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Guest Date Topic
PoliceDogs July 10, 2017

040 A special police bond

Police dogs. Quite frankly, some police officers spend more time with their canine companions than they do with their own families, making those dogs de facto family.

But how do we train police officers to render first aid to their dogs in emergencies, such as ingesting poisons? Phyllis Erdman is an expert in veterinary education, and talks about the unique bond between law enforcement canines and their handlers, as well as some new research she’s done.

SciFi July 3, 2017

039 Learning how to learn (SIMIAN Lab)

Quite simply, we can teach better, as a society, when we better know how students learn. A lot of research has been done through classroom observation. But getting down to learning from a neurocognitive perspective, can really help researchers better assess what works and what doesn’t.

Jonah Firestone, from WSU Tri-Cities, tells us about a lab that can help do that, called the Simulation and Integrated Media for Instruction Assessment and Neurocognition Lab.

SPED June 26, 2017

038 Evidence-based practice in SPED

We’ve all heard of “best practice” or “evidence-based practice.” Not all current teachers know what that best practice may be because they are uninformed about the newest research, or professional development hasn’t been provided to them. That certainly holds true for special education.

We met up with Yu-Ju Hsiao from WSU Tri-Cities, and she goes over some of the latest evidence-based practices that exist in special education, specifically with students on the autism spectrum.

Signaling June 19, 2017

037 Signaling in the multimedia classroom

For stage actors, it’s not just about what is said, but how it’s said. And the body language that is used. The same can be said for teachers.

Educational psychology doctoral student David Alpizar talks about something called “signaling,” which can be a variety of ways to emphasize thing for students; to draw their attention. Specifically, how signaling can be effective in a multimedia classroom, where a lot of stimuli wrestle for the attention of students.

Para June 12, 2017

036 From Parapro to Teacher

During a teacher shortage, one place to look for teachers is the classroom itself. Washington state already has a lot of paraeducators… folks who are in the classroom day in and day out, and aren’t certified teachers for a variety of reasons.

Lindsay Lightner is at WSU Tri-Cities, and introduces us to its Alternate Route program, which helps these parapros become certified teachers.

Nat June 2, 2017

035 Increasing classroom situational interest

Situational interest is something that teachers often have incredible ability to control, and it’s the ability to gain the attention and engage the students.

At least that’s the really basic way to describe it. We caught up with Nathaniel Hunsu at this year’s WSU Academic Showcase at and talked to him about increasing or fostering more situational interest in an educational engineering classroom.

KatieBarton May 22, 2017

034 Dogs in School

People are bringing dogs into schools more than ever before. Usually, the reason deals with social aspects or social skills. Comfort dogs, for example. A lot of times, we call it canine therapy. But do we know the effect that dogs truly have on learning?

Some research suggests there are some benefits to dogs in the classroom, especially for students with disabilities. That’s exactly what educational psychology doctoral student Katie Barton is trying to find out.

Josh Premo April 25, 2017

033 From small group to big classroom

Research has shown that small interactions between students during small group learning environments can help the overall achievement of that group.

We talk to Josh Premo, a graduate student in the biological sciences, who is working collaboratively with science education faculty Andy Cavagnetto to determine if, in fact, small group interdependency during learning can be used to leverage increased behavioral engagement at the whole class level.

Christina Brando-Subis April 17, 2017

032 How Literature Treats Autism Spectrum Disorder

How is autism normally portrayed in literature? And, is it done in a way that exacerbates misconceptions or misperceptions? Christina Brando-Subis is a Language, Literacy, and Technology doctoral student whose research shows how current award-winning literature portrays autism, and what the outcomes of that portrayal may currently be.

Kripa April 10, 2017

031 Active Learning Classrooms

Classroom technology integration has always been vital. So with every new building built, we must look at not only how to integrate current technology, but how to prepare for future technology, whatever that may be. That's no easy feat. Educational psychology doctoral student Kripa Sundar joined some of WSU's AMS experts to research active learning environments and how technology could best be implemented in WSU's new Digital Technology Classroom (expected Fall 2017).

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Dan Overbay April 3, 2017

030 The Role of an Academic Advisor

It’s the academic advisor who is on the ground floor and sees the student’s whole academic career pass. They’re there when the students start and when they graduate. They see the struggles. They see the triumphs.

Dan Overbay is an academic advisor at WSU Vancouver. We talked to him about the differences between being a student in Vancouver, versus WSU in Pullman. We talk about first-gen students. And, should teachers make more money?

DaveSlavit Feb. 22, 2017

029 Math and Science Ed doctoral program

We talk about STEM all the time. Since half of STEM is math and science, a doctoral program that has both of those aspects would be considered fairly important. WSU College of Education Mathematics and Science Education program is led by Dave Slavit, at WSU Vancouver, though the students are scattered all over the state. We talked briefly with Dr. Slavit, about what the current math and science landscape is in our country and why this program stands to make a huge difference for both the doctoral students themselves, as well as the individuals whom they do and will serve.

