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Dean’s Desk  
April 12, 2021
School of Education & Psychology
Weekly e-News for Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community

True Grit
Understanding who we are can be a challenging, lifelong pursuit. But focusing on our true selves can also be easy depending on perspective. In her research on identity, Psychologist Angela Duckworth's research on grit and achievement reveal some interesting points. "Identity influences every aspect of our character, but it has special relevance to grit. Often our passion and perseverance do not spring from a cold, calculating analysis of the costs and benefits of [choices]. Rather, the source of our strength is the person we know ourselves to be." As Christians, our source of strength and identity is who we know God to be. I am enough and can do all things I need to do, through God. He is the one who gives me strength to be the person I was meant to be. 

I can do [and be] all things through Christ who gives me strength. - Philippians 4:13.

Calendar of Events
12 SEP Offices Open Full-Time - M-Th 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, F 8:00 am - Noon
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
27 PEAB, Student Teachers Attend
31 Memorial Day, No Classes
1-4 Review Week
3 WWU Assembly

7-9 Final Exams
11-13 Graduation Weekend
21 Summer Session Begins
Education and Psychology News
What Does Equity Look Like?
The Donald Blake Center and Adventist Health have partnered to bring to our campus an online teach-in conference based on the theme, “What Does Equity Look Like?”  it includes sessions directed toward education, health professions, business, computer science, engineering, and general studies topics.  Topic presentations will help to better prepare for the post-pandemic world.You are invited to join as many as possible of these highly relevant and timely sessions.
Spring Quarter Updates 
Some of the specific updates from WWU administration about spring quarter include, 1) only those individuals who are COVID cleared can access campus, 2) daily screening stations are not required for now, 3) masks and social distancing will continue to be important as we all anticipate coming closer to the end of the pandemic, and 4) plans for graduation weekend and the June 13 commencement can be accessed at
Keep up to date on graduation plans here
CEED and Culturally Responsive Teaching
The Center for Educational Equity and Diversity (CEED) at Walla Walla University has received an Advancing Equity Grant from the Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board. Distribution of the $20,000 grant will be spread over two years and will benefit CEED’s latest project Growing Together: Developing Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning Practices with Teacher Candidates and Local Educators. “This grant funds ongoing professional development for teacher candidates, local educators, and community members focused on culturally responsive teaching, including support for language learners and students with special needs,” said Maria Bastien-Valenca, CEED co-director and assistant professor of education. 
Read the entire news article here
CEED works to enhance community outreach and to engage in conversations regarding diversity in education. The center provides resources and professional development for teachers, students, and community members, including diversus, a peer-reviewed e-journal that shares research on equity and diversity in education. During the pandemic CEED has also hosted quarterly lunch and learn groups via Teams.
Check Out the Most Current Job Postings
The latest 2021-2022 job opportunities are constantly updated and posted in the last section of this weekly email. Jobs include elementary and high school teaching positions in both the public and private sector. This is the time of year to apply for next fall opening!
Peer Tutoring Available
Peer Tutoring is a resource on campus offered for free at the Student Development Center.  This service helps students to succeed academically while alleviating academic stress. You may find the writing peer tutoring especially helpful by having your class assignments involving written work reviewed before submission. WWU tutors are trained in reviewing all types of written work for readability, grammar, punctuation, and various citation styles including APA. To make an appointment go to:
NAD Leaders Call for Support of Asian-American Community
The following statement shared by the North American Division of SDAs is supported by the WWU SEP, "As leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, we denounce the recent acts of violence and hatred against our brothers and sisters in the Asian-American community. God calls us to love all His children, no matter our differences. Our diversity makes us stronger as a people, and the variety of cultures making up our territory are a direct reflection of His creative power. We need to celebrate our differences and embrace the uniqueness of each and every person. We want all Asian-Americans to know we stand with them and beside them during this season where they are being unfairly targeted." The full statement can be accessed at the link below.
Read the entire NAD statement here
Curriculum Library
Curriculum Library Spring Quarter Plans
The Curriculum Library will begin offering limited, in-person access Spring Quarter.  The main room will accommodate six persons, the textbook room – three, and the Maker Space – two.  You may phone ahead to reserve a time, but walk-ins are welcome, space permitting.  All users will check-in at the desk and receive disposable gloves if they plan to browse or handle materials or equipment. Employees will disinfect areas between users. We look forward to seeing you.
We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom.  Illus. By Michaela Goade.  Roaring Brook Press, 2020.  IM JL L6456
Winner of the 2021 Caldecott medal, illustrator Michaela Goade is the first non-white woman to win the prestigious award for American picture books.  She is of Tlingit descent and author Carole Lindstrom is Anishinaabe/Metis of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe.  Reminding us of the Native American movements to protect the water from oil pipelines, they urge all Americans to appreciate and protect our natural resources.  Pair this title with the recent non-fiction book, Young Water Protectors: a Story About Standing Rock, by Aslan and Kelly Tudor (IM 978 T811).
Visit the Curriculum Library website
Discovery Preschool
Preschool Opportunities
Our Discovery Preschool is currently enrolling kids ages 3-5 for Spring. We offer active learning activities, socialization, and Bible scharacter building lessons. Morning sessions run from 8:00-11:30 am and afternoon runs 12:15-3:45 pm. The preschool is located in College Place on the corner of College Avenue and West Whitman Drive. Contact Stacy for more information at
Learn more about Discovery Preschool here
More Information 
Special Education Teacher Needed
Milton-Freewater School District is looking to hire elementary special education teachers. If you are training to be a SPED teacher or are a recent graduate wanting to know more about these positions, contact Margo Piver, Director Special Education/Human Resources, Milton-Freewater Unified School District at 541-938-3551 Ext 7416 or email Feel free to share with anyone that might be interested and direct them to this link to learn more about the opening: 
Sky Valley Adventist School Teacher Position Opening
The fabulous Sky Valley Adventist School in Monroe, Washington is prayerfully seeking a 3rd-5th grade teacher for their amazing students. Sky Valley has a long history in the community and a wonderful and involved support system. Monroe Washington, is close to industries such as Microsoft, Boeing, Facebook, and Amazon but remains an awesome small town with a small town feel. It is also close to awesome mountain recreational activities as well as beach activities. For those looking for the adventures found in larger cities, Seattle, Bothell, Kirkland, and other large cities are a very short drive away. An additional bonus to this fabulous job is the conference support system. The Washington Conference has proven itself as supportive before and throughout the COVID crisis and they love their teachers! The job description and contact information for the Washington Conference Department of Education can be found at   Please feel free to contact Melissa Hammond, principal and K-2nd grade teacher (and WWU alumnus) at   You can also check out the school website at or the facebook
Ohio Conference of SDA Teaching Positions
Ohio Conference is seeking candidates that are available to teach this fall in a variety of schools. We would love to have an opportunity to have some of the finest and best from Walla Walla to join our conference.  To learn more about availableK-12 teaching positions, contact Richard A. Bianco, Superintendent of Schools, Ohio Conference of Seventh-day Adventists by phone at 740.397.4665 ext 131 or email
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
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.
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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