Annual Report 2007-2008

Graduate School of Education Annual Report 2007-08

From the dean
The complexity of contemporary life and growing competition with other countries require that Americans educate all children at higher levels than ever before. There are five times more words in the English language today than in Shakespeare’s time, and each day 3,000 new books are published. The amount of technical information in the world doubles every two years. Educators are challenged to prepare students mostly for jobs that do not yet exist and to solve problems that we cannot foresee.

So, although our schools and colleges are better than ever, they are not preparing all students for the challenges of the 21st century. Many other countries have higher high school completion rates and higher achievement scores than does the United States. Moreover, even though their rates of completion are lower than that of the United States, both China and India graduate far more people from high school and college. In 2004 India graduated 3.1 million people from college and China graduated 3.3 million, while we graduated just 1.3 million. All of the graduates in India speak English, and by 2016 China is expected to have more English-speaking people than any other country.

If Oregon and the nation are to compete globally, we must do something we have never done before. We must educate ALL of our P-20 students at high levels. Indeed, we have a moral obligation to help all students reach their full potential as workers and citizens who can contribute to their communities.

This is the challenge of the Graduate School of Education: to prepare professional educators to lead change in education and provide a high-quality education for all students. Since knowledge is expanding so rapidly and much of what we know today will be out of date in just a few years, we must prepare students to be lifelong learners and creative thinkers in a world we cannot even imagine. Now that’s a challenge! But it is one we embrace with eagerness and hope. The world is rapidly changing and, if we educate ourselves and our children well, it will be a better world than the one we know today.

In this annual report we share with you our efforts to better prepare professional P-20 educators and to make the world a better place for everyone.

Randy Hitz, Dean

GTEP graduate has bright future

Elizabeth (Liz) Oldham always knew she wanted to be a teacher. As a youngster, she often went to work with her father, a teacher in Portland’s Centennial School District, to “assist” in his business marketing classroom. Growing up in east Multnomah County, Ms. Oldham was a model student. She excelled in school, always taking the most advanced academic classes, along with choir, theater, and dance. She graduated in 2001 from Reynolds High School as valedictorian.

“Liz is a remarkable and forward- thinking individual.” —Micki Caskey

Ms. Oldham applied to multiple universities, and was accepted and offered scholarships at all of them. She decided to attend PSU. She really liked the campus’s urban environment. PSU awarded her the prestigious Presidential scholarship, consisting of five years of full tuition. She majored in both theater arts and English. Her university theater performances include roles in Godspell, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, and Blythe Spirit.

At first glance, she may appear golden⎯ one of those people who has it all. However, Ms. Oldham had a serious medical condition. In the spring of 2005, after many trips to the doctor, she was finally diagnosed with a potentially fatal heart disorder: Long QT Syndrome (LQTS). LQTS is an infrequent, hereditary condition affecting the heart’s electrical rhythm. It can cause an abnormal heart rate in an otherwise healthy person. Liz Oldham’s heart was beating too fast.

The months following her diagnosis included various treatments and minor surgeries, but she continued her studies. She eventually cut her English major back to a minor, still managing to graduate summa cum laude.

In spite of her health, Ms. Oldham was determined to stay on course. She enrolled in the Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP), planning to teach English at the secondary level. However, halfway through her GTEP program it was apparent that she needed a more aggressive approach to her treatment. The GTEP summer break gave her the opportunity to have one more surgery. Doctors installed an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) in her chest that would detect any abnormal rhythms and self-activate if there were a problem. She recovered from the surgery quickly and was able to complete her GTEP licensure program on time, and with honors. In addition, she earned a secondary drama endorsement and a master’s degree.

“I had to set my priorities differently…I discovered it was all right to let some things go.” —Liz Oldham

During this time, her cohort leader, Micki Caskey, became an invaluable supporter. “Liz is a remarkable and forward- thinking individual. For example, she completed a third student teaching experience for a drama endorsement, after fulfilling the requirements for a language arts endorsement at both the middle and high school levels,” said Dr. Caskey. “Her positive and proactive nature will be a benefit to her future students as well as her colleagues.”

In her upbeat way, Ms. Oldham treated her health issues as another learning experience. “I had to set my priorities differently,” she reflected. “I had become a perfectionist, and I discovered it was all right to let some things go.” Liz Oldham is poised at the beginning of her education career with a bright future ahead. She looks forward to teaching eighth grade language arts in the Gresham-Barlow School District. Her plans include acquiring a social studies endorsement and national board certification. Not much will stop her.

PACE master’s graduate reaches for the sky

Bryan Henderson likes to be prepared. A recent master’s graduate of the Postsecondary, Adult, and Continuing Education (PACE) program, he also holds a master’s in physics from PSU, three bachelor’s degrees from the University of Washington in physics, astronomy, and philosophy, and a minor in applied mathematics.

The top 1997 graduate of Ridgefield High in Ridgefield, Washington, Mr. Henderson had always excelled in school. He planned to become a doctor when he enrolled at the University of Washington in Seattle. But then he discovered other branches of science. He was especially drawn to astronomy, physics and cosmology. “I found many kinds of science to be intellectually stimulating,” says Henderson, who found himself digging deeper and deeper into the origins of matter.

Research assistant positions took him to Dwingeloo, Netherlands, to study energy from galaxies with black holes and the high deserts of Chile to collect data on exploding stars called supernovae. He learned to operate giant telescope systems around the globe to look deep into space and back into time, examining and documenting exploding stars.

As an undergraduate Mr. Henderson won a NASA Space Grant in 2001 to study supernovae, and presented findings at a space grant colloquium. He worked with fellow students to revamp an old observatory on the UW campus and opened it for evening talks and public stargazing. He was honored as the year’s most outstanding astronomy undergraduate at the University of Washington. Bryan Henderson loved science, but loved working with people even more. The intellectual stimulation provided by the sciences fed his brain, but he was also intrigued by the practice of teaching science. Through his courses, he gained a sense of what kinds of teaching techniques seemed to be effective and what didn’t work. After graduating, he worked as a physics instructor at the University of Washington’s Office of Minority Affairs. He noticed that traditional lecture methods prevailed in many science classes and realized that while students like himself could synthesize information delivered that way, other students struggled. He wanted to learn more about effective teaching techniques in order to apply them to science education. He was also concerned with the low incidence of women and minority students in the sciences and wondered if specific teaching practices could better retain those students.

“Bryan combines his passion for research with his love of teaching and a commitment to helping overcome the barriers that many students encounter in science.” —Janine Allen

Therefore, he joined the Graduate School of Education’s PACE program. He worked on two research projects for professors Christine Cress and Janine Allen. “Bryan is very intelligent; his written and oral communication skills are impeccable. He is a critical thinker, always asking the questions that lead to deeper understanding,” said Dr. Allen. “Bryan combines his passion for research with his love of teaching and a commitment to helping overcome the barriers that many students encounter in science.”

Mr. Henderson realized that student-centered pedagogy could be more effective in the learning process. In a teaching internship at PCC, he discovered Peer Instruction, a student-centered methodology for teaching college physics developed at Harvard University. Mr. Henderson decided to try some of the techniques with his students and found the results favorable.

Bryan Henderson wants to learn more about education pedagogy and how to successfully apply it to science education. After graduating from PSU with two master’s degrees, he applied to doctoral programs at the University of California Berkeley, University of Colorado Boulder, and Stanford University, and was accepted to all three.

This fall, Bryan Henderson will enter Stanford University’s School of Education to work on a PhD in Science Education.

GSE students earn numerous scholarships

  • Suad Alwidayn-Alazzam – Oregon Laurels Graduate Scholarship, tuition remission Lindsay Anstaett – GSE Scholarship, $1000
  • Marie Argento-McCurdy – GSE Scholarship, $1000, and Sandy Kaplan Scholarship, $1000
  • Dean Backus – Janette Drew Endowed Scholarship, $3000
  • Julie Beck – Founders Endowment in Special Education Scholarship, $500, and Norbert Gilles Endowed Scholarship, $1500
  • Oscar Belanger – Teach for Diversity Scholarship, $2000
  • Secret Belanger – Oregon Laurels Graduate Scholarship, tuition remission Hannah Bellm – Janette Drew Endowed Scholarship, $3000
  • Charla Billick – Joe Kaplan Scholarship, $1000
  • Ian Bruce – Oregon Laurels Graduate Scholarship, tuition remission
  • Amy Collinge – Oregon Laurels Graduate Scholarship, tuition remission
  • Kirsten Collins – Mary Kinnick PACE Scholarship, $1000
  • Lynn Conley – Oregon Laurels Graduate Scholarship, tuition remission
  • Caryn Corwin – GSE Scholarship, $1000
  • Emily Crum – Janette Drew Endowed Scholarship, $3000
  • Sarah Dickerson – Learning Disabilities
  • Foundation of Oregon Scholarship, $3000
  • Terrall Dingman – Teach for Diversity Scholarship, $2000
  • Amanda Doetch – Oregon Laurels Graduate Scholarship, tuition remission
  • Jennifer Donaldson – Sheldon Maron Endowed Scholarship, $1000
  • Jodi DuBose – Friends of the GSE Scholarship, $1000, and Joe Kaplan Scholarship, $1000
  • Liza Duilio – Learning Disabilities Foundation of Oregon Scholarship, $3000, and Teach for Diversity Scholarship, $2000
  • Laura Essafi – Janette Drew Endowed Scholarship, $3000
  • Lourdes Flores – Teach for Diversity Scholarship, $2000
  • Kenneth Gadbow – Ames Scholarship, $5100
  • Daniel Gola – Learning Disabilities Foundation of Oregon Scholarship, $3000
  • Julie Handyside – GSE Scholarship, $1000
  • Tad Hansen – Teach for Diversity Scholarship, $2000
  • Christine Hartley – Sandy Kaplan Scholarship, $1000
  • Lindsay Johnson – Janette Drew Endowed Scholarship, $3000, and Teach for Diversity Scholarship, $2000
  • Ryan Josephson – Janette Drew Endowed Scholarship, $3000
  • Devon Julien – Ames Scholarship, $5100, and Teach for Diversity Scholarship, $2000
  • Amanda Kamm – Ames Scholarship, $5100
  • Nam Kirn Khalsa – Janette Drew Endowed Scholarship, $3000, and Marta and Ken Thrasher Scholarship, $2000
  • Fei Lathrop – Teach for Diversity Scholarship, $2000
  • Anne Licurse – Helen Farrens Library/Media Scholarship, $3000
  • Brian Little – Marta and Ken Thrasher Scholarship, $1000, and Michael and Marjorie Fiasca Endowed Scholarship, $1000
  • Rachel Lupole – GSE Scholarship, $1000
  • Erin Mahony – Friends of the GSE Scholarship, $1000, and Marta and Ken Thrasher Scholarship, $2000
  • Ali Maileh – Teach for Diversity Scholarship, $2000
  • Sarah Mar – Janette Drew Endowed Scholarship, $3000
  • Kellie May – Janette Drew Endowed Scholarship, $3000
  • Jane McGraw – Oregon Laurels Graduate Scholarship, tuition remission
  • Nicole McKinzie – Friends of the GSE Scholarship, $1000, and Wayne Larson Scholarship, $1800
  • Liang Meng – Phyllis Edmundson Honorary Scholarship, $2000
  • Marilyn Mi – Janette Drew Endowed Scholarship, $3000
  • Amanda Moore – Jorgensen Family Endowed Scholarship, $1500
  • Nichole Morrisey Leger – Janette Drew Endowed Scholarship, $3000, and Teach for Diversity Scholarship, $2000
  • Debora Nelli – Oregon Laurels Graduate Scholarship, tuition remission
  • Lee Newman – Friends of the GSE Scholarship, $1000
  • Jeff Ortman – GSE Scholarship, $1000
  • Cristina Osborn – Teach for Diversity Scholarship, $2000
  • Christina Overturf – Janette Drew Endowed Scholarship, $3000
  • Christopher Perry – Teach for Diversity Scholarship, $2000
  • Verenice Powell – Ames Scholarship, $5100 Jeffrey Prothero – Benenson Scholarship, $1000
  • Amy Quattlebaum – Eleanor Hardt Memorial Endowed Scholarship in
  • Teacher Education, $1000
  • Kathleen Quinata – GSE Scholarship, $1000
  • Rosalia Rincon – Teach for Diversity Scholarship, $2000
  • Heidi Rivinus – GSE Scholarship, $1000
  • Violeta Rook – Ames Scholar, $5100
  • Maria Rubio – Teach for Diversity Scholarship, $2000
  • Andrea Shanafelt – Eleanor Hardt Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Teacher Education, $1000; and GSE Scholarship, $1000
  • Nichole Smith – Friends of the GSE Scholarship, $1000
  • Angela Soderberg – GSE Scholarship, $1000
  • Joy Jerome Turtola – GSE Scholarship, $1000
  • Alma Velazquez – Teach for Diversity Scholarship, $2000
  • Frances Verbruggen – Oregon Laurels Graduate Scholarship, tuition remission
  • Mindy Walton – Capps Family Scholarship, $1000; and Fred Thompson Scholarship, $1573
  • Jun Hong Wang – Eleanor Hardt Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Teacher Education, $1000; and Teach for Diversity Scholarship, $2000
  • Stephen White – Fred Thompson Scholarship, $2000
  • Sylvia Zambrano – Friends of the GSE Scholarship, $1000

