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Healthy Lifestyle Institute Summit Promotes Health and Lifestyle Research

December 19, 2019

Keynote speaker Dr. Timothy Church presents his talk titled, "Academia to Industry: Changing Behaviors in the Real World... And I Thought I Knew What I was Doing."

The University of Pittsburgh’s second annual Healthy Lifestyle Institute (HLI) Summit focused on emerging research that is examining health and lifestyle conditions across the whole human lifespan and in...

Professor’s New Book on Hispanic-Serving Institutions Receives National Attention

December 17, 2019
Faculty and Research

There are over 435 Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) in the United States—and the number is growing every year.

Gina Garcia, a University of Pittsburgh School of Education faculty member, is widely recognized as an expert in the field. After over a decade of institutional research and about 20 published articles, she published her book, Becoming Hispanic Serving...

Professor Receives Provost’s Award for Diversity in the Curriculum

December 17, 2019
Faculty and Research

Each year, the University of Pittsburgh Provost’s Award for Diversity in the Curriculum recognizes five faculty members across the university for their active work to integrate equity and social justice work into their classroom instruction.

Lori Delale-O’Connor, an assistant professor in the Center for Urban Education (CUE) in the School of Education, was recognized for her design of...

Falk School Teacher Wins Major Pittsburgh Award for His Poetry

December 13, 2019
School News

As a poet and an educator, Cameron Barnett believes that our stories are what bind us together.

He takes a story-telling approach as a teacher at the Fanny Edel Falk Laboratory School, a K-8 school affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, where he teaches both sixth-grade social studies and seventh-grade language arts. Years ago, he...

Alumnus Receives Sheth International Award for Founding Uganda School

December 6, 2019
Alumni Feature

At the small school run by Silver Francis Oonyu in rural Opucet, Uganda, the sound of bells jingling accompany the shouts and laughter of children playing spirited games of soccer in the dirt field. 

The bells are attached to the ball and help the students, who are blind, to find the ball. Sighted helpers run beside the students to help guide them. The activity is fun. It’s also...

Grants Office Update: December 2019

November 25, 2019

Principal Investigator: Rachel Robertson Department: Instruction and Learning Project Title: The LEND Center at the University of Pittsburgh Agency Name: US Department of Health & Human Services Award Dates: 7/1/19 – 6/30/20  Amount: $15,182

The LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) Center at the University of Pittsburgh is a leadership...

Student Teacher Receives Dick Thornburgh Disability Service Award

November 22, 2019
Student Spotlight

As a young boy, Timothy Grebeck, who is autistic, was picked on by his classmates.

“I used to get bullied because my peers saw that I was different, but they didn’t know why,” recalls Grebeck.

Grebeck could have gotten angry with them. He could have become withdrawn. Instead, he did what comes naturally to him. He began to educate his classmates on what it means to be...

Student Team Earns Top 10 Finish at Sports Medicine Conference

November 21, 2019
Student Spotlight

Get your buzzer ready for a Jeopardy question about the University of Pittsburgh School of Education.

These students finished in the top 10 of the Mid-Atlantic American College of Sports Medicine Conference (MARC-ASCM) College Knowledge Bowl. 

If you answered, “Who are Pitt Education Health and Physical Activity Students,” then you are correct.

This November,...

Alumna Safiyyah Scott Awarded Prestigious Fulbright Scholar Award

November 11, 2019
Alumni Feature

Eight years ago, before she was an alumna of Pitt Education, Safiyyah Scott was living in Saudi Arabia to teach English. A random act of kindness that happened there changed her life and inspired her to become a Fulbright Scholar. 

Due to a mix-up with a housing stipend for her family, Scott suddenly found herself without a place to stay. Luckily, Scott connected with a woman named...

Grants Office Update: November 2019

October 31, 2019


Principal Investigator: Tessa McCarthy Department: Instruction and Learning Project Title: Project Certified Rehabilitation counselors and Educators Supporting Transition Success (CRESTS) Agency Name: U.S. Department of Education  Award Dates: 9/1/20 – 8/31/25  Amount: $1,180,874

Books for Change Seeks to Start Conversations on Equity

October 29, 2019
School News

Children’s picture books often say a lot, even when they don’t use many words.

The Office of Child Development (OCD) at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education recognizes that there is profound meaning packed into the silly, fun, and colorful pages—life lessons for children and parents alike.

The OCD is in the midst of its second-annual book drive, Books for...

Five Questions with Alumna Yidan Wang of the World Bank Group

October 23, 2019
Alumni Feature

Yidan Wang is a senior education specialist with the World Bank Group.  She serves on the Board of Visitors of the Pitt School of Education and is an alumna of the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh.

To commemorate the 2019 United Nations Day on October 24, 2019, Pitt Education caught up with Wang for a brief interview. The interview has been slightly edited...

