Around the College: Oct. 28, 2020

October 27, 2020

Students, staff and faculty members from Penn State's College of Education share recent research and career achievements.

—   Katerina Bodovski, associate professor of education (educational theory and policy), has a new article, “Compensating for Family Disadvantage: An Analysis of the Effects of Boarding School on Chinese Students' Academic Achievement,” co-authored with Minda Tan, assistant professor in the Faculty of Education at Shandong Normal University, China, in FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education.  

—   Sebrina Doyle, doctoral candidate in the Department of Education Policy Studies and an affiliate of the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center (PRC), shares insights on the power of mindfulness as she discusses her work with educators in this video from WITF/PBS.

—   Erica Frankenberg, professor of education (educational leadership), is quoted in an article, “What does a district court ruling mean for future right-to-education cases?” in Education Dive.

—   Royel Johnson, assistant professor of education (higher education), offered remarks at press conference on Oct. 21 for Ban the Box, which announced a new state policy that would ban the usage of questions about one’s criminal history on college applications. In addition, Johnson gave a talk on "Fostering College Student Sense of Belonging through Institutional Change" on Oct. 27 as part of Penn State's Equity Pedagogy Network Speaker Series.

—   Andrea Layton, doctoral candidate in the Educational Leadership program, and Sarah Zipf, doctoral candidate in higher education, are among the four graduate students who have been awarded funding by PRC for research projects that responded to their call for work focusing on reducing racism or promoting anti-racist practices and culture. Layton, who is advised by Deborah Schussler, associate professor of education, plans to conduct an online survey of Black Penn State undergraduates ages 18-25 who have received mental health services while attending Penn State. Zipf, who is advised by Alicia Dowd, professor of education, is surveying online students in one college at Penn State about their perceptions of race and of the online classroom climate.

—   Annie Maselli, doctoral candidate in the Department of Education Policy Studies, has created a voter guide, PSU Votes, for Pennsylvania and Penn State in particular. The guide includes general information as well as details for specific groups or people who want to volunteer as poll workers or in voting drives.

—   On Oct. 8-9, Deborah Schussler, associate professor of education (educational leadership) in the Department of Education Policy Studies, convened a meeting, "Improving the Science of Mindfulness-based Interventions for Children and Youth" with colleagues Rob Roeser, Bennett Pierce Professor of Caring and Compassion and professor of human development and family studies, and Damon Jones, associate research professor at PRC. Underwritten by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, the virtual meeting included renowned researchers from across the United States and six countries across disciplines to explore issues of measurement, developmental appropriateness, and implementation of mindfulness programs in K-12 schools

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Last Updated November 04, 2020