First Farm to Fork Dinner a success

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A short burst of much-needed rain did little to dampen expectations for the first annual Learning Gardens Laboratory (LGL) Farm to Fork Dinner on Saturday, August 11, 2018. After the sun returned, nearly 100 guests settled into a lovely summer evening, exploring the acreage and visiting various stations that represented the garden’s many programs. At each station, students told stories while plying guests with appetizers like grilled mahi-mahi and a local brew or wine. The evening included a gourmet dinner prepared by PSU Eats—PSU’s campus dining service and catering—and concluded with a chocolate dessert under the stars. LGL provided fresh vegetables that Executive Chef Matt Steele carefully incorporated into each course. A community member, whose own garden plot was steps away, supplied background music.

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Two GSE students honored by PSU for diversity accomplishments

Each year PSU honors individuals for their outstanding accomplishments in making PSU a more diverse, inclusive campus. Awardees are selected from students, faculty, staff, and the campus community. This year’s honorees from the GSE are PACE student Ebony Oldham, who received an award from the Commission on Sexual and Gender Equity, and incoming GTEP student Nancy Perry, who is the winner of the Commission on the Status of Women Essay Contest. Congratulations to Ebony and Nancy. We are proud of you!

Previous awardees from GSE faculty, staff, and students include:
Aslihan Alkurt, ’17
Carmen Anderson, ’10
Julie Esparza Brown
Tara Cooper
Esperanza De La Vega
Samuel Henry, X 2
Virginia Luka, ’16
Ebony Oldham
Lynda Pullen
Judy Bluehorse Skelton, ’08
Shannon Sprague, ’14
Yer Thao
Hope Yamasaki, ’12

GSE students receive PSU 2018 President’s honors

Each year PSU students are selected for Presidential Awards that celebrate the exceptional work they have done during their time at PSU. These awards include all PSU students, not just those who are graduating this spring. GSE is proud to have two of the top recipients.

University Service

img_rileylakosRiley Lakos, ’18, is a graduate of the Educational Leadership Master’s program. They received the University Service Award for involvement, initiative, and leadership in activities that benefit and enhance PSU students’ experiences. They specialized in Postsecondary, Continuing, and Adult Education (PACE) and hold a certificate in Student Affairs in Higher Education. PACE is the second PSU master’s degree for Lakos, who earned an MSW from the School of Social Work in 2017.

After helping to coordinate the University Studies freshman and sophomore mentor program as a Graduate Assistant, they now work full-time as an Office Specialist for the department. They are on the advisory board of the Queer Resources Center and have been closely involved in the PSU food pantry.

Community Engagement

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Amie Riley, a student in the Educational Leadership Doctoral program, has received the President’s Community Engagement Award. Recipients of this award are celebrated for their participation, initiative, and leadership in off-campus community engagement activities.

She has a master’s degree in Education Leadership and Policy with an emphasis in Sustainability Education.

She has worked as a graduate assistant supporting community-based learning (CBL) in the Office of Academic Innovation. Riley has been working to advance the CBL efforts at PSU through support for the ongoing Engaging Exchanges discussion series, the CBL Institute for Japanese Faculty, and the PSU CBL Faculty Summer Institute, as well as development of numerous pedagogical and administrative CBL resources.

She is an active member of many community-based organizations and nonprofits, including the ACLU, Audubon Society, International Nonprofit Collaboration Network, the Willamette Riverkeepers, and Standing Up for Racial Justice. She founded the international nonprofit Casa Verde in Nicaragua that focuses on global citizenship and sustainability.

She is a current student in the GSE’s doctoral program working toward an EdD in Educational Leadership and Policy.

READ THE COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS

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.

GSE’s Sybil Kelley honored with 2018 PSU sustainability award

imgsybilEach year the Institute for Sustainable Solutions honors a faculty member whose teaching inspires students to embrace sustainability both inside and outside the classroom.

Sybil Kelley, PhD, is an associate professor of science education and sustainable systems in the Leadership for Sustainability Education (LSE) program in the Educational Leadership and Policy Department. In addition, she teaches the elementary science methods courses for the Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP) in the Curriculum and Instruction Department and is the faculty coordinator of the Learning Gardens Laboratory.

Rather than rely solely on theories, Kelley incorporates innovative and experiential pedagogies to reinforce the content. This means that students not only learn about sustainability, they experience it in a reflective and integrated way through engaging in-class activities and community-based learning. Beyond teaching individual courses, Kelley helps to grow sustainability educators through the LSE degree program, from which students graduate ready and willing to dig into the work of sustainability in different capacities and forms. She has inspired countless students to become sustainability leaders throughout her time in the program.

Kelly has worked for Portland State since 2001 and holds a PhD in environmental science and an MS in science teaching from Portland State. She is the recipient of the 2017 Fred Fox Distinguished Service to Science Education Award from the Oregon Science Teachers Association.

PSU science professor wins national award

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We are proud to have Dr. Cary Sneider as our colleague!

Cary Sneider is the recipient of the Robert H. Carleton Award from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

This is the most prestigious award an NSTA member can receive. The Robert H. Carleton Award recognizes one individual who has made outstanding contributions to, and provided leadership in, science education at the national level and to NSTA in particular. It is NSTA’s highest honor. —NSTA

Sneider is a visiting scholar in the Educational Leadership and Policy Department and co-PI on the Science in the Learning Gardens grant. Until last year, he was an associate research professor at PSU’s Center for Science Education, where he taught courses in research methodology in the Master of Science Teaching (MST) degree program.

Sneider has a stellar career in curriculum development, teacher education, and assessment and frequently consults on best practices in both formal and informal science education. He contributed to and was on the writing team for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which are rolling out across the United States and so far have been adopted by 19 states and the District of Columbia. Oregon adopted the NGSS as its state science standards in 2014. Sneider is also a member of the National Assessment Governing Board, which sets policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as The Nation’s Report Card.

We are proud to have him as our colleague!

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