2014 ELLC Doctoral Externship


On Saturday September 20th, 2014, 16 Plymouth State doctorate students completed their doctoral externship at the Welcome Center and Ice Arena at Plymouth State University. Each candidate got the chance to speak on behalf of their respective topic and was recognized for their accomplishments followed by the presentations. This is an annual event hosted by Dr. Marcel Lebrun, chair of the Educational Leadership, Learning and Curriculum department. Thank you to all who came and congratulations to all the doctoral candidates! Next year’s event will take place on Saturday September 19th, 2015. More photos from the externship here.


Reading & Writing Awards

President Sara Jane Steen presented The Dennise Maslakowski Education Award to Judith Lavoie and Pearl Sandy at the 21st annual EDies Award ceremony on June 7th, 2014.  Pearl Sandy and Judith Lavoie, who worked closely with Dennise Maslakowski to lay the foundation for, and continue the development of, the Plymouth State University Graduate Reading and Writing Programs, were honored for their lifetime achievement in the field of literacy.
Donna Ciocca, Teaching Lecturer in the Reading and Writing Program was awarded the ‘Reading Teacher of the Year’ award by the Granite State Reading Council at the 21st annual EDies Award ceremony on June 7th, 2014.  As stated in the program:  “This award is given to a person that exemplifies a master teacher of reading, someone that encourages reading in a variety of ways, using current research to drive instruction, supporting and teaching students, colleagues and new educational professionals to help build a literacy -rich community of learners.”

Ann Berry – Faculty Fellow

Congratulations!!  to Dr. Ann Berry, Assistant Professor who has been honored as a Faculty Fellow for her research in special education teacher retention in rural areas by the Center For Rural Partnerships.  Please follow the link for more information. Ann Berry

Tower of Power

Dr. Michelle Jutras Nolan, of the Tower of Power Year Round Cohort II, successfully defended her dissertation on Thursday, May 29, 2014.
Dissertation title: A Qualitative Study Exploring Teachers’ Perceptions and Ideas About How Their International Travel Study Experiences Impact Their ClassroomsCommittee Members: Dr. Mary Ann McGarry (Chair), Dr. Gara Field, and Dr. Kathleen Norris



PSU’s EdD Graduates at Commencement Ceremonies, May 17th

2014 PSU Doctors of Education in their signature PSU green gowns!
Year Round Cohort II, Tower of Power
Delilah Smith, with her Dissertation Chair Nancy Strapko
Lisa Bozogan, with her Dissertation Chair Christie Sweeney
Deb Nary, with her Dissertation Chair Kathleen McCabe
Summer Cohort I, Summer Camp
Kathleen Patenaude, with her Dissertation Chair Kathleen Norris




2013-14 TIGER Touring Season

TIGER is taping our 2013-2014 Touring Season in Silver on Friday, May 23.  We would love to invite any PSU employees who wish to see the show to come to Silver Center where TIGER will perform on the Hanaway Stage at 11AM!  It’s a great opportunity to see TIGER, PSU’s Emmy Award-winning Educational Theatre troupe in action.  Lots of original music, dance and theatre tackling the difficult subject of bullying based on the writing of children. Please join us!

Doctoral Dissertation Defense

PSU’s Doctor of Education student, Kathleen Patenaude defended her dissertation on Tuesday, April 29.  Dissertation Title:  Exploring the Lived Experience of Newly Licensed Registered Nurses Enrolled in a RN-BS Completion Program Participating in a Cultural and Clinical Immersion Experience in Senegal, West Africa

Student Showcase of Exellence

The Special Education Program of the ELLC department had two students participate in the Student Showcase of Excellence on April 25, 2014 at PSU.  Click here to view the evening’s program Showcase Program.

Empowerment Evaluation in Pakistan

The Pakistan Educational Leadership Project has involved educational leaders from all areas of Pakistan, in public and private sector schools and universities, in summer institutes in New Hampshire over a ten-year period.  The inclusion of a special institute in 2007 dedicated to the design of an evaluation for this project engaged the participants in developing their own evaluation design, an example of empowerment evaluation in action.  Please click this link for additional information.

Pet Therapy Night

Dr.’s Ann Berry and Kathleen Norris participated with their dogs, Walker and Baloo, in the Pet Therapy night at Langdon Woods on Thursday,February 20th.

Managing Your Online Identity

Dr.’s Ann Berry and Fran Rancourt, PSU Ed Faculty hosted a workshop at the Pillsbury Street Campus in Concord, NH on Saturday, March 1st.  This practical, timely and hands-on , 2-part workshop explored individual’s on-line identity and assisted in making informed decisions in managing it.  Please click on the following link to view the presentation:  https://www.plymouth.edu/center-for-excellence-in-teaching-and-learning/programs-events-workshops/archive/

EdD Reception & Research Symposium

“The Challenges & Promise of Special Education Positions”

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 Nomination

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.

Cheryl Baker & NHDOE

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 in Shanghai

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 in Montreal

Marcel Lebrun presented The Components of PBIS to 45 administrators, school principals and superintendents in Montreal, Quebec on November 15th and 16th.

Cheryl Baker & Vermont Department of Education

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 from Japan to Middle East

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

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.

Contact Us

Department of Educational Leadership, Learning and Curriculum

Highland Hall
Mon-Thu, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Fri, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Phone: (603) 535-2121
Email: padavidoff@plymouth.edu
(Peggy Davidoff, Administrative Assistant)
Fax: (603) 535-2572

Mailing Address
17 High Street
MSC 23
Plymouth, NH 03264-1595