The Kremen Newsletter February 2016

The Kremen Newsletter
February 2016
Message from the Dean
Dr. Paul Beare
California is experiencing a tremendous
teacher shortage at the present time. Graduates
of educator preparation
programs are experiencing
essentially 100%
employment but enough
candidates are simply not
entering programs. There
are a number of reasons for
this, one of which is
misconceptions about the
salary teachers earn.
elementary teacher salary in Fresno Unified is
$55,524. But salary is not all a teacher
receives. Teachers generally receive retirement
benefits equal to about 10% of the salary as
well as district paid health benefits. The
district’s cost for a teacher earning $55,524 is
$79,194 for that teacher according to
A teacher’s contract is usually around 180
days versus 260 days for a traditional
employee. While that teacher works hard, that
is 80 more days available to improve one’s
skills, seek further education, enjoy a vacation,
or work a second job. To earn an equivalent per
day amount, a self-employed worker or a
worker in a position without benefits would
The average starting salary that teachers earn need a salary of $114,140.
is $45,000 in the Central Valley, with some
Teachers are certainly worth everything they
variation by district and number of graduate
earn and more to our society, our culture, our
credits a teacher has accumulated. That is the
children and community. The job is rewarding
same as the median family income in our
community and as a new teacher it is earned by and the intrinsic value received is not
a single person their first year of employment. measurable. We do not want teachers who are
“just in it for the pay” but no one should be
Teachers get a raise with each year of
deterred by the misperception that teachers do
experience and for obtaining more education
not make a fair living wage.
plus teachers get cost of living salary
adjustments on a regular basis. The median
Credential Program
personal biases and prejudices. The common
message that students heard throughout the two
days is that “one person can make a
difference,” reinforcing the idea that teachers
Trip to Museum of Tolerance in
can work toward social justice through
Los Angeles
advocacy and service-learning, right in their
own classrooms. Students came away from this
MOT experience saying things like, “No one
Dr. Lisa Bennett and Dr. Cathy Yun
should go into teaching without going through
received a grant from the Museum of
this program!” The grant covered the cost of
Tolerance (MOT) in Los Angeles, to take 43
transportation to and from LA, hotel
Mini-Corps undergraduate students
accommodations for the group, lunch for both
and post-baccalaureate multiple subject
days, and program fees. We are hoping that we
credential students to the Museum of
Tolerance for a specialized program tailored to can institutionalize this MOT experience for all
of our Liberal Studies students and/or multiple
Fresno State students. Students spent two full
subject credential students and provide this
days learning about how to infuse their
transformative opportunity on a regular basis.
teaching practice with a social justice
perspective and engage K-8 learners in action
research as a form of service-learning. As part
of the museum activities, students heard
testimonies from Renee Firestone, a Holocaust
survivor, and Sylvia Mendez (Mendez v
Westminster) and got the opportunity to ask
them questions. Museum activities also
included examination of current events from
multiple perspectives as well as reflection on
This Issue
Message from the Dean
& Credential Program page 1
Credential Program &
Mini-Corps page 2
Mini-Corps & Kremen School
Supporter page 3
Master’s Program & Liberal
Studies page 4
Doctoral & Community Based
Learning page 5
Alumni page 6
Faculty Research, Publications,
and Presentations page 7 and 8
Dr. Jenelle Pitt received the
Fresno State Women
Foundation Leadership Award
The Clovis Unified School
Board named the
elementary school located at
Temperance and Clinton in
honor of Dr. Virginia Boris
Credential Program
Cooperating/Master Teacher Conferences
Every fall the Kremen School invites Cooperating/Master
Teachers to spend a Saturday morning to learn more about being
an effective mentor. Kay Davies and Linda Gillis coordinated
this year's Multiple Subject and Education Specialist’s
Conference on October 17, 2015. Dr. Lisa Nyberg and Julie
McGough were keynote speakers who presented on the "The
Power of Questioning." They kept everyone engaged with
exciting activities that integrated science and Common Core
Standards. The keynote was followed by breakout sessions by
Kremen faculty and guest presenters. Many of the teachers were
excited to win the numerous raffle prizes solicited by Linda
Gillis and Marcia Kraft that were given away throughout the
morning and during lunch. Janie Delacerta and Lisa Thompkins
were the keynote speakers for the Single Subject Master Teacher
Conference on November 7, 2015. They engaged the
Cooperating/Master Teachers in learning how to mentor and give
feedback to their teacher candidates. It was a very collaborative
morning where everyone practiced skills they could immediately
use with their teacher candidates.
