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Early care and education teachers from Clearfield and Centre Counties are completing 120 hours of coursework offered by Penn State Extension office in Clearfield County. The mission of the CDA National Credentialing Program is to enhance the quality of early care and education for young children by establishing standards which define, evaluate and recognize the competence of early childhood teachers. Graduates of the course are eligible to apply for the CDA examination to become a Child Development Associate. Participants include, from left to right (seated): Jacqueline Amor-Zitzelberger, Penn State Extension educator, Megan Dunlap, Kayla Ickes, Alyssa Myers, and Stephany Johnson; second row: Stef Kennedy, Heather Miller, Robin Wisor, Vanessa Conklin, Brittany McKinney, and Nicole McCracken; back row: Taylor Kephart, Della Bell, and Rhennae Martell. Not shown is Courtney Buchanan.

Clarion U. students present at national social studies conference

CLARION — Seven Clarion University students presented their research at the National Council for Social Studies Conference Nov. 16-19 in San Francisco.

“This professional learning opportunity, which my students have taken part in over the past four years, separates the social studies education program at Clarion University from others throughout the state, and even the country,” said Dr. Jesse Haight, associate professor of education and the students’ advisor.

A small number of undergraduate students were among the 3,300 conference attendees, and even fewer were selected to present, Haight said. Of the more than 900 presentations, six were given by Clarion undergraduates.

“The impact on my students is immense,” he said. “They learn the ‘nuts and bolts’ of conference presenting. They learn how to write and submit a proposal. They learn how to research and to properly articulate their research in an easy-to-understand way.”

The benefits to students extend further. Haight said the students learn are how to search, write and submit grants for funding and how to network with individuals that are at the very top of the social studies education field.

“Ultimately, they learn the importance of belonging to a professional learning community,” Haight said. “These students are not just part of social studies education, they are leading it.”

Clarion’s undergraduate presenters and their research topics are:

  • Antonio Cercone, sophomore secondary education (social studies) major from Trafford: “Satire to Serious, Comedy to Consequential, History in Pop Culture”
  • Ashley Deen, senior secondary education (social studies) major from Titusville, and Lauryn Tyler, junior secondary education (English) major from Freeport: “LGBTQ: Always Here, Finally in School”
  • Alexandra Elias, senior secondary education (social studies) major from Cranberry Township, Butler County: “How American Beliefs Affected American Immigration”
  • Tyler Hilbert, senior secondary education (English and social studies) major from Callensburg: “So You Want to Start a Revolution: Teaching Rebellion via Media Literacy”
  • August Kraus, senior history major from Summerville: “Keeping ‘Yule’ in ‘Yuletide’: The Origins of Our Holidays”
  • Mallory Piercy, senior secondary education (English) major from Seneca: “Political Lessons in Harry Potter”

This was the third national conference presentation for Deen, Hilbert and Elias.

PASSAGES seeks advocates

DuBOIS — PASSAGES Inc., offered the following statement recently.

"With so many stories being shared in the media about sexual assault and harassment, it is easy to feel helpless, angry, or distressed – particularly if you are a survivor of sexual violence. You may feel like you have nowhere to turn or you may just be quietly aching for survivors. Whatever the case, you don't have to suffer alone; PASSAGES, Inc. offers totally free and confidential services to survivors of sexual violence as well as their family and friends! Looking for someone to share your story with and begin the healing process? We provide individual and group counseling in all of our offices. Want to talk more with your children about this issue, but don't know where to start? PASSAGES also offers prevention education programs designed to teach children age appropriate lessons about bodily autonomy, healthy relationships, consent, boundaries, and other important issues. It takes an entire community to support survivors and work to end sexual violence."

PASSAGES is currently accepting applications for volunteer victim advocates. For more information about their services and volunteer opportunities or to schedule an appointment, call 800-793-3620.