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Alumnus Wins Prestigious National Teaching Award

November 28, 2016 By setwidth720-paul-campbell-classroom

Known for his dedication to his school and to the broader community, Paul Campbell '10, BA elementary education, received payback in a big way when he was surprised with a $25,000 Milken Educator Award during an all-school assembly at Chester Valley Elementary in Anchorage, Alaska, Nov. 22.

The 30-year-old Campbell teaches a first- and second-grade "looped" classroom, which means that first graders remain with him in the second grade.

This season marks the 30th year of the Milken Educator Awards, hailed by Teacher magazine as the "Oscars of Teaching." Campbell is among up to 35 educators who will receive the honor for the 2016-17 season. He is the only recipient from Alaska.

Campbell accepted the prestigious national recognition from Milken Educator Awards Senior Vice President Jane Foley who traveled from California to present the Award.

"Paul Campbell creates a nurturing, engaging environment where students are enthusiastic to learn," said Foley. "Paul instills crucial skills of reflection, critical thinking and social-emotional awareness in his students, paving the way for them to succeed academically and in life. I am excited to watch him advance as a force in the teaching profession."

Walk by Paul Campbell's classroom at Chester Valley Elementary and you are likely to hear both teacher and students singing. Campbell, whose calm, positive demeanor keeps his students engaged, uses music to smooth classroom transitions like lining up or changing activities. His young readers also use songbooks to practice literacy skills, belting out favorites like Disney's Let It Go with their teacher while reading the lyrics.

alaska2Campbell leads a warm, supportive classroom where students love to learn. A bearskin rug nicknamed "Bernard" covers the floor of the class reading nook; student-led fitness challenges keep learners motivated during afternoon literacy blocks. Campbell's dynamic delivery inspires students to challenge themselves both in class and with extracurricular events like the reading-focused Battle of the Books. Campbell helps students overcome their academic insecurities by pointing out that real mathematicians and scientists ask questions, seek input from others and learn from their mistakes through problem-solving. Campbell also protects his students' emotional safety; when one student was scared after a lockdown drill, Campbell pretended to be a grizzly bear whose mighty roar would scare off any intruders.

Campbell is from a family of educators and is a product of Anchorage School District, having graduated from West Anchorage High School. His commitment to the community is reflected in his participation in local events and connecting with his students' families. He can be seen at the Fall Festival, Science Night and Skate Night (both roller-skating and ice-skating) as well as helps with the cross-country ski club, wrestling practice and managing the school's salmon tank. An avid outdoorsman, Campbell takes his students into the community for orienteering excursions, ice-fishing and sled dog races.

Milken Educators are selected in early to mid-career for what they have achieved and for the promise of what they will accomplish. In addition to the $25,000 prize and public recognition, Campbell's honor includes membership in the National Milken Educator Network, a group of more than 2,700 top principals, teachers and specialists dedicated to strengthening education.

In addition to participation in the Milken Educator Network, 2016-17 recipients will attend a Milken Educator Forum this spring in New Orleans. Educators will have the opportunity to network with their new colleagues and hear from state and federal officials about the importance of maximizing their leadership roles to advance educator effectiveness.

More than $138 million in funding, including $68 million in individual $25,000 awards, has been devoted to the overall Awards program, which includes powerful professional development opportunities throughout recipients' careers. Many have gone on to earn advanced degrees and be placed in prominent posts and on state and national education committees.

The awards alternate yearly between elementary and secondary educators. Unlike most teacher recognition programs, the Milken Educator Awards has no formal nomination or application process. Candidates are sourced through a confidential selection process and then reviewed by blue ribbon panels appointed by state departments of education. Those most exceptional are recommended for the Award, with final approval by the Milken Family Foundation.

Past recipients have used their Awards to fund their children's education or their own continuing education. Others have financed dream field trips, established scholarships and even funded the adoption of children.

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My name is Alyson Rode and I am a Retention Specialist with the Program Leading to University Success (PLUS).  We want to encourage education majors who are looking for employment on campus to think about applying to become a study group facilitator and/or one-on-one tutor for Winter 2017.  If you know of any students who would be interested, please share the information below.   
 
