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CWU alum named national Teacher of the Year | Seattle Times

An Eastern Washington science teacher today was named the 63rd National Teacher of the Year.

Jeff Charbonneau, from Zillah High in the Yakima Valley, is the first winner from Washington state since 2007, and he will spend a year traveling as an ambassador for the teaching profession.

Charbonneau said today that it took until about his third or fourth conversation about the honor for the news to sink in.  ”“You just keep thinking in the back of your mind, – ‘Did I hear them right?’’”“

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CWU Rugby Invited to Join Varsity Cup | Rugbymag.com

Provo, Utah—The Varsity Cup announced today that Central Washington University (CWU) has been selected to participate in the 2013 Varsity Cup National Collegiate Rugby Championship.

CWU comes into the Varsity Cup after the forced departure of the University of Utah following a recent administrative suspension of the Utah rugby program. (READ MORE…)

CWU actress honored at drama festival – Daily Record: News

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Central Washington University student Katelyn Schiller was recognized for distinguished achievement and nominated in the ou…

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3 NW universities teaching teachers about tsunamis | The Seattle Times

Three Northwest universities share a $625,000 National Science Foundation grant to train educators from Washington and Oregon coastal communities about earthquake and tsunami dangers.

Three Northwest universities share a $625,000 National Science Foundation grant to train educators from Washington and Oregon coastal communities about earthquake and tsunami dangers.

Oregon State University receives $315,000 as the lead institution, with $194,000 going to Central Washington University and $116,000 to the University of Portland. (READ MORE…)

CWU Athletic Director Finalists Coming to Ellensburg | CWU Public Affairs

The finalists for the position of Central Washington University athletic director have been selected and will participate in Ellensburg community forums, which are open to the public, during the next three weeks. Each forum will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.  A complete resume for each candidate is available here.
Gail Farmer, search committee chair, said, “From a large and diverse pool of candidates, our search committee has selected an excellent set of finalists, all of whom have outstanding experience in intercollegiate athletics. We’re excited to bring these highly qualified candidates to campus.”
The five finalists are:
     • Dennis Francois, associate director of athletics for external affairs at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa since 2008. Between 2005 and 2008, he was the director of athletics and recreational sports at Southern Oregon University, in Ashland, and executive director of the university’s Raider Club. Francois’s community forum will be held Wednesday, April 3, in the Hal Holmes Center, Kittitas Room.
     • Gary Hyatt, associate athletic director for compliance and academics at CWU since 2009. He was Central’s assistant athletic director for compliance and academics from 2007 to 2009. Between 2000 and 2007, Hyatt was the director of football operations at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Hyatt’s community forum is scheduled for Monday, April 8, in the Hal Holmes Center, Teanaway Room.
     • Tracee Passeggi, associate athletic director and senior woman administrator at Cal Poly Pomona since 2008. Between 2005 and 2008, she held the same positions at San Francisco State University. Passeggi was also assistant athletic director compliance and varsity sports at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, from 2003 to 2005. Passeggi’s community forum will be held Wednesday, April 10, in the Hal Holmes Center, Kittitas Room.
     • Greg Waggoner, athletic director/director for development at Western State Colorado University, in Gunnison, Colorado since 2004. Waggoner has served as the university’s athletic director since 1994, and also was its head wrestling coach from 1985 to 1997. In addition, he is a professor of exercise and sport science. Waggoner’s community forum will be held Thursday, April 11, in the Hal Holmes Center, Ellensburg Room.
     • Barbara Dearing, associate athletic director for business and financial operations and senior woman administrator at Portland State University since 2008. Between 2004 and 2007, she held the same posts at Longwood University, Farmville, Virginia. She was also head softball coach and physical education instructor at Presbyterian College, Clinton, South Carolina. Dearing’s community forum is scheduled for Monday, April 15, in the City of Ellensburg, Chamber Room.
The person selected, who is expected to start on July 1, will follow Jack Bishop, who is retiring after serving as CWU’s athletic director since 2000.

