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Are you interested in taking Leadership for Today's Schools, EDUC 565 this summer? We are hoping to offer it during the second summer session from July 18-Aug 11th, Monday -Thursday mornings at 9:50 at Riverpoint Campus. If you are interested, please contact Robin Showalter immediately at or 359-6492. If enough students commit to taking the class by July 11th, it will run.


Lance Potter, Ph.D., J.D.
Director, Educational Leadership Program
Eastern Washington University
313B Williamson Hall
Cheney, WA  99004
(509) 359-7018

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

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


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 Literacy Positions Available:

June 20 August 14 Get things done, Serve your community! Summer Associates will work on literacy projects at local nonprofit organizations and public libraries. sponsoring agencies: AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates are passionate and committed to the mission to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Benefits include a living stipend, a $1,222 education award or cash at completion, and more! For more information, visit: www. APPLY NOW: Listing ID: 66943 Questions? Contact Michaela Brown ( Be a leader, help a kid be a reader!  

AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates are passionate and committed to the mission to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Benefits include a living stipend, a $1,222 education award or cash at completion, and more! For more information, visit: www. APPLY NOW: Listing ID: 66943

Questions? Contact Michaela Brown (

This is a shout-out to our own Education Department Staff Team running Bloomsday this Sunday, May 1st, 2016!

 Team name: Schooling the Competition:   Katie Higgins, Melissa Knapp, Allison Wilson, Jill Stinson, Shelly Shaffer.   Ashley West is also running, and is an honorary member of the team.   Our team just made it to the 20 finalists list for best team name!    

This is a fun article from the Lilac Bloomsday Association talking about the competition to have the best team name.        

Good luck to all the other Eastern teams, students and families participating in Bloomsday this year!


Spokane's On Track Academy a semifinalist in $10 million "Super School" challenge

Spokane's On Track Academy is a semifinalist in a competition to re-think high school - a challenge that comes with a $10 million prize.

Called XQ: The Super School Project, the competition is funded by $50 million from Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Apple founder Steve Jobs. It's her highest profile philanthropic effort yet, The New York Times said when Powell Jobs launched the project last fall.

On Track Academy was among 700 initial applicants, and has made it through two rounds of cuts, said school Principal Lisa Mattson. Now 50 schools have been invited to submit development plans, due May 23. Five finalists will be named in July, with funding to begin in August.

On Track Academy was launched by Spokane Public Schools to help students who were missing credits catch up and graduate on time. The school has expanded its scope, however, to help students who for a variety of reasons don't fit in at a traditional high school. Mattson said many On Track students are successful because of the level of personalized, tailored education available through the program. Many graduate with college credit or certifications that allow them to go directly into the workforce, she said, and all students map their post-high-school futures as part of the program.

Being named a winner in the Super School Project would allow On Track to build on those successes.

"We're looking at ramping up and actually doing a school without walls - having our students be very involved in their community, solving problems alongside experts in the community," she said.

That might mean a student interested in a career in hospitality would work alongside mentors at the Spokane Convention Center, for example. "In a classroom with a kitchen, they would never have that experience," Mattson said.

Or a student interested in a career in environmental science might work with the Spokane Riverkeeper, "being at sites in the community where they could explore and understand the impact of environmental education."

On Track would used a layered approach in moving students from traditional schoolwork to the full community-based "applied learning" model, Mattson said. A 9th grader would have a great deal more oversight and supervision than a junior or senior, she said. And there would be ongoing assessments to make sure students are learning the foundational skills expected of high school students, she said.

"We've done mini versions of this, so we know it's do-able," Mattson said. On Track Academy has some potential partners identified and is meeting with others.

Winning the $10 million from XQ: the Super School Project "would allow us to take this to scale," she said.

The XQ project was devised as a way to re-think high school. Powell Jobs told the New York Times, "The system was created for the work force we needed 100 years ago... Things are not working the way we want it to be working. We've seen a lot of incremental changes over the last several years, but we're saying, 'Start from scratch.' "

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

Join us and earn FREE Clock Hours as we redefine teaching and learning EdCamp-style! During this full-day FREE event, you will discover how technology can help develop 21st century learners and increase the communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creation skills that inspire learning. Educators who attend will be able to quickly and easily redefine their teaching practices so that learning is maximized.
What will the day look like?
 The event is a participant-driven professional development where the outcomes and content are shaped by the participants.  A few session choices will include team coding competition over lunch, Sway, and Office Mix.  Focus on sharing and inspiring new ideas among fellow educators.  Free form discussion around strategies and tools that can be used to reach your goals to transform teaching and learning practices.  Collaborating with colleagues and learning how to use tools to minimize administrative tasks and maximize productivity.

WHAT: Redefine Learning: Innovative Technology Strategy Sharing WHEN:  Saturday, May 7th WHERE: Libby Center- 2900 E First Ave, Spokane WA 99202, Room 210 (upstairs) TIME: 8:30-3:00 COST: Free + Free Clock Hours for SPS and EVSD teachers! Registration Linkhttps://goo . gl/FZCWLk Please bring a Wi-Fi enabled device/laptop.

Refreshments will be provided and 3 Ninjas food truck will be available to order lunch.


Did you see this article in the Inlander about the demand for teachers?

Wanted:  Teachers

Jan. 21, 2016 The Inlander


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


          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 or pick up an Application in the Education Department in Williamson 3rd Floor. 

Questions? Email



Graduation Application Deadlines:

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

          Undergraduate deadlines for applying for graduation. 

GRADUATE STUDENTS: Your application to graduate is due the second Friday of the quarter before you graduate. 

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