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    Happy turkey day from your EWU Education Department!

    Big news! Our friends at Numerica Credit Union have stepped up with an offer to help us reach our $100,000 Giving Joy Day fundraising goal. When you donate Nov. 29 to support EWU scholarships, Numerica will be matching the first $25,000 with their $25,000 gift going toward the Numerica Scholarship Fund! #GivingJoyDay

    Hello from LA! At the National Association for the Education of Young
    Children annual conference.

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    Dr. Kathryn Baldwin and Dr. Lance Potter of EWU's Education Department are providing students with an opportunity!


    Eastern Washington University education students teamed up with 150 seventh graders from Cheney Middle School to plant more than 560 trees at Marshall Creek Friday, Oct. 21, as part of a service project to increase outdoor and environmental education.

    Seven Eastern students each worked with a group of seventh graders to plant trees and learn about earth science, the water cycle and water filtration - the trees will filter out pollutants, reduce soil erosion and prevent heavy flows in the spring. The service activity is part of a capstone project for EWU pre-service teachers.

    247feature"We hope that the pre-service teachers learn a greater appreciation for using the outdoor classroom, and a greater familiarity and therefore confidence about teaching about the environment," EWU Assistant Professor Kathryn Baldwin said.

    With a week of rain softening the ground before the activity, the seventh graders dug holes in the ground with their bare hands (despite being given shovels), spreading mud on each other's faces while also planting trees and documenting their progress.

    "I think the kids love playing in the mud," EWU senior elementary education major Alysa Morgan said. "They're grabbing the trees, digging holes and filling them up. They're getting to measure the trees and have their own special trees that they've planted."

    Morgan said the project has been beneficial because EWU students have received resources to use in their future classroom, and are able to implement their strategies in an outdoor environment.

    "The students need to know that they can make a difference. If something detrimental is happening to our environment, local wildlife or the way we live, they can do something to make a difference," Morgan said.

    Aiming to increase exposure to outdoor and environmental education within the EWU education program, EWU Assistant Professors Lance Potter and Kathryn Baldwin worked with Cheney Middle School Assistant Principal Eli Holm and Kat Hall, conservation programs director at The Lands Council, to form a partnership to plant trees, introduce outdoor education to seventh graders and provide the pre-service teachers with teaching experience.
    img_1941"We had grant funding and a lot of trees that we need to plant," Hall said. "It was the perfect opportunity for EWU students to get some teaching experience, too."

    The Lands Council received grant funding from the Washington State Department of Ecology to do riparian restoration in the Hangman Creek watershed - planting trees and buffer strips along streams and creeks to prevent erosion and pollution. This funding coincided with EWU and Cheney Middle School's vision of an outdoor education project in the Cheney area, as Marshall Creek is a tributary to Hangman Creek.

    "Everybody wins. We get to do education with the kids, get our trees planted, and the Eastern Washington University students get to have the experience of outdoor environmentalist education with middle school students," Hall said. "They're doing a really great service for our local watershed. It's a great partnership that we're excited about."

    In the spring, the seventh graders will make a trip back to Marshall Creek with a different group of Eastern pre-service teachers to see which trees survived the winter.

    "I've been taking notes, and I want to see the tree and how it's changed after winter and in the spring," seventh grader Abi Peek said. "I planted five trees altogether so far."

    Baldwin said the long-term goal is to grow the outdoor education curriculum, and continue the partnership between EWU, Cheney Middle School and The Lands Council.

    "I think it's a win-win-win," said Baldwin. "The future teachers get something out of it, Cheney Middle School seventh graders get something out of it and the environment also gets something out of it."

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    Have you heard of Giving Joy Day?

    It's EWU's version of Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to encouraging generosity and goodwill, and it's less than one month away on Nov. 29, 2016! Learn more at: givingjoyday.org #GivingJoyDay

    Early Childhood Club Recruitment

    Thursday, Nov. 3rd, 2016

    6:00-7:00 pm   Williamson Hall 123   6-7pm
    This meeting is to introduce the ECE club to classmates and other people around EWU.   We want to let people know who we are, what we do, and why they might want to join us

    Scholastic Book Sale is coming!
    Nov. 7-11! Williamson Hall First Floor Lobby
    Give the gift of reading and/or build your own library!
    Sponsored by the Eastern Reading Council.