Fresno State California Mini-Corps Program
The Mini-Corps Program at Fresno State is part of the
California Mini-Corps Program, a statewide program that was
founded in 1967 in collaboration with the State Department’s
Migrant Education Program. The program is committed to the
educational success of Hispanic/migrant students, particularly
those who do not speak English, are bilingual or otherwise
identified as “high-needs” students. The program has two
primary goals: 1) Provide direct instructional tutorial services to
increase Hispanic/migrant student academic achievement through
a cadre of trained college tutors; and 2) Develop a cadre of future
bilingual-bicultural credentialed teachers that will be better
equipped to work with Hispanic/migrant students. The Fresno
State California Mini-Corps Program consists of two components
or cohorts, each with 18 tutors. This school year 36 Mini-Corps
tutors were selected to participate and provide instructional
services to various school sites throughout Fresno County.
Currently, the program is providing services to 8 school districts,
27 schools, and assisting 112 teachers in grades K-12.
Mini-Corps students receive between 3,000 and 4,000 hours of
supervised classroom experience and staff development. While
taking regular college courses to prepare them for teacher
certification, the tutors receive additional professional
development and in-service training in the form of Saturday
courses and summer institutes. Participants often note “the
lectures in their college courses make more sense when they are
tied to the work of the classroom” (Lomeli, et. al., 2006, p.102).
We believe that the Mini-Corps program at Fresno State
exemplifies innovative best practices in both teacher education
and academic achievement for Hispanic students, for the
following reasons:
 tutors were themselves migrant students and have a
first-hand understanding of the obstacles that prevent
migrant students from academic retention and achievement
 tutors are immediately placed in classrooms under the close
supervision and mentorship of master teachers who are
themselves committed to effective bilingual education
 tutors receive specialized training in developing culturally
relevant lesson plans and using an asset model of teaching
and learning designed and proven to advance the
engagement and achievement of Hispanic, English learners
and bilingual students
teacher education students have immediate and on-going
opportunities to practice and reflect upon what they are
learning about education in their college coursework as they
spend hundreds more hours in the classroom than traditional
teacher education students and work in a small cohort with a
dedicated coordinator and mentor
In addition to student teaching, tutors also have increased
opportunities to work with students one-on-one, providing
them not only with extra academic support and tutoring, but
serving as student advocates, family and community liaisons.
Community service is a requirement of the program.
U.S. Department of Education or Federal Government
Not only is Mini-Corps funded by the US Department of
Education, the program has received numerous recognitions such
 In 1993, Assembly Resolution 1673 recognized Mini-Corps
for “massive contributions to the improvement of migrant
education, the increased communication with migrant
families and the betterment of the future of California.”
 In 1997, the Department of Education recognized
Mini-Corps as an "exemplary educational program"
 In 1998, Assembly Resolution 1179 recognized Mini-Corps
for producing over “12,000 professionals for the state,
including teachers, principals, counselors, and professors,
who serve as strong bilingual role models for migrant
children and the community . . . for its vital role of providing
direct instructional services to migrant students.”
 In 2013, Assembly Resolution 1677 recognized Mini-Corps
for its vital role of providing direct instructional services to
migrant students and increasing the numbers of highly
qualified bilingual teachers, that are sensitive to the needs of
the English learner and biliterate student population in the
State of California.
 In September 2015 Fresno State Mini-Corps was recognized
by the White House for helping close the achievement gap
among Latino students through the online report, “Bright
Spots in Hispanic Education.”
Mini-Corps (cont.)
Mini-Corps Conference: Diversity as Agency
Dr. Lisa Bennett, Dr. Laura Alamillo, and Dr. Cathy Yun
organized and held a conference entitled “Diversity as Agency:
Conversations about High-Stakes Testing in Teacher Education”
on Thursday, October 29, 2015. The conference attendees
included over 100 Mini-Corps students and supervisors
from multiple community
college and university
campuses from Bakersfield to
Stanislaus. Dr. Angela
Valenzuela (University of
Texas at Austin), Dr. Alice
Ginsberg (University of
Pennsylvania), Juana Zamora
(Butte County Assistant
and Mini-Corps Director),
President Joseph Castro,
and Dean Paul Beare were featured speakers at the conference;
each speaker addressed issues of equity, social justice,
and advocacy in teaching. Students engaged in a letter-writing
campaign regarding the CSETs, describing their personal stories
Kremen School Supporter
Dr. Harry Moordigian
The Kremen School of Education and Human Development
mourns the recent passing of a dear friend and benefactor, Dr.
