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ELL Endorsement Online, 14 Nov 2018 16:49:59<p style="margin-left: 440px;">11/14/2018</p><p>K-12 Educators in Washington Public Schools,</p><p>Do you need your English Language Learner (ELL) Endorsement for teaching in the State of Washington by September 2019 to comply with <a href="">House Bill 1541</a> (RCW 28A.180.040)?</p><p>Central Washington University’s Bilingual Education/ Teaching English as a Second Language Program is offering a “Beat the Deadline!” cohort for those needing the English Language Learner (ELL) endorsement by the required deadline.</p><p>Program Overview<br>The ELL endorsement program for certified teachers is comprised of the following courses:</p><p>Winter, 2019<br>• EDBL 514: Introduction to Linguistic Diversity in Education<br>• EDBL 530: Sheltering in the Mainstream I: Methods*</p><p>Spring, 2019<br>• EDBL 531: Sheltering in the Mainstream II: Assessment &amp; Resources*<br>• EDBL 440: Development of Literacy with Linguistically Diverse Students</p><p>Summer, 2019<br>• EDBL 433: Educational Linguistics<br>• EDBL 438: Teaching English as a Second Language<br>(* these courses could be used towards a Master Teacher graduate degree)</p><p>Deadline for registration: Prior to 1/3/2019. But get on the list now, by contacting&nbsp;Dr. <a href=";body=Hi!%20I'm%20interested%20in%20joining%20the%20Winter%20cohort%20for%20the%20online%20ELL%20Endorsement%20Program.%20What%20are%20my%20next%20steps%3F">Craig A. Hughes</a>.</p><p>Are you interested?<br>If you are ready to take this next step in your professional career please contact Dr. <a href=";body=Hi!%20I'm%20interested%20in%20joining%20the%20Winter%20cohort%20for%20the%20online%20ELL%20Endorsement%20Program.%20What%20are%20my%20next%20steps%3F">Craig A. Hughes</a> or call&nbsp;509-963-1269</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p style="margin-left: 440px;"></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></a href=";body=Hi!%20I'm%20interested%20in%20joining%20the%20Winter%20cohort%20for%20the%20online%20ELL%20Endorsement%20Program.%20What%20are%20my%20next%20steps%3F"></br></a href=";body=Hi!%20I'm%20interested%20in%20joining%20the%20Winter%20cohort%20for%20the%20online%20ELL%20Endorsement%20Program.%20What%20are%20my%20next%20steps%3F">CWU receives state grant to increase educators of color for state classrooms, 23 Jan 2018 09:53:26<p>CWU—the largest producer of certified teachers within the state—is studying new ways to increase the number of students of color seeking to become teachers.</p><p>The Washington Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) recently selected CWU, along with several other higher education institutions, to participate in the PESB Pilot to Policy Grant: Advancing Systemic Equity. The goal of the program is to develop and implement policies and procedures surrounding issues of racial equity and local community engagement.</p><p>“To initiate our effort, the grant team will go on a statewide listening tour to hear from current students of color in our ‘Grow Your Own’ (GYO) partnerships, current CWU teacher candidates of color, and recent CWU alumni of color from our various teacher education programs,” said Professor Grace Blum, from CWU’s Department of Education, Development, Teaching, and Learning.</p><p>CWU’s highly regarded GYO programs already help school districts develop staff from within their local communities to address hard-to-fill positions.</p><p>Blum collaborated on the grant proposal with her faculty colleagues Eric Hougan and Keith Reyes, both from the Department of Curriculum, Supervision, and Educational Leadership. Blum and Hougan work at the CWU-Des Moines and CWU-Pierce County University Centers, while Reyes is based in Ellensburg.</p><p>“We will be able to see both the challenges and opportunities our teachers of color face through analyzing their progression from being high school students themselves, to applying and enrolling as teacher candidates, graduation, certification, and to teaching in the field,” Blum continued. “This type of comprehensive review will allow us to assess the effectiveness of our current institutional support around racial equity and, based on the findings, craft and implement an Equity Vision and Action Plan (EVAP).”</p><p>Blum, Hougan, and Reyes are also members of CWU’s newly formed School of Education Diversity and Equity Committee.</p><p>“We will present our findings and recommendations to this committee, laying the foundation for the subsequent approval of the formal EVAP by the School of Education,” Hougan added.</p><p>Year 2 of the grant will focus on the implementation of the approved action plan.</p><p>“We believe the plan will include developing a formalized mentorship network that supports our GYO students of color, current teacher candidates of color, and recent alumni of color from our teacher education programs,” Reyes stated. “We will also look to communicate and hear feedback from all stakeholders at the university, and incorporate this input into policy.”</p><p>In the last five years, CWU has experienced a dramatic, campus-wide increase in its enrolled students of color. That is born out in the percentage of Latinx teacher graduates, which rose between 2012 and 2017 from 7.9 to 14.3 percent. However, during that same timeframe, the percentage of African American teacher graduates remained virtually unchanged, growing slightly from 1.4 to 1.8 percent.