Around the College: Oct. 13, 2021

October 12, 2021

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

  • Christy Beck, assistant teaching professor of education (counselor education) and supervisor of the Edwin L. Herr Clinic, spoke on the issue of sexual consent for a segment on "Your Health Matters" on ABC23.
  • Kathleen Bieschke, vice provost for faculty affairs and professor of education (counseling psychology), will be honored with the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training in Psychology at the 2021 APA Awards Ceremony at 5 p.m. ET Friday, Oct. 22. Bieschke’s award is given by the Board of Educational Affairs in recognition of the efforts of psychologists who have made distinguished contributions to education and training, who have produced imaginative innovations, or who have been involved in the developmental phases of programs in education and training in psychology.
  • Mildred Boveda, associate professor of education (special education), is co-editor of a new book, “Racism by another name: Black students, overrepresentation and the carceral state of special education.”
  • Julia Bryan, professor of education (counselor education), was recognized as the fourth most frequently contributing author for the Journal of Counseling and Development, the flagship journal in counselor education.
  • Gilberto Q. Conchas, the Wayne K. and Anita Woolfolk Hoy Endowed Professor of Education, was recently appointed editor-at-large of the Journal of Leadership, Equity and Research (JLER). JLER is a new journal dedicated to educational leadership and social justice.
  • Ed Fuller, associate professor of education (educational leadership), and Marsha Modeste, assistant professor of education (educational leadership), were quoted in a report by WLVR Lehigh Valley, “Allentown School District superintendent’s salary is on par – if not low – for the role, educational experts say.”
  • Brandy Henry, assistant professor of education (rehabilitation and human services), has a new article, “Reducing COVID-19 outbreaks in prisons through public health-centered policies” in The Lancet.
  • Allison Henward, associate professor of education (early childhood education), and colleagues from University of Georgia and the New York University/William T. Grant Foundation have received a $50,000 grant from the Brady Education Foundation for their comparative ethnographic study, “Police curriculum in early childhood classrooms in the era of Black Lives Matter.” The grant will fund the initial stages of the project that investigates how preschool educators in demographically diverse, urban and rural communities in Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania make sense of young children’s police play.
  • Matthew Gardner Kelly, assistant professor of education (educational leadership), has a new article, “How to reform without reforming: School district racial composition and Pennsylvania’s ‘fair’ funding formula” in Education and Urban Society.
  • Gerald K. LeTendre, H.L. Batschelet Chair of Education (educational leadership), wrote a piece, “How education reforms can support teachers around the world instead of undermining them" for The Conversation.

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Last Updated October 12, 2021