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.

FACET Courses

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.

Mentor talks to students in a cafeteria

Community Partners

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. 

Jackie Sennett, Ph.D.


(360) 650-2524 | MH 315E

Christina Van Wingerden, Ph.D. Candidate

Academic Program Director for the Human Services Program, Field Studies Coordinator & Instructor


(360) 650-4655, 360-319-7862 | Miller Hall 318A