College Announcements: Jan. 31, 2018

German educator to deliver annual Waterbury Lecture

Andres Acher, an associate professor at the Institut für Schulpädagogik und Grundschuldidaktik, University of Halle, Germany, will deliver the annual Waterbury Lecture and panel discussion in the College of Education from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 9 in the Krause Learning Space on the second floor of Chambers Building. Acher will speak on "Transformation Boxes (TBs): A system-based guidance to support elementary student teachers to teach and learn scientific modeling. An example through Biological Core Ideas." For more information, visit

College awards program seeks nominations

The college's Office of Alumni Relations is accepting nominations for the 2017-2018 Faculty, Staff, and Student awards program. The awards recognize faculty, staff and students who have made significant contributions to their fields, the College of Education, and the University community.

Each year, the college awards seven awards. They are:

  • Career Achievement Award
  • Outstanding Researcher Award
  • Outstanding Teaching Award
  • Outstanding Staff Award
  • Climate Enhancement Award
  • Graduate Student Recognition Award
  • Undergraduate Leadership and Service Award

To learn more about the awards and to download a nomination form, visit The deadline to submit nominations is Wednesday, Feb. 28.

Information sought for AERA presenters

The College of Education's Communications Office is putting together a story with information about those presenting at the 2018 AERA annual meeting, being held April 13-17 in New York City. Faculty and graduate students who have been selected to present at the meeting are asked to contact Annemarie Mountz at by Feb. 9 and provide the session type (symposium, paper session or poster session), session title and presentation title. To see the story about last year's presenters, visit

Advising Center relocates due to construction

As a result of the construction of the new science wing in Chambers Building, the College of Education's Advising and Certification Center has been temporarily relocated to 113A Chambers Building, effective Thursday, Jan. 18. Students should report to this room for scheduled appointments with advisers. For general questions, students may contact the center at 814-865-0488.

Schreyer Institute to offer free faculty workshop focused on student learning

The Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence will present a free workshop for Penn State faculty members titled "Get Students to Focus on Learning Instead of Grades: Metacognition is Key!" on Feb. 12. The workshop will be offered twice, in two different formats: online via Zoom from noon to 1:15 p.m. and in person from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m. in Pattee Library’s Foster Auditorium at University Park.

For more information, visit

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Last Updated January 31, 2018