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Paper by Assistant Professor Shannon Wanless Listed as One of the Most Cited in "Early Childhood Research Quarterly"

August 13, 2019
Faculty and Research

Assistant Professor Shannon Wanless co-authored a paper, titled "Behavioral self-regulation and relations to emergent academic skills among children in Germany and Iceland," that was recently listed as one of the most cited papers in Early Childhood Research Quarterly since 2012.  

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...

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. 

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,...

Student Fellows Program Builds Community at Office of Child Development

February 19, 2020
School News

For Denise LaRosa, one of her most memorable experiences as an Office of Child Development Student Fellow was a Think Tank Tuesday meeting featuring guest speaker Kerry-Ann Escayg, a prominent anti-racism scholar.

LaRosa, an EdD student in Language, Literacy, and Culture, remembers the session as a turning point in her professional life. “It was transformative to the work I...

Professor Provides National Guidance on Braille Code Changes

January 22, 2020
Faculty and Research

The braille community in the United States is adjusting to major changes to the braille code — the most significant changes in more than 30 years, in fact. 

Up until 2016, braille materials were provided in two formats. Literary code was delivered through the English Braille American Edition (EBAE) and mathematics and science code was delivered through Nemeth code....

Professor Honored With National Literacy Research Award

January 22, 2020
Faculty and Research

Jon-Philip “Jay” Imbrenda, a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, is the recipient of the 2019 Arthur Applebee Award for Excellence in Research on Literacy, one of the highest honors in the field of literacy education.

Language Policy the Focus of PhD Scholarship Recipient

January 17, 2020
Student Spotlight

Published 1/17/2020

Within the private, international primary and secondary schools of Indonesia, which are popular among expatriates and wealthy citizens, the official language of instruction has long been English. Starting in the early 2000s, English-mediated instruction was implemented in public schools across many provinces, reaching over 1,000 of the country’s top schools...

Scholarship Helps Future Childhood Education Teacher

January 17, 2020
Student Spotlight

Amanda Simm’s passion for teaching children began in middle school. It was then that she first volunteered at the Mayo Beach Adaptive Day Camp in Maryland for children with disabilities. She liked the camp so much that she returned for seven consecutive summers, rising from being a volunteer to the lead counselor.

Alumna Named to 2019 New Pittsburgh Courier Women of Excellence

January 15, 2020
Alumni Feature

Ruthie A. Rea, a two-time graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, was named a winner of the 2019 New Pittsburgh Courier Women of Excellence Award. The award is given each year to 50 African American women in the Greater Pittsburgh area who are making a considerable impact in the community.

Rea is a principal at Arsenal PreK-5, a Pittsburgh public school in heart...

Shifting Power Structures in Educational Research and Development

January 13, 2020
Faculty and Research

The University of Pittsburgh and Remake Learning have received a $1 million grant to develop an innovative network of Educators of Color and learning scientists who will work together to transform how research and development (R&D) are conducted in education.

This network, to be created in Western Pennsylvania with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is...

H.J. Heinz Fellow Brings Swahili Language and Culture to Pittsburgh

January 10, 2020
Student Spotlight

Mercy Jematia grew up in Mossoriot, a rural town in the North Rift of Kenya. Now, she is studying Social and Comparative Analysis of Education (SCAE) at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education as an H.J. Heinz Fellow. The Global Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh awards the fellowship to students from developing countries who wish to pursue a master’s degree and have...

Higher Education Professor Selected for National Leadership Academy

January 9, 2020
Faculty and Research

Max Schuster, a faculty member in the higher education management program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, was recently selected for the 2019-20 NASPA Emerging Faculty Leader Academy.

The academy is a one-year program designed for early-career faculty in student affairs and higher education graduate programs. Highly selective in nature, the academy only...

Professor Receives National Research Award for Improving Literacy of the Visually Impaired

December 20, 2019
Faculty and Research

Tessa McCarthy, a faculty member in the Vision Studies program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, was recently awarded the prestigious 2019 Alan J. Koenig Research in Literacy Award.

Professor Wins Award for Leadership in World Languages and Cultures

December 19, 2019
Faculty and Research

“Kreng jai.”

This Thai phrase, which means “awe of the heart’,” is one of the most difficult Thai expressions to grasp, according to Richard Donato, a foreign language education professor of the University of Pittsburgh School of Education.

Donato explains that the phrase is often said when a person does not want to burden another or be inconsiderate of another’s time or...