Sybil Kelley and Jean Aguilar-Valdez help make STEM classroom a reality

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Two GSE faculty members were recognized by the PSU Foundation for their leadership in acquiring $1.25 million in funding toward the GSE’s new home that opens in fall 2020. Assistant Professor Jean Aguilar-Valdez and Associate Professor Sybil Kelley are leaders in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) instruction. The PSU Foundation presented them with the Philanthropic Leadership Award at this year’s Commencement Ceremony. Aguilar-Valdez and Kelley have played significant roles in developing programming that led to the philanthropic gift to build the Vernier STEM Classroom in the new 4 th and Montgomery building.

Aguilar-Valdez teaches science methods and social justice courses for the Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP) in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. This includes working with teachers in the Bilingual Teacher Pathway program and with students to develop community activist approaches to education.

Kelley leads the Leadership for Sustainability Education (LSE) program in the Educational Leadership and Policy Department. In addition, she teaches the elementary science methods course for GTEP in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and is also the faculty coordinator for the Learning Gardens Laboratory in Southeast Portland that provides garden- based education for public school students, university students, and community members.

Winter Count project portrays GSE students’ journeys

 

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Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP) teacher candidates in the Integrated Arts cohort have used a tribal method to construct “portfolios” of their journeys through their program. Curriculum and Instruction Department Associate Professor Jan Abramovitz collaborated with American Indian Teacher Program Director Maria Tenorio to give students a new process by which to construct portfolios of their learning in a creative way that honors those who originally occupied the land.

The Winter Count project is modeled after one method employed by tribal nations to record and preserve their history. Students’ artwork is based on the Nakota Sioux Winter Count, an educator lesson from the National Museum of the American Indian. The Winter Count lesson illustrates how an oral culture used pictographs as a mnemonic device to create a calendar of a year in the tribe’s life. As such, it provides American Indian context to a time in American history when major social, cultural, and economic changes took place in tribal cultures. Continue reading

Torrey Kulow selected for national math fellowship

Torrey KulowThe Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) has named GSE Assistant Professor Torrey Kulow a Mathematics Fellow. The Service, Teaching and Research (STaR) in Mathematics Education Fellowship is an induction program for early-career mathematics educators working at institutions of higher education.

“I am pleased that Dr. Kulow has received this prestigious fellowship,” said GSE Dean Marvin Lynn. “She is an excellent scholar with a deep commitment to mathematics teacher education. The fellowship will allow her to further enrich her already strong research agenda.”

Kulow is completing her first year at PSU where she is a cohort leader in the Graduate Teacher Education Program, specializing in secondary mathematics. Kulow taught middle school mathematics in Massachusetts prior to getting her master’s degree and PhD in curriculum and instruction (in the area of mathematics education) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

“Dr. Kulow is a promising young scholar,” said Curriculum and Instruction Department Chair Will Parnell. “She is mindfully building her agenda with passion, energy, and focus.”

AMTE is the largest professional organization devoted to the improvement of mathematics teacher education. It includes over 1,000 members who support preservice education and professional development of preK–16 teachers of mathematics.

The STaR Fellows program includes a summer institute, academic year networking, and a follow-up session in conjunction with the annual AMTE meeting. The program was initiated through a grant from the National Science Foundation. Admission to the program is competitive. Fellows are selected from a broad range of institutions and for their academic objectives. To date, 270 early-career mathematics educators working at institutions of higher education have completed the program as STaR Fellows.

U.S. News & World Report ranks GSE near top 100

2019 US News & World Report: 108th out of 1900 SchoolsThe Graduate School of Education (GSE) is ranked 108th out of 1,900 graduate schools in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report.

“It is a true testament to the hard work of our outstanding faculty, who are recognized leaders in their disciplines,” said Dean Marvin Lynn.

PSU’s GSE is the largest, most comprehensive school of education in Oregon, with 53 programs that address K–12 education, adult education, counseling, and sustainability education.

The 2019 ranking for the GSE overall is consistent with previous years for U.S. News & World Report.

The GSE’s online Master’s in Early Childhood: Inclusive Education and Curriculum & Instruction is ranked 141st for 2019. This is a new master’s program that focuses on the intersection of inclusion and early childhood education and has four specializations.

The GSE’s Rehabilitation Counseling program has also been ranked by US News & World Report as high as 18th in the nation.

GSE faculty honored at PSU length of service awards

Will Parnell & Ellie JusticePSU faculty and staff gathered in the Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom last week for the annual Length of Service Awards. Honorees included employees from across the campus who have been with PSU for 20 or more years; one received an award for 45 years of service. Among the 69 individuals recognized were two individuals from the GSE, Will Parnell and Ellie Justice. Both have been involved in the Helen Gordon Child Development Center (HGCDC). Parnell, who has served PSU for 20 years, was the pedagogical director and now chairs the Curriculum and Instruction Department. Justice is the director of HGCDC and has worked at PSU for 30 years. We are exceptionally proud of their service.

Assistant Professor Dan Heiman honored for dissertation

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) has recognized a dissertation by GSE Assistant Professor of Practice Dan Heiman with its 2018 Outstanding Dissertation Award in the AERA Bilingual Education Research Special Interest Group.

Heiman has a PhD from the University of Texas, Austin, where he specialized in bilingual and bicultural education in the Department of Mexican American and Latin Studies. His dissertation title is Two-Way Immersion, Gentrification, and Critical pedagogy: Teaching Against the Neoliberal Logic.

This is Heiman’s first year at PSU, where he is an instructor in the ESOL/Bilingual Endorsement Program and a cohort leader of the Bilingual Teacher Pathway program (BTP) in the Curriculum and Instruction Department. His research focus is on critical, equitable, and hopeful processes in dual-language contexts and preparing and working with future bilingual teachers around those processes.

Previously, Heiman was a bilingual teacher in El Paso, Texas, and a teacher educator at the University of Veracruz (Mexico).

AERA has invited Heiman to present his research at the 2018 Annual AERA meeting in New York this April.