Riley Feb. 8, 2017

028 From Teacher to Cop

On this edition of Education Eclipse, intern Brittni Willis sits down with Pullman Police officer Riley Myklebust. In addition to Officer Myklebust having been ASWSU president during his time as a student, he was actually a College of Education graduate. So how does a guy who is an elementary ed major become a cop? And, how did his schooling back then help him now?

Tamara Dec. 7, 2016

027 Today's STEM Education

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. In a complex world, with complex societal grand challenges, it’s important for our nation’s youth to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to solve these tough challenges. Yet, how we teach these is also under the microscope then. STEM Education is a passion of Tamara Holmlund Nelson, a professor of science education on WSU’s Vancouver campus, and she explains what STEM ed is, along with some of the positive and negative issues surrounding it.

Teena Nov. 17, 2016

026 WSU Principal Certification Program

Whenever you hear about a school turn-around, or an amazing reform effort, one of the indispensable components of these is a good principal. On the flip side, teacher retention is the worst in the first three years of a teacher’s career, and one of the most often cited reasons by these teachers for leaving the profession is a lack of support or understanding from the principal. We talked to Teena McDonald, clinical assistant professor of educational leadership, at WSU Spokane, about the college's top-notch principal certification program.

Salina King Oct. 31, 2016

025 Getting to Know You: Salina King

Salina King is a recent graduate from the College of Education. You could say that she's doing a victory lap as she is using this Fall 2016 semester to finish her program and receive her teaching certification. She's student teaching in a 4th grade classroom in Colfax, WA.

Jared Hoadley Oct. 27, 2016

024 Making a difference through educational leadership

Washington State University’s College of Education has a dynamic statewide educational leadership program, including superintendent certification, principal certification, and the best, most well-respected educational doctorate program in the state. One of the college’s ed doctorate grads is Jared Hoadley, the executive director of student services for the Mead School District, north of Spokane. Using a balance of practical experience, theory, and research, Dr. Hoadley is a prime example of how our alumni are making a huge impact in the field.

Oct. 17, 2016

023 Health Science STEM Education Research Center

Right now, there’s a big focus at Washington State University on the health sciences. WSU Spokane has the new medical college, the College of Nursing, and the College of Pharmacy. However, only select populations tend to gravitate toward careers in the health sciences. Janet Frost is a clinical associate professor in the college’s mathematics education program, and the director of the Health Science STEM Education Research Center. Among other things, the center works on finding the best ways to help health science experts to better teach, mentor and guide these underrepresented students in a way that allows them to consider health sciences as a potential career.

Oct. 10, 2016

022 Improving balance among pregnant women

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that one out of four older people, meaning 65 and older, falls every year, but less than half tell their doctor. One out of every five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury. There’s also a tremendous cost attached to falls. Dr. Robert Catena, from the college’s Sport Science program, is the director of the Gait and Posture Biomechanics Lab. And he says that while the CDC highlights older people falling, there’s another demographic whose falls can injury not just one person, but two, potentially more.

Sept. 10, 2016

021 Setting up an employee wellness program

A new fitness program is being introduced at Washington State University for all faculty and staff. Its motto is “Be Active. Be Fit. Be Well.”

We sat down with Shane McFarland, one of the college’s kinesiology graduate assistants, and talked to him about everything he’s been doing to help get this program off the ground.

Aug. 8, 2016

020 First generation immigrant students

Imagine the difficulties of being a student in the U.S. while also being an immigrant.
On the WSU Tri-Cities campus, associate professor Eric Johnson researches the difficulties, and talks about the engagement he does in this field that helps the students, as well as the teachers who teach those students.

July 29, 2016

019 Improving the educational doctorate (CPED Convening check-in)

The WSU College of Education is a founding member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED), a consortium of 80 colleges and schools of education, all of whom have committed resources to work together and strengthen the educational doctorate. At this year’s annual convening, we caught up with educational leadership professor Rick Sawyer, from the WSU Vancouver campus, and he talked more about CPED and how the College of Education hopes to use its ed leadership program to advance WSU's mission and vision.

July 13, 2016

018 Augmented Reality and the Assistive Technology Lab

If you hadn’t heard of augmented reality before, you probably have by now! That’s the technology behind the worldwide Pokémon GO craze. Special education professor Don McMahon tells us how augmented reality is being used in the college’s Assistive Technology Lab, and how that lab is helping increase opportunity and equity for students, especially those with disabilities.

June 27, 2016

017 First-Year Student Engagement

What good is student enrollment it if the retention rate is terrible. How can universities hang on to students they do have? WSU College of Education graduate Evelyn Martinez explains the importance of engagement, and students using the resources being made available to them. She also talks about universities having a more fluid definition of what success is.