Recognition awards

  • Elizabeth Asher – Judy Cohen Memorial Award in Special Education, $150
  • Elliot Witherspoon – Carol and Larry Burden Student Recognition Award in Counselor Education, $250

SPED alumna engages post-high school youth

What is life like for students with disabilities after they leave school? Kriss Rita decided to find out. A veteran social worker in Pennsylvania, in 2002 she was ready for a change. From her experience working with families and youth, she had learned that she liked working with young people, but she wanted to be more influential in affecting positive changes for youth. She needed a new position that was more empowering.

Ms. Rita enrolled in the GSE Special Educator licensure program with the goal of working in schools. She completed her license in 2004 and was immediately hired by Centennial School District to work with high school students. The Special Education program at PSU had instilled in her a core belief in inclusion, which is why she was attracted to the job. Centennial is a strong inclusion district. “I believe that including students with disabilities truly makes them rise to the occasion,” said Ms. Rita. “I know they can do great things.” While working at the district, she also finished her master’s degree at PSU.

In 2006, the Centennial School District opened their new Transition Center, and hired Kriss Rita as the coordinator. The center has between 13-19 students who learn a variety of life skills—everything from simple banking to riding the MAX train. In partnership with the Centennial Education Foundation, they operate a new and used clothing store, Closet to Closet, that provides clothing to Centennial families in need. Along with her staff members, she takes students on field trips, which helps them build independence and confidence. She works with TriMet personnel who provide information on riding procedures and routes and advice on personal safety.

The program also partners with local businesses to find internships for the students. Ms. Rita works with them to create a plan and a timeline. Goals are set to include specific skills and assessment. When the internship is complete, the student gets two things: a letter of recommendation and a record of work experience that can be used to apply for future jobs. Often the internship is so successful the company offers a permanent position.

Ms. Rita lights up when you ask her about student success stories. “The lessons here are truly authentic,” she says. “You watch students grow up really quickly.” She describes the possibilities for students as endless; for example, one student recently completed forklift operator training. Many go on to Mt. Hood Community College and learn technical skills. Others train with Portland Habilitation Center Northwest and get full-time jobs. Kriss Rita’s work in special education has given her the ability to significantly impact students’ lives in a positive way.

Transition centers
Throughout Oregon these programs help post-high school students who have graduated with modified diplomas to acquire life skills and job training as they move toward independence. In Oregon, students graduating with alternative diplomas are eligible for services from school districts until they are 21. Many districts contract with ESDs and other agencies for these services, but Kriss Rita points out there are many benefits to keeping students near their home. They learn to navigate local transportation systems, access nearby recreation and shopping, and find employment.

GSE alumna heads Eastern Oregon University
Dr. Dixie Lund’s career in higher education started at Eastern Oregon University—then called Eastern Oregon State College (EOSC)—in 1973. She was in the right place at the right time, when a teaching position in EOSC’s associates in secretarial science opened up shortly after she’d graduated from that same institution. For the next three years, she taught typing (before computers were on the scene), bookkeeping, office procedures, business letter writing, and yes, even shorthand! Prior to graduating from EOSC, she attended both the UO and PSU as an undergraduate student, having graduated from Grant Union High School in John Day, Oregon.

“Dr. Lund was the first dean that I served under. Because of her leadership, I acquired a passion for EOU and a love of academic advising.” —Sue Dobson, Regional Director, EOU Portland/Columbia Gorge

Dr. Lund added a master’s in adult education from Oregon State University (1984) and a PSU doctorate in Educational Leadership (1989) while continuing to teach and assume more and more administrative responsibilities at what became Eastern Oregon University (EOU). Over the course of 37 years, she juggled homelife, parenting, community service, being a graduate student (and commuting), and her career, which culminated in her being named interim president of EOU in 2003-04.

After retiring in 2004, she was asked to come out of retirement in August 2007 to again assume the interim presidency at EOU. Asked why she would leave the comforts of retirement to return to the EOU presidency, Dr. Lund replied, “I love that university. I spent most of my adult life working in a variety of capacities at the university, and when I was asked to return as president during a time of great challenge for EOU, there was no way that I could decline.”

A “variety of capacities” is putting it mildly. In the late 1970s Dr. Lund had additional administrative responsibilities for conducting a needs assessment project for EOU that eventually led to the establishment of the university’s Division of Continuing Education and Regional Programs (later renamed the Division of Extended Programs, then the Division of Distance Education), an area in which she worked for 25 years, the last nine of which, prior to becoming interim president the first time, as dean of that division.

Dr. Lund credits her doctoral advisor, PSU’s Dr. Mary Kinnick, and Dr. Alice Jacobson, who taught in PSU’s doctoral program and was a former president of PCC/Sylvania, with helping her through the variety of requirements within the program and especially with her dissertation. Said Dr. Lund, who drove weekly most terms between La Grande and Portland to attend classes,

“I think my husband, also a PSU alum, may have spent as much on his doctoral project, restoring a ’56 two-door Bel-Air hardtop, as I did on gas and tuition!” Dr. Lund expects to complete her second stint as EOU’s interim president by spring of 2009, as the presidential search process is underway.

To complete her coursework in the PSU doctoral program, Dixie Lund drove from her home in La Grande to Portland weekly—a distance of 270 miles one way. Average gas price in 1989 – $1.12 per gallon.

GSE reaches out globally
Julie Esparza Brown explores collaborative opportunities in Mexico
Julie Esparza Brown, assistant professor in Special Education, traveled to Guadalajara in September of 2007 and February 2008, as a board member of the Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association. She was accompanied by Marvin Kaiser, dean of PSU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Narce Rodriguez, dean of Students at PCC’s Rock Creek Campus, as part of an education committee who met with representatives from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara to discuss potential collaborations and exchanges. Dr. Esparza Brown’s particular interest is in creating a summer program at UAG for teachers who want to increase their academic Spanish proficiency.

Christine Cress researches alliances in India and Nepal
Pacific University’s Center for Gender Equity invited the PSU Graduate School of Education to develop a threeway collaborative working relationship with Lady Doak College in Madurai, India, and to jointly investigate possible additional service learning collaborations with several universities in Nepal. In February 2008, Dr. Christine Cress accompanied Dr. Martha Rampton of Pacific University on a three-week service- learning trip to Lady Doak College and its affiliated community agencies (NGOs) including local schools and the Hope and Love Orphanage. The fourth week, Drs. Cress and Rampton traveled to Nepal where they were sponsored by faculty at Kathmandu University, Pokhara University, and Tribhuvan University.

Christine Chaillé works with orphanages in India
Christine Chaillé was invited by a local Portland nonprofit, Hands to Hearts International (HHI), to collaborate in the development of curriculum materials for caregivers in orphanages in India. Dr. Chaillé traveled with colleague Frank Mahler, a Helen Gordon Center teacher and instructor in the Graduate School of Education. Their task involved training trainers who would work with caregivers in numerous locations throughout Southern India to help those caregivers develop a better understanding of child development that would improve their work with orphans and other vulnerable children. HHI had been working in India for two years with considerable success, but needed help constructing a comprehensive curriculum that could be adapted to many other situations and cultures. Since the training, HHI reports the babies do not get sick as often and are easier to soothe. They do not need as much medicine and respond faster to treatment. Children gained weight, and caregivers sometimes held contests to see whose babies gained the most. The caregivers are now holding and interacting with the children as much as possible.

The early childhood curriculum that Dr. Chaillé helped to develop is now translated into five Indian languages used in Southern India. It is currently used in three additional Indian states, and HHI is expanding to other countries in Asia, Eastern Europe, and Africa.

Promotion and tenure
Yer Thao, PhD
, was promoted to associate professor. He teaches in the Curriculum and Instruction department. His research interests include ethnic identity, bilingual and multicultural teacher training, linguistic diversity and oral tradition. He recently published a book, The Mong Oral Tradition: Cultural Memory in the Absence of Written Language.

