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: https://worldforumfoundation.org/voices-of-children.

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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GSE faculty member Olivia Murray honored

Olivia MurrayThe Oregon Safe Schools and Communities Coalition (OSSCC) will honor Dr. Olivia Murray at their yearly awards ceremony for her work supporting LGBTQIA students.

Murray is an associate professor of practice in the Curriculum and Instruction Department, where she teaches in the Graduate Teacher Education Program. She leads a student group on the PSU campus that meets periodically to discuss pressing issues related to gender and sexual orientation in education. Her research interests include culturally responsive classroom management and the use of queer-inclusive pedagogy in teacher education.

The OSSCC Safe Schools Awards celebrates Oregonians who have made schools and communities safer for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth.

New Hires in GSE 2018–19

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Counselor Education
Benita Bellrichard Munson, MS, CRC, LPC, CADC I, is an assistant professor of practice in the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Program, in the Counselor Education Department. She is also a member of the Graduate Certificate in Addictions faculty. She obtained her master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Portland State University. She maintains a private practice where her clinical specialties include working with individuals and couples adjusting to chronic illness/disability, relational improvement, and addiction. She has previous experience working in an inpatient alcohol and drug treatment program and a history of both social work and career counseling in Canada. She is interested in multicultural issues in counseling and the intersection among couples, families, and their adjustment to disability.

Helen Gordon Child Development Center
Mary Schumacher-Hoerner, MA, is the new head of PSU’s Helen Gordon Child Development Center (HGCDC). Schumacher-Hoerner was previously an associate professor of early childhood education and director of the Child and Family Development Center at San Juan College (SJC) in New Mexico, where she supervised for the past six years. Schumacher-Hoerner has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming and an MA from the University of New Mexico and has done doctoral work in curriculum and instruction.

Curriculum and Instruction
Alex “Xander” Davies, PhD, is a new assistant professor of ESOL and elementary education in the Curriculum and Instruction Department. Prior to coming to Portland State University, Davies earned his doctorate in education–TESOL from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. His research interests include ESOL infusion in teacher-preparation programs using interactive avatars and simulated classrooms; dual-language education with emphasis placed on curriculum and program implementation; ESOL methods among both preservice and in-service teachers; family and community involvement in K–12 schools; and second-language and cultural identities among first-generation immigrants and persons of refugee and asylum backgrounds. Davies has worked closely with administrators and content area teachers in local school districts throughout the Orlando area to provide professional development in both ESOL methods and dual language. Additionally, he worked with resettlement agencies as a cultural broker and language specialist to various families from refugee backgrounds.

Special Education
Mary E. Morningstar, PhD, is the new co-director of PSU’s ThinkCollege Inclusion Oregon project in the Special Education Department and will teach courses for preservice students focused on transition and postsecondary outcomes. She has a BSEd in special education from the University of Georgia, an MEd in special education from the University of Maryland, and a PhD from the University of Kansas. Morningstar’s research encompasses three interrelated concentrations: college and career readiness for youth with disabilities, teacher education and professional development, and secondary inclusive educational reform. She is the author of The Educator’s Guide to Implementing Transition Planning and Services (2017) and over 40 peer- reviewed journal articles and numerous book chapters, monographs, and technical reports.

Maria Gilmour, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA, is an assistant professor of practice in the Graduate School of Education and head of the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) program in the Special Education Department. Gilmour is an educator who has extensive experience consulting with parents and families, teachers, educational leaders, and school administrators in both public and private programs for educating children and adults with special needs. Gilmour received her master’s degree in Special Education at Gonzaga University and her PhD from the University of Georgia, focusing on applied behavior analysis and autism, learning and cognition, and educational administration and policy. She has been working with families since 1998.

Sybil Kelley and Jean Aguilar-Valdez help make STEM classroom a reality

Sybil KelleyJean Aguilar-Valdez

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.