In the Media

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 4:22pm
New America

The strategies employed during this one-minute interaction, such as the visual demonstration, represent best practices in helping EL students learn new vocabulary.3 It is hard to believe that Davis is not a teacher, given the skill and fluidity of her instruction. Luckily, she will soon be a certified teacher, thanks to her participation in an innovative alternative certification program being implemented at Highline Public Schools in partnership with Woodring College of Education at Western Washington University. The Woodring Highline Future Bilingual Teacher Fellow Program is designed to prepare a small group of paraprofessionals to earn their teaching certification with the goal of easing the district’s current shortage of bilingual teachers. Davis is one of 16 fellows participating in the inaugural cohort of the two-year program, which offers a bachelor’s degree and K–8 teaching credential with the option of also earning a reading endorsement, English learner endorsement, or bilingual endorsement. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 4:19pm
The Seattle Times

“Washington really is a leader in this type of work,” Garcia said. “It’s very proactive in its approach to the (teacher) shortage and opening as many routes to the profession as possible.”

In 2015, the state Legislature encouraged school districts and universities to work together to create new pathways to teacher certification, and provided competitive grants to help.

Highline Public Schools teamed up with the Woodring College of Education at Western Washington University and started the first batch of classes in the summer of 2016.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 10:24am
The Bellingham Herald

The No. 10 Western Washington University volleyball team will officially re-open Sam Carver Gymnasium Tuesday, Sept. 19, when it hosts Simon Fraser at 7 p.m. Admission for the match will be free, and parking in the C lots will be free after 5 p.m.

The on-campus gym recently underwent a two-year remodel, and Tuesday’s Great Northwest Athletic Conference match will be the first on the newly named WECU Court at Carver Gymnasium.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 9:21am
KGMI Radio

he nationally-ranked Western Washington University volleyball team will make its 2017 home debut on Tuesday, Sept. 19 playing the first official match on WECU Court in the renovated Carver Gymnasium.

Tuesday’s match against Simon Fraser University will start at 7 pm in the on-campus Carver Gym that recently underwent a two-year remodel. Admission for the match is free of charge and parking in the C lots on the WWU campus will be open for free parking after 5 pm.

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 11:05am
The New York Times

In 2013, as transgender people began to be included in institutions of legitimacy and power, Chris E. Vargas, a multimedia artist, invented the fictional Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art, or MOTHA, as a form of institutional critique. It started as a logo and poster with images of more than 250 gender nonconforming heroes, from Chaz Bono to Peppermint Patty, that will be on view in “Trigger.”

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 10:51am
Everett Herald

Currently in the process of earning her master’s degree in art education through Western Washington University, Jennie enjoys talking about art and about art education in public schools. Instead of just STEM, Jennie would like to schools offer STEAM programs — science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 10:46am
Stanwood Camano News

Results of a flood plain study by Western Washington University students in Stanwood last month won’t be revealed until next spring.

The students took the data they collected the week of Aug. 21-25 back to Bellingham before taking a summer break.

“At this point we have a bunch of raw data sitting in a spreadsheet,” said David Davidson, survey project coordinator.

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 8:46am
The Seattle Times

But the claims of harm to vegetation were backed by sloppy science, Noss said. Physical impacts like rain, snow and ice are more likely culprits in damage to rare native plants, he said.

New science corroborates the goats’ origin story. David Wallin, a professor of environmental sciences at Western Washington University, said genetic testing of Olympic goats corresponds closely to goat genetics in Canada and Alaska, but not to those in the Cascades.

Most species struggle because humans colonize or destroy their habitat, said Wallin, the WWU professor. But there’s opportunity for the Cascades goats.

“Ninety-five percent of the alpine zone in the Cascades is protected in some way or another,” Wallin said.

The plant science is still unresolved.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 9:09am

recent study by John All et al., “Fire Response to Local Climate Variability,” investigates whether or not human interference in the fire regime of Huascarán National Park in Peru was the primary cause of an increase in fire activity in the park. In an interview with GlacierHub, John All, a research professor in the Department of Environmental Science at Western Washington University's Huxley College of the Environment, said , “There are multiple potential sources of black carbon, but our work indicates that black carbon on glaciers in the Cordillera Blanca is almost entirely ‘young’ carbon – i.e. not fossil carbon like diesel. Mountain fires potentially provide large amounts and large particle sizes of local black carbon that can be deposited immediately onto the glacier.”

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 9:56am
Vulcan Tech Dev Blog

Sharks and rays are incredibly important to the delicate ecosystems near coral reefs. Their numbers are dwindling rapidly, and being able to understand how the populations of sharks and rays in various areas have been affected by overfishing and other factors will give researchers rich insight into where conservation efforts should be concentrated.