Harry Moordigian, Jr. who passed away on Nov. 11 in Fresno.
He was 76.
Dr. Moordigian was a strong supporter of
the university and specifically the
Kremen School. In 2014, Dr. Moordigian
generously contributed $200,000 to the
Fresno Family Counseling Center, a
Kremen School sponsored,
community-based counseling center that
provides low-cost counseling services to the
community while training students enrolled
in the Marriage, Family and Child
Counseling graduate program.
A letter written by his mother who had passed away when
Harry was young prompted Dr. Moordigian’s gift to the center.
“My parents were survivors of the Armenian Genocide,” Dr.
Moordigian said. “Through this letter, I learned that in
addition to my paternal grandfather, my mother’s father had
also been killed in the Genocide.
After sharing the letter with faculty at the Fresno Family
Counseling Center, he learned that his mother likely suffered
and experiences with testing bias. In their letters, students made
comments such as, “A test does not make a teacher good or bad.
Our passion, drive, heart, dedication, and commitment are what
make us great.” In addition, Lilly Lomeli and Jose Mejia were
recognized by President Castro for their extraordinary work with
the Mini-Corps program at Fresno State, for which they received
the White House "Bright Spots in Hispanic Education" Award in
September 2015. The "Bright Spots" Award campaign was
launched this year in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of
the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for
Hispanics. The Initiative made a national call for nominations for
the "Bright Spots" Award with the goal of highlighting programs
that support Latino educational attainment and excellence. The
Fresno State Mini-Corps Program was one of three programs in
the state of California recognized for its effectiveness in
recruiting and supporting Latino/a teachers. The Mini-Corps
Program supports Fresno State pre-service teachers and K-12
students from migrant backgrounds. Preliminary analysis of
conference evaluations and reflections indicate that students’
perspectives of their roles as teachers shifted toward advocacy as
a direct result of their participation in the conference.
from depression. Dr. Moordigian said “I don’t want anyone to
bare this kind of experience without someone to help. I said to
myself, OK, I want to support what they are doing for the
community in memory of my parents.”
According to Dr. Christopher Lucey, Professor and Director of
Fresno Family Counseling Center, “W e have lost a wonderful
man and are eternally grateful to Harry for his generosity
and support of the counseling center. I will personally miss his
friendship but know he would be proud that his impact will
continue to be felt by those most vulnerable in our community.”
In addition to his gift to the counseling center, Dr.
Moordigian also established the Nevart Moordigian Endowed
Scholarship Fund in support of the South Valley Education
Initiative, an effort to improve academic achievement and create
a teacher pipeline in the South Valley.
Daughter Gina Dean, her husband Nathan, and their two sons,
Griffin and Nicholas, of Fresno; daughter Lisa Moordigian of
Texas; ex-wife and friend Judy Moordigian, survives him as well
as many cousins and friends he considered family.
The faculty and students in the counseling program will
sincerely miss Dr. Moordigian. According to Maira Hernandez,
Clinical Program Manager, Fresno Family Counseling Center,
“He was our guardian angel. The heavens have claimed that
angel and we will forever have him as part of our family.”
Master’s Program
Rehabilitation Counseling Program
The Rehabilitation Counseling program is committed to
serving people with various disabilities (e.g., psychological,
substance use, intellectual, developmental, physical). The
program faculty train empathic, trustworthy and competent
counselors. Additionally, the Rehabilitation Counseling program
students and faculty participate in monthly community events to
increase awareness related to disability concerns and working
with individuals or families experiencing disability. It is the
program's mission to make a difference in the lives of persons
with disabilities and transform the practice of counseling in
California and beyond. Rehabilitation counselors work in a
variety of settings and perform a number of roles including but
not limited to individual and group counseling, job development
and placement, career counseling, and arrangement of medical,
vocational and psychological assessments. A major
accomplishment is the U.S. News and World Report recently
ranked the Rehabilitation Counseling program at Fresno State in
the Top 25 in the nation.