Micki M. Caskey, PhD, was promoted to full professor. She is an expert in middle-level education in the Curriculum and Instruction department. Dr. Caskey teaches in the CI master’s, and in the Literacy and GTEP programs. She has authored many publications, including her recent book, The Young Adolescent and the Middle School.

Christine Cress, PhD, was promoted to full professor. She is the current chair for the Educational Leadership and Policy (ELP) department (formerly EPFA). Dr. Cress’ research is focused on learning environments, service-learning, and the impact of campus climate on student development outcomes.

James Bickford, EdD, was promoted to associate professor. He heads the Vision specialization in the Special Education master’s program, a unique program for teachers of the visually impaired, delivered totally online to students throughout the country.

Rehabilitation Counseling Specialization ranks high

The GSE’s Rehabilitation Counseling program had two major achievements last year. First, the program received the maximum eight-year accreditation from the national Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) and, in April, US News and World Report ranked PSU’s program 24th in the nation. “That’s amazing when you consider the size of the PSU program. A lot of the schools have three or more rehabilitation faculty, and PSU has only one,” said Dr. Erin Martz of the University of Memphis, whose program ranked 23rd.

The driving force behind the PSU Rehabilitation Counseling Specialization is Coordinator Dr. Hanoch Livneh. Originally from Israel, he completed his graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he earned a master’s and doctorate in rehabilitation counseling psychology with a minor in educational psychology.

His work in the field dates to the 1970s and includes three books and scores of book chapters and journal articles. His national recognition includes four national research awards from the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA), as well as lifetime achievement awards from ARCA and the National Council on Rehabilitation Education. He is also an American Psychological Association fellow.

While Dr. Livneh is quick to deflect compliments, others will sing his praises. “Hanoch’s brilliant career exemplifies the professorial and personal characteristics that we all aspire to achieve,” says Dr. Richard Antonak, the vice provost for research and chief research officer at the University of Massachusetts Boston and co-author and colleague since 1986. “For more than 30 years, he has been dedicated to the preparation of rehabilitation counseling professionals, the generation of an extraordinary array of scholarship, and distinguished service to persons with disabilities and his profession.”

“Hanoch is the Rehabilitation Counseling program at PSU,” said Polly Livingston, assistant director of the PSU Disability Resource Center. “He is extremely caring and protective of his students. At the same time, he is very tough, yet fair …. and in my personal experience, he is one of the best at instructing the information for his students. I feel Hanoch was the best college advisor I have ever had, and one of the best instructors.”

Dr. Livneh leaves a lasting impression on students. “His style is unique. He challenges everyone in the classroom,” says psychology student Sherri Ellsworth. As a student, she was especially impressed by the depth of his lectures—all delivered without notes.

He has worked very hard to support students through applying for and receiving more than 25 years of federal rehabilitation counseling training grants, which have provided stipends for students.

A passion for research

In a short conversation with Dr. Livneh, you quickly learn about his passion for research. His research interests include psychosocial adaptation to chronic illness and disability, attitudes toward people with disabilities, rehabilitation outcome assessment, psychiatric rehabilitation, and coping with stress and trauma. “He’s very cutting edge when it comes to adaptation and has helped to advance the field,” says Dr. Erin Martz, a professor at the University of Memphis who has co-written a book with Dr. Livneh. “What makes him unique is a very interesting scientific style, coupled with very eloquent writing. He has taught me that research is a joy in itself. Scientific work can be very creative.”

Dr. Antonak says, “His research program constitutes a distinguished contribution to the literature in a number of areas of rehabilitation counseling and counselor education that is repeatedly cited by other scholars and researchers…His recent theoretical work continues to break new ground—for example his recent article applies chaos and complexity theory to improve our understanding of psychosocial adaptation.”

Connecting with students

Dr. Livneh, who prefers to keep his awards stashed in the basement of his home, is relatively modest about his accomplishments. His real enthusiasm comes from working with the students. “They come into the program somewhat inexperienced and in two to three years are fully competent individuals,” he notes. “It’s wonderful to watch them grow and develop.” Indeed, many Rehabilitation Counseling graduates now serve as professors at other programs around the country and hold important leadership and policy positions. “That’s what puts a smile on my face,” he says.

Rehabilitation counseling

Rehabilitation counseling is a specialty area in counselor education focusing on individuals encountering life-altering change, (e.g., chronic pain, severe physical or emotional trauma, or psychiatric, behavioral, or cognitive disability.) The field deals with understanding how people cope with crisis, trauma, and change; the ultimate goal being to provide coping skills, job training, and placement in a variety of settings. Approximately 110 institutions offer programs in rehabilitation – but human trauma is abundant, making demand high for psychosocial and vocational rehabilitation work. Since 1988, PSU has graduated over 200 individuals with master’s degrees specializing in rehabilitation.

Fantastic faculty: Candace Manary

Candace Manary has been a cohort leader in GSE’s IAL and CAL programs in Southern Oregon for 11 years. After graduating from Paisley High School, Ms. Manary attended Southern Oregon College. In 1972 she received her degree in elementary education with a minor in physical education. In 1977 she earned her master’s in education. She received her administrative license from the University of Oregon.

“I believe educators have the most important job…. to instill the love of learning in students who will take that enthusiasm, and become our future leaders, inventors, and teachers.” —Candace Manary

Ms. Manary’s fi rst teaching position was as a PE teacher in an elementary school in Drain, Oregon. The next year she moved into the Central Point School District in Southern Oregon, where she stayed for 32 years. During that time, she touched the lives of many students through her various roles at the elementary, junior high, and district levels. She was a first and second grade teacher, a resource room teacher, and a principal at the elementary level. In the junior high, she was a learning specialist, dean of students, and assistant principal. She also served as the director of education and superintendent for Central Point School District from 1999 to 2005.

Ms. Manary explores the defining moments in her career, reflecting, “For me it is not one defining moment–it is having a student acknowledge that you made a difference in their life. This of ten comes when you least expect it.”

Eleven years as a cohort leader provides Ms. Manary with an important perspective on the program. She states, “The curriculum has changed some over the years to keep current with changes in the schools, but the cohort concept has stayed constant. That is the best part of the program–learning to work and share with other professionals. Without relationships we simply could not do our jobs!”

The Graduate School of Education would like to acknowledge all of the very hard work, commitment, and support that Candy Manary has given to the IAL and CAL programs in Southern Oregon. She is a consummate administrator and continues to share her expertise in ways that benefit all of the students in Southern Oregon. —JODI DUBOSE

NOTE: With the advent of Southern Oregon University’s initial licensure program, PSU, in consultation with SOU, has ended its Initial Administrator Licensure (IAL) program there. PSU will offer its Continuing Administrator License (CAL) program classes through spring 2012, for people who completed the IAL.

Continuing Education joins GSE

On July 1, 2007, Continuing Education (CEED) officially became a unit within the Graduate School of Education. CEED and the GSE have collaborated on developing programs and providing credit approval for over 25 years; they also shared space for over 20 years. Since the official merger, new partnerships and a new culture are being created that foretell of exciting future possibilities that will impact educators and human service professionals throughout Oregon, the region, and the nation.

Many people think of CEED as a unit that offers noncredit workshops for professional and personal development. CEED began that way, but has expanded services over the years to include credit offerings and a wide range of other services such as consulting and curriculum development.

Credit courses and programs

CEED collaborates with the GSE and other PSU departments to offer credit for professional development offerings delivered a variety of formats (e.g., face-to-face on-campus and at satellite locations, in school districts and social service agencies, partially and totally online, and streaming via video). The courses range from one-credit electives to master’s degree programs. CEED administers GSE off-site master’s degrees, licensure programs, endorsement programs, graduate certificates, certificates of completion, and single courses. In addition, CEED collaborates with agencies, school districts, education service districts, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, professional associations, and for-profit groups to award credit

Workshops and programs

CEED, in collaboration with other units within the GSE, offers approximately 50-65 workshops annually throughout the region. They are also offered in many different formats (e.g., half-day, full-day, weekend, distance, face-to-face, and streaming video) to ensure accessibility.


Through CEED’s three centers (Center for Healthy Inclusive Parenting, Center for Student Success, and Early Childhood Training Center), CEED provides consultation, technical assistance, and onsite training for educational entities, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, agencies, and government entities. In addition, CEED has the capacity to write grants, provide third party evaluations, and conduct research and assessment focusing on continual school improvement.

Conference services

CEED provides event planning and implementation for and with other organizations. Its staff also has expertise in facilitation of conferences and can access a range of expertise for conference presentations.

Curriculum/resource development

Through its work in the field, CEED continually identifies professional development needs. Its staff looks for appropriate resources to meet those needs, or if these resources are not available, develops them. In addition to developing training curriculum, CEED has published a number of resources for PreK-12 educators. All are sold through Portland State University’s Continuing Education Press.

For more information on Continuing Education programs and services, contact Cheryl Livneh, director, or go to

African American men focus of health project
The Healthy Birth Initiative Men’s Health Project is the result of an ongoing partnership between the Multnomah County Healthy Birth Initiative (HBI) program and the GSE’s Center for Healthy Inclusive Parenting (CHIP). Recognizing that health disparities can be improved upon for African American babies when the whole family is healthy, the partnership began with two primary areas of focus:

  • Raise awareness and change behaviors among young African American men to address preventable health disparities (hypertension, diabetes, and stroke)
  • Explore innovative and responsive strategies to discover the emerging interests and needs of African American men related to health

In two years, the project has evolved from a small health education and blood pressure monitoring intervention with young African American men to a community-wide effort of men promoting good health for themselves, their families, and their community.

The contributions of women to the men’s health project cannot be understated. The leadership of Sharon Smith, the former HBI director, and Cornetta Smith, the current HBI director, was instrumental in funding this project and forwarding a vision for healthy children and families.

Future plans for the project include continuation of men’s health forums and peer health information sharing. In addition, coordinators will expand the project in the areas of community- based participatory research and men’s health education and advocacy. —Charles Smith

For more information, contact Chuck Smith or Bill Baney in the PSU Center for Healthy Inclusive Parenting at 503-725-4815 or

Achievements of the African American Men’s Health Project

  • 80 men attended 10 men’s health forums
  • 45 African American men and youth trained to perform blood pressure monitoring
  • 565 people contacted directly by youth and men who shared health information with them
  • 305 community members received blood pressure screening and health information
  • 110 community organizations and businesses contacted to join the movement to improve the health of African America men

Helen Gordon Center provides community model
Child Development Center buzzes with activity. With 175 children, 32 professional staff, and 50 student assistants, there’s never a dull moment. Children investigate plants and bugs, experiment with various art media, go on field trips to the nearby Farmer’s Market, and play on the new state-of-the-art playground. As a center inspired by the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, and accredited by NAEYC, it is well known as a safe, happy environment for babies and young children.

