Graduate School of Education News
Leading, Learning, Life Changing

December Newsletter 2007

Leeza Maron (left joins scholarship recipient Jennifer Donaldson and Gail Maron at the annual GSE Harvest Festival. The Sheldon Maron Endowed Scholarship will help Ms. Donaldson complete the vision program in special education. (See page 12 for Harvest Festival story.)

A family learning legacy

What better way to remember an extraordinary educator than to start a scholarship in his name? That’s what Gail and Leeza Maron did when Sheldon Maron passed away. Dr. Sheldon Maron came to PSU in 1978 as the Vision Program director. He had a PhD in special education from the University of Michigan and had worked in Florida for many years as an assistant professor at Florida State University and as the director of Camp Challenge, a summer camp for children with developmental disabilities. It was a small program, offering individual attention, for special educators who work with visually impaired students.

Current Vision Program Director, Jim Bickford, remembers, “Shelly was a man who would always go the extra mile, especially if it meant helping kids. He was very supportive of the students in the program and maintained long-time relationships with them, regaling them with stories while they were enrolled and reminiscing with them later.” Dr. Bickford noted that Dr. Maron was responsible for getting the first federal grants for the PSU program.

When Dr. Maron passed away, his wife, Gail, and his daughter, Leeza, tried to think of a suitable way to commemorate him. What they remembered most was that he always loved the students. “He was just funny and very interested in the students,” Gail Maron said. “He was happy at Portland State from day one.” They established a scholarship in his name.

As with many GSE scholarships, involvement did not end there. Initiating a scholarship program for students lets the Marons continue their GSE involvement. “We’re really pleased with how the GSE gives feedback and communication about the scholarships. We actually get to review the applications and learn about the students,” says Mrs. Maron

Both Gail and Leeza Maron attend the Harvest Festival, which links scholarship recipients with donors, “The students are fabulous. We have kept in touch with many of them. We know they sometimes need some help, and we’re glad that we can do it,” says Gail, “I love going.”

At a recent Portland Public School workshop, Gail Maron sat next to a familiar face. She wasn’t sure how she knew the person, until the young lady introduced herself as Kristin Werts and said, “I received a scholarship in memory of your husband.” “It was so exciting to talk to her,” says Gail Maron. The new teacher is now working in Hillsboro, and shared some highlights of her work.

Gail Maron took classes in school counseling from GSE, and was a child development specialist in Portland Public Schools for 17 years. Since her retirement in 2003, she has supervised students in PSU’s school counseling program. Dr. Leeza Maron is an assistant professor and neuropsychologist at OHSU. She has fond memories of working for the GSE Special Education Kiwanis Summer Camp during high school.

Message from the dean

Research confirms the common sense notion that the key to quality education is the teacher and the relationship s/he is able to establish with students. Oregon is blessed with an outstanding teaching force, but there are still teaching positions that are hard to fill, especially in the areas of special education, mathematics, science, and bilingual education. There are also schools in certain geographic locations that find it hard to recruit well qualified teachers.

Portland State University has a long history of addressing the teacher shortage and working to recruit great teacher candidates that represent the diverse student population of Oregon and are competent in the full range of disciplines, most notably those mentioned above. We currently receive federal funds to help us recruit and prepare math, science, bilingual, and special education candidates. We have a longstanding partnership with Portland Public Schools and Portland Community College to recruit individuals from underrepresented groups to teach in the Portland area schools. Of course, one of our most important efforts is our scholarship program, which currently awards over $140,000 annually to over 70 deserving students.

I am also pleased to report that recently President Bush signed into law the America Competes Act, which among other things, established TEACH grants to attract individuals to teach in hard-to-staff schools and in subject areas in which there is a shortage. This is a particularly remarkable piece of legislation, because the funding is mandatory rather than discretionary.

The demand for excellent teachers is increasing at the same time that the baby boom generation reaches retirement. The efforts to recruit the good teachers noted above are positive, but they are probably not sufficient. We must continue to improve teacher working conditions and teacher compensation as we also find ways to support teacher candidates in their preparation.