We have participated in the National Alliance of Mental
Illness Walk and California SoberStock event where students
provided screenings for individuals with substance use or mental
health concerns. Dr. Becton participated in moderating a panel
during Universal Design Day while students assisted Services for
Students with Disabilities (SSD) with distribution of information
and other volunteer activities. The program sponsors workshops
on a variety of topics related to working with people with
disabilities. Another workshop focused on Universal Design
and Assistive Technology.
The Rehab students and faculty participate in monthly events
to increase awareness related to disability concerns, working with
individuals and families experiencing disability, and most
recently assisting with the grand opening of Inspiration Park
where the mayor gave students a special "thank you" for their
hard work.
Also, students in the Rehabilitation Counseling program
presented to a group of students regarding counseling individuals
who are deaf and hard of hearing. Our students recently sat on a
panel discussing personal experiences living with a parent,
sibling or child who may have a disability at the Cesár Chavez
Dr. Becton and four students from the Rehabilitation
Counseling Program
Career Incubator Event
Liberal Studies
Dr. Kyoung Choi was invited to present at the Eastside
College Preparatory School regarding “professional
counseling” for the
Career Incubator event
that was held on October
17, 2015. The goal of the
"Career Incubator" is to
give students hands-on
experience with a variety
of careers, including
professional counseling,
law, medicine,
technology, finance
and the non-profit sector.
There are 15-20 companies that provide a presentation
and one to two presenters from each company. Speakers are
asked to develop a hands-on workshop and talk about the
types of decisions they make on a daily basis. Students get
a packet of information in advance and choose three
sessions that interest them. For preparation, students are
asked to review their assigned workshops and identify their
source of interest and expectations. Their homework after
the event is to reflect on the workshops and how they
affected their outlook on the professional world.
For more information please visit
The 2015 John D. Welty Award for Excellence in
Community Service
Liberal Studies student, Whitney Ferdinandsen is the recipient of
the 2015 John D. Welty Award for
Excellence in Community Service. The
award which includes a $2,500 scholarship,
is given each year to one student who
exemplifies a commitment to service.
She has provided more than 600 hours of
community service over the past year as a
founder of Camp Kesem-Fresno State, a
week-long summer camp run by Fresno State students for children
whose parents have recently undergone or are in the midst of being
treated for cancer.
She also organized and lead a group of Fresno State students
and faculty for a two-week international service project in Fiji,
where they built storm drainage systems and finished construction of
a community center.
Whitney is majoring in liberal studies, has a 4.0 average, works
two jobs, is a member of the Smittcamp Family Honors Program
and is part of the initial Liberal Studies Honors Cohort.
Congratulations, Whitney!
Doctoral Program
Gary W. Kinsey
Please join me in welcoming Dr. Gary W. Kinsey, the former
Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs for the School of
Education at CSU Channel Islands (CI), as
he begins work at Fresno State overseeing
the new joint doctorate program,
Collaborative Online Doctorate in
Educational Leadership (CODEL), a
collaboration between CI and our campus.
Dr. Kinsey retired last summer from his
previous role at CI, and is participating in
the Faculty Early Retirement Program
(FERP). CODEL, the CSU’s first hybrid
online program in Educational Leadership
will launch with its first cohort of
candidates in June 2016.
Prior to his five years at CI, he worked at Cal Poly Pomona
where he served for 10 years as a professor, Director of the
Teacher Intern Program and as Associate Dean in the College of
Education and Integrative Studies (CEIS). Before working in the
CSU system, Dr. Kinsey served in the Firebaugh-Las Deltas,
Selma, and Clovis school districts for over 15 years. His
educational preparation includes a bachelor’s degree in Social
Sciences and a master’s degree in History from Fresno State; a
master’s degree in Educational Administration from the
University of San Francisco; and a doctoral degree in
Educational Policy and Administration from the University of
Southern California.
Dr. Kinsey has received several awards and recognition which
include the California Professors of Educational Administration
(CAPEA) Distinguished Service Award in 2009, the Association
of California School Administrator’s (ACSA) State Professor of
Education of the Year award in 2008, the Cal Poly Pomona
Outstanding Faculty Advisor award in 2005, and the Fresno
County Office of Education’s 1992 School District Administrator
of the Year award. He served as President of the National
Council for Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA)
in 2008 and as a member of its Executive Board for over five
years. He was appointed to consecutive four year terms
(2008-2016) by the California Commission on Teacher
Credentialing (CTC) to their Committee on Accreditation
(COA), and has twice served as the Higher Education Co-Chair
of the group.
