Spring Newsletter

Scholarship Application Now Open

The general School of Education scholarship application is now open for the 2018-2019 academic year. Please note that only students who will be enrolled in classes for the 2018-2019 academic year, beginning Autumn 2018, may apply for one of our scholarships. All students apply for most scholarships via one application.

Find specific information regarding our scholarships and the link to apply. Deadline to apply is June 15 for graduate students.

School Counseling Student Awarded National Scholarship

Keishanna Russell, a second-year school counseling student, recently received the Asa Hilliard Black Education Scholarship from the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, a division of the American Counseling Association. Keishanna will be presented with the award at the American Counseling Association annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia later this month. Congratulations, Keishanna!

Upcoming Course: Vocabulary Development

Bill Nagy will be offering the course EDRD 6508 Vocabulary Development during Summer quarter (enrollment permitting). This course is open to both doctoral and masters students.  

Vocabulary has consistently been recognized as essential for academic success, and lack of adequate vocabulary knowledge has been identified as one of the most serious obstacles facing students at risk, especially English Language Learners. However, in many classrooms, vocabulary is neglected, or else taught by traditional methods that tend to be both boring and ineffective. 

In this course, we explore the growing literature on effective vocabulary instruction, with special attention to the needs of English Language Learners.  

Topics to be addressed include:
  • how to teach words in a way that leads to ownership
  • how to select words for instruction in light of the fact that only a small proportion of the words students need to learn can be taught thoroughly
  • how teaching individual words must be supported by, and integrated with, exposure to rich language, instruction in word learning strategies, and the development of knowledge, dispositions, and patterns of discourse that support word learning 
  • how to integrate vocabulary instruction with spelling and other aspects of the language arts curriculum.

The Doctor is In

Dear Dr. M.,
I have always considered myself a good writer but I am starting to question that. I get papers back with all sorts of edits. I can’t be that bad, can I?


Dear Disillusioned,
My colleagues with training in writing tell me that it is a challenging task for most people. Academic writing is a specific type of genre. But fear not. There are supports out there.

Download Grammarly software for the very reasonable price of $0. It’s like having your own personal editor on your computer.

Dr. M.

Education for Excellence, Diversity, and Respect

Seattle Pacific University and the Janusz Korczak Association of the USA will host an international conference August 22-25, 2018 on the topic of Education for Excellence, Diversity, and Respect. The conference will provide teachers and educational staff with hands-on workshops centered around the legacy of Janusz Korczak (1878-1942), a Polish-Jewish pediatrician, writer, educator, and father of progressive orphanages and children's rights. Read more

Doctoral Comprehensive Exams

Doctoral comp exam dates can be found on SharePoint. Comp exams are held from 8:45 am to 12:45 pm, typically in Peterson Hall. Some exams are held elsewhere, and students will be informed of the room assignment. If you would like to take a comp exam on one of these scheduled dates or have any questions, please contact Megan Hamshar. As a reminder, students are responsible to bring their own laptops and any accessories.

Posted: Friday, April 13, 2018