Graduate School of Education students completing their programs need only attend a single ceremony this year. Traditionally, the GSE hosts a separate event from the University Commencement, Academic Hooding. For the first time, the school will instead host an official Academic Hooding and Commencement Ceremony, the first of five such events involving academic schools at PSU this spring. On June 15 in the newly renovated Viking Pavilion, the GSE will honor 355 students with master’s and doctoral degree diplomas while also performing the traditional academic hooding to signify advanced degree completion. The new pavilion seats up to 3,500 guests to accommodate graduates’ families and friends. This year, the GSE will also offer free childcare in collaboration with Little Vikings on a drop-in, as-needed basis.
PSU’s newly inaugurated ninth president, Rahmat Shoureshi, will congratulate graduates while Marvin Lynn officiates his first Academic Hooding and Commencement Ceremony as dean.
This year’s guest speaker is Karen Fischer Gray, the current superintendent of the Parkrose School District and the 2018 Oregon Superintendent of the Year. She has led Parkrose since 2007. Gray is the chair of the Oregon Educational Equity Advisory Group, which meets to increase the number of linguistically and racially diverse educators in Oregon. She is a former Spirit of Portland Award winner and served on the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission from 2010 to 2015. Gray has worked in education for 36 years.
Tickets to the 27th Academic Hooding and Commencement Ceremony are obtained through the student graduates, who may contact the PSU Box Office.
Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP) teacher candidates in the Integrated Arts cohort have used a tribal method to construct “portfolios” of their journeys through their program. Curriculum and Instruction Department Associate Professor Jan Abramovitz collaborated with American Indian Teacher Program Director Maria Tenorio to give students a new process by which to construct portfolios of their learning in a creative way that honors those who originally occupied the land.
The Winter Count project is modeled after one method employed by tribal nations to record and preserve their history. Students’ artwork is based on the Nakota Sioux Winter Count, an educator lesson from the National Museum of the American Indian. The Winter Count lesson illustrates how an oral culture used pictographs as a mnemonic device to create a calendar of a year in the tribe’s life. As such, it provides American Indian context to a time in American history when major social, cultural, and economic changes took place in tribal cultures. Continue reading
The Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) has named GSE Assistant Professor Torrey Kulow a Mathematics Fellow. The Service, Teaching and Research (STaR) in Mathematics Education Fellowship is an induction program for early-career mathematics educators working at institutions of higher education.
“I am pleased that Dr. Kulow has received this prestigious fellowship,” said GSE Dean Marvin Lynn. “She is an excellent scholar with a deep commitment to mathematics teacher education. The fellowship will allow her to further enrich her already strong research agenda.”
Kulow is completing her first year at PSU where she is a cohort leader in the Graduate Teacher Education Program, specializing in secondary mathematics. Kulow taught middle school mathematics in Massachusetts prior to getting her master’s degree and PhD in curriculum and instruction (in the area of mathematics education) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
“Dr. Kulow is a promising young scholar,” said Curriculum and Instruction Department Chair Will Parnell. “She is mindfully building her agenda with passion, energy, and focus.”
AMTE is the largest professional organization devoted to the improvement of mathematics teacher education. It includes over 1,000 members who support preservice education and professional development of preK–16 teachers of mathematics.
The STaR Fellows program includes a summer institute, academic year networking, and a follow-up session in conjunction with the annual AMTE meeting. The program was initiated through a grant from the National Science Foundation. Admission to the program is competitive. Fellows are selected from a broad range of institutions and for their academic objectives. To date, 270 early-career mathematics educators working at institutions of higher education have completed the program as STaR Fellows.
On Sunday, June 18, GSE students and their families crowded the Oregon Convention Center for the 26th Annual Academic Hooding Ceremony. The ceremony was the culmination of their programs. GSE graduates will serve the community as teachers, counselors, adult educators, and sustainability educators in Oregon and elsewhere. More than 500 GSE students complete programs each year, and 334 attended this event.
Joining the 15 doctoral graduates were master’s and licensure students from Special Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Counselor Education, and Educational Leadership and Policy. Four undergraduate students also received recognition through GSE’s award-winning Bilingual Teacher Pathway Program. Continue reading
Mona (left) and Mania Asadi Zadeh, ’17, celebrate a new beginning in America.
For the GSE’s Mania Asadi Zadeh, this year’s PSU student commencement speaker, life is all about family. She grew up in a multigenerational household in Tehran, Iran, so when her older sister Mona wanted to join her in the United States, Mania was thrilled. She was not expecting her sister to become caught up in an immigration crisis that made national news. Mania, a GSE counseling major had a real-life problem that would require all of her years of training to solve.
Mania did not start her undergraduate college career wanting to be a counselor. She envisioned a high-paying profession, like pharmacist, so she could help support her family. She took every science course she could at PCC and transferred to Portland State as a junior in 2012. In 2014, Mania earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at PSU. Working with PSU advisors in her undergrad years and mentoring other students had taught her that she liked to take care of people. She had realized that her graduate degree should be in counseling and the GSE’s Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling specialization was a perfect fit for her. Continue reading
2017 Diversity Award recipients (left to right): Judy Bluehorse Skelton, Aslihan Alkurt, Samuel Henry, Ebony Oldham, and Tara Cooper. Not pictured, Virginia Luka.
The annual PSU Diversity Awards were held May 23, 2017, at the Native American Student and Community Center on the PSU campus.
Samuel Henry is only the second person tapped for the Vice President’s Global Diversity Award. Carmen Suarez, PSU Vice President of Global Diversity and Inclusion, conferred the award to Henry, who was also featured as the keynote speaker at the celebration. Henry is an associate professor emeritus in the Curriculum and Instruction (CI) department and has worked at PSU since 1992. During his tenure, Henry served as chair of that department, was the GSE doctoral program coordinator, and was the director of the Intercultural Initiatives for the Center for Academic Excellence. In 2010, he was named to the Oregon State Board of Education as a member and served that group as chair. In 2016 he was nominated to Governor Brown’s Oregon Quality Education Commission. Continue reading