But that’s not the whole story. The Helen Gordon Center is also an early childhood laboratory where many academic programs come together to collaborate. An expansion project in 2003 increased the program’s scope and capacity to accommodate additional children in a broader age range and added classroom space for PSU graduate and undergraduate students and programs. Director Ellie Justice commented, “The partnerships that have been made possible through our shared physical space have been especially rewarding, bringing an exchange of ideas and energy that supports the Center’s work with children, faculty and students.”

PSU students are able to learn about early childhood strategies in the Center’s third floor academic classroom and then observe that activity in the children’s classrooms. Or they may assist a Helen Gordon Center teacher, many of whom are working on advanced degrees, as they engage the children in projects.

“The partnerships that have been made possible through our shared physical space have been especially rewarding.” —Ellie Justice

Academic collaborations operating out of the Helen Gordon Center, which is part of the GSE, include programs with PSU’s School of Social Work, as well as partnerships with Portland Community College and other area universities. These include:

  • The GSE Curriculum and Instruction master’s program Early Childhood Education Specialization promotes the construction of shared early childhood pedagogy.
  • The GSE Counselor Education program offers on-site after-hours counseling for individuals and families through their graduate Counselor Education practicum.
  • Early Intervention Special Education students provide screening, to identify children needing special services.
  • The Child and Family Studies program in the School of Social Work places undergraduate students in the Center.
  • PCC Early Childhood Education and other area colleges use the Center as a practicum site.

The Helen Gordon Child Development Center provides support for both early childhood customers and adult students. The program strives to provide a caring community for PSU families and children, promote a family-friendly environment, increase the visibility of children and families on campus, and support the study and understanding of child and family issues.

For more information on the Center, go to

Announcing three new graduate certificate programs
Infant Toddler Mental Health Certificate

ITMH is an interdisiplinary online 25-credit graduate certificate for professionals who provide services to families with children from the prenatal period to 36 months of age. The program is aimed at improving the abilities of families, people who work with young children, and other partners to support and strengthen the emotional and relational development of children birth through preschool. Students begin as a cohort and participate together through six quarters of Web-based instruction and weekend face-to-face meetings on PSU’s campus. The ITMH program has 30 alumni from all regions of Oregon and out of state, including Washington, Idaho, and Alaska.

For more information about the Infant/ Toddler Mental Health program, contact Julie Puris,

PACE program adds two new certificates

In May 2007, the Postsecondary, Adult, and Continuing Education (PACE) program received authorization from the Oregon State Board of Higher Education to offer two graduate certificates. The 18-credit certificates can be earned as a “stand alone” credential or as part of the master’s or doctoral degree program.

Graduate Certificate in Student Affairs

This program is intended to serve student affairs personnel already in the field who may or may not have an advanced degree, but do not have professional educational preparation in student affairs, and also those with an advanced degree who may not yet be employed in the field, but aspire to be.

Graduate Certificate in Teaching Adult Learners

This program is intended to serve postsecondary faculty and teachers who have advanced degrees, but no professional educational preparation in adult learning, postsecondary faculty and teachers in vocational technical fields, and educators and trainers working in business, industry, health care, etc., whose responsibilities include teaching adult learners.

For more information about the PACE certificates, contact Janine Allen at

Friends of the GSE actively support programs
The mission of the Friends group is to support the GSE by building a sense of community and pride through expanding and maintaining connections with alumni and friends. Composed of alumni, retired faculty, and interested community members, the Friends are a non-dues-paying volunteer group that meets four times each year. In partnership with the school, they host events such as the PSU Weekend Breakfast Roundtable, an Educator’s Night at the PSU Opera, and the annual stewardship reception for thanking donors and recognizing scholarship recipients. They also volunteer at the school’s academic commencement and give a welcome to the graduates.

For the last seven years the Friends have raised scholarship funds to support students preparing for teaching careers in the high-need areas of special education, math, science, and/or ESL/ bilingual education. Cumulatively, they have awarded scholarships to 37 students, the most recent being five announced in summer 2008.

Jane Morrow, current chair of the Friends, describes their work as friendraising and fundraising. She says, “The meetings reinforce our belief in the Graduate School of Education and leave us inspired by the current students and encouraged by the wonderful work of the faculty who are leading programs that are making a difference in the community.”

For more information, contact Sandy Wiscarson, Graduate School of Education, PO Box 751, Portland, OR 97071-0751; phone 503-725-4789; or email wiscars@

Philanthropy in action: The Marta and Ken Thrasher Scholarships

Each year, Marta and Ken Thrasher make a commitment to offer scholarships to students preparing to become highly qualified teachers in the high-need areas of math, science, special education, or ESL/bilingual education. Addressing these teacher shortage areas in Oregon and across the nation is key to closing the achievement gap in today’s schools.

To date, more than 50 deserving students have been recipients of Thrasher scholarships. “Through directing our funding to these focused fields of study,” said Marta Thrasher, “we can support future teachers who are in demand and who will make a difference in classrooms and the community for many years.”

For the Thrashers, philanthropy is a two-fold opportunity-to offset the financial burden of graduate students from diverse populations who are making a commitment to enter the teaching profession and to improve the quality of education in area schools. “We can’t afford to have any student drop through the cracks in our schools,” says Ken Thrasher. “Marta and I support these programs to increase capacity in teacher shortage areas, because we know there is a direct correlation between education and the future of today’s youth.”

Marta and Ken Thrasher have demonstrated long-standing support for the Graduate School of Education, Portland State University, and Oregon’s educational system. Marta Thrasher, ’90, completed the Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP) in 1992. She has worked as a secondary school teacher and supports Portland State by serving on the advisory councils of the Graduate School of Education and the School of Social Work. Ken Thrasher is chairman and CEO of Compli, and previously was CFO and CEO of Fred Meyer. He was appointed by the Governor as chairperson of the Quality Education Commission for Oregon in 2001. He also co-chaired Portland State University’s capital campaign, and is on the PSU Foundation board. —KATE MCPHERSON-HOPE

Thrasher scholarships— what students say

“This scholarship made me believe in my abilities and potential to succeed and strengthened my passion for working with youth.” —MaLynda Wolfer, ’07, math teacher, Gresham High School, Gresham

“I truly appreciate the Thrashers’ generosity and support of my education. I have had the great honor to work with a diverse population at Madison High School. I am eagerly anticipating my new teaching appointment at Lincoln High School in the fall.” —Ricardo Alonso, Jr., ’05, math teacher, Lincoln High School, Portland

“The Thrasher Scholarship helped me spend more time studying and researching. I will never forget how their contribution enriched my life.” —Erica Humphrey (Hoagland), ’05, special education teacher, Ridgewood Elementary School, Beaverton

“The Thrasher Scholarship was a gracious gift that helped me pay tuition and reduce loans. The Thrashers’ commitment to supporting future teachers reminded me of the value of education.” —Summer Buzza ’06,  learning specialist, Rosemont Middle School, West Linn

Major grants and awards

JULY 1, 2007 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2008

Joel Arick – SPED

Regional Program Autism Training Sites

Oregon Department of Education,



Bill Baney – ECTC

Families Are Mentors: Improving, Learning,

Inspiring, Achieving (FAMILIA) (Adult

Learning and Skill Development)

Oregon Department of Education



Bill Baney – ECTC

Families Are Mentors: Improving,

Learning, Inspiring, Achieving (FAMILIA)

(Curriculum Development) Oregon

Department of Education



Jim Bickford – SPED

Steppingstones – Technology for Early

Childhood Braille Literacy

U.S. Department of Special Education



Julie Esparza Brown – SPED

Bilingual Special Education Project

U.S. Department of Education/Offi ce of

English Language Acquisition



Jim Carlile and Linda Jessell – CEED

No Child Left Behind Oregon University

School Partnership

Oregon University System



Ruth Falco and Ann Fullerton – SPED

Highly Qualifi ed Special Educators Program

Improvement Project

U.S. Department of Special Education



Dilafruz Williams – ELP

Curriculum and Teacher Development for

Learning Gardens: Academic Achievement,

Multiculturalism, and Health.

Gray Family Fund of the Oregon

Community Foundation




Chris Borgmeier – SPED

Center for Positive Behavioral Interventions

and Supports

University of Oregon



Amanda Sanford – SPED

Reading First

University of Oregon



Gifts to the GSE 2007-08

The Graduate School of Education is grateful to all its generous supporters. The following lists alumni, faculty, staff, friends, associations, corporations and foundations that made gifts to the school from July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008.

Every effort was made to ensure accuracy. Please contact Sandy Wiscarson in the Development Office, 503-725-4789, or email with any updates.

Dean’s Circle

$5,000 and above

  • Barbara and Gary Ames, Ames Family Foundation
  • The Boeing Company
  • Carnegie Corporation of New York
  • Gray Family Fund of the
  • Oregon Community Foundation
  • Ulrich Hardt and the Oregon Writing Festival
  • Joseph Kaplan and Betsy Davenport
  • Learning Disabilities Foundation of Oregon
  • Marta and Kenneth Thrasher


  • Janine Allen and Ernest Ogard
  • Anonymous
  • Alexander Benenson
  • Roger and Jan Capps
  • Celia and David Capuzzi
  • Charles Clemans and
  • Nancy Hungerford
  • Colin and Patricia Dunkeld
  • Randy and Lynn Hitz
  • Mary Kinnick and Mary
  • Beth VanCleave
  • Jane and Robert Morrow
  • Julie and Bill Reiersgaard
  • Miriam Reshotko and Lee
  • Gordon
  • Lorilee and Kent Robinson
  • Patricia Schechter and
  • Nicholas Fish
  • Richard and Joann Sonnen
  • Paula and Keith Stanovich
  • Jo Ann and Peter Wight
  • Sandra Wiscarson
  • $500-$999
  • Gwendolyn Beals
  • Nancy Benson
  • Steve and Mary Brannan
  • Scott and Bridget Dawson
  • James Draznin and Lorely French
  • Dubois Law Firm, LCC
  • Robert and Shelley Everhart
  • Nancy Falconer
  • Betty Flick
  • Susan Halverson-Westerburg
  • Ruth Harris-Inman
  • Betty and Larry Hittle
  • Linda and Eugene Holt
  • Virginia and Arthur Kayser
  • Jeanne Large and Fred Herzberg
  • Susan Lenski
  • Mimi Lettunich
  • Gail Maron
  • Marietta Miick
  • Sam Partovi
  • Ruby and DeVan Robins
  • Joy Spalding
  • Anna Mae and Michael Tichy
  • David Tourzan


