Around the College: Oct. 9, 2019

October 09, 2019

— Research by Erica Frankenberg, professor of education (educational leadership) about school district secessions and segregation in the South was cited in Research Minutes’ Educational Research & Policy Podcast.

Jason Griffith, assistant professor of education (language and literacy education), will be joined by four College of Education students while presenting at the Pennsylvania Council of the Teachers of English Language Arts conference Oct. 11-12 at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center. The four seniors are Clarisse Cofrancesco, Spencer Hay, Abigail McMenamin and Brady Sahm. The presentation is titled "Connecting with Texts, Conversing with Students, and Collaborating on Curriculum: Engaging Middle Grades Students through Textual Follow-up." 

— An article titled "Moments of friction in virtual reality: How feeling histories impact experience," written by Ty Hollett, assistant professor of education (learning sciences), has been published on SAGE Publishing and E-Learning and Digital Media.

— Four doctoral students in the Department of Education Policy Studies have been awarded Dissertation Research Initiation Grants. They are: Mayli Loayza, Rhoda Nafziger and Trang Pham, students in educational leadership, and Branden Elmore, higher education.

— Research by Professor of Education Paul Morgan showing the need to get more teachers of color in special education classrooms was cited in Education Week.

Ericka Weathers, assistant professor of education in the Department of Education Policy Studies, co-authored "Pathways to Inequality: Between-District Segregation and Racial Disparities in School District Expenditures."

Hyung Joon Yoon, assistant professor of workforce education and development in the Department of Learning and Performance Systems, recently appeared on a Toronto radio show and podcast titled "Career Buzz."

— A project titled "Supporting children’s outdoor science learning with mobile computer: integrating learning on-the-move strategies with context-sensitive computing" is being conducted at the Arboretum at Penn State by associate professors Heather Toomey Zimmerman and Susan Land; Chris Millet, World Campus director of learning design; and former student Chrystal Maggiore.

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