Randy Hitz

Randy Hitz—Dean Coordinating Council

Stephen Isaacson—Associate Dean

Cheryl Livneh—Associate Dean

Ann Fullerton—Director of Research

Christine Cress—Chair, Educational Policy, Foundations and Administrative Studies

Christine Chaille—Chair, Curriculum and Instruction

Leslie Munson—Chair, Special and Counselor Education

Rick Johnson—Coordinator, Counselor Education

Samuel Henry—Director of Doctoral Program

Deborah Miller—Director of Licensure

Sandy Wiscarson—Director of Development

Pati Sluys—Budget and Personnel Manager

For more information about the Graduate School of Education at Portland State University, go to: www.pdx.edu/education

For more information about Continuing Education in the Graduate School of Education go to: www.ceed.pdx.edu

For more information about making gifts to the GSE or sponsoring scholarships for our students, contact Sandra Wiscarson, 503-725-4789, wiscars@pdx.edu

The GSE News is published three times per year. To submit news items or to subscribe, contact Nancy Eichsteadt, neichste@pdx.edu

Carnegie Fellows study service-learning

Christine Cress, EPFA department, is working with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and the California Campus Compact on a two-year service-learning for political engagement project involving 23 faculty fellows. Dr. Cress helped conceptualize the curricular portion of the program and is facilitating an ongoing professional learning community for the faculty fellows. During the summer at the Carnegie Fellows Institute, she informed fellows on service-learning outcomes assessment. “Her presentations deepened fellows’ knowledge about teaching for political learning and supported their efforts to plan and assess service-learning projects,” says Elaine Ikeda, executive director of California Campus Compact.

The fellows will promote service-learning for their students and investigate whether it can motivate students to participate in political engagement. The challenge for faculty is to promote student political involvement in an unbiased way—to let the students develop their own ideas, even when students and faculty have opposing views. People have a natural tendency to interact with others who share the same opinions, but much more can be learned from those whose views are contrary. Dr. Cress and the fellows feel it’s imperative for academics to promote these exchanges and then to assess learning outcomes.

Dr. Cress is co-author of Learning through serving (Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, LLC, 2005). This volume, written for students and faculty, provides a context for service-learning and outlines the differences between volunteerism and community engagement. Dr. Cress is the EPFA department chair and teaches in the PACE master’s and doctoral programs in the Graduate School of Education.

New research director named
Ann Fullerton, PhD,
is the new director of research for the Graduate School of Education. The new position was created this year by Dean Randy Hitz to enhance the research capacity of the GSE.

“The GSE is filled with so many talented faculty and staff who are addressing the important challenges we face in teacher, counselor, and administrator education and the development of children and adults. I am thrilled that I have the opportunity to coordinate support and resources on behalf of these talented people,” says Dr. Fullerton.

Dr. Fullerton previously served as the chair of the Special and Counselor Education Program at Portland State. Her doctoral degree is from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. Her academic interests include transition, self-determination, students with autism, and recreation for persons with disabilities.

Dr. Fullerton coordinates the senior capstone, “Learning from Persons with Significant Disabilities,” with our partner the Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp and has been heavily involved in establishing outdoor experiences for students with disabilities. When she has time, she enjoys gardening and abstract painting.

Federal education bill passes
Grants available to new teachers in 2008

[September 2007] President Bush signed the College Cost Reduction and Access Act representing $375 million dollars to prepare new teachers. The money will provide “TEACH” (Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education) grants for undergraduate and graduate students who go in to teaching. The legislation was supported by Representative George Miller (D-CA) and Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA).

“This is a particularly remarkable piece of legislation, because the funding is mandatory rather than discretionary,” says Randy Hitz, national pesident of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) and dean of the Portland State Graduate School of Education. AACTE worked closely with federal legislators to successfully advance the grant.

Eligible students must have a 3.25 GPA or score above the 75th percentile on an admissions test. Grant recipients are required to teach in a high-needs school for four years after completing their program.

The new TEACH grants will be available July 1, 2008.

