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Project LEARN-Chile Awarded 100,000 Strong in the Americas Grant for International Learning & Research

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"Cuando estudiamos juntos, y aprendemos juntos, trabajamos juntos, y prosperamos juntos." -President Barack Obama

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced Texas State as an awardee of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Grant at the Summit of the Americas/Cumbre de las Américas in Panama City, Panama on April 9th.

The goal of 100,000 Strong in the Americas, President Obama’s signature education initiative in the Western Hemisphere, is to increase the number of U.S. students studying in the Western Hemisphere to 100,000, and the number of students from Latin America and the Caribbean studying in the United States to 100,000 by the year 2020. The goal of 100,000 Strong in the Americas is to ensure that learners throughout the Western Hemisphere are prepared with cross-cultural skills necessary in the 21st century economy and to develop a generation of leaders who can engage across borders.

­All Higher Education Institutions in the Western Hemisphere were eligible to apply. Less than 8% of proposals were funded, including the Project LEARN-Chile proposed by Dr. Michael O’Malley, Chair of the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology at Texas State University’s College of Education; and co-authored with Ms. Tanya Long, Doctoral Research Assistant in School Improvement at Texas State.  

Dr. O’Malley and Ms. Long’s Leadership and Educational Action Resource Network (LEARN): Binational Graduate Student Collaboration for Educational Improvement in Chile project will create and fund learning and research abroad opportunities for Texas State University doctoral students in the field of education. It will engage doctoral students in cultural immersion and international fieldwork, and advance their skills in international educational research. Specifically, Project LEARN-Chile will design and implement a seminar course for doctoral students to conduct field research in Santiago de Chile in education and the social sciences. Delivered in partnership with Universidad Alberto Hurtado, the Jesuit University of Chile, the project will utilize a service-learning paradigm to facilitate student learning from Chilean colleagues and five community-based educational organizations while also generating research and partnerships that benefit Chilean educational systems. The students’ fieldwork in Chile will culminate in a leadership roundtable organized in collaboration with Universidad Alberto Hurtado.

Project LEARN-Chile has developed Capacity Building Innovations to systematically address known barriers to doctoral student participation in study abroad. These include models for adult learners, strategic partnerships with a Chilean university and Chilean community-based educational organizations, the practice of international research as service-learning, and Spanish language and cross-cultural readiness preparation. Pre-departure professional development focusing on global engagement and international team development will be offered by corporate partners Dell, through the company’s Global Learning Officer, and Dale Carnegie. Intensive Spanish language learning will be offered for students who are not already Spanish language fluent.

Texas State University was the only university from Texas selected in Competition 6.

Learn more about Project LEARN-Chile at www.projectlearn.wp.txstate.edu.

For further information on the 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative, please visit their website at www.100kstrongamericas.org.

Visit Universidad Alberto Hurtado at www.uahurtado.cl

CLAS Professor Stewart Named to Fulbright Specialist Program

Trae Stewart, Associate Professor in CLAS, has been selected for the Fulbright Specialist Program roster. 

The program, coordinated by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affaris (ECA) and the Institute of International Education's Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), hosts opportunities for international collaboration to further the development of curriculum and faculty, institutional planning and a variety of other activities. 

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National Play Therapy Week: February 1-7, 2015

Play therapy is a way of being with a child that honors their unique developmental level and looks for ways of helping in the “language” of the child – play.  Licensed mental health professionals therapeutically use play to help their clients, most often children ages three to 12 years, to better express themselves and resolve their problems.

Texas State’s Institute for Play Therapy offers monthly training to mental health professionals to promote play therapy. The Assessment and Counseling Clinic in the College of Education provides play therapy to children needing counseling services.

The Association for Play Therapy is the professional organization that promotes play therapy and the power of play.

To view a video explaining play therapy, please go to our website and meet Andrew!

Ph.D. in Education Program Establishes International Educational Research Partnership with Chilean Universities

Four (4) Chilean scholars from the education doctorate program at Universidad Alberto Hurtado-Universidad Diego Portales in Chile visited Texas State University to inaugurate a new doctoral level partnership. This collaboration focuses on enhancing a mutual Chilean-US research infrastructure to support continuous educational improvement in both countries. The inaugural week-long visit involved researchers and doctoral students from Chile and Texas State University.  Activities included a Research Colloquium, strategic planning, and site visits to Texas public schools in Del Valle ISD. Texas State University Provost Eugene Bourgeois, II met with the Chilean scholars and signed documents establishing this institutional partnership (see attached pic).  Texas State is also partnering with the US Embassy-Santiago de Chile in the development of this initiative.          

This partnership is being led at Texas State by the Ph.D. in Education Program, housed in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education & School Psychology. Strategic priorities established during this visit include: 1) mutual exchange of faculty and doctoral students for research and study, 2) collaborative Chilean-US educational research projects, and 3) joint participation in a proposed Center for Educational Research & Policy Development in Chile.

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Standing, Left to Right: Dr. Jovita Ross-Gordon (Faculty Senator, Texas State University), Dr. José Weinstein (Doctoral Director, Universidad Diego Portales), Dr. Sarah Nelson (Doctoral Director, Texas State University), Dr. Michael O’Malley (Department Chair, Texas State University), Dr. Alejandra Falabella (Doctoral Faculty, Universidad Alberto Hurtado), Dr. Stan Carpenter (Dean, College of Education, Texas State University), Dr. Ann Brooks (Doctoral Director, Texas State University), Dr. Soledad Concha (Doctoral Faculty, Universidad Diego Portales)

Seated, Left to Right: Dr. María Teresa Rojas (Doctoral Academic Secretary, Universidad Alberto Hurtado), Dr. Eugene Bourgeois, II (Provost, Texas State University), Dr. Debbie Thorne (Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Texas State University)
Left to Right: Drs. Sarah Nelson (TxSt), Alejandra Falabella (Chile), Michael O’Malley (TxSt), María Teresa Rojas (Chile), & José Weinstein (Chile).

Dr. Homeyer Honored as Director Emeritus by Association for Play Therapy

Dr. Cynthia Plotts, Professor of School Psychology in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology, is the Principal Investigator (Project Director) for Project SUPERB (Scholars Using Psychology and Education to Reach Bilinguals), a project recently awarded a five-year $1.05 million grant by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs.

Project SUPERB will prepare a total of 24 fully-credentialed, high-quality bilingual school psychologists to improve teaching and learning by ensuring that language differences and assessment of the need for special education services are competently assessed for the purpose of appropriate educational interventions.

Other CLAS faculty involved in Project SUPERB include:

  • Co-Principal Investigator – Dr. Jon Lasser, Professor of School Psychology
  • Co-Principal Investigator – Dr. Desireé Vega, Assistant Professor of School Psychology
  • Scholar Coordination & Supervision – Dr. Laurie Klose, Associate Clinical Professor of School Psychology
  • Practicum Coordinator – Dr. Paul Jantz, Assistant Professor of School Psychology
  • Field Supervision – Dr. Mike Garcia and Dr. Rachel Robillard, Adjunct Professors of School Psychology
  • Consultant – Dr. Robert Reardon, Associate Professor of Adult Education

See our write-up in the University Star.

Congratulations to Dr. Plotts and the entire Project SUPERB team!