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Jan. 9

Educational psychology article among nation’s most read

PULLMAN, Wash. – The Coug football team wasn’t the only WSU representative to hit national top 10 status in 2017.

An article on practice testing written by a WSU associate professor made the American Educational Research Association’s list of most-read education research articles of 2017.
renee and franDec. 15

Grants to increase certified teachers among Indigenous educators, paraprofessionals

PULLMAN, Wash. – Thanks to two state grants, Washington State University is providing greater access for specific groups of educators to become state-certified teachers.

The grants come from the state’s Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB), which is responsible for oversight of the state’s teacher preparation, certification and continuing education. While there is a traditional route to becoming a teacher, such as through the College of Education’s teacher preparation program, PESB also has four alternative routes.
Nov. 21

Andy Cavagnetto named Boeing Distinguished Professor of STEM Education

The WSU College of Education has named Andy Cavagnetto as a Boeing Distinguished Professor of STEM Education for this academic year.

Cavagnetto has for years been interested in the construction and critique of argument as students pose questions, gather data, and negotiate evidence-based claims. He was the co-chair of the international Argument-Based Inquiry Conference in 2015.
Nov. 14

Commentary: Pokemon Go’s Creator Is Making a Harry Potter Game.

Jonah Firestone, at WSU Tri-Cities, wrote a commentary for Fortune, about a new Harry Potter augmented reality game, by the creators of Pokemon Go. He gives suggestions for its success.
Nov. 13

Nov. 15 Sport Management Research Meeting: Scott Jedlicka

Scott Jedlicka, an assistant professor in sport management, will speak in the fourth and final Sport Management Research Meeting of the Fall 2017 semester. His presentation, “A Compatibility Issue: International Sport Events and Domestic Polities,” will occur 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 15, in Cleveland Hall 255 in Pullman.
Nov. 3

Vice Provost Kelly Ward honored by higher education association

PULLMAN, Wash. – Kelly Ward will be given this year’s distinguished service award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education.

Ward is a professor of educational leadership, as well as WSU’s vice-provost for faculty development and recognition.
Nov. 2

Teacher certification program in computer science attracts state, PNNL funding

RICHLAND, Wash. – WSU Tri-Cities is developing a teacher endorsement program in computer science that has attracted a $49,000 grant from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and a matching contribution from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Oct. 29

Adesope Named as Boeing Distinguished Professor of STEM Education

The WSU College of Education has named Sola Adesope as Boeing Distinguished Professor of STEM Education for this academic year.
Oct. 13

Former ESPN reporter to speak about youth sports for all children

A former ESPN and Seattle Times reporter will discuss how to make sport accessible to all children. Tom Farrey will be the guest lecturer on Oct. 20 at 4 p.m. in Chinook Student Center 150 as part of WSU’s Gordon-Enberg Professional Series in Sport Studies. Read second story here.
Sept. 12

WSU Tri-Cities partners with youth program for academic camps in east Pasco community

RICHLAND, Wash. – Washington State University Tri-Cities has joined forces with a local youth-operated program to grow its home-based extracurricular learning opportunities in a community in east Pasco.
Nancy CarvajalSept. 5

Oct. 3-31: Interactive exhibit returns to focus on stereotypes, identity

PULLMAN, Wash. – An interactive exhibit about stereotypes and identity, titled “Under the Skin: Dismantling Borders within Borders,” will be hosted by Washington State University’s Center for Mestizo and Indigenous Research and Engagement Oct. 3-31, in Gallery 3 of the Fine Arts Building. A reception will be held 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5.
Sept. 1

Student club raising money, donations for hurricane victims

PULLMAN, Wash. – The WSU Athletic Training Club is collecting clothing, money, medical supplies and food this weekend and through Sept. 10 to assist Hurricane Harvey victims.
French_photoAugust 28

WSU leading online implementation of K-12 truancy prevention program

RICHLAND, Wash. – Washington State University is leading the online implementation of a program aimed at reducing school truancy that could positively impact schools across the state, and possibly the nation.
Mike TrevisanAugust 24

Sept. 27: College of Education hosts STEM Education Research Summit

PULLMAN, Wash. – The WSU College of Education will host some of the region’s top STEM education leaders on the Pullman campus, starting 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, as part of its STEM Education Research Summit.
McMahon_photoJune 13

Developers Are Already Impressed With Apple's Augmented Reality Software

QUOTED in Motherboard: Don McMahon, assistant professor of special education, talks about augmented reality, and the intuitiveness of it.
GrovesPrice_photoMay 24

$2.5M NSF grant focuses on indigenous STEM education

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have received a four-year, $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to increase Native American students’ STEM learning, engagement and achievement.

Because it deals with Indigenous STEM learning, the project is called “ISTEM” and will be done in coordination with Pacific Northwest Plateau Tribes.
May 10

May 11-12: Statistical measurement, analysis workshop hosted

PULLMAN, Wash. – WSU’s Learning and Performance Research Center will host its fifth annual Methods Workshop Thursday-Friday, May 11-12, on the Pullman campus, with streaming to Vancouver and Spokane.

