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.

A drive to inspire

Siena Traverso
Feb 14 2017

Even as a preschooler, University of Washington junior Siena Traverso recalls having a passion for education. After returning home, she would create a classroom with her stuffed animals and teach what she had learned that day.

Years later, Traverso’s enthusiasm for teaching is the driving force that led her to the UW College of Education. She knew her college had to have an education program, and among her top choices, the UW stood out.

Responding to adversity

Anna Maher
Dec 12 2016

When her mother was diagnosed with stage four cancer, Anna Maher chose to respond with resilience and determination.

Maher, a high school freshman at the time, was shaken by the news, yet her mother encouraged her and her sisters to stay focused on making the most of their education.

“I think that her instilling motivation and drive made us into the strong people that we are today,” said Maher, now a University of Washington senior. Maher’s drive to excel academically led her to serve as a high school teaching assistant, helping younger students with their studies.

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.