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September 2015

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UW College of Education, Education Design Lab 2015Mia Tuan featured on UW360; Allison Hintz engages students with mathematical ideas; Virginia Berninger on learning disabilities; Tom Halverson on developing more educated workforces.

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College Updates

Tapping parents to power learning

EPSC in the classroomUW's Equitable Parent–School Collaboration research project aims to expand how schools engage parents as experts and leaders in improving student learning.


Fifth-grade rocket scientists

5th graders working on rocketIn a fifth-grade classroom in south Seattle this May, pairs of students pulled vibrant cardboard cubes from a stack and presented them to four panelists. The class is part of a decade-long partnership with the UW Institute for Science + Math Education.


Alumni News

Ellie Canter (MEd '12) works to elevate parents' role in school


Puyallup superintendent Timothy Yeomans (PhD '09) honored for leadership


Alumni Connections

UW College of Education graduates starting new positions are:

  • Rachel Chung (PhD '15) recently joined the National Center for Research on Gifted Education at the University of Connecticut as a research associate.

Share news about 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

Lorena GuillenClosing the gap between communities and schools

From an early age, doctoral student Lorena Guillen felt a call to change the status quo of schooling.


Recent Funding Announcements

College of Education faculty, staff and students receiving awards for new grants and competing renewals in August 2015 were: Phil Bell, Meredith Honig, Gail Joseph, Elham Kazemi, Karin Lohwasser, Jessica Rigby, Janet Soderberg and Jessica Thompson.

New Awards:

PI: Phil Bell
Partnership for Science and Engineering Practices  
Sponsor: Seattle Public Schools (OSPI Prime)
Amount awarded: $24,763

PI: Meredith Honig
Increase Diversity and Quality of Educators
Sponsor: Highline School District (Gates Foundation Prime)
Award Amount: $72,050

PI: Meredith Honig
Making Leadership Visible
Sponsor: Wallace Foundation
Award Amount: $600,000

PI: Gail Joseph
Co-PI: Janet Soderberg
Large-Scale Psychometric Assessment of the ECERS-3
Sponsor: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (IES Prime)
Award Amount: $126,590

PI: Elham Kazemi
Co-PI: Jessica Thompson
Learning Labs: Using Videos, Exemplary STEM Instruction and Online Teacher Collaboration to Enhance Elementary Math and Science Practice and Classroom Discourse
Sponsor: The Teaching Channel (NSF Prime)
Award Amount: $418,347

PI: Jessica Rigby
Learning Labs: Organizing for Learning: Principal Supervisor Leadership Knowledge and Practices that Support Principals’ Leadership towards Ambitious Teaching
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation
Award Amount: $50,000

PI: Jessica Thompson
Co-PI: Karin Lohwasser
Capacity Building of Teacher Leaders Supporting Best Instructional Practice
Sponsor: Puget Sound Educational Service District (OSPI Prime)
Award Amount: $16,990

Honor Roll

A boost for tribal early learning; Hoffman examines the college football-coaching carousel; Frey on retaliation; More educators join UW online community; Early Achievers institutes draw hundreds; National legislative summit features UW faculty, alum; Examining youth 'mobility deserts'; New resources for educational leaders; Inclusive education work presented

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Joseph accompanies HHS Secretary to Flathead Reservation

Associate professor Gail Joseph accompanied Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell to Flathead Reservation in Montana to welcome Salish Kootenai Tribal College into the EarlyEdU alliance. The agreement is part of the Tribal Early Learning Initiative to ensure more children enter school healthy and ready to learn, and will help boost the quality of services offered to children and families from pregnancy to kindergarten.

Hoffman examines the college football-coaching carousel

Jennifer Hoffman, assistant professor of education, recently had her article "Playoffs & Payoffs: The College Football-Coaching Carousel" published in Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning.