  • Amiguitos! Preschool, Ayde’ York
  • Henry Appelman
  • Suzanne and Terry Armentrout
  • Louis and Darlene Balmer
  • Anne Bayer-Tessler and Steven Tessler
  • Derek Conklin
  • Marlene and Mark Cvetko
  • Tamara Davis
  • GBD Architects, Inc.
  • Linda Gordon
  • Jenefer and Charles Grant
  • Robert and Peggy Hanson
  • Kathleen Hess
  • Richard Hobbs
  • Mark and Ingeborg Holliday
  • Loren and Martha Hotchkiss
  • Douglas Howe
  • Lisa and Paul Kane
  • Sybil Kelley
  • Margaret Kilmer
  • Merle and John Kovash
  • Julia Kuhn-Butorac and Marc Butorac
  • Cheryl and Hanoch Livneh
  • Jane and Calvin Malmquist
  • Sean McCusker
  • Rollee Merrifi eld Jones and Michael Jones
  • Gregory and Sonya Morgansen
  • Barbara and Jerry Newmark
  • Leslie Oliver
  • Alden Peterson
  • Trina and Bradley Robertson
  • Susan and James Rustvold
  • David Sampsell
  • Levonne Sedgwick
  • John and Katie Spathas
  • Paul Steger and Patricia
  • Ferguson-Steger
  • Susan and Von Summers
  • Richard and Joan Swee
  • Carlyn Syvanen and Stephen Vause
  • Lisa Walleri
  • David and Nolene Wheeler
  • Ronald Williams
  • Georgia Young


  • Leslie and Stephen Aaron
  • Marilyn Adair
  • George and Evelyn Andrews
  • Evan Appelman
  • Judy and James Arbogast
  • Erin and Enrique Arias
  • Tara Asai
  • Ruthann and James Audritsh
  • Cynthia and Bill Bauer
  • Charles Beckel
  • Kathy Black
  • Michael Blake
  • Cheryl Bland
  • David Blessman
  • Carol Bobby
  • Ronald and LaRae Bogh
  • Tony Bornstein
  • Colleen Bourassa
  • Teri and Edward Boyatt
  • Lynn Boyd
  • Julia Brennan and Richard Johnson
  • William Brown and Elizabeth Lewis
  • Kathryn Canfield-Davis and
  • Dennis Davis
  • Frances and Richard Cansler
  • Richard and Jill Carpenter
  • Betty Carrithers
  • Bonnie and Larry Cartwright
  • Grear Casper
  • Lisa Caverly
  • Nathan Cogan
  • Richard and Heide Cole
  • Nancy Conover
  • Rose Cooper
  • Alison Couch
  • Sheila Couey
  • Justin Courcelle
  • David and Wilma Cox
  • Shirley Coyner
  • Stephan and Dolores Cragg
  • Anne Cunningham Carson
  • Beverlee and Stuart Cutler
  • Carol and Michael Daley
  • Emily de la Cruz
  • Georgia and Henry Deetz
  • Linda DeVries
  • Amy Driscoll
  • John and Charlane Drumm
  • Mary and David Dunham
  • Darlene and Jerry Durgan
  • Beverly and Frederick Epeneter
  • Janet and William Ford
  • Robert Ford
  • Luanne and Stephen Fordney
  • David Forsberg
  • Frederica and Larry Frager
  • Page Frisch
  • Ann Fullerton
  • Kerby Gault
  • Elizabeth and Willis Gill
  • Kirey Gilson
  • Michael and Jean Gleason
  • Loulie Gray
  • Alan and Monica Grinnell
  • Douglas Gross
  • Marsha and Michael Gustkey
  • Evelyn Haertel
  • Barbara Herlihy
  • Scott and Bridget Herrin
  • Leah Hershey
  • Camela Hicks-Alexander
  • Diane Hiegel-Bazler and Jack Blazler
  • Betty Hirsch
  • Marilyn Hobbs
  • Elizabeth and Tom Hultin
  • Stephen Isaacson
  • Mary and Darwin Isensee
  • Dirk and Gayla Iwata-Reuyl
  • Mary Jackson
  • Betsy Jeronen
  • Andrew and Julie Job
  • Bryan Johanson and Victoria Gilbert
  • Linda and Terry Jones
  • Robin and Wayne Jones
  • Jean and Richard Josephson
  • Ellen Justice
  • Nancy Kardonsky
  • Alfred Kasper
  • Helen and Richard Keagle
  • Sonja Kelley
  • Carolyn Kelly
  • Kelly Russell Auctions
  • Susan Kelsey
  • Maureen Kenny
  • Meg Kieran
  • Wendy Killam
  • Katherine and William Lamb
  • Jack and Susan Lane
  • Lynne and Clifford Lansdon
  • Dianna and Gene Laughlin
  • Janice and William Lee
  • Arnold and Claudia Leppert
  • Mike Lettunich
  • Colleen Lewis
  • Carl Lino
  • Nancy and Christopher Longaker
  • Evelyn and David Lowry
  • Kelly and Anthony Lucarelli
  • Christy Marshall
  • Jane Martin
  • Jeanette and Kenneth Martin
  • Kara Martin
  • Elaine and Kenneth Mattson
  • Maria Teresa Mayer
  • Stephanie McBride
  • Jean McCloskey
  • Marilyn and Timothy McGuire
  • Rosalyn McKeown
  • Susan Meyers
  • James Miller
  • Carol and John Mitchell
  • Frances Moga
  • Elizabeth Morrison
  • Nancy and Santiago Muniz
  • Leslie and Thomas Munson
  • Nina and Larry Nelson
  • Sharon Nestegard
  • Peggy and Robert Nitschke
  • Ronald and Janet O’Day
  • Maurine and William Otos
  • Frances Ousley
  • Kitsie Parkinson
  • William Parnell
  • Theresa and Pat Peick
  • Lynn and Vernon Peterson
  • Dawn Pitman
  • Karen and Duane Pollard
  • Dorothy and Neff Powell
  • Beverly Pratt-Miller
  • Susan and Roger Price
  • James and Harriett Quinn
  • Susan and Richard Ray
  • Ginger Redlinger and Mary Namit
  • Theodore Remley
  • Leslie Rennie-Hill and Kenton Hill
  • Eli Reshotko
  • Jean Reynolds
  • Joan Richardson
  • Catherine Roland
  • Harold and Anna Rosene
  • Sarah Rowley and Garry Neil
  • Barbara Ruben and Jeffery Hammarlund
  • Gary and Jean Salyers
  • Linda and Thomas Samek
  • Barbara Schiewe-Bolstad
  • Shirley and Michael Schrunk
  • Leroy and Janet Schultz
  • Pat Schwallie-Giddis
  • Gerald and Margaret Scovil
  • Marion Sharp
  • Sheilagene and Jim Shaw
  • Conrad Sieber
  • Pati Sluys
  • Dale and Leilani Smith
  • Susan Storms
  • Thomas and Windi Struck
  • Kathryn Suiter
  • Patte Sullivan
  • Amy Swanson
  • Eileen Tanaka
  • Catherine Theriault and Daniel Weston
  • Gayle and Donald Thieman
  • Amy and William Thompson
  • Ronald Thompson
  • Heather Thomson
  • George and Margaret Timmons
  • Michele Turner
  • Judith Tuttle Zollner
  • John and Marilyn Ubik
  • Virginia and Paul Vanture
  • Luis and Evelyn Vasquez
  • Larry and Linda Veltman
  • Sydney Voorhees
  • Carolyn Weekly
  • Betty Welch
  • Isaac White
  • Rachel Wilcoxen
  • Jerry and Lucille Wilkins
  • Catherine Williams
  • Christina and Reed Wilson
  • Maryann Wilson
  • Fred and Jane Wong
  • Loreta and Wilbur Wood
  • David Woodford
  • Joann and Leonard Workman
  • Barbara Wray
  • Gretchen Yost
  • Creighton and Helen Young
  • Gail and Harvey Young
  • Madeleine and Daniel Zywicki

