TriMet hosts Orientation and Mobility students in summer intensive


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GSE students are learning how to ride TriMet’s public transportation system blindfolded this summer.

When the Visually Impaired Learner (VIL) and the Orientation and Mobility (O&M) cohorts began this term, students came to campus for their initial three-week summer intensive course. Except for this session, these classes are delivered entirely online. Because these are regional programs, some of the VIL and O&M students are from as far away as Alaska and Maryland.

Amy Parker, O&M coordinator and new GSE faculty member, contacted TriMet’s training division to see if there was interest in working with PSU O&M students. TriMet personnel graciously responded and hosted 11 students and 4 instructors at TriMet facilities in Portland. TriMet provided bus passes, safety vests, classroom space, and seasoned TriMet trainers who collaborated with faculty for hands-on lessons.

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GSE hires Gabe Hunter-Bernstein to lead partnership work

gabe-hunter-bernstein-smallGabe Hunter-Bernstein is the new GSE school partnership director. This position in the GSE was developed to facilitate partnerships with schools and districts to enable our teacher candidates to have the best possible clinical experiences in K–12 schools.

Hunter-Bernstein has had a close relationship with the GSE since 2003. As the director of education programs at PCC, he partnered with the Portland Teachers Program and the Bilingual Teacher Pathway program, and ran a center for aspiring teacher education students. These programs serve as incubators to GSE graduate education programs.

“Gabe has a solid reputation in the metro area due to his successful initiatives, thoughtful leadership style, and collaborative approach to partnership work,” said the GSE Associate Dean Micki Caskey. “We are delighted that Gabe has joined the GSE!”

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PSU awarded $1 million for preK-12 mathematics leadership program

Math teacherA partnership between the Graduate School of Education (GSE), David Douglas School District (DDSD), Centennial School District (CSD), and the Multnomah Education Service District (MESD) has received a million dollar grant from the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to improve preK-12 mathematics instruction. The East Metro Mathematics Leadership Project (EaMML) will focus on research-based instructional practices that support student mathematics learning while developing teacher leaders in two east Portland districts. The money is from ODE’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), a federal fund that supports math and science partnerships in each state.

“This will be a huge opportunity for us,” says Principal Investigator Nicole Rigelman who teaches math methods in the Graduate Teacher Education Program and coordinates the Mathematics Instructional Leader program. “It will enable us to develop a cadre of leaders that can support and sustain teacher learning beyond the life of the grant.” Continue reading