Faculty Publication: Teaching Through Crisis: Career Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Congratulations to Dr. Alisun Thompson for the publication of the report Teaching Through Crisis: Career Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic. This report This report focuses on the pandemic’s effect on teachers’ commitment to teaching as a career, details teachers' career trajectories, and explores how working conditions shape career decisions. Dr. Thompson is a Principal Investigator of the Suddenly Distant Research Project.
Master of Arts in Teaching Presentation Session
Join the MAT 2023 candidates on August 4, 2023 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Rotunda in Wheelock Student Center for interactive conversations as they present the dilemmas they encountered while student teaching. Hear about culturally responsive and anti-racist teaching practices from grades K-12 and in subjects including math, social studies, science, English Language Arts, and music.
Faculty Publication: School Counseling: Collaborating with School Staff
Congratulations to MEd in Counseling Program Director and Assistant Professor Dr. Heidi Morton and Puyallup School District Elementary School Counselor Nita Hill for the publication of the book chapter School Counseling: Collaborating with School Staff in the textbook Foundations of School Counseling: Innovations in Professional Practice (1st ed.). The chapter shares recommendations for staff engagement regarding presentation of data, professional development training opportunities, and school community-building strategies.
Faculty Documentary: The Resting Place
Assistant Professor of Music Education Dr. Tina Huynh, Kate Drazner-Hoyt, and Hallie Harper created the documentary The Resting Place. The documentary tells the story of how the Vietnamese community in Tacoma came together to establish a shared cemetery to honor members who have passed. The film is one installment in the Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation’s “Our Communities, Our Neighbors” film series.
Faculty Publication: Teachers on Learning and Leadership during COVID-19
Congratulations to Dr. Alisun Thompson for the publication of the report Teachers on Learning and Leadership during COVID-19. Dr. Thompson is a Principal Investigator of the Suddenly Distant Research Project. Since spring of 2020, the project has documented and analyzed teachers’ lived experience of teaching during the pandemic and implications for the teaching profession.
Faculty Publication: Relational Narrating: Supporting a Reluctant Writer in Writing Workshop
Congratulations to Professor and Director of School-based Placements Dr. Fred Hamel for the publication of the article Relational Narrating: Supporting a Reluctant Writer in Writing Workshop in the Journal of Language & Literacy Education. This article uses a narrative methodology approach to interpret the writing of a 4th grade reluctant writer in a writing workshop. The analysis conceptualizes writing as a process of "becoming" and considers the role of “imaginative co-investments” in writing, between peers, as shaping factors supporting writer identity and practice.
Interview with Assistant Professor Tina Huynh
Whether Dr. Tina Huynh is collecting Vietnamese children’s music, teaching undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in music and music education at University of Puget Sound, or serving as the Tacoma Refugee Choir’s project scholar, Huynh is passionate about preserving music and passing it on to her students and to the community. Read Five Questions with Puget Sound Assistant Professor Tina Huynh.
Faculty Publication: Grounded Framework for Culturally Relevant and Responsive Music Teaching
Congratulations to Assistant Professor of Music Education Dr. Tina Huynh for the publication of the article Grounded Framework for Culturally Relevant and Responsive Music Teaching. Co-authored with a research team, the article presents a framework to provide music educators with guidance, supporting their individual musical growth, facilitating authentic relationships with students, authentic performances, and careful idea development for lesson planning that is inclusive of multiple musical perspectives and origins.
Faculty Documentary: Songs of Little Saigon
Assistant Professor of Music Education Dr. Tina Huynh and James Rael created the documentary Songs of Little Saigon. (Learn more about the documentary at songsoflittlesaigon.com.) The film features Vietnamese Americans whose musical talent, hope and resilience propelled the rebuilding of their lives in Southern California after fleeing a war-torn Vietnam. They have become musically active leaders and role models in the Vietnamese community. From October 15-30, 2021 you can screen the film virtually via Viet Film Fest.
Virtual Panel: Tacoma Public Schools LGBTQIA Professional Learning Community
The School of Education is hosting a special event on Wednesday, March 24 from 6-8 pm. Join a team of Tacoma Public Schools counselors, advocates, and a school board member to discuss caring for and serving queer youth, their families, and queer faculty in public schools.
- LISA KEATING, Board of Directors for Tacoma Public Schools
- CAROLINE KYLE MENZIA, School Counselor, Gieger Elementary
- JAKE CLAUSEN, School Counselor, Lincoln High School
- BRANDI JUNDERSON, Career Guidance Specialist, Stadium High School
- LAUREN NOBLE, School Counselor, Stewart Middle School
- MELISSA PORTER, School Counselor, Washington Elementary School
- KRISTI GREENAWAY, Implementation Coach, Whole Child Initiative
Advancing Equity Grant Award
MAT program faculty worked in partnership with Tacoma Public Schools, African American Studies, the Race & Pedagogy Institute, and Vibrant Schools Tacoma to write a successful grant proposal for the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) Advancing Equity Grant. PESB developed the grant opportunity to advance equity within educator preparation programs and to address persistent inequities in Washington’s P-12 education system. From 2021 to 2023 the grant team will co-plan monthly professional development sessions addressing culturally responsive and anti-racist teaching to develop racial equity leadership among pre-service and in-service teachers. Learn More.
