Over the past several months as we were winding down summer activities and preparing for a new academic year, I spent time engaging with colleagues across the country on common topics, many of which revolve around large questions such as the role of schools and colleges of education in today’s society. Our larger context continues to evolve and yet in some cases stays stagnant. The topics remain eerily the same yet in many cases persist for far too many decades. Examples abound: quality education for students who face great challenges of poverty, discrimination, bigotry and systems that perpetuate long-standing oppression and inequitable opportunities; and the obfuscation of ‘high quality’ with narrow definitions of and strategies for teaching and learning, continuous improvement, assessment, educator preparation, etc. Across the country we, as well as our peers, face declining enrollments, tightening budgets and increased competition.
I am hopeful, however. As I look at the program enhancements and development in the College of Education, the increased formal partnerships we are establishing with our district and community-based organizations, and the successes of our alumni, it is clear that we are moving forward through our teaching and scholarship to offer responsive strategies to the current pressures and opportunities. Further, I am hopeful that our internal work this year on creating and codifying policies and procedures will result in creating a firm foundation by which we continue to grow and thrive!
Wishing you all the best as we enter into AY 16-17!
The green star on the front door of Loyola Hall is the sign that we have a gender neutral bathroom. Visit the third floor to check it out!
A remodel of the 5th floor kitchen will be done in mid-October. The new kitchen features a refrigerator with a water dispenser, a dishwasher and an eating counter. A potluck breakfast to celebrate the new space will be announced later this month.
Dates for college-wide meetings and department meetings for the upcoming year are listed below and will be included in the monthly COE Updates. The location will be provided as each meeting date approaches. All meetings are scheduled for noon-3 p.m. except October 14 (noon-4 p.m.) and April 20 (1-3:45 p.m.). Please add all the dates to your calendar.
Friday, Oct. 14 Department meetings
Thursday, Nov. 17 Department meetings
Friday, Dec. 9 College meeting (& holiday meeting)
Friday, Jan. 20 College meeting
Thursday, Feb. 16 Department meetings
Thursday, March 9 Department meetings
Thursday, April 20 College meeting
Thursday, May 18 Department meetings
Friday, June 2 College meeting (& end of year celebration)
This fall, Research & Online/Professional Learning launched two new online Endorsement Academies: Math for secondary teachers and special education. These two new programs will join the ELL online Academy that is now in its second year. Additionally, the college is offering a site-based dual endorsement academy (reading and ELL) in the Highline School District. The special education and ELL academies are both available for graduate credit that matriculates into a master’s degree in their respective areas.
The following recruiting events are scheduled this fall:
Day-long Symposium for Educators
The Poverty Education Center and the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance project present "Teaching the Voting Rights Act," a day-long symposium for K–12 teachers, education students and professionals, and community members that will take place on Saturday, January 23. The purpose of the symposium is to help educators make connections between scholarship and practice and also between past and present, so the event will include a panel discussion by local scholars who work on voting-rights history and advocacy; a keynote address by Maureen Costello, the director of Teaching Tolerance; a screening and discussion of the new documentary Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot; and a professional-development workshop to help teachers put this content to work in their own classrooms. Teachers will get clock hours for their participation in the symposium.
Please mark your calendars for two PEC-SPLC symposiums later in the year:
Call for Proposals
The 13th Annual International Globalization, Diversity and Education Conference is accepting proposals for papers, panels, workshops and posters until noon on Dec. 5. The conference, Living With(in) Borders: Immigration, Indigeneity, and Education, invites researchers from a wide range of disciplines to examine the following questions: How can researchers and practitioners contribute to more nuanced understandings of immigration, indigeneity, and education? How do we teach the historical record and ongoing issues of enslavement, dominance, and forced migration?
Diverse perspectives that address the conference theme are encouraged, including such topic as:
The annual conference will be held at Airway Heights, WA, on Feb. 15-17. For more information, visit https://education.wsu.edu/events/globalization/.
Integrate Sustainability in the Classroom
Kevin Wilhelm, author of Making Sustainability Stick, will give a lunchtime presentation on how Seattle University can better integrate sustainability across its curriculum—in existing classes, new classes and across disciplines. The presentation will be ehld Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 12:30 p.m. in Pigott 102. Wilhelm is very familiar with SU’s sustainability efforts and has taught more than 12 different courses on sustainability at eight different institutions. This presentation is an opportunity to think big by exploring content that will supplement and complement SU’s existing efforts and rapidly accelerate educational impact to students in a way that is easy and time effective. The event is sponsored by the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability.
A Silent Retreat in the Ignatian Tradition for faculty and staff will take place Nov. 4-6 at the Palisades Retreat Center in Federal Way. The weekend is sponsored by the Center for Jesuit Education and includes time for personal reflection, presentations by spiritual directors and the opportunity to enjoy the quiet natural beauty of the Northwest. The subsidized cost of $100 includes two nights of single-room lodging and all meals; scholarships are available. To register, visit Ignatian Silent Retreat. For more information, please contact Eddie Salazar 296-6133 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUDDS financial training is scheduled on Thursday, Oct. 20 from 1-2:30 p.m. The training covers the four general ledger reports currently available in SUDDS and provides information on the financial data currently available, the foundational fiscal policies that provide context for this data, and ways in which the financial reports can be used for effective and efficient budget management. To register, RSVP to email@example.com; For more information contact Kerry Keller-Ash at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Center for Community Engagement, Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability and Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture are offering a joint information session on Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 5-6 p.m. at the Center for Community Engagement (13th and Cherry). Faculty can learn about all the faculty-related opportunities in the three centers. Fellowships, support for community-engagement teaching and scholarship, and research opportunities will be the focus of each center’s brief presentation. Center staff and faculty will be on hand to answer questions and share examples of past projects. RSVP at ConnectSU. Contact Elizabeth O’Brien with any questions at email@example.com.
Associate Dean Bob Hughes announced he will retire at the end of the 2016-17 academic year.
Stacey Robbins was awarded AERA’s SIG Workplace Learning Dissertation of the Year Award.
“We like their philosophy of looking at the whole child, their commitment to justice and diversity, and the real view that all kids can learn no matter what their circumstances are, and their focus on project-based learning.” – Margit McGuire, talking about TAF academy in a story by Geekwire.
The online magazine GeekWire features a story on the STEM-focused Technology Access Academy (TAF) – where half the students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches and yet 100 percent of graduates are accepted into college. Margit McGuire and MIT grad Carlito Umali are among those interviewed.
Bill O’Connell’s submission, “Impact of Counseling at a High-Poverty, Urban Elementary School,” to the American Counseling Association’s 2017 conference, will be a featured Research Focused Session. The conference will be held March 16-19 in San Francisco, CA.
The following faculty are on sabbatical for this year: Margit McGuire, Kristi Lee, Erica Yamamura and Pamela Taylor. Fulltime faculty joining the College of Education for this academic year include Carol Adams and Jim Dunnigan (MIT), Jo Callaghan (School Psychology) and Christy Bauman (Counseling).
November 24 & 25
December 5 - 10
December 22 - January 1
March 13 - 17
The next edition of COE Update will publish in November.
Send items for the next issue to Education@seattleu.edu no later than Friday, October 28.