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The UW College of Education eNews is sent out every other month. Below you will find news and features, as well as faculty, student, and alumni achievements. 

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UW Researchers Lead Charge for Change in Science Education

Washington to Adopt Next Generation Science Standards

Researchers at the University of Washington’s College of Education are already in the field working with partner districts to prepare educators for the coming sea-change in science education. Learn more»

Preparing our State: UW’s Prominent Role

Seattle Time’s reporter John Higgins covers the UW’s prominent role in developing standards and in helping teachers teach them. Dr. Philip Bell and his colleagues at the Institute for Science + Mathematics Education and Dr. Jessica Thompson are featured. Read coverage from the Seattle Times»

Cascade Middle School Welcomes Governor Jay Inslee for NGSS Announcement

jay inslee & jessica thompson On October 4, 2013 Gov. Jay Inslee, Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn, and Superintendent Susan Enfield announced Washington’s adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards on Friday at Cascade Middle School, where a pilot project supported by Washington STEM is putting the school’s teachers on the leading edge of implementing the new standards. They visited two science classrooms where teachers are implementing the standards and supported by Washington STEM's project. See Washington STEM’s Flickr album from the event »

College Updates

Collaborative Schools for Innovation and Success: Our Collaboration with Roxhill Elementary

Our collaborative work with local partners, like Roxhill Elementary, is the foundation for positively impacting education. The Collaborative Schools for Innovation and Success (CSIS) project, a state-funded partnership with Roxhill Elementary school in Seattle, has completed one planning year. Together, we’ve laid the groundwork for ambitious plans, including partnering around high quality professional learning and building out a full-service community school. Read on about how this work is positively impacting learning at Roxhill Elementary »

CEL Launches New Online Training Tool

The Center for Educational Leadership’s new 5D+™ Teacher Evaluation Stage I Online Training presents learners with an overview of the 5 Dimensions of Teaching and Learning™ instructional framework and the 5D+ Teacher Evaluation Rubric. Through the online training, learners will develop their skills in the use of the inquiry process during teacher evaluation to support teacher growth. Stage I Online Training is an ideal support for principals, teachers and central office staff as they learn how the new model of teacher evaluation is different from the old model. More»

Education Faculty Receive Exemplary Research in Social Studies Award: Implications of Project Based Learning in AP Courses Recognized

The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) selected "Rethinking Advanced High School Coursework: Tackling the Depth/Breadth Tension in the AP US Government and Politics Course," by Walter Parker, Susan Mosborg, John Bransford, Nancy Vye, John Wilkerson and Robert Abbott, as one of two 2013 Exemplary Research in Social Studies Award winners. The award will be presented at the 93rd NCSS Annual Conference Nov. 22-24, in St. Louis, Missouri.

New Faculty

Alumni News

Emotional Attachment to Robots could affect Outcome on Battlefield

Robots are built to help military with detection, inspection, and disarmament of explosives. To better understand how emotional attachment to robots might affect battlefield outcomes, Julie Carpenter interviewed 23 explosive ordnance personnel from all over the United States and from every branch of the military. Carpenter, an education alum, is now turning her dissertation into a book on human-robot interactions. More»

Creating Consequential Kids

drego littleAlum Drego Little is advancing Rainier Scholars one conversation at a time. Viewpoint’s Magazine features him in their latest edition.  More»

Test Score Turnaround at White Center Heights Elementary

Anne Reece, principal of White Center Heights Elementary in the Highline School District, has overseen a striking and rapid increase in test scores at the high-poverty school. Her approach to group-based learning is the subject of a feature by Seattle Times reporter Claudia Rowe. Rowe asks what happened, and could it be replicated elsewhere? More»

Recent Funding Announcements

PI: Megan Bang

Expansive Meanings and Makings in ArtScience (Collaboration with Red Eagle Soaring Native Youth Theatre) (new award)
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Amount awarded: $676,775 for 3.5 years

PI: John Bransford

Co-Investigators: Diem Nguyen and Sue Nolen

Knowledge in Action “AP+” Project (competing renewal)
Sponsor: George Lucas Educational Foundation
Amount awarded: $1,459,399 for 2 years

PI: Sharan Brown

Special Education Web-based Continuing Education Project (competing renewal)
Sponsor: Washington Education Association (WEA)
Amount awarded: $19,219 for 1 year

