College of Education Newsletter
Volume One, Issue Two
Letter from Scot Headley, Dean of the College of Education
Dear Colleagues and Friends:
The recent weeks have been a busy and exciting time for the College of Education, with a robust number of graduates completing their programs and participating in hooding and commencement. Between all of the departments in the COE, more than 240 students earned their diplomas and will now embark on whatever new adventures await them.
With spring semester behind us, preparations are well underway for the summer semester. Many of the COE’s programs operate year-round, so with the exception of a few weeks in May and August, there is little to no slow down for our faculty and students. We are welcoming new cohorts in the Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Education and Doctor of Education programs, and these students will be joining our continuing students in the pursuit and completion of their studies throughout the summer months, and on into the next academic year.
All of this goes to show that the business of universities and practice of education never really stops. The College of Education serves the university as a unit that not only educates those who will educate young people attending K-12 schools, but prepares counselors, helps people in business attain their goals and propels the next generation of professional people making a positive difference in their communities. It is a wonderful and beneficial annual cycle that we in higher education participate in. I am proud to work with many talented people who contribute in multiple ways to maintain this flow.
Enjoy this latest newsletter issue from the College of Education.
Undergraduate Student Krista Rey Receives Scholarship
George Fox student Krista Rey, who graduated this spring with a BS in Elementary Education, was awarded both a grant from the Department of Education and a large scholarship to the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. She will be participating in a two-year program that will earn her a Missouri Teaching License in Deaf Education as well as a Masters in Science in Deaf Education.
Krista was born with a “severe to profound” hearing loss in both ears. Her parents ensured she received adequate learning assistance by enrolling her in an oral deaf school called Children’s Choice for Hearing and Talking (CCHAT) at an early age. “My mom gave up her accounting job to drive me an hour each way to CCHAT for two years,” says Krista. “My parents have sacrificed so much for me and I have a really special bond with them.” This sacrifice helped plant the seed of servanthood in Krista, who volunteers at CCHAT during the summer and feels called by God to make a difference with deaf children and their education.Ultimately, Krista hopes to return to CCHAT someday to teach, or perhaps even teach internationally. Her excellent academic performance at George Fox as an undergraduate and her upcoming experience as a master’s degree candidate with Washington University will certainly prepare her well for this ambitious and important endeavor.
College of Education Grant Update: Literacy Across Content Areas
Now in its second year, the Literacy Across Content Areas grant continues as a partnership between the College of Education and secondary schools in seven Oregon school districts, most of which are rural and high-needs districts.
Several faculty from George Fox are participating as literacy coaches in these districts, including Polly Peterson and Melanie Mock from the English Department, and Susanna Steeg and Jenny Harrop from the College of Education. They make regular visits to the schools and observe classes, meet with teachers and administrators, and provide skilled coaching and resources to the literacy teams established from multiple content areas in each district. The teams have identified literacy goals, and are charged with leading the project work in their schools.
A few examples of the work accomplished so far include a district-wide focus on a workshop model of literacy strategies in the Woodburn School District, a pilot program using a technology-based literacy/research model at both Newberg middle schools, and the development of focused writing alignments between Neah-Kah-Nie Middle and High Schools in Rockaway Beach.On May 21st, there will be a presentation by each literacy team to their colleagues, a GFU panel, and any others who are interested in attending. For more information about this presentation, contact project director Kathy Campobosso at email@example.com
One Nonprofit Organization, Two George Fox Connections
Every so often it is evident good things frequently work together for great benefit, even if those good things at first seem unrelated in the big picture. For instance, consider the case of St. Child, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to serving young mothers, and two women named Rebecca Bloomfield and Cassie Ashcraft, who are respectively an alumna and a current student of George Fox University.
Rebecca Bloomfield graduated in the fall of 2014 from the Department of Professional Studies (DPS) and is the Executive Director of St. Child. According to its website, St. Child “exists to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of pregnant young women and their children by providing a safe nurturing community.”
One of Rebecca’s class assignments involved the writing of a grant proposal. Choosing her own organization as the potential grant recipient, she wrote a proposal in the amount of $11,580, which was awarded in full. This grant allowed for the funding of curriculum and educational life skills support, which is an integral component of the work accomplished through St. Child.
The importance of St. Child and Rebecca’s successful funding efforts become evident when one considers Cassie Ashcraft, the other George Fox student in this story. Cassie comes from a troubled family and found herself a mother at 16 years of age. She discovered St. Child and with the organization’s help, got her life back on track and pursued her dream of college – attending Pacific University after graduating from high school, and currently attending George Fox as a math major. A Newberg Graphic article from November 2014 about Cassie and her journey can be found here.
For more information about St. Child, visit saintchild.org or call 503-648-4227.
Teaching License Candidate Mock Interview Event
On March 17th George Fox University welcomed approximately 50 administrators and supervisors from school districts around the state to the Portland campus for Mock Interviews. Over 70 candidates from the Undergraduate Teacher Education, Master of Arts in Teaching, and Graduate School of Counseling programs participated in 10-minute “speed interviews” with the visiting administrators during this event, where they were asked questions they may encounter during high-stakes job interviews.
Following the Mock Interviews, the candidates were then invited to participate in the TeachOregon “Prepare, Achieve, Collaborate” (PAC) Job Fair on the Newberg campus, also held on March 17th. Participating districts had administrators on site to answer questions and actually interview candidates for positions in the districts. The event had a great turn out and many candidates gained interest in PAC school districts, which include those in Sherwood, Tillamook, Woodburn, and Newberg.
Last year, the Tillamook School District hired five candidates from George Fox and Pacific Woodburn whom they met at the PAC Job Fair. Three George Fox alumnae currently working in Tillamook attended the event to spur interest in the district.
Jennie Harrop (DPS) presented a talk titled "The Mathematics of Language: The Simple Math of Writing Well" at three conferences this past spring: the annual conference of Oregon Women in Higher Education (OWHE) in Bend on January 23rd; the annual conference of the Oregon Association of Teacher Educators (ORATE) in Portland on March 6th; and the spring conference of the Oregon Council of Teachers of English (OCTE) in Redmond on April 18th.
In her talk, Jennie presented a theory of the simple mathematical components of effective writing, encouraging educators to differentiate between negotiable and non-negotiable rules of writing.
Ken Badley (EdD) published a book in November with Oxford University Press titled “Educational Foundations in Canada” with co-authors Alan Edmunds and Jodi Nickel. The book, which is considered a MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) textbook,
“. . . takes a comprehensive look at the sociological, philosophical, historical, legal, and political factors that impact classroom experiences.”
Terry Huffman (EdD) presented a paper entitled "Hope for a better tomorrow: A typology of Native American educators and the roles they perform" at the Ireland International Conference on Education in Dublin. Terry also chaired a panel discussion on "Indigenous Education: Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities." The panel included scholars from Australia, Canada, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and the United States and generated a rich conversation on ways in which schools can assist in easing racial/ethnic conflict and preserving tribal cultures and languages.
If you have any news items or information suitable for future issues of this newsletter, please contact Julie Green at firstname.lastname@example.org.