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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. 

Professor appointed to National Assessment Governing Board

November 2, 2020
Faculty and Research

Suzanne Lane, a professor of Quantitative Research Methodology in the Educational Foundations, Organizations, and Policy department of  the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, has been appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB), the body that sets policies for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), commonly known as the “nation’s report card.”

CASE Student Cultivates Lifelong Learning as Student-Teacher

October 30, 2020
Student Spotlight

Simeon McCray, from Norristown, Pennsylvania, is a fifth-year student in the Combined Accelerated Studies in Education (CASE) program. In this Q&A, he discusses his student teaching experience, the connection he feels with students, and how he avoids teacher burnout. His quotes have been edited for length and clarity.

Equity and Justice Scholar Seeks to Support Underrepresented Students

October 27, 2020
Student Spotlight

Robin-Renee Allbritton, a PhD student in urban education and an Equity and Justice Scholar, has a passion for creating research that supports underrepresented, first-generation college students.

Educators and Researchers Convene to Shift Power in Educational Research

October 26, 2020
Faculty and Research

The 2020-21 cohort of the Shifting Power Initiative includes 20 Black and Latinx PreK-12 classroom teachers, paraprofessionals, out-of-school providers and teaching artists, as well as 20 university-based, non-profit, and independent researchers and learning scientists.

Dean Kinloch Moderates Book-to-Film Discussion on “The Good Lord Bird”

October 6, 2020
Faculty and Research

Dean Valerie Kinloch recently moderated a discussion on book-to-film adaptation with author James McBride and actor Ethan Hawke based on the upcoming release of the limited series "The Good Lord Bird" on Showtime.

Alumna Provides Bridge in Community College Access and Success

October 2, 2020
Alumni Feature

Pitt EdD graduate Ashlie Prioleau is changing the lives of community college transfer students. She is the executive director of the nationally known ADVANCE program at George Mason University and the Northern Virginia Community College.

Honoring 54 Years of Unwavering Service to Pitt Education

September 25, 2020
School News

Throughout her 54-year career at the Pitt School of Education, Finance Director Carole Bost has supported its people and programs with remarkable care. She is one of 18 staff and faculty retiring from the school this year.

EdD Student Improves College Access for Pittsburgh Public Schools Students

September 14, 2020
Student Spotlight

Tasha Peacock, a first-year EdD student in Urban Education and a Gates Millenium Scholar alumna, has improved college access for local students through her work with the Pittsburgh Admissions Collaboration.

Remembering a “Giant” in the Learning Sciences

September 14, 2020
Faculty and Research

James G. Greeno, one of the creators of the learning sciences, made an indelible impact at the University of Pittsburgh. He supported doctoral students and faculty at the Pitt School of Education and worked at the Learning Research and Development Center.

Master’s Student Aims to Open Doors for First-Generation and Multicultural Students

September 14, 2020
Student Spotlight

Jinx McLean, a first-year student in the Master of Education in Higher Education Management program, uses their voice to open doors for fellow students.

Master’s Student Aspires to Improve Programs for Autistic Children in Saudi Arabia

September 8, 2020
Student Spotlight

Reema Manshi is a first-year student in the Master of Education in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) program and the recipient of the Your Job and Scholarship award from Saudi Arabia. Born and raised in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, she aspires to use the knowledge gained at Pitt Education to improve programs for autistic children in her home country. 

PhD Student Aims to Shatter Stereotypes for Pacific Islanders

September 7, 2020
Student Spotlight

Jarime Chaco, a first-year PhD student focusing on Urban Education, uses his writing to show young Pacific Islanders how education can open doors. In this Q&A, he discusses his experience at Pitt Education, his non-traditional path to a PhD, and dancing.

Pitt Education Receives Transform for Tomorrow Grants

September 3, 2020
Faculty and Research

As part of the Tomorrow grant campaign, the University of Pittsburgh School of Education will receive $255,000 in grant funding to lead several new innovations in K-12 education across teacher education, student mentoring, and school leadership development. 

Pitt’s Kids Cooked Up a Virtual Kid’s Summer Program

September 2, 2020

Pitt's Kids summer camp kept kids moving, laughing, and learning with new virtual programming.

Pitt Education Eliminates GRE Test Requirement

September 1, 2020
School News

The Pitt School of Education will no longer require applicants to submit GRE test scores for graduate admissions. The move is expected to improve educational access and create a deeper pool of applicants for the school. 

EdD Spotlight: Leading Equity and Justice in K-12 Education

August 28, 2020
Student Spotlight

Denise LaRosa is the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at The Ellis School, a private, all-girls school in Pittsburgh for children ages 3 through grade 12. 

CUESEF 2020 Examines Pandemics Through New Perspectives

August 26, 2020

The School of Education’s Center for Urban Education’s highly anticipated annual Summer Educator Forum (CUESEF) went virtual in July 2020.The conference theme “Crisis Pedagogies: Communities, Education and the Public Good” explored how various communities have been impacted by  the COVID-19 and racial pandemics.

Alum Named Pitt’s Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

August 25, 2020
Alumni Feature

Clyde Pickett, a 2017 graduate of the Doctor of Education (EdD) program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, began his new role as Pitt’s Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in July 2020. 

EdD Spotlight: Leveling up in Higher Ed Leadership

August 24, 2020
Alumni Feature

David Beck earned his EdD from the Pitt School of Education to help him grow as a higher education administrator. He is now the chair of the Physician Assistant Studies Department at Pitt's School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. 

T. Elon Dancy II Named Associate Dean for Equity and Justice

August 14, 2020
School News

T. Elon Dancy, II has been named the new Associate Dean for Equity and Justice in the University of Pittsburgh School of Education. He will oversee the school-wide strategy for centering equity, justice, and antiracism across the entire school.

New Faculty Strengthen School’s Commitment to Equity and Justice

August 13, 2020
Faculty and Research

The five new faculty will teach and conduct research in the areas of decoloniality and indigeneity, research-practice partnerships, post-secondary education access, racism in schooling, and equity-oriented teacher certification programs.

EdD Students Create Scholarship to Pass on the Spirit of Equity and Justice

August 11, 2020
Student Spotlight

After the deaths of George Floyd and many other Black Americans, the School of Education's 2019 EdD cohort was moved to action and created the Equity and Justice Spirit Award endowment.

Pitt School of Education Welcomes New Alumni Society President

August 10, 2020
School News

Jerry Longo has been named the new president of the University of Pittsburgh School of Education Alumni Society. A retired educator and faculty member at the Pitt School of Education, Longo is also a two-time alumnus of the school.