Sea Turtles Test Urban Waters In Southern California 'Jacuzzi' (NPR)- Cassandra Davis, with the Aquarium of the Pacific and M.S. candidate in Science Education with a concentration in Free-choice Learning, has been training about 30 volunteers to help with a citizen science project to log the number and size of turtles seen in the San Gabriel River in Long Beach. Her group has been carrying out this sea turtle census for about three years, and estimates place about 30 and 100 turtles in area.
STEM taking hold in Culver Schools (The Bulletin)- The 700-student Culver school district is less than two years into an experiment in problem-based, hands-on learning with an emphasis on STEM, for science, technology, engineering and math. The district is partnered with researchers from the College of Education at OSU-Cascades to design and track Culver’s success as a model for small districts looking to embrace STEM.
MOOCs support English learners and their teachers (Stanford)- This past fall, Stanford University and OSU's College of Education partnered to provide educators an opportunity to connect online with thousands of colleagues across Oregon and other states. This 'MOOC' (massive open online course) had an aim to help all K-12 instructors assist their students in mastering the complex language and reasoning skills required by new standards.
World peace, courtesy of Hoover Elementary fifth-graders (Gazette Times)- Matthew Criscione’s fifth-grade class at Hoover Elementary School has been learning about political science by playing a game that challenges students to solve realistic world crises. The game promotes cooperative solutions from the perspective of fictional countries, and has been developed by the family of College of Education instructor Terry Adams.
Going wild (Counseling Today)- Counseling Ph.D. candidates Sean Roberts and Sabrina Marie Hadeed discuss the benefits of wilderness therapy through their experience with Second Nature Cascades in Central Oregon. Wilderness therapy is a unique treatment model that brings clients to natural settings for intensive therapy with a counselor (or other mental health professional) and peer group.
OSU’s Ray joins other education leaders on initiative (OSU News)- Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray is joining President Barack Obama and hundreds of higher education leaders at the White House today to announce new actions to help more students prepare for college and to graduate. Through OSU’s College of Education and local school district counselors, partners are working to increase the number of high school students in the region attending college and achieving success.
Girls Daring Greatly (Counseling Today)- Sabrina Marie Hadeed provides perspective for the perceived vulnerability that girls have in the wilderness, identifying that it has more to do with courage and resilience. Sabrina is a primary therapist at Second Nature Cascades and a doctoral candidate with Oregon State University's Counselor Education program.