This year’s presenter is Roy Levy, associate professor of measurement and statistical analysis at Arizona State University’s T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics.
May 8

From EduCoug: College inks new MOU w/ Okinawa

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University and the College of Education have signed two Memorandums of Understanding with Okinawa Prefecture city and educational leaders, to pave the way for more Okinawan students to attend WSU.

In consecutive signings, vice president for international programs Asif Chaudhry was the lead authority from WSU. The first signing was a program renewal that will bring secondary education students to the WSU campus in July for an immersive three-week experience. The Okinawa American Language and Culture Camp was housed under the Intensive American Language Center, but will transition away from the IALC and toward the College of Education.
awards secondaryMay 5

The College of Education gives out its 2017 faculty/staff awards

PULLMAN, Wash. – The College of Education has given its annual faculty and staff excellence awards in five different categories.
Kelly WardMay 4

From Newsworks: The ‘baby penalty’ often sidelines female scientists.

In this article, Kelly Ward spoke about studies she had done regarding mothers and their academic careers.
April 14

Doctoral education student receives international honor

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Henri Burns, a doctoral student in the College of Education’s mathematics and science education program, has been chosen by the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) to take part in five-day workshop in Taiwan this summer.Burns, who is doing her studies at WSU Vancouver, is one of only 36 graduate students worldwide chosen for the Sandra K. Abell Research Institute for Doctoral Students.
April 6

April 11: Free movie depicts tragic ‘comfort women’ story

PULLMAN, Wash. – The film, “Spirits’ Homecoming,” will be shown for free by the Korean Student Association (KSA) at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, in the CUB auditorium.

The sad but powerful story is about the atrocities of war, specifically the “comfort women” forced into sexual slavery by the imperial Japanese army in occupied territories before and during World War II.
March 29

Pharmacy Ph.D. student wins Three Minute Thesis contest

PULLMAN, Wash. – Panshak Dakup, a College of Pharmacy doctoral student at Washington State University Spokane, won the annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) event in Pullman Tuesday with his presentation, “The Benefits of Circadian Function in Cancer Therapy.” Julie Noyes, from the College of Education, won second place.
March 23

College of Education reappoints two of its associate deans

PULLMAN, Wash. – Effective July 1, 2017, the College of Education has reappointed two of its associate deans for two more years: Paula Groves Price as associate dean for diversity and international programs, and Amy Roth McDuffie as associate dean for research and external funding.
March 21

March 23: Guest speaker on social justice in education

PULLMAN, Wash. – Wayne Au, associate professor at the University of Washington Bothell, will speak at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 23, in FSHN 101 about the politics of education, fear and uncertainty in “The Courage to Teach for Justice in Unjust Times.”
March 6

March 8: Athlete protests not new, says speaker

PULLMAN, Wash. – Activism by contemporary athletes and its effects on the public will be discussed by Thabiti Lewis, associate professor of English at Washington State University Vancouver, at 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, in Cleveland Hall 255 at WSU Pullman.
March 6

College alumna to win WSU Lifetime Achievement Award

PULLMAN, Wash. – Sue M. Durrant, a WSU alumna, faculty member and head coach, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award as part of WSU's annual Women’s Recognition Luncheon and Symposium at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 8, in the CUB ballroom.

This year’s theme is “Honoring Women’s Resilience.” Durrant fought for women’s equity in collegiate athletics programs, and her inspiring legacy continues to shape WSU today.
March 3

Using the ‘virtual’ to change the ‘reality’ of education

FROM THE TRI-CITY HERALD: Jonah Firestone explores the future of education from a utilitarian laboratory.

The only equipment in the lab on the second floor of the Washington State University Tri-Cities library are two monitors connected to high-end computers.

But from there, with the help of a headset, you can circle the Earth, fight zombies or create 3-D art.
March 2

March 28: Three Minute Thesis part of Showcase

PULLMAN, Wash. – Three Minute Thesis (3MT) will once again be part of Washington State University’s annual Showcase celebration of excellence at noon Tuesday, March 28, in the CUB junior ballroom.

Prizes, in the form of travel awards for research conferences, will be $3,000 for the winner, $1,500 for second place and $500 for third.
March 3

Could President Trump's Policies Derail a U.S. World Cup Bid?

FROM THE BLEACHER REPORT: In this piece, assistant professor Scott Jedlicka is quoted on the effect President Trump could have in regards to the United States attempting to win a World Cup hosting bid.
renee holtFeb. 16

March 5-7: WSU to host future Native American teachers

PULLMAN, Wash. – A 2008 report shows that K-12 Native American students perform better when they have native teachers, yet Native Americans are only one percent of Washington’s teachers. To provide more, Washington State University will host the Future Native Teachers Initiative (FNTI) March 5-7.
Egbert_photoFeb. 15

Feb. 16, March 7, April 13: Workshops aid engagement

PULLMAN, Wash. – Creating engaging tasks for students through the use of technology will be discussed in a workshop for faculty at 12:10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in CUE 518 at Washington State University Pullman. Refreshments will be provided.
Adesope_photo02Feb. 1

Adesope reappointed to board of top education journal

PULLMAN, Wash. – Sola Adesope, associate professor of educational psychology, has been invited to serve a second term on the editorial board of the Review of Educational Research (RER), which has ranked as the No. 1 education research journal by the Social Science Citation Index for a number of years.
Guerretaz_photoJan. 18

