055 Agents of Change: Valencia Toomer

There are principals, and then there are principals-of-the-year principals. Valencia Toomer is the award-winning type! She’s a College of Education alumna, and we’re excited that she recently was honored in North Carolina for her excellence. We talk to her about the award, and how at the root of everything, she’s an agent of change by believing in helping the whole child.

054 INTO Higher Education

At Washington State University, one aspect of the Drive to 25 initiative is to increase enrollment of international students. To achieve this, WSU became one of 11 universities in the United States to partner with INTO. INTO is a private organization that partners with universities to connect potential students with opportunities in higher education. Chad Gotch is an assistant professor and the INTO coordinator for the Educational Psychology program and he spoke with us about the dynamics and impact of INTO.

053 Leadership Development for Instructional Improvement

Most educational experts agree that quality teaching is the single most important factor in improving educational outcomes for students. Improving that instruction then is perhaps the number one thing K-12 leaders can do, from Superintendent on down. Kristin Huggins, an associate professor of Educational Leadership WSU Vancouver, has always been interested in the field of leadership, and she talked to us about how to develop better leaders that can help improve instruction. Plus, we struggle to say the word “rurality.”

052 HEAL project grant

Molly Kelton and Jeb Owen sitting and smiling.

In rural Washington, there is a shortage in both the number and diversity of students who enter biomedical careers. Thanks to two Washington State University professors, and a 1.2 million dollar federal grant, the HEAL project aims to solve this issue. HEAL stands for Health Education through Arts-based Learning. The two faculty members, Molly Kelton from the College of Education, and Jeb Owen from CAHNRS, explain how HEAL can help build child interest in science, as well as provide a service to the medical community.

051 First Math-Science Education graduate

Heidi Rhodes is the first graduate of Washington State University’s Mathematics and Science Education doctoral program. Rhodes has completed this program from WSU Vancouver and talks about the highs and lows of earning her Ph.D., as well as shares her research about middle school principals and their perceptions about math.

050 The Online Developmental Math Course

Candace Chappelle

A number of students who have been accepted to Washington State University (WSU) are underprepared to enter into a required mathematics course mandated by their selected area of study. In response to this
issue, WSU created a course, Mathematics 100, to strengthen students’ basic
math skills. Further analysis found that certain modifications to the online course are critical in order to produce successful results. Mathematics and Science Education doctoral student Candace Chapelle talks to us about her research, the results of which provide insight into the factors that contribute to students’ success or demise with this Mathematics 100 course.

049 From Kinesiology Grad to Business Owner

CJ Robert holding cup of coffee

Every once in awhile, we run into one of our graduates whose career is NOT in their field of study. We often find those stories to be every bit as interesting as others we share. Well, here’s the story of CJ Robert, who graduated from WSU with a Kinesiology degree and now owns TWO businesses. We sit down with CJ over lunch in the coffee shop she owns in downtown Pullman, and chat about why she’s doing what she’s doing, and some of the highlights – and struggles – of owning multiple businesses.

048 Inga Kromann Book Award 2018

Grace Ku

Every year, a Washington State University College of Education student wins the Inga Kromann Book Award.

Dr. Inga Kromann was the children’s literature professor at WSU for 38 years. She created an endowment to support a book contest, which was created by her successor, Associate Professor Jane Kelley.

The Inga Kromann Book Award contest is open to all undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Teaching and Learning on WSU’s Pullman campus. The book selected for the top Medal Award will receive a $1,000 scholarship and a professionally bound copy of the book.

We’ve highlighted previous winners on our podcast, and continue that tradition with this year’s winner: Grace Ku.  We let Grace tell us more about her book, and why she wanted to become a teacher in the first place. Education Eclipse starts now.

047 A Collaborative Affair: LPRC’s Methods Workshop

Gregory Hancock standing in front of PowerPoint display while teaching workshop participants

Washington State University’s Learning and Performance Research Center (LPRC) hosts its sixth annual Methods Workshop May 10-11, 2018.

The LPRC isn’t alone in its sponsorship. It’s joined by the College of Education’s Educational Psychology, CAHNRS’ Department of Human Development, and the College of Arts and Science’s Department of Psychology.

There are multiple entities involved because of the importance of the workshop and its potential for changing outcomes.

In preparation for this year’s workshop, we take a look back at last year’s.

046 Culturally-Reponsive Case-Based Instruction

Kira Carbonneau

It is commonly agreed that practicum-based learning is essential for success in a variety of different careers. This is especially true for educators who already get great experience through this process. Yet, many preservice teachers feel unprepared to work with culturally- and linguistically-diverse students. Enter case-based instruction which assistant professor of educational psychology Kira Carbonneau says could give an authentic classroom-like experience to these preservice teachers.