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Keep up-to-date with stories about our alumni, current students, and faculty in the School of Education.

Undergraduate Student Nancy Mangels Named a Fulbright Scholar

Published on 5/22/2015 6:00:00 AM

Nancy Mangels, an undergraduate student in the Psychology in Education Department, received a scholarship via the Fulbright Scholar Program , and will begin her studies in Malaysia in January 2016. This program provides highly competitive, merit-based grants for international educational exchange f... Read More...

Instructor Michelle Figlar Announced as Deputy Secretary of the Office of Child Development & Early Learning

Published on 5/21/2015 6:00:00 AM

Michelle Figlar, who teaches in the School of Education Applied Developmental Psychology ( ADP ) program as an adjunct instructor, was appointed as deputy secretary to the Office of Child Development and Early Learning. Figlar will begin her role on June 10, 2015, with the goal of increasing and im... Read More...

Graduate Stephanie Jones Gives Talk at TEDx

Published on 5/20/2015 6:00:00 AM

Stephanie Jones, a PY (Professional Year) and MEd graduate from the English education program, presented at a TEDxUGA event in March 2015. TED is a global set of conferences featuring presentations on scientific, cultural, and academic topics. In her talk, titled "The kids are reading, let's join t... Read More...

Graduate Michael Ghilani Named New Montour Superintendent

Published on 5/19/2015 6:00:00 AM

Michael Ghilani, who earned his master's degree from the School of Education, was named the new superintendent of Montour School District. Ghilani, who joined the district in January, will continue in his current role of deputy superintendent until July 1 when he begins his role as superintendent. ... Read More...

Associate Professor Cynthia Tananis Awarded for Service to Pitt University Senate

Published on 5/18/2015 6:00:00 AM

Associate Professor Cynthia Tananis was awarded by the University of Pittsburgh's University Senate for the Award for Service in the University Senate. Members of the Senate Executive Committee were unanimous in their selection of Tananis, which recognizes her service as a faculty member and the ro... Read More...

Alumna Shannon Varley Named Director of Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment and Staff Development at Keystone Oaks

Published on 5/15/2015 6:00:00 AM

PhD graduate Shannon Varley was named director of curriculum, instruction, assessment and staff development at Keystone Oaks by a unanimous board vote on Thursday, April 30. Varley earned her doctorate from the Administrative and Policy Studies Department. Varley is currently director of curriculum ... Read More...

PhD Student Ya Zhang Wins AERA In-Progress Research Award

Published on 5/13/2015 6:00:00 AM

Ya Zhang, a PhD student in Research Methodology , won a 2015 AERA Division D In-Progress Research Award for her research study, "Impact of Form and Group Differences on Equating Accuracy of Linear and Nonlinear Equating Methods." Read More...

Professor Clement Stone Writes New Book on Analysis of Item Response Theory Models Using SAS

Published on 5/11/2015 6:00:00 AM

Clement Stone, a professor of research methods in the Department of Psychology in Education, has written a new book that was published in March 2015. The book, which was co-written by Xiaowen Zhu, is titled, Bayesian Analysis of Item Response Theory Models Using SAS . The book was written for psych... Read More...

Professor Rich Milner Featured on NPR About the Difficulty of Discussing Race in the Classroom

Published on 5/7/2015 6:00:00 AM

Center for Urban Education Director and Professor Rich Milner was interviewed for NPR about the resistance to bringing students' experiences outside of school into the classroom, the difficulty of talking about race, and his new book, Rac(e)ing to Class: Confronting Poverty and Race in Schools and ... Read More...

Students Huang Xinyu and Zhou Xudan Receive Scholarships from Pitt's Asian Studies Center

Published on 5/7/2015 6:00:00 AM

Two School of Education students, Huang Xinyu and Zhou Xudan, have received one-semester tuition remission scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year from the University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center . Xinyu and Xudan can choose whether to use the funding for fall 2015 or spring 2016. Read More...
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