2017 International Travel Research Award Winners

PULLMAN, Wash. – WSU's Office of International Programs, and Office of Research announced five recipients of the Fifth Annual International Research Travel Awards. Two of them were College of Education faculty.
Jan. 17

Sports research series begins

PULLMAN, Wash. – The political ramifications of international sports require that we think of them not just as competitions, but also as a legitimate political institution, according to Scott Jedlicka, assistant professor in sport management at Washington State University.
Dec. 22

Future teachers learn from friends with disabilities

RICHLAND, Wash. – A class of 12 education students at Washington State University Tri-Cities and adults with developmental disabilities are sharing lunch, games and activities once a month to make friends and develop their professional and social skills.
Reima, Ibtesam, Eman Commencement 12-2015Dec. 14

Libyans reunite at WSU, earn doctorates together

PULLMAN, Wash. – A shared love of English brought together three undergraduates in 2000 in Benghazi, Libya. Years and separations later, they completed Ph.D.s together in language, literacy and technology at Washington State University in 2015.
FundraiserNov. 28

WSU students host fundraiser for Pulllman Regional Hospital

FROM THE MOSCOW-PULLMAN DAILY NEWS. Every available bowling lane was filled at Zeppoz in Pullman late Saturday afternoon for a fundraiser for Pullman Regional Hospital that was organized by five Washington State University students.

Austin Giem, one of the five WSU seniors who organized the event as part of a class project for a sports management course, said he and his four classmates have been working on the project since the first week of the fall semester.

"We spent the whole semester making this plan so that on the day of the event, everything runs smooth and we're prepped and ready for everything," Giem said.

Giem said more teams showed up to bowl than what he and his classmates were expecting.
Joy EgbertNov. 21

Funds support teaching with tech in local schools

PULLMAN, Wash. – Using new technology is one of the ways teachers are engaging students in order to improve their achievement in the classroom. The Harvest Foundation has awarded Washington State University $10,000 to provide teachers with things like Ozobot robots and virtual reality headsets for this purpose.
Mike TrevisanNov. 14

UN invites dean to talk about evaluating development

PULLMAN, Wash. – College of Education dean Mike Trevisan will speak to the United Nations in New York as part of a workshop today through Saturday related to the U.N.’s new sustainable development goals.

Trevisan was asked to speak because of the book “Evaluability Assessment: Improving Evaluation Quality and Use”, which he co-wrote with Tamara Walser from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Poppen_photoNov. 1

Study aims to improve work opportunities for disabled

PULLMAN, Wash. – Marcus Poppen has received the Switzer Research Fellowship to document and evaluate vocational support services provided to young adults with disabilities while they are enrolled in school.
gene-sharrattOct. 26

Longtime state education leader wins award from WSU

PULLMAN, Wash. – Alumnus and former faculty member Gene Sharratt recently received the annual Advocate for Education Award from the Washington State University College of Education for promotion of good educational practice or policy at the state, regional or national level.

“On paper his experience is impressive, but what really makes him stand out is the impact this experience has had on students, colleagues and the overall field of education,” said college dean Mike Trevisan.
renee holtOct. 25

Grant to recruit Native American teachers, administrators

PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State University College of Education has received a four-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Indian Education (OIE), one of about 20 Indian Professional Development Awards funded by the agency this year.

The $400,000 grant will support recruitment of Native teachers and education administrators, as well as training for those in professions that serve American Indians. It will improve the skills of Natives who already serve in educational capacities, and they will then participate in programs focused on Indian education, research and practices.
Oct. 17

New Series: Under the Skin: An Introspective Look at the Self

The Mestizo Center is pleased to announce the new series: Under the Skin: An introspective Look at the “Self”. It is a series of six workshops where the WSU community will have the opportunity to critically dialogue about labels, stereotypes and ways of self-identification. ARTS will be the means through which participants will be encouraged to tell the stories of who they are.
Matthew JeffriesOct. 12

Matthew Jeffries one of four to win annual WSU advising award

PULLMAN, Wash. – Four Washington State University academic advisors have received “Outstanding Achievement in Academic Advising” awards from the local WSU Academic Advising Association (ACADA). One of these is Matthew Jeffries, from the College of Education. He won in the "new advisor" category (for those with three or fewer years of advising experience).
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Alumna helps with research to improve school leadership

TUKWILA, Wash. – An alumna who is school district superintendent of the most dangerous city in the U.S. is working with Washington State University faculty on efforts to combat social ills starting in the school system.
Gisela Ernst-SlavitOct. 5

$2.2M to fund English learning development for teachers

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Washington State University has won a five-year, $2.2 million grant to increase the number of certified K-8 teachers with bilingual and English learners (EL) endorsements and to provide professional development to improve EL instruction.
McDuffie_photoSept. 19

$1.5M NSF grant funds project to teach real-world math

RICHLAND, Wash. – A Washington State University Tri-Cities professor is part of a project awarded $1.5 million from the National Science Foundation to teach mathematical modeling in elementary school as it applies to real-world cultural and community contexts.

