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.

Matt Utterback named National Superintendent of the Year

GSE advisory board member Matt Utterback is the 2017 National Superintendent of the Year. He was honored by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) at a March 2 celebration in New Orleans. Utterback is the North Clackamas School District superintendent and has served on the GSE Advisory Council for four years.

“Matt has focused district attention on equity as the foundation for improving student success in North Clackamas School District, and he and his colleagues have experienced remarkable success,” said Dean Randy Hitz. “We count it a privilege to have North Clackamas as one of our most important district partners and to have Matt on our advisory council.”

No one could be prouder of Utterback than his own school board, who closely witnessed the changes in their district since promoting him to superintendent in 2012. In a statement to the community, Board Chair Rein Vaga said, “Matt Utterback is a brilliant and exceedingly capable superintendent who has the intellectual capacity in understanding and comprehending everything from the smallest of details, to a leadership ability of broad wisdom and vision, which can be revealed in part by his implementation of a long-range strategic initiative based upon equity.” Continue reading

PSU partners with City of Portland, PCC, OHSU, to build $100 million center for education and health care

Draft rendering of new GSE building

Portland’s three largest public colleges are teaming up with the City of Portland to build a new education and health center in the heart of Portland State University’s downtown campus.

The historic project will turn a parking lot at Southwest Fourth Avenue and Montgomery Street into a new home for PSU’s Graduate School of Education, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, Portland Community College’s dental programs and some Portland city offices. The $100 million building—expected to open in September 2020—marks the first time the three campuses will share one building.

“We are very excited to leverage the power of PSU, OHSU, and PCC to train Portland’s future health and education leaders,” PSU President Wim Wiewel said. “This unique collaboration takes us to a new level of community cooperation, one that sets a standard for Portland, the region and the state.”

The building, one of the biggest on PSU’s main campus, will bring low-cost mental health services, PCC’s dental clinic, city offices and ground-floor retail stores to a newly revitalized area of south downtown, next to a public transportation hub with MAX, streetcar and bus service. Continue reading