Around the College: Nov. 25, 2020

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Lauren Cozad, assistant teaching professor of education (special education) in the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education (EPCSE) and Kathleen McKinnon, teaching professor of education (special education) in the Department of EPCSE, were recently interviewed on their innovative use of video (and Vosaic software) to support reflection and self-evaluation by special education student teachers.

Karly Ford, Royel Johnson, Kelly Rosinger and LaWanda Ward, assistant professors of education (higher education) in the Department of Education Policy Studies, (EPS), along with EPS doctoral candidates Lynneah Brown, Alexander Cassell, Leandra Cate, Junghee Choi, Hyungjung Kim, Allante Moon, Bridget Parler, Gabriel Pulido and Ali Watts, all presented at the ASHE (Association for the Study of Higher Education) 2020 Virtual Conference held Nov. 9-13 and Nov. 18-21.

— In a policy memo released on Nov. 25 by the National Education Policy Center, “An Agenda for Restoring Civil Rights in K-12 Federal Education Policy,” Erica Frankenberg, professor of education (educational leadership) in the Department of EPS, and colleagues offer six concrete suggestions for how the Biden-Harris administration can restore and reimagine civil rights and education stemming from study funded by the Spencer Foundation about federal policy during the last four years. Frankenberg’s co-authors on the memo are Janelle Scott, the Robert C. and Mary Catherine Birgeneau Distinguished Chair in Educational Disparities and professor at the University of California at Berkeley in the Graduate School of Education and African American Studies Department; Genevieve Siegel-Hawley, an associate professor in the School of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University; Elizabeth DeBray, a professor of educational administration and policy at the University of Georgia; and Kathryn McDermott, a professor and chair of the Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration.

Royel Johnson, assistant professor of education (higher education) and research associate in the Center for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE), gave a talk on Nov. 12 for Cisco Meraki, a cloud-managed information technology company titled “Fostering Sense of Belonging in the Workplace: An Equity Imperative.”

— The Pennsylvania School Study Council (PSSC) hosted the first Virtual Education Conference in partnership with Beard Legal Group on Nov. 10-11. The College of Education sponsored a session presented by Maria Lewis, assistant professor of education in the Department of EPS, and Suzanne Eckes, a professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department at Indiana University, titled “LGBTQ Issues in the Law and the Implications for Education Policy and Practice.” The Education Law Conference is a longstanding professional development opportunity for member districts. In addition, Heather Bennett, director of equity services at Pennsylvania School Boards Association, who received a doctorate in educational leadership and administration from the College of Education in 2017, engaged participants in a discussion around “Building a Foundation for Equity through Policy.”

Matthew Kelly, assistant professor of education (educational leadership) in EPS, is presented as an expert witness a lawsuit alleging that Pennsylvania has failed in its obligation to provide equitable funding for public schools. His 110-page report outlines imbalances in education funding that the petitioners are claiming.

Paul Morgan, EPS professor of education, along with EPS postdoctoral scholar Adrienne Woods; Yangyang Wang, a doctoral candidate in EPS; George Farkas, professor of education at the University of California, Irvine; Marianne Hillemeier, professor emerita of health policy and administration and demography at Penn State; and Yoonkyung Oh, assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center, have a new working paper, "Modifiable Kindergarten Factors that Predict Being a Bully, Victim, or Bully-victim by the Upper Elementary Grades," as part of the CPIP (UCI Center for Population, Inequality, and Policy) Working Paper Series.

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Last Updated December 02, 2020