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School of Education News

Associate Dean’s Report: Introducing the BA/MAT Track

The BA/MAT program offered through the School of Education has about seven potential candidates in the pipeline. This program provides potential teacher education candidates to enroll in the undergraduate courses Foundations of Reading (Spring) or Schools, Teachers, and Students (Fall) and transfer course competencies to two courses in the School of Education. We also offer opportunities for BA/MAT interested undergraduates to visit the School of Education, arranging for class visits or a conversation with our Associate Director of Admission and/or faculty members. For more information, please contact Heather Daniels at hdaniels@willamette.edu.

Center for Excellence in Teaching: Celebrating its 10th Anniversary!

The Center for Excellence in Teaching began with the vision to provide the Willamette Valley - and indeed the rest of the state - with a new range of professional development opportunities built for current and future educators.

Director John Tenny, alongside the faculty of Willamette's then-tiny School of Education, put together the first full summer conference in June of 1998. They hired a temporary coordinator during the 1997-98 school year, contracted keynote speakers, and identified presenters from Chicago, California, and Oregon. Organizers then arranged for sessions to occur on campus in Gatke and Eaton halls. Attendees signed up for one-day or week-long workshops and classes.

Educators and students from throughout Oregon learned new skills and benefited from the professional collaboration.  The first Willamette University post graduate credits in education were awarded during this exciting and very busy summer.

The initial momentum led to continual growth of the Center, which was created officially for the 1998-99 school year. During this first year, a few ongoing workshops related to computers in the classroom, teaching techniques, and classroom management were offered.  These were taught primarily by Willamette faculty and local educators.

The Center's course and workshop offerings have increased steadily over the years. The Continuing Teaching License Program was added in 2000-01, followed by a Reading Endorsement Program in 2001-02 and an ESOL Endorsement Program in 2002-03. The successful Initial and Continuing Administrative License Programs began in 2005-06, and a Special Education Endorsement Program was added in 2007-08.

In addition, Workshops on a variety of topics of interest continue to be offered both during the school year and in the summer. In 1999 the program boasted 9 registrants; by 2008, that number had grown to 1,236.

The Center for Excellence in Teaching continues to partner with Oregon school districts and ESDs to provide a wide range of services to professional educators. It fills a crucial niche and carries a reputation as a quality and collaborative program reflecting the dedication and expertise of all involved.


Steve Jones, David Mann and Janel Denton of the Oregon Writing Project at Willamette participated in the annual National Writing Project at San Antonio. The OWP@WU team shared ideas about the teaching of writing with teachers nationwide.

The Oregon Writing Project

Oregon Writing Project at Willamette Summer Institute

Only about 10 openings are still available for the July 2009 OWP@WU Summer Institute.  At the Institute, teachers will write their socks off, work to improve their skills as writers, and collect a passel of new classroom ideas to help their students succeed at writing to standards and discover their writing hearts. This summer's participants will have the good fortune to work with retiring SI director Steve Jones, as well as incoming SI director Lorelei Gilmore. Steve is well-known in the region for his humor, passion for writing and amazing ability to build a productive and fun writing community during the Institute.  Lorelei is the principal at Four Corners Elementary School and a 2008 recipient of a Crystal Apple Award for excellence by the Salem-Keizer School District. 

The Institute will take place July 6 - Aug. 5, 2009. Tuition is $2,250 for 9 graduate level quarter hour credits. Scholarships of $1900 will be offered to the first 20 teachers whose applications are accepted for the Institute. We hope that many school districts will be able to cover the remaining $350 for attendees.

Complete an application online at www.willamette.edu/soe/owp or contact Sue Crothers (scrother@willamette.edu) or Lorelei Gilmore (GILMORE_LORELEI@salkeiz.k12.or.us) for more information.