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Fall 2011
In this issue:

iPads in the Classroom
Making a Difference
Counseling Centers

Redmond MAT Teacher Candidate
Boise MAT Teacher Candidate

MAT in Ecuador

Online Teaching Endorsement



From the Dean
iPads in the Classroom
By Linda Samek, Dean of the School of Education

Linda SamekAs I am writing this, it is just a week from Thanksgiving, my oldest son turns 30 on Nov. 28, and I am reminded that the world changes rapidly. How have you changed your practice this year? The School of Education has launched the new Educational Specialist (EdS) degree in EDFL, moved from hard-copy textbooks to iPads in MAT, incorporated ESOL preparation into undergraduate elementary education programs, and scheduled a spring 2012 visit from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) for the Graduate Department of Counseling to move forward with national accreditation.  And these are just a few of the notable things happening in SOE! More...

Making a Difference in Local Schools
Faculty members in the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership stay connected to alumni and students by working in their schools on professional
development, school improvement, research and service projects. During this school year, many of our faculty members have been actively engaged with in-service educators. More...

Counceling Centers
Ellen Minshaw

The Individual & Family Matters clinic, now in its fifth year of operation, continues to offer the highest quality therapeutic services to families, couples, individuals and groups. It is also serving as a unique training ground for the personal and professional development of counseling interns in marriage, couple and family and clinical mental health. More...



Redmond MAT Teacher Candidate
The Nugget newspaper in Sisters, Ore., recognized one of our Redmond MAT teacher candidates for her organization of and planning of an event that engaged and challenged students to interact with elected officials. Ashlee Larkin invited Senator Telfer to speak at Sisters Middle School as part of her work sample on government. Classroom teacher Paul Patton commended Ashlee for taking the initiative to plan the event and credits the GFU MAT program.

Boise MAT Teacher Candidate
Boise MAT teacher candidate Angela Arentz completed a practicum in the Nampa Migrant Summer School Program. The program director took note of Angela's energy, skill and initiative in teaching and planning instruction. Angela's assignment was to work with students in the afternoon enhancement portion of the program. Upon the completion of the practicum, Angela was invited to work for the Nampa School District.



MAT in Ecuador: Join us May 6-27, 2012
MAT alumni are invited to join current MAT students for our three-week immersion experience in developing cross-cultural skills. Participants will live with a host family and visit schools in Quito, Ecuador. This experience will help participants be better equipped at interpreting and understanding the communities and cultures represented in the schools in which they serve. The trip will take place from May 6 to May 27, 2012. For more information, contact Tatiana Cevallos at

Comments from former travelers:

"My experience in going to Quito waslife changing. It opened my eyes to see what my ELL students would beexperiencing as they step into an American classroom. My compassion and empathywas increased so much for them as I realized, first hand, how much work ittakes adjusting to a new culture and learning the language."

"I feel very strongly that all of the experiences – living with the hostfamily, classes at ACLAS, working and observing in the escuelas, and travelingto many interesting location – have combined to make me a deeper, richer, andmore culturally sensitive teacher."

"Though it had its challenges, the time spent teaching students, interactingwith those around me, exploring Ecuador and living with a host family willalways reign supreme in my memories. It was a time full of laughter, learning,adventuring and being. Such and amazing trip and experience!"



Online Teaching Endorsement
Since the field of online teaching and learning is showing dramatic increase, there is significant need for teachers having hands-on experience in the online environment as both student and teacher. We have created the Online Teaching Endorsement to support teacher certification in the content areas. This endorsement includes both course work and an eight-week clinical practice in the online environment. The purpose of the GFU MAT Plus Online Teaching Endorsement is to add value to the MAT program as well as give professional development opportunity to continuing educators in both Oregon and Idaho. We would love to see enrollment grow in this endorsement area, as we feel it meets a need we currently have.


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