The goal is to determine strategies that teachers across the nation may use in their own classrooms.
anne-coxSept. 14

Study: True health gains must be internally motivated

PULLMAN, Wash. – Recent research by associate sport science professor Anne Cox shows that when participants are mindfully engaged during yoga, their motivation for physical activity becomes more internal and less about external appearance and what others will think – also known as Social Physique Anxiety (SPA)
Janet FrostSept. 13

Governor appoints WSU Spokane STEM leader to ed alliance

SPOKANE, Wash. – Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Janet Frost to the Washington STEM Education Innovation Alliance, which advises the governor about development and implementation of policies to advance STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education.
jim-pivarnik-198x198Sept. 8

Activity expert to encourage students to stay healthy

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University students are invited to hear how to improve their quality of life at the university through physical activity and academic productivity during a talk at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, in Physical Education Building 136.

Speaker Jim Pivarnik is a professor of kinesiology and epidemiology at Michigan State University and director of its Center for Physical Activity and Health.
sarah-newcomerSept. 7

Literacy education professor wins early career award

RICHLAND, Wash. – Sarah Newcomer, an assistant professor of literacy education at Washington State University Tri-Cities, recently earned a national award for her work to increase opportunity and equity in education.

The Concha Delgado Gaitan Early Career Presidential Fellowship is presented by the national Council of Anthropology and Education (CAE) to a maximum of eight recipients each year.
kitsap-sunSept. 5

Kitsap Sun: Designing a learning environment

In this Kitsap Sun article about the role classroom visuals play in learning, our own Johnny Lupinacci talks about students learning better in classrooms that are physically comfortable — with proper lighting, acoustics, temperature and air quality — and that are stimulating but not too busy.
WSU-PusanAug. 29

College of Education signs agreement with Korean university

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University will partner with a flagship South Korean university in areas including research, education, technology transfer and economic development.

WSU and the College of Education at Pusan National University signed a memorandum of understanding last week.

They also plan to explore the feasibility of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education faculty exchanges.
IMG_8924Aug. 22

Huffington Post op-ed: Rio Organizers Are Overwhelmed. Give Them Less Time.

In this opinion piece assistant professor of sport management Simon Licen writes about the deficiencies of the Olympics, from an administrative perspective, and what could be done to help ensure host nations are even better prepared for not only the games but also how to use the facilities after the games are done.
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Radio Slovenia: Olympics according to the media

In this interview with an Slovenian National Radio, assistant professor of sport management Simon Licen discusses his research on media discourse in sport, or, to put another way, the way different media in various countries talk about sport. He relies heavily on the Olympics to explain his research.
Don McMahonAug. 12

Moscow-Pullman Daily News: Researchers bring augmented reality to the classroom

PULLMAN, Wash. - The same technology that helped Pokemon Go take the world by storm this summer might soon be coming to local special education classrooms.

Schools stretching from the Palouse to Asia have been in contact with WSU about the technology known as "augmented reality."
Simon Licen outside ClevelandAug. 7

Radio Capodistria: These Olympic Games will be a success if...

In this interview with an Italian-language radio group, assistant professor of sport management Simon Licen says the Olympics is not merely a mega sporting event, but an event ripe with politics, economics, and society. From a merely athletics point of view, Licen says the Olympics will be a success.
65088244_classroom-3Aug. 3

RTVSLO: SWSU researcher part of team to assess impact of Olympics on patriotism

Media focus on "its own" nation at large sporting events such as the Olympic Games, is typical for all countries. Assistant professor of sport management Simon Licen is quoted by Slovenian Radio Television.
IMG_8974Aug. 3

Radio Slovenia: Interview with WSU sport management professor

In this radio interview, assistant professor of sport management Simon Licen says there is a link between sport, media, capital, and policy.
Simon LicenAug. 2

Rio 2016 Olympics

In WalletHub's new article about the Rio Olympics, WSU sport management professor Simon Licen talks about the safety and economics of the Olympics. Plus, he talks about the real reason we all watch: the athletes and their incredible performances, which he says should transcend nationalism.
Alyssa Donavon and Don McMahonJuly 14

KXLY: Beyond Pikachu, augmented reality a great teaching tool

PULLMAN, Wash. - While Pokemon Go has brought a really cool technology into the mainstream, the augmented reality that's part of the smart phone app can do a lot more than just catch 'em all and is already being used in classroom settings.
Student raising handJuly 11

WSU educational leadership expands in South King County

VANCOUVER, Wash. – To continue improving educational access to teachers, the Washington State University College of Education will launch an educational leadership program in South King County in the fall.
MeganSPED secondary photosJuly 7

Online master’s in special education among nation’s best

PULLMAN, Wash. – The online master’s degree in special education at Washington State University has been ranked 20th in the country by Best Colleges, based on academic strengths, learning goals, innovative courses and online classroom experience.
Quiz Bowl photoJuly 6

Athletic training students are quiz bowl national champs

BALTIMORE – College of Education athletic training students have won the quiz bowl national championship at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association yearly conference.

Ten teams competed after winning in their respective districts. The Washington State University team’s district comprises Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.
RS12489_4P7A6469June 23

Daily News: Revealing her hidden talent

Q&A: WSU administrator always has been an artist; now you can see her work.

