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Pitt Education Named Top Education School Nationally

March 29, 2022
School News

The Pitt School of Education ranked No. 32 nationally and No. 1 in Pennsylvania among public education schools in U.S. News & World Report's 2023 rankings of the best education schools. 

Student Teaching at Falk Laboratory School: Jeffrey Kim

January 25, 2023
Student Spotlight

The Master of Arts in Teaching student talks about student teaching in a middle school science class.

Student Teaching at Falk Laboratory School: Claire Kennedy

January 18, 2023
Student Spotlight

The Master of Arts in Teaching student shares her experience as a student teacher in an eighth-grade math class.

Alumnus Ryan Hardesty Named 2023 PA Teacher of the Year

January 11, 2023
Alumni Feature

Hardesty (MAT '09) was recognized for his impact as a middle school social studies teacher in the Blackhawk School District.

Dean Valerie Kinloch Named Top 200 Education Scholar Nationally

January 5, 2023
Faculty and Research

Dean Valerie Kinloch was recognized as one of the most influential education scholars in the United States in the 2023 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence rankings. She is the only person from the University of Pittsburgh to make the list.

PhD Student Marialexia Zaragoza Named 2022-2023 AAHHE Graduate Fellow

December 14, 2022
Student Spotlight

Zaragoza is one of 18 students selected for the graduate fellowship, which prepares Latina/o/e doctoral scholars for successful careers in academia.

Alumna Diane Kirk Receives PA Principals Association Award

November 18, 2022
Alumni Feature

Alumna Diane Kirk was selected as the recipient of the 2022 Educational Excellence Award from the Pennsylvania Principals Association

PittEd Justice Collective Spotlight: Tanisha Long

November 16, 2022
School News

Tanisha Long (she/her) is the Allegheny County Community Organizer for the Abolitionist Law Center, a Pittsburgh-based public interest law inspired by the struggle of political and politicized prisoners. Her interview with the PittEd Justice Collective has been edited for length and clarity.

Alumnus Michael Rizzi Charts the History of Jesuit Colleges and Universities

November 14, 2022
Alumni Feature

EdD in Higher Education Alumnus, Michael Rizzi, published a new book that explores the history of Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. 

Q&A with Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Student Brandon Yee

October 31, 2022
Student Spotlight

 In this Q&A, Brandon Yee discusses his path to Pitt Education, why he chose to pursue the MAT program, and what he thinks it means to be an educator. 

EdD Alumna Ayisha Morgan-Lee Selected for Pittsburgh’s 40 Under 40 Award

October 27, 2022
Alumni Feature

Ayisha Morgan-Lee, a 2020 alumna of the Doctor of Education (EdD) in Out-of-School Learning Program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, was recently named to the Pittsburgh Magazine and PUMP’S 2022 40 under 40 list.

EdD Alumna Ameeta Schmitt Appointed World Language Curriculum Supervisor

October 26, 2022
Alumni Feature

Ameeta Schmitt, a 2020 alumna of the Doctor of Education (EdD) in Language, Literacy, and Culture program, was appointed the World Language Curriculum Supervisor for Pittsburgh Public Schools. 

Faculty Member Sabina Vaught Examines School-Prison Systems in New Book

October 20, 2022
Faculty and Research

“The School-Prison Trust” asks important questions about the impact of colonial boarding school and juvenile prison models on Native and Indigenous populations.

T. Elon Dancy Honored for Advancing Educational Race Equity

October 11, 2022
Faculty and Research

Dancy was named one of three recipients of the 2022 Derrick Bell Legacy Award, presented by the Critical Race Studies in Education Association (CRSEA). 

PhD Student Dylan Kapit Receives LGBTQIA+ Research and Outreach Funding

September 20, 2022
Student Spotlight

Dylan Kapit (they/them), a student in the University of Pittsburgh School of Education's PhD in Special Education program, received LGBTQIA+ Endowed Research and Outreach funding.

Making History: Q&A with Jill Sarada

August 25, 2022
School News

Sarada recently became the first woman director of the Fanny Edel Falk Laboratory School.

High School Summer Academy Explores Genius, Joy, and Love in Education

August 24, 2022
School News

Fourteen Pittsburgh Public Schools participated in a four-week experience that encouraged them to pursue education as a profession. 

$3 Million Grant Seeks to Build Stronger Career Pathways for Engineering Faculty of Color

August 10, 2022
Faculty and Research

The new career advancement model will support early-career, tenure-stream engineering faculty from underrepresented groups.

Reopening the Door: Toward Broadening Participation Through ATB at Community Colleges

July 27, 2022
School News

This is the first article in the blog series "Advancing Equity through Ability to Benefit and College Promise Programs." The blog series is part of the grant project A2B4Equity: Advancing Adults’ Ability to Benefit Through Equitable College Promise Programs. 

Using Artificial Intelligence to Evaluate Classroom Discussion Quality

July 26, 2022
Faculty and Research

The Pitt team was one of 30 winners selected in the Learning Engineering Tools Competition, a global search for promising new education ideas.

Justice Scholars Institute Receives Grant from Henry L. Hillman Foundation

July 19, 2022
School News

The $540,000 grant will support an expansion of operational capacity that allows for deeper engagement with students as they transition from high school to college.

Faculty Members and Students Recognized by American College of Sports Medicine

June 17, 2022
Faculty and Research

Two faculty members and three students were recognized during the 2022 ACSM Annual Meeting.

Pitt Education Fulbright Students on Their Office of Child Development Experience

June 16, 2022
Student Spotlight

The Office of Child Development boasts two Fulbright Scholars in their Student Fellows program: Meghan Orman and Jennifer Ponce Cori.

Alumna Valerie Howard Appointed Dean of UNC School of Nursing

June 2, 2022
Alumni Feature

Howard has built her career by developing innovative models to educate nurses.