News and Media

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...

Three Vision Studies Students Receive Education Awards

May 18, 2020
Student Spotlight

Three vision studies students at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education were honored with 2020 scholarship awards from the Association for Education Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER), the nation’s leading professional organization for educators in blindness and visual impairment.

Alum Supports First-Generation and Lower-Income College Students

May 18, 2020
Alumni Feature

Hatef Alavi is the first in his family to attend college. He earned a doctorate in educational leadership and is an administrator at the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn First Plus program. His job allows him to support talented and resilient students who face significant barriers to a college education, like lower-income students and other first-generation students like him. 

Ergonomics Tips for Working at Home

May 14, 2020
Faculty and Research

Millions of Americans are working from home in the ongoing public health effort to halt the spread of coronavirus. But many don’t have the benefit of home offices. They are creating makeshift workspaces from their dining room tables, kitchen counters, living room couches, or folding tables and chairs.

Pitt Education Nationally Ranked in U.S. News & World Report

May 13, 2020
School News

The University of Pittsburgh School of Education is ranked No. 39 in the country in the 2021 “Best Education Schools” ranking of U.S. News & World Report. Additionally, the school is again ranked as the No. 1 graduate school of education in Western Pennsylvania.

Professor Honored for Literacy Work with Refugee Youth

May 5, 2020
Faculty and Research

To be an immigrant or refugee in the United States is to constantly face challenges with employment, transportation, healthcare, education, and everyday errands. “Their path to the United States was not easy. They have an enormous amount of strength and courage,” says Pitt Education faculty member Amanda Godley.

Health and Physical Activity EdD Student Wins Research Award

April 24, 2020
Student Spotlight

Trisha Cousins, an EdD student in Health and Physical Activity at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, won the Best Research Methods Award at the virtual 2020 Pennsylvania Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Meeting and Exhibition Session in April. 

Be Fit Pitt Boosts Activity Levels through Virtual Workouts

April 23, 2020
School News

“Look for something positive in each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder.” 

This advice is given by Renee Rogers right before a Be Fit Pitt ‘’Make it Happen Morning” workout is set to begin at 7:30 a.m. on a recent Monday morning. 

Rogers, the programming director of the Healthy Lifestyle Institute (HLI) at the University of Pittsburgh School of...

PhD Student wins Pitt Graduate Student Government Award

April 20, 2020
Student Spotlight

Ashley Shafer, a PhD student in Applied Developmental Psychology, received the 2020 Leadership and Service Award from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG). The award honors her work with “demonstrated innovation, boundary-breaking outreach, and dedication to the continuation of service.” 

Through GPSG, Shafer has facilitated conversations...

Alum Works with CDC to Protect Workers during Pandemic

April 9, 2020
Alumni Feature

As the University of Pittsburgh School of Education adapts to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, one alumnus is working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) during the crisis. 

Tyler Quinn, a 2015 alumnus of the school’s Exercise Physiology master’s program and current Exercise Physiology PhD candidate, supports the CDC’s efforts to recommend personal...

School Maintains Sense of Community Amid Pandemic

April 6, 2020
School News

When the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the United States, higher education institutions across the country were forced to quickly respond with proactive measures, including moving courses to remote learning and directing faculty and staff to work from home.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Education has practiced resilience in the face of the challenges that arise from entirely...

New Book Brings Practitioner Lens to Hispanic Serving Institutions

March 26, 2020
Faculty and Research

Cover art by Alberto Ledesma

University of Pittsburgh School of Education faculty member Gina Garcia, who is recognized as a leading expert in the study of Hispanic Serving Institutions, recently published a new book, “Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) in Practice: Defining ‘Servingness’ at HSIs.” 

Garcia collected and edited the 16 chapters that make up the book....

New Study: Food Intake Can Fall with Distracted Eating

March 25, 2020
Faculty and Research

Distracted eating has become a new national pastime. After all, who among us hasn’t eaten lunch while checking email at work, snuck in a snack while driving, squeezed in a bite while on the phone, or eaten while engaged in any number of tasks?

Conventional wisdom—and prior research—suggests that eating while distracted will cause people to overeat...

Virtual Dissertation Defense Facilitates Connection in Time of Social Isolation

March 25, 2020
Student Spotlight

After four years of intense work as a PhD student in the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, Marijke Hecht’s big day as a scholar was almost here. Her dissertation defense—an occasion set months in advance that, if successful, would be her culminating achievement as an emerging researcher—was scheduled for March 18, 2020. 

Then the...

Faculty Member Publishes Book about STEAM Education

March 24, 2020
Faculty and Research

In a classroom at Westside Elementary School in Wisconsin, three fifth-grade students are huddled around a piece of paper with a diagram of their school cafeteria drawn on it. “I think we have the right idea but the wrong design,” says one of the children. “If we make the tables close to each other, it will be too loud.”

The children were designing a solution to noise...

CGSE Honors Faculty and Staff with Extra Mile Award

March 23, 2020
School News

The Council of Graduate Students in Education (CGSE) at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education recently presented its 2020 Extra Mile Award to Center for Urban Education faculty member Lori Delale O’Connor and staff member Joshua O’Malley.

Based on student nominations, the CGSE Extra Mile Award honors a faculty member and a staff member who exemplify the mission of...

School-wide Read Supports Equity in Education

March 10, 2020
School News

Beginning in the 2019-2020 academic year, the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh sponsored its first annual School-Wide Read. Students, staff, and faculty members received copies of a book that addressed pressing education topics and then came together to discuss it. 

New Book Focuses on Equity and Justice in Literacy Education

March 2, 2020
Faculty and Research

Valerie Kinoch, the Renée and Richard Goldman Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, has released a new co-edited book titled, Race, Justice, and Activism in Literacy Instruction. It advocates for social change by encouraging educators to engage in equity and justice-centered literacy work.

Falk School Teacher named NAEA Teacher of the Year

February 26, 2020
School News

On a school day at Fanny Edel Falk Laboratory School, fourth graders stream into Pamela Armstrong’s art classroom—or studio, as she calls it. To begin the session, Armstrong brings out Felix, a komodo dragon puppet, to greet the children and explain the art project for the day.

The students create puppets of their own, with bodies molded from paper mache pulp and clothing made...

New Book Addresses Student Socialization in Higher Education

February 25, 2020
Faculty and Research

In graduate schools across the world, students studying higher education will soon be using a new book developed by faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education. 

Associate Professor Linda DeAngelo and Emeritus Faculty John Weidman are editors of the new volume Socialization in Higher Education and the Early Career: Theory, Research and Application,...

Tutoring for Positive Change in the Community

February 24, 2020
School News

On a Saturday morning in Homewood, children are excitedly gathered around Pitt Education student Ciara Bailey. They play a version of Candyland but with a reading education twist. A student draws a colorful card from the stack, reads the passage on it, and moves her piece.