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December 2015

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nullKatie Headrick Taylor on digital literacy and youth mobility, Digging into Washington's teacher shortage, Sylvia Bagley on global higher ed landscape, Holly Schindler featured in early learning documentary, Ann Ishimaru on bridging barriers between schools and parents

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College Updates

Uniting for equity and excellence

audience member at eventNearly 200 educators, community leaders and College faculty and students gathered Dec. 2 to discuss how partnerships can help all students unlock their potential. Watch videos of Dean Mia Tuan's remarks at the event and the College's work fostering authentic school-family partnerships.

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The spillover effect: Good teaching doesn't stop at the classroom door

audience member at eventEffective teachers don't just impact their own students' achievement, they can significantly improve the performance of their fellow teachers' students. That new research finding by Professor Min Sun has important implications for national efforts to ensure poverty-impacted and minority children aren't taught by a greater proportion of less experienced teachers.

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Study: Teacher shortage putting many schools in 'crisis mode'

audience member at eventA shortage of full-time and substitute teachers is placing a severe strain on Washington's schools according to surveys of principals analyzed by a team from the University of Washington College of Education.

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STEM career gap project featured at White House event

A UW project led by Professor Leslie Herrenkohl that aims to create a STEM career pipeline for low-income and immigrant youth in West Seattle was featured during the White House Summit on Next Generation High Schools.

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New faculty profile: Kristen Missall

audience member at eventGrowing up in a household of educators, the newest member of UW's school psychology faculty learned the importance of education in her earliest years.

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Putting Raven back together again

A camp for Native American youth draws from indigenous ways of knowing to help young people deeply observe their surroundings and think about their own roles in the interconnected ecosystem.

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Make a difference with your year-end gift

As you consider your end-of-year giving, think about the impact you can make with a gift to the College of Education. Your gift to the Dean’s Fund for Innovation and Excellence in Education will support the College's vision of a world in which every child, in every school, enjoys an outstanding education.

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Alumni News

Picturing hope: Ariane Gauvreau '15

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.

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Alumni research featured in WERA journal

The November edition of the Washington Education Research Association journal features the work of four UW College of Education graduates: LaWonda Smith (L4L/EdD '15), Barbara Peterson (L4L/EdD '15), Rachel Chung (PhD '15) with Professor Nancy Herzog, and Jack Monpas-Huber (PhD '07).

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IAL alumni road trip

The College's Intercollegiate Athletics Leadership program is in the midst of its second "virtual" road trip featuring video profiles of alumni across the nation.

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Alumni Connections

UW College of Education graduates recently honored for their work are:

  • Natasha Merchant (PhD '15) received the National Council for the Social Studies' Kipchoge Neftali Kirkland Social Justice Award for her paper, "Curricular Approaches to Building Religious Literacy: A Case of Teaching Islam." This qualitative study analyzes the experiences of eight high school social studies teachers, concluding that although they attempted to use their curriculum as an intervention to Islamphobia, their curricular approaches reified one of the basic tenets of Islamophobia, namely, treating Islam as a monolith.
  • Liz Thomas (PhD '10) is author of the recently released report, "What’s Your Responsibility for Reducing the Incarceration of Black Youth?" for Therapeutic Health Services. Over the course of nearly three years, Thomas conducted research into what drives the overrepresentation of black youth in the criminal justice pipeline.

Share news of your new position or achievement by sending an email including your name, title and email address where fellow graduates can contact you.

Student Features

Student co-edits new book on educational technology

Peter Wallis, a PhD student in learning sciences and human development, is co-editor of Clickers in the Classroom: Using Classroom Response Systems to Increase Student Learning. The book focuses on providing authentic, effective examples of the use of clickers across academic disciplines to help students recognize their misconceptions and grasp fundamental practices. More »

Recent Funding Announcements

College of Education faculty receiving awards for new grants and competing renewals in November 2015 were: Molly Branson-Thayer, Ana Elfers, Gail Joseph, Kristie Kauerz, Margaret Plecki, Susan Sandall.

