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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.

PhD Student Wins Research Award for Examining Teacher Well-Being

August 5, 2020
Student Spotlight

PhD student Ashley Shafer's research poster, “Increasing Teachers’ Well-Being and Capacity to Implement through a Community of Practice” won the national prize at the Society for Prevention Research’s 2020 Early Career Preventionist Network (ECPN) Student Poster Contest. 

Professor Receives Early Career Award from American Educational Research Association

July 31, 2020
Faculty and Research

Lindsay Page, an associate professor in the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, received the 2020 Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Page specializes in using quantitative methods to investigate the impact of educational policies and practices.

Falk School Creates Senior Position for Equity, Inclusion, and Justice

July 28, 2020
School News

Samantha Utley has been hired as the inaugural Coordinator of Equity, Inclusion, and Justice at the Fanny Edel Falk Laboratory School. The position will infuse educational equity across all area's of school operations.

Heinz Fellow Helps Students Cross Virtual Finish Line in the Pandemic

July 21, 2020
Student Spotlight

Erica Roberts, a Heinz Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education’s Center for Urban Education found a way to support the social and emotional growth of her third-grade female students at Weil Elementary in Pittsburgh’s Hill District neighborhood through the Girls on the Run (GOTR) Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.

New PittEd Justice Collective Centers Equity and Justice in Education

July 6, 2020
School News

The PittEd Justice Collective is a new three-year working group that advocates for equity and justice in education. It is committed to pursuing anti-racist initiatives within the school, throughout Pitt, and beyond the university.


New Book Situates Improvement Science in EdD Programs

July 1, 2020
Faculty and Research

Jill Perry, an associate professor of practice at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, has published a new book about improvement science that will serve as a guide for higher education faculty, students, and practitioners for implementing the methodology in their educational programs.

New Study Gives Guidance on STEAM Education Integration

June 30, 2020
Faculty and Research

New research by professor Cassie Quigley offers guidance on how the effectively design and implement STEAM education units in schools. It comes at a time as more schools are revamping their curriculum to integrate the arts and humanities into science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs.

Alum Enjoys Surprise Virtual Wedding with Cast of “The Office”

June 8, 2020
Alumni Feature

“Webster's dictionary defines ‘wedding’ as ‘the fusing of two metals with a hot torch.’”

While this definition given by Michael Scott on the popular television show “The Office” mixes up the words “wedding” and “welding,” University of Pittsburgh School of Education alumnus John Lush (MAT ’05) and his new bride, Susan Hedrick, proved that the traditional definition of a...