Dr. Ann Berry presented at the annual conference of the American Council of Rural Special Education on March 6, 2013 in Orland, FL. Dr. Berry presented results from her national study with 203 rural special education teachers to a group of special education teachers, general education teachers, rural special education administrators and university faculty. Her presentation, entitled “The Challenges and Promise of Special Education Positions in Rural Areas: Listening to the Voices of the Teachers,” outlined factors related to teacher satisfaction and commitment and presented implications for rural administrators.
Dr. Berry’s manuscript was accepted for publication in the Rural Educator. Her manuscript discusses what special education teachers like best and find most challenging about their positions in rural schools. The teacher’s perceptions highlight many of the assets found in small, rural, communities: the sense of a close relationsip with coworkers, students and their parents.
Kathleen Norris was nominated by the State of New Hampshire Department of Education and selected by ETS to serve as a panel member for the multistate standard setting study for the revised Praxis I tests. She has been invited to participate in the International Doctoral Education Research Network. Kathleen also conducted evaluation research for an institution of higher education and a community collaborative. Both reports have been accepted.
The NHDOE awarded $500,000 to PSU through a grant written by Cheryl Baker for the State Agency Higher Education award. The work will be performed through Baker’s group, the Rural School Educator Effectiveness Collaborative (RSEEC). This effort will provide quality professional development opportunities to NH’s rural educators. RSEEC partners include the NHDOE, Keene State College, North Country Education Services, Granite State College and the New England College. PSU’s Impact Center’s Director Natalya Vinogradova will be spearheading the mathematics professional development for this project.
Cheryl Baker taught a face-to-face section of ED 5005 Social Psychology and Mythology Across Cultures to 33 international educators in Shanghai, China. This work is part of an agreement with Shanghai American School to provide graduate level professional development opportunities to the school’s faculty. While in Shanghai, Cheryl provided administrative support and conducted dozens of advising sessions with current and future PSU students.
Marcel Lebrun presented The Components of PBIS to 45 administrators, school principals and superintendents in Montreal, Quebec on November 15th and 16th.
Cheryl Baker chaired a committee to review the alternative teacher certification program for the Vermont Department of Education. The panel of five conducted interviews, document assessment and observed a program information session as part of the review. The alternative certification program, similar to New Hampshire’s alternative 3 process, allows experts from different fields qualify to teach in Vermont’s public schools.
Marcel Lebrun was the keynote speaker at the International 4th Asian Conference on Education in Osaka, Japan between October 24 and October 27, 2012. He presented Developing the Inner Leader: The Journey Starts Now. Marcel has been chosen as a journal reviewer for the International Journal of Teaching and Teacher Education based out of the University of Bahrain in the Middle East.
Kathleen Norris was unanimously elected vice chair of the NH Department of Education Professional Standards Board and Secretary of the Board of the Bridge House Shelter in Plymouth. She presented three sessions at the annual American Evaluation Association conference in Minneapolis: a poster on the evaluation of the doctoral program at PSU, a presentation on teaching evaluation and a discussion of the evaluator’s role in organizational learning. During the National Rural Education Association annual conference in Cincinnati, Kathleen led a discussion on barriers to the implementation of best practices in US education.
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