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April 2015

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haring center children emerging through fog from tunnel at uw husky stadiumGail Joseph on Seattle's pilot preschool program; Oregon scholar chosen to head College of Education; Deborah McCutchen on quality literature versus comics and mainstream books; stories from UW College of Education "Why I Teach" event published; Virginia Berninger on writing by hand and cognitive development.

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College Updates

Mia Tuan appointed Dean of College of Education

Mia TuanDr. Mia Tuan, a distinguished scholar who has held several leadership roles at the University of Oregon, will join the College this summer.
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Faculty, student research featured at AERA April 16-20

aera researchResearch focusing on today's most pressing issues in education will be presented by UW faculty and students at the American Educational Research Association's annual meeting.
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UW College of Education ranked #6 in nation

UW rose one place from last year in annual rankings of the nation's best education schools by U.S. News & World Report.
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College to host Education Day on April 30

education day 2015Games, a special appearance by Dubs and more is on tap as the College's faculty, staff and students celebrate the work of educators with the UW community.
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Faculty, alumnus to receive AERA honors

The outstanding scholarship of several members of the College community will be recognized during next month's AERA meeting.
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Alumni News

Alumna Libia Gil '89 advocates for English language learners

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College to host reception at 2015 AERA meeting

The UW College of Education will host a reception for alumni and friends during the 2015 American Educational Research Association meeting in Chicago.

Join Interim Dean Deborah McCutchen and the College's faculty and students for this special event on April 18 at the Columbia Yacht Club. The reception will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. about the club chip Abegweit (Abby).

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Columbia Yacht Club is located adjacent to Millennium Park in downtown Chicago, just a short distance from conference hotels. 

Deborah Deutsch Smith '73 honored by Council for Exceptional Children

Deborah Deutsch Smith ’73 will receive the 2015 Teacher Education Division/Pearson Excellence in Teacher Education Award during the Council for Exceptional Children’s annual conference in April. The award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated exemplary commitment to special education teacher education, preparation of future leaders or leadership in scholarly work and legislative advocacy. 

Smith, who earned her doctorate in special education and received the UW College of Education's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2009, is a professor in the School of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University and a fellow in the International Association for Research in Learning Disabilities. 

Student Features

Common Reading examines mass incarceration, May 7 event planned

The University of Washington College of Education will host a community discussion of race and mass incarceration on May 7 as part of this year's Common Book reading.

A panel of experts will discuss issues raised in The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center's Unity Ballroom. A light dinner will be served prior to the panel starting at 6 p.m., and the event is free and open to the public.

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Students recognized at Celebrating UW Women

College of Education students Adaurennaya "Ada" Onyewuenyi and Jessica Salvador were honored March 19 at Celebrating UW Women. Sponsored by UW Housing & Food Services, the program honors women across campus for their contributions to the University as part of Women’s History Month.

Onyewuenyi was nominated by the College's Office of Minority Recruitment & Retention, which she helps lead as a graduate staff member. Read more about Onyewuenyi's contributions to UW.

Salvador was nominated by her fellow students in the College's Leadership in Higher Education program, which she serves as a Graduate Staff Assistant. Read more about Salvador's contributions to UW.

Recent Funding Announcements

College of Education faculty receiving awards for new grants and competing renewals in March 2015 were: Steve Fink, June Rimmer, Min Li and Deborah McCutchen.

New Awards:

PI: Steve Fink
Co-PI: June Rimmer
Providers of Principal Professional Development to Participate in an Impact Evaluation
Sponsor: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. (originating sponsor: IES)
Amount awarded: 1,677,116 (first of three grant periods)

PI: Min Li
Building a Framework for Development and Evaluating Contextualized Items in Science Assessment (DECISA)
Sponsor: University of Colorado, Denver (originating sponsor: NSF)
Amount awarded: $172,041 (year one of three)

Competing Renewal:

PI: Deborah McCutchen
College Ready Consulting and Analysis Support Program
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Amount awarded: $125,816

Honor Roll

West edits book on inclusive education; Schwartz gives TEDx talk; Dabach paper on teacher placement in EL classrooms; Fink participates in national meetings; Florida superintendents hear from CEL; Lakeridge improvements celebrated; CLA at SHAPE Convention

West edits book on inclusive education

Professor Elizabeth West is editor of Including Learners with Low-Incidence Disabilities, a new volume focusing on inclusive education for children diagnosed with low-incidence disabilities who continue to be marginalized in many ways. The book provides a wide-range of perspectives on what works to facilitate inclusion in a variety of contexts.

