WSU Spokane Educator Receives Statewide Award
Barb Chamberlain, WSU Spokane/WSU News Service, firstname.lastname@example.org, 509/358-7527 (desk), 509/869-2949 (cell)
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Ray received the 2005 Service to WASA Award for his active support of the organization throughout his 30-year career in education. The award was announced at WASA’s annual conference in
Ray, a former
Upon learning of the award from WASA, Ray said, “It is a tremendous and humbling honor to receive this award. WASA has been a major part of my professional career and my personal life for the past 30 years. Any successes that I have achieved are due, in large part, to my WASA friends and colleagues. I admire and commend those educators who go to work each day in an effort to make life better for the kids in our schools.”
Ray served 10 years on the WASA Board of Directors and was president of the association in 1985-86. He holds a doctoral degree in education WSU and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from
His administrative career included 10 years as superintendent of the
Field-based superintendent certification program
The school superintendent program Ray directs, headquartered at WSU Spokane, focuses on superintendent preparation, leadership standards, change facilitation and board relationships. A number of students in the superintendent’s program go on to earn the Doctor of Education degree, available statewide from WSU.
The field-based model allows administrators to pursue graduate studies while remaining in their home districts, with seminars taught around the state. One of the strengths cited repeatedly by students and alumni is the strength of the professional network established by students in each cohort, providing valuable lifelong connections.
The program was recognized in 2002 as a national model. According to Joseph Schneider, deputy executive director of the American Association of School Administrators, “WSU’s program successfully combines high scholarship with practical application. When AASA puts out the list of the exemplary superintendent preparation programs in the
Programs in education at WSU Spokane
In addition to the superintendent’s program, WSU Spokane also offers courses leading to credentials as a principal or program administrator; courses designed for teachers earning their professional certificate; a postmaster’s school psychology certification designed for people who already hold a master’s degree in counseling or education; master’s and doctoral degrees in education; student teaching placements; and a master’s degree in teaching designed for career-changers who hold a degree in another field and wish to become certified to teach K-8.
WSU's Educational Leadership program is one of 70 doctoral-granting programs nationwide selected for membership in the University Council for Educational Administration (http://ucea.org), a national consortium dedicated to the improvement of educational leadership preparation and practice. WSU's program meets the high programmatic standards for UCEA membership, and WSU's graduate students have the opportunity to participate in UCEA's annual convention and other professional activities.
WSU's administrator certification programs are organized around the national ISLLC (Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium) standards, which have been adopted as the certification standards for
· WSU Superintendent Program Is National Model: http://wsunews.wsu.edu/detail.asp?StoryID=3190 (Aug. 14, 2002)