New Awards

PI: Gail Joseph
Co-PI: Susan Sandall
Title: Early Learning Education Research and Resource Center
Sponsor: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Amount awarded: $750,000

PI: Kristie Kauerz
Co-PIs: Gail Joseph, Molly Branson-Thayer
Title: P-3 Executive Leadership Certificate Program
Sponsor: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Amount awarded: $700,069

PI: Margaret Plecki
Co-PI: Ana Elfers
Title: Auburn Teacher Leadership Academy (ATLA)
Sponsor: Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession (CSTP)
Amount awarded: $29,953

Competing Renewal

PI: Kristie Kauerz
Title: National P-3 Center
Sponsor: W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation
Amount awarded: $315,000 (3 years)

Honor Roll

Hundreds of childcare providers participate in CQEL institutes, MIL student on impact of data use in education, Cheney presents keynotes on special education, EEU launches library campaign, Berninger honored by International Dyslexia Association, New educator resources

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Hundreds of childcare providers participate in CQEL institutes

During 2015, more than 1,000 childcare providers participated in Early Achievers Institutes sponsored by UW's Childcare Quality & Early Learning Center (CQEL).

CQEL institutes offer childcare providers additional support on the Early Achievers Standards, with sessions ranging from improving instructional support to incorporating development screenings. Four institutes were offered in locations across Washington this year, and attendees included more than 200 Spanish speakers for nearly 60 Somali speakers. Professors Gail Joseph and Megan Bang gave keynote presentations at institutes this year, and more information about future professional development events is available on the CQEL website.

MIL student on impact of data use in education

A paper written by Kendall Paine for an assignment in one of her Master in Instructional Leadership courses last winter, "The Harrowing, Narrowing Effects of Data," was recently published in Teachers College Record. The commentary piece examines how the use of data has caused schools to narrow the content that is taught as well as narrow the population of students who receive the most resources.

Cheney presents keynotes on special education

Professor Emeritus Doug Cheney recently gave the keynote address at the annual meeting of Teacher Educators for Children with Behavior Disorders on "Forty Years in the Profession: What I've Learned, What you Should Know, and Recommendations for the Future." Cheney reviewed his history in the field of special education and focused on findings since 1990 from his numerous research projects, providing recommendations for teachers, administrators, and researchers.  

On December 11, Cheney will give the keynote speech at the annual Inclusive Education Conference in Sofia, Bulgaria. He and two doctoral assistants, Jacob Hackett and Colin Gasamis, have consulted with the Center for Inclusive Education in Sofia over the past two years and his talk will focus on educational policy and practices in the U.S. regarding inclusion of students with disabilities in the general education curriculum.  

EEU launches library campaign

The Experimental Education Unit is raising funds to create a Diversity Library featuring children's literature that better represents the cultural and ability differences of those in community. EEU teachers have assembled an Amazon wish list of titles for the library, and individuals can help build the library by donating online.

The EEU believes that one of the most fundamental components to a truly inclusive community is an environment where all children and families belong and are represented. Books on the EEU's wish list include "The Colors of Us," "We're Different, We're the Same" and "My Friend Has Down Syndrome."

Berninger honored by International Dyslexia Association

Professor Ginger Berninger recently received the Samuel Torrey Orton Award, the International Dyslexia Association's highest honor for contributions to the field of dyslexia. The association shared findings of Berninger's research in two recent newsletters: "Research confirms what many teachers know: Learning disabilities is a plural word" appeared in Examiner and "Specific learning disabilities: Plural, definable, diagnosable, and treatable" appeared in Dyslexia Connections.
Other upcoming journal articles and books co-authored by Berninger are:

  • "Relationships of attention and executive functions to oral language, reading, and writing skills and systems in middle childhood and early adolescence" in the Journal of Learning Disabilities.
  • "Evidence-based reading and writing assessment for dyslexia in adolescents and young adults" in Learning Disabilities. A multidisciplinary journal.
  • Teaching students with dyslexia, dysgraphia, OWL LD, and dyscalculia: Lessons from teaching and science, Second Edition.

How to turn a school around, principal supervision that works
New educator resources from the UW's Center for Educational Leadership include:

CEL at Learning Forward conference
Sheeba Jacob, Patty Maxfield and Joanna Michaelson from the Center for Educational Leadership are presenting a breakout session, “Determining Professional Development Needs for Your School,” and Max Silverman is leading a panel session, “Teaching and Coaching Principals: The Role of the Central Office,” at the Learning Forward 2015 annual conference in Washington, D.C. this month.


Lecture: Race, Performance Expectations and Opportunity Hoarding
December 10, 10 a.m.

Haring Center Workshop: Getting an “A” for ABA in Your School
December 11, 8:30 a.m.

Master of Education Webinar for Current Educators
December 14, noon

CEL Institute: Midyear Teaching Tune-up - How to Analyze Impact and Refine Goals
January 21


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