Alumnus in running for 'Nobel Prize' of teaching

Noah Zeichner
Dec 8 2014

Noah Zeichner '04 is one of 50 finalists for a $1 million award designed to be the Nobel Prize of education.

Zeichner, who teaches social studies and Spanish at Seattle's Chief Sealth International High School, will find out in March whether he is the recipient of the Global Teacher Prize sponsored by Varkey GEMS Foundation. The award is designed to elevate the teaching profession by honoring educators who spark learning, prepare students to be good global citizens, and encourage others to become teachers.

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Teaching for a better tomorrow

La’akea Yoshida
Nov 19 2014

UW College of Education students La’akea Yoshida and Christina Black dreamed of doing a world of good as educators. “My entire life, I have wanted to make a difference in the classroom,” says Christina, a recent master’s in teaching graduate and recipient of the Daniel V. Iyall Student Support Fund. Her Alaska Native grandfather never had the opportunity to attend college, nor her mother, who raised Christina and her siblings as a single parent.

Alumna helps transform Afghanistan's education system

Sep 29 2014

Suzanne Griffin, who has developed and led education and technical programs in Afghanistan for more than a decade, will return to the country in November to continue her work there.

Griffin, who earned her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Washington College of Education, will serve as senior advisor/project leader for the Bachelor's in Public Policy and Administration Project of GIZ, the German equivalent of the United States Agency for International Development.

Alumnus takes reins of Seattle schools

Sep 11 2014

For more than three decades, Larry Nyland has led school districts across Washington. The University of Washington College of Education alumnus has overseen rising graduation rates and test scores, resolved conflicts between teachers and school boards, and won recognition as the state's Superintendent of the Year.

Now, Nyland has returned to the school system where he grew up.

Central Kitsap educator receives UW mentoring award

Sep 4 2014

Respected Central Kitsap School District administrator Chris Wyatt has been honored for her work helping develop fellow administrators and teacher leaders with this year's John W. Morefield Mentoring Award, presented by the University of Washington's Danforth Education Leadership Program.

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Graduate receives national fellowship for science teaching

Aug 5 2014

Recent University of Washington College of Education graduate Taylor Williams is one of only 32 teachers in the nation selected to the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation's 2014 cohort of Teaching Fellows.

Williams, who earned his teaching certification from UW in 2013, joins some of the nation's most talented, early-career science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers as a KTSF Teaching Fellow.

Alum named Seattle Public Schools superintendent

Dec 10 2014

Dr. Larry Nyland, a distinguished local educator who earned his Ph.D. in educational leadership from University of Washington's College of Education, has been selected to lead Seattle Public Schools on a permanent basis after serving as interim superintendent since August. The Seattle School Board approved the move during its Dec. 10 meeting.

Class of 2014 ready to make a difference

Jun 27 2014

The College of Education celebrated its newest cohort of teachers and educational leaders during graduation ceremonies held June 16 outside of Miller Hall. More than 300 members of the Class of 2014 participated in ceremonies and heard from student speaker Maurice Dolberry, an Ed.D student specializing in multicultural education, and alumnus speaker Dr. Ed Taylor, vice provost and dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs.  Watch their remarks below.