    The Eastern Reading Council currently needs new members!    You do not have to be a Reading major!   You do not even have to be an E#ducation major!    We need people who believe in getting children to read!  We need Freshmen to Seniors and we need both active members and leaders! 

     The Eastern Reading Council (ERC):     Hosts Book Fairs at EWU     Brings literacy nights and reading programs into elementary schools in our area     Helps students gain access to literature in the hopes of spreading the joy of reading to more children

    Contact:
    Shelly Shaffer
    Assistant Professor of Literacy
    Department of Education
    312 Williamson Hall, 313D
    Cheney, WA 99004-2445509

    509.359.6192 
    sshaffer1@ewu.edu

    Application for ERC Membership




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    EWU students, alumni, staff and faculty have access to a FREE financial literacy program that has an abundance of robust resources to help budget and manage student debt. The program includes free financial counseling, webinars and planning tools. Simply sign up and designate your school affiliation as EWU.

    The Eastern Reading Council currently needs new members!    You do not have to be a Reading major!   You do not even have to be an E#ducation major!    We need people who believe in getting children to read!  We need Freshmen to Seniors and we need both active members and leaders! 

     The Eastern Reading Council (ERC):     Hosts Book Fairs at EWU     Brings literacy nights and reading programs into elementary schools in our area     Helps students gain access to literature in the hopes of spreading the joy of reading to more children

    Contact:
    Shelly Shaffer
    Assistant Professor of Literacy
    Department of Education
    312 Williamson Hall, 313D
    Cheney, WA 99004-2445509

    509.359.6192 
    sshaffer1@ewu.edu

    Application for ERC Membership

    FYI - for graduate students asking about GSA positions for 2016-17, please refer them online to EagleAxis.    Departments were asked to post their GSA positions there; however, it may be somewhat sporadic.    In addition, be sure to tell students to check with the Library and with special programs like Chicano Ed.   The Education Department was not awarded any GSA positions to fill for 2016-17 so this is the best way we can try to help our students.



    Summer Early Childhood

    Education Graduate Coursework   The Department of Education is offering  new ECE graduate courses this summer!  Courses are FLEXIBLE, offered in the late afternoon over a 4-week  session and  intensive weekend course! Courses are APPLIED and  immediately applicable to ECE professional environments! Courses are LINKED with current  state, national, federal, and  professional ECE standards!


     EDUC 596: Policy, Practice,  and Professional Leadership  in Early Childhood  Education  
    July 15th , 16th,  17th ,
    2 credit
    9:00 - 3:30 pm


    EDUC 596: Evidence Based  Practices in Early Childhood Education    
    July 18th - Aug 16th,  
    3 credit
    3:00 - 5:50 pm


    For more information contact:
    Dr. Allison Wilson
    509.359.7021
    awilson28@ewu.edu
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     Candidacy Forms for Graduate Students

    Reminder:   Your candidacy form must be filed once you have completed 15-20 credits of your program.   Check with your advisor or with the Education Department Graduate Office in Williamson 314 or email rshowalter@ewu.edu.

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              Undergraduate Education Program Admissions Application Deadlines:

                            Quarter                                                                                Application Deadline                         

    Winter Quarter 2017 Monday, October 17th 2016
    Spring Quarter 2017 Monday, January 16th 2017
    Summer Quarter 2016 Friday, April 15th 2016
    Fall Quarter 2016 Monday, May 16th 2016

    ***Applications must be received by the deadline for consideration to begin the Education Program.   You can access Applications online at www.ewu.edu/cale/programs/education or pick up an Application in the Education Department in Williamson 3rd Floor. 

    Questions? Email Tdixon7@ewu.edu

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    Graduation Application Deadlines:

    UNDERGRADUATES: Your application is due two quarters ahead of graduation. No exceptions. 

              Undergraduate deadlines for applying for graduation. 



    GRADUATE STUDENTS: Your application to graduate is due the second Friday of the quarter before you graduate. 

    Contact Information

    Education Department
    312 Williamson Hall
    Cheney, WA 99004

    email: ewueducation@ewu.edu
    phone: 509.359.2232
    fax: 509.359.2899

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