Family & Community Engaged Teaching (FACET)
The goal of FACET is to develop critically conscious family and community engaged educators who, in partnership, foster the potential and well-being of all children and youth in the context of their lives.
We work to...
- Prepare future teachers to transform schools into justice producing institutions using a critical lens, systems-focus, and transdisciplinary emphasis that places children/youth, families and communities at the heart of educational practice.
- Collaborate with communities to create the conditions for students and faculty to see teacher education as a place to understand and apply issues related to transforming schools.
- Use processes that cultivate educational success through authentic relationships focused on engaging with students, community, families, and school professionals.
There are four FACET courses designed for pre-major WWU students. The courses explore the teaching profession through a systems and inter-professional practice lens, equipping future teachers with knowledge and skills to effect systems change in schools and communities.
ESJ 497: Education, Culture, and Equity for Family and Community Engaged Teaching
ESJ 400: RAC - FACET Reading and Research Team
Shuksan Middle School (Fall 2018)
Classroom – EDUC 204 was held on Shuksan’s campus.
Design – faculty and staff from Western and Shuksan collaborated to design a course that addressed the practical needs of all parties.
Faculty – Western faculty came from both Education and Social Justice backgrounds. They were immersed in the work along side students.
BEATS – Before and after school program. FACET added 1,000 hours of service learning time and serves roughly 300 students.
Alderwood Elementary (Fall 2017)
After School Clubs – pre-service students worked in a variety of voluntary after school clubs supporting youth and creating ‘counterspaces.’
Faculty – course co- taught by human services/ community psychology faculty and early childhood/ elementary education faculty.