Kelly McGovern has been creating art as long as she can remember, but until now she's never done a show. Her work will be featured in the 10th annual Floriade at the Left Bank Gallery in Palouse.
Evelyn MartinezJune 20

Student focuses on increasing first-year involvement

PULLMAN, Wash. – You can lead a student to academic resources, but you can’t make them use them.

Evelyn Martinez, who recently received her master’s degree in educational psychology from Washington State University, has researched first-year students’ participation in academic resources. While resources like the Writing Center and free tutoring are available to students year round, she said students must use them to see any benefit.
Deb PastoreJune 14

Daily News: Fulfilling a Promise to her sister

Around the time Tacoma woman Donna King found out she didn't have very long to live, the cancer patient made a request to her sister.

She wanted more people to know about national bone marrow registries... Her sister, Debra Pastore, delivered on that request and may have helped save three lives. VIEW DAILY NEWS FRONT PAGE.
CDAcamp_photo-storyJune 14

Tribal teens learn life skills at WSU camp

PULLMAN, Wash. – Teens from the Coeur D’Alene Tribe are learning academic and other skills through Friday at the 12th annual STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), Leadership and Sports Camp at Washington State University.

“This is such a meaningful experience for the kids who participate,” said co-organizer Paula Groves Price, associate dean for diversity in the WSU College of Education. “They learn some life skills, but they also have a lot of fun.”
4P7A4919_adjJune 10

2016’s Best Cities for Soccer Fans

In WalletHub's new article about the best soccer cities in the United States, WSU sport management professor Scott Jedlicka weighs in on the biggest issues facing soccer today, the long-term outlook for professional soccer in the U.S., and fantasy sports potential in soccer.
Veronica secondary storyMay 26

Sport Management advisor wins national award

Perhaps it’s rugby. Perhaps that’s what makes Veronica Mendez-Liaina such a great academic advisor. Mendez-Liaina was a rugby player herself back in the day, and leaning on that experience has put her in a position to best advise students in the College of Education’s Sport Management program, which she has done for three years. She has awards to prove her value. Now, she has another.
Sawyer_photoMay 3

June 6-8: Conference on leadership, education doctorate

Educational leadership is the focus of a conference June 6-8 in Portland, Ore., co-hosted by Washington State University as part of the nationwide Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED).

The education doctorate (Ed.D.) differs from the Ph.D. in that it is a practitioner’s degree instead of a research degree.
spineboarding photo-storyApril 27

Athletic training cleans up at industry’s regional meeting

Students in the College of Education athletic training program won the Quiz Bowl for the third straight year at a regional industry gathering, while other Washington State University students earned research awards, scholarships and leadership positions.
johnson_photoApril 22

The Atlantic: Beyond the Word Gap

Eric Johnson, associate professor of bilingual/ESL education on our Tri-Cities campus, spoke to The Atlantic about a recent study of the "word gap," how it might be overly simplistic, and that its implications have been exaggerated.
Khon Kaen NewsApril 4

April 4: Welcome kicks off Thai grad student visit

PULLMAN, Wash. – Before presenting at a national conference, doctoral students from Thailand will practice before Washington State University graduate students and faculty this week.

Their visit is part of a four-year-old partnership between the WSU College of Education and faculty at Thailand’s Khon Kaen University (KKU). The agreement recently was renewed by Dean Mike Trevisan, who said future collaborations could be in the areas of STEM education, diversity, curriculum and special education, as well as potential faculty and student exchanges.

A free, public welcome for the international students – including food and two of their presentations – will be 6-8 p.m. Monday, April 4, in the Brelsford Visitor Center in downtown Pullman.
AGRud_368x210Mar. 10

The Bucknellian: WSU professor explores education in lecture inspired by John Dewey

LEWISBURG, Pa. – A.G. Rud, Professor of Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education at Wash­ington State University, dis­cussed an overview of educa­tional concepts inspired by John Dewey on March 7. A propo­nent of progressive education, Dewey based his theories on the individuality of students, the benefits of interactive learning, and the idea of creating a com­munity of learners. Rud orches­trated a presentation and discus­sion around the question, "What is the role of love in education?"
Andrew Iverson second rowMar. 9

March 22: Ph.D. students present simple summaries of theses

PULLMAN, Wash. – Graduate students from five colleges will explain their research in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, in the CUB auditorium as part of Showcase, a week of celebrating the achievements of Washington State University faculty, staff and students.

The contest challenges students to consolidate their ideas and discoveries and present them concisely to a non-specialist audience. Learn more about 3MT at Find more about Showcase events at
Rich Lamb 198x198Mar. 9

Education Week: Neuroscientists Study Real-Time Learning in Classroom Lab

PULLMAN, Wash. – Ramsey Itani and a handful of other students from Pullman District 267 are wired, in every sense of the word.

While their class at first appears to be just a basic row of computer desks, the students in it look like extras from a mad-science movie. As 1st grader Ramsey puzzles over a computer-coding exercise, a Karate Kid-style headband over his forehead records his brain activity... His classroom neighbor adjusts a blood pressure sensor on her wrist as she types, and in the next row, a 3rd grader peers at her work from beneath a set of eye-tracking goggles.
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Online summer course helps K-12 meet new requirements

PULLMAN, Wash. – To help Washington K-12 schools comply with new requirements for teaching American Indian history and culture, Washington State University is offering an online summer course closely aligned with the state-created curriculum.