Several faculty and students contributed to the volume:

  • Professor Charles Peck and students Grace Blum and Michael Gutierrez wrote the chapter "Inclusive Education: To What End?"
  • Professor Carol Ann Davis and student Jeremy Erickson wrote the chapter "Providing Appropriate Individualized Instruction and Access to the General Education Curriculum for Learners with Low-Incidence Disabilities"  
  • Student Anne Crylen wrote the chapter "Socio-Emotional Support Needs for Re-entry to School After Brain Injury."

More information about the book, including purchase options, is available online.

Prof's TEDx talk focuses on power of inclusive education

Ilene Schwartz, director of the Haring Center for Applied Research and Training in Inclusive Education, discussed the importance of inclusive education and UW researchers' work to reshape educational systems as a featured speaker at TEDxEastsidePrep 2015 in Seattle. The March 20 event brought area educators and thought leaders together to discuss topics related to the theme "Emergent Properties."
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Dabach's paper on teacher placement into EL classrooms published

A new paper by Professor Dafney Blanca Dabach, "Teacher placement into immigrant English learner classrooms: Limiting access in comprehensive high schools," has been published in the American Educational Research Journal.

In her paper, Dabach examined how secondary teachers were assigned to teach courses intended to expand English learners’ access to academic subjects. Findings suggest that novice teachers were most likely to be placed into separate EL content-area classrooms, unless more senior teachers requested these assignments or administrators intervened.

The article uses teacher assignment processes to illustrate how contexts for immigrant-origin youth are constructed and contested and how ELs’ opportunities to learn were jeopardized in local settings.

Fink participates in Learning Forward, AASA meetings

UW Center for Educational Leadership Executive Director Stephen Fink recently took part in Learning Forward’s latest PD Brain Trust meeting. Learning Forward is working with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to create and facilitate the yearlong initiative to re-envision how all educators can be guaranteed access to effective professional learning. PD Brain Trust is a collaborative professional learning community of 30 individuals who have demonstrated leadership in designing or supporting professional learning in education.

Fink also co-presented “The Role of Principal Supervisors in Developing Effective School Leaders” at the AASA annual conference with Susan Enfield, superintendent of Highline School District. CEL also presented a pre-conference session on “Leading for Effective Teaching: Leadership Tools to Support Principal Success.”

Markholt delivers keynote to Florida superintendents

The UW Center for Educational Leadership’s Anneke Markholt delivered a keynote speech, "Leading for Instructional Improvement," at the annual meeting of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents.

UW faculty contribute to Lakeridge improvements

Lakeridge Elementary has been recognized by Washington's Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction for significant improvements in learning over the past three years.
A team led by Elham Kazemi, Geda and Phil Condit Professor in Science & Math Education, played a pivotal role in implementing a rigorous, job-embedded professional development effort at Lakeridge after the school was identified as chronically underperforming. Allison Hintz, a graduate of the College of Education and now a member of the education faculty at UW Bothell, was a major collaborator in the work.

Center for Leadership in Athletics at SHAPE Convention

Five representatives of UW's Center for Leadership in Athletics presented their research on sports and education at the Society of Health and Physical Educators convention in March:

  • Hannah Olson — "Ethical and Moral Strategies for Effectively Coaching the Gen-Y Athlete," "Development of the Whole Athlete: Citizenship and Athletic Performance" and "Behaviors for Building and Elevating High School Coach-Athlete Relationships"
  • Polo DeCano — "Using Sport to Cultivate Resilience"
  • Bea Chang, Karla Landis, Adrienne Moore, & Hannah Olson — "Maximizing Community Assets for Program-Level Impact"
  • Bea Chang & Adrienne Moore — "Maximizing Community Partnerships for More Physical Activity in Middle Schools"

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CEL Chalk Talk: Your MIssion: Brand it, Implement it

April 9, 8:30 a.m.
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Celebrating the Life of John Goodlad

DATE: April 11, 2015, 1 p.m.
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True North Teacher Recognition Reception
April 29, 6 p.m.

Boeing Teacher Education Lecture: Anne Edwards

April 29, 11:30 a.m.
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Panel: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

May 7, 7 p.m.
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