</p><p>“The focus of this work is crucial to teacher education as a whole and our work at CWU as we seek to increase access and recruitment of underrepresented populations into the profession,” stated Ron Jacobson, executive director of the CWU School of Education. “As one of the largest producers of teachers in Washington, and with a reach across the state, CWU is perfectly situated to take on this challenge.”</p><p>CWU typically certifies between 300 and 350 new—and needed—teachers, principals, and school psychologist each year. The university now has teachers working in 70 percent of Washington’s schools.</p><p>“In the long term, along with more recruited and enrolled teacher candidates of color, we want to see the number and scope of community partnerships increased,” Hougan noted. “We need to shape a seamless system of transition and support for our teachers; beginning with those interested in pursuing teaching as a career, to create a support network with resources for teachers of color in the workforce.”</p><p>The two-year PESB grant program will continue through June of 2019.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487,</p>Pioneering Black Educators Help Set The Standard For Academic Excellence, 14 Dec 2017 08:09:37<p><img alt="" src="/teaching-learning/sites/" style="width: 200px; height: 200px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;">CWU alumna Peggy Johnson, '42, was among the first group of black educators to be hired by the Seattle Public Schools, after education pioneer Thelma Dewitty.</p><p>Read more of the story in the <a href="" target="_blank">Seattle Medium</a>.</p><p>Thursday, December 14, 2017</p>CWU awarded millions for STEM teaching program, 25 Sep 2017 14:15:33<p>There has been a major shortage in teachers Nationwide and especially in Washington. Microsoft gave local institutions millions to help with the cause. Central Washington University has been awarded a 2.19 million dollar grant to adopt a new model for how they train science and math teachers. Central is the only institution in the larger region to get funding for STEM teaching.</p><p>"The reason why its really really good for our students is that it gives them these two career options. They can choose to go to graduate school, pursue biology longer, go to medical school or they can choose to become a teacher," said by Co-Director of STEM Jenny Dechaine.</p><p>See more of this story on <a href="" target="_blank">KIMA-TV</a>.</p>Two CWU alumni among six finalists for national math/science teaching awards, 06 Oct 2016 11:56:47<p><img alt="Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching logo" src="/teaching-learning/sites/" style="width: 275px; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; float: right; height: 194px;">Two Central Washington University alumni are among six Washington elementary teachers now up for the <a href="" target="_blank">Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching </a>(PAEMST). The award is the highest honor for a K-12 mathematics or science teacher, as it acknowledges classroom instructors for their abilities to foster student growth in both of those subject areas.</p><p>In the science category, the state finalists include Yakima’s Julie Fry and Veronique Paquette from East Wenatchee.</p><p>Fry received her Bachelor of Education from CWU in 1989, master’s degree in 1997, and her National Board Certification in 2012. Fry has served at <a href=";" target="_blank">Roosevelt Elementary</a> for 21 of the 25 years she has been a first-grade teacher in the Yakima district.</p><p>“My initial reaction to the nomination was complete disbelief!” Fry acknowledged. “My training at CWU was hugely foundational for my career. I still remember pivotal moments during my undergraduate classes when my own love of learning was fostered by some pretty influential professors.”</p><p>Paquette, a teacher for 29 years, is now in her 20th year as a second grade instructor, all at <a href="" target="_blank">Kenroy Elementary</a>. She earned her Bachelor of Education from Central in 1987, followed by a Master’s in Reading in 1992, and her National Board Certification in 2010.&nbsp;She was also honored as the 2003 Washington State Teacher of the Year.</p><p>“I’m not sure if I can compare the two awards,” Paquette explained. “I was intrigued by the questions that both asked. Each had me analyze my teaching and write to my philosophies and methodologies. I came away from each applications feeling as though the self-reflection on my teaching was very valuable. I felt I became a better teacher because of the opportunity to take the time to self-reflect on my daily teaching.”&nbsp;</p><p>Paul Ballard, dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies, said, “We’re proud of the efforts and accomplishments of both Julie and Veronique. As Central continues to see its alumni nominated for—and receive—statewide, regional, and national recognition, it verifies that we have the right approach to classroom-teacher preparation. And we make sure to constantly revise and refine our focus so that we will continue to produce instructors who can meet the needs of today’s students, and tomorrow’s as well.”&nbsp;</p><p>Presented since 1983, the national PAEMST award recipients will be announced next spring. The National Science Foundation administers the awards program on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.&nbsp;</p><p>Media contact: Robert Lowery, director of radio services and integrated communications, 509-963-1487,</p><p>October 6, 2016</p>2017 Washington State Teacher of the Year credits passion, and CWU, for honor, 05 Oct 2016 11:52:24<p><img alt="" src="/teaching-learning/sites/" style="width: 225px; height: 281px; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; float: right;">Central Washington University, again, has an alumna who has been named the Washington State Teacher of the Year. Camille Jones, from <a href="" target="_blank">Pioneer Elementary School in Quincy</a>, received the 2017 award—becoming the fifth CWU graduate to receive that honor since 2005.