Woodring College of Education
The Woodring College of Education mission statement provides context and purpose for our actions.
Woodring College of Education facilitates life-long learning through exemplary teaching to prepare quality education, health, and human services professionals for democratic citizenship and meaningful careers. As a College that serves the state, nation, and world, we:
Construct, transform, and convey knowledge by integrating research, theory, and practice;
Cultivate student growth through extensive community and school engagement in collaboration with exemplary practicing professionals;
Act with respect for individual differences, including taking a strengths-based view;
Develop collaborative partnerships that promote the learning and well-being of individuals, families, and the community; and
Evaluate processes and outcomes to ensure continual program improvements.
The vision of Woodring College of Education frames our future.
Woodring College of Education fosters community relationships and a culture of learning that advance knowledge, honor diversities, and promote social justice.
Woodring College is prioritizing funding to programs and to scholarships which support students who are the most at risk to be negatively impacted by the current environment, including first-generation students, students from traditionally underrepresented communities (BIPOC), and those of financial need. Examples of these programs are:
Bruce Larson is appointed as the new Dean of Woodring College. Dr. Larson, has served in many leadership roles at Woodring College, including department chair of Secondary Education, co-associate dean and associate dean. He has taught graduate and undergraduate secondary methods courses and courses for teaching social studies (elementary and secondary).
Dr. Larson is excited for alumni to know how Woodring continues to build and refine pathways to teaching and working in the community as human service professionals. This includes Future Woodring Scholars, where we connect with and mentor incoming freshman who are interested in education. Most come from under-represented populations and are first generation college students. This also include our Maestros program, which is a partnership with Skagit Valley Community College, but instead of entering Freshman, we connect with entering Juniors who come with their AA degree.
Student Success Story
Hugo Santiago came to WWU from Skagit Valley College as part of the Maestros Para el Pueblo program with the goal to become a teacher and role model for his community. Throughout his time at WWU he worked as a Lead Mentor for the Compass 2 Campus Program, providing mentorship to college students and high school students at Burlington Edison High School. He also worked as a peer mentor in Student Outreach Services and participated in the Baile Folklorico group to build community and connect to other students. His leadership and role modelling for others is incredibly positive and inspiring. He won’t let anything stand in the way of his goal. Between scholarships and 70 hour work weeks during the summer, he has been able to graduate and continue into his Masters in Teaching program this year.