intoOSUINTO OSU is seeking educators at all levels as “Community Partners” for 30 Mexican teachers coming for English Teacher Training at INTO OSU, July 16-Aug. 14.  Meet with a teacher for a couple of hours each week of their stay, at times and places you choose together, for conversation, a walk, coffee, a snack.

You can also show our community spirit by hosting for a half day on July 20, a visit to your home and a meal.  It’s all very flexible –  whatever you might be doing anyway on a summer Sunday in Corvallis or nearby.

Contact Kathleen Rochester, INTO OSU Special Programs Coordinator at 541-737-5678, or kathleen.rochester[at]oregonstate[dot]edu.

 

 

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The office of Childcare & Family Resources is currently accepting nominations for the 2013-14 Family Friendly Faculty Award. The Family Friendly Faculty Award is awarded to a faculty or staff member who has provided exemplary support to an OSU student with children.

Support may come in the form of mentoring, encouragement, accommodations, or anything parents have found helpful in and out of the classroom to remove barriers to success and/or elevating the campus awareness of students with children.

If you know of someone deserving this award, please take a few moments to write a nomination letter including within: their name and department, your name and department, why you would like to nominate this person, and examples of ways they have helped you (or someone you know) be successful at OSU. Nomination letters are due to amy.luhn@oregonstate.edu  or delivered to the Childcare & Family Resources office before July 31, 2014.

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This summer we are offering several courses for ESOL and ESOL/bilingual endorsement candidates. See http://summer.oregonstate.edu or http://catalog.oregonstate.edu for specific course registration information.

  • TCE 522 Racial and Cultural Harmony in the K-12 Classroom will be taught online June 23-August 15.
  • TCE 472/572 Foundations of ESOL/Bilingual Education will be taught 3 times: in Corvallis August 25-September 26, online (TCE 572 only) june 23-August 15, and in Bend July 2-25 (TCE 572 only).
  • TCE 573 Instructional Approaches for ESOL/Bilingual Education will be taught online June 23-August 15.
  • TCE 576 Partnerships and Ideologies in ESOL/Bilingual Education will be taught twice: online June 23-August 15 and in Bend July 2-18.

We are also offering 2 special topic electives focused on dual language education:

  • TCE 499/599 Biliteracy in the Schools taught in Corvallis August 4-8 with additional online coursework due by September 5.
  • TCE 499/599 Spanish in the Community taught in Corvallis August 11-15 with additional online coursework due by September 5.

For additional information about the Biliteracy in the Schools and Spanish in the Community courses, please visit http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/duallanguage.

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Volunteer. Be part of Beaver Nation.

Saturday, May 17, OSU alumni, students and friends are working together to improve your neighborhood.  Grab your rake and gloves, or just come with your Beaver spirit and help make a difference in your community during OSU Community Day of Service.

Alumni and friends can also log their volunteer service hours on May 17th and credit them towards the event.  Last year, there were 500 volunteers and about 1500 hours.

Register today: www.osualum.com/service

 

ATTENTION STUDENTS AND FACULTY

Opportunity for Student Involvement:

OSU Student Ambassador Nominations

Homecoming 2014

 “Come Home to this Amazing Place” 

Do you know a student who embodies Oregon State University? Are you that student? The Student Alumni Association is looking for campus leaders who exude Beaver pride and spirit to be recognized as 2014 Homecoming Royalty! Selected students will be formally recognized at our 2014 Homecoming events, serve as representatives for OSU during the 2014-15 school year, and become a part of Beaver history.

APPLY TODAY!

The application (download) must be submitted electronically by Monday, May 23rd at 5:00pm to the OSU Alumni Association office either filled out online at www.osualum.com/court or emailed to Suzanne.Flores@oregonstate.edu. Candidates who pass the initial round of selection must be available for a short interview on May 28th and 29th. Questions can be directed to Suzanne Flores at (541) 737-3003.

