Making school a more humanizing place

Irene Yoon
Apr 6 2017

In diverse schools, creating a sense of belonging for students and faculty of all backgrounds can be a challenge that directly impacts one’s ability to learn and succeed.

University of Utah professor Irene Yoon (PhD ‘11) is familiar with the feeling of being an outsider after having lived in urban and rural places on both coasts. She understands the experience of learning new cultures while adjusting to various resources and relationships.

Alum uses technology to empower learning

Michelle Zimmerman
Apr 3 2017

By harnessing the power of data, Michelle Zimmerman (MEd '07, PhD '11) is helping set the standard for how educators can use technology as a tool to empower kids’ learning.

The innovative approach to teaching and learning taken by Zimmerman, the nationally-recognized director of Renton Prep, was sparked by watching her mother, a special education teacher who enjoyed bringing new practices into her classroom.

Alum works to open access to higher education

Sheila Edwards Lange
Mar 15 2017

In the midst of Seattle’s booming economy, many citizens find themselves struggling with a widening socioeconomic gap. Sheila Edwards Lange (PhD '06) is working to create education and career opportunities for those whose future in the city is at risk.

Since her appointment as president of Seattle Central College in 2015, Lange’s focus is making sure that all Seattle residents have access to education, earn a living wage and contribute to a vibrant community.

Making math class more like mathematics

Tracy Zager
Feb 6 2017

Boring. Stressful. Humiliating.

For many students, those are the feelings most commonly associated with math class.

Tracy Zager (MIT ‘02) grew up loving to solve puzzles and riddles, but by high school a series of bad experiences put her on the brink of giving up math altogether. One of Zager’s family friends made her promise to give it another try in college, however, and her experience in an experimental, project-based calculus class changed her perspective forever.

Alum wins Grawemeyer Award in Education

Diana Hess
Dec 2 2016

Immigration. Gun control. Abortion. Gay rights. Religion. Are these and other polarizing topics too controversial to be discussed in today’s high school classrooms?

According to Diana Hess (PhD '98), co-winner of the 2017 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Education, teachers should encourage conversations about difficult political issues because that’s the very nature of a democratic education and those discussions help students understand diverse points of view and become more politically engaged adults.

Alumnus named Washington Superintendent of the Year

Gary Cohn
Nov 21 2016

Gary Cohn (PhD '99), superintendent of Everett Public Schools since 2009, has been named 2017 Superintendent of the Year by the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA).

Cohn, who earned his doctorate in education and superintendent leadership credentials from the University of Washington College of Education, was honored for his leadership in Everett, which is recognized statewide and nationally for student achievement.

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Alum named Washington Regional Teacher of the Year

Elizabeth Loftus
Oct 12 2016

Elizabeth Loftus, a 2014 graduate of the University of Washington College of Education’s Applied Behavior Analysis Distance Education Program, has been named Northwest ESD 189 Regional Teacher of the Year.

Loftus, one of eight Washington educators to be honored this fall, teaches at Olympic View Elementary in Oak Harbor District.

Putting the focus on relationships

Nicholas Bradford
Sep 28 2016

In school systems, discipline systems speak much louder than words. How can actions taken by school leaders shape the messages students receive about their value in society?

Ever since he volunteered at a community justice center in Vermont, University of Washington College of Education graduate Nicholas Bradford (MEP ‘12) has sought an answer to this question.

His quest led him to the concept of restorative justice.