</p><div><p>“It is wonderful to see our teacher education alumni being recognized for their great accomplishments,” said Paul Ballard, dean of the CWU College of Education and Professional Studies. “Faculty and staff in the School of Education, work hard to ensure that our students are effectively prepared for success in the teaching profession.”</p><p>For the last three years, Jones has developed and expanded the Quincy School District’s science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) enrichment program. Through its STEAM Lab, she works with each of the nearly 450 kindergarten through third-grade students enrolled there.<br><br>“I want to help every student expand their vision of the world and what they see their life could be,” she said, “and engage the highly capable students in their education process and challenging them to also achieve their full potential.”<br><br>Jones received her elementary education teaching certification from CWU in 2010, taking classes in Ellensburg and at the university’s Wenatchee campus.</p><p>“The Central program allowed me to develop a broad range of different skills because it was so diverse,” said Jones, who grew up in Quincy. “If I would not have had a university so close by it [becoming a teacher] may not have become a reality for me.”<br><br>Jones, 29, was youngest of eight nominees for the statewide honor.&nbsp;<br><br>“Being the age that I am, what I bring to the table is my perspective from being a millennial,” Jones added. “I understand how truly prepared students have to be to compete in a tough economy.”<br><br>Her selection was based on both a written application and interviews. Additionally, nominees were required to outline their proposed teacher-of-the-year message. Jones’s pertained to enrichment.<br><br>“Enrichment is often offered only to those considered highly capable—the ‘smart kids,’” Jones explained about her platform. “But we really believe that every student deserves that chance.”<br><br>As the state’s top teacher, Jones will be an ambassador for the education profession. Between next January and June, she will serve as Washington’s first Teacher of the Year Teacher-in-Residence.<br><br>In addition, Jones is now up for National Teacher of the Year, which will be announced at a White House ceremony next spring. CWU alumnus Jeff Charbonneau, from Zillah High School, received that award in 2013.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, director of radio services and integrated communications, 509-963-1487,</p><p>October 5, 2016</p><p><strong>Photo</strong>: Camille Jones, courtesy Pioneer Elementary.&nbsp;</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>National Teacher of the Year Goes "Back to the Beginning", 29 Jan 2014 11:45:39<p>The National Teacher of the Year takes a visit to his beginnings this morning in Ellensburg.</p><p>Zillah High School science teacher Jeff Charbonneau spoke to faculty members and science administrators at Central Washington University.</p><p>Read the entire article by KAPP TV in Yakima, by Eugene Buenaventura, <a href="">here</a>.</p><p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,</p><p>January 28, 2014</p>CWU Teacher Study Underway, 20 Sep 2013 21:14:12<p>The Center for Teaching and Learning at Central Washington University is conducting a research study to better understand the daily activities of teachers in Washington public schools.&nbsp; Data collection began on Sept 3rd with participants representing over 159 Washington School Districts. Find more information and weekly updates on the <a href="">CWU Teacher Study webpage.</a></p>CWU Alumnus Named National Teacher of the Year, 22 Apr 2013 08:38:31<p><img alt="" src="/teaching-learning/sites/" style="width: 480px; height: 320px; "></p><p>Jeff Charbonneau, a 2000 CWU alumnus and an Eastern Washington science teacher today was named national Teacher of the Year.</p><p>Read the Wall Street Journal article <a href="">here</a>.</p><p>Charbonneau, from Zillah High in the Yakima Valley, is the first winner from Washington state since 2007, and he will spend a year traveling as an ambassador for the teaching profession.</p><p>The Council of Chief State School Officers announced the award today. Charbonneau, the 63rd National Teacher of the Year, will be recognized along with all 2013 State Teachers of the Year by President Obama in a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday.</p><p>Charbonneau was one of four finalists for the teaching honor. The other three finalists were an English teacher from Maryland, a special education teacher from Florida and a music teacher from New Hampshire.</p><p>Read more about Charbonneau in the Seattle Times&nbsp;<a href="">here</a>.</p><p><br>Charbonneau is a 2000 CWU graduate in biology education, who also received his biology teaching certificate, in 2000; and his broad area science teaching certificate, in 2004, from CWU. In 2005, he earned his Master Teacher degree from Central.</p><p>In addition, Charbonneau teaches online professional teacher certification courses and facilities the online National Board Teacher Certification candidate program through the CWU Office of Continuing Education. He also is a teacher in CWU's Cornerstone program, which allow his high school physics students to earn college credit.</p><p><br>Photo courtesy of David Goehner, ESD 105</p></br></br>