New cohort of Community Partner Fellows to support local organizations

Jun 18 2019

Six doctoral students at the University of Washington College of Education will bolster the research and program evaluation capacity of local organizations serving youth starting in fall 2019 as the members of the second cohort of the College’s Community Partner Fellows program.

UW professor leads students to hidden history in a small Tennessee town

Jun 7 2019

 

Founders Square was once the hub of its small eastern Tennessee community of Maryville, a block filled with, among other things, a taxi stand, church, bus depot, mechanic shop, and bank.

Today it’s a parking lot — on Saturdays, a farmers market — its decades-old significance largely unknown to anyone other than longtime residents of Maryville.

Alumni introduce young learners to sustainability at Seattle's Perkins School

Jun 13 2019

“Kids are born scientists. From the very first breath we take as a baby, we’re trying to explore the world with our five senses.”

Zoë Dash (MEd ‘11), the science and technology teacher at The Perkins School, is guided by the philosophy that there’s always more to learn. One of a handful of University of Washington College of Education alumni at the independent school in Seattle’s Maple Leaf neighborhood, Dash teaches her students, from kindergarten through fifth grade, to celebrate their exploratory sense of learning.

Event fosters conversation about Native education and resurgence

May 14 2019

“Education strengthens our people.”

With the help of local elder Arlita Rhoan, this idea was adopted as the motto for the Sapsik'ʷałá Education Program at the University of Oregon (UO). This same idea provided the foundation of a May 2 gathering at the University of Washington to advance the conversation about Native teacher education, understand its challenges and explore opportunities for Native resurgence.

IslandWood alum returns to lead graduate program

May 29 2019

Looking out her window, Déana Scipio (PhD ‘15) can see fourth through sixth graders playing in the grass. When she visits the garden, kids are learning about plants and planting things ー though they won’t get to see them sprout. It’s part of the stewardship work they do, planting for other kids to harvest later in the year.

But it’s the experiences of the graduate students, those teaching the children, which are even more exciting to her.

EduTalks explore the promise of school renewal

Apr 19 2019

Researchers and educators shared their insights into opportunities to renew and meaningfully improve how young people and communities experience school during the University of Washington College of Education’s most recent EduTalks event.

Taking place at Sartori Elementary School in Renton, EduTalks: A Place Called School explored practices and policies that can help ensure all students feel like they belong in school and are supported in exploring their passions.

AERA Highlight: The impact of nudge letters on school attendance

Apr 10 2019

A growing number of school districts have turned to sending home “nudge” letters when a student misses too many days of school in hopes of boosting attendance and, ultimately, student achievement.

Yet a new study of a recent pilot effort in Seattle Public Schools by a University of Washington College of Education researcher found that nudge letters sent to the families of chronically absent students had mixed results.

AERA Highlight: The role of institutional centers in educational sovereignty, justice and liberation

Apr 9 2019

The leaders of institutional centers across the country that are working to advance educational justice shared their current efforts and opportunities for future work during the 2019 meeting of the American Educational Research Association.

AERA Highlight: Leadership development through design and experimentation

Apr 5 2019

Providing instructional vision and support for school leaders and teachers is a core responsibility of the central district office, yet district leaders themselves often have limited professional learning opportunities to engage in that work.

AERA Highlight: Co-designing professional development resources to support large-scale reform

Apr 6 2019

Implementing and sustaining high-quality teacher professional learning at-scale has perpetually challenged state education leaders, even as that work holds a critical role in educational improvement efforts.