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SMATE is a national model for the preparation and support of K-12 teachers.

Our dedicated faculty from the disciplines of Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Earth Science, Elementary and Secondary Education use the latest resources and research on teaching and learning to develop innovative curriculum, courses and K-16 partnerships.

Our mission is to be a national model of effective recruiting and preparation of the highest quality future elementary and secondary mathematics and science teachers. We will participate in research and dissemination of new knowledge in mathematics and science education reform to the university and K-12 communities, and serve as a valuable resource to the university and broader community to improve mathematics and science teaching and learning.

News and Events

Photo of President's Exceptional Effort Award Winners

SMATE's Shannon Warren has received one of the 2018 President's Exceptional Effort Award.

SMATE's Debi Hanuscin has just received a grant through the National Science Foundation Discovery Research K12 (DRK12) program.  Read More

SMATE's Robyn Dahl is featured in Western Today.  Read more about how she has digitized WWU's fossil collection.  She also is the recipient of a WWU CIAA/ATUS Faculty Development Summer Grant to redesign the laboratory section for Historical geology (GEOL 212).  Read More

Marc Muniz, SMATE/Chemistry Faculty member, has just recieved a $532,00 NSF grant to research inquiry-based learning in the Chemistry lab.  Muniz’s research will focus on two main questions: How do students in his physical chemistry labs learn, and what is the nature of the teaching community that is trying to relay this information to them?  Read More

 

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