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Living Our Mission

A couple of years ago we revised our "Conceptual Framework," a document that succinctly presents our mission statement along with four specific commitments -- to service, leadership, competence, and character. During the revision discussions I was heartened by our faculty's desire to include a clear declaration of our faith commitment. Here's what that means

Rick Eigenbrood Rick Eigenbrood, Dean
School of Education


Coming Up: Alumni Social

Don't miss this special opportunity to connect with other alumni, School of Education faculty, and Dean Rick Eigenbrood during Seattle Pacific University's 2015 Homecoming events. Bring a guest and enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres and other refreshments. We'll also be honoring several alumni.

When/where: Friday, February 6, 5:30 p.m., Upper Gwinn Commons

RSVP now. Questions? Contact René Shafar at or 206-281-2219.

Faculty Highlights

Christopher Sink Spotlight on International Doctoral Students
This year represents the 22nd year of doctoral programming in SPU's School of Education. While many aspects of the doctoral studies program remain the same since its inception, we have also seen many changes -- including the inclusion of more students from other countries. Read about it.

Christopher Sink Fritzberg Expands University Tutors Program
In the December 2013 On Point newsletter, we featured faculty member Dr. Greg Fritzberg and his leadership of University Tutors for Seattle Schools, a grant-funded program providing academic support to public school students through the placement of undergraduate and graduate tutors from area universities. Here's how the program has grown since then.

Alumni Highlights

Christopher Sink State Teacher of the Year Delivers Keynote
Katie Brown '09, 2014 Washington state Teacher of the Year, delivered a keynote address last June to graduates of the Master of Arts in Teaching and Alternative Routes to Certification programs. Learn more about this event.

Christopher Sink Mike Wierusz Named STEM-PD Pioneer
Inglemoor High School teacher Mike Wierusz '09 was one of six educators chosen as a STEM -- PD Pioneer. Participating teachers statewide will be able to observe Mike's real-time classroom and be coached by him in their own classrooms through new state-of-the-art technology. Learn why he was selected for this honor.

Other News and Events

Professional Education Advisory Boards at SPU
The School of Education at SPU is always looking to improve and adapt to the changing educational landscape. One way is through four Professional Education Advisory Boards (PEABs): the Teacher PEAB, the School Counselor PEAB, the Principal PEAB, and the Superintendent PEAB. Learn how they work.

Christopher Sink Three Graduate Students Named 2014 Martinez Fellows
By helping to improve teacher diversity, the Martinez Foundation seeks to offer students a chance to have a teacher and role model with whom they can develop a positive connection, and in 2013, our School of Education began partnering with the foundation to support diverse student teacher candidates. This school year, there are three Martinez-SPU fellows: Jennifer Brantley, Aimee DeVaughn, and Loyda Zamalloa. Learn more about the program, its baseball connection, and how it's helping to shape our future.


Like you, we believe in our mission to engage the culture and change the world … starting in the classroom. That's why SPU's School of Education is always looking for new ways to help you connect with the future of education in our state and beyond. And there's more than one way you can get involved. In fact, here are four ways to give!

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