Interview with Clinical Instructor Molly Pugh

After a decade as a high school English teacher, Molly Pugh MAT 2003 joined the School of Education, where she helps aspiring teachers reflect about their teaching experiences in public schools.  As a clinical instructor, she works closely with schools in the Tacoma area to mentor student teachers. Read Five Questions with Puget Sound Clinical Instructor Molly Pugh.


NBCC Grant Award

Congratulations to Professor and Director Ellen Carruth, Assistant Professor Heidi Morton, and Clinical Assistant Professor Kim Ratliff. The National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) has awarded the Master of Education in Counseling Program a NBCC and Affiliates grant to assist the program with the costs of obtaining first-time accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). NBCC created this grant opportunity to support programs to earn CACREP accreditation and to ensure that programs have been evaluated and meet the highest professional standards.


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 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.


M.Ed. Program Director Interviews with The Spokesman Review

Professor Ellen Carruth shared perspectives about access to mental health services in the article Wait Lists Linger for Local Mental Health Providers in the April 1, 2021 issue of The Spokesman-Review.


Faculty Publication: Social Studies in Elementary Education

Congratulations to Distinguished Professor Terry Beck for the publication of the 16th edition of the book Social Studies in Elementary Education. Co-authored with Walter Parker (UW-Seattle), this introduction to teaching social studies in elementary and middle schools presents the elements of a strong social studies curriculum, explains effective teaching methods, and presents a wealth of field-tested examples, exercises, activities, and lesson plans. The text describes teaching to help K-8 students develop social understanding and the ability to think and act as democratic citizens in a multicultural society. 


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.

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.

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.

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.

Professional Development Seminar on Collaborative Learning

December 12, 2019
Tahoma Room, Thomas Hall
1-3 p.m.

Professor Terry Beck, the 2018 recipient of the President's Excellence in Teaching Award, will facilitate a session on collaborative learning. Students who learn collaboratively tend to do better in classes, develop better relationships with peers, become more socially skilled, and commit themselves to complete college. However, such expectations can sometimes seem at odds with students’ experiences. If the promise of collaborative learning is to be realized, instructors must do more than put students in a group and ask them to do a project. Successful groups often require clear expectations and explicit support.

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 Award: Teaching Excellence

Congratulations to Distinguished Professor Terry Beck, who received the President's Excellence in Teaching Award. Recipients are selected for their genuine passion for teaching, and ability to inspire students to learn, a capacity to set high expectations and challenge students to meet them, a respect for students as individuals, an enduring intellectual curiosity, and the capacity for growth, change, and vitality in the classroom and beyond.


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.