North American Indian History, Pre-contact to Present (HIST 308), taught through WSU’s history department and cross-listed with Comparative Ethnic Studies (CES 375), provides much of the background and context for those who teach “Since Time Immemorial,” the newly mandated, statewide K-12 curriculum...
GrovesPrice_photoMar. 2

Associate dean for diversity wins annual faculty award

PULLMAN, Wash. – Paula Groves Price, associate dean for diversity and international programs in the College of Education at WSU Pullman, will receive the Washington State University 2016 Faculty Diversity Award at the Celebrating Excellence Recognition Banquet on March 25 in Pullman.

The banquet is part of WSU’s annual Showcase celebration of faculty, staff and student excellence. Reservations are required for the banquet and must be made by March 18.
Andrew Iverson second rowFeb. 25

Andrew Iverson wins first college-level Three Minute Thesis of 2016

PULLMAN, Wash. – An educational psychology student, Andrew Iverson, has won the university’s first college-level Three Minute Thesis this year.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a doctoral-level competition where students must present their research to an audience in three minutes or less.

A panel of non-partial judges grade each competitor on if the presentation helped the audience understand the research, if it was communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience, and if judges felt the presentation made the audience want to know even more.
Judy MorrisonFeb. 10

Tri-Cities grant funds STEM videos with LIGO, schools

RICHLAND, Wash. – High school students, scientists and Washington State University Tri-Cities students in many disciplines are teaming up to make video “STEM Flicks” to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and workforce preparation.

Beginning this semester, WSU Tri-Cities will partner with the Pasco School District and the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory on a video project that will be used for classroom instruction in Pasco middle and high schools and beyond.
Firestone_photoFeb. 10

Faculty suggest ‘STEM hub’ to boost education efforts

PULLMAN, Wash. – Some 30 faculty, staff and administrators learned about STEM resources, grant availability and connections to the arts during a half-day workshop to bolster Washington State University’s research, teaching and learning in STEM education.

Participants determined that WSU could use a central STEM hub to help provide information and facilitate working together.
Sola AdesopeFeb. 1

Feb. 11 workshop: Map out new ways to promote learning

PULLMAN, Wash. – At the next faculty-led workshop, associate professor Sola Adesope will discuss how concept mapping can promote students’ critical-thinking skills.

“Mind Mapping” will be at 12:10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in CUE 518, Washington State University, and will be live streamed. Lunch will be provided.
Rich Lamb 198x198Jan. 27

Professor recognized nationally for early career research

PULLMAN, Wash. – Rich Lamb, assistant professor of science education technology at Washington State University, has won a national early career award for his potential to make outstanding contributions to research and science education.
EmilyJohnsonWins_592x528Jan. 25

March 22: Three Minute Thesis to return as part of Showcase

PULLMAN, Wash. – Three Minute Thesis (3MT) will be part of Washington State University’s annual Showcase celebration of excellence on Tuesday, March 22. Prizes, in the form of travel awards for research conferences, will be $3,000 for the winner, $1,500 for second place and $500 for third.
Sue BrookhartJan. 25

Jan. 26: Using feedback to increase teaching effectiveness

PULLMAN, Wash. – The characteristics of effective feedback and how it can be used to empower students will be presented by educational consultant Susan Brookhart at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, in Goertzen 21, at Washington State University.
Andy Scheef 2nd rowJan. 11

Ph.D. student earns international scholars honor

PULLMAN, Wash. – Graduate student Andy Scheef is one of 10 students selected internationally by the Council for Exceptional Children to join the eighth cohort of the Division for Research Doctoral Student Scholars. He will meet with other scholars and participate in the council conference in April.
Ardasheva_photoJan. 11

Tri-Cities prof honored among MLK winners

Yuliya Ardasheva is among those selected to receive the annual WSU Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Service Award.

The honors will be awarded during the free, public WSU MLK Community Celebration at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in the CUB ballroom at WSU Pullman.
Michael DunnJan. 5

Dunn elected to educational research academy

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Michael Dunn, associate professor of special education and literacy, recently was elected to the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities (IARLD).
Poppen_photoDec. 9

New special education faculty member wins national award

A clinical assistant professor of special education has won an award for his research predicting what will or won’t help young adults with disabilities to find jobs.

Marcus Poppen was given the Pat Sitlington Emerging Research Award from the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division on Career Development and Transition. The award is given every other year for exemplary graduate student research in the field of transition education for individuals with disabilities. Poppen’s research was from his doctoral studies at the University of Oregon.
ErdmanAndHorse_photoDec. 8

WSU launches online course on human-animal interaction

Washington State University has launched an online course about human-animal interaction.

