What We’re Reading Friday: Oct. 2, 2015 edition

WhatWeAreReadingWhat We’re Reading Friday is a space where we at Webster’s School of Education can share some of the best educational resources and journalism out on the web each week. This is something near and dear to our collective hearts, because when we dedicate ourselves to being lifelong readers and learners, we are best able instill those same values in our classrooms and all our spheres of influence.

Peggy Peel's granddaughter Rosie

Peggy Peel’s granddaughter Rosie



This week we’re sharing a photo from our Coordinator of Teacher Certification, Peggy Peel, who was with her granddaughter Rosie at a First Friday reading event at Keysor Elementary school this morning.



If you know of something we should highlight next week, message us on Facebook or email Editor Abigail Allred at abigailallred11@webster.edu. We’d love to hear from you!

Now on to the news!

  1. First up is a piece on strengthening students’ thinking skills in the History classroom: Why Do Students Hate History? From Education Week 

“If we want our students to make reasoned decisions, then they’ll have to be able to understand the complicated mix of people, places, and things that lead to an outcome.”

  1. Engaging lesson plans that will make your students crave school from ISTE 
  1. Google Virtual-Reality System Aims to Enliven Education from The New York Times via Mindshift
  1. And finally, we have a wonderful resource guide for Internet research: Helping Students Become Better Online Researchers from Edudemic 


Registration is now open for Webster’s Beginning Teacher Assistance Program (BTAP) workshop on Feb. 20, 2016


PK-12 educators who are in their first three years of teaching are invited to attend Webster’s 2016 Beginning Teacher Assistance Program’s (BTAP) professional development workshop, which will take place in February 2016.

BTAP flyer 2016 (2)-page-001View and print the registration form here: BTAP registration 2016

For more information, contact Jan Wilcox at 314-246-7582 or janicewillcox05@webster.edu.

Registration is due by Feb. 5, 2016, but space is limited, so register early!

What We’re Reading Friday: September 25th, 2015 edition

WhatWeAreReadingIt’s the last Friday of September (and the first Friday of the fall season), and we’ve got a great round-up of some of best educational journalism we’ve been reading this week.

In celebration of completing our first month of the new Transformational Teaching blog, this week we’re focusing on a theme of transformations occurring in our educational spaces.

It’s no secret that great teachers change lives, and this week we have a piece from The Huffington Post’s education section about exactly that! Additionally we have several other articles about everything from rebooting the traditional shop class to the ways in which modern libraries are changing the way they think about the public services they provide.

If you know of something we should highlight next week, message us on Facebook or email Editor Abigail Allred at abigailallred11@webster.edu. We’d love to hear from you!

  1. 6 Inspiring Stories That Prove Teachers Actually Rock from The Huffington Post – Education via ISTE
  1. Middle School Maker Journey: Shop Class Rebooted. . . Digitally from Edutopia
  1. What It Takes to Build a Truly Equitable Education System from NEAToday 
  1. Value of Talk at the Middle Level from the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) 
  1. These Public Libraries Are for Snowshoes and Ukuleles from The New York Times via St. Louis County Library



Professor Kaiser to give talk on his recent time in Uruguay

11760114_514627288702408_3546840983059818809_nAs a follow up to his time in Uruguay, Dr. Kaiser will be hosting two public talks. Each talk will have a shorter brown bag version at noon with a longer public talk at 6 p.m. with a discussion afterward.

Anyone interested in how primary and secondary schools in another country work, education and language policy, technology and education, innovation in education, collaborating across national boundaries, curriculum development, and foreign language instruction is encouraged to attend.

We hope to see many of you there!

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We’ll be highlighting some of our new program videos over the next two weeks!

The SOE and Webster’s marketing department have been hard at work creating some beautiful new informational videos about the programs we offer. We’re not done yet, but we’ll be taking the next couple of weeks to share the ones that are completed.

We hope you’ll give them a watch and share them with anyone you think might be interested in learning more about Webster University’s School of Education!

First up this afternoon is the video for the Master of Arts in Teaching – Elementary Education:


What We’re Reading Friday: Sept. 18, 2015 edition

WhatWeAreReadingHappy Friday! Today we’ve got a great round-up of the best educational journalism out on the web.

From a great local piece about chess clubs coming to the Ferguson-Florissant School District to ideas for teachers looking to incorporate more diverse voices in their classroom in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, there’s been plenty of fascinating pieces this week that we hope you’ll give a read!

h/t to Michael Smith, SOE student worker and BA teacher candidate, for providing articles this week.

If you know of something we should highlight next week, message us on Facebook or email Editor Abigail Allred at abigailallred11@webster.edu. We’d love to hear from you!

1. Chess comes to local Ferguson-Florissant schools from The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

2. Ferguson Commission: Schools Must Prioritize Whole-Child Issues, Equality from Education Week

3. Maya Angelou on Home, Belonging, and (Not) Growing Up from Brain Pickings

4. VIDEO: Hispanic Heritage Month | All About the Holidays from PBS Learning Media

5. ‘American Sabor': A Bilingual, Multicultural Literacy Unit from Teaching Tolerance

EdTech faculty gathers for informational meeting

IMG_5460Last Friday, Sept. 11th, on a beautiful, almost fall-like, evening, Educational Technology adjunct faculty from the School of Education gathered over pizza and snacks to discuss a broad range of important issues including key assessment courses, faculty qualifications, and a review of assessment data.

Led by Dr. Ralph Olliges, the group leveraged technology by using Web-Ex software to communicate and collaborate with online faculty as well as those in Kansas City.