We are pleased to announce that Stacey Robbins, who has an EdD in Adult Learning and Leadership from Columbia University and currently works at Texas State University, has accepted our invitation to join the faculty in September as an assistant professor in the AEDT program. Many thanks to those faculty and staff who served on the search committee as well as others who supported the on-campus visits.
April came and went in a whirlwind! This year’s American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference was full of wind, snow, rain and sun with great representation of SU faculty! Congratulations to all of you – it was a joy to be able to sit in on your presentations when our schedules could be coordinated! While in Washington, D.C. I spent a morning with staff from the Bainum Family Foundation – they have since visited us at SU’s Center for Community Engagement and we hope to partner with them in the future.
We can look forward to a bit of construction this summer – the restroom on the long hallway of the third floor will be remodeled into our first gender inclusive restroom! The third floor computer lab will be repurposed and used for the campus Title IX office. We will be inheriting furniture from facilities in our 5th floor reception area and our kitchen will be remodeled! We’ll have to remember to bring our hard hats to work. Also, the campus graciously agreed to provide new furniture outside of our second floor classrooms – this will provide additional opportunities for students to meet and collaborate or just hang out. As we receive details and timing we’ll be sure to pass them on.
Brendon, Mark Roddy and I drove over to Yakima and attended the Washington Association for Career and Technical Education (WACTE) meeting the last week of April. Bob Cooper, the lobbyist for WACTE, delivered a presentation that provides an overview of current legislative initiatives (click here to view: WACTE Spring 2016 Conference). There has been a lot of attention provided to recruiting individuals into the teaching profession, tapping into the retired teaching workforce, streamlining the process of out-of-state teachers to earn licensure in WA, and a focus on alternative certification routes for teacher prep. This is an increasing focus and call for stronger partnerships between IHE and the K-12 system – this will be a focus during the fall WACTE meeting which will be held at Western Washington University (WWU). During the second day of the meeting, WACTE hosted the first ever ‘Data Summit’ – this day focused on building deeper understandings of the need for and uses of data for program approval, continuous improvement, as well as to respond to state and federal regulations. The day included a focus on two strands: the edTPA and policy and leadership challenges.
On the heels of the WACTE meeting I attended the Mayor’s Education Summit – this day was designed to attend to information gathered from over 1,300 people across the city through locally-sponsored forums. The Mayor’s educational planning committee (Kent Koth represents SU) hopes to strengthen partnerships with Seattle Public Schools, IHE’s, and community based organizations to address issues of educational equity and excellence.
Finally, we continue to welcome new staff to Loyola Hall, including:
Rebecca McColl joins CCTS with twenty years of grant writing and fundraising experience. As a Sponsored Research Officer within Seattle University’s Office of Research Services and Sponsored projects, she helped secure the Center’s multi-million dollar grant. She is thrilled to be at CCTS working for a mission that speaks to her heart. Originally from Berkeley, Calif., Rebecca studied English at UW as an undergraduate and recently earned her Master’s in Psychology from Antioch University. When not at work, she loves spending time outdoors, playing the piano, or being a foster parent to two boys.
Jennifer Stanton first joined CCTS in October 2015 as a Doctoral Research Assistant, and became the Assistant Director in March. Jennifer brings extensive teaching and curriculum experience to the position, having previously worked as an English literature instructor at Bellevue Community College and teaching English around the globe, including the United Arab Emirates, Thailand, and Brazil. Outside of the office, Jennifer loves to garden, and donates much of her harvest to food banks. She is a Seattle native and a graduate of Roosevelt High School.
Rachel Anne Althouse, Camille Beck, Jonas Deltuva Buck, Colleen Courtney, Sophie Mariel De Haan, Jenna A. DiCasparro, Keylee Fernandez, Jaime L. Fischer, Carly Fritz, Amanda Hansen, Gail Elizabeth Hoffmann, Justin Hoo, Lauren A. Hopp, Ritsu Itoi, Laura James, Mina Kirilov, Megan Renee Laedtke, Ilana Malone, Swathy Marri, Lisa McKillop, Mary Nicholls, Leah Richards, Natalie Virginia Roche, Devon Rouch, Laura J. Sheridan, Niashay Slayton, Sarah Smalley, Patti Sulewski, Kylie Thomas, Gabriel A. Weiss, Keira J-A Weldon, and Katya Hanna Wojcik were inducted into Chi Signa Iota, Seattle Univerity’s Delta Psi Chi Chapter promoting excellence in the profession of counseling. The 32 students join an international honor society that values academics and professional excellence in counseling. Students attending the May 7 induction ceremony heard from Maria-Jose Soerens, founding Executive Director of Puentes, a nonprofit that works with undocumented migrants and their families and Kathryn Korch, a second-year counseling student who works in Seattle public Schools as a Prevention/Intervention Specialist. Faculty advisors for Chi Sigma Iota are Bill O’Connell and Kristi Lee.
BA in Humanities for Teaching with Specialization in Elementary Education (K-8)
A second pathway to a BA in teaching is now available, in addition to the undergraduate teaching degree established by the College of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences’ Liberal Studies program announced earlier this year. The new specialization through Matteo Ricci College allows students to earn a BA in Humanities for Teaching (BAHT) in Elementary Education (K-8) and will enable undergraduate students to apply for certification to teach Kindergarten through eighth grade in the state of Washington and earn an endorsement in English language learning (ELL) within a four-year program. Both the Matteo Ricci and the College of Arts and Sciences programs will launch in fall 2016. The new specialization builds on the experiential components of the existing BAHT program and adds education coursework and classroom experience, an ELL endorsement, and proficiencies in math and science through the College of Education.
Resource for Teaching Research
A copy of the newest Handbook of Research on Teaching – that includes a breadth of topics useful for teaching and scholarship, including foundations, methodological pluralism, learning, teacher preparation, linguistically diverse classrooms, diversity, special education, assessment, science, math, policy reform, social studies, technology, literacy, writing, and evaluation, is now available to read on the Dean’s Office bookshelf next to Eunice MacGill’s desk.
Computer Inventory Planned
ITS will be performing a physical inventory of all University desktop and laptop computers, visiting every University location and document every laptop or desktop that was purchased with University funds. ITS will gather device make/model, location, and serial number, and also apply an inventory asset tag and support tag, record this info, and use it to improve computer support and inform ITS’s reengineered approach to Computer Refresh and to ensure computers are eligible for future repairs and updates. Keep an eye out for future emails that provide more-detailed information and an up-to-date schedule.
Mary Graham received a Partner in Education Award from the Franklin Pierce School Board of Directors last week for her volunteer work with students at Gates High School, an alternative school. Mary volunteers one to two days per week as an "intern" for Elizabeth Meyer, an SU school counseling alumni who shared the award with Mary. Mary is pictured below with the School Board President Cole Roberts (above) and with Liz Meyer (below).
Kindergarteners from Soos Creek Elementary School visited the College of Education Friday, May 13 as part of the Kinder to College Campus Event Day in the Kent School District. MIT instructor Mark Roddy along with MIT and Middle College High School students led the kindergartners through activities that focused on science, including a “wings” art project, an activity teaching about pollination and a scavenger hunt in the gardens behind Loyola Hall.
The next edition of COE Update will publish in June.
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