Virtual Presentation: Are We Learning Yet? Portraits of Online Learning in High Schools
The School of Education hosted a virtual panel presentation on Wednesday, November 18. MAT candidates interning in virtual classrooms shared observations and insights about online learning in the COVID19 pandemic. MAT candidates in the EDUC 620: Adolescent Identities, Literacies, and Communities course engaged in the following questions: In what ways have teaching and learning changed with virtual instruction? What challenges do students and teachers face? How are classroom relationships affected? What strengths & successes are emerging?
To view the recorded presentation, please use the following link: Are We Learning Yet?
Race Matters Panel: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 Culturally Responsive and Anti-Racist Teaching
Tacoma Public Schools educators Justina Johnson, AVID & Advanced Program; Jess Stella, NBCT, (2008, MAT 2010), Tacoma School of the Arts; and Audrey Wilson (MAT 2013), Mason Middle School; and moderator Amy Ryken, School of Education Dean, discussed culturally responsive and anti-racist teaching. Panelists discussed equity initiatives Tacoma Public Schools is engaging and the challenges of the ongoing work.
Race Matters: Continuing the Conversation was a series of online discussions for the Puget Sound community and our neighbors, allowing for courageous conversations about race, supported by the expertise and guidance of Race & Pedagogy Institute leaders.
To view the recorded presentation, view the August 19 session of Race Matters: Continuing the Conversation.
April 2020 Virtual Brown Bag Lunch Series Recordings
Recording links are now available for viewing the School of Education brown bag lunch discussions.
Wednesday, April 15
Taking Care of Yourself in Stressful Times
Dr. Ellen Carruth, Professor & Director of the Counseling Program
In this one-hour session, Professor Ellen Carruth will talk about the negative and positive effects that stress can have on the body and strategies for resilience in the face of stress.
- Zoom recording link: Taking Care of Yourself in Stressful Times- Dr. Ellen Carruth
Wednesday, April 22
When Information Pollution Can Kill You: Helping K-12 Students Navigate Our Media Rich World
Dr. Terry Beck, Professor
We live in a world of contested and "alternative" facts. The COVID-19 outbreak illustrates the need for up-to-date, trustworthy information that maximizes our communities' abilities to make sound decisions that keep everyone healthy and safe. Studies suggest that students (and the rest of us) struggle to distinguish trustworthy information from polluted and potentially dangerous sources accurately.
In this one-hour session, Professor Terry Beck will create goals for media literacy that help students be cautious without becoming cynical. He will draw on recent research to share strategies and resources teachers can use to foster these goals with their students.
- Zoom recording link: When Information Pollution Can Kill You- Dr. Terry Beck
Wednesday, April 29
Examining a Classroom Economy System for Management: Who Earns and Who Pays?
Mary Boer, Clinical Instructor, and National Board Certified Teacher
In this one-hour session, Clinical Instructor Mary Boer will talk about a management system she used in an upper elementary classroom. She will consider the benefits and inequities of the system and its applications to other classroom management systems.
- Zoom recording link: Examining a Classroom Economy System for Management- Clinical Instructor Mary Boer
Faculty Award: Outstanding Faculty Award
Congratulations to Dean and Distinguished Professor Amy Ryken, who received a University of Puget Sound Leadership Award—the Outstanding Faculty Award. Recipients are selected for supporting students in and outside of the classroom.
Student Award: Knowles Teaching Fellowship
Jennifer Flonacher (MAT 2020) was selected as a Knowles Teaching Fellow. The Fellows Program provides professional development focused on practitioner inquiry and community-building to early-career high school science and math teachers during their first five years of teaching.
Special Student Issue of the Race and Pedagogy Journal
A Special Student Issue of the Race and Pedagogy Journal Engaging Teaching Dilemmas to Foster Culturally Responsive and Antiracist Teaching Practice features the master's work of seven MAT '19 alumni: Julianne Bonnell, Erica Gott, Erika Horwege, Sheri-Ann Nishiyama, Hayley Rathburn, Dylan Richmond, and Robbie Wood. They share reflections representing how race and racism are visible, silenced, and/or dismissed in classrooms and schools. Also included in this issue are reflections from teacher educators and community partners who contribute their voices to the journal in response to their engagement with MAT candidates' projects.
Student Award: Knowles Teaching Fellowship
Julianne Bonnell (MAT 2019) was selected as a Knowles Teaching Fellow. The Fellows Program provides professional development focused on practitioner inquiry and community-building to early-career high school science and math teachers during their first five years of teaching.
Special Student Issue of the Race and Pedagogy Journal
A Special Student Issue of the Race and Pedagogy Journal Undoing Miseducation: Centering Race and Unlearning Racism in Teacher Education features the master’s work of twelve MAT ‘18 alumni: Ryan Baker, Rebecca Bathrick, Ninoshka Chavez, Austin Docter, Holly Keehn, Colin Kelly, Madeline McVay, Beth O’Reilly, Spencer Rake-Marona, Robin Rosenberg, Jordan Ross, Cameron Stedman. They share reflections representing how race and racism are visible, silenced, and/or dismissed in classrooms and schools.
Unlearning Racism: Professional Resources
This collection of print and non-print resources was compiled by teachers, community members, and faculty who collaboratively developed the PreK-12 Teachers and Students Unlearning Racism strand as a part of the Race & Pedagogy 2018 National Conference. A collection is a starting place for continued exploration about centering race and unlearning racism.
Faculty Publication: Choice and Agency in the Writing Workshop: Developing Engaged Writers, Grades 4-6
Congratulations to Professor Fred Hamel for the publication of his book Choice and Agency in the Writing Workshop. Recently, he discussed his new book on National Writing Project Radio, which airs on the teacher–oriented group's website.