Master’s students investigate early childhood schools in Peru


PSU students try out the “Molecule”

In September, eight PSU students traveled to Peru with Assistant Professor Ingrid Anderson and Professor Emerita Christine Chaillé to study how La Casa Amarilla (The Yellow House), a network of schools in Lima, Peru, has adapted Reggio Emilia–inspired education concepts across a school system. Students in the Early Childhood master’s program are a mix of local and out-of-state students who met face-to- face for the first time on this trip.

Lima is a modern metropolis of 20 million people on the west coast of Peru, perched on massive cliffs above the Pacific Ocean. Lima boasts abundant modern architecture mixed with ornate Victorian buildings and more than 2,500 historic sites leading back to pre-Columbian cultures. Founded in 1535, the city boasts many five-star hotels and restaurants. The city has affluent and poor neighborhoods and has recently seen an influx of immigrants from Venezuela, the result of political unrest in that 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.

GSE alumna receives national award for research in Kenya


Recent GSE doctoral graduate Staci B. Martin, ’18, is the recipient of the 2018 Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) Dissertation in Practice of the Year Award for her work entitled Co-Creating Spaces of Critical Hope Through the Use of a Psychosocial Peace Building Education course in Higher Education in Protracted Refugee Context: Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya.

Martin holds an EdD in the Educational Leadership: Curriculum and Instruction. She is an adjunct assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Portland State University and a scholar of critical hope and critical despair. She is a community-based action researcher working with vulnerable populations, in particular, refugee youth. She has lived and worked alongside communities in over 15 countries. Her experiences vary from designing to implementing to evaluating sustainable psychosocial peace-building education programs in four countries: South Africa, Dieplsoot Informal Settlement (nthabiseng project, 2001); Nepal, Vishwa Shanti Vihara Vishwa Monastery (Khelera Sikou Project, 2012); Jamaica (Irie Project, 2010); and Kenya, Kakuma Refugee Camp (Pambazuka, 2017). She has presented in over 20 conferences and authored five papers on this work.

Martin’s research and teaching interests include critical hope and despair, pedagogy of hope, refugee education, psychosocial, peace-building, participants as co-researchers, and community-based action approach.

“Staci is indeed a remarkable young scholar,” said her dissertation chair, Professor Emerita Dannelle D. Stevens. “She is humble, focused, articulate, and persistent in accomplishing her goal of conducting rigorous research. By doing so, she empowers individuals to create better outcomes for themselves and others. It has been my honor to work with and learn from her over these last five years.”

Her dissertation committee includes Micki Caskey, doctoral program coordinator, Samuel Henry, emeritus faculty in Curriculum and Instruction and Matt Carlson, Graduate Office representative.

Martin will attend the CPED Consortium Convening in Phoenix, Arizona, in October to receive a monetary award and plaque, and she will present her work at their luncheon.

The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate is the knowledge forum on the EdD with a membership of over 100 schools of education in the US, Canada, and New Zealand, working collaboratively to improve professional preparation in education at the highest level.

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 faculty member Hollie Hix-Small accepts Fulbright in Myanmar

holliehixsmallAssistant Professor Hollie Hix-Small has been named a Fulbright Scholar to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. She will reside in the Southeast Asian country for four months, from June to September 2019, and will work to support implementation of their 2017–2020 National Strategic Plan for Early Childhood Intervention. Hix-Small, who has expertise in early childhood intervention and is known nationally and internationally for her work, will help to develop the country’s first higher education curriculum for Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) services. This collaboration among the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief, Relief and Resettlement and seven other ministries with support from UNICEF Myanmar and the Leprosy Mission of Myanmar has laid the groundwork for the opportunity to work with institutions of higher education on the further development of ECI.

Hix-Small will work with professors and other stakeholders in the country to co-develop coursework to support emerging professionals in the field of ECI. Rather than bringing a prescribed curriculum with her, she feels strongly that it will be important to use the perspectives and expertise of local practitioners, parents, professors, and others to jointly generate the content to customize the program to the country and the varied contexts within it. “My challenge is to understand the context and the culture and their learning needs,” said Hix-Small. Continue reading

PSU science professor wins national award

Cary Sneider

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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