GSE, USA Today Team for Collegiate Program

Posted: February 18, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Elena Barbre

As the result of a new partnership between the Graduate School of Education (GSE) and USA Today, one GSE doctoral student each semester will get the chance to contribute to USA Today’s collegiate program, which provides “relevant, timely, real-world resources” for college educators who want to use the newspaper as a teaching tool.

Tish Howard, the first student selected for the internship, now spends her evenings scanning the newspaper in search of topics to enrich classroom discussions on issues ranging from bioterrorism to election reform. This semester she will develop four case studies that professors can download for long-term class projects, as well as weekly installments of online discussion questions based on current events.

Howard, a Ph.D. candidate in counseling leadership and the assistant principal at Louise Archer Elementary School in Fairfax County, says the experience has been rewarding, allowing her to do the writing she enjoys while continuing to contribute to the classroom. “My job includes filtering and editing the material to break down the language so educators and college students can understand and relate to it,” she says. “It’s been very satisfying and challenging so far.”

“This partnership provides great training and experience for our students, and testifies to the quality of our students and the faculty who prepare them for the next professional level,” says Jeff Gorrell, dean of GSE. “The business of USA Today overlapping with the business of education is a great collaboration, and we hope this leads to other kinds of internship possibilities.”

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