GSE proudly represented at annual PSU diversity awards

2017 Diversity Award recipients (left to right): Judy Bluehorse Skelton, Aslihan Alkurt, Samuel Henry, Ebony Oldham, and Tara Cooper. Not pictured, Virginia Luka.

The annual PSU Diversity Awards were held May 23, 2017, at the Native American Student and Community Center on the PSU campus. 

Samuel Henry is only the second person tapped for the Vice President’s Global Diversity Award. Carmen Suarez, PSU Vice President of Global Diversity and Inclusion, conferred the award to Henry, who was also featured as the keynote speaker at the celebration. Henry is an associate professor emeritus in the Curriculum and Instruction (CI) department and has worked at PSU since 1992. During his tenure, Henry served as chair of that department, was the GSE doctoral program coordinator, and was the director of the Intercultural Initiatives for the Center for Academic Excellence. In 2010, he was named to the Oregon State Board of Education as a member and served that group as chair. In 2016 he was nominated to Governor Brown’s Oregon Quality Education Commission. Continue reading

GSE alumnus Paul Coakley wins leadership award

Centennial School District Superintendent Paul Coakley, EdD ’13, is the recipient of the 2017 Excellence in Educational Leadership Award from the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), a national consortium of education leaders. He received the award at the Centennial School District board meeting, May 24, 2017.

The award is offered to practicing school administrators who have made significant contributions to the improvement of administrator preparation. Each year, member university faculties select a distinguished school administrator who has an exemplary record of supporting school administrator preparation efforts.

Coakley assists the PSU educational leadership program in multiple ways. He has co-taught in the principal preparation program and been a guest speaker in classroom settings. He has recruited and mentored aspiring administrators of color and provides ongoing guidance to students in the program. “His perspective has been an invaluable addition to our educational leadership program,” said Deborah Peterson, a cohort leader in the program. “His insight has helped improve the program to meet the needs of culturally diverse K–12 students across Oregon and Southwest Washington.” Continue reading

The GSE’s Tara Cooper receives PSU President’s Diversity Award

The PSU Diversity Action Council, and the Global Diversity and Inclusion division has named Tara Cooper this year’s recipient of the President’s Diversity Award in the distinguished staff category for outstanding accomplishments in making PSU a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable university.

Cooper is the Teacher Diversity Support Services Coordinator in the GSE’s Recruitment, Outreach and Student Services (ROSS) office where she recruits and mentors underrepresented students for the GSE’s graduate teaching and counseling programs. She joined the GSE in 2014. She has a master’s in intercultural relations and a bachelor’s degree in English and ethnic studies. Continue reading

GSE alumna Linda White receives state honors

Linda Bradford White, IAL ’02, is the 2017 Oregon Middle School Principal of the Year. The award comes from the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) and the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA). She is the principal of McLoughlin Middle School in Medford and described by colleagues as “outrageously positive.” White is a graduate of the PSU Initial Administrator Leadership (IAL) program, which generates a majority of school administrators throughout the Oregon. White was surprised with the award at an all-school assembly on April 25. She has been principal at the school for four years and prior to that was an assistant principal at North Medford High School. Continue reading

GSE Advisory Council chair retiring

At its spring meeting, the GSE honored Superintendent Jim Schlachter for his service to the Advisory Council. Schlachter leads the Gresham-Barlow School District but plans to retire from education at the end of the 2016–17 school year. He started his career as a teacher in the middle grades, covering science and math, and then moved into administration, serving as a principal in Gresham-Barlow and Beaverton School Districts.

The Graduate School of Education Advisory Council includes education and community leaders from the Portland metro area who play key roles in giving thoughtful direction to the policies and operations of the GSE. 

“Jim has been an active member of the council since 2011, and he has chaired the council the last three years,” said Dean Randy Hitz. “As chair, he helped develop agendas, and he expertly led the meetings. We truly value the council’s contribution to our program.”

Marvin Lynn, expert on race and education, to lead PSU’s Graduate School of Education

Marvin Lynn, professor and dean of the School of Education at Indiana University South Bend and an internationally recognized expert on race and education, is the new dean of Portland State University’s Graduate School of Education.

He will begin his position on July 1, replacing current dean, Randy Hitz.

“Dean Hitz has made an enormous impact on education in our state, and we are delighted to have Marvin continue that legacy as our new dean of the Graduate School of Education. Marvin’s higher education experience, his work with schools and his involvement with educational issues at the national level make him an exceptional addition to Portland State,” said Sona Andrews, PSU’s provost and vice president for academic affairs.

At Indiana University, Lynn led a reorganization of the School of Education, brought greater focus on marketing and recruitment for diversity—which resulted in enrollment growth—and revamped the school’s mission and vision. During his tenure, the school established a community mental health counseling clinic and developed community-based laboratory schools serving the needs of underserved elementary and middle school students in two school districts.

Prior to Indiana University, Lynn served as associate dean for teacher education at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, was a an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and University of Maryland at College Park, and worked for several years as an elementary and middle school teacher in Chicago and New York City.

“Portland State University’s vibrant urban mission and commitment to equity provides an exciting context in which to do transformative work,” Lynn said. “I’m excited about working with the excellent faculty, staff and students in the Graduate School of Education to help make it the premier urban school of its kind in the nation.”

The Graduate School of Education at Portland State is the largest and most comprehensive school of education in Oregon. It offers doctoral and master’s degrees and extensive teaching, counseling, and administrative licensure programs, certificates, and professional development opportunities for both prospective and current educators, administrators and human services practitioners.