Up to $100

  • Lisa and Shawn Aasheim
  • Nancy Abens
  • Lisa Abramovic
  • Kimberly and David Adams
  • Virginia and Bruce Adams
  • Marvin Aikens
  • Sharron Akins
  • Dorothy Alexander
  • Beth Allen
  • Kathleen Allen and Mark Gillispie
  • Juanita Altig
  • Elizabeth Amsden
  • Janet Amundson
  • Carla and Paul Anderson
  • Lisa Anderson
  • Lu Ann Anderson
  • Dixie Arata
  • Candy and George Armstrong
  • Terry Arnall
  • Patricia and James Arneson
  • Joel Arrowsmith
  • Benjamin and Paula Arthur
  • Peggy Ast
  • Suzanne and Dale Auvil
  • Judy and Michael Ayers
  • Barbara Bagg
  • Patricia Baggett
  • Sharon and James Bailey
  • Patricia Barber
  • Jasmine Barcelona
  • Lou and Richard Barela
  • Donna Barker
  • David and Judy Bassett
  • Julie Bauder
  • Jacqueline Bauer
  • Lynn and Ruth Baumgart
  • Karin Beagle
  • Linda Beardsley
  • Cheryl and George Beck
  • Judith and John Beck
  • Ursula Bendix
  • Terry Bennett
  • Rosario Bernaldez
  • Dianna Bernklau
  • Susan Bertotti
  • Christina Bialas and Larry Minor
  • James Bickford
  • Erline and Larry Binkerd
  • Shari and K. Blackburn
  • Marilynn Blacketer
  • Jacqueline and John Blalock
  • Tom and Joanne Board
  • Anita and Curtis Boardman
  • Sandra and James Boon
  • John Borowczak
  • Joanne and James Borsberry
  • Larry Boswell
  • Merle and Le Bradford
  • Linda Brake
  • Nancy and Philip Brand
  • Mary and Michael Brandon
  • Lonnie and June Breninger
  • Barbara Brent
  • Barbara and William Briare
  • Margie and Gerald Brickley
  • Carol Bridges
  • Sandra Bristol
  • Carolyn and Buddy Brock
  • B. and William Brough
  • Carol Brown
  • Irene Brown
  • Matt Brown
  • Carol and Robert Bruce
  • Kathleen and Gary Bruner
  • Gretchen Brunner
  • Joanne Bruno
  • Alayne Bryan
  • George Bryson
  • James and Mary Ann Buck
  • Thomas Buck
  • Jerome and Shirley Buckmier
  • Juveen Buckner
  • Lisa Buhl
  • Philip and Robin Burgess
  • Norma and Edwin Burgstahler
  • Paul Burnett
  • Eleanor Burton
  • William Cafourek and Michiyo Okuhara
  • Juliana and Jose Calderon
  • Suzanne Camp
  • Sue and Donald Cannard
  • Elizabeth Caplan
  • Dianne Capsouto
  • James and Joan Carhart
  • Carrie Carlile
  • Winetta Carlisle
  • Catherine and Craig Carlson
  • Delaine Carlson
  • Linda Carpenter
  • Sharon Carufel
  • Micki Caskey
  • Maria Castillo
  • Floyd and Sally Chamberlain
  • Leland and Lynn Chapman
  • Barbara and Vernon Chase
  • James Chellis
  • Molly Chong
  • Mary and Richard Christen
  • Carol Christofero-Snide
  • Cynthia Claridge
  • Cheri and Scott Clark
  • Dorothy Clarke
  • Janice Clarke-Reiter and Bruce Reiter
  • Frederick Clayton
  • Davene Cohen
  • Edwin Collier and Sarah
  • Andrews-Collier
  • Lycinda and Douglas Conger
  • Beatrice and William Cook
  • Betty and James Cook
  • Vera and John Cook
  • Jackie and Wesley Cooke
  • Lynne Coon and Richard Bruer
  • Chad Cooper
  • Mary Corliss
  • Michael and Julie Cottle
  • Marylou and Gordon Coulter
  • Diane Courtney-Cho and Jerry Cho
  • Belinda and David Covell
  • LeAnne Cox
  • Sandra and Thomas Cox
  • Lyrrel Crain
  • Shirley Crawford
  • Christine Cress
  • Ronald and Margaret Crisman
  • Aimee Cuervo-Arango
  • Christine and Craig
  • Cunningham
  • Holly Curran
  • Leota Cutler
  • Cadie Daley
  • Theresa Daley
  • Wendy Dalrymple
  • Aileen Davis
  • Joanne and Jim Davis
  • Linda Davis
  • Erika De Crozuc-Adalafe
  • Stephen and Susan Deagle
  • Janet Deardorff
  • Michelle and Bill DeBoard
  • Nicolas-Domingo Delgado
  • Charlotte Denis
  • Rene and Michael Dernbach
  • Sandra Detroit
  • Margaret Dials
  • Phyllis and John Dodds
  • Michelle Dodge
  • Sue Doherty
  • Janice Dolan
  • Arirak Douangpanya
  • Kimberly Douglas
  • Melissa Dragich
  • Johnnie Driessner
  • Judy Driscoll
  • Kathie and Mitchell Duggan
  • Judith Dunlap
  • Jean DuPere
  • Jason and Georgiana Dyal
  • James Dykeman
  • Donna Easter
  • Nancy Ebsen
  • Alana Eckert
  • Jeffrey Edmundson and Ethel
  • Shuldman
  • Aimee Edwards
  • Marci Edwards
  • Ronald Ehn
  • Nancy Eichsteadt
  • Kathryn and Garry
  • Eisenzimmer
  • Arthur and Katherine Ellickson
  • Roger and Laura Elligsen
  • Jacqueline Elliott and Steven Beining
  • Kimberly and Dirk Ellsworth
  • Andrew Emert
  • Richard Emslie
  • Bonnie and Daniel English
  • Francene and Stephen English
  • Lawrence Epp
  • Nila Epstein
  • Dean and Marilyn Erickson
  • Eva and Donald Estberg
  • Donna and Donald Eudaly
  • Vicki and H. Eustice
  • Julie Evans
  • Virginia Everton
  • Susan Fairchild
  • Reva and Jack Falk
  • Maureen Farren
  • Michael and Sherilyn Farris
  • Betty Felix
  • Nicholas Fenger
  • Ronald Fennell
  • Wendy and James Fenner
  • Sarah Ferguson and Cipriano Manon
  • William and Phyllis Feusahrens
  • Diane Fisker
  • Kathleen Flanagan
  • Kathy and R. Fletcher
  • April Forsyth
  • Joshua Forsythe
  • Laurie and Roger Fosmark
  • Tracy Fox
  • Frances Fredericks
  • Natalie and John Fredrickson
  • Walter and Helen Friesen
  • Teresa Frizzel
  • Judith and John Fryer
  • Deanna Fujita
  • Becky Gallion
  • Adell Gardner
  • Chris Gaslin and Deborah
  • Reiersgaard
  • Shari Gent
  • Terry and Spence Gerber
  • Susan and Kenneth Gex
  • Derek and Suzanne Gibbs
  • Barbara and Duane Gibson
  • Ellsworth Gibson
  • Nicole Gilbertson
  • Ralph and Cynthia Gilliam
  • Dennis and Janice Gillies
  • Beverly and Kip Gladder
  • Janice and Theron Glover
  • Elizabeth and Larry Goble
  • Evelyn and J. Arden Godshall
  • Janet and Melvin Goldberg
  • Dennis and Kathleen Goodyear
  • Bernard and Shirley Gordon
  • Mayda Gottfried
  • Mary Gourley
  • Holly Grabow
  • Sunny Graham
  • Ta Lisa Green
  • Sara Gregg
  • Marcia Gregor Garrick and
  • Osmond Garrick
  • Robert Gregory
  • Amrit and Jagdish Grewal
  • Irina Grigorian
  • Alicia Grimshaw
  • Robyn Grinberg
  • Margie Grinnell
  • Janet Grizzard
  • Seniye Groff
  • Elaine and Gordon Grose
  • Carol and Gary Gross
  • Teresa Grove
  • Linda and Laurence Gruber
  • Alfredo Guillen
  • Elizabeth Guinea
  • Marie and Charles Gunther
  • Ericka and Guy Guynes
  • Marjorie and Gilbert Gwilliam
  • Robin Gwinn
  • Cecelia and Wayne Haack
  • Helen and Robert Hackett
  • Hau Hagedorn
  • Sally and Earl Haggart
  • Stacy Halbach
  • Rita and Charles Hale
  • Selene and J Hall
  • Delpha and Gordon Hammerle
  • Eun-Chung Han
  • Nancy and Randolph Hansell
  • Patsy Hansen
  • Marilyn Hanson
  • Nancy Harden
  • Mary and Michael Harding
  • Donna Hardnett
  • Mary Harmer and Mike Calder
  • Michael Harrington
  • Susan Harris
  • Elaine Hartzog
  • Nancy Hawkins-Gurney
  • Phyllis and James Hawley
  • Barbara and Gordon Haynes
  • Marsha Heims
  • Alan and Jennette Heitschmidt
  • Bruce and Korin Henderson
  • Janice Henderson
  • Mary and Joseph Henderson
  • June Herd
  • Peter and Katherine Hinds
  • Paul Hippe
  • Beth Hodges
  • Geraldine and Ralph Hodges
  • Ruth and Clark Hofmann
  • Andra Hollenbeck
  • Brenda Holm
  • Monica Honegger
  • Georgia and David Hoover
  • Christine and Matthew Horne
  • Denise Howarth
  • Lorraine Hugo and Dennis Naylor
  • Frederick and Pamela Hummelt
  • Michael Humphreys
  • Nancy and Donald Humphries
  • Geoffrey Hunnicutt
  • Crystal Huntington
  • Ann Jackson
  • Frederick and Mildred Jackson
  • Harriet Jackson
  • Lynn Jarvis
  • Helen Jenkins
  • Anne Jensch
  • Kirsti Jensen and John Wellman
  • Ruth Jensen
  • Sandra and Kenneth Jernstedt
  • Emily and Keivan Jinnah
  • Betty and Stephen Johnson
  • C. Johnson
  • Daniel Johnson
  • David Johnson
  • Joyce Johnson
  • Nancy and Philip Johnson
  • Patrick Johnson
  • Raymond Johnson
  • Susan and Allan Johnston
  • Hazel and Gerald Jones
  • Rose Jungkind
  • Carolyn Jurkovich
  • Janet Kahn
  • Sherman Kalina
  • Charlene Kampfe
  • Lisa Karlin and Stan Webb
  • Valerie and Doug Katagiri
  • Brent and Patricia Kehoe
  • Michael Keith
  • Heather Kelly
  • Nancy and Thomas Kelly
  • Leah Kemper
  • Brenda and Kent Kimball
  • Elizabeth King
  • Steven Kingsley
  • Phyllis and John Kirkwood
  • Leslie Kirschner
  • Iris and Russell Kissir
  • Zelda and Joe Kittel
  • Virginia and Gilbert Kleweno
  • Donna and Ervin Klover
  • George Konzek
  • Diane and Dirk Koopman
  • John Koppang
  • Gregory and Maria Kopra
  • Teddi Korevaar
  • Jon Krager
  • Marlene Krahmer
  • Greta Krahn