Student employees in the PLUS program:
-       Gain professional work experience
-       Complete an internationally recognized tutor certification program
-       Assist their peers as well as learn from them
-       Benefit from reviewing past course material
-       Earn income while completing their degree
 
Student applicants must have at least sophomore class standing (we also accept graduate student apps.), a 3.3 or higher overall GPA upon the time of application, and a 3.3 or higher in each course they are interested in assisting with.  I am attaching applications for both positions as well as a faculty recommendation form.  For more information, please read our fall 2016 faculty newsletter (https://sway.com/zBcZdNFxHxCBzRhC), visit our website (www.ewu.edu/plus) or email me at arode@ewu.edu.
 
We are always looking for course coverage in:
-       ACCT 250 series, 450 series
-       BIOL 100, 170 series, 230 series, 235/301
-       CHEM 100, 121, 150 series, 160 series
-       CSBS 320 (social science statistics)
-       ECON 100
-       MATH 107, 114, 140 series, 160 series, 200, 211, 212
-       MTHD 103, 104, 106
-       PHYS 130 series, 150 series
-       PSYC 100
 
Sincerely,
Alyson
 
 
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Alyson Rode, M.A. | Program Coordinator, PLUS Program
Program Leading to University Success (PLUS)
M28 - EWU Learning Commons, JFK Library ▪ Cheney, WA 99004
[p] 509.359.7416
arode@ewu.edu ▪ www.ewu.edu/PLUS

Happy turkey day from your EWU Education Department!

Big news! Our friends at Numerica Credit Union have stepped up with an offer to help us reach our $100,000 Giving Joy Day fundraising goal. When you donate Nov. 29 to support EWU scholarships, Numerica will be matching the first $25,000 with their $25,000 gift going toward the Numerica Scholarship Fund! #GivingJoyDay

Hello from LA! At the National Association for the Education of Young
Children annual conference.

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Dr. Kathryn Baldwin and Dr. Lance Potter of EWU's Education Department are providing students with an opportunity!


Eastern Washington University education students teamed up with 150 seventh graders from Cheney Middle School to plant more than 560 trees at Marshall Creek Friday, Oct. 21, as part of a service project to increase outdoor and environmental education.

Seven Eastern students each worked with a group of seventh graders to plant trees and learn about earth science, the water cycle and water filtration - the trees will filter out pollutants, reduce soil erosion and prevent heavy flows in the spring. The service activity is part of a capstone project for EWU pre-service teachers.

247feature"We hope that the pre-service teachers learn a greater appreciation for using the outdoor classroom, and a greater familiarity and therefore confidence about teaching about the environment," EWU Assistant Professor Kathryn Baldwin said.

With a week of rain softening the ground before the activity, the seventh graders dug holes in the ground with their bare hands (despite being given shovels), spreading mud on each other's faces while also planting trees and documenting their progress.

"I think the kids love playing in the mud," EWU senior elementary education major Alysa Morgan said. "They're grabbing the trees, digging holes and filling them up. They're getting to measure the trees and have their own special trees that they've planted."

Morgan said the project has been beneficial because EWU students have received resources to use in their future classroom, and are able to implement their strategies in an outdoor environment.

"The students need to know that they can make a difference. If something detrimental is happening to our environment, local wildlife or the way we live, they can do something to make a difference," Morgan said.

Aiming to increase exposure to outdoor and environmental education within the EWU education program, EWU Assistant Professors Lance Potter and Kathryn Baldwin worked with Cheney Middle School Assistant Principal Eli Holm and Kat Hall, conservation programs director at The Lands Council, to form a partnership to plant trees, introduce outdoor education to seventh graders and provide the pre-service teachers with teaching experience.
img_1941"We had grant funding and a lot of trees that we need to plant," Hall said. "It was the perfect opportunity for EWU students to get some teaching experience, too."

The Lands Council received grant funding from the Washington State Department of Ecology to do riparian restoration in the Hangman Creek watershed - planting trees and buffer strips along streams and creeks to prevent erosion and pollution. This funding coincided with EWU and Cheney Middle School's vision of an outdoor education project in the Cheney area, as Marshall Creek is a tributary to Hangman Creek.

"Everybody wins. We get to do education with the kids, get our trees planted, and the Eastern Washington University students get to have the experience of outdoor environmentalist education with middle school students," Hall said. "They're doing a really great service for our local watershed. It's a great partnership that we're excited about."

In the spring, the seventh graders will make a trip back to Marshall Creek with a different group of Eastern pre-service teachers to see which trees survived the winter.

"I've been taking notes, and I want to see the tree and how it's changed after winter and in the spring," seventh grader Abi Peek said. "I planted five trees altogether so far."

