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Pitt Education Named Top 25 Public Education School

April 1, 2021
School News

The Pitt School of Education was ranked No. 23 in the country and No. 1 in Pennsylvania among public education schools in U.S. News & World Report's 2022 rankings of the best education schools. 

Social Justice Curriculum Fair Inspires Educators

April 9, 2021
School News

The Pitt School of Education hosted a Social Justice Curriculum Fair in April 2021. Nearly 200 K-12 educators, community partners, and School of Education students, faculty, and staff attended the virtual session

Mackenzie Brown Awarded Fulbright Grant to Laos

March 22, 2021
Alumni Feature

Alumna Mackenzie Brown received a grant from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program to serve as an English Teaching Assistant in Laos. She is one of a record 15 students from Pitt to receive 2020 Fulbright awards.

Faculty Member Receives Publication Award from NASPA

March 18, 2021
Faculty and Research

University of Pittsburgh School of Education faculty member Darris Means has received the Outstanding Publication Award from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) for a co-edited 2020 book.

Lori Delale-O’Connor Receives Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award

March 16, 2021
Faculty and Research

Lori Delale-O’Connor, an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Urban Education and the Education Foundations, Organizations and Policy Department in the School of Education, has been honored with the 2021 Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award. This university-wide award recognizes teaching excellence of the highest order. 

Office of Child Development Hosts “What’s In a Book” Training for Teachers

March 12, 2021
School News

As part of the annual Books for Change initiative, the University of Pittsburgh School of Education’s Office of Child Development recently hosted a free training workshop for educators, “What’s In a Book,” focused on how educators and families can use picture books to have conversations with children about race. 

 

Special Education Student Uses Exploration as a Learning Tool

March 12, 2021
Student Spotlight

 Eleni Brown is a student in Pitt Education’s Special Education Teacher Preparation (SETP), in which she is earning a Master of Education and a Special Education 7-12 Teacher Certification.

Maximilian Schuster Receives NASPA Research Award for Campus Climate Study

March 11, 2021
Faculty and Research

Faculty member Maximilian Schuster was selected for the 2021 Excellence in Research Award by the NASPA. It recognizes his research paper about campus climate among the 2016 presidential election. 

PhD Graduate Wins National Science Award for Dissertation

March 11, 2021
Alumni Feature

Eben Witherspoon (PhD '20) is the recipient of the 2021 NARST Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award. He was recognized for his study of gender inequity in medical school. 

Meet the 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award Winners

March 8, 2021
Alumni Feature

The Pitt School of Education has selected 13 noteworthy educators for its 2021 Distinguished Alumni Awards.

Dean Valerie Kinloch Selected for American Council on Education Fellowship

March 5, 2021
Faculty and Research

Dean Valerie Kinloch has been selected to join the 2021-22 class of the highly prestigious American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows Program.

Faculty Member Named Top 200 Scholar Nationally

March 1, 2021
Faculty and Research

Pitt School of Education faculty member Lindsay Page has been named to  Education Week’s 2021 RHSU 200 Edu-Scholar Public Influence Ranking, which recognizes U.S. scholars who did the most to shape educational practice and policy in the last year. 

Exercise Science Student Organization Demonstrates Collaboration in Remote Settings

February 24, 2021
Student Spotlight

During this academic year, the Exercise Science Club at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education continually found ways to keep its student members engaged through social activities and career/networking events that adhered to public health guidelines.

Faculty Member Receives Provost’s Award for Diversity in the Curriculum

February 19, 2021
Faculty and Research

Pitt School of Education faculty member Tom Akiva has received the 2021 University of Pittsburgh Provost’s Award for Diversity in the Curriculum in honor of his work to transform the Pitt School of Education Doctor of Education (EdD) program to center its coursework and experiences around anti-racism and equity.

Giving When It Counts the Most

February 15, 2021
Alumni Feature

Alumni Renée Goldman and Richard Goldman gave $3 million to establish an endowed dean's chair in the school. During the pandemic, they took the extraordinary step of paying off the cash portion of their gift early.

Early Childhood Education Student Seeks to Close Education Gap

February 12, 2021
Student Spotlight

Tiffany Tamika Karma Robinson, a student in the MEd in Early Childhood Education program, works as a head teacher in the two-year-old classroom at the University Childhood Development Center (UCDC). In this Q&A, she discusses the racial education gap, how she connects book knowledge to practical knowledge, and her favorite class at Pitt Education. 

Black Lives Matter in Schools Virtual Event Series Spotlights Conversations on Racial Justice

February 11, 2021
Events

The University of Pittsburgh School of Education marked the beginning of Black History Month in February with the Black Lives Matter in Schools Virtual Event Series to spark conversations about racial justice.

Early Childhood Education Student Brings Joy of Music To Preschool Classroom

February 5, 2021
Student Spotlight

Abby Hughes, a first-year student in the MEd in Early Childhood Education program at Pitt Education, teaches preschool at Tender Care Learning Center in the Shadyside area of Pittsburgh.

Falk School Director to Step Down; Community Remembers His Impact

February 4, 2021
School News

After seven years, Jeff Suzik will step down as Director of the Fanny Edel Falk Laboratory School. He leaves behind a legacy of building on the school's roots of progressive education.

Professor Wins Iris Marion Young Award for Political Engagement

January 26, 2021
Faculty and Research

Gina Garcia, an associate professor of higher education in the Pitt School of Education, will receive the University of Pittsburgh’s 2020-2021 Iris Marion Young Award for Political Engagement for Pitt Faculty in recognition of her work to promote justice. 

Center for Urban Education to House Negro Educational Review Journal

January 12, 2021
School News

The Center for Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education has been selected as the new home institution of the prestigious research education journal Negro Educational Review (NER).

Alumna Receives ACTFL Award for World Language Teacher Education

December 3, 2020
Alumni Feature

Kristin Davin, a 2011 alumna of the PhD in Foreign Language Education program at the Pitt School of Education, has received the 2020 Anthony Papalia Award for Excellence in Teacher Education from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). 

Professor Wins English Language Arts Research Award

November 19, 2020
Faculty and Research

Amanda Godley, a professor in the Pitt School of Education and the University of Pittsburgh Vice Provost for Graduate Studies, has received the 2020 ELATE Richard A. Meade Award from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)  for outstanding research in English and language arts teacher development.   

EdD Student Spotlight: Branden Ballard

November 9, 2020
Student Spotlight

Former Pitt Football player and current student in the Social and Comparative Analysis EdD program, Branden Ballard shares his experiences in Pitt Education and goals for the future.