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February 2015

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haring center children emerging through fog from tunnel at uw husky stadiumWalter Parker comments on project-based AP courses in National Journal; Jennifer Hoffman on lack of female coaches on KCTS 9; Ken Zeichner on teacher preparation in Education Week; Dr. King's legacy discussed by Ed Taylor in Seattle Times; CEL's coaching of teacher leaders noted in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Cap Peck discusses teacher preparation in AACTE's Ed Prep Matters; CEL administrator training initiative cited in The Oregonian.

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College Updates

Governor, Haring Center discuss early childhood and special education

Gov. Jay Inslee welcomed faculty and friends of the Haring Center to the Governor's Mansion on Jan. 6 for a discussion of opportunities to improve the state's special education and early childhood education programs.
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seattle times storytellers

Teachers spotlighted in Seattle Times-College of Education Storytellers event

College of Education alumni are invited to tell stories of their experiences teaching during a Feb. 25 event on campus.
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Study: Policy designed to help English learners has unintended consequences

Putting high school English language learners in separate content-area classrooms designed to target their linguistic needs can backfire, a new publication by Professor Dafney Blanca Dabach reports, by stigmatizing those same students.

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min sunMin Sun: New Faculty Profile

New faculty member Min Sun is already winning recognition for her scholarship as a recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award, which will support her research into education policy and teacher quality.
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The politics of education equity: Planning for pushback key to success

Eliminating persistent achievement gaps in America's schools requires educational leaders who can plan for the inevitable pushback that equity-focused policies engender, two UW College of Education professors argue in a new paper.
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jessica rigbyJessica Rigby: New faculty profile

After starting her career teaching middle and high school English and history, Jessica Rigby turned to research, concentrating on understanding the role of school and district leaders in the implementation of policy, classroom instruction, improving teacher practice and focus on equity.

Alumni News

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).

RSVP by email or online by March 27 for a complimentary first drink.

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

Jim Barrett '72 '82 authors new book

Jim Barrett (EdD '82, MEd '72) has authored a new book: "The Problems with Religion" and is teaching a course at the Anacortes Senior College on Understanding Religion this Winter session.
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Student Features

From mentee to mentor and beyond

Already on her way to a career in education, UW sophomore early childhood and family studies major Meili Powell credits the Dream Project with helping define her path.
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Doctoral student selected for Council for Exceptional Children program

Doctoral student Jennifer Pierce came to the UW College of Education wanting to make a difference in the field of special education research. That dedication was recently recognized with her selection to the seventh cohort of the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division for Research Doctoral Student Scholars program.
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Honor Roll

Undergrads study education in Norway, Faculty among most influential education policy academics, Professor's early impact on indigenous education recognized, Paper on UW early college entrance program published, Article outlines how to build a better principalship, CEL to present at national conferences

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Closing the Achievement Gap, One School at a Time

National Journal

Professor Walter Parker discusses his work at the UW College of Education to design project-based AP courses as a means of boosting the academic success of minority students.

The Grass Ceiling


Professor Jennifer Hoffman comments on the lack of female coaches in high school sports.

Professor comments on Troubled Youth Law


Professor Jim Mazza testifies to the Washington legislature regarding the Troubled Youth Law (view at the 1:22 and 1:37 marks).

Ed. School Deans Join Forces to Bolster Teacher Preparation

Education Week

Professor Ken Zeichner comments on a new effort of education school deans who are banding together with the aim of designing, validating and building support for a coherent set of teacher-preparation experiences.

Pittsburgh Public Schools program turns teachers into pupils

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The UW Center for Educational Leadership's coaching of teacher leaders in Pittsburgh Public Schools is cited.

Celebrating hope alongside demonstrations

The Seattle Times

Ed Taylor '94, vice provost and dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs and professor of educational policy at the UW College of Education, reflects on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his continuing importance in 2015.

Athletes Connected seeks increased awareness of mental health

Professor Jennifer Hoffman comments on an NCAA-funded pilot project that seeks to increase awareness of mental health issues and promote positive coping skills among student-athletes.

Russell and Marshawn are stars, but so are Kenneth and John

The Seattle Times

Professors Kenneth Zeichner and John Bransford are cited among the nation's most influential academics informing public discussion of education policy.

’Twixt Scylla and Charybdis: Navigating the Paradoxes of Data Use, Accountability, and Program Improvement

Ed Prep Matters

Professor Cap Peck discusses how UW College of Education researchers have collaborated with AACTE to learn from teacher education programs that have developed strategies for navigating policy tensions related to collecting, reporting and acting on an array of program outcome measures.

Center for Educational Leadership providing training to Oregon administrators

The Oregonian

More than 70 Oregon administrators will receive leadership training provided by UW's Center for Educational Leadership through the Chalkboard Project initiative.


Doctoral Student Research and Inquiry Presentations
February 6, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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Master of Instructional Leadership Information Session
February 9, 5 -6 p.m.
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Evans School Research Seminar with Professor Dafney Blanca Dabach
February 11, noon - 1:30 p.m.
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Robinson Center Alumni Study Reveal
February 21, 1 - 4 p.m.
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Education, Equity and Society Colloquium Series
February 24, 11 a.m.
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CEL Webinar: How School Leaders Create a Results-focused Learning Environment
February 25, 10 a.m.
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Boeing Teacher Education Lecture: Minding the Mediation
March 4, 11:30 a.m.
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