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Graduate School of Education News

GSEMAT grad headed to Vanderbilt PhD program

Sascha Mowrey MAT'04 is headed for Nashville, Tennessee to embark on a PhD program at award-winning Vanderbilt University. She will focus research on early childhood education and the natural differences in local, regional, and national implementation of programs and policy.

“My interest in research and reflective practice, which led to this phase of my career, is a natural outgrowth of the habits of mind and professionalism that were part of my Willamette MAT experience,” she says. “This is a great offer, and I am really excited about the professor and research team that I will be working with at Vanderbilt. As a group, they focus on large scale research models and randomized controlled trials to analyze the big picture of how and why certain elements produce success in early childhood.”

GSE students engage in social justice issues

Cultural competence and leadership are core values of the Graduate School of Education.

A course called Educating for Equity in a Diverse Society challenges teacher candidates to reflect on issues of social justice in preparation for their roles as teacher-leaders. This spring, instructor Dr. Neil J. Liss assigned students to follow education coverage in local and national news and to write letters to the editor around issues connected to the curriculum. Jeremy Lockwood and Kelsie Skogstad were published in Education Week. Further, contributions by Corrie Edmonds, Aimee Smith and Kate Clevidence also found their way to print.