Frey publishes, presents on cultural/peer influences on retaliation

Professor Karin Frey spoke about her work on cultural and peer influences on retaliation at the National Academies of Science in June following the spring publication of her paper “Revenge is seductive if not sweet: Why friends matter for prevention efforts.” Published in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, Frey and her co-authors outline a theoretical model of response to identity threats such as discrimination and bullying, and describe intersections between identity and culturally-linked strategies used to pursue justice for oneself and others. 

More educators sharing resources on TEDD platform

Teacher Education by Design (, a new online resource for teacher educators developed by UW faculty, has more than doubled in the last three months with more than 325 users registered as of August. Educators from more than 110 K-12 schools, education schools and other organizations, including 63 school districts, are collaborating to improve the quality of teacher education. Membership extends internationally to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Turkey, Spain, the Philippines and the United Kingdom.

There are a wide variety of roles represented by TEDD members, including researchers and educators at higher education institutions, pre-service and practicing teachers, instructional coaches and specialists, school district leaders, professional development consultants and curriculum specialists. TEDD is open to all educators; register free online.

CQEL hosts Early Achievers Institutes

UW's Childcare Quality & Early Learning Center hosted two Early Achievers Institutes in July for more than 470 childcare providers in the state. The institutes offered providers additional support on the Early Achievers Standards, with sessions ranging from improving instructional support to incorporating development screenings. Professor Ilene Schwartz served as the keynote speaker at the Kennewick institute and Luba Bezborodnikova, assistant director for the Early Start Act at Washington's Department of Early Learning, was the keynote speaker for the Seatac institute.  CQEL offered sessions in Somali for the first time, with more than 50 Somali providers in attendance.

O'Doherty, Scarlett at state legislature summit

Keisha Scarlett, principal leadership coach for Seattle Public Schools and Danforth 20 alumnus, and Ann O’Doherty, director of the Danforth Educational Leadership Program, served on the panel "Preparing Principals for Today's 21st Century Schools" at the National Council for State Legislatures Summit in August. O'Doherty and Scarlett discussed how traditional university preparation programs have adapted their curricula to meet the demands of today's K-12 schools.

Headrick Taylor to discuss youth 'mobility deserts'

Professor Katie Headrick Taylor will present her research on young people living in 'mobility deserts' during a Sept. 25 Transit Talk at Seattle City Hall. Headrick Taylor will discuss her research involving kids collecting data on their own mobility and making “counter-maps” of how they think the city could be more supportive for how they get around and where they want to go. The Transit Talk will take place from noon to 1 p.m. and is open to the public. Space is limited so advance registration is encouraged.

CEL publishes resources for educators

UW's Center for Educational Leadership has published several new resources:

  • A new white paper by Meredith Honig, director of UW's District Leadership Design Lab, and CEL's Lydia Rainey describes the initial efforts of 11 school systems that are redesigning principal supervisor positions, highlights common trends and shares emerging best practices in principal supervision to support instructional leadership. 
  • CEL Executive Director Stephen Fink in a recent blog post traces the roots of NCLB and how it created a high-stakes testing culture rather than an environment that helps educators grow their instructional practice.
  • Joanna Michelson, CEL project director, shares recommendations and examples for how you can get to know your students quickly and use that information to guide goal setting and the ongoing formative assessment process.
  • Michelson also explains why many school districts are moving from general framework training to more specific content area professional development and how such a training approach can look like in practice in a separate blog post.
  • In a new Principal Center Radio podcast, Michelson and host Justin Baeder, director of The Principal Center, discuss some of the common problems teachers face in finding a good area of focus for their instruction practice and how to solve them.

Burgstahler presents at special educator conference

Sheryl Burgstahler, affiliate professor of education and director of Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology (DO-IT) at UW, gave the keynote presentation, "Innovations That Lead From Inclusive Education to an Inclusive Society” and a workshop, "Adaptation & Replication of DO-IT Practices,” at the First International Conference on Special Education in Bangkok, Thailand. A project for which Burgstahler is co-PI, involving accessibility and makerspaces, also recently received coverage from KUOW, KING 5 and UW Today.


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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