Creating a culture of success

Adina Brito
Dec 5 2017

At Evergreen Elementary School in Shelton, most students grow up in high-poverty environments. Many are English language learners who are the children of immigrants from Latin America.

In the face of adversity, however, Principal Adina Brito (MIT '96) is helping create a culture where all students believe they can succeed, for which she recently was honored as a member of the 2017 Class of National Distinguished Principals.

Preschoolers in Seattle pilot program show gains in kindergarten readiness, study shows

Two preschoolers in classroom
Dec 4 2017

Just two years into Seattle’s trial effort to close the kindergarten readiness gap, there are promising signs that children of color and those from low-income households are making gains.

Study shows investing in expanded learning quality matters

Two children at a pond
Nov 13 2017

At Prime Time Extended Learning Center in Tacoma, Gemma Stephani recalls welcoming a student who had been expelled from a private elementary school due to behavioral issues.

The student began attending Prime Time after enrolling in a public elementary school, and as the staff grew to know him better, Stephani witnessed a transformation as the child learned to verbalize his feelings more effectively.

New book offers guidance on fostering talents of early learners

Students working with robot
Nov 2 2017

All young children possess gifts and talents, Nancy Hertzog says, and a new book by the University of Washington College of Education professor offers insights into how parents, teachers and administrators can help early learners develop their talents.

Raising Washington’s youngest learners

Professor Soojin Oh Park at EDU Talks: Raising Washington
Oct 26 2017

In Washington state, one out of five early learners grow up in poverty. Fewer than half are kindergarten-ready.

On Oct. 20, eight of Washington’s leading early learning researchers shared their insights into what educators, communities and the state as a whole can do to give all children a fair start to grow and reach their potential during EDU Talks: Raising Washington, organized by the University of Washington College of Education.

Q&A with new faculty member Angel Fettig

Angel Fettig
Oct 11 2017

For more than a decade, Angel Fettig has worked with young children and their families as a teacher, researcher, trainer and consultant.

New faculty profile: Margaret Beneke

Margaret Beneke
Sep 28 2017

From her earliest years, Margaret (Maggie) Beneke experienced the impact an inclusive educational environment can make on young people.

Following in the footsteps of her mother, who taught in an inclusive early childhood program, Beneke went on to become an early childhood teacher in inclusive settings. Today, her research and pedagogy focuses on increasing access to inclusive, equitable education for all children and families. 

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.

Work broadening high-quality early learning bolstered by grant

Early learning provider with children
Sep 12 2017

The University of Washington College of Education’s work to expand access to high-quality early learning opportunities across the country is being strengthened with a $10 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Over the next four years, the grant will support the College in generating tools and methods needed to launch sustainable high-quality practices in pre-kindergarten programs, particularly among low-income communities.

How reading and writing with your child boost more than just literacy

Dad reading to child
Aug 28 2017

Children who read and write at home — whether for assignments or just for fun — are building long-term study and executive function skills, according to a paper from the University of Washington.

And while home literacy activities have already been associated with higher test scores, the new study shows these activities also provide students with tools for lifetime success.