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School of Education Newsletter
  December 2013

Greetings from the School of Education!

It is my pleasure to introduce our first Seattle Pacific University School of Education newsletter. There are so many wonderful things happening in the School of Education, and much to celebrate! It is my hope that this first newsletter and subsequent issues will provide the opportunity for us to share with our alumni, partners, and other stakeholders.

In this first edition, you will learn about the positive news of our continued accreditation, meet new faculty, discover two new programs, and learn about the research and engagement activities of some of our faculty. You'll also see highlights of some of the recent honors received by our alumni.

Read more about why this past summer and fall have been so successful -- and busy.

Rick Eigenbrood

Best regards,
Rick Eigenbrood, Dean
School of Education

Homecoming 2014

SOE Hosts Alumni Award Social With Faculty
The School of Education will host its first-ever Alumni Award Social as part of Seattle Pacific University's 2014 Homecoming events. The event is an opportunity for alumni and their guests to connect while enjoying complimentary hors d'oeuvres with School of Education faculty and Dean Rick Eigenbrood. As part of this event, the School of Education will be honoring the alumni of the year recipients for each program.

Date: Thursday, January 30, 2014
Time: 5:30-7 p.m.
Location: Upper Gwinn
RSVP by January 10, 2014
to Rene Shafar at rshafar@spu.edu or 206-281-2219

Faculty Highlights

Craig Jelinek

SOE Hosts Alumni Award Social With Faculty
We're pleased to welcome three new faculty members for the 2013-14 school year: Dr. Julie Antilla, Dr. Robin Henrickson, and Dr. David Wicks. Each brings a unique perspective to the School of Education.
Scott Beers and William Nagy

Beers and Nagy Research Opens Doors to Understanding Learning Disabilities
Across socioeconomic levels, one in five children struggles with reading or writing because of a learning disability. That's why two SPU School of Education professors, Dr. William Nagy and Dr. Scott Beers, are taking a closer look. Read more.

Greg Fritzberg

Fritzberg Brings University Tutoring to Seattle Students
Under the leadership of SOE professor Greg Fritzberg, University Tutors for Seattle Schools (UTSS) is now into its second year. They're tapping the energy and intelligence of undergraduate and graduate university students to help Seattle public school students succeed.
Read their story here.

Alumni Highlights

Chengdu, China

Doctoral student Zakariya Palsha was recognized with a 2013 Golden Apple Award for his outstanding educational leadership, ELL specialist Katie Brown was named teacher of the year in Washington state, Jason Rhode was recognized with the 2013 Blackboard Key to the Community award for outstanding leadership in online teaching support, and Cheryl Steighner received the 2013 Henderson Prize.

News and Events

Doug Deardorf

Fifth Graders Go to College
Read how 50 eager fifth graders from Seattle's Dearborn Park Elementary School recently experienced life on the SPU campus -- and what they discovered here. It didn't just benefit the younger kids.
Kim Sawers

Just Launched: Master of Education in Teacher Leadership
With changing schools comes an increased need for leadership at all levels. To help meet this need, the School of Education has launched a new degree program: the Master of Education in Teacher Leadership. Read more.

Seattle Pacific University

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