Around the College: March 28, 2018

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Erica Frankenberg, associate professor of education (educational leadership) and demography), was a co-author of "The Disintegration of Memphis-Shelby County, Tennessee: School District Secession and Local Control in the 21st Century," published in the American Educational Research Journal. Genevieve Siegel-Hawley (Virginia Commonwealth University) and Sarah Diem (University of Missouri) also contributed to the research.

— Research conducted by Royel M. Johnson, assistant professor of education (higher education), along with Terrell Lamont Strayhorn of Do Good Work Educational Consulting, LLC, was the focus of "Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs 2018," published in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

Paul Morgan, professor of education (education policy studies), and his colleagues are the recipients of the Distinguished Research Award, presented by AERA's Division E. They will receive the award in April for their study "Science Achievement Gaps Begin Very Early, Persist, and Are Largely Explained by Modifiable Factors." The same study currently is being cited by a national survey led by PBS on parental views toward children's science learning. The survey has been reported on by The Washington Post as well as the Aspen Institute.

— Erin Morgart, a doctoral student studying curriculum and instruction, was named an Emerging Professional Development School Leader by the National Association for Professional Development Schools at the NAPDS conference in Jacksonville, Florida. One of three student members honored, Morgart was cited for her contributions to the Penn State PDS partnership with the State College Area School District for scholarly presentations at NAPDS annual conferences in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The association serves as an advocate for the educational community in promoting the continuous development of PreK-12, higher education and community relationships.

Rose Mary Zbiek, professor of education (mathematics education), M. Kathleen Heid, distinguished professor of education (mathematics education), and Glen Blume, professor emeritus of education, co-edited Facilitator’s Guidebook for Use of Mathematical Situations in Professional Learning." The book was the result of a multi-year collaboration of mathematics education faculty from Penn State and University of Georgia with leaders of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics. Along with the companion volume, Mathematical Understanding for Secondary Teaching, the book provides guidance for using research-based, classroom-based situations as the foundation of professional development of secondary mathematics teachers.

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Last Updated March 28, 2018