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!
The College of Education in collaboration with the College of Liberal Arts presents a Special Seminar by Brett Bigham entitled “Oregon State Teacher of the Year: The Path to Advocacy.” The seminar will take place on Friday, April 18, 2014 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m in 202 Furman Hall.
Brett Bigham is the first Special Education Teacher in Oregon to be named Teacher of the Year. He is a fierce advocate for at-risk youth and children with Special Needs. Brett is a graduate of OSU and the Department of Communications. In his role as teacher he works with a variety of students with emotional, physical and communication issues he has built a program around the communication skills he received from his program at OSU. Brett was a member of the OSU Forensics Team and won over 50 state and national awards for the Beavers and in his current role he is traveling the state and country as Oregon’s Ambassador for education.
State Representative Sara Gelser will be joining us for this special seminar as well.
It’s official: American Promise director Michèle Stephenson is coming to OSU next month. Our College of Education CLD group is organizing and hosting her visit with the generous support of several campus partners.
On Monday, April 14, we will show the short 30 minute version of the film and host a panel discussion about the Black male experience in predominately White schools. This will take place in the Corvallis High School Theater, starting at 4 PM.
On Tuesday, April 15, we will show the longer 80 minute version of the film, followed by a talk with director Michèle Stephenson. This will start at 7 PM in Milam Auditorium.
American Promise follows two boys, one of which is Michèle’s son Idris, from kindergarten through high school graduation. It centers on their experiences as two of just a few African-Americans at the prestigious Dalton School. It speaks to the unique experience of African-American boys in schools, to visibly standing out as an ‘only’ at school, to parenting styles/concerns, to issues of social class, etc.
View the official American Promise film trailer below.
Michael Giallermo, Assistant Professor of Science and Math Education at the OSU Cascades campus, garnered mention in the Bend Bulletin last week in an article about Oregon’s new science curriculum.
Giallermo was one of three educators involved in Oregon’s adoption earlier this month of the Next Generation Science Standards, a K-12 science curriculum adopted by nine other states.
“The standards represent a move away from just a list of facts students need to master before graduation,” Giamellaro said this week. “The vision is that as students move up, they are not just progressing from topic to topic, but seeing connections across core ideas. Standards are also tied to performance expectations, where knowledge and skills are applied.”
Oregon last adopted a new set of science standards in 2009. While those standards began to incorporate more engineering content, the Next Generation Science Standards, adopted March 6, push that even further. However, Giamellaro said the challenge isn’t over what to include, but what to leave out, given how much could be included in a science curriculum.
“In past national efforts on standards, by the time everything that should be there is in, it’s an overwhelming collection of ideas that’s impossible to get to,” Giamellaro said. “Our big focus is on getting to the most important things people will need in a future, as we interact with technology and engineering more.”
The next challenge is deciding how to implement the standards and bring teachers up to speed on the state’s new expectations for science education.
The adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards coincides with the adoption of the Common Core State Standards, a set of math and English education goals Oregon and most other states will implement in the 2014-15 school year. The Common Core is intended to emphasize critical thinking and has been characterized as more rigorous than current Oregon standards by the state Education Department.
We would like to extend a special thank you to the generous business owners who donated gift certificates to the College of Education- OSU Food Drive Raffle this year! Additionally, we appreciate the support of the employees of Trimble Navigation for their donations of food items. Although the final totals are still being calculated, our college food drive raised an equivalent of 2,754 pounds of food during the month of February with the help of our faculty, staff, students, and business partners.
Thanks so much to all of our local businesses who generally donated raffle and food items!
* Darlene Russ-Eft and Dr. Susan Goff (CCLP 16) will be giving a presentation at the upcoming Academy of Human Resource Development conference (www.ahrd.org) in Houston, Texas. It is based on Sue’s dissertation and is titled: “Temps at the Top: Factors related to the Appointment of Interim Community College Presidents.”
* Darlene Russ-Eft’s latest book (co-authored with Catherine M. Sleezer and Kavita Gupta), “A Practical Guide to Needs Assessment,” will be available this month.
* Cheridy Aduviri has launched a new blog (Tech’d Out Learning) that explores the role of technology in education. Topics include: hybrid course design, educational apps, uses of ipads in the classroom and more. If you have an interest on the role of technology in education, you can also attend the next Technology Committee meeting (Monday, April 7th at 10 am).
