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Dean’s Desk  
April 27, 2020
School of Education & Psychology
Weekly e-News for Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community
Calendar of Events
27 Fall Quarter Registration,Freshman
29 UCC Board of Education

4 Virtual U-Days
10 Mother's Day
18-22 NADOE Meetings
25 Memorial Day, Classes will not meet
28 PEAB Student Teaching Portfolio Reviews
8-10 Spring Quarter Final Exams
14 Graduation
21 Father's Day
22 Summer Courses Begin
30 Graduate Hooding, WWU, 2 pm
Education and Psychology
Latest WWU COVID-19 Response Information @
Administrative Professionals Day
Since 1952 the contributions of those who support the work of a company or organization has been honored at the end of each April. It was created to recognize skills, loyalty and efficiency but our own School of Education and Psychology administrative assistants, Debbie Smart and Emily Appel, inhabit that and much more. They are always welcoming, kind, and willing to go the extra mile. They truly are the heartbeat of our department. Send a note of thanks to them today to let them know how they make life better for you.
Earth Day Celebrated 50 Years
Earth Day 2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of this holiday. Ever wonder how Earth Day began? The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970. Dealing with dangerously serious issues concerning toxic drinking water, air pollution, and the effects of pesticides, an impressive 20 million Americans—10% of the population—ventured outdoors and protested together. President Richard Nixon lead the nation in creating the Environmental Protection Agency which followed with successful laws including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act (Source: Farmer's Almanac). Even though we are practicing social distancing, nature is open. So go care for the Earth that the Lord God created for us to enjoy!
Special Education Master's Degrees Fully Online
Do you want to help students in your classroom through the challenges they face? If you are a practicing certified elementary or secondary teacher, you can earn your master’s degree in special education (M.Ed. or M.A.T.) at Walla Walla University. Teachers who enroll in our SPED program:
     • Enjoy the flexibility of a fully online format.
     • Complete the program in one or two years, or in a flexible  part-time plan.
     • May be eligible to receive a discounted graduate tuition rate.
Visit with our master's program advisor today
 by emailing or calling 509-527-2211. Learn more and apply today at We would love to help you reach your goals!
Special Education Undergraduate Endorsement
We also offer an undergraduate special education endorsement that can be added to your teacher education degree. Visit with our Phase 1 education advisor today at or special education program director at We would love to talk more with you about what it means to be a special education teacher!
Stats of the Week
Discovery Preschool
Northwest Creation Network is packed with links, all from a Biblical worldview. You will find a Wiki encyclopedia, videos, audios, PowerPoints, coloring pages, and much more. A handy subject index will help you find materials on various science topics. This site should prove very useful for online instruction.
Discovery PReschool students learn how to brush teeth using an egg!
Curriculum Library
Coronavirus, a Book for Children by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson, and Nia Roberts. Illus. by Axel Scheffler. Nosy Crow, April 2020.
Here is a free e-book for children about Covid-19. It discusses what we know about how people are infected, how to prevent infection, why we are staying home, and how to make the best of the situation. It is suggested for children ages five to nine. The book can be read online or downloaded. A free read-aloud is also available. (This book is published in Great Britain, so you may need to explain to children that in England a trash can is called a bin.)
MEMES in the Time of COVID-19
Other News
History, Bible, and Science Teacher Needed
Rogue Valley Adventist School has an opening for grades 7-10 history, biology, earth science, and Bible teacher for the 2020-2021 school year. The principal there states that Medford, where the school is located, is a great place to live if you like the outdoors. If you or someone you know might be interested in this teaching position, contact Principal Ann Campbell at
Tutoring Available Online at Student Development Center
Learn more at:
Online Library Services
Research Assistance 
  • This page connects students to frequently asked questions, chat when it is available, email to librarians, phone numbers, and social media for library updates. Students may use LibAnswers to search for already answered questions or to ask their question and send it to be answered during business hours.
  • These guides provide an overview of research within a particular discipline. They provide information about which databases to search, a review of how to search the catalog, and there may be additional links to websites, statistical data, and other sources as appropriate for each discipline. Guides are currently available for 11 disciplines. If your discipline is not represented and you would find one useful please email and I’ll move your discipline to a top priority spot.
Distance Learning at WWU Libraries
  • Created for our distance learning students, this is a general information guide. As the physical library is closed, some services will not be available. We will try to update or note services so that this is up-to-date for spring quarter.
Elementary Teacher Needed Next Year in Iowa 
The Muscatine Seventh-day Adventist Church has a small school and is looking for a teacher to begin teaching in the 20/21 school year. If you are interested in finding out more about this position, you can Dwayne Paul at  
Technology Resources
Spring courses will include many of the following resources. Feel free to contact your instructor if you have any questions about the interactions in individual classes.
  • Desire 2 Learn ( – D2L is the primary repository for all information related to your online classes. You can expect to see course information, syllabi, updates from your professor, and where you will submit the majority of your coursework and view grades.  
  • Microsoft Office ( – You can access the entire Office suite here online. You’ll use the waffle menu in the upper left to toggle between your productivity apps. You are also entitled to download the most recent version of the Office suite to your computer at the link provided. 
  • Microsoft Teams ( – This allows your professors to connect with you, and you to connect with each other. You can chat, share files and video call individually or in groups. There are downloadable apps for computers and smartphones which can be downloaded from within the web version. 
  • Adobe Software ( – Adobe is extending the use of their software to all students and educators through May 2020 in an effort to aid online learning. Logging into Adobe’s website with your WWU credentials will grant you access to the entire Adobe software suite.

You can access the online training for all these resources by browsing to And don’t hesitate to reach out to IT with your technology questions or concerns by phone (509-527-2317) and email (

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
Debbie Smart, Executive Secretary 509.527.2211
Dr. Debbie Muthersbaugh, Dean 509.527.2212

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