“Research is increasingly showing that animal interventions can benefit children and adults in ways that more traditional interventions or therapies do not,” said Phyllis Erdman, a WSU professor who helped create the course. “This interdisciplinary course brings together experts in education, veterinary medicine, animal science, pharmacy and counseling to provide a broad perspective on the field.”
Guerretaz_photoDec. 8

Mayan Teachers in a Precarious Position

Anne Marie Guerrettaz, an assistant professor of educational linguistics, was recently featured by the Mexican media outlet Por Esto! in regards to Mayan writing undergoing standardization, with its teachers uncertain of how to teach the language. This is in Spanish. However, here is an English translation.
Mike Trevisan 368x210Nov. 12

Guest Editorial: Teacher shortage not just about production

Our college dean, Mike Trevisan, wrote a guest editorial for the Tri-City Herald, and expresses his concerns about the current teacher shortage, which is both a state and national crisis. He also talks about concerted efforts being made among a variety of teacher preparation programs, to combat some of the underlying issues behind the teacher shortage.
Simon LicenOct. 29

Sport Management prof shows his international stardom

Watch video from 31:54 onward. Dr. Simon Licen was interviewed by TV Koper-Capodistria, part of the Slovenian Public Television. The University of Primorska (a region in Slovenia) is searching for a new president, and the show was a televised debate between the candidates. Dr. Licen was interviewed as a researcher who works abroad. Even those who don't speak Slovenian can watch and see how neat his appearance is. This is in Slovenian.
Luz1Oct. 29

Nov. 6: Immigration, human rights, violence discussed

Human rights and state-sponsored political violence will be addressed by Luz Rivera Martinez, an organizer with Consejo Nacional Urbano y Campesino, in a free, public discussion at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, in Cleveland 121 at Washington State University.

The talk, “Maiz y el Pais,” will consider how corn in Mexican culture is a symbol for autonomy and the dignified struggle for a better world.
Sola-Adesope-with-co-provosts-2015-e1445289698912Oct. 28

First provost award goes to caring faculty researcher

Associate professor of educational psychology Sola Adesope was recognized recently as the first Provost Featured Faculty Member at Washington State University for a variety of reasons.

Yes, he’s done great research. Yes, he’s won national awards. But above all: “His high level of productivity never interferes with his humanness,” said Phyllis Erdman, College of Education executive associate dean for academic affairs.
McNeil_photoOct. 26

Mestizo center publishes first online journal

The first online journal addressing topics for the Pacific Northwest’s Mestizo and indigenous communities has been published by the Washington State University College of Education’s Center for Mestizo and Indigenous Research and Engagement.

Found at, it is intended to translate academic and research writings into brief, easy-to-understand synopses for non-academic audiences.
clearinghouseOct. 22

Indigenous student opportunities discussed

A major stumbling block to advancing opportunity and equity in education is misinformation, misunderstanding, and injustice of Indigenous students.

The College of Education’s Clearinghouse on Native Teaching and Learning will host a viewing today, at 3:00 p.m. in Cleveland 27B, of the 12th Annual Brown Lecture, sponsored by the American Educational Research Association. This year’s lecture is titled Indigenous Pathways Toward Justice.
LeBeau_photoOct. 22

Educational Psychology faculty member recognized for her philanthropy

Clinical assistant professor of educational psychology Jenny LeBeau was recently recognized in the special philanthropic section of the Spokane Journal of Business.
IMG_4591Oct. 7

Education alumna named state finalist for national award

Washington State University alumna and Port Townsend science teacher Lois Sherwood is among the statewide winners who will compete nationally for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

But her path to teaching rockstardom was basically finished before it began – until it met a rebirth.
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Collaboration to help support future teachers

Washington State University has been awarded a $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education that will support low-income and first-generation students preparing for careers as K-12 teachers.

The grant will fund the Teacher Preparation Student Support Services project, serving 140 participants each year for five years. It will provide the students opportunities for academic development, assistance with college requirements, and motivation toward the successful completion of their degrees.
JohnWongFballPracticeField01June 8

Sport Management prof shares his hockey expertise in WalletHub Q&A

What are the biggest challenges facing the business of professional hockey today?

The biggest challenge, depending who you ask, is a network TV deal that is at least somewhat on par with the other three major leagues; at least according to the league and the owners. The current US TV network deal with NBC signed in 2011 is worth $2 billion over 10 years. As a comparison...
Katherine RodelaApril 30

Community summit tackles college access

When Katherine Rodela told her high school counselor she planned to attend a four-year university, the counselor suggested she set her sights on community college instead. Her parents hadn’t gone to college, the counselor said. She might not fit in on a university campus. Rodela, a third-generation American Latina, had excellent grades. Her parents had encouraged her to go to college. That night, Rodela repeated the conversation to her father. He told his daughter: “That person doesn’t know what she’s talking about.”
SONY DSCApril 10

Professor earns fellowship to expand STEM teaching research

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Research into STEM education in grades K-8 will be taken statewide with funding from the College of Education Berry Family Fellowship recently won by Tamara Nelson, professor of teaching and learning at Washington State University Vancouver.

“STEM education will not only help people find work in the 21st century, but will also help them deal with living conditions in the 21st century,” Nelson said.
ForrestParkayBecomingATeacher10thEditionApril 6

Professor retiring as teaching textbook enters 10th edition

The first thing that strikes you is the simplicity of the title: “Becoming a Teacher.” The straightforward approach Forest Parkay uses may explain why his textbook, appearing in its 10th edition, is widely used in colleges and universities across the world, including in languages like Mandarin and Indonesian.

