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July 2015

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Students at COE Graduation 2015Meredith Honig comments on best practices for charter schools, cited for developing principals as instructional leaders; Ann O'Doherty on guaranteeing novice leader performance; Ilene Schwartz talks inclusive early education; Ann Ishimaru outlines leadership standards focusing on equity; Min Sun on principal evaluation; William Zumeta's book on financing higher ed reviewed; Jennifer McDermott on coaching coaches.

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College Updates

College welcomes new dean Mia Tuan

Dean Tuan sees the College as a national leader for culturally-informed problem solving, authentic community partnerships and innovation in advancing equity and inclusion in schools.
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Meet the dean: Q&A with Dean Tuan

Dean Tuan discusses why she was drawn to UW College of Education, her background as a 1.5 generation American, the importance of equity in Washington schools and more.
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After the school bell: Creating consequential learning out of school

UW researchers are studying consequential out-of-school learning while leading activities for poverty-impacted students in Marysville.
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Study shows specific learning disabilities differ in unit of language affected

A new UW study shows that not all reading disabilities are the same and that tests and brain imaging can identify different kinds of specific learning disabilities.
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In memoriam: former dean James Doi

James Doi, who served as dean of the UW College of Education from 1979 to 1988, passed away on June 5.

A funeral service will be held July 11 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Church, 1427 S. Main St.

Professor Deborah McCutchen, who joined the College's faculty during Doi's tenure, recalled him as a relentless supporter of the College and a motivating leader of faculty.

His legacy includes establishing the College of Education's Dean James I. Doi Fellowship, which supports students in the completion of especially worthy doctoral dissertations.

Alumni News

Ellie Canter '12 (Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) named to Aspen Institute's Emerging Nonprofit Leaders 2015 Class

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Susan Wilson Williams '73 receives UWAA service award

Susan Wilson Williams was honored in June as the 2015 recipient of the UWAA Distinguished Alumni Service Award. Williams earned her bachelor's degree in secondary education from the College of Education and went on to work at Rainier Beach and Cleveland high schools as work experience coordinator and career counselor. She then worked for the Puget Sound Educational Service District as special projects manager and The Equal Opportunity Center as career education manager.

Williams would later spend the majority of her career in the aerospace industry with Boeing and Martin Marietta (Lockheed) as a senior industrial engineer and business manager.  

She has served the University in volunteer roles for the past 15 years, including the UW Alumnae Board, chair of Club Council for the UW Alumni Association, and the UWAA Board of Trustees (Club Liaison, Secretary, VP, President, Past President).

Louis Wildman '71 pens new book on educational leadership

Louis Wildman (Ed.D., '71) is author of Let's Share Our Ideas About Educational Leadership, recently published by the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration. 

Wildman has been named Professor of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators, received the Service to the Profession award from the California Association of Professors of Educational Administration, and the Living Legend award from the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration.

Alumni Connections

UW College of Education graduates starting new positions are:

  • Oddmund Myhre (PhD '97) has been named dean of the College of Education, Kinesiology and Social Work at California State University, Stanislaus, after serving as interim dean the past three years.
  • Matt Bannerman (IAL '14) appointed program support supervisor for student-athlete academic services, University of Washington Athletics.
  • Eric Guttorp (IAL '14) appointed assistant director of marketing and game day experience, University of Washington Athletics.
  • Tony Hong (IAL '15) appointed compliance coordinator, University of Washington Athletics.
  • Katie King (IAL '13) appointed associate director of development, Portland State University Athletics.
  • Lisa Miller (IAL '13) appointed associate athletics director for compliance and student services, Portland State University Athletics.
  • Lindsey Scott-Anderson (IAL '13) appointed associate director of development for annual giving and alumni relations, University of California-Berkeley Athletics.

Share news of your new position or promotion by sending an email with your name, title, start date and email address where fellow graduates can contact you.

Student Features

Graduates prepare to shape the world

More than 400 future teachers, researchers and leaders in education participated in graduation ceremonies on June 13. View photo and video highlights of the festivities.

Shelley Stromholt focuses on environmental science learning and engineering design across settings

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Recent Funding Announcements

College of Education faculty and students receiving awards for new grants and competing renewals in June 2015 were: Amy Li, Min Li, Ting Wang and William Zumeta.

