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Education Dept Faculty & Staff News

Dr. Lance Potter Article featured in Washington Principal Magazine

Congratulations to Dr. Potter on the publication of his article!

The Principal Pipeline, Washington Principal, Winter/Spring 2017, pp. 20-21.

Your creative Education Department Staff at "Paint Night"

April 2017

National Council for Teachers of English Convention

Dr. Shelly Shaffer attended the National Council for Teachers of English Annual Convention in November. She presented a roundtable session (Culturally diverse young adult literature: Voices of advocacy & community) and presented two panel presentations (Examining responses to young adult literature in English education and English language arts classrooms and Novice ELA Teachers in Rural Districts).

Dr. Shaffer was excited to bring two Master's students from the Education Department to the conference to present. The two students, Kellie Crawford and Amye Ellsworth presented during the "Future is Now" session, a wide-ranging session sponsored by the CEE Graduate Strand (CEE-GS), undergraduate and master's level pre-service English teachers from across the nation will lead roundtables exploring 21st-century teaching ideas and research-driven pedagogical practices. The students' session was titled: "Together, We Could Be Strong, But the Gun Has Made Us Individuals": Exploring How YA Authors Address School Shootings. Kellie and Amye researched YA books pertaining to school shootings and completed a discourse and qualitative analysis of the texts, along with Dr. Shaffer's help. Their session provided insight into patterns in several books that dealt with school shootings.


Prestigious NSF Grant for EWU

Published: October 11, 2016

CHENEY, Washington - Eastern Washington University is part of a statewide $3 million collaboration grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to help improve the next generation of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teacher-preparation programs in Washington.

Multiple state partners will work together to anticipate and identify the needs and challenges future teachers will face and provide effective support for those teachers.

"The unique collaborative nature of this project will allow us to share our expertise so we can impact future STEM teachers, and their students, across the state," says Kathryn Baldwin, an assistant professor of science education at EWU and one of the principal investigators.

Baldwin says each partner institution brings a specific strength to this project, and this shared expertise will make a bigger impact.

The NSF grant is distributed among seven state partners: Eastern Washington University, Western Washington University, Central Washington University, Seattle Pacific University, WSU-Vancouver, UW-Tacoma and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland. Also participating in the study are faculty from the University of Washington, Washington State University, Walla Walla University, Whitman College, Heritage University, Northwest University, Western Governor's University and Seattle University as well as a number of two-year institutions. EWU faculty in the education department and in multiple STEM content areas are involved in the project.

"The project and EWU faculty will look at many different aspects of preK-12 teacher preparation," says Baldwin. "One of the areas of focus for EWU research is education for sustainability in teacher preparation programs. We want to know what programs, models, strategies and resources exist that are being used to effectively prepare future teachers to teach both about sustainability and for sustainability. We want to apply what we learn to teacher preparation across the state of Washington."

The NSF grant will be funded over a four year period.

Welcome to Fall Quarter 2016!     We're ready for you!

Dr. Shelly Shaffer and Eastern Reading Council Officers participate in EWU's Neighbor Day on Sept. 23rd.

ERC Officers:  Brena Joynt, President, Kaitlytn Thjeode. Evemt Coordinator and Jordyn Evertz, Treasurer

Dr. Kathryn Baldwin was invited to present an InTeGrate webinar, Teaching about Soils as a Critical Resource: Materials and Activities for your Classroom, presented by Kathryn Baldwin (Eastern Washington University), Hannah Scherer (Virginia Tech), and Martha Murphy (Santa Rosa Junior College).  InTeGrate, Interdisciplinary Teaching About Earth for a Sustainable Future, is funded by a 5-year STEP Center grant from the National Science Foundation. The program supports the teaching of geoscience in the context of societal issues both within geoscience courses and across the undergraduate curriculum. Follow the link for more information about the presentation or about the InTeGrate project. 
Dr. Kathryn Baldwin was invited to co-present an InTeGrate webinar, Transforming Teacher Preparation to Teach for Sustainability.  InTeGrate, Interdisciplinary Teaching About Earth for a Sustainable Future, is funded by a 5-year STEP Center grant from the National Science Foundation. The program supports the teaching of geoscience in the context of societal issues both within geoscience courses and across the undergraduate curriculum.

