EDU Talks to explore early learning on Oct. 20

Young learner with teacher
Sep 15 2017

The biggest steps toward a life of opportunity, toward the fullest flourishing of one’s potential, happen in a child’s earliest years. Yet in Washington, one in five children grows up in poverty, and fewer than half of the state’s children are kindergarten-ready across all six domains of childhood development.

On Oct. 20, eight of Washington’s leading early learning researchers will discuss how every child can be assured a strong start during EDU Talks: Raising Washington, hosted by the University of Washington College of Education.

From volunteer to decision-maker: how parents can play a greater role in schools

Math problem solving
Jul 24 2017

Most schools offer parents specific ways to help out: Join the PTA, chaperone a field trip, grade papers for a teacher or assist on a classroom art project.

Those volunteer opportunities, however, not only reinforce the top-down power structure of schools, but also cater to mostly white, privileged families, maintaining the institutionalized racism that marginalizes low-income families and families of color, said Ann Ishimaru, assistant professor of education at the University of Washington.

Learning gardens aim to grow student engagement in science

Students at learning garden.
Jul 12 2017

Despite the growing awareness of socio-ecological challenges facing humans in the 21st century, science learning still mostly takes place inside the classroom, disconnected from the natural world.

AERA Highlight: Re-orienting youth learning through making

STEAM camp
Apr 27 2017

Researchers from the University of Washington College of Education shared their work to realize the promise of making and tinkering for diverse audiences during the American Educational Research Association’s 2017 annual meeting.

The tough work of reducing disproportionate discipline

High school classroom
Apr 18 2017

With everything teachers do in a school day—leading class, grading homework, preparing lesson plans—there’s precious little time for one of the biggest factors contributing to student success: building positive relationships.

Professor honored for practice-engaged research in family engagement

Ann M. Ishimaru
Apr 19 2017

The University of Washington College of Education’s Ann M. Ishimaru, whose work focuses on engaging historically marginalized families in the creation of more equitable educational systems, has been awarded the American Educational Research Association’s 2017 Exemplary Contributions to Practice-Engaged Research Award.

UW research featured at AERA annual meeting

Lakeridge Elementary School
Apr 14 2017

University of Washington College of Education faculty and students will present their ongoing research to advance teaching quality, early learning, STEM education and more during the American Educational Research Association's annual meeting April 27 - May 1 in San Antonio. The theme of this year's AERA meeting is "Knowledge to Action: Achieving the Promise of Equal Educational Opportunity."

UW ranked No. 9 education school in nation

College of Education classroom
Mar 14 2017

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the University of Washington College of Education No. 9 among the nation's best education schools in its annual graduate school ratings, released March 14.

UW College of Education ranked No. 3 among education schools at public institutions in the U.S. in the 2018 edition of the U.S. News ratings. This is the fourth consecutive year that UW has been ranked third or higher among public institutions by U.S. News.

Redesigning family engagement in education

Family Leadership Design Collaborative national convening
Feb 27 2017

Joyce Parker devotes her heart and soul to making sure kids are in school and pointed toward graduation.

“Everyone’s responsible when children are out of school: parents, social workers, church members, teachers, police officers and so on,” said the director of Citizens for a Better Greenville.

That belief set the foundation of the organization’s “Missing in Action” campaign, launched as a concerted community approach to boosting the Mississippi city’s 66 percent graduation rate.

Reimagining the role of communities in education

Aditi Rajendran
Jan 11 2017

As a newly minted business graduate, Aditi Rajendran envisioned a career helping manage non-profit organizations. After graduation, she landed a job with AmeriCorps and was put in charge of establishing a tutoring program in an urban elementary school. Feeling removed from the inner workings of the school as a tutoring coordinator, the following year she transitioned to a position providing direct reading instruction support to K-3rd grade students.