The book’s milestone also marks one for Parkay: the educational leadership professor in the Washington State University College of Education will retire at the end of the semester.
Andrew Billings Photo Courtesy University of AlabamaMarch 25

April 9: Olympics, media and American identity topic of talk

The ways in which the Olympic Games represent America and how their mass consumption affects identity will be presented in a free, public talk by author and professor Andrew Billings at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 9, in Cleveland 30E.

His research interests lie in the intersection of sport, mass media, consumption habits and identity-laden content.
Rick 7-2010March 20

WSU author earns national award for book on ed research

VANCOUVER, Wash. – A book coauthored by Richard Sawyer, associate professor of education at WSU Vancouver, will receive one of the top awards at the April conference of the American Educational Research Association, the premiere conference in education.

The award for Significant Contribution to Educational Measurement and Research Methodology recognizes a publication for quality, originality and potential impact.
Kaylan PetrieMarch 18

April 4: Science teachers-to-be explain nanotechnology

Students at Washington State University studying to be science teachers will help children conduct hands-on experiments at the tiniest scales during NanoDays at the Palouse Discovery Science Center 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at 950 NE Nelson Court, Pullman.

The event will take place during the week at more than 250 science and children’s museums across the country. See for more information.
Brenda BarrioMarch 16

Faculty earns international honor for promise in special ed

An assistant professor of special education at the College of Education has been awarded an international honor for a student who shows great potential for future contribution to the field.

Brenda Barrio won the annual award from the Division of International Special Education & Services (DISES). Students are eligible for two years beyond graduation.
Chad GotchMarch 6

WSU advises Oregon teachers on documenting student growth

To help ease the frustration of Oregon teachers with classroom assessment requirements, Washington State University’s Chad Gotch teamed up with the Oregon Department of Education to speak with teachers and administrators about using assessments to document student growth.

Approximately 300 teachers and administrators attended the statewide professional learning team conferences where Gotch, a clinical assistant professor in the WSU College of Education, spoke in February and March.
CameronFosterMarch 2

Professional sports agent to discuss career

A Seattle-based professional sports agent will speak about that business to Washington State University students and the public at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 12, in Todd 434.

Cameron Foster is co-founder and managing director of REIGN Foster & Easley Sports Management Group, which represents professional athletes including former Seattle Seahawks Benson Mayowa and Korey Toomer and former WSU football players Jeff Tuel, Deone Bucannon and Marquess Wilson. The company recently celebrated 25 years in business.
Tom SalsburyFeb. 16

Grant supports work on counseling English language learners

Associate professor Tom Salsbury has won a three-year Washington State University grant for research into the counseling needs of middle school English language learners in Washington.

The college’s Nichols Mitchell Faculty Fellowship awards $12,500 per year to a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in both research and the classroom and who has an active research program that aligns with both college and university strategic plans.
Sage HostonFeb. 13

Role of culture, art in education demonstrated

A College of Education Ph.D. candidate is helping spearhead the inaugural Cultural Arts of Education Showcase at 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, in the CUB ballroom.

The free, public event will demonstrate the potential that music, literature and art have for enriching teaching and learning. Among other guests, the event will feature national award-winning slam poet Anthony C. Rucker as host and a reading by author Mary Weems exploring socioeconomic and racial topics.
Lali McCubbinFeb. 11

Counseling psych professor wins national mid-career award

A Washington State University associate professor is one of five national winners of a new award for mid-career psychologists based on accomplishment, peer recommendation and commitment to multicultural issues.

Laurie “Lali” McCubbin, College of Education, received a 2015 “Shining Star” award from the National Multicultural Conference and Summit (NMCS) at its recent biennial meeting. The summit gathers multicultural scholars and professionals from different divisions of the American Psychological Association (APA).
AFTOC Student AmbassadorsFeb. 2

Free movie aims to inspire, recruit future teachers of color

SEATTLE – The lack of teacher diversity in public schools will be addressed by the Alhadeff Future Teachers of Color (AFTOC) program at a teacher recruiting event at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 4, at Majestic Bay Theatres.

Students who attend will see a free showing of the movie “Finding Forrester” – about an inner-city kid at a prestigious New York prep school who overcomes prejudice to pursue his dreams. Participants will get free concessions and receive a free pass for an upcoming film. Space is limited; sign up at
Pam BettisJan. 29

Bettis earns faculty award for focus on gender equity, diversity

For her work promoting human rights and social justice through research, teaching and service, Pamela Bettis will receive Washington State University’s 2015 Faculty Diversity Award.

“Her teaching, scholarship and service combine the rigor and profundity of a seasoned scholar and the commitment of those who battle for the rights of a voiceless and invisible population, particularly girls and young women,” said Gisela Ernst-Slavit, associate dean of the WSU College of Education.
South KoreaJan. 9

WSU College of Education to expand study abroad opportunities

The Washington State University College of Education is upping the ante on its commitment to international initiatives by announcing faculty-led study abroad programs this summer to Costa Rica, Japan, and South Korea.

It will be the second straight year the college has had a program in South Korea. It will be the first time for Costa Rica. And, notwithstanding a long history of collaboration and initiatives with Japan, it will also be the first study abroad program to that country.








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