Ebony magazine names GSE faculty member Jada Phelps Moultrie a Power 100 Honoree

Moultrie is part of the “Great Eight” PhD class at IUPUI. The eight women are Jasmine Haywood, Demetrees Hutchins, Tiffany Kyser, Shannon McCullough, Nadrea Njoku, Juhanna Rogers, Johari Shuck, and Moultrie, who is at the top far left.

Moultrie is part of the “Great Eight” PhD class at IUPUI. The eight women are Jasmine Haywood, Demetrees Hutchins, Tiffany Kyser, Shannon McCullough, Nadrea Njoku, Juhanna Rogers, Johari Shuck, and Moultrie, who is at the top far left.

Jada Phelps Moultrie, an assistant professor in Educational Leadership and Policy at PSU and recent graduate of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), has been selected by Ebony magazine as an Ebony Power 100 Honoree. The Ebony Power 100 celebrates the world’s most inspiring African Americans from various sectors as standout achievers in their respective fields. This year’s list includes some very familiar names, such as Michael Jordon, Beyoncé, Serena Williams, and the Obamas, as well as seven of Moultrie’s classmates.

Moultrie is part of the “Great Eight,” a group of eight Black women who graduated with their PhDs from the School of Education at IUPUI at the same time—a first in the school’s history. Moreover, like many traditionally white institutions (TWI), it’s a rare occurrence. “To graduate eight African American females from one school is a big doggone deal,” said Robin Hughes, interim executive associate dean of the School of Education at IUPUI. “And not just for IU, but across the country, that just doesn’t happen.” The women formed their own unique support group that helped them overcome obstacles, which they agree was a vital component to their success. 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 alumna Heather Yount named Principal of the Year

YountFruitdale Elementary School’s Heather Yount, IAL ’08, CAL ’12, has been named Oregon’s 2016 National Distinguished Principal. She was honored by the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) and the Oregon Elementary School Principals Association (OESPA) at the annual COSA conference in Seaside, Oregon. Yount, who is from Grants Pass, is a graduate of PSU’s Initial and Continuing Administrator programs. She has worked for Three Rivers School District for 17 years.

Under her leadership, in 2014–15, Fruitdale Elementary became one of Oregon’s Model Schools. Model schools are high-poverty schools rated in the top 5 percent of achievement in the state. Fruitdale students have made remarkable gains in English language arts, math, and science. Continue reading

GSE alumna Margaret Calvert named Oregon High School Principal of the Year

Jefferson High School Principal Margaret Calvert, IAL ’08, is Oregon’s 2016 High School Principal of the Year. She was selected by the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA) and the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA). She is a graduate of the PSU Initial Administrator Licensure program and will complete the Continuing Administrator Licensure program this spring.

Margaret Calvert Wins

Margaret Calvert, IAL ’08, Oregon High School Principal of the Year (with flowers); with (L–R) Carol Campbell (Grant HS principal), Payton Chapman, (Lincoln HS principal), and Craig Hawkins, COSA executive director.

Calvert taught at Rex Putnam, Wilson, and Grant High Schools before coming to Jefferson in 2008. She was named principal in 2011. She is a former math teacher and lives with her family in the Jefferson attendance area. She stood out for her work, dedication to students, and support of colleagues. This is her first job as an administrator. She was nominated for the award by her entire staff.

“She has been instrumental in creating a culture of high expectations for students in which staff members identify, encourage, and support individual students to get them to their potential,” Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carol Smith said in a statement to district employees.

In 2010, only 50 percent of Jefferson’s seniors graduated on time. Today, that number has increased dramatically to 80 percent. It’s a remarkable accomplishment in just five years for a school that the district had considered closing in 2010.

Calvert was primarily responsible for the conversion of Jefferson High School into a community college magnate school for the district. Portland Community College (PCC) provides college credit for classes taught on the Jefferson campus and offers access to PCC Cascade Campus where Jefferson students may take additional college classes for free. Jefferson students are able to continue for a bachelor’s degree as well—at Portland State University, Oregon State University, University of Oregon, Warner Pacific College, Pacific University, or Willamette University—under an agreement that provides scholarships, financial aid, and gap funding.

Calvert will be honored at the statewide annual conference for COSA in June and will be eligible for the NASSP National Principal of the Year award that is announced in Washington, DC, in September.

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Christine Cress honored by Campus Compact

Christine CressOn April 13, Professor Christine Cress will receive the Oregon Campus Compact Engaged Faculty Award.

Cress is a professor of postsecondary, adult, and continuing education in the Educational Leadership and Policy Department. She is the author of three books on community service, including the internationally best-selling book Learning through Serving: A Student Guidebook for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement across Academic Disciplines and Cultural Communities, which has been adopted as a textbook at more than 30 colleges. Cress is recognized as one of the most prolific faculty-engaged scholars and is an expert on civic engagement as a pedagogical agent. She is the initiator of the PSU master’s specialization and graduate certificate in service-learning and community-based learning.

“Dr. Cress is one of PSU’s most innovative and influential community engaged scholars,” said President Wim Wiewel. “Her research demonstrates how this type of pedagogy significantly increases learning, retention, and degree attainment, while preparing students for active and meaningful participation in civic life. Portland State University is very proud to claim Dr. Christine Cress as one of our own.”

“Christine holds herself, her students, and her discipline to the highest standards of academic integrity,” said Stephanie Stockamer, a Pacific University faculty member and PSU alumna who studied with Cress. “By this I mean that she cares deeply about student learning, driven by a strong orientation toward social justice and the value she places on education as a means to a more equitable society.” Continue reading

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.