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Dean’s Desk  
March 8, 2021
School of Education & Psychology
Weekly e-News for Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community

Reflections on Stages of Faith and Learning 
The end of winter quarter leads me to look back and think about where I've been and assess where I am going. When and where do I experience wonder or awe? Does life have meaning or purpose? These are also some of the questions James Fowler raises in his seminal book on Stages of Faith (1981). Fowler draws on the work of Piaget, Erikson, and Kohlberg to identify ways we grow in our faith to understand what we will value and commit to throughout life. I'm particularly fascinated by the movement from Stage 3's Synthetic-Conventional Faith into Stage 4's Individuative-Reflective faith. This is the time after the teen years where young adults begin to commit to their own lifestyle, beliefs, and attitudes. It is where we truly begin to find meaning and purpose through the life God created us to live. I pray that we can continue to support one another in this academic faith community, in finding purpose, and in developing deep connections through our Father and Savior Jesus Christ.  ~ Debbie Muthersbaugh, Dean

"When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, and I made plans like a child. When I became [an adult], I stopped those childish ways." 1 Corinthians 13:11. ERV

Calendar of Events
10 NAD UDOEC, dean, Zoom
11 Professional Educators Advisory Board, 1-3 pm, Zoom
11 NPUC BOE, dean, Zoom
15-17 Final Exams
18-28 Spring Break
28 Return to Campus for COVID Testing
29 Spring Quarter Begins

4 Easter Sunday
12 Full-Year 2021-2022 Registration Opens for Seniors and Juniors
14 UCC Board of Education, dean, Zoom
19 Fall Quarter Registration Opens for Sophomores 
22-25 Homecoming Weekend, Virtual events
30 CEED iGrant Meeting, Zoom

6 NPUC BOE, dean, Zoom
9 Mother's Day
17-20 NAD Year-end Advisory, dean, Zoom
31 Memorial Day, No Classes
Education and Psychology News
Looking Ahead to Spring Quarter
Here are a few items to consider as we plan for spring quarter classes. First, everyone is expected to get a Covid-19 test on Sunday, March 28 and a second test on Thursday, April 1. As soon as you get your negative test results email, you will be able to get your Spring 2021 sticker and be cleared for campus access.  Face-to-face instruction is expected to begin on Monday, April 5 or Tuesday, April 6 at the latest. Whether your class is scheduled as face-to-face or online, that format will continue throughout spring quarter. We look forward to completing this challenging year of COVID positively and with lots of sunshine!
Psychology Club 
Last week the psychology club celebrated by offering a free drink to members at the Atlas. All members had to do was to go to the Atlas during their regular hours, tell them they were part of the club, and they got the drink of their choice. It's great being part of the psychology club!
CEED Updates
The advisory board for the Center for Educational Equity and Diversity met recently to review the center's initiatives, including use of the 2021-2023 iGrant, partnerships with the Donald Blake Center, and the fall quarter Lunch and Learn, among others. It was a good opportunity to hear from local partners on advancing the work of CEED.
Learn more about CEED here
Curriculum Library
‘Ohana Means Family by Ilima Loomis.  Illustrated by Kenard Pak.  Holiday House, 2020.
Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year
In the cumulative style, like “This Is the House that Jack Built,” all the people, things, and processes involved in making a dish of poi for a family’s lūʻau are recited.  The book ends with a note about the Hawaiian cultivation of taro, as well as a glossary of some Hawaiian words.  After learning about the Hawaiian family’s feast, students may wish to write about their own families’ feasts.

Visit the Curriculum Library website
Discovery Preschool
Preschool Opportunities
Discovery Preschool serves as a lab setting for our School of Education and Psychology students, as well as employment opportunities for our students. It offers learning activities and socialization for kids ages 3-5 in a loving Christian atmosphere. Mornings run 8:00 am to 11:30 am and afternoons 12:15 pm to 3:45 pm. We offer flexible days to fit families schedules. Staff and students follow COVID friendly guidelines. The preschool is located in Smith Hall at the corner of College Avenue and Whitman Drive. For more information email
Discovery Preschool gets a new outdoor storage cart (left), and celebrates crazy hair day (right).
Learn more about Discovery Preschool here
More Information 
Join the Adventist Education Team 
Are you searching for a job in the Seventh-day Adventist Education system of schools? Use the tools at this site to make an employment connection:
Teaching Positions Available 
Chestnut Hill Academy located in Bellevue, WA is now HIRING Washington State Certified Teachers. For over 20 years Chestnut Hill Academy has been dedicated to developing global leaders one child at a time. The founders of the school focused on the development of the whole child — their intellectual, emotional, social, physical, and character development. This remains the aim of Chestnut Hill Academy today. To learn more, you can visit our school website here APPLY TODAY visit at:  or contact Chandra Gonzales 253.228.1461and

Neil D. Prescott Scholarship Available for Education Students
The Washington State School Retirees’ Association is offering a one-time scholarship for $1,000 for students presently pursuing a Masters-In-Teaching Certificate in each of its eight regions in the state. An applicant’s “region” is determined by the location of the public high school he or she attended. The funds will be sent to the applicant’s college/university to be applied towards their account. The Neil D. Prescott Scholarship application is available online at Applications are due March 1, 2021.

WEST-B Practice Tests
Starting January 12, 2021, Washington teacher candidates have access to a free, interactive, full-length practice test for each of the Washington Educator Skills Test—Basic (WEST—B) subtests. These new preparation resources offer candidates a realistic online experience similar to their actual testing experience.  

Each practice test will be accessible from the WEST program website and will include the same number of scorable items offered on operational test forms. After completion and submission of each practice test, candidates will receive immediate results showing performance on multiple-choice questions. They may also review each item along with the correct response and an explanation of why the response is correct. For WEST-B Writing, written assignments include sample responses that provide an opportunity for candidates to compare their response to the sample responses to gauge performance and identify ways to improve their responses when taking their actual test. 

Access the WEST-B practice site here
Summer 2021 SPED Positions Available
Walla Walla School District is planning on offering specially designed instruction for many of their special education students next summer. If you are WWU SEP special education student and interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Professor Amanda Ramoutar.
Student Teaching Resource Personnel
Dr. Debbie Muthersbaugh     School of Education and Psychology Dean
Mishelle Castiglioni   Certification Officer
Emily Appel Student Teaching Placement Officer
Dr. Maria Bastien Valenca Elementary Professor of Record 
Dr. Brian Hartman Secondary Professor of Record
Professor Amanda Ramoutar Special Education Professor of Record
Leslie Briggs University Student Teaching Supervisor
Lori Kissinger University Student Teaching Supervisor
Sue Westergard University Student Teaching Supervisor
Wafia Kinne edTPA Coordinator
Please contact Mishelle at 509-5207-2211 or Emily at 509-5207-2210 and they will direct you as needed.
Walla Walla University
School of Education and Psychology
204 S. College Avenue, Smith Hall
College Place, WA 99324

Emily Appel, Administrative Staff 509.527.2210
Mishelle Castiglioni, Executive Secretary 509.527.2211
Dr. Debbie Muthersbaugh, Dean 509.527.2212

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