Recent News

Sarah Beck Named FCPS 2017 Outstanding School-Based Leader

Sarah Beck, GSEHD alumna (master's, secondary education), has been named the 2017 Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Outstanding School-Based Leader. Ms. Beck was the speaker at GSEHD's 2017 commencement celebration this past May and was awarded the inaugural GSEHD Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award.

GSEHD Alumnus Dr. Scott Brabrand Voted Superintendent

Dr. Scott Brabrand, GSEHD alumnus (master's, education) has been voted in as the new Superintendent for Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), the largest school system in Virginia. Most recently Superintendent for the Lynchburg City Schools district, Dr. Brabrand has worked at FCPS in roles including Assistant Superintendent, principal of Fairfax High School, assistant principal, associate principal and teacher.

"Dr. Brabrand brings a wealth of experience in education and a broad perspective to the job of Superintendent," said School Board Chair Sandy Evans. "His collaborative leadership style and his knowledge of Fairfax County schools will be strong assets for him as the new superintendent."

To learn more about Dr. Braband, read The Washington Post's Fairfax County taps former high school principal to be new superintendent.

GSEHD to Host 15th Annual Federal Public Policy Institute

GSEHD is partnering with the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) to host the 15th annual federal Public Policy Institute July 17 to 21.

This program offers an intensive learning experience that helps build foundational knowledge of education public policy and grassroots advocacy skills.

Presenters include national leaders working in federal education and human service offices, Congressional committees and offices, research institutions, professional associations, and student-development organizations. Participants engage in reflective discussion, interactive activities, and enjoy a hands-on experience advocating on Capitol Hill.

Graduate students in counseling, general and special education, educational leadership, law, public health, and public policy are encouraged to enroll, so please share with your students. For more information, please contact Dr. Carol Kochhar-Bryant.

GSEHD Center on Education Policy Publishes Report

GSEHD's Center on Education Policy published a new report entitled Building Competencies for Careers. This report draws on information from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Information Network (O*NET) to better understand the value of deeper learning competencies in the labor market.

The report finds that students will be better prepared for fast-growing jobs if they develop academic mindsets, learn how to communicate effectively, and take an analytical approach to solving problems.

The 2017 GW UNESCO Fellows Blog is Live

The 2017 GW UNESCO Fellows blog is live! Follow the Fellows in their summer internships in Amman, Bangkok, Dakar, Hamburg, New Delhi, and Paris, and check out #GWUNESCOFellows on social media.

GSEHD Students and Alumni Present at Conference

Doctoral students and alumni from GSEHD's Counseling program presented education sessions at the American Counseling Association Illuminate Conference:

  • Christian Chan and Deanna Cor presented The Nuances and Complexities of Group Work With Transgender, Gender Nonconforming, and Nonbinary Communities
  • Christian Chan, Justyn D. Smith, Kim Lee Hughes, and Adrienne N. Erby presented Changing Times, Changing Advocacy: ActionOriented Practice Insights for Couples Counseling With the LGBTQ+ Community
  • Deanna Cor and Megan Doughty Shaine presented De Opresso Liber, Part II: Counseling and Advocating for Trans Military Service Members During Uncertain Times
  • Kshipra Jain and Diona Emmanuel presented Acculturation, Discrimination, and Mental Health in LGBTQ Immigrant Populations

GSEHD Alumna Tara Lifland Selected as OER Research Fellowship

Tara Lifland, GSEHD alumna (master's, educational leadership and technology) and Instructional Designer in GW's eDesign Shop, was recently selected as one of twenty OER Research Fellows who will conduct research on the impact of open educational resources (OER) on the cost of education, student success outcomes, patterns of usage of OER, and perceptions of OER. The fellowship, which is sponsored by the Hewlett Foundation, provides full funding to attend the Open Education Conference in October 2017 in Anaheim, CA. The annual conference is recognized as the premiere venue for sharing research, development, advocacy, design, and other work related to open education.

GSEHD Alumnus Nick Napolitano Named Principle of Middle School

Nick Napolitano, GSEHD alumnus (master's, administration and supervision), has been named the new Principal of Taylor Middle School in Warrenton, Virginia. An assistant principal at Liberty High School for three years, Mr. Napolitano will start his new position July 5.

GSEHD Alumnus Matthew Edward Publishes Article

Matthew Edward, GSEHD alumnus (master's, educational technology leadership), recently published an article entitled Vietnam gives the green light in The PIE Review, a magazine in the UK that covers the international education industry.

Dr. Burley Participates in Women in Cyber Panel

Dr. Diana Burley participated in the Women in Cyber Panel, where "government and industry women leaders address key cyber security issues." In addition, Dr. Burley presented at the National Governors Association National Summit on Cybersecurity as part of Meet the Threat: States Confronts the Cyber Challenge.

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