Key features of the TEACH grants include:

  • Scholarships of $4,000 per year (for a total of $16,000) to undergraduates who want to become teachers
  • Up to $8,000 for those seeking master’s degrees in teaching
  • $510 million to enhance academic programs and provide access to programs at institutions that serve historically underrepresented populations
  • Funds to increase the number of low-income and minority students earning degrees in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields, to purchase lab equipment and strengthen teacher preparation programs
  • Funding for targeted areas with teacher shortages, including math, science, foreign language, special education, reading, bilingual education, or other documented high-need areas

Program overview – Making Connections
New program provides hope for students at risk

Innovation Partnerships, a local nonprofit organization, has teamed with Continuing Education in the Graduate School of Education to create a new solution for anyone working with students at risk of dropping out of school. The program, Making Connections: Strong Relationships Help Keep Kids in School, is delivered via the web and geared toward building stronger, more successful relationships between kids and adults.

The project was originally conceived by community leaders and professionals from education, business, and government who reviewed research on student retention and achievement. The purpose of their review was to determine which education programs would be most effective in impacting student retention. They found that there is no “typical” dropout; the reasons young people leave school are complex and varied. But why students stay in school is simple: strong, supportive relationships with caring adults.

This is where Making Connections can help. This innovative, online learning tool is designed to give mentors, teachers, and volunteers the strategies and tools they need to build strong relationships.

Making Connections is designed to help mentors and teachers:

  • Build meaningful and effective relationships
  • Create a network of supportive people and organizations who value kids
  • Access useful information and resources and learn hands-on activities to use immediately
  • Learn new strategies to help students who are at risk
  • Learn at their own pace in a convenient, online format
  • Create a positive impact on the students they encounter

Though this tool is brand new, it has received extensive testing by many area professionals who offer enthusiastic praise. “Making Connections has great ideas and resources that are presented, and many more are provided as links. All are directly useful in the classroom,” says Teresa Ferrer of the Oregon Education Association. “The journal entries are also tied to their work…whether as mentors or teachers.”

Scholarships available
Making Connections
is attracting the attention of many businesses and supporters who have agreed to offer scholarships.

Supporters include: Bank of America, Spirit Mountain Community Fund, CH2M Hill, Ken and Marta Thrasher, Intel Corporation, Merced Flores, US Ban Foundation, NW Natural, Juan Young Trust, Peter and Julie Stott Foundation, Zimmer Gunsul Frasca, Azumano Travel, Gun and Thomas Denhart, Joyce and Bill Furman, Williams and Dame Development, Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt, Comcast, Oregon Community Foundation, Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust, Schnitzer CARE Foundation, Dick and Carilyn Alexander, and Portland General Electric.

The price for the entire Making Connections course is $35 per person (Oregon residents). For more information on the tool or to find out more about sponsoring scholarships for Making Connections, contact Chris Cartwright, cartwrightc@pdx.edu. To sign up for the course or to review a sample, go to www.ceed.pdx.edu/making_connections.

New faces in the Graduate School of Education
Welcome new faculty!

Lisa Aasheim, PhD, is the new director of the Community Counseling Clinic in the Counselor Education Program. Her degree is in counselor education and supervision from Oregon State University. Dr. Aasheim has specialized in counselor training, clinical supervision, supervision in schools, couples and family therapy, and addictions counseling. She provides trainings throughout the Northwest in clinical supervision, advanced counseling strategies, creativity in counseling, and the therapeutic relationship. “I love getting out and seeing how counselors put their knowledge into practice to help their clients make changes to improve the quality of their lives. It’s especially rewarding and fun to run into Portland State University alumni who are out in the world, making a difference in the lives of countless others,” she says.

Stephanie Blackman, MS, is a new instructor in the EPFA department. She holds two master’s degrees, one in science education and one in teaching social sciences from Portland State University. Ms. Blackman primarily teaches senior capstone courses in conjunction with the undergrad program University Studies. She is particularly interested in civic engagement and service-learning as ways of building democracy. “I was motivated to go in to education out of a desire for social change and social justice,” she says. “Education gives me the greatest hope for personal and social transformation.”

Julie Esparza Brown, MEd, is a bilingual/ bicultural educator whose focus has been working with diverse students with special needs. She has recently joined the special education department in a tenure-track role. She is director of the Bilingual Teacher Pathway Program and the BiSped Program, and co-director of the Pathways (EI/ECSE) Program. She has 20 years of experience as a general, bilingual, and special educator in grades K-12 and was also a school psychologist.