PI: Carol Davis

Co-Investigator: Scott Spaulding

Implementing iBESTT in Schools: Increasing the fidelity of behavior plans using tablet technology (new award)
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Education
Amount awarded: $499,142 for year 1 of 5

PI: Meredith Honig

UW Principal Supervisor Performance Management System (new award)
Sponsor: Wallace Foundation
Amount awarded: $100,000 for 1 year

PI: Gail Joseph

Early Achiever’s Conference (new award)
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Amount awarded: $49,910 for 6 months

PI: Gail Joseph

ERS and CLASS Assessments (new award)
Sponsor: Seattle Department of Human Services
Amount awarded: $45,330 for 6 months

PI: Kristie Kauerz

Integrating P-3 Evaluation into the Early Learning Strategy’s Impact Model at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (new award)
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Amount awarded: $187,500 for 1 year

PI: Kristie Kauerz

P-3: State-Level Policy Framework (new award)
Sponsor: Alliance for Early Success
Amount awarded: $30,000 for 1 year

PI: Kristie Kauerz

RTT-D P3 (new award)
Sponsor: Puget Sound Educational Service District (U.S. Dept. of Education Race to the Top subcontract)
Amount awarded: $4,374 for initial 2 months

PI: Elham Kazemi

Co-Investigators: Leslie Herrenkohl and Todd Herrenkohl (Social Work)

Collaborative Schools for Innovation and Success (competing renewal)
Sponsor: Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
Amount awarded: $500,000 for 1 year

PI: Elham Kazemi

The Seattle Teacher Residency (new award)
Sponsor: Alliance for Education
Amount awarded: $192,514 for initial 6 months

PI: Elham Kazemi

ATLAS (new award)
Sponsor: National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)
Amount awarded: $80,000 for 2 years

PI: Jenee Myers Twitchell

Dream Project Counselor Assistants (new award)
Sponsor: Puget Sound Educational Service District (U.S. Dept. of Education Race to the Top subcontract)
Amount awarded: $227,755 for year 1 of 3

PI: Sue Nolen

Co-Investigators: John Bransford, Diem Nguyen, Sheila Valencia

Science in Action: Understanding and Sustaining Student Engagement in Environmental Science in Urban, Poverty-Impacted Schools (new award)
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Amount awarded: $1,499,920 for 2.5 years

PI: Sue Nolen

Productive Disciplinary Engagement in a Complex Virtual Engineering Task: Authenticity, Roles, and Activity (Collaboration with Oregon State University) (new award)
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Amount awarded: $81,011 for 2 years

PI: Walter Parker

Co-Investigators: John Bransford, Diem Nguyen, Sue Nolen, Sheila Valencia

Knowledge in Action 2.0: Deep Learning and Engagement in the High School Government Course (new award)
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation
Amount awarded: $349,763 for 2 years

PI: Tom Stritikus

Innovations in System-wide Professional Improvement and Redesigns in Education (INSPIRE) (new award)
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Amount awarded: $50,000 for 1 year

PI: Jessica Thompson

Co-Investigator: Mark Windschitl

Building Capacity for the Next Generation Science Standards through Networked Improvement Communities (SYSTEMS) (new award)
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Amount awarded: $750,000 for 2 years

PI: Beth West

Professional Development and University Certificate Program (Indigenous Teacher Education Program) (new award)
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Amount awarded: $50,000 for 1 year

Achievements

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Dr. James A. Banks (Faculty): Book to be Published in Turkish Edition

Dr. Stephen Fink (Faculty): Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals “Presidential Service Award”

Dr. Matthew Henley (Alum): Visiting Assistant Professor for the Dance Department, Texas Women’s University

Dr. Aaron Leavell (Alum): Named Superintendent of Bremerton School District

Dr. Jim Mazza (Faculty): Forefront - Innovations in Suicide Prevention

Dr. Ilene Schwartz (Faculty): Thrive By Five on Lessons from the Haring Center

Dr. Jean Snell (Alum): Regional Executive Director of Leading Educators

Dr. Kenneth Zeichner: National Association of Graduate Studies and Research in Education in Goiania, Brazil

Read full descriptions of these achievements »

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