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College of Education

February 2024

College of Education alum, Lane Salvig receives Fulbright Award

In the heart of Kelso, Washington, stands Lane Salvig, an alum of the WSU College of Education. Lane has dedicated the past eight years to shaping young minds as a high school math and social studies teacher. His commitment to fostering global understanding and cross-cultural collaboration recently earned him a prestigious recognition: a Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program award.

Lane’s award comes with a journey. He will go to Morocco in April, where he will collaborate with educators from the Moroccan-American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (MACECE). His mission? To explore how students from different cultures can learn from each other and work together.

The Fulbright Program, managed by the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, is all about international educational exchange. For over 75 years, it has provided countless individuals with opportunities to learn, teach, and connect across borders.

Lane’s selection for the Fulbright award highlights his passion for global learning and teaching innovation. Through the Teachers for Global Classrooms Program, he hopes to not only share his knowledge but also build meaningful connections that span continents.

As Lane embarks on this journey, the College of Education is honored to have him represent us Cougs, demonstrating the profound impact educators can make in fostering understanding and collaboration across diverse communities. He encourages his colleagues and peers to embrace the spirit of international exchange. By sharing his experiences when he returns, Lane hopes to inspire others to explore the world, learn from different cultures, and foster connections that transcend boundaries.

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Two doctoral students receive national scholar award

We are pleased to share the accomplishments of two of our doctoral students, Elise Wilson and Pranjali Upadhyay, who have recently been accepted into distinguished programs showcasing their dedication to educational leadership and policy studies at the 2024 American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting. 

Elise Wilson (left) Pranjali Upadhyay (right)

Elise has been accepted to the prestigious David L. Clark Seminar which is part of our major educational leadership research organization, the University Council of Educational Administration. Her research topic is, “Student Voice and Teacher Learning: An Action Research Study of a Youth-Adult Learning Community in a Rural High School.”

Pranjali has been accepted into the seminar as a Jackson Scholar, aligning with her ongoing commitment to educational equity and social justice. Her research topic is, “Counternarratives of Global Majority Leaders in the field of Educational Leadership”. 

Pranjali has been a dedicated representative of WSU since Fall 2022. This AERA meeting marks her final conference as part of the two-year Jackson Scholar Program, highlighting her significant contributions to the field of educational leadership and policy studies.

Ths AERA meeting is scheduled to be held in Philadelphia this spring. It provides a valuable platform for emerging scholars like Elise and Patanjali to engage in mentoring sessions, panel discussions, and networking opportunities. 

We extend our sincere congratulations to Elise and Pranjali for their notable achievements. We look forward to their continued contributions in the realm of educational leadership as they represent WSU.