Rob Brown is the new data management assistant working in the MISL. He is also the GSE webmaster and does technology troubleshooting. “I like exploring appropriate and effective uses of technology—how technology can best serve people,” he says. Mr. Brown loves to investigate new technology for possible application to the GSE lab and website. “I especially like open technologies and systems that are adaptable to the needs of their users. One of my favorite examples of an open system is Wikipedia—built on open software and managed in an open, democratic way.” Like many at Portland State, he enjoys the central downtown location and the feel of the university integrated with the city.

Susan Dewey Hayden, PhD, received her doctorate at Pennsylvania State University She’s a PSU alumni, with both a bachelor’s and a master’s from PSU. Her special interests include teaching and research in second language acquisition and technology. She is also interested in what pre-service teachers’ writing reflects about their journey. Dr. Hayden realized at an early age that she wanted to be in education. She says “two teachers had changed my life, and helped me at a critical time.” Dr. Hayden is active outdoors and loves to do nature photography and jumping horses.

Linda Jessel, MA, is the new director for the Center for Student Success. Her extensive professional background includes 33 years serving in numerous educational leadership positions. Her work in the Beaverton School District as a teacher, staff developer, and administrator focused on teacher professional development, and curricular and instructional improvement. As the principal of Gresham High School, the director of secondary programs, and K-12 curriculum director in the Gresham-Barlow School District, she continued to emphasize student learning and achievement, and teacher and administrator professional growth. Ms. Jessell’s current work also includes teaching in the Graduate School of Education. Her work with schools and districts has focused on curriculum renewal and proficiency-based credits.

Andrew Job, EdD, is an assistant professor in Postsecondary, Adult, and Continuing Education (PACE). His special interests include adult learning, teaching effectiveness, and leadership in postsecondary education. Dr. Job went in to teaching because of a deep love of learning. “I am rewarded by learning from the students every time I teach,” he says.

Tiffany Kay Jones, MS, is a new faculty member in Special and Counselor Education. Her master’s degree in special education is from Portland State University. Her interests include special education literacy methods, and she is especially interested in working with special education students with mental health issues. At Portland State University, she spends her time mentoring, supervising, and training pre-service teachers.

Valerie Katagiri, MPH, is a new program manager in Continuing Education. She coordinates literacy and library media programs. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology (with emphasis on behavioral psychology) from Stanford University. Her master’s is in public health from the University of Hawaii with a focus on community health education. Ms. Katagiri loves the work she is doing at Portland State and feels that community health improves as its population becomes more literate and better educated. In her spare time she enjoys creative writing.

Rosalyn McKeown, PhD, is an associate professor in the EPFA department. She received her doctorate from the University of Oregon. Her area of teaching and research is environmental and sustainability education. Dr. McKeown is interested in education’s role in creating more sustainable societies. She said she is drawn to teaching, “because I see the power of education to transform both individuals and society.”

Jana Patterson is the new field placement coordinator in Special and Counselor Education. She has a BS in elementary education/special education from the University of Oregon and a standard handicap learner’s endorsement from Portland State University. She enjoys the diversity of the campus and the opportunities to learn new things. In addition, she says, “I have always wanted to work in a building with an elevator!” Ms. Patterson loves spending time with her family, sewing, and helping others.

Jason Ranker, PhD, is a new assistant professor in literacy education for the Curriculum and Instruction Department. For his doctorate he studied language, literacy, and culture at the University of Iowa. He is interested in how visual modes of communication work differently than, or in relation to, language. Dr. Ranker says, “I was motivated to go into education by the challenge of working with marginalized and struggling students.”

Amanda Sanford, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Special and Counselor Education Department. She is teaching literacy methods and assessment courses. Her doctorate is from the University of Oregon’s school psychology program. Her specialty areas are reading instruction and assessment, Response To Intervention, and English language learners. Dr. Sanford especially loves getting kids to be successful readers. She enjoys the outdoors and loves to go hiking in the Pacific Northwest.

New GSE staffers

Jake Fernandez is the new Curriculum and Instruction Department assistant. His interests include Latin American politics, history, and literature. He’s enjoying his first job at Portland State and he says he has been impressed by the dedication and warmth of the employees, along with the fabulous campus location.

