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Dennis SternerDennis Sterner

Adjunct Faculty
300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: 509.777.4411
Fax: 509.777.3785
Office Location: Dixon Hall 312


Ed.D. University of Montana
M.Ed., B.S. Millersville University of Pennsylvania

Year Joined Whitworth Faculty


Areas of Specialization / Expertise

Teacher preparation; assessment of learning; science education; educational policy

Selected Publications / Presentations / Honors

Publications: Co-author, "A Model for Field Investigation in the Science Classroom," in WSTA Journal: Washington Science Teachers Association (May 2010); author: "Education at Liberal Arts Institutions: Programs in Context or Standardization," in Teaching and Learning: The Journal of Natural Inquiry and Reflective Practice (2007); co-author, "Documenting Positive Impact on Student Learning: A Pre-Service through Professional Continuum," in Teacher Education Yearbook (2004).

Presentations include: presented "The Impact of Common Core Standards on Teacher Education," at the Western States Certification Conference, Portland Ore. (2011); co-presented "Academic Language Instruciton: The Synthesis of Vocabulary, Content and Concept," at the Professional Educator Standards Board Preparation Program Forum, Spokane (2011); co-presented "Environmental and Sustainability Education: Preparing Teachers and Developing Community Partners" at the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education, Atlanta (2010).

Received two Special Projects Grants from the Professional Educator Standards Board to work with public schools and other universities on implementation of an evidence-based approach for teacher preparation (2008) and to improve the integration of strategies for preparing teachers to work with children identified as English Language Learners (2010); received a grant from the Washington Professional Educator Standards Board for "Developing Strategies for Teacher Preparation Programs to Improve the Academic Achievement of ELL Students" (2011); received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to provide teachers with ESL training, especially in Spokane District 81 and Education Service District 101 (2001-04). Received the Washington State Award for "Excellence in Teacher Education."

Served as president of the Pacific Education Institute (2009-10); served on the Environmental Sustainability Endorsement Committee (2008-09), developing a specialty endorsement for Environmental and Sustainability Education, which was approved by the Professional Educator Standards Board; appointed by Washington governors Gary Locke and Christine Gregoire to the state's 19-member Professional Educator Standards Board (2000-2007) and served as vice chair for five years; served as a member of the Board of Examiners for the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education  and as president of AILACTE; represented the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education on the NCATE State Partnership Board (2006-09); served president of the Washington Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, chair of the Professional Education Advisory Committee, and on numerous state committees and task forces.