Education News and Achievements
Peter Licona, assistant professor of education, lobbied for after-school programming during Advocacy Day in Harrisburg in May. Licona collaborated with other Pennsylvania STEM Ambassadors and Pennsylvania Legislators to advocate for STEM education and the importance of providing Pennsylvania’s youth with quality after-school programming.
Rachel Finley-Bowman, associate professor in the Department of Education, and Kevin Shorner-Johnson, associate professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, published an article on “Artistic Citizenship Through Theatre Education: The New Pennsylvania Theatre Endorsement at Elizabethtown College” in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Journal. In the article, they advocate for theatre education as a form of artistic citizenship, that cultivates empathy, imagination and contemplative citizenship. Connecting this philosophy of theatre education, Finley-Bowman and Shorner-Johnson note that Elizabethtown College is the first college in Pennsylvania to advocate for theatre through the new theatre endorsement program.
Peter Licona, assistant professor of PK-12 STEM education in the Department of Education, was selected for and is participating in the Community Wildlife Habit Certification program. This program is a partnership between the Lancaster County Conservancy and the National Wildlife Federation and has the goal of educating property owners, schools and communities on the benefits of planting native plants and trees that benefit native wildlife and attract pollinators.
Licona also was named a PA STEM Ambassador. In this role, and in conjunction with other STEM Ambassadors throughout the state, he will research STEM education in Pennsylvania. The STEM Ambassadors program has a goal of advancing current and future STEM learning opportunities across the state. Licona will specifically investigate the intersection of STEM education and culturally and linguistically diverse students.
Peter Licona, assistant professor in the Department of Education, in conjunction with the Spanish American Civic Association and Agilent Technologies Inc., has co-planned and is implementing the STEM on Saturdays program (SOS) at Tec Centro in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. SOS provides free hands-on, minds-on STEM learning opportunities aimed at underrepresented groups (such as girls, low-income and Latina/o students) in STEM.
Licona also was elected cochair of the Latino/a Research Interest Group (LaRIG) of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST). In conjunction with other Latina/o scholars, he plans to present on early career activities at the NARST 2018 Annual Conference in Atlanta this April.
Peter Licona, assistant professor of education, was selected to participate in the 2017 Climate Reality Leadership Corps, led by former Vice President Al Gore, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Corps is a global network of activists committed to spreading awareness of the climate crisis and working for solutions to the greatest challenge or our time.
Peter Licona, assistant professor of PK-12 STEM education, presented “Translanguaging to Foster an Inclusive Learning Environment” at the Pennsylvania National Association of Multicultural Education conference at Dickinson College.
Licona and Alexandria K. Poole, assistant professor of philosophy, presented on Scientific and Ethical Literacy at the 2017 Lancaster Learns Conference.
Peter Licona, assistant professor of PK-12 STEM education, has co-authored, with Greg Kelly of Penn State University, a book chapter on epistemic practices and science education, which will be included in the 2017 “History, Philosophy and Science Teaching: New Research Perspectives.”
Licona also completed an Engineering is Elementary (EiE) Teacher Educator Institute at the Museum of Science, Boston, Massachusetts. This training will allow him to facilitate EiE professional development workshops for preservice and in-service science teachers.