Anne Marie Guerrettaz is trying to figure something out: in Spanish foreign language classrooms, are the teaching or instructional materials helping or hindering students who are learning to speak Spanish? With the help of some recent recognition and grants, she plans to find an answer, along with potential solutions if things aren’t quite up to par. Plus, we learn that Anne Marie is a self-proclaimed “big dork.”
Roughly 45 percent of school children in Washington state are designated as people “of color.” But there’s only about 10 percent diversity among teachers and school administrators. This isn’t a new problem. And universities are certainly not just now working on solutions. But thanks to being the first recipient of the George Brain and Gay Selby Faculty Award in Educational Leadership, WSU Vancouver’s Katherine Rodela is working to bridge that diversity gap.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Quite simply, we can teach better, as a society, when we better know how students learn. A lot of research has been done through classroom observation. But getting down to learning from a neurocognitive perspective, can really help researchers better assess what works and what doesn’t.
Jonah Firestone, from WSU Tri-Cities, runs a lab, called… wait for it… The Simulation and Integrated Media for Instruction Assessment and Neurocognition Site. No joke… this is the name of it. As you can imagine, there’s an acronym: SIMIAN. Jonah tells us about SIMIAN, and, his love of sci fi.