GSE joins Carnegie iLead initiative to innovate school improvement

A 100-year-old business concept from Japan promises effective school improvement practices in the US.

Susan Carlile leading an Improvement Science exercise

The GSE and 10 other educational entities have been selected for a new project launched by the Carnegie Foundation to advance education. The Improvement Leadership Education and Development (iLEAD) initiative uses Improvement Science (IS) to help schools solve problems using collaborative continuous improvement processes. GSE’s program leaders will learn how to apply IS concepts to their work in the educational leadership courses.

For the past three years, Professors Pat Burk, Deborah Peterson, and Susan Carlile were involved in IS training and, along with former Dean Randy Hitz, have been looking for ways to bring the practice into the GSE. The Carnegie iLEAD program will provide opportunity for five individuals to attend four face-to-face meetings to learn continuous improvement strategies toward the dual goals of equity and excellence.

Since 2015, ELP faculty have participated in a Networked Improvement Committee (NIC) at the Carnegie Foundation that looked at problems of practice in the school administration field. NICs are a central tenet of the IS program and provide access to other similarly focused groups across the country who will also contribute to the knowledge pool. Technology is a helpful component for these efforts, and webinars are common. By collaborating on the same common problem, NICs are able to accelerate solutions. Continue reading

GSE faculty member Sybil Kelley receives science award

GSE Associate Professor Sybil Kelley received the Fred Fox Award for Distinguished Service to Science Education from the Oregon Science Teachers Association (OSTA). Kelley teaches science methods in two different disciplines: Curriculum and Instruction, where she leads a cohort in the Graduate Teacher Education Program, and Educational Leadership and Policy, where she works in the Leadership for Sustainability Education (LSE) program.

“I was delighted to have the opportunity to nominate Sybil,” said Professor Micki Caskey. “She deserves this recognition. Like Fred Fox, Sybil is highly respected and well-loved by her peers and students.”

Kelley came to PSU in 1999 as a research assistant in the Center for Science Education and earned an MS in Science Teaching and a PhD in Environmental Sciences and Management, both from Portland State. She is an expert in sustainability education and works closely with the Learning Gardens Laboratory.

About the award (from OSTA)

This award is named in honor of Fred Fox, a distinguished and well-loved teacher educator from Oregon State University (1957–82). The award is intended to honor those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to mentoring and developing new teachers. It is intended for nominees involved in teacher training programs at the college level, ESD, or district administrators or other administrative positions. The awardee is selected based on career longevity, breadth of influence, enthusiasm for science and the profession of science education, and the demonstrated ability to motivate.

GSE alumnae Kimie Carroll receives statewide honors

Canby’s Kimie Carroll, ’01, ’11, is the 2017 Oregon Assistant Principal of the Year, selected by the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA). Carroll is a graduate of the GSE’s Initial and Continuing Administrator Licensure programs in the Educational Leadership and Policy Department.

Carroll is the associate principal for teaching and learning at Canby High School (CHS), where she has served for 11 years. During that time, Canby’s graduation rate has accelerated. The four-year graduation rate for all Canby High School students is 89.8 percent (2016), up from 86.2 percent in 2015, and far exceeds the state average of 74.8 percent. More importantly, the graduation rate for historically underserved student populations in Canby also grew exponentially from year-to-year.

Carroll has many accomplishments that are unique to her district. She created an after-school support program for struggling freshmen called Cougars Achieving Together = Success (CATS). She supervises all aspects of the program, including transportation, which is crucial in a small rural town like Canby.

Carroll developed numerous partnerships with area colleges, including Clackamas Community College (CCC), Portland Community College (PCC), and Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) that directly benefit CHS students. As a result, Canby is a leader in offering college credits to high school students. Continue reading

PACE graduate Brian Fassett distributes bicycles in Uganda

Brian Fassett, his wife Kate, and daughters Ruby and Clara are excited about their new adventure.

A former Peace Corps member, Brian Fassett, ’12, had a great job as director of training and development at Advantis Credit Union in Portland. But Fassett was ready for a new adventure. He has taken a new position as operations director with a small start-up NGO, Bicycles Against Poverty. Their mission is to distribute bicycles to rural African communities to improve the standard of living. They distribute bikes on a lease-to-own basis that enables people in small villages, especially women, to expand their opportunities.

Fassett is a graduate of the PSU Postsecondary, Adult and Continuing Education (PACE) master’s degree program that develops adult educators to anticipate and respond to the changing developmental issues of diverse adult learners, organizations, and communities. He also holds a certificate in working with adult learners. Continue reading

GSE alumnus named digital principal of the year

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.

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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