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Dean’s Desk  
April 13, 2020
School of Education & Psychology
Weekly e-News for Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community
Growing up in Canada, it was Mr. Dressup that I watched, rather than the Mr. Rogers that many American children knew and loved. It was not until I was an adult that I became more familiar with Mr. Rogers’ legacy, as well as a quote attributed to him from advice given by his mother - “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping. Although intended as advice for young children, as adults there is a message for us as well. In times of worry, how can we be the helpers?

This weekend as I spoke with friends and family, I found a similar theme in the sermons that we had all experienced - a reminder that as Christians we need to be the helpers. In his letter to the Philippians, Paul says: “Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too” (Philippians 2:1-4). As we go into the coming week, I invite you to join me as I find ways that I can look to the interests of others, serving the needs of those around me. 
~Maria Bastien Valenca
Calendar of Events
20 Fall Quarter Registration, Sophomore
27 Fall Quarter Registration,Freshman
29 UCC Board of Education

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
Education and Psychology
Latest WWU COVID-19 Response Information @
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!
SPECIAL NOTE: Tutoring will be available online through the Student Development Center
Learn more at:
Stats of the Week
Barna Group provides spiritual influencers with credible knowledge and clear thinking, enabling them to navigate a complex and changing culture.
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
The kitchen has many opportunities for using mathematics, regardless of your age. Consider some of the possibilities:

Counting cutlery to set the table
Dividing food into fractional parts
Scaling recipes up or down
Representing multiplication with arrays
Measuring volume, weight, and temperature
Comparing nutritional values and percentages
Accounting cost of food purchases

Below are some videos you may find useful:

Preschool to Grade 2
Kitchen Math

Grades 3-6
Increasing & Decreasing Recipes

Grades 7-8
Math at Work: Math Meets Culinary Arts 
MEMES in the Time of COVID-19
Other News
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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