A Collaborative Model for Creating "Next Generation" STEM Teacher Preparation Programs

Ed Geary and Toxane Ronca, Western Washington University

Kathryn Baldwin, Eastern Washington University

Julie Antilla and Stamatis Vokos, Seattle Pacific University

Jenny Dechaine and Anne Egger, Central Washington University

Tamara Nelson, Washington State University-Vancouver

Dr. Kathryn Baldwin recently co-presented a roundtable session at the 2016 Science and Mathematics Teaching Imperative/Network for STEM Education Centers Conference in San Antonio, TX.

EWU Education Department Bloomsday Fun with Katie, Allison, Jill, Shelly and Melissa.

More Bloomsday Fun with Katie, Ashley, Jill and Melissa.

Dr. Shelly Shaffer has been invited to present at the faculty event:

Instructional Technology Spring Showcase 2016 - Faculty Event

Friday, April 29, 2-5 p.m. 
Innovation Center, Huston Hall

 Light refreshments will be served

Are you looking to save time grading, increase transparency, and better communicate with students? We invite you to join us for the annual Instructional Technology Spring Showcase, which will focus on Rubrics, Outcomes, and their use in Canvas. This three hour event will include sessions on:

  • 2-3 p.m. Canvas Outcomes and Learning Mastery Gradebook
    Leslie Stark and Kaitlin Jacobs of Instructure, makers of Canvas
  • 3-4 p.m. Rubrics: Development and Implementation in Canvas
    Shelly Shaffer, Assistant Professor of Literacy, Department of Education
  • 4-5 p.m. Rubrics and Outcomes Tools in Canvas
    Hands-on workshop with Instructional Technology staff

During the hands-on session, you will have the opportunity to refine or build rubrics into your Canvas course. If you would like to participate, please bring a laptop and your rubric documents. There are limited laptops on hand if you are unable to bring your own.

If you plan on attending, please RSVP by Wednesday, April 27.

Dr. Shelly Shaffer's article One High School English Teacher ON HIS WAY TO A FLIPPED CLASSROOM came out in March 2016 in the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy.   Click on the link to read her article.

Dr. Allison Wilson presents her research in San Diego at the Conference for Research and Innovation in Early Intervention in February 2016.

Dr. Allison Wilson

National Conference Presentation:

Dr. Allison Wilson will be presenting her research entitled, Utilizing a New State Kindergarten Assessment for Analyzing Early Childhood Special Education Outcome Categories, at the Conference on Research Innovations in Early Intervention in February. This multidisciplinary conference was created by researchers, specifically for researchers in early intervention (birth-8). It is a unique 2½-day meeting focusing on methodological advances, research in progress, innovative approaches to combining methodologies, issues in conducting research, and controversial topics related to interventions with young children with disabilities or those at risk for developmental delays and their families. All attendees present their own research during the conference, which typically includes about 150 participants from across the country.

Summer Grant Award:

Dr. Allison Wilson has been awarded a Faculty Grant for Research and Creative Works through Eastern Washington University. The purpose of these awards is to encourage research, scholarship, and the development of creative works at Eastern Washington University, and to support faculty in establishing new and innovative strands of research and creative works. Dr. Wilson will use her award over summer 2016 to develop and launch a pilot training program: Early Language, and Literacy Opportunities (ELLO). Project ELLO seeks to bring campus and community awareness to the "30 Million Word Gap," and provide "turn-key" training and curriculum to increase quality caregiver-child interactions, increase child vocabulary and ultimately promote positive school outcomes. 


Dr. Tara Haskins                                           Dr. Vince Aleccia

International Conference Presentation

Drs. Vince Aleccia and Tara Haskins presented two papers at the 14th annual Hawaii International Conference on Education in Honolulu during the first week of January. The topics of their presentations were "Beyond 'Sink or Swim': A Suggested Training Manual for Mentor Teachers" and "Incorporating Mobile Touch-Screen Technology in Elementary Classrooms."     

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