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.

Filling the gap between practice and policy

Early education classroom
Feb 1 2016

As a teacher at a San Francisco preschool, Kathleen Kuhl experienced first-hand the gap between the daily practice of teachers and policies created from afar.

“While teaching I felt that I was experiencing every facet of the field of early childhood education that makes it complicated and profoundly challenging and deeply rewarding,” Kuhl said. “All throughout my time teaching I felt cut off from any sort of policy or leadership decisions, and increasingly confronted with the differing quality of programs for children from different neighborhoods in San Francisco.”

EarlyEdU Alliance

The need for qualified early childhood teachers is greater than ever.

Shifting paradigms, changing lives

Early education
Dec 14 2015

The latest edition of Research That Matters, "Passion & Promise," explores how the UW College of Education is approaching the biggest challenges in education with a spirit of possibility. The following story about the College's efforts to improve early learning also appears in the online version of the magazine.

New faculty profile: Kristen Missall

Kristen Missall
Nov 18 2015

Growing up in a household of educators, Kristin Missall learned the importance of education in her earliest years.

Now, the new University of Washington associate professor of education is focused on understanding and supporting the development of children during this "hopeful time," their preschool and elementary school years.

Picturing hope

Ariane Gauvreau
Nov 17 2015

In a preschool classroom, a teacher snaps a photo of a young girl stacking colorful wooden blocks, her face focused in concentration. Then another of a little boy fingerpainting, mixing red and blue to make purple.

EarlyEdU aims to boost early learning

Early education classroom
Sep 8 2015

The University of Washington is launching a new effort to strengthen the nation's early care and education workforce by increasing access to programs preparing these professionals.