News and Media

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. 

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 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.

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. 

Institute for International Studies in Education Nominated for Diversity Recognition Award

February 17, 2020
School News

When PhD student Dao Nguyen received an email about the University of Pittsburgh’s Employer Diversity Recognition Awards (EDRA), she immediately knew she wanted to nominate her workplace: the Institute for International Studies in Education (IISE) at the School of Education. 

Led by faculty member Maureen Mcclure, IISE “strives to be the most dynamic and productive institute...

Laying Roots to Become a National Center for Rural Education

December 18, 2019
Faculty and Research

In small towns across America, public schools are a community lifeline. When they struggle, their community struggles. And many rural schools are feeling the pain. Enrollment is declining, costs are rising, public health is worsening, and there is a shortage of qualified personnel. 

“Rural education is important. A lot of people don’t understand how important it is and take it...

New Partnership Opens National Conversation on Youth and Science of Learning and Development

December 10, 2019
Events

Associate Dean and professor Kevin Crowley works with other members of Pitt Education at the meeting.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Education and the Forum for Youth Investment partnered to host a meeting this past November for nearly 100 representatives from local organizations, national groups such as the Urban League, the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality,...

Alumna Receives Award for Top Research Paper in Thailand

November 7, 2019
Alumni Feature

Jirada Wudthayagorn credits her professional success in Thailand to her PhD program in foreign language education at the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh. She says that her doctoral studies at Pitt prepared her to work as an innovator in education in her country in the twenty-first century. 

Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline Conference Brings Together Over 500 Educators

August 16, 2019
Events

In too many public schools across the country, the educational system functions more like a pipeline to prison than it does a bridge to opportunity.

This grim phenomenon was the focus of the 2019 Summer Educator Forum that was held in July by the Center for Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education.

Dr. T. Elon Dancy II Begins Appointment as CUE Director

August 16, 2019
Faculty and Research

T. Elon Dancy II, PhD began his tenure as the third Helen S. Faison Endowed Chair and Director of the Center for Urban Education in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh on July 1. He comes to this appointment from his role as Professor and Associate Dean for Community Engagement and Academic Inclusion in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education at the University of...

Technology & Media Services Director Katrina Loutzenhiser Honored with Blackboard Exemplary Course Award

August 16, 2019
School News

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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...