Podcast: Education in the 2019 Washington state legislative session

Jan 7 2019

The Washington state legislative session kicks off on January 14, and following a massive overhaul of Washington’s K-12 funding system to comply with the McCleary decision, the legislature will consider a number of proposals impacting early childhood education, special education and more.

IslandWood alum starts forest preschool

Dec 21 2018

 

The Asheville Farmstead School is an outdoor, play-based early childhood education center founded and directed by Lauren Brown (MEd '12), an alumnus of the Education for Environment and Community graduate program at IslandWood. There’s a squat and homey stone farmhouse-turned-schoolhouse, but the children don’t spend much time in it, not when there’s a garden to tend, pine stumps and planks with which to build out in the yard, and 25 acres of fields and forested hills to explore.

Heart for Healing: Supporting mental health in schools

Nov 1 2018

For Kendall Fujioka (BA '14), putting on a second hat for the ABC Unified School District wasn’t exactly by choice. Stepping into the role of program director was necessary when the previous director retired, but she embraced it.

The position placed her in charge of two major grants for the district in southeast Los Angeles County and means she represents ABC on the California Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup. As a project director and member, she contributes to recommendations for state legislation to support youth mental health throughout California schools.

Seattle preschool evaluation shows steady improvement in children’s learning and development

Oct 9 2018

Three years into the pilot of Seattle’s subsidized preschool program, program quality is steadily improving and participating children are showing strong gains in learning and development according to recently released study co-led by University of Washington researchers.

Endowment to drive early learning innovation created by Bezos Family Foundation

Sep 20 2018

A new endowed fund and professorship created by the Bezos Family Foundation will focus on improving outcomes for early learners and bolster the University of Washington College of Education’s ongoing work to advance early childhood research and practice in Washington state and beyond.

No more timeouts: The need for Positive Behavior Support in early learning

Sep 12 2018

For providers and educators, challenging behavior in children isn’t just a reality, it’s an inevitability. In August, the University of Washington’s Cultivate Learning and Haring Center for Inclusive Education joined local early intervention program Kindering in addressing the issue by gathering early learning providers for an institute on “Equity Focused Positive Behavior Support.”

Inclusive education researcher honored by Council for Exceptional Children

Sep 7 2018

Ilene Schwartz, the director of the University of Washington’s Haring Center for Inclusive Education, has been awarded the 2018 Mary McEvoy Service to the Field Award by the Council for Exceptional Children Division for Early Childhood (DEC).

The award, given to a DEC member who has made significant national or international contributions to the field of early childhood special education, will be presented to Schwartz during the organization’s annual meeting in October.

Professor explores play and the “science of skateboarding”

Jul 17 2018

Introducing science to young children as an engaging, active and fun enterprise is critical to nurturing their long-term interest in STEM learning and careers.    

Kristen Missall, associate professor at the University of Washington College of Education, is exploring how to strengthen learning in informal, play-based settings as part of a National Science Foundation-funded project to redesign an exhibit at Iowa Children’s Museum.

Outdoor Learning Institute to showcase transformative learning outcomes

Jul 5 2018

Learning opportunities are everywhere!

Cultivate Learning connects community at Early Achievers Bilingual Institute

Jun 13 2018

Since 2013, Early Achievers Institutes have brought together experts in the field of early childhood education to inspire best practices. Next month's Early Achievers Institute in Yakima will include early learning professionals covering a broad range of subjects, from positive behavior support with young children, to infant and toddler care, to learning in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.