Early learning efforts strengthened by $13 million in support

Early learning home care
Nov 15 2016

Initiatives to make high-quality early learning more available to the most vulnerable students in Washington State and across the nation are getting a boost from two significant awards to the University of Washington College of Education.

Washington P-3 leaders address needs of young learners

Teacher with early learner
Nov 7 2016

When young learners come to school, the focus often centers on their academic achievement. In Peninsula School District, however, school leaders saw nearly two-thirds of entering kindergarteners below grade level expectation in their social and emotional development.

Kristi Rivera, principal at the district’s Purdy Elementary School, said it was clear something needed to be done.

“We know that kids can’t learn unless their social and emotional needs are also supported,” Rivera said. “We’re seeing more and more kids come into school with a lot of stresses in their lives.”

Bringing effective autism treatment to all

Haring Center for Research and Training in Inclusive Education
Oct 3 2016

Nearly 20 years of autism education research and practice at the University of Washington’s Haring Center for Research and Training in Inclusive Education inform the first comprehensive manual to help schools implement high quality, inclusive educational programs for young children.

Helping fathers FIND their strengths

FIND Fathers pilot study
Sep 29 2016

The latest edition of Research That Matters, "The Power of Partnership," explores how the UW College of Education is working with schools, educators and communities to make learning come alive for all students. The following story about a College partnership that is helping fathers discover and strengthen their parenting skills also appears in the online version of the magazine.

Improving early literacy in PreK-3: Lessons learned

Early literacy
Aug 29 2016

What should education leaders, policymakers and philanthropists know about improving early literacy in PreK-3? Kristie Kauerz, director of the University of Washington College of Education's National P-3 Center offers four key takeaways in a new blog post for the McKnight Foundation.

Kauerz, a longtime member of the McKnight Foundation’s Education & Learning National Advisory Committee, offers four key takeaways:

Bringing math and science to story time

Math Story Time
May 31 2016

"Run, fat rabbits! Run, run, run! That fox wants to eat you, one by one! Dinnertime!"

Children lean forward on the floor of Bothell Library, enthralled as children's librarian Mie-Mie Wu brings to life Sue Williams' tale of a hungry fox on the prowl.

After singing a counting song and listening to Wu read Eve Merriam's "12 Ways to Get to 11," the children are joined on the floor by their parents. Together, children and parents cut out pictures of rabbits and then group them in different ways to add up to 11.

New faculty profile: Soojin Oh Park

Soojin Oh Park
May 23 2016

For Soojin Oh Park, experiences teaching in early education have brought her to the University of Washington College of Education and a dedication to supporting children in their earliest years.

Strengthening the early education workforce

Early education
May 6 2016

For 11 years, Stephanie Diehl has enjoyed a successful career as an early childhood educator. She's worked her way up to become director of an early childhood center in Northwest Illinois that's gold level-rated, the state's highest certification of quality.

But Diehl, like many early educators throughout the country, doesn't have a bachelor's degree in early learning. 

Taking on childhood trauma

Victoria Chambers
Feb 29 2016

Last summer, Victoria Chambers sat alongside small children and coached them as they tested motion-sensing video games. There was Ball Roll. Whack-a-Mole. Row Boat. And Giant’s Teeth, where the kids moved their wrists in a circular motion to brush plaque from a behemoth’s smile.

Study: Early start on social skills keys better behavior

Social emotional learning
Feb 23 2016

Placing a greater emphasis on social skills in early childhood education than is currently the norm could significantly reduce antisocial or aggressive behaviors later in life, new research from the University of Washington College of Education finds.