EdD Student Named to Pittsburgh 40 Under 40 List

October 2, 2019
Student Spotlight

The Pittsburgh 40 Under 40 Award, presented by Pittsburgh magazine and PUMP, recognizes “outstanding individuals under the age of 40 whose creativity, vision and passion enrich the Pittsburgh region.” And Lauren Wallace is just that.

Wallace, a 29-year-old proud Pittsburgher, is in the final year of the EdD program at the Pitt School of Education, where she specializes in...

CPED Operations Manager Carolyn Keller Named to Pittsburgh 30 Under 30 List

October 2, 2019
School News

Carolyn Keller, the operations manager of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED), a nonprofit organization housed in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh, was selected for the 2019 Pittsburgh 30 Under 30 list.

The award, offered by the Pittsburgh Business Times and Leadership Pittsburgh Inc., recognizes residents who “exemplify the creativity...

Grants Office Update: October 2019

October 1, 2019

Principal Investigator:  Tracy Larson Department: Office of Child Development Project Title: Healthy CHILD/Various Sites Agency Name: Pittsburgh Public Schools  Award Dates: 7/1/19 – 8/31/20  Amount: $296,706

The HealthyCHILD team will apply the “lessons learned” from the Mellon-funded and evidence-based HealthyInfantsmodel of tiered supports and the 5 innovations focusing on caregiver...

Grant Supports Leadership Development of Superintendents

September 23, 2019
Faculty and Research

Pictured: Jerry Longo (right) poses with Bill Isler (left), a Forum for Western Pennsylvania School Superintendents participant, as Isler accepts the Forum’s Voice of Advocacy Award. 

Pitt School of Education faculty member Jerry Longo has received $120,000 in grant funding to provide continued support for the leadership development programs he coordinates for superintendents and...

New Online STEAM Education Certificate Added

September 18, 2019
School News
The certificate prepares students for high-impact careers as teachers across previously siloed disciplines.

Current and emerging education professionals can now re-imagine teaching through a new online program at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education.

The Pitt School of Education launched its Certificate Program in STEAM Education in fall 2019.

Professor Ross Selected to Extended Diversity Experience

September 18, 2019
Faculty and Research
The Health and Physical Activity faculty member will forge interdisciplinary connections into the curriculum.

For Pitt School of Education faculty member Sharon E. Ross, equity and justice are more than just a pair of buzzwords - they are personal and professional passions. She was recently selected for the 2019-2020 Extended Diversity Experience at the University of Pittsburgh. 

Professor Garcia Elected to the ASHE Board

September 11, 2019
Faculty and Research

Pitt School of Education faculty member Gina Garcia has been elected to the board of directors of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), a prestigious appointment that puts her at the forefront of her field.

With over 2,000 members, the ASHE is a national organization for scholarship in higher education administration. Garcia’s appointment will run from 2019-2021....

Prof. Maureen Porter Receives Outstanding International Educator Award

September 10, 2019
Faculty and Research
The Honor Recognizes Her Contributions in Contexts Around the World

For nearly 30 years, University of Pittsburgh School of Education faculty member Maureen Porter has been an anthropologist of education. She is driven to create research–practice partnerships for students, faculty, and the community in culturally responsive contexts around the world.

In recognition of her...

Grants Office Update: August/September 2019

September 5, 2019

Principal Investigator: Shannon Wanless Department: Office of Child Development Project Title: Early Head Start Agency Name: Allegheny County Award Dates: 9/30/19 – 9/29/20  Amount: $4,319,152

Family Foundations Early Head Start (EHS)provides early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income families with children from birth to...

Decoding the Benefits of Exercise at the Molecular Level

September 5, 2019
Faculty and Research
New study seeks insights on the benefits of exercise for individuals

Science has proven that exercise is good for human health. But exactly why this is true—a full understanding of the biological processes that produce the health benefits—is not well understood.

And even less understood is knowledge about which forms of exercise are the most beneficial to a specific person...

Environmental Social Justice Summer Program Connects Math Education to Real-World

September 5, 2019
School News

While their friends were enjoying summer days at the pool, a small group of local middle school students were testing samples of the pool water—and other water sources from the environment, like tap water and bottled water—for bacteria and lead.

The cohort of 12 students who attend Pittsburgh Public Schools University Prep Middle School and/or reside in the Hill District participated...

Two Students Receive Chancellor's Staff Award for Excellence

August 16, 2019
Student Spotlight

Two Pitt School of Education students were recently awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Staff — an honor that recognizes the highest level of achievement by University of Pittsburgh employees. 

Lauren Wallace, who is in her second year of the Doctor of Education (EdD) program, works as the director of undergraduate recruitment for the university’s Office of Admissions and...