Andrea Haack is the new assistant to Associate Dean Stephen Isaacson. She supports the doctoral program and does room scheduling for the GSE. Her interests reading, drawing, painting, going to shows (music), and hanging out with her son. Ms. Haack likes working at PSU because it is “diverse and dynamic.”

Melissa Johnson is the new field placement and licensure administrative assistant. She is currently writing her thesis for a MA in history: An Intellectual and Religious History of Women in Seventeenth-century Boston’s Congregational Churches. She is very enthusiastic about working for Portland State, “I love the character of Portland State that stems from our history as ‘the college that would not die’—the sense of community, the wealth of experiences and perspectives brought by our nontraditional student body, and a faculty that cares deeply about student success.”

Aubrae Matthews is the new administrative assistant for the Center for Student Success. She has a BA in communications with minors in public relations and journalism from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania. Ms. Matthews likes the work environment at Portland State and is excited to have a job in the nonprofit sector within walking distance from her house.

Sharon Murphy is the new assistant to the director of research and the budget/personnel manager. She will be assisting with financial paperwork, as well as processing financial paperwork for grants. She is majoring in English at PSU and plans to get a MFA in poetry and writing. She recently won a prize in the Ooligan Press Flash Fiction Writing Contest, for her piece, “Buckshot.” Look for it on the website: http://www.ooliganpress.pdx.edu.

Dianna Woolsey is the new EPFA department assistant. Her interests include ethics of food production, the archaeology of pre-colonial North America, and the archaeology of food production in pre-colonial North America. For her, the best part of Portland State is vegan scones from Food For Thought and people who bike to work more often than she does.

Just for fun…

On a recent field trip, GTEP students were introduced to Oregon Museum of Science and Industry’s extensive educational resources. PSU student Tracy Johnson checks out the space exhibit.

New department chairs in the GSE


Christine Chaille, PhD, is the new chair of the Curriculum and Instruction department. Her doctorate is from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her specialty areas are teaching and research in early childhood curriculum, children’s play, child development and education, constructivism, early childhood science education, and action research. Dr. Chaille is currently working with Hands to Hearts International, developing a curriculum on child development for caregivers in orphanages in India and other high need areas. She served as the interim chair for 2006-07 and has permanently accepted the position. “The department had a need for leadership, and I respect and appreciate my colleagues,” says Dr. Chaille. “I felt I could contribute to moving the department forward. I also was excited about working with our new dean.” She has previous experience as a department chair at the University of Oregon.


Samuel D. Henry, EdD, is the newly appointed director of the doctoral program in the GSE. His doctorate is from Columbia University and his teaching and research has included culture contact in education, organizational leadership, and curriculum and the lives of students. Dr. Henry also serves as chair of the Oregon Commission on Children and Families. He has previously served in many leadership positions for Portland State and other universities.


Christine M. Cress, PhD, is the new EPFA department chair. She is an associate professor in the Postsecondary, Adult, and Continuing Education (PACE) program. She teaches courses in adult learning and professional development, and leadership and ethics in higher education. She received her doctorate in higher education and organizational change from the University of California, Los Angeles. She also has a master’s in higher education from UCLA and a MEd in student personnel administration from Western Washington University.


Leslie J. Munson, PhD, is the newly appointed chair of Special Education/ Counselor Education. Her doctorate is from Vanderbilt University. She has done extensive teaching and research in early intervention/ early childhood special education, parent-infant interaction, and supporting teachers in crisis. She enjoys preparing students to work with young children with special needs and their families using a strengths-based model. Dr. Munson views becoming chair as an opportunity to serve her colleagues, create a supportive environment, and advocate for the department.

GSE traces its roots to PSU Extension Center

Who was the first dean of the Graduate School of Education? That’s not a simple question. In the beginning, there were no deans, schools, or colleges. Housed in 1952 in the former Lincoln High School (now Lincoln Hall), the GSE was the Portland State Extension Center and unable to grant bachelors’ degrees. In 1955, the Extension Center became Portland State College and established four academic divisions: humanities, science and mathematics, social science, and education. The title of “dean” was not established until 1965. Willard B. Spalding, EdD, chaired the Education Division from 1955 to 1964. Initially, Dr. Spalding had extensive responsibilities, as he oversaw elementary and secondary education, art education, music education, and physical education.