  • Suzanne and David Krause
  • Marlee Krohn
  • Mary and David Krug
  • Kristine and Robert Kuester
  • Charles and Arlene Kuhnhausen
  • Annielaurie and Jason Kutch
  • Marietta and Glen Kuykendall
  • Ruth and Donald LaFrance
  • Charles Laiti
  • Donna Lamarche
  • Ellen and J. Russell Langwig
  • Teresa and Phillip Larkin
  • John and Mary Larson
  • Debra Lattimore
  • Linda Lattz
  • Brenda Laurance
  • Annabelle and Bruce Lavier
  • Sherry Lawson
  • Cathy Layton
  • Julie Lee-Barr and Patrick Barr
  • Kathy and Jerry Lefor
  • Brian Lemos
  • Dennis Lewman and Kaoru Arai
  • Joan Liapes
  • Darren Lilla
  • Nina and Larry Lindstrom
  • Marsha Lipets-Maser and
  • Joseph Maser
  • Pauline Livingston
  • Melva Lloyd
  • Andrew Lockwood
  • Charles and Marcia Logan
  • Marlene Loisdotter
  • Lynda and Max Loos
  • Andrea Lorance
  • Lucille Lowery
  • John Lucas
  • Betty and Merrill Ludlam
  • Alfonso and Berta Lule
  • Elise Lunas
  • Anita Lynn
  • Arland and Sharon Lyons
  • Judith and Wayne Macktinger
  • C. Ann Madigan
  • Geoff Malecha
  • Roxanne Malter
  • Nancie Mann
  • Tamara Markham
  • Rebecca Martin
  • Valerie and Gregory Martin
  • Gracie Mason
  • Patricia Mathews
  • Daniel Maurer and Mary Morgan
  • Phyllis and Ronald Maynard
  • Therese Mazzarella
  • Robert and Karen McAllister
  • Lee and Linda McCaffrey
  • Laurie McCall
  • William McCallum
  • Anita and Donald McClain
  • Judith McClain
  • Joyce McCluskey
  • Nancy and Dennis McCormick
  • Ladd McGowan
  • Cheryl and James McGrew
  • Katherine and Dale McGriff
  • Doris McGuhuey
  • Roberta and Frank McKay
  • Krista McKillip
  • Nellie McLean
  • Constance and John McMullen
  • Kristy McNulty
  • Doris and Robert McQueen
  • Robert McQuillen
  • Carol and Ronald Means
  • John Mears
  • Carla Meilstrup
  • Tou and Chansouk Meksavanh
  • Sue Merz
  • Ann and Jack Messick
  • Debra and Scott Meyer
  • Jennifer Meyer
  • Anne Mileham
  • Deborah Miller
  • Douglas and Patricia Miller
  • John Miller
  • Lois Miller
  • Merrie and Barry Miller
  • Myrna and Ed Miller
  • Richard Miller
  • Winston and Anne Miller
  • Gary Mills
  • Judd and Dorothy Mills
  • Virginia Milne
  • John and Maureen Moore
  • Sherrill and Charles Moore
  • Suzanne and Kevin Moore
  • Marc and Anna Moretz
  • Carol Morgaine
  • Sean Morgan and Rachel Vail
  • Betty and Dean Morrison
  • Rochelle Moss
  • Vickie and Tenny Mount
  • Sharon and George Mowry
  • Kevin Muir
  • Hazel and Wallace Murdock
  • Karen Murphy
  • Chris Murray
  • Megan Murtaugh
  • Fara Musser
  • Hussein Mustafa
  • Leanne Neal
  • Vicki and David Nebel
  • Glenda and Paul Neerman
  • Daniel and Joann Nelson
  • Patricia and Clark Nelson
  • Twila Nesky
  • Teresa and John Nickens
  • Anne Niebergall and Sterling
  • Eltagonde
  • Carolyn Nielsen-Smith and Jim Smith
  • Linda and Victor Nolan
  • Mark Nolan
  • Catherine Normile
  • Mary and Oliver Norville
  • Beverly Notdurft
  • Gordon and Lillian Nyberg
  • Marie and Robert Oberg
  • Mary Oberson
  • Barbara O’Brien
  • Michele Oleson
  • Barbara Olson
  • Cheryl Olson
  • Gerald Olson
  • Jason Olson
  • Harold and Elsie Onishi
  • Linda Ota
  • John and Kazuko Page
  • Cheryl and Esequiel Palomo
  • Janet Pardo and J. Garber
  • Linda Pardun
  • Helen Parent
  • Gail Parnell
  • Jeanette and Ralph Parsons
  • Judith Parsons
  • Carol Paxman
  • Marilee Payne
  • Gerald and Deonne Peck
  • Barbara and Bill Pennell
  • Stephanie Perkins
  • Crystal Pillifant
  • Nancy Pisarsky
  • Keri Podell
  • John Poff and Sharon Russell-Poff
  • George and Suzette Polas
  • Kathleen and Robert Polley
  • Thomas Polychronis
  • Bradley Poole
  • Alan and Edna Porter
  • Schuyler Porter
  • Patricia Price
  • Barbara Prigohzy
  • Virgil and Patricia Prindle
  • Lloyd and Marilyn Pruitt
  • David Pulliam
  • Irene and Dennis Quinn
  • Linda and John Quinn
  • Maureen Quinn
  • Ruth and Hank Quinnett
  • Carol and Ibrahim Qutub
  • Shirley and Alvin Rackner
  • David and Martha Radliff
  • Laura Radosta
  • Helen Radow
  • Paul Rager and Alba Enriquez-Rager
  • Barbara and Robert Rappleyea
  • Judy and James Redder
  • Noreen Regan
  • Sheryl Reinisch
  • Mark Reynolds
  • Barbara Rhiger
  • Kay and Dale Rhoney
  • Deborah and Jeffrey Rickey
  • Nathan and Cheryl Riffle
  • Connie and Donald Ripplinger
  • Svetlana Riskin
  • Eleanor Ritter
  • Kal Robertson
  • Marilyn and Kenneth Robinson
  • Patricia Robinson
  • Marlene and Richard Rogers
  • Thomas Roidt
  • Mary and James Rose
  • Barbara Rossi-Underriner and
  • David Underriner
  • Susan and Kenneth Rossow
  • Rosemary Roth
  • Cheryl Rudarmel
  • Patricia and Christopher Ryan
  • Jeanne Sabbe
  • Kathryn Samsom
  • Deborah Samuels
  • Lisa Sanders
  • Benjamin Sandler
  • Lynn Santelmann
  • Joanne and Joe Scafi di
  • Carol and Donald Schallberger
  • Linda and Clifford Schatz
  • Sherry Scheinman
  • Kathy Schell
  • Patricia Schmidt
  • Cecilia Schmitt
  • Sharon Schneider
  • Carol Schultz
  • Jennifer and Karl Schulz
  • Jean Scott
  • Anthony Scribner
  • Anita and Paul Seely
  • Susan and Eugene Severson
  • Lois and William Shatzer
  • Vickki and George Shelley
  • Denise Shier
  • Virginia and Wilbur Shilling
  • Mike Shults
  • Robert Siewert
  • Sarah and Roberto Silva
  • Sarah Simmons
  • Sandra Simms
  • Bernetta and Michael Simpson
  • Phil Simpson
  • Sandra Sjostrom
  • Joanne Skinner
  • Rosemary Sloop
  • Dawn Smith
  • Genevieve and Harold Smith
  • Jacquelyn and Roger Smith
  • Julie Smith
  • Marjorie and John Smith
  • Mary and Gene Smith
  • Patricia Smith
  • Timothy and Paula Smith
  • Norrine Smokey-Smith and
  • Terry Smith
  • David Snyder
  • Christine Soland
  • Kandy Soto
  • John Spanjers and Michelle
  • Trudeau-Spanjers
  • Timothy and Kim Spaulding
  • Carol and Kevin Spellman
  • Julia Spence
  • Mark Sprague
  • Brian and Sydette Squire
  • Carol Stanfi eld
  • Nicole Stanley
  • Mark Stauffer
  • Janet Stearns-Gannett and
  • David Gannett
  • Patti Steele
  • Carrie Steltz
  • Janice Stevens
  • Patricia Stewart
  • Janet Stinson
  • Juliette Stoering
  • Paul Stratman
  • Sheila and Roger Stratman
  • Ray Streight
  • Karen and Michael Strejc
  • Cindy Strid
  • James and Rachelan Stronach
  • Laura Strudwick
  • Sullivan Piano Studios
  • Caroline and Michael Sullivan
  • Helen and Terry Sutfin
  • Craig and Lisa Switalla
  • Ann Tabshy
  • Kay Talbot
  • Sara Tam
  • Sandra Tashima
  • Elizabeth Tate
  • Nancy Teller
  • Judith Temko
  • Phillis Temple
  • Sally Templeman
  • Douglas TenEyck
  • Kate Thomason
  • Betty and Douglas Thompson
  • Michael Thompson
  • Eileen and Gary Thoni
  • Beverly Tolman
  • Susan Torrence and Michael Klueh
  • Dennis Torresdal
  • Paula Travis
  • Genevieve Tremblay
  • Stacie Tumblin
  • Gail Turney
  • David Underhill
  • Ann Upton
  • George Vance
  • Paula and Daniel Vandewalle
  • Debra VanDover
  • Glenn Vaughn
  • Raul Veliz
  • Amy Veltman
  • Lisa Vennes
  • Janice and David Vigna
  • Tracy and Stephen Vogeltanz
  • Trina and Christopher
  • Vorderbrueggen
  • Kris Voss-Rothmeier
  • Stephanie Wahab
  • Zachary and Jennifer Wallace
  • Arin Wallenius
  • John Waller
  • Gail Walsh
  • Penelope Walter
  • Annette Walton
  • Barbara and Edward Ward
  • B. Washburn
  • Elizabeth and James Wassom
  • Juanita Waters
  • Frederick Wearn and Maureen
  • Kerrigan-Wearn
  • Carolyn and Craig Weaver
  • Susan and Loyd Webert
  • Jordan Weddle
  • Ellen and Eric Weeks
  • Gary and Emma Weeks
  • Kathleen and Robert Weigant
  • Delia and John Weinheimer
  • Chere and William Weiss
  • Bill and Hilda Welch
  • Joan Welch
  • Cory Wellington
  • Charlotte Wells
  • Kenneth Wenzel
  • David Werner
  • Jannette Wetzel
  • Joanna White
  • Mary White
  • Debra and Terry Whitecotton
  • Barbara Wiegele
  • Marilyn Wiley
  • Doris Wilken
  • Joanne Wilkie
  • Irene Willard
  • Joy and William Williams
  • Teri and Boyd Williams
  • Trudy Williams
  • Tracy Williams-Murphy
  • Amy Wilson
  • Lynn Winkle
  • Donald and Marlene Winn
  • Diane Wohl
  • Pat Wolfe
  • Jan Wolford
  • Tyler Woodral
  • Pamela Woodruff and Richard Graf
  • Elizabeth Wosley-George and
  • Ben Jumbo
  • Mary Wurm
  • Laurie Wyatt
  • Tracy Wygant
  • Judith York
  • Carma Young
  • Dawn and Dave Young
  • Gail Young
  • Thomas and Stephanie
  • Zandoli
  • Harry Zweben

