Giving all students a voice

Flores in the classroom
Apr 25 2016

Jennifer Flores (BA '12, MIT '14) is working to reinforce and advocate for students who lack a voice in school because they do not have English fluency.

As a teacher at Cedarhurst Elementary School in Highline, the University of Washington College of Education alumna has dedicated herself to engaging with the community by giving positive phone calls home, visiting families and encouraging families to visit school.

Alum named Washington Principal of the Year

Mia Williams
Mar 23 2016

For the fifth consecutive year, a graduate of the University of Washington College of Education has been named a Washington State Principal of the Year.

Student leads initiative to diversify STEM workforce

Stephanie Gardner
Dec 16 2015

Over the past six years, Stephanie Gardner has helped lead a sea change in achievement by historically underrepresented students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) majors at the University of Washington. As director for the Pacific Northwest Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation at UW, the College of Education alumna and current doctoral student is opening pathways into STEM fields.

Exploring equity and highly capable learners, assessments

Classroom
Dec 7 2015

The new edition of the Washington Educational Research Association's journal features four articles authored by alumni and faculty from the University of Washington College of Education.

The fall 2015 edition focuses on topics related to highly capable students, and UW alumni authoring articles were:

Creating citizens for a vibrant democracy

Oct 1 2015

From an early age, Jane Lo was fascinated by how people interact in civil society — the way people come together to improve their communities, support fellow citizens in need and assert their rights.

That interest attracted her to teaching and the opportunity to help students understand the complexity of human interactions. After a few years teaching high school social studies in Texas, Lo reached out to Professor Walter Parker at the University of Washington College of Education to dig deeper.

Alumnus looks to expand students' futures

Nikum Pon
Sep 22 2015

For many young people growing up in marginalized communities, it can be difficult to see futures filled with opportunity.

Nikum Pon (PhD '13) dreams of changing that.

Before his dream came to life, however, Pon had to escape one of the worst tragedies of the 20th century. Born in Cambodia during Pol Pot's rule and a genocide in which more than a million Cambodians died, Pon fled with his family to a refugee camp in Thailand.

Alum works to elevate parents' role in school

Ellie Canter
Aug 25 2015

At too many schools across the country, parents are left out of the learning equation. Ellie Canter (MEd ’12) is working to change this oversight as director of programs at Turning the Page, a non-profit that is empowering parents in Washington, D.C. to become active and effective participants in their children’s education.

Canter supervises AmeriCorps VISTA members and three partnership coordinators to strengthen relationships between teachers and families.

Puyallup superintendent, alumnus honored for leadership

Elementary classroom
Aug 21 2015

Timothy Yeomans (EdD '09), superintendent of Puyallup School District and a strong advocate for aspiring school and district-level leaders in Washington state, has received the University Council Educational Administration Excellence in Educational Leadership Award.