Dr. Spalding was a former superintendent of Portland Public Schools and knew first-hand about post-World War II teacher shortages. He was also heavily involved with the state legislature and worked to gain bachelor’s and master’s degree status for teacher education, and he advanced the cause for parallel degrees in other academic areas at Portland State College. Dr. Spalding’s efforts were also directed on-campus, where he promoted teacher education as a “collegewide” priority. This collaboration with other Portland State academic departments has been the key to success for GSE graduates, especially at the secondary level.

People still remember Dr. Spalding fondly today. “Willard Spalding was an outstanding teacher, administrator, and leader,” says Steve Brannan, professor emeritus of the GSE.

Dr. Brannan and colleagues in the Graduate School of Education serve on the GSE and Portland State Historical committee and will continue to collect and share history items about the GSE. If you have items to contribute to the history column, please contact sbrannan@comcast.net  or DannelleStevens, stevensd@pdx.edu or Stephen Isaacson, isaacsons@pdx.edu.

News and notes

Carolyn Carr, EPFA faculty, was selected by Susan Castillo, state school superintendent, to serve a three-year term on the steering committee of the Oregon Leadership Network.

Christine Chaille, CI faculty, and Frank Mahler, infant/toddler teacher at Helen Gordon Center, traveled to India in October for Hands to Hearts, a Portland-based nonprofit. They worked to train caregivers in orphanages on the curriculum they developed.

Lynne Fowler, PSU alum and a teacher at Raleigh Park Elementary, has been honored with the 2007 American Stars of Teaching Award for the state of Oregon.

Jolina Kwong, doctoral student and Portland State McNair Scholars Program coordinator, wrote a book review of The conditions for admission: access, equity, and the social contract of public universities.

Rosalyn McKeown, EPFA faculty, won an award for “outstanding service to environmental education for an individual operating at the global level” from the North American Association for Environmental Education.

Claire Oliveros, PSU alum and coordinator of the PCC Multicultural Center, has received an award as one of the “100 Most Influential Filipinas in the United States,” from the Filipina Women’s Summit.

Sarah Whitney, PSU alum and fifth grade teacher at Hammond Elementary School in Salem-Keizer SD, was honored with a Crystal Apple Award by the Salem-Keizer School District.

Development corner

Annual Harvest Festival celebrates GSE scholars

On November 13, scholarship sponsors and recipients gathered to celebrate and talk about their dreams and ambitions. Students were recognized for their achievements and spoke about how grateful they are to receive a scholarship, both as an emotional and financial boost. They talked about their commitment to reach every child, to become leaders in their field, and about their enthusiasm for becoming their best. GSE scholarship donors made new and valued connections with these students, learned how much their contributions are appreciated, and discovered how even a modest donation can make a huge impact. The rapport created among the donors and recipients through this process was very rewarding.

Emeritus professor Joe Kaplan converses with Kaplan Scholarship recipients Charla Billick, Jodi DuBose, and Christine Hartley shown from left to right during the Harvest Festival. At the event Ms. Billick spoke of her dreams for becoming a special education teacher and her appreciation for receiving the Joe Kaplan Scholarship in special education. Ms. Dubose also received a Joe Kaplan Scholarship. Ms. Hartley, a Bilingual Teacher Pathway Program student, received a Sandy Kaplan Scholarship.

Steve Brannan is joined by his wife Mary (left) and student Julie Beck, a Founders Endowment Scholarship in Special Education recipient. Dr Brannan was a founder of the special education program.

New publications assist teachers with Oregon math standards

The Center for Student Success has published the third in a series of teacher’s manuals that address Oregon’s knowledge and skills testing in reading and math. This volume, A Guide to Oregon’s New K-5 Math Focal Points, (2007), is a collaborative effort with the Center and a consortium of Oregon math teachers led by Jackie Cooke, 2006 Oregon Teacher of the Year. Previous books include, Successful Lessons for Meeting Oregon’s Math Standards 5-CIM (2006), A Guide to Oregon’s New Reading Standards K-6 and 6-CIM, (both 2005). All of the guides are available through Continuing Education Press, 1-866- 647-7377, at the PSU bookstore, 1-503-226-2631, or online at www.ceed.pdx.edu/success.

