Deconstructing Thanksgiving: A look into Native American identity


Victor Begay

Victor Begay

Professor Victor H. Begay remembers that he loved his third-grade teacher. But she lied to him, he said. As a young child, he was a good student, but some of the things he was learning in public school seemed strange to him.

Begay introduced this conundrum to 100 guests at the College of Education’s first annual Deconstructing Thanksgiving event, on November 21 in the Native American Student and Community Center. Begay is an assistant professor at North Idaho College where he coordinates the American Indian studies program there. He has worked in Arizona public schools and community colleges and received a PhD from Arizona State University. Through his work and his research, Begay is connected with many Native American tribes around the country. Continue reading

Faculty member Cary Sneider’s YA book featured

Cary Sneider

Associate Research Professor Cary Sneider has published a young adult book Jake and the Quake that is featured on the November Reading List of the Children’s Book Council. The book is a novel based on actual adventures of survivors of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in California. Sneider, who is co-Principal Investigator on the GSE Science in the Learning Gardens grant, wrote and illustrated the book, which is published by Tumblehome Learning.

Sneider is also this year’s recipient of the Robert H. Carlton Award from the National Science Teachers Association.

Assistant Professor Molly Siuty accepts early career award

MollySiutyMolly Siuty received the Early Career Publication Award from the Teacher Education Division (TED) of the Council for Exceptional Children at their conference in Las Vegas on November 7. Her publication “Unraveling the Role of Curriculum in Teacher Decision Making” was published in the Journal of Teacher Education and Special Education. She shares the award with two co-authors, Melinda M. Leko and Kimberly M. Knackstedt.

Siuty was hired to work in the Special Education Department in 2017 and is the cohort leader of the Secondary Dual Educator Program (SDEP).

In July 2017, her doctoral dissertation was named Outstanding Dissertation from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE).

Assistant Professor Deanna Cor receives state award


The Oregon Counseling Association (ORCA) presented College of Education Assistant Professor Deanna Cor with the Human Rights Award at their fall meeting, held Friday, November 9, at the Mark Spencer Hotel in Portland.

The award is presented to ORCA members who have demonstrated an exemplary level of professional and personal commitment in the areas of human rights and the advancement of human dignity.

Cor came to PSU in 2016 and is the program coordinator of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialization. She is a licensed professional counselor in Oregon, a National Board Certified Counselor, and a board-approved clinical supervisor. Her research interest is in facilitating and advancing multicultural and social justice counseling competencies for working with trans and nonbinary clients. She has published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and presented locally and nationally on these topics.

Most recently, in conjunction with a small group of advocates, she worked to establish the Oregon chapter of the Association for LGBT Issues in Counseling. She is currently serving as the inaugural president of the organization.

The Human Rights Award was established in 1986 by PSU Emeritus Professor David Capuzzi, who began working at PSU in 1977. He was an instructor, program coordinator, department chair, and assistant dean, and is a past president of ORCA’s national affiliate, the American Association for Counseling and Development.

Voices of Children documentary released worldwide

A3-textboxbottom-POSTER_VOICES.pdfThe final cut of the Voices of Children documentary, told entirely from the perspective of young children, is now released worldwide. The 24-minute movie, produced by GSE Associate Professor John Nimmo and his team of eight international colleagues, is the culmination of a project by the Working Group on Children’s Rights at the World Forum Foundation.

Nimmo is an author and professor of early childhood education in the PSU Curriculum and Instruction Department. This is his second year at PSU, where he teaches in the Early Childhood: Inclusive Ed and Curriculum and Instruction online master’s degree program. Nimmo also researches connections between young children and the broader community. His home base is Australia, and his scholarship has taken him to many countries around the world.

What people are saying

“The film offered poignant examples of children’s competence and life experiences around the world. The film reflects the children’s perspectives beautifully and powerfully.”

“Wonderful, touching comparison of universal rights important to children as stated by children and unique messages from individuals. Fascinating!”

“Very profound! Experiencing what the children’s messages were about, regardless of which continent. What happens to be their daily worries and struggles in order to just survive and thrive in their environments. Loved having the children share their heartfelt honesty and opinions!”

The World Forum Foundation is a nonprofit group organized in response to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The United Nations General Assembly adopted the UNCRC in 1989 to guarantee children civil and political, as well as economic, social, and cultural rights.

The Voices of Children film is available for free streaming or download in English and Portuguese, and soon in Spanish, French, and Chinese. For more information and discussion tools, visit:

Dannelle Stevens’s new book outlines sustainable writing practices

img_dannellestevensEmerita Professor Dannelle Stevens has published her fifth book, Write More, Publish More, Stress Less! Stevens, who retired in 2016, has worked at PSU since 1994 in the Center for Academic Excellence and in the Curriculum and Instruction (CI) Department. She was a program coordinator for the CI master’s degree, the doctoral program, and the Bilingual Teacher Pathway program and served as interim CI chair. Stevens is a Fulbright and a Carnegie scholar. Her best-selling book, Intro to Rubrics, has sold over 40,000 copies and is translated into Chinese and Japanese.

About the book
In Write More, Publish More, Stress Less!, Dannelle D. Stevens offers five key principles that will bolster your knowledge of academic writing, enable you to develop a manageable, sustainable, and even enjoyable writing practice, and, in the process, effectively increase your publication output and promote your academic career.

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