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COE Professor Margit McGuire on How to Teach Civics
During a notably contentious presidential election cycle, teachers may find it difficult to impart to students the value of the democratic process. In an Everett Herald op-ed, COE professor of teacher education Margit McGuire outlines some methods for growing a vibrant civic education program in schools. McGuire suggests that a narrative strategy, whereby students take on roles in a fictional election, can be a powerful educational tool. Allowed to design their own platforms and campaigns, students get to try their hand at politics and learn first-hand, in a way, what civics really means.
Read McGuire's op-ed online here: http://www.heraldnet.com/opinion/commentary-teaching-civics-by-having-kids-throw-their-own-party/
The 2016 Banner features:
- Jill Wakefield, EdD, reflects on a career in education leadership
- Steven Webb, EdD, named State Superintendent of the Year
- Faculty accomplishments, student news, alumni updates, and much more!
The Center for Change in Transition Services Receives $3 Million Grant
Seattle University’s Center for Change in Transition Services (CCTS), housed within the College of Education, earned a $3 million contract from The Washington Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). The funds will be used to increase support for Washington students with disabilities transitioning to life after high school. Read here.
The Alumni Award for Professional Achievement is being awarded to exemplary COE alumna Jill Wakefield, EdD, ’92 (EDLR), a visionary who has paved the way for women to attain leadership positions in higher education. In 1992, Jill graduated from Seattle University with a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. An adjunct professor in the Seattle University graduate program from 1999–2007, Jill joined the Board of Trustees in 2010. After 40 years of increasing responsibility in the Seattle Colleges system, Jill is retiring as Chancellor in June. She is the first woman and the longest serving Chancellor in the three-school system.
Beginning in Fall 2016, the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education are partnering to offer a new specialization in elementary education in the Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies bachelor of arts degree. Students in the four-year program will obtain a BA in interdisciplinary liberal studies along with a teaching credential in K-8 (elementary education) and an ELL endorsement. To learn more, visit the Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies program.
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