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$1.5M NSF grant funds project to teach real-world math

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

amy-roth-mcduffie-detailRICHLAND, Wash. – A Washington State University Tri-Cities professor is part of a project awarded $1.5 million from the National Science Foundation to teach mathematical modeling in elementary school as it applies to real-world cultural and community contexts. » More …

Feb. 8: Child of civil rights to visit kids, teach WSU workshop

By Dustin VandeHoef, College of Education intern

Paula-Young-SheltonPULLMAN, Wash. – You’re never too young to start making a difference. That’s what author and civil rights activist Paula Young Shelton will tell elementary school students – and university students learning to teach them – when she visits Pullman on Monday, Feb. 8. » More …

Student hopes to boost elementary learning with technology

By C. Brandon Chapman, College of Education

Dornan-80GRAHAM, Wash. – “Exceptional” and “exemplary,” Elissa Dornan is the last teacher standing in Washington state. As a finalist for a regional teaching prize of $100,000, she is up against a teacher from Blackfoot, Idaho, and another from Billings, Mont. » More …

Snohomish County 4-H restore salmon habitat

EVERETT – A small group of dedicated adults and children are proving  that everyone can make a difference. In this case, the proving ground is a section of Mouse Creek in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie Wilderness.

WSU Snohomish County Extension 4-H will host restoration activities at Mouse Creek on Sauk Prairie Road near Darrington on Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

With help from the community the fourth, fifth and sixth grade 4-H members from Darrington Elementary School and Arlington’s Stilly Valley School will work to remove invasive species from the site and plant Red Alder saplings to improve and restore the stream’s … » More …

Daycamp boosts literacy

Michael Dunn spent much of last summer drawing, reading, writing and laughing with children at his Thirsty Thinkers workshop. His goal was literacy education research. His plan was to encourage the elementary students to successfully write a story by first imagining the story, then illustrating it with drawings or sculptures and finally translating those illustrations into words.“This strategy really contributed to their development as writers,” said Dunn, assistant professor of special education and literacy at WSU Vancouver.The children, from homeless and low-income families in southwestern Washington, came to Thirsty Thinkers as part of the At Home/At School Summer Daycamp Program organized by Susan Finley, associate … » More …

Spokane school administrators show leadership excellence

WSU Spokane recently helped establish the Excellence in Leadership Award to recognize exemplary leadership and achievement by local elementary and secondary school administrators.“Our certification programs at WSU Spokane prepare principals, program administrators and superintendents for the complex roles of leadership in today’s schools,” said Joan Kingrey, director of programs in education at WSU. “We know that effective educational leadership is essential to the process of school improvement and increasing academic achievement for all students.”Honored were Becky Cooke, principal of Evergreen Elementary in the Mead School District, and Jan Rust, executive director of evaluation, certification and training at Spokane Public Schools.Joining WSU in sponsoring the awards … » More …