His areas of expertise include educational policy, leadership
development and licensure. Dr. Kinsey, who was born and
raised in Delano, has been active in numerous community
and professional organizations in Kern, Fresno, Ventura and Los
Angeles Counties.
Community Based Learning
Youth Tech Academy
Kremen School computers are serving some of the
youngest and brightest students in our neighborhoods. Did
you know that on Saturday mornings our computer labs
are full of future teachers,
scientists, engineers,
programmers and coders who
are as young as six years old?
Youth Tech Academy allows
children 6 – 13 (1st – 8th grades)
to explore several computer
opportunities with our state of the art equipment.
Participants can choose to program robots, uncover in
depth secrets of Mine-Craft, discover 3-D printing, or
learn how to program and code. The Academy is taught by
both future teachers and future engineers, as well as
professionals from the field of programming.
Youth Tech Academy – just another example of how
the Kremen School is reaching out to serve our diverse
community by sharing our technology with bright young
minds and planting seeds that Fresno State is “your
school.” For more information, contact the Office of
Community Based Learning at 559.278.0153.
The Aerospace Academy received funding
from NASA
Fresno State and the Kremen School is one of only nine
universities in the nation to receive funding for an Aerospace
Academy from NASA through its Minority
University Research and Education Program
(MUREP). The Office of Community Based
Learning is excited to expand our partnership
with NASA and implement the goals of the
MUREP Aerospace Academy, which is to
increase STEM literacy and opportunities.
Over the next three years, Community Based
Learning will work closely with local schools
to reach teachers, 1,200 students in all grades, and their families to
increase awareness and interest in STEM education and careers,
including teaching. The project will include a portable aerospace lab
that will assist in bringing challenging, hands on activities to
after-school programs and weekend family events. A “Family Café”
will be created and provide interactive activities, workshops,
and guest speakers. This three-year grant will complement
and expand the Youth Tech Academy which is currently offered three
times a year in our Kremen School labs. It is really exciting to have
the NASA stamp of approval on our school, and to reach out to our
nation’s future explorers, scientists and engineers.
Elizabeth Olenchalk
Elizabeth completed her Bachelor of Arts in
Liberal Studies in May 2015.
I loved my time going through the Liberal
Studies Program! I really enjoyed getting the
chance to study multiple
disciplines and take classes
from professors from all the
different colleges. I also liked
getting the chance to study all
four years with my peers,
many of us have become very
close friends! I was very happy
that I was in the STEM
concentration because every
professor I had during that
time was very excited about us
being future teachers. My
concentration is STEM
(Science Technology Engineering Mathematics).
I loved having the chance to see how wonderful
it is to teach children about science. With this
concentration I am excited to be able to teach
students the wonders of science as well as give
students a chance to learn through creating
and by them making educated discoveries
themselves helping to guide students to truly
learn and value their education. I also loved
being a part of the Fresno State Puppetry Class,
where we learned the art of puppetry and then
got to share what we learned with a local school.
A group of 4 of us got the opportunity to teach
puppetry as an anti-bullying campaign. During
the course of the Liberal Studies Degree, I was
able to revisit teachers that I had as a child.
My goal of teaching is to prepare students not
only academically, but for their lives as future
community members. “Educating the mind
without educating the heart is no education at
all" is a quote by Aristotle that I completely
agree with. I believe that every child has a
chance at making a difference and I want to be
the teacher that helps them to reach their full
potential. I plan on using my collegiate serving
experiences as well as my minor in Urban Civic
Education to make sure that students understand
the importance of serving others and ultimately
the importance of learning through service. I
plan on using all of my learning
and volunteering experiences at Fresno State to
make sure that my future students have the best
educational and learning experiences in my
classroom. I have graduated with The Dean's
Medal for the Kremen School of Education
and Human Development and earning this
recognition has fueled my passion for teaching
children even more than before. Currently I am
in the credential program and I have loved every
moment of it. Each week I am getting the
opportunity to represent Fresno State and higher
education to children at Oraze Elementary
School, in addition to learn how to teach. I'm
very confident that Fresno State's credential
program will prepare me to be an amazing
classroom teacher because I have had wonderful
professors in the credential program and a great
classroom partner teacher to look up to. I’m
excited for my future career as a teacher because
I believe that I will get the chance to work in a
field and alongside others that are wanting to
help and make a difference in the lives of
Staff and Faculty
Sarah Schmidt named her
baby Wesley Darrow
Juan Garcia has a
granddaughter. Her
name is August Lydia
Rangel-Garcia y Garcia
-Elizabeth Olenchalk
Pa Vang
Pa completed her Master of
Science in Counseling, option
Student Affairs and College
Counseling in May 2015.
