE!”

Continue reading