Are you interested in learning more about the many ways to start a scholarship, or to make a gift to the GSE? Contact Sandy Wiscarson at 503-725-4789 or wiscars@pdx.edu. Your gifts are tax deductible. Establishing a scholarship or supporting a program is one of the most fulfilling things you could do.

This year over 70 scholarships were awarded, totaling $140,000.

New grants for 2007-08

Joel Arick – Special Education and Counselor Education, Regional Program Autism Training Sites, Oregon Department of Education $443,937 – 07/07 to 6/09

Jim Bickford – Special Education and Counselor Education, Steppingstones – Technology for Early Childhood Braille Literacy, U.S. Department of Special Education $388,774 – 9/07 to 8/09

Julie Esparza Brown – Special Education and Counselor Education, Bilingual Special Education Project, U.S. Department of Education/Office of English Language Acquisition, $1,419,479 – 7/07 to 7/12

Ann Fullerton – Special Education and Counselor Education, Highly Qualified Special Educators Program Improvement Project, U.S. Department of Special Education $499,948 – 7/07 to 6/12

Jim Carlile, Linda Jessell — No Child Left Behind – Oregon University, System Partnership $140,000 – 7/07 to 6/09


Caskey, M. M. (2007, Nov). Research and resources in support of This We Believe: Multiple learning and teaching approaches. Presented at the National Middle School Association Annual Conference, Houston, TX.

Cress, C. & Allen, J. (2007, Oct). Integrating social justice into adult education: Trials, tribulations, and triumphs. Presented at Western Region Research Conference on the Education of Adults, Bellingham, WA.

Hardt, U. (2007, Oct). Planning effective professional development for educators. Presented at the Northwest Regional Conference, Vancouver, BC.

Mukhopadhyay, S. (2007, Sep). Looking back to move forward: Establishing ethnomathematics as a cultural framework. Presented at the Indian Education Summit, Rapid City, SD.

Parnell, W., Mahler, F., Varley, S., Hume, N., Martin, J., & Kennell, M. (2007, Oct). Exploring community collaboration through visual experiences and dialogue. Presented at the Oregon Association for the Education of Young Children Conference, Portland, OR.

Swaim, D. (2007, Aug). Heart zones. Keynote presentation at the Montana Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. Helena, MT.

Thieman, G. (2007, July). Using technology as a tool for learning and developing 21st century citizenship skills: An examination of technology use by preservice teachers with their K-12 students. Paper presented at the Ackerman Colloquium for Citizenship and Technology Education, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

Thieman, G. (2007, Dec). Crossing bordersbuilding bridges. Presidential address at the National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference. San Diego, CA.

Williams, D. (2007, Nov). Service + learning = impact. Panel discussion at the Oregon School Boards Association Annual Conference, Portland, OR.


Archer, A.L., Gleason, M. M., Isaacson, S. L., (2007). Rewards writing: Sentence refi nement grades 5–7 and intervention 5–12. Longmont, CO: Sopris West.

Caskey, M., Mertens, S. B., & Anfara, V.A. (2007). The young adolescent and the middle school. Charlotte, NC: Information Age. Caskey, M. (2007). Middle level education research annual: Engaging adolescent learners. Westerville, OH: National Middle School Association.

Chaille, C. (2007). Constructivism across the curriculum in early childhood classrooms: Big ideas as inspiration. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Lenski, S., Caskey, M., Wham, M., & Johns, J. (2007). Reading and learning strategies: Middle grades through high school. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.

Tama, M.C. & McClain, A. (2007). Guiding reading and writing in the content areas: Practical strategies. (3rd ed.) Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt.

Thieman, G. & Evans, K. (2007). Engaging midlevel learners in children’s issues around the world. In L. Bennett & M. Berson (Eds.) Digital age: Technology-based K-12 lesson plans for social studies. NCSS Bulletin 105. Washington, D.C.: National Council for the Social Studies.

Wilde, S. (2007). Spelling strategies and patterns: What kids need to know. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

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