Alumnus Victor Vergara selected for national leadership academy

img_vergara_vicGSE alumnus, Victor Vergara, ’17, is one of 16 Latino educators across the US chosen for the Superintendents Leadership Academy by the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS). This is a yearlong leadership development program to prepare the next generation of Latino superintendents.

Vergara, who emigrated from Chile in 1995, completed the PSU Bilingual Teacher Pathway program and the Initial Administrator’s Licensure program, all while working for Woodburn School District. He was promoted to assistant principal of Woodburn’s Valor High School and in 2012 was named Oregon Assistant Principal of the Year by the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators.

Vergara completed the Educational Leadership Doctorate program in 2017 and is now the Director of Bilingual Education for Walla Walla School District in Walla Walla, Washington.

GSE associate professor Esperanza De La Vega honored

Espy WinsFaculty member Esperanza De La Vega is this year’s recipient of the PSU President’s Diversity Award for Distinguished Faculty. She was honored at the annual awards ceremony, held on May 25 in the PSU Native American Community Center. She is an associate professor in the Curriculum and Instruction Department and the coordinator of the Bilingual Teacher Pathway (BTP) program. She was recognized for her work envisioning and co-facilitating the creation of a new Dual Language Specialization in the GSE that is added to a teaching license.

De La Vega came to PSU in 2010 after working in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, for four years. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Western Oregon University and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. She has taught for Salem-Keizer and McMinnville school districts, as well as Berkeley School District in California. De La Vega has published and presented papers on bilingual education and has two major grants for her work with children of color: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and Practices for collaborative work with Portland Public Schools (co-principal investigator with Dr. Moti Hara) and the Futures Project, as part of the BTP program. Continue reading

PSU Bilingual Teacher Pathway (BTP) obtains $1.9 million grant for teacher training

The Graduate School of Education has been awarded a significant grant from the US Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition that will prepare bilingual classroom assistants for a teaching license and an ESL endorsement. The $1,960,207  five-year grant, called the Futures Project, will provide scholarships to students in the BTP program.

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President’s Diversity Award honors Pullen of the GSE

Staff member Lynda Pullen, and three others were honored in a ceremony in Smith Memorial Student Union this week as PSU celebrated the Sixth Annual President’s Diversity Awards. Ms. Pullen was cited for “assisting students from diverse backgrounds in navigating the sometimes bureaucratic, and therefore sometimes difficult systems that they can encounter at the university.” Lynda Pullen, who joined PSU in 2002, is the advisor for GSE’s International Teacher Educator Program, the Bilingual Teacher Pathways program, the Bilingual Special Educator program, and the Pathways program.

This marks the fourth year in a row that a member of the GSE has received this honor with previous awards going to GSE Professors Julie Esparza Brown (’07), Yer Thou (’08), and PACE Student Carmen Anderson (’09).