December 20, 2007

Top stories from the graduate school in 2007

Top stories from the graduate school in 2007

1. Ecopsychology course and conference build support for viable, sustainable lifestyles

The new program in the Center for Continuing Studies, led by Thomas Doherty, an adjunct faculty member in counseling and psychology and practitioner of eco-based therapies, was in the news throughout 2007.

2. Classroom language barriers defeated with the help of a graduate school program

Lewis & Clark’s ESOL Endorsement program gives teachers the tools to educate English language learners, a population that today represents one of ten Oregon students. The graduate school recently created the Oregon Language, Literacy, and Cultural Institute to roll out new initiatives that include training, consulting, and school-community partnership development.

3. Writing teacher honored for contributions to Oregon literary community

Kim Stafford, director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark, was honored by Literary Arts for his work cultivating the state’s literary community.

4. Boys Advocacy and Mentoring (BAM!) earns praise for addressing needs of boys

The support-group program co-founded by Peter Mortola, associate professor of counseling psychology, published its first guidebook in December.

5. Democracy & Education raises vital questions about persistent problems in education

In an event to launch the latest volume of Democracy & Education, the graduate school hosted education advocate and author Jonathan Kozol, who discussed savage inequalities still affecting schools before an audience of 400 educators and concerned citizens.

6. Conference explores local and global solutions to school violence

The Hope in a Time of Violence Conference drew Portland-area education professionals, parents, and concerned citizens to explore externalized and internalized student violence and solutions.

7. Mentoring program for new teachers works to improve retention rates

New Teacher Conversations, a mentorship program implemented by Lewis & Clark that helps educators find the professional support they need, has provided assistance to 17 school districts.