GSE alumnus James Nosen, ’83, is one of two OnPoint Credit Union Teachers of the Year for 2017. He was nominated by his school this spring and received honors at the annual OnPoint event May 26, during a KGW broadcast. Nosan was the art teacher at Baker Prairie Middle School in Canby School District where he worked for 34 years, and has now retired.
Nosen earned his bachelor’s in elementary education at PSU when the program was offered as an undergraduate degree. He is licensed for K–12 and holds endorsements for elementary multiple subjects and art education. Continue reading
Jamie Richardson ’06, ’13, an alumnus of the GSE’s Initial and Continuing Licensure programs, is a 2017 Digital Principal of the Year. Richardson joins two others for this national award: Jethro Jones, principal of Kodiak Middle School in Kodiak, Alaska, and Stephen Santilli, principal of William Davies Middle School in Mays Landing, New Jersey. Richardson is the principal of LaCreole Middle School, Dallas, Oregon. The award is from the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and recognizes these leaders for effectively using technology to support teaching, learning, and school management to drive student success.
According to his nomination, Richardson developed a school culture where staff and students use a variety of tools to solve problems, communicate, and promote a cohesive yet personalized learning environment. Teachers and students describe Richardson as an exceptional advocate for technology and digital-age learning and a catalyst for implementing technology, makerspaces, and project-based learning programs. Richardson ensures that all teachers get time to learn and discuss technology integration and that, through social media, parents stay connected to the school.
“Each of these principals is a powerful multiplier of effective practice,” stated NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. “We honor the significant school improvements they have spearheaded and the strides they have made in implementing a 21st-century education at their schools.”
As part of the award, each principal gets an expense-paid trip to present at the 2018 NASSP National Conference, in Chicago, July, 2018.
NASSP is the leading organization of and voice for principals and other school leaders across the United States.
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
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 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
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