GSE alumnus Paul Coakley wins leadership award

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

Doctoral student Staci Martin recognized by national organization

stacy-martinStaci Martin has been awarded a scholarship from Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education. Martin is PSU doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership Curriculum and Instruction and an adjunct instructor in Child and Family Studies in the School of Social Work.

Martin was awarded the $1,300 Louise M. Berman Fellows Award for doctoral students. She was recognized for her research project, Co-Creating Spaces of Critical Hope.

The scholarship is based on academic success, involvement in Kappa Delta Pi, and a written essay. She was selected from pool of applicants from students around the country. Continue reading

GSE alumna Stephanie Stokamer nationally recognized

Former GSE instructor Stephanie Stokamer, EdD ’11, has received honors from the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE). She is the recipient of the organization’s freshman award, entitled Recognition of Exemplary Contribution through Research and Community Engagement: Early Career. The award recognizes her important contributions to research on service-learning and community engagement. This honor also included an invitation to present her research at this year’s IARSLCE conference, September 27, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

“It really was such an honor to be recognized by my peers in this way,” said Stokamer after attending the celebration in New Orleans. “IARSLCE is a fantastic organization that supports better understanding of civic learning through community engagement around the world, and as a practitioner-scholar, I think the conference participants really feel like my people.”  She expressly thanked her mentor, GSE professor Christine Cress, and her colleagues at Pacific University for their ongoing support of her work. Continue reading

GSE alumnus Paul Coakley selected to lead Centennial School District

CoakleyPaul Coakley, BS ’00, MEd ’01, IAL ’06, CAL ’12, EdD ’13, is the new interim superintendent of Centennial School District, the 21st largest in the state. He follows Sam Breyer, who will be the new superintendent of the Multnomah Education Service District.

Coakley began his career in education in 2000 as a teacher at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary in Portland Public Schools (PPS). In 2003–05, he served as literacy coordinator for the school. He taught in Champaign, Illinois, for the 2005–06 school year and then moved back to Oregon as the student management specialist for Beach K–8 School in PPS from 2006–08.

His first administrator position was principal of Hudson Park Elementary in Rainier, Washington, where he worked for six years before being named assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for the Rainier Washington school district. Coakley was hired by Centennial in July 2014 as assistant superintendent and has served as the human resources director. Continue reading

PSU doctoral student recipient of national science teaching award

Garcia ArriolaAlfonso Garcia Arriola is the District XVII recipient of the Robert E. Yager Foundation Excellence in Teaching Awards from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). The award recognizes six full-time K–12 teachers of science who successfully use innovation and excellence in their classrooms. Arriola teaches 7–8 science at ACCESS Academy in Portland Public Schools. He is a doctoral candidate in the PSU Educational Leadership (EdD) program.

“These teachers and science education professionals have shown tremendous dedication and commitment to their students and to science education,” said NSTA President Carolyn Hayes. “We are so proud to honor them as they help to inspire the next generation of informed citizens, scientists, engineers, and innovators who can embrace all that science can offer.”

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Two GSE doctoral students win OALA Ally Awards

Two GSE students, who are also graduates of our education administration programs, were recognized by the Oregon Association of Latino Administrators (OALA) for their work supporting Latino/a students and educators in their districts. Sho Shigeoka, IAL ’11, is from the Beaverton School District, and Victor Vergara, BTP ’05, IAL ’12, is in Woodburn. They were honored, February 13, 2016, at the organization’s annual conference, held on the PSU campus for the first time.

Sho_ShigeokaAlumna Sho Shigeoka wins OALA Ally Award

The Oregon Association of Latino Administrators (OALA) has recognized GSE graduate Sho Shigeoka for their Ally Award. Shigeoka is a 2011 graduate of the Initial Administrator License program and a current GSE doctoral student. She works for Beaverton School District as the administrator for equity and inclusion.

The OALA Ally Award goes to an “educator who has exhibited leadership in educational administration and has implemented strategies or activities aligned with OALA’s mission, purpose and goals in their district or institution.”

Shigeoka was chosen for developing ongoing equity leadership teams at Beaverton that include all teachers, administrators, and classified and district office staff. She is the facilitator of the district’s Restorative Justice Training and provides support for LGBT staff and allies. She works throughout the district to provide support for all administrators to effectively work with diverse populations and has affected change for all students.

In 2012, Shigeoka was honored by the OALA with the Tom Ruhl Leadership for Equity award.

Beaverton School District is the third largest district in Oregon and has 49.2 percent students of color—most are Hispanic/Latino(a).

Victor VergaraAlumnus Victor Vergara wins OALA Ally Award

The (OALA) conference also recognized Victor Vergara. Vergara, who is also a current GSE doctoral student, received one of two Ally Awards for his work in the Woodburn School District, where he is principal of the Academy of International Studies, one of Woodburn’s small high schools.

The OALA Ally Award goes to an “educator who has exhibited leadership in educational administration and has implemented strategies or activities aligned with OALA’s mission, purpose and goals in their district or institution.”

“He has devoted his studies to issues that impact the success of Latina/o students, including completing a study of award-winning Latina/o leaders from the Pacific Northwest,” said IAL Professor Deborah Peterson, his doctoral advisor. “His unique perspective as a Latino immigrant and successful school leader contributes to the value of this research.”

Vergara, who in 2012 was named an Oregon Middle School Principal of the Year, takes an active role in developing future Latina/o leaders through his work in the OALA Mentoring Program.

The Woodburn School District has the highest population of Latino/a students of any district in Oregon and 100% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch. Woodburn is also tied for first place in Hispanic/Latino graduation rates.