Education Matters

Below is a list of achievements from the School of Education and Kinesiology faculty including publications, research, and workshops.


Paula Leitz and Jane Weiss presented "Teaching and Learning with Technology: Virtual Professional Communities" at the April 2013 PLU University House's Lunchtime Talk.

Thirumurthy, V. & Simic-Muller, K. (2012).  Kolam: A Mathematical Treasure of South India, Childhood Education, 88(5), 309-314.

Woolworth, S., & Thirumurthy, V. (2012). PromotingCross-Cultural Competence and Awareness in Teacher Education: Toward the Integration of Western and Non-Western Perspectives. Northwest Passage, 10 (1),110-117

anning, J.P., Thirumurthy, V., & Field, H. (2012).Globalization or Hegemony? Childcare on the Brink: hints from three geographically distant localities in North America. Contemporary Issues inEarly Childhood, 13 (1).

Hillis, M.R. (2012). "Virtues Gone Mad": Lewis and Chesterton on the misdirection of love, faith, and hope. The Chesterton Review,38(1&2), 71-82.

Byrnes, R. (2012, June 21). Opinion leaders off-target about the purposes of American education. The Tacoma News Tribune.

Byrnes, R. (2012, May 18). Stop Linking School Improvement,Economic Growth, and National Greatness, Teachers College Record, ID Number 16773.

Donna Poppe worked in the summer collecting Egyptian work songs at an archaeological site to be displayed at the Children's Museum of Cairo.

Brad Moore has been invited by McGraw-Hill Publishers' Higher Education Department to participate in the 2012 Fitness and Wellness Symposium being held at the L'Auberge Del Mar Resort in Del Mar, California to discuss teaching approaches in fitness and wellness education.

Vanessa Tucker presented at the Tacoma Public Schools Paraeducator Conference on the topic of Autism Spectrum Disorders and at thePBIS spring conference in Portland, OR on the study of suspension data in theTacoma Public Schools.

Hacker, C. M. & DiCicco, T. (2012). Invited Lecture in Performance Psychology: Gold medal partnership: Collaboration and integration for sustained excellence, Atlanta, GA.

Hacker, C.M. (2012). Team building and leadership for success.  Julie Foudy Leadership Academy, Keynote presenter, Sonoma, CA and Chicago, IL.

Greg Williams began his year-long Fulbright Scholar position in Mexico.


Kent Gerlach conducted numerous workshops on training paraeducators in Washington, California, Arizona, and Indiana.

Colleen Hacker worked with the United States Women's IceHockey Team during summer trainings.

Frank Kline consulted with the Pedagogical Department of theJohn Wesley Theological College in Budapest, Hungary.

Jan Weiss worked with the Yupi it School District in Alaska for three weeks in June, focused on student and faculty mentoring.

Lenny Reisberg planned and coordinated program evaluations for Tacoma Community in Schools efforts in Tacoma Public Schools.

Vanessa Tucker served as a faculty representative on the new state endorsement for teaching the visually impaired.

Byrnes, R. (2012-present). Academic Adviser, NOVA School,Olympia, WA. Assisting NOVA's nine core faculty in three areas: academic assessment, professional development, and curriculum mapping.

Mike Hillis has been editing the book Meal from Below by Kris Rocke and Scott Dewey, targeted-publication date of mid-October. Additionally, he reviewed proposals for the Collaborative Schools for Innovation and Success (CSIS) Pilot project sponsored by OSPI and PESB.

Steve Colgan was re-funded by the Intel Corporation to direct the South Sound Regional Science Fair for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Judy Hassen conducted teacher workshops on early childhood education for Federal Way Public Schools.