Did you notice? When the Office of Undergraduate Education announced its honorees this week, the list included two elementary education majors who received Harold and Jeanne Rounds Olsen Awards for Undergraduate Excellence in Writing: Holly Barker at WSU Vancouver and Ingrid Kraig, who is in the Honors College at WSU Pullman.
Ingrid also put her writing skills to work as a competitor for this year’s Inga Kromann Medal Award. The two medal winners for the annual children’s book prize were Katie Shanks and Andrea O’Brine, both of whom delved into their own childhoods for inspiration. The winners were announced at the annual celebration presented by the arts integration class on the Pullman patio, which explains Andrea’s colorful dancing outfit in the accompanying photo. Read about the Kromann awards.
The full, impressive list of College of Education faculty, staff and student award winners for 2008-09 is online.
Striding toward a conference
Professor David Slavit reports that on May 26-27 the WSU Vancouver STRIDE research team will host a national conference on “Research on Supported Collaborative Inquiry.” Five teacher-researchers will rub elbows with leading researchers from across the country. Stanford University researcher Hilda Borko will give a plenary address. The conference is funded by two National Science Foundation research grants.
A Cautionary Video About America’s ‘Stuff’ A short video about the effects of materialism has become a sleeper hit in classrooms across the nation.
Partnership’s First Product Aimed at Middle School Vocabulary Word Generation, which is free to schools, consists of short, engaging vocabulary-boosting lessons that are taught each day by different teachers across the middle school curriculum.
Reading Programs Found Ineffective A federal study intended to provide insight into the effectiveness of programs for reading comprehension has found that three such programs had no positive impact, while a fourth had a negative effect on student achievement.
Coaches struggle to find balance between work and family
Here’s a timely and not-overly-commercial idea: an educators’ B&B network founded by two Oregon educators to help frugal travelers meet like-minded people.