College of Graduate Studies Will Attend Annual ASCD Conference

March 16th, 2006 by Adam

In the spirit of its continuing partnership with the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), several faculty members from PSU’s College of Graduate Studies will be attending the organization’s Annual Conference and Exhibit Show, held April 1-3 in Chicago. At the conference they will provide information to attendees about Plymouth’s graduate options, highlighting programs in educational leadership, special education and literacy education. The College of Graduate Studies has partnered with ASCD for several years to offer graduate credit to students who complete ASCD’s online professional development courses.

Graduate professors Dr. Leo Corriveau, Dr. Mary McNeil and Dr. Marianne True, along with student members of the New Hampshire chapter of ASCD, will attend the conference, entitled “Constructing the Future, Challenging the Past: Excellence in Learning, Teaching and Leadership.” An estimated 12,000 educators and exhibitors attend this yearly conference, which features hundreds of sessions, workshops and lectures. This year’s featured lecture topics include Latino student success, school public relations, Understanding by Design, democratic education, education and social justice, school leadership and professional development. Featured speakers include Nel Noddings, Jonathan Jansen, Carl Glickman, Robert Marzano and Carol Ann Tomlinson.

In addition to providing information on PSU’s graduate programs, True and McNeil will lead a mini-session addressing the process for getting attendees’ research published in The New Hampshire Journal of Education, a collaborative publication of Plymouth State University and the New Hampshire ASCD chapter that showcases essays and research focused on various aspects of education. Graduate students who attend the conference are eligible for course credit through PSU.

According to Cheryl B. Baker, Director of Graduate Recruitment and Outreach, “The ASCD conference highlights best educational practices presented by leaders in the field. By providing credit for conference attendance, the ASCD/NHASCD/PSU partnership enables the university to provide quality educational opportunities to graduate students in a non-traditional format.”

Plymouth State University (PSU) is a regional comprehensive university offering a rich, student-focused learning environment for both undergraduate and graduate students. PSU offers 42 majors and 62 minors in programs that include education, business, humanities, arts, and natural and social sciences. The College of Graduate Studies offers coursework that promotes research, best practices and reflection in locations on- and off-campus as well as online. For non-traditional students, PSU’s Frost School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers working professionals opportunities to pursue an undergraduate degree by attending classes in the evenings, weekends and online. Located in a beautiful New England setting, Plymouth State University has been recognized as one of the “Best in the Northeast” by The Princeton Review.