June 20, 2016

016 Resistence Training and Economy

Some physical activity is better than no physical activity. But by combining scientific research with physical activity, we know how to make that exercise we DO do even more effective. Two undergraduate students earning their kinesiology degree have researched how resistance training can help people become better runners by improving something called “Running Economy.” They explain.

May 10, 2016

015 Improving Critical Thinking Tests

Critical thinking is an essential skill for students to develop through their formal and informal education. The measurement of these skills is a challenge, especially with younger students. Several critical thinking assessments exist, yet their validity is in question. Educational Psychology doctoral student Latisha Sternod talks about her research in this arena, and gives implications for practice and future research.

May 2, 2016

014 Getting to Know You: Kiley Maag

We caught up with Kiley Maag, a sport management student, and intern with the Houston Rockies. We talk to Kiley about her internship, and what she hopes for in the future. At the time of this recording, the Houston Rockets were in the first round of the playoffs against the Golden State Warriors.The Rockets would end up losing the series and be knocked out of the playoffs.

ELL Apr. 22, 2016

013 Improving the ELL Experience

Much of today's legislation demands educational success of all children, throughout the entire curriculum. There are certainly challenges with this, including the growing number of ELL students in Washington public schools. Two College of Education professors talk to us about their research, which aims to solve the problem, thus advancing opportunity and equity for all our state’s children.

Patricia Maarhuis Apr. 11, 2016

012 Responding to School Shootings

There have been almost 300 school shootings since Columbine, and the rate is increasing. When a school goes through something like this, how do the victims cope and recover? We spoke with doctoral candidate Patricia Maarhuis at the 2016 Academic Showcase about ways that schools, teachers, students, and communities can bounce back from devastation.

AG Mar. 9, 2016

011 Globalization Conference overview

From topics of racism to bigotry in our country, the International Globalization, Diversity, and Education Conference touches upon that which is part of the national dialogue. Conference chair A.G. Rud tells how this conference helps advance opportunity and equity.

Chad Gotch Mar. 2, 2016

010 The Roadtrip to Better Classroom Assessment

Chad Gotch is an educational psychologist working to bridge the gap between the test-makers and the test-takers. We talk with him about the educational video he's working on to accomplish that, the importance of classroom assessment, and how we can improve students' learning abilities.

AFTOC Feb. 23, 2016

009 Alhadeff Future Teachers of Color Conference

Every year, the Alhadeff Future Teachers of Color hosts a conference where experts in educational diversity and social justice speak. Cheyenne Cortesi is an AFTOC ambassador, and talks about the group, the conference, the importance of diversity in education, and why she herself wanted to be a teacher.

Chris Connolly Feb. 15, 2016

008 Perceptions of Physical Activity Among Pregnant Women

Chris Connolly, assistant professor of kinesiology, explores the perceptions pregnant women have of exercising during pregnancy and explains the health benefits of doing so.

Elias Whitefoot Feb. 11, 2016

007 Getting to Know You: Elias Whitefoot

Elias Whitefoot is not only a kinesiology student, he's one of the WSU College of Education's student ambassadors. He also comes from a long line of Cougs (fourth generation). We talk to him about why he chose his degree, what he plans to do next, and some personal stuff, as well.

Marcus Poppen Feb. 1, 2016

006 Predicting Employment Outcomes for Young Adults with Disabilities

One WSU College of Education professor has said working is one of the primary ways we achieve economic and social mobility, doesn’t it stand to reason that the same holds true for those with disabilities?

Marcus Poppen, clinical assistant professor in special education, has research identifying specific individual characteristics that can decrease the odds that an individual with a disability will obtain employment.

Kim Holmstrom Jan. 6, 2016

005 Bruya-Wood Undergraduate Research Conference

Twice a year, undergraduates earning a kinesiology degree from Washington State University have the opportunity to present research findings to their peers, and the public. We talked with kinesiology instructor Kim Holmstrom, who is the conference co-chair.

Nov. 23, 2015

004 Learning how kids neurocognitively learn

Richard Lamb is an assistant professor of science education technology. He's also the director of Washington State University's Neurocognition Science Lab and Data Center. He explains what that means and why it matters.

Nov. 23, 2015

003 Faculty Research Writing Retreat

Amy Roth McDuffie, the College of Education's new associate dean for research and external funding talk about why the college's annual new faculty writing retreat is so important for research and overall professional development.

Nov. 4, 2015

002 Inga Kromann Book Award Spring 2015

Meet the 2015 Inga Kromann Book Award winner, Sydney Freel, a junior pre-service teacher who won the annual honor (and $1,000) for her book Huckleberry Pie. She tells us what it's about and what inspired her to write it.

Oct. 14, 2015

001 Native Americans and PTSD

While post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has devastating effects on 5-17 percent of U.S. military veterans, those veterans who are Native American suffer PTSD at a much higher clip. One counseling Psychology Ph.D. student (and Native American veteran), Greg Urquhart shares his research on the subject.