As 2018 comes to a close, it's time to reflect on the impact and achievements of the College of Education! From faculty awards and new partnerships with the School District of Philadelphia to the launch of the Hope Center for College, Community and Justice, the College of Education made an impact in 2018.
*Events are presented in chronological order.
After discovering nearly 35% of Temple students experience food insecurity from a survey conducted by professor of higher education policy and sociology, Sara Goldrick-Rab, and the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, Temple University quickly responded. On February 19th, Temple University opened the Cherry Pantry on the second floor of the Howard Gittis Student Center. At the pantry, students are able to collect free non-perishable food and hygiene products.
The Philadelphia Board of Education has quite a few familiar faces on its team! In April, College of Education alum, Mallory Fix Lopez EDU'07,'11, Maria McColgan EDU'93, Angela McIver EDU'93, and associate professor of policy, organizational and leadership studies, Chris McGinley EDU'81, joined the Philadelphia Board of Education alongside Temple's senior advisor for Community Relations and Development, Joyce Wilkerson, as its newest board members. Board members play an active role in the educational landscape of Philadelphia, determining charter school authorization, working to appoint and evaluate the superintendent of schools, and managing the School District of Philadelphia finances.
On May 2nd, the College of Education hosted First Lady Michelle Obama at the Liacouras Center for College Signing Day. As a part of the Obama's Reach Higher Initiative, the event celebrated Philadelphia-area students for choosing to pursue higher education or military service. Nearly 8,000 local students filled the venue watching performances and listening to celebrities, including Bradley Cooper and Zendaya, speak about the importance of higher education.
The College of Education celebrated its 99th Commencement ceremony on May 10th in McGonigle Hall with Pennsylvania secretary of education, Pedro A. Rivera, serving as the commencement speaker.
As part of the Senior Year Only Program (SYOP) initiative by the School District of Philadelphia, the College of Education welcomed their first cohort of Temple Education Scholars in August. Fifteen high-achieving rising seniors from high schools all over the district are spending their senior year completing five courses within the College of Education to set them up for one of four degrees in the college.
The College of Education celebrates the arrival of the Class of 2022
New undergraduate College of Education students participated in the College of Education meeting, which preceded the university-wide convocation. At this meeting, the Class of 2022 had the opportunity to learn more about their college and introduce themselves to their peers. Concluding the meeting, students went onstage and ceremonially rubbed the "apple" which is housed in the College of Education's Shimada Resource Center.
Professor of higher education policy and sociology, Sara Goldrick-Rab, launched the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice on September 29th at the #RealCollege Conference: A National Convening on Housing Insecurity. Since the unveiling of the new center, Sara and her team have been busy conducting research, working on projects, and releasing publications relating to the hidden costs of college and its impact on students.
Read for the Record 2018
On October 25th, Jumpstart at Temple University participated in Read for the Record, an event which aims to spread the importance of literacy and language skills. Temple students, faculty and students from the north Philadelphia community read the book Maybe Something Beautiful in conjunction with other Jumpstart chapters across the nation.
The College of Education kicked off its 100th Anniversary celebrations with the launch of the Distinguished Speaker Series. Former senior advisor to President Barack Obama, Valerie B. Jarrett, joined faculty and alumni at the Franklin Institute as the inaugural speaker.
The Intergenerational Center takes the Spotlight
The College of Education's Intergenerational Center received national attention and accolades for its "Time Out" Program, which matches college students with older adults to provide caring companionship and meaningful engagement. This program aims to mitigate isolation and promote a better overall quality of life for the older generation. A $225,000 grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts in September and a $25,000 grant from The Philadelphia Foundation in December are just two of substantial and impactful awards the program received this year.