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November 2015

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Mia Tuan and the College's equity focus; "Education + Society" film series in spotlight; UW president cites Dream Project leader; Ishimaru on 'next' practices in parent-school engagement; Zeichner (MIT '04) on global citizenship; Berninger on anxiety and learning disabilities.

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College Updates

Professor attends White House summit on STEM teaching workforce

Professor Jessica Thompson discussed UW College of Education's efforts to prepare outstanding STEM teachers as part of the national 100Kin10 initiative.

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Putting a central focus on improved learning

When school principals and teachers look to their school district's central office to support their efforts to help all students learn at high levels, too often they find the central office disconnected from their daily realities.

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New faculty profile: Carly Roberts

The new assistant professor of special education, wants to make sure all children feel valued at school.

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Partnership receives $1.5 million to engage youth in computational inquiry

A new R&D project involving the UW's Institute for Science + Math Education will develop a novel curriculum to engage diverse middle and high school students in STEM inquiry through computing.

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Education policy in America focus of film series

Some of the most pressing issues facing America's educational system will be discussed during the "Education and Society" documentary film series sponsored by the Master in Education Policy program.

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Student Feature

Students to present research November 6

Twenty-one of the College's doctoral students will discuss their research projects on November 6, with topics including partnerships in distance teacher education, project-based learning in AP classrooms, and biracial identity development.   


Recent Funding Announcements

College of Education faculty receiving awards for new grants and competing renewals in October 2015 were: Leslie Herrenkohl, Todd Herrenkohl, Elham Kazemi, Min Li, Karin Lohwasser, Jessica Thompson.

New Awards

PI: Jessica Thompson
Co-PI: Karin Lohwasser
Title: Capacity Building of Teacher Leaders Supporting Best Instructional Practice  
Sponsor: Puget Sound Educational Service District (OSPI Prime)
Amount awarded: $67,959

PI: Min Li
Title: The Development and Validation of a Diagnostic Assessment of Instructional Leadership Capacity
Sponsor: Vanderbilt University (IES Prime)
Amount awarded: $403,038 (Year 1 of 4)

Competing Renewal

PI: Elham Kazemi
Co-PIs: Leslie Herrenkohl, Todd Herrenkohl
Title: Collaborative Schools for Innovation and Success
Sponsor: WA Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
Amount awarded: $500,000 (Competing renewal for third year of funding)

Honor Roll

Zeichner on teacher education and social justice; District support for deeper learning; STEM lessons on Teaching Channel; Bell speaks to NGSS leaders; Professor named fellow at National Education Policy Center; Nolen, alum featured in Educational Psychologist; Exploring universal design in educationNew educator resources from CEL

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Zeichner on teacher education and social justice

Ken Zeichner, Boeing professor of teacher education, presented the keynote address at the annual meeting of ScoTens in Limerick, Ireland. ScoTens brings together all of the teacher education institutions, teacher unions and government agencies in Ireland and Northern Ireland concerned with teacher education. Zeichner discussed "Teacher Preparation 3.0: How Teacher Education Can Support Social Transformation and the Realization of Greater Justice."

DL2 presents on school district support for deeper learning

Lydia Rainey, research director of UW's District Leadership Design Lab, presented her paper “How School Districts Can Support Deeper Learning: The Need for Performance Alignment” at a meeting of the Jobs for the Future Deeper Learning Initiative. The paper, co-authored by Meredith Honig, DL2 director and associate professor of education, examined the Lab's research on what district central offices do when they pursue ambitious teaching and learning improvements that lead to college, career and civic readiness. The meeting convened policymakers, researchers, and practitioners to identify promising reform strategies for secondary school improvement and the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind/Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Institute creates STEM lessons on Teaching Channel

The Institute for Science + Math Education recently worked with Boeing, the Teaching Channel and teachers from Seattle and Houston to create a series of lessons and videos centered around engineering for students in grades 4-8. These resources are now available from the Teaching Channel, along with videos of the teachers modeling and explaining key lessons.

Bell speaks at NGSS leadership conference 

Philip Bell, Shauna C. Larson Chair in Learning Sciences, spoke at the Next Generation Science Standards Network Leadership Conference, held last month in Washington, D.C. Bell discussed using instructional materials to support the new standards with equity as a focus. During the conference, teams of state leaders discussed challenges, work and policies around implementation of the new vision for science education. 

Zeichner named National Education Policy Center Fellow

Ken Zeichner, Boeing professor of teacher education, recently was named a fellow of the National Education Policy Center. NEPC produces and disseminates research to inform education policy discussions.

Educational Psychologist features faculty, alumni

A special issue of the journal Educational Psychology was co-edited by Professor Susan Nolen. She co-authored the issue's introduction, "The Relevance of the Situative Perspective in Educational Psychology," as well as the article "Situating Motivation" with Christopher Ward (PhD '09) and former faculty member Ilana Seidel Horn.  The issue also featured "Culture, Learning, and Development and the Natural World: The Influences of Situative Perspectives" by Megan Bang, assistant professor of education.

New book explores universal design in education

Sheryl E. Burgstahler, affiliate professor of education and founder and director of the UW's Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DO-IT) and Access Technology Centers, is author of the new book Universal Design in Higher Education: From Principles to Practice. The book is a comprehensive, up-to-the-minute guide for creating fully accessible college and university programs.

Center for Educational Leadership shares new resources with educators

CEL recently hosted 70 central office leaders from across the country for the Leading for Effective Teaching District Leadership Summit. The summit engaged participants in an important national conversation on how central offices can work differently to support teaching and principal effectiveness at scale.

CEL also partnered with the Florida Department of Education for the Commissioner’s Leadership Academy. In this year-long initiative, CEL is training more than 180 principals to observe and analyze instruction and improve their ability to provide effective growth-based feedback to teachers.

Connecting teaching practice to student learning

Jennifer McDermott, CEL chief of staff, shared three key strategies that help instructional leaders connect teaching practice to student learning in a recent blog post.

Hoffman authors paper on 'coaching carousel'

Jennifer Hoffman's article "Playoffs & Payoffs: The College Football-Coaching Carousel" was recently published in Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning.

In the months leading up to the first NCAA Football Subdivision Series national championship playoff, the anticipation grew regarding which four schools would emerge in the college football spotlight. In all the brouhaha, the coaches of the contenders garnered just as much attention for their next career steps as they did for the wins on the field that secured their teams a playoff spot.

As the college football playoff selection committee narrowed its choices, pressure increased at some institutions to offer contractual incentives for coaches to stay and lucrative salary buyouts to others who might leap to their university in hopes of producing one of next year's four playoff teams. Speculation about which coaches could quickly produce next season's wins—especially in post-season games—intensified. Who would leave for another football program, and who would stay?       


CEL Webinar Series: Keeping the Student at the Center of Instructional Leadership
November 3, November 18

Research & Inquiry Presentations
November 6

Education + Society Film Series: American Teacher
November 10, 4 p.m.

Haring Center Workshop: Programming for Inclusion in Preschool
November 16-17

Education + Society Film Series: Beyond Measure
December 1, 6 p.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


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