Baldwin said the long-term goal is to grow the outdoor education curriculum, and continue the partnership between EWU, Cheney Middle School and The Lands Council.

"I think it's a win-win-win," said Baldwin. "The future teachers get something out of it, Cheney Middle School seventh graders get something out of it and the environment also gets something out of it."

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Have you heard of Giving Joy Day?

It's EWU's version of Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to encouraging generosity and goodwill, and it's less than one month away on Nov. 29, 2016! Learn more at: givingjoyday.org #GivingJoyDay

Early Childhood Club Recruitment

Thursday, Nov. 3rd, 2016

6:00-7:00 pm   Williamson Hall 123   6-7pm
This meeting is to introduce the ECE club to classmates and other people around EWU.   We want to let people know who we are, what we do, and why they might want to join us

Scholastic Book Sale is coming!
Nov. 7-11! Williamson Hall First Floor Lobby
Give the gift of reading and/or build your own library!
Sponsored by the Eastern Reading Council.

The Eastern Reading Council currently needs new members!    You do not have to be a Reading major!   You do not even have to be an E#ducation major!    We need people who believe in getting children to read!  We need Freshmen to Seniors and we need both active members and leaders! 

 The Eastern Reading Council (ERC):     Hosts Book Fairs at EWU     Brings literacy nights and reading programs into elementary schools in our area     Helps students gain access to literature in the hopes of spreading the joy of reading to more children

Contact:
Shelly Shaffer
Assistant Professor of Literacy
Department of Education
312 Williamson Hall, 313D
Cheney, WA 99004-2445509

509.359.6192 
sshaffer1@ewu.edu

Application for ERC Membership




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The Eastern Reading Council currently needs new members!    You do not have to be a Reading major!   You do not even have to be an E#ducation major!    We need people who believe in getting children to read!  We need Freshmen to Seniors and we need both active members and leaders! 

 The Eastern Reading Council (ERC):     Hosts Book Fairs at EWU     Brings literacy nights and reading programs into elementary schools in our area     Helps students gain access to literature in the hopes of spreading the joy of reading to more children

Contact:
Shelly Shaffer
Assistant Professor of Literacy
Department of Education
312 Williamson Hall, 313D
Cheney, WA 99004-2445509

509.359.6192 
sshaffer1@ewu.edu

Application for ERC Membership

FYI - for graduate students asking about GSA positions for 2016-17, please refer them online to EagleAxis.    Departments were asked to post their GSA positions there; however, it may be somewhat sporadic.    In addition, be sure to tell students to check with the Library and with special programs like Chicano Ed.   The Education Department was not awarded any GSA positions to fill for 2016-17 so this is the best way we can try to help our students.



Summer Early Childhood

Education Graduate Coursework   The Department of Education is offering  new ECE graduate courses this summer!  Courses are FLEXIBLE, offered in the late afternoon over a 4-week  session and  intensive weekend course! Courses are APPLIED and  immediately applicable to ECE professional environments! Courses are LINKED with current  state, national, federal, and  professional ECE standards!


 EDUC 596: Policy, Practice,  and Professional Leadership  in Early Childhood  Education  
July 15th , 16th,  17th ,
2 credit
9:00 - 3:30 pm


EDUC 596: Evidence Based  Practices in Early Childhood Education    
July 18th - Aug 16th,  
3 credit
3:00 - 5:50 pm


For more information contact:
Dr. Allison Wilson
509.359.7021
awilson28@ewu.edu
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 Candidacy Forms for Graduate Students

Reminder:   Your candidacy form must be filed once you have completed 15-20 credits of your program.   Check with your advisor or with the Education Department Graduate Office in Williamson 314 or email rshowalter@ewu.edu.

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          Undergraduate Education Program Admissions Application Deadlines:

                        Quarter                                                                                Application Deadline                         

Winter Quarter 2017 Monday, October 17th 2016
Spring Quarter 2017 Monday, January 16th 2017
Summer Quarter 2016 Friday, April 15th 2016
Fall Quarter 2016 Monday, May 16th 2016

***Applications must be received by the deadline for consideration to begin the Education Program.   You can access Applications online at www.ewu.edu/cale/programs/education or pick up an Application in the Education Department in Williamson 3rd Floor. 

Questions? Email Tdixon7@ewu.edu

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UNDERGRADUATES: Your application is due two quarters ahead of graduation. No exceptions. 

          Undergraduate deadlines for applying for graduation. 



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