I work at Madera Community
College Center as a general
counselor. I will be advising
students on their majors,
vocational programs, and certificates. As I start
meeting students, I will start working with them
on their individual Student Educational Plan
and work closely with them to make sure they
succeed and meet their educational goals.
My personal goal as a counselor is to build
relationships with all my students and to educate
them about the resources provided to help them
succeed as they are transitioning into higher
education. Also I want all students to know that
I have an open door policy in which I will be
available if they ever need assistance. Although
I just started, I can forsee that I will like the
culture of the college. I know it’s been a long
journey and only the beginning of another
journey. So far, I love what I am doing
and wouldn't change my career path. I am
excited and look forward to making changes one
student at a time.
-Pa Vang
Libbi Miller named her
baby Jack Miller Caouette
Fred Nelson has three new
grandchildren. Emrie
Eileen, Liam Christopher,
and Lydia Grace
Faculty Research, Publications, and Presentations
photographs on Instagram for one school
year. The purpose of this naturalistic
qualitative study was to describe and better
understand the development and reflective
practice of beginning teachers through
observation, interview, and documents.
The ability to reflect has been identified Specifically, this study focused on how
as a crucial element of teacher expertise. In preservice teachers reflected, the content
the past, teacher education programs have of their reflections, and how Instagram
encouraged pre-service influenced the reflection process.
teachers to become
Participants collected daily photos
reflective practitioners throughout a yearlong internship
by keeping journals,
and posted them on Instagram. This
creating portfolios,
resulted in over 1,800 photos, captions,
and/or engaging in
and comments. Throughout the year,
conversation. However, participants were observed
these methods do not
and interviewed about this reflective
allow individuals to
process, resulting in over 60 hours of
utilize parts of the brain recorded conversation and 40 pages of
that process visual
field notes. Through thematic analysis,
information. This qualitative study
several themes were identified across the
investigated the reflective practice of
data. The teachers reflected using five
fourteen pre-service teachers who used
reflective techniques, photojournaling,
Dr. Monica Billen
#Learningtoteach: Using
Instagram to Elicit Pre-Service
Teacher Reflection
Dr. Sara Werner Juarez
Dr. Sara Werner Juarez from the Literacy,
Education, Bilingual, and Special Education
(LEBSE) Department co-presented at two
national conferences during the Fall semester.
At the Council for Learning
Disabilities, Dr. Juarez
co-presented The
Effectiveness of IRIS
Resources: Training,
Knowledge, and Application.
This presentation included
three separate studies about
the use and effectiveness of
IRIS resources, which are
designed to improve
educational professionals’ skills and
knowledge about evidence-based practices
(EBPs). At the Teacher Education Division of
the Council for Exceptional Children's
National Conference, Dr. Juarez co-presented
three papers: Teacher Preparation in the
Digital Age: Strategies for Effectively
Teaching Courses Online, Translating
Research to Practice: Resources for Early
Childhood Personnel Preparation,
and Teacher Candidates’ Knowledge
Acquisition and Application of
Evidence-Based Practices. These
presentations represent manuscripts currently
in publication and preparation.
noticing, noticing and extending, noticing
and problem solving and noticing
and changing. The content of
their photoreflections focused on
themselves as teachers, their pupils,
and the system of education. Instagram
seemed to positively influence the
reflective process because the pre-service
teachers enjoyed the process, were
influenced by the visual aspect of
photographs, and noticed a lot of their
surroundings that later became catalysts
for further reflection.
A week’s worth of worksheets.
School can’t just be worksheets!
Dr. Mariya Yukhymenko
Update to October 2015 newsletter
Dr. Mariya Yukhymenko received her Ph.D. in Educational
Psychology, Cognition and Instruction (2012) from the University
of Connecticut. She also received a Certificate in Quantitative
Research Methods. She was an adjunct faculty teaching Russian
Language and Educational Psychology at the University of
Connecticut. She worked full-time as a Visiting Research
Specialist position on Project READI (2012-15) at the University
of Illinois at Chicago before joining our Kremen team, where she
also taught an online Research Design in Education graduate
Dr. Susan Schlievert
The California Educational Research Association accepted Dr.