In-kind donations to Helen Gordon Auction

  • 20/20 for Site
  • Akers and Thomas
  • Academy of Kung Fu
  • Gary Albright
  • Gene and Rebecca Albright
  • Amrita: A Sanctuary for Yoga
  • Annie Bloom Books
  • Arborview Dental
  • Erin and Enrique Arias
  • The Arrangement
  • Artists Repertory Theatre
  • Aura Restaurant and Lounge
  • Baby! Oh Baby!
  • Molly Jo Baiar
  • Bike Gallery
  • Michael and Lori Blake
  • Blush Beauty Bar
  • Tony Bornstein and Robyn Gregory
  • Greg Boswell
  • Kim Brown
  • Erin and Billy Burns
  • Joseph Busch and Kim Elliott
  • Campbell Salgado Studio
  • Chameleon Restaurant and Bar
  • Children’s Place Bookstore
  • Chinook Winds Casino Resort
  • Circadian Consulting and
  • Design, LLC
  • Clean Copy
  • Sharon Cortner
  • Costco
  • Dean Justice
  • Liz Dickey
  • Dirty Blonde Designs
  • Disneyland
  • Tom and Laurie Dornan
  • Doug and Barbara Swanson
  • Dragonsfish Asian Café
  • The Dragontree Holistic Day Spa
  • Dublin Bay Knitting Company
  • Eleni’s Philoxenia
  • Emily Andrews Portrait Design
  • Enchanted Forest
  • Evergreen Curling Club
  • Exodus Spa
  • Finnegan’s Toys and Gifts
  • Fish Grotto Seafood Restaurant
  • Frank Mahler
  • Andrea and Lorenzo Garza
  • Alyssa Gasca
  • Jeri Gedrose
  • Gino’s Restaurant and Bar
  • Tyson and Joanna Goll
  • Goose Hollow Inn
  • Grand Central Baking Company
  • Greek Cusina
  • Lynn Green
  • Hawthorne Fish House
  • Higgins Restaurant and Bar
  • Hilton Portland and Executive Tower
  • Hollywood Burger Bar
  • Hollywood Dance
  • The Hollywood Theatre
  • Paul Iwata
  • Jack West
  • Japanese Garden Society of Oregon
  • Ellie Justice
  • Ebru Korbek-Erdogmus
  • Kris Haas
  • Laura Washington Naturopathic Physician
  • Learning Palace
  • Linnea Osterberg,
  • Photographer
  • Kirstin Schumaker, LMT
  • Looking Glass Bookstore
  • Lucy Activewear Inc.
  • Lu’s Ends Hats
  • Lutra Press
  • Magnum Opus
  • Mama Mia Trattoria
  • Manion General Contractors
  • Christy and Scott Marshall
  • Sandy Marsonette
  • Jessie Martin
  • Maryhill Museum of Art
  • McMenamin’s Grand Lodge
  • Jennifer Mercede
  • Mimi Lettunich
  • Mio Gelato
  • Mount Hood Railroad
  • Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort
  • Mt. Tabor Fine Wines
  • Multnomah Chiropractic Clinic
  • Music Millenium
  • Dr. Laura Torgerson, ND
  • New Seasons Market
  • North Clackamas Aquatic Park
  • Northwest Children’s Theater and School
  • Not Your Average Joe-the Balloon Man
  • Office Depot
  • Old Faithful Geyser of
  • California
  • Old Wives Tales
  • OMSI
  • Oregon Children’s Theatre
  • Oregon Coast Aquarium
  • The Oregon Historical Society
  • Oregon Shakespeare Festival
  • Oregon Zoo
  • Pacific Artists Ballet
  • The Paramount Hotel
  • Pine Tavern
  • Pink Martini
  • Pittock Mansion
  • Pix Patisserie
  • Portland Beavers and Portland Timbers
  • Portland Children’s Museum
  • Portland Classical Chinese Garden
  • Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra
  • Portland Marriott Downtown
  • Waterfront
  • Portland Nursery
  • Portland Party Bus
  • Portland Spirit
  • Portland State Bookstore
  • Portland State University Athletics
  • Portland State University Outdoor Program
  • Portland Trail Blazers
  • Portland Youth Philharmonic Association
  • PSU Alumni Association
  • PSU Athletic Department and
  • PSU Bookstore
  • PSU Transportation and Parking Services
  • Pulse Salon
  • Laura Radosta
  • William and Julie Reiersgaard
  • Safeway
  • Saint Cupcake
  • Sandy Family Dentistry
  • Michael Santillan and Alicia McConnell
  • Alisha Savage
  • Schechter-Fish Family
  • Deeda Schroeder
  • Kate Schuyler
  • Seattle Asian Art Museum
  • Seattle Men’s Chorus
  • See’s Candies
  • Patti Shaw
  • Jean Shorey
  • Phanny Shorey
  • Source the Point of Origin
  • Southwest Community Center
  • Spa La La
  • Star Room Families
  • Stash Tea Company
  • Storables Inc
  • Storypeople
  • Sunset Yoga Center
  • Sunshine Dairy Foods
  • Switch Shoes
  • Sylvia Beach Hotel
  • Tania Vu and Andrew Stern
  • Tears of Joy Theater
  • Thinker Toys
  • The Title Wave Used Bookstore
  • Treetop Studio
  • Typhoon!
  • Welby Studios
  • Westside Dance and
  • Gymnastics Academy
  • Widmer Brothers Brewing Co.
  • Yoga Pearl
  • Zipcar

The year in review

With more than 52 degree, certificate and licensure programs, the PSU Graduate School of Education is the most comprehensive education school in Oregon. The GSE awarded 569 degrees in the 2007-08 academic year─a 98 percent increase since 1999. This makes us the third largest degree-granting department and the single largest producer of graduate degrees (38 percent) at Portland State. In addition, more than 750 individuals were recommended for licenses. Faculty produced more than 350 scholarly publications and presentations last year and garnered over $1.998 million in grants and contracts. We also received over $200,000 in gifts.

In addition to the many programs offered by the GSE that are funded through general fund dollars and tuition, the GSE has expanded access to preservice training programs and professional development (e.g., noncredit workshops and conferences, credit courses, and licensure and degree programs) for preK-20 educators, counselors, and trainers year-round and throughout the state of Oregon, the region, the United States and the world by offering them through Summer Session and Continuing Education. Through these additional programs, more than 9,780 people took advantage of distance, face-to-face, partially online, and fully online opportunities. The Graduate School of Education also assists schools and districts by developing demonstration classrooms, providing coaching and consulting, conducting third-party evaluations for major initiatives, and collaborating in a variety of ways (e.g., on grant writing, placing student teachers and administrators, counselors, and librarians in training).

Degrees awarded increased 98% from 1999 to 2007 despite the very high tuition for graduate students, highest among our peer institutions. The GSE produced 12% of all degrees at PSU in 2007-2008 and 38% of all master’s degrees.

In 2007 the GSE generated 10% more student credit hours through summer session and CEED than through the in-load system.

For more information, visit the GSE Website at

Assessing students and programs

How do we know that the GSE has a positive impact on student learning? We have a system for assessing our performance. Beginning in fall 2006, the GSE began a major initiative to update and expand its assessment system. The effort involved a team of nine GSE faculty and staff that met frequently to evaluate current assessment practices and improve our assessment process and tools.

Why use an assessment system?

The first and foremost reason for a comprehensive assessment system is to ensure that each graduate has the necessary knowledge, skills, and dispositions to teach/counsel/administrate. In addition, public stakeholders increasingly demand that colleges and universities demonstrate the value they add to public education. Another purpose for assessment is diagnostic: to identify both program strengths and areas in need of improvement. Finally, assessment can support student learning by providing faculty with the tools to give candidates effective feedback on their performance.

Can technology help with program assessment?

During the 2006-2007 academic year, after reviewing several computer-based data systems, a subcommittee from the Assessment Task Force selected a web-based data system. TK20 was piloted in spring 2007 with two cohorts of students and broadly implemented in the summer with candidates in all three departments. Field experience, work samples, exit surveys, and other performance data have been entered into the system, and a link with the university’s Banner data system established. The subcommittee also successfully conducted a follow-up survey of graduates and a survey of employers.

What have we learned?

Our assessment system has been effective in highlighting both our strengths and areas in need of improvement. We have learned that students value the cohort model and the support system it provides. Both test scores and employer feedback tell us that our graduates are strong in their content knowledge, supporting the value of having graduate-level preparation programs. On our exit surveys, students express general satisfaction with the quality of instruction and the degree to which research-based practices and professional standards are addressed. Several assessments confirm that the GSE does well at addressing issues of diversity, but could do more in addressing accommodations for disability.

Other areas of the curriculum we want to improve include use of technology for instruction and classroom assessment practices. Diminished resources in recent years have seriously impacted student services, and more needs to be done in improving academic advising.

The GSE now has a comprehensive and effective assessment system that documents candidate knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions. The system will be continually revised and refined to improve both the process and the tools. Faculty will continue to link course objectives and key assignments to state and professional standards to ensure that we have a positive impact on candidate learning and, influence the learning and development of those they serve. —STEPHEN L. ISAACSON

As the standards of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) define it, a conceptual framework “establishes the shared vision for a unit’s efforts in preparing educators to work in P-12 schools.” In addition to the vision and mission of the school, the GSE conceptual framework is a representation of our philosophy, purposes, and goals. It provides direction for our programs, courses, scholarship, and service. It has been a helpful framework for our assessment system, and almost all of our current assessment tools reflect its vision statement and four goal areas.

GSE AdvisoryCouncil

  • Julia Brim-Edwards (co-chair), Deputy
  • Director for State and Public Affairs, Nike
  • Bruce Samson (co-chair), retired Corporate Counsel, NW Natural
  • Morgan Anderson, Education Manager, Intel Oregon
  • Gale Castillo, Executive Director, Hispanic
  • Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
  • Jackie Cooke, teacher, Gresham School District
  • Algie Gatewood, President, PCC/Cascade
  • Marvin Kaiser, Dean, PSU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Terry Kneisler, Superintendent, Reynolds School District
  • Rob Larson, Federal Liaison, Oregon Department of Education
  • Fred D. Miller, retired Executive Vice President, PGE
  • Jane Morrow, retired teacher, Chair of Friends of the GSE
  • Leslie Rennie-Hill, Chief of High Schools, Portland Public Schools
  • Carol Thomas, CEO, Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory
  • Maxine Thompson, Executive Director, Leaders Roundtable
  • Marta Thrasher, alumna and community leader
  • Bob Turner, Special Assistant to the Chancellor
  • Carol Turner, community leader
  • Courtney Vanderstek, Assistant Executive
  • Director, Center for Teaching and
  • Learning, Oregon Education Association
  • Yvette Webber-Davis, Director, Education
  • Policy and Inclusion, Oregon University System
  • Duncan Wyse, Executive Director, Oregon Business Council

GSE Consortium for Professional Education Administrators

  • Chris Griffi th (chair), Assistant Principal,
  • Sunrise Middle School, North Clackamas School District
  • Mark Moser, Human Resources Director, Beaverton School District
  • Frank Scotto, Principal, Metropolitan Learning Center, Portland Public Schools
  • Robert Tinnin, PSU Professor Emeritus, Superintendent, Horizon Christian Schools
  • Kelvin Webster, Associate Director of Instructional Services, Multnomah Education Service District Teachers/personnel specialists
  • Daphne Bussey, Rosa Parks Elementary School, Portland Public Schools
  • Lisa Kane, Abernethy Elementary School, Portland Public Schools
  • Dr. Anne Ryan, Heritage High School, Evergreen School District PSU faculty
  • Micki Caskey, Curriculum and Instruction, Graduate School of Education
  • Julie Esparza Brown, Director, Bilingual Teacher Pathway Program, Graduate School of Education
  • Ellen Reuler, Clinic Director, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Students
  • Elizabeth Fouther-Branch, Special
  • Education, Chapman Elementary School, Portland Public Schools
  • Deborah Miller, doctoral student, Director of Licensure, Graduate School of Education

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