Teacher Preparation Report Misses the Mark | CWU Public Affairs

The president of the Washington Association of Colleges for Teacher Education(WACTE) today said a national survey of colleges of education has missed the chance to improve teacher preparation education programs. WACTE President Connie Lambert said a review, sponsored by US News & World Report, relies on program inputs—syllabi, textbooks, and handbooks—but overlooks results, such as degree completion, student teaching performance, state tests of teacher candidates, and employment. US News & World Report is expected to release results of its survey in April.
“The US News survey relied on inputs and ignored performance,” said Lambert, dean of the Central Washington University College of Education. “Washington’s teacher preparation programs have extensive performance data that the survey could have used instead of focusing on inputs that don’t predict or measure what teachers know and are able to do.”
Lambert said inputs, such as course syllabi, were routinely used as the primary means of assessing teacher preparation back in the 1970s. Since then, in the interest of enhancing the utility and accuracy of assessments, CWU and most of the nation’s other top colleges of education have moved to more sophisticated measurements, based on student performance. These comprehensive data systems were available but not included in the survey, conducted for US News by National Council on Teacher Quality.
For example, the Washington Educator Skills Test-Endorsements (WEST-E) measures content knowledge by subject area. Every teacher candidate must pass the test before being certified to teach in Washington. From 2009 through 2012 the state rates for passing the WEST-E improved across all content areas, including an increase from 85 to 90 percent for middle-level math endorsements.
Lambert said the US News survey also failed to consider an innovative new way of evaluating teacher candidates, the Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA). Piloted at CWU, the TPA now is in effect at all 21 teacher preparation programs in Washington. Partners in the new assessment include Washington’s Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB), Washington State Board of EducationWashington Student Achievement Council, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Washington State Legislature.
The colleges and agencies have built a robust set of performance data that identified best practices that produce positive results in K-12 teaching and learning. The TPA looks at actual performance and work products at the end of a student’s education. Teacher candidates must collect evidence of teaching competence. Video, lesson plans, student work samples, and other work products form a portfolio examined and scored by master teachers.
“Students must prove they’re ready to teach before they graduate,” said Lambert, adding that all teacher preparation programs regularly open their records and reports to legitimate state and federal review agencies.
Teacher preparation programs prepare for comprehensive analyses and reviews by a variety of agencies and organizations. In Washington, the PESB reviews preparation programs every five years, and digs deep into college data to analyze results.
Lambert added that meaningful performance data about teacher education preparation in Washington is available to the public on individual college websites, and collectively on the PESB website.
Jim DePaepe, WACTE policy research analyst, said colleges collaborate closely with the state PESB to track graduates from university admission through their first job in a K-12 classroom. Colleges can measure how students are performing in school, how quickly they’re progressing, and whether they’re ready for student teaching.
“We’re now working on predictability models using data collected at pre-admission and continuing through performance in the classroom,” said DePaepe, director of the CWU Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment, who developed a comprehensive performance database for CWU that houses scores on 20,479 WEST-B and 6,297 WEST-E scores for 36 endorsements areas.
“It would be quicker and easier to just collect syllabi and course schedules, but comprehensive performance data does a better job of helping us understand what graduates know and are able to do—and that’s what counts,” said DePaepe.
Colleges of education also provide comprehensive data about teacher performance to the federal Department of Education for inclusion in the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Many colleges also provide detailed data to recognized and accountable assessment agencies, including the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher EducationTeacher Education Accreditation Council, and American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Information within all of these agencies is open to public examination.

Zillah teacher and CWU alum up for National Teacher of the Year

Sitting at his computer at the head of class one recent morning, Zillah High School teacher Jeff Charbonneau navigates a computer program that allows him to design a shelf.

Zillah High School science and physics teacher Jeff Charbonneau explains a computer-based design program to his engineering class March 22, 2013 as Luis Medina, left, listens and Andy Zarate looks at the program displayed on the computer. “Charb,” as he called by his students, has won the regional and state teacher of the year awards and is a finalist for the national teacher of the year award. (GORDON KING/Yakima Herald-Republic)

Selecting images, the 35-year-old begins to draft 3-D plans for a shelf measuring about 6 inches long and 4 inches wide. His 14 students follow along on their computers, which are networked to his.

Next, he explains stress factors of the shelf’s design and asks how much weight should the shelf be able to support. (READ MORE…)

CWU considers future of chimps – Daily Record: Top Story

Central Washington University officials are meeting with community members to consider the future of the chimpanzees at the Chimpanzee and Hum…

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CWU’s Paramedicine Program 2012 Annual Report Praised

                                                                                                                                                     Central Washington University’s Emergency Medical Technician-ParamedicineProgram had its annual report accepted with high praise from its national regulatory agency, the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

According to the review, “The CoAEMSP is pleased to inform you that your report was received and was found to be consistent with the Committee’s expectations at this stage. Program faculty are to be commended for their efforts. All outcomes thresholds were met.”

As of January 1, 2013, all paramedic education programs in the United States are required to become accredited.  In addition, all accredited paramedicine programs are required to submit an Annual Report (AR) that includes program information, results of the specific outcomes assessments, and the program’s analyses and action plans to address any sub-threshold results in those outcomes.

“We’ve worked hard to create a superior program and we are beginning to become recognized nationwide for our efforts” said Keith Monosky, director of the paramedicine program.

CWU’s EMS-Paramedicine Program has been training individuals in prehospital emergency medical care since 1973 and is one of only a few baccalaureate degree-awarding paramedic programs in the country accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).  It was also one of the first programs to be accredited by CAAHEP.

The EMS-Paramedicine Program provides comprehensive education in paramedicine with an unparalleled depth and breadth of scope. It boasts a five-year 96 percent pass-rate on the National Registry Exam for Paramedics, with nearly 90 percent passing on their first attempt. In addition, virtually all CWU graduates get placement into their chosen profession.

CWU bond rating upheld – Daily Record: News

Moody’s Investors Service reaffirmed Central Washington University’s A1 bond rating Thursday, which the school expects will save millions in b…

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