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The College of Education hosted a storytime and STEM activities for this year’s Bring Your Kids to Campus Day.

For the storytime in the morning, we read Salina Yoon’s children’s book “Penguin and Pinecone.” The College of Forestry sent over an ambassador with a pile of pinecones (some giant-sized!) and talked about pine cones. Afterwards, each child got to create their very own pine cone friend to take home with them.

For the afternoon, we had some fun STEM activities demonstrating the science of flight. Kids had the opportunity to create paper helicopters and plastic parachutes they could drop off the 4th Floor of Furman Hall’s atrium.

If you can’t tell from the photos, we had a lot of fun!

P1060651FIRST Robotics is hosting a high school robotics competition this weekend (April 4 & 5) at OSU Gill Coliseum. It is the first time that this event has been held in Corvallis. Corvallis HS, Crescent Valley HS, and Philomath HS will be among 30 teams competing to go to regionals in Portland. Admission and parking is free so bring the entire family. See schedule below.

The robotics program is a STEM program that encourages high schoolers to apply engineering and math to build a robot to achieve a variety of tasks. It also encourages problem solving, critical thinking, and team work. If you want to learn more about what the robotics program is about, stop by the pit area and ask for a tour. Any team would be happy to tell you about what they do.

Friday, April 4

1:50 pm                               Opening Ceremonies

2:15-4:30 pm                     Qualification Matches

5:00-7:00 pm                    Qualification Matches

Saturday, April 5

9:00-9:30 am                    Opening Ceremonies

9:30-12:00 pm                  Qualification Matches

12:00-12:15 pm                 Alliance Selections

1:15-4:30 pm                      Final Rounds

4:30 pm                               Awards Ceremony

UPDATE: Competition Results

Here are the results of the FIRST Robotics Competition at Gill Coliseum…

Corvallis High School placed second overall out of 30 teams. Both CV and CHS qualified for District Competition in Portland facing over 100 teams from the Pacific Northwest.  The majority of the teams in were from well-funded teams from Washington with major support from Boeing. Yet, Corvallis and Crescent Valley qualified for the FIRST World Championship in St. Louis on April 23-26, 2014, representing a total of four robotics teams in Oregon to go.

In nine days, these young adults have an opportunity to compete with hundreds of other teams from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Israel, etc. As a College that supports STEM how can we show our support for robotics in our own community? If you are interested in discussing outreach opportunities or donations, please contact Sue Helback.

Follow live action at the FIRST World Competition (see FRC = “First Robotics Competition”.)

http://championship.usfirst.org/

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Assistant Professor, Karen Thompson, was awarded the AERA Bilingual Education Research Special Interest Group 2014 Outstanding Dissertation Award at the AERA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia on Sunday, April 4.

The Outstanding Dissertation award is part of a competition open for recent and in-progress graduates, who earned or will earn a PhD or EdD degree between January 2012 and December 2013. The topic of the dissertation should be related to the area of bilingual education research, including work with any language-minority population and either qualitative or quantitative research methodology. The Dissertation Competition Committee will be comprised of researchers representing the broad areas of expertise within bilingual education research, and who are members in good standing of the Bilingual Education Research SIG. The criteria used for evaluating the applications submitted will center on the quality of the dissertation (rigor of methodology and theoretical and educationally applied contribution to the field), as well as the innovations generated by the research work.

Thompson’s dissertation is entitled “Are We There Yet? Exploring English Learners’ Journey to Reclassification and Beyond.”

Here’s a brief one-sentence summary of her dissertation below:

I use nine years of longitudinal, student-level data from the Los Angeles Unified School District, combined with interviews and observations from a cohort of San Francisco Bay Area students initially classified as English learners, to explore the time that English learners (ELs) take to acquire English proficiency, the factors that are related to students’ English acquisition trajectories, and the relationship between reclassification as proficient in English and later academic outcomes.

Congratulations to Karen Thompson on this outstanding achievement!