College Funding Priorities

Private Sector Funding Priorities for the WWU Foundation

Woodring College of Education

Consistent with the WWU mission for Active Minds Changing Lives, Woodring College of Education private sector funding priorities focus on initiatives for the continuous improvement of teaching and learning and engagement with P-12 schools and the community. These initiatives support efforts that establish Woodring College of Education as a regional and national leader in preparing educators and human service professionals. Funds will be used to support collaborative work, faculty research, improved opportunities for students, professional development, and innovative projects that advance Western’s core missions and goals.

Partnerships for Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Learning Grants: This focus area will provide grants to faculty and students working with partners in P-12 schools, community colleges, and across the University to conduct research on strategies for improving teaching and learning. Research supported by these grants would be shared with others through publications, seminars, and workshops.

Multicultural Faculty Fellows: This program will support a faculty fellowship program focused on inquiry research, and application of best practices in multicultural education. Grants will provide fellows with opportunities to engage in local and national professional development activities and allow for the purchase of curriculum materials for use in college courses.

Community Engagement and Outreach

Community Action Grants: This program provides incentives and support to Woodring College of Education faculty members conducting community-based research and service projects in WesternWashington University’s service area. Proposals are funded based upon the following criteria: contributions to the community, supporting the learning and well-being of children and families, diversity, and the existence of strong faculty/student/community partnerships.

Community Outreach Programming: Funding in this area will underpin the outstanding contributions that Woodring College faculty and students make to support students and families in local and international communities. These funds will be used to provide for faculty development of curriculum that includes community outreach or service-learning initiatives, faculty and student scholarly presentations on their community-based curriculum approaches, development of student leadership in community outreach initiatives, and/or specific community outreach programs developed by students and faculty.

Sustainability Initiatives

Education for Sustainability: The College recognizes that future teachers, school administrators, community and college leaders, and human services professionals need to be leaders who will initiate and implement policies and programs that will ensure the well being of current and future generations. Educating future leaders in the principles and concepts of sustainability promotes a proactive engagement in problem-solving that directly focuses on the important interconnections between and among environmental, economic, and social systems. Funds will be used to integrate education for sustainability principles into College coursework and operations.

Assistive Technology Initiatives

Expanding Assistive Technology Availability: The Ershig Assistive Technology Resource Center facilitates the preparation of education and human service professionals who are equipped to select and use technology to support individuals with disabilities and other diverse needs. Additional funding will support the development of the E-ATRC as a regional assistive technology resource available to local schools and other community organizations.

Student Scholarships and Fellowships

Future Teachers of Color Promise Scholarship: This scholarship supports students of color whose career goal is to become a classroom teacher. Woodring is committed to preparing a workforce reflective of the state’s diverse populations.

High Need Area Scholarships: These scholarships would support students entering areas where there is a high need for new teachers: Special Education, Mathematics, Science, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Human Services Scholarships: Scholarships will assist students in the Woodring College of Education Human Services and Rehabilitation Department. In addition to academic work Students in the Human Services Major are required to complete a minimum of three quarters of Professional Internship in a social service setting (120 hours per quarter). These scholarships will be used to support students during their full-time internship quarter, when outside employment is not feasible and the need for financial support is at its highest.

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