* John Falk has been recently granted membership on the National Academy of Science’s Board on Science Education committee on Out-of-School Time (OST) STEM Learning. Here’s a link to more information on the committee and it’s members.
Three visiting scholars from South Korea will be spending the next year at Oregon State University. They will be putting on two workshops (April and October) about science education in Korea. Here are bios and backgrounds on the three scholars below:
Hyo-Suk Ryu, Post-Doctoral Fellow with the College of Education at Ewha Womans University in Korea
My works have been mainly focused on developing programs and circumstances for secondary students in the formal and informal learning contexts. My dissertation is about the effects of science outreach program based on high school students’ experiences in university laboratory. I also collaborated on the project (called WCU) which is about developing materials and training in-service teachers in order to enhance scientific literacy for the young global citizens at Global Institute for STS education in Korea. My interests also include to boost the awareness and support of the public by expanding the bases of science community and public understanding on science.
Ewha Womans University (Ph.D. in science education) 2007-2011
Ewha Womans University (M.Edu. in physics education) 1998-2002
Ewha Womans University (B.S. in science education) 1993-1997
Young-Shin Park, Assistant Professor at the Dept. of Earth Science Education and Director of the Science Culture Education Center at Chosun University, South Korea
My research interest covers two different tracks; informal science learning as well as formal one. One is about science teaching in formal setting covering teachers’ beliefs and knowledge through induction program as well as teacher preparation program in the context of scientific inquiry and argumentation. I also developed Korea Teacher Observational Protocols (K_TOP) to improve teachers’ teaching strategies on the basis of their teaching practices. The other research interest is about educators’ interacting with visitors in informal setting of science learning, such as how to train science docents to be expertise in their interacting with visitors and how to implement science communication into supplemental educational program and how to analyze science communication embedded in science exhibition. I developed the manual ‘guide for science docent expertise’ in Korean (2012) and the book of ‘introduction to being science educator in science center’ by running professional development program for prospective science educator (2013).
Oregon State University (Ph.D. in science education) 1998-2005
Oregon State University (M.S. in science education) 1996-1997
Seoul National University (B.S. in earth science education) 1987-1991
Jonghee Kim, Associate Professor with the Department of Earth Science Education at Chonnam National University in South Korea
Research Areas & Interests
Earth Science education
Task Analysis in Earth Science
Informal science education (science museum)
ICT education, Computer-assisted science learning
Special education for the gifted
Resent Research Theme
Development Applications for the Diagnostic & Formative Assessment in the Earth Science Class
Busan National University (Ph. D. in Earth Science Education) 1997- 2003
Busan National University (M.S. in Earth Science Education) 1989-1994
Busan National University (B.S. in Earth Science Education) 1985- 1989
The raffle will be held on Tuesday, February 25th during our Soup-er Lunch in Furman 411 A from 12-1 PM. Vegetarian soup will be served along with bread. Guests attending are asked to bring a donation and a dessert or side dish to share. Come enjoy a delicious lunch with your co-workers, support a worthy cause, and see who our lucky raffle winners will be!
We are in need of raffle prizes for the event. Please consider donating an item. Your donation is tax deductible! Last year faculty and staff donated baskets of delicious homemade food items, jewelry, and gift cards. You can also ask a local merchant, restaurant, artistic individual, or service provider in our community to donate a gift certificate or item to our cause. They will be recognized on the College of Education website, the OSU Food Drive website, and OSU Today for their generosity. Raffle ticket sales will begin Wednesday, February 12 in Furman 104.
Popcorn and Performance by the Deans:
What is popcorn without a show? This tasty treat will be served at the All- College Meeting on Thursday, March 13, but if 10 College of Education employees sign up for the OSU Food Drive Monthly Payroll Contribution program Randy and Larry will also entertain us with a performance at the beginning of the meeting. Donations can be a little as $5 per month, and forms can be found in your mailbox in Furman 104. The stage is set for an entertaining time with your help
Will You Be Canned This Month?:
If a large Linn Benton Food Share can mysteriously appears in your office, you have been CANNED by the College of Education. Game rules will be attached to the can! The canning begins Wednesday, February 5th. Who will be first?
If you have any questions or wish to help with any of the College of Education 2014 OSU Food Drive Events, please contact Karla or Lynda.