New Awards:

PIs: Ting Wang (student) and Min Li
Title: Doctoral Dissertation Research: Examining Sequence of Contextualized Items in Science  
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Amount awarded: $15,994

PIs: Amy Li (student) and William Zumeta
Title: Performance Funding Policy Impacts on STEM Degree Attainment 
Sponsor: American Educational Research Association
Amount awarded: $20,000

Honor Roll

Talking art/science learning in Dublin; Citizenship education across nations; Nolen to help revolutionize engineering education; Doctoral students honored as National Hunger Fellow and emerging leader; L4L cohort makes history; CEL launches principal professional development study; Maximizing targeted feedback

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Summit on art/science youth programs held in Dublin

Researchers from the Institute for Science + Math Education traveled to Ireland for the summit “Building Capacity for Engaging Adolescents in Art/Science Learning” held in Dublin May 13-15. This interdisciplinary convergence was to plan a long-term research agenda to investigate how integrated approaches to art and science learning can be used to create more equitable learning opportunities and life outcomes for youth from non-dominant communities. Read more about summit and UW researchers involved in the effort.

Conference examines citizenship education across nations

The UW Center for Multicultural Education hosted the conference "Global Migration, Structural Inclusion and Citizenship Education Across Nations" June 22 to 26 in Seattle.

The conference brought together dozens of the world's leading scholars in multicultural education to share perspectives, issues, theories, research and strategies for implementing citizenship education courses and programs in schools that will facilitate the structural inclusion of students from diverse ethnic, racial, linguistic, and religious groups into their nation-states. Among the participants were professors James Banks, Walter Parker and Cherry McGee Banks (UW Bothell), and doctoral candidates Yiting Chu and Tao Wang.

CEL begins federal principal professional development study

In early June, the Center for Educational Leadership launched facilitator training as part of its work on a large-scale research study of principal professional development funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. The rigorous evaluation will examine the impact of professional development on principals in eight districts around the country, providing evidence on the effectiveness of principal professional development and practical guidance to policymakers, states and school districts.

Christine Tran honored as National Hunger Fellow, emerging leader

Doctoral student Christine Tran (Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) recently spoke at the 2015 Congressional Hunger Center awards ceremony as the recipient of its Alumni Leadership Award. Tran was a CHC Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow.
Tran also recently met with the U.S. Secretary of Defense as a member of the 2015 Emerging Leaders in Science and Society cohort, hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. ELISS prepares graduate students to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries for the benefit of society. Tran and other cohort members spoke to Secretary Ash Carter about his pathway from Ph.D. to public service as well as the role in interdisciplinary and cross-sector collaborations in national security. View a photo gallery of the meeting.

L4L achieves 100% on-time completion

Every member of L4L Cohort 5 completed their doctorate at the end of their third year and graduated this June, the first cohort to achieve 100 percent on-time completion. The achievement reflects the significant ongoing work of L4L faculty to create a relevant, job-embedded curriculum centered around performance standards and supported by a rigorous three-year capstone portfolio process. This year's graduates were the second cohort to use the capstone portfolio process, designed to support and provide relevance to practicing leaders in improving their leadership practice. 
L4L Cohort 6 will begin their work in the program — dedicated to producing innovative, equity-focused leaders who have the ability to transform educational systems to help realize ambitious learning goals for all students — on July 6.

Sue Nolen participating in effort to revolutionize engineering education
Professor Sue Nolen will participate in the National Science Foundation-funded project "Revolutionary Changes in Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering at Oregon State University." Nolen will be responsible for documenting the changes in departmental structures and faculty goals and practices across the five years of the grant. In addition, she will contribute to professional development and curriculum modifications related to problem-based learning approaches and student engagement. Read more about the project.

What is targeted feedback and when do I use it?

Over the past decade, there has been a significant transformation in the way principals interact with teachers. Principals are no longer just managers, they are also instructional leaders who enlist a variety of strategies to support the professional growth of teachers. One support in particular, targeted feedback, is a way to help teachers immediately shift their teaching practice to improve student outcomes. The Center for Educational Leadership’s Sheeba Jacob delves into targeted feedback in the CEL blog.


Meredith Honig comments on best practices for charter schools, cited for developing principals as instructional leaders; Ann O'Doherty on guaranteeing novice leader performance; Ilene Schwartz talks inclusive early education; Ann Ishimaru outlines leadership standards focusing on equity; Min Sun on principal evaluation; William Zumeta's book on financing higher ed reviewed; Jennifer McDermott on coaching coaches.
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Center for Educational Leadership Area of Focus Institute for teams of educators

September 23
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CEL: Targeted Feedback Institute for principals, instructional coaches, teacher leaders and principal supervisors

October 27-28
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