Master’s students investigate early childhood schools in Peru

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PSU students try out the “Molecule”

In September, eight PSU students traveled to Peru with Assistant Professor Ingrid Anderson and Professor Emerita Christine Chaillé to study how La Casa Amarilla (The Yellow House), a network of schools in Lima, Peru, has adapted Reggio Emilia–inspired education concepts across a school system. Students in the Early Childhood master’s program are a mix of local and out-of-state students who met face-to- face for the first time on this trip.

Lima is a modern metropolis of 20 million people on the west coast of Peru, perched on massive cliffs above the Pacific Ocean. Lima boasts abundant modern architecture mixed with ornate Victorian buildings and more than 2,500 historic sites leading back to pre-Columbian cultures. Founded in 1535, the city boasts many five-star hotels and restaurants. The city has affluent and poor neighborhoods and has recently seen an influx of immigrants from Venezuela, the result of political unrest in that country. Continue reading

Faculty member Cary Sneider’s YA book featured

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Associate Research Professor Cary Sneider has published a young adult book Jake and the Quake that is featured on the November Reading List of the Children’s Book Council. The book is a novel based on actual adventures of survivors of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in California. Sneider, who is co-Principal Investigator on the GSE Science in the Learning Gardens grant, wrote and illustrated the book, which is published by Tumblehome Learning.

Sneider is also this year’s recipient of the Robert H. Carlton Award from the National Science Teachers Association.

PSU alumna Janet Do receives Milken Award

Janet Do Guadalupe GuerreroFirst grade teacher Janet Do, ’13, who works at Whitman Elementary School, is this year’s only Oregon recipient of the prestigious Milken Award. The award was announced today at an assembly at her school in Portland Public Schools. Only 40 Milken awards were distributed nationwide this year.

Do, who is the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants, completed a bachelor’s degree from PSU and has an MEd from the College of Education.

The Milken Award is one of the highest honors in education with an unrestricted cash prize of $25,000.

Congratulations Janet! The COE is proud of you.

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Assistant Professor Molly Siuty accepts early career award

MollySiutyMolly Siuty received the Early Career Publication Award from the Teacher Education Division (TED) of the Council for Exceptional Children at their conference in Las Vegas on November 7. Her publication “Unraveling the Role of Curriculum in Teacher Decision Making” was published in the Journal of Teacher Education and Special Education. She shares the award with two co-authors, Melinda M. Leko and Kimberly M. Knackstedt.

Siuty was hired to work in the Special Education Department in 2017 and is the cohort leader of the Secondary Dual Educator Program (SDEP).

In July 2017, her doctoral dissertation was named Outstanding Dissertation from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE).

Assistant Professor Deanna Cor receives state award

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The Oregon Counseling Association (ORCA) presented College of Education Assistant Professor Deanna Cor with the Human Rights Award at their fall meeting, held Friday, November 9, at the Mark Spencer Hotel in Portland.

The award is presented to ORCA members who have demonstrated an exemplary level of professional and personal commitment in the areas of human rights and the advancement of human dignity.

Cor came to PSU in 2016 and is the program coordinator of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialization. She is a licensed professional counselor in Oregon, a National Board Certified Counselor, and a board-approved clinical supervisor. Her research interest is in facilitating and advancing multicultural and social justice counseling competencies for working with trans and nonbinary clients. She has published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and presented locally and nationally on these topics.

Most recently, in conjunction with a small group of advocates, she worked to establish the Oregon chapter of the Association for LGBT Issues in Counseling. She is currently serving as the inaugural president of the organization.

The Human Rights Award was established in 1986 by PSU Emeritus Professor David Capuzzi, who began working at PSU in 1977. He was an instructor, program coordinator, department chair, and assistant dean, and is a past president of ORCA’s national affiliate, the American Association for Counseling and Development.

PSU Graduate School of Education to become PSU College of Education

coenamechangeThe PSU Graduate School of Education has changed its name to the College of Education (COE). This name change reflects the need to provide undergraduate programs in education and related fields. “The name change opens new opportunities for us to partner with P–12 schools and community colleges in our area,” said Dean Marvin Lynn. “I’m excited about what the future holds.”

The college has offered one jointly-run undergraduate program, the Bilingual Teacher Pathways program, in collaboration with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for many years, and it was recently approved to offer an undergraduate degree in special education. This degree will better serve school districts in Oregon and southwest Washington to help fill the high demand for special education teachers who understand how to work effectively with young people who have a variety of learning needs.

The college’s leadership anticipates adding new undergraduate programs in the future to help fulfill its vision for a diversified educational workforce. The name change also puts PSU in line with other Oregon public universities, including the University of Oregon, Western Oregon University and Eastern Oregon University that all have colleges of education.

“Given the size and scope of our College of Education, this is a logical change that will provide bright new opportunities for our students,” said PSU President Rahmat Shoureshi. “This will enhance recognition of the high quality of the work we do in educating current and future teachers.”

The work of the College of Education is vital to the mission of the University, which is to serve and sustain a vibrant urban region through access, inclusion and equity. The college’s goal for the next five years is to be nationally recognized for its collaborative work in the region. The shift to include both undergraduate and graduate degrees is a reflection of PSU’s capacity to fulfill this vision.

PSU’s College of Education is the largest and most comprehensive in Oregon, with 1,300 students and over 40 licensure, degree and certificate programs in education, counseling, adult education and sustainability. It prepares more diverse candidates than any other Oregon university. The majority of Oregon’s public school administrators have received licensure through PSU, and more than 362 graduates of its doctoral program hold positions of influence in educational settings throughout the region.