Susan Schlievert’s proposal to present at the CERA Annual
Conference in December 2015. Unwrapped and Outside the Box:
Promoting Creativity focuses on students’ declining creativity
scores in the United States, global needs, creativity questions,
alternative uses research, future jobs, and resistance.
Dr. Berta Gonzàlez
Dr. Berta González, Associate Vice President, Emerita
and Professor of Education Emerita was inducted into the 2015
Hall of Fame at the Butte County Office of Education in May
2015. She was recognized for her extensive legacy
and contributions through the California Mini-Corp Programs
and her work that directly impacted the lives of migrant
children. She was also invited to be the keynote speaker at the
Mini-Corp Summer Institute held at the Sacramento State
campus on June 12, 2015.
Faculty Research, Publications, and Presentations (cont.)
phenomenon of sense of purpose among first-generation female
students who belong to minority ethnic background and practice
Dr. Gitima Sharma, an Assistant Professor in the Department Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Nichiren Buddhism. Another
of Counselor Education and Rehabilitation is study is based on an experimental design, in which she is
evaluating the effectiveness of a peer-counseling intervention to
strongly committed to collaboration with
assist students in exploring their life purpose. Using a
K-12 school districts and college campus
factor-analytic scale construction approach, she has constructed
organizations that focus on successfully
an inventory to measure sense of purpose. In future research, she
transitioning incoming students to
plans to expand on the results of these studies and further
and through college. Currently she is
investigate interventions that can enhance sense of purpose,
involved in multiple research projects, one
meaning, resilience, persistence and identity development among
project explores inherent strengths
adolescents and young adults.
and external factors that support academic
achievement and persistence among minority
For more information on SGI please visit .
students. Another project explores the
Dr. Gitima Sharma
Dr. Kyoung Choi
Dr. Walter Ullrich
Currently Dr. Kyoung Mi Choi is working on the research project "Examining
Intersectionality: Narratives of International Lesbian Students in the United States.”
She also has the following publication:
Choi, K., VanVoorhis, W. R., & Ellenwood, E. A. (2015). Enhancing Critical
Consciousness Through a Cross-Cultural Immersion Experience
in South Africa. Journal of Multicultural Counseling
and Development, 43(4), 244-261. doi:10.1002/jmcd.12019.
Using phenomenological approaches, the author explored the
meanings and essences of a cross-cultural immersion experience
in South Africa among counseling master’s level students. Five
core themes—the meaning of being American, sociopolitical
awareness, engagement with South Africans and their
communities, appreciation of life, and commitment to
change—characterized the development of critical consciousness
(Freire, 1973, 2000). Findings support positive influences of cross-cultural immersion
as an experiential pedagogical method for multicultural development.
Dr. Alicia Becton
Becton, A. B. & Haroutinian, M. (2016). Universal Design or
Universal Distraction? Incorporating Tablets to Enhance Student
Engagement. National Council on Rehabilitation Education, Annual
NCRE Professional Conference: Newport Beach, CA. (concurrent)
Becton, A. B. (November, 2015). Admissions into Higher
Education: Things You Should Know. California State University,
Fresno, African American Conference 2015. Fresno, CA. (student panel discussion)
Paul, T., Krenn, J., Lusk, S., & Becton, A. B. (October, 2015). Interventions that
Increase Self-Esteem for American Indian Adolescents in Residential Treatment.
National Council on Rehabilitation Education, Annual NCRE Professional
Conference: Arlington, VA. (concurrent)
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Ullrich, W. J. (Chair).
(November, 2015).
"Courage & Connection in
Education." Symposium at
the 2015 Annual
Conference of the
American Educational Studies Association
(AESA), San Antonio, TX, Nov. 11-15.
The link below will provide you with a
Market Viability study of the online Master
of Arts in Teaching at Fresno State.
Dr. Dana Powell
Dr. Dana Powell
co-authored the 3rd edition
of a textbook, Classroom
and Diversity: Enhancing
Instructional Practice. The
book was published by
Routledge in Fall 2015.
The textbook is used in
COMM 114 a required
course for Liberal Studies
students prior to entering
the credential program.
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California State University, Fresno
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