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April 2016 


Elizabeth Walsh (PhD '12) on teaching climate change science, Margaret Plecki on raising teacher salaries, Sylvia Bagley on teacher leadership, Philip Bell on building research-practice partnerships, Meagan Dawson (EdD '15) on innovating the teacher evaluation process, Ken Zeichner on innovation and standards in teacher education, Jennifer Hoffman appointed to search committee for UW's next athletic director.

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College Updates

UW College of Education ranked #8 in nation

U.S. News & World Report has ranked UW College of Education No. 8 among the nation's best education schools, with four specialty programs among the top 10.

Alum named Principal of the Year

Mia Williams, a graduate of UW's Danforth Educational Leadership Program and current student in its Leadership for Learning program, is Washington's 2016 Middle Level Principal of the Year. This is the fifth consecutive year, a UW graduate has been named a Washington State Principal of the Year.

Diversity lacking in studies of autism interventions

New research by Professor Elizabeth West shows race and ethnicity are largely ignored in developing evidence-based practices that support children with autism spectrum disorders.

Join UW at AERA on April 10

Alumni and friends of UW College of Education are invited to attend an April 10 reception during the 2016 AERA meeting in Washington, D.C. Learn more about UW research being presented at AERA.

Shelter from the storm

Amid the tumult of adolescence, with stresses and mental health issues afflicting nearly every teenager, many schools struggle to help students manage their emotions so they can succeed academically and in their lives. Professor James Mazza is working to change that reality.

Video spotlight

A Minute with Christian Love

Graduate student Christian Love takes pride in advancing student diversity and community-building within the College of Education.

Christian Love

Alumni News

Merlino '01 wins writing contest

Stephen Merlino (MIT '01) is a winner in the prestigious Writers of the Future Contest, which has helped launch the careers of a dozen New York Times bestselling authors.

Merlino, who teaches English and American history at Mountlake Terrace High School, will participate in an intensive workshop in Hollywood and have his winning short story published in L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume XXXII.

Congdon '13 honored for work in inclusion

Marissa Congdon (PhD '13) recently was named a Woman of the Year finalist in California's Assembly District 40.

Congdon, an assistant professor in special education/autism at California State University, San Bernardino, is instrumental in organizing the annual DisAbility Sports Festival. More than 900 children with disabilities participate in competitive sports with other children their age during the event.

Student Feature

Schulze named top young special education scholar

Margaret Schulze is one of 16 doctoral students from across the country to be selected by the Council for Exceptional Children's Division for Research Doctoral Student Scholars for its Doctoral Student Seminars in Special Education Research.

Schulze will spend a year studying with other student scholars around the world led by experts in the field, focusing on "What makes for excellence in special education research?" Schulze is a fourth year doctoral student studying the facilitators and barriers for teachers taking up particular practices. She has been a coach in UW's special education program and is now teaching and coaching in the Seattle Teacher Residency program. 

Li to join faculty at Northern Colorado

Amy Li, doctoral student in educational leadership, organizations and policy with an emphasis in higher education, has been hired as an assistant professor in higher education and student affairs leadership at the University of Northern Colorado and will start her appointment in fall 2016.

Li researches how finance policies and public funding affect student retention and completion. She will present a poster from her dissertation at AERA and was recently selected by AERA as one of two graduate students to attend an American Association for the Advancement of Science workshop on the role of science in federal policy-making. At Northern Colorado, Li looks forward to teaching courses on higher education finance, public policy and quantitative methods, as well as connecting her research to new areas—especially state and policy organizations in Colorado.

Funding Announcements

College of Education faculty receiving awards for new grants and competing renewals in February 2016 were: Min Li and Manka Varghese.

New Awards

PI: Bronwyn Bevan
Title: Making in Out-of-School Time Settings
Sponsor: The Exploratorium (originating sponsor: Overdeck Family Foundation)
Amount awarded: $84,574

PI: Ann Ishimaru
Co-PI: Jondou Chen

Title: Building Leadership and Competence for Racial Equity in Action
Sponsor: National Equity Project (originating sponsor: W.K. Kellogg Foundation)
Amount awarded: $63,000

Honor Roll

Lott named to SPS advisory committee, EEU Auction set for May 14, Professor joins editorial board, Support Haring Center through Whole Foods, Nerad appointed to NSF panel, Clevenger-Bright among UW women honored, New educational leadership resources from CEL

Lott named to SPS advisory committee

Joe Lott, associate professor of education, has been appointed by Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Larry Nyland to the district's African American Males Scholars Advisory Committee.

The committee advises the superintendent on how the district can better and more effectively serve African American students achieve academic success and develop socio-emotionally. The committee includes parents, guardians, community members, teachers, staff and City of Seattle representatives.

Experimental Education Unit Auction set for May 14

Join the UW College of Education's Haring Center for Applied Research and Training in Inclusive Education for its annual benefit auction and help create a world where children of all abilities learn, play and grow together.

The evening will include:

  • Three silent auctions featuring a variety of specialty goods and services.
  • A Wine Taste & Buy featuring local wineries
  • A Buy-it-Now Restaurant Row featuring the best Pacific Northwest fare
  • An Almost-Live tent featuring unique getaways and experiences
  • A Live Auction featuring 25 exclusive one-of-a-kind experiences

Purchase auction tickets today.

Sun joins editorial board

Min Sun, assistant professor of education, has been named to serve on the editorial board of Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, a publication of the American Educational Research Association.

Support Haring Center through Whole Foods

Whole Foods locations in the Seattle metro area will begin selling reusable bags to the support the Haring Center's Experimental Education Unit and its Healthy Living program starting in late April.

The Healthy Living program provides nutritious meals to EEU students at no charge. The bags feature artwork created by EEU students and can be purchased for $2 each.

The partnership between the EEU and Whole Food began in 2011 and has generated approximately $20,000 annually to provide healthy meals for EEU children. 

Nerad appointed to NSF panel

Maresi Nerad, professor of education, will serve on a panel convened by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, Committee on National Statistics, at the request of the NSF National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES), to review its science and engineering workforce surveys. The committee will be asked to develop an overall framework that can guide decisions related to the way NCSES measures the science and engineering workforce in the decades ahead, as well as offer recommendations for improving the methodology of the data collections.

Nerad also recently participated in the National Science Foundation workshop “Evaluating International Research Experiences for Graduate Students.” She organized and managed the “Conversation Café,” in which the key research questions and methods for evaluating them were discussed by all the participants and documented.

Clevenger-Bright among UW women honored

Mary Clevenger-Bright, senior lecturer, was nominated as an Outstanding UW Woman as part of the annual Celebrating UW Women event sponsored by UW Housing and Food Services. The event honors students, faculty and staff for their contributions to the campus community.

Educational leadership resources

UW's Center for Educational Leadership has three new blog posts out with practical advice and commentary:

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Family Weekend
April 9

AERA 2016: College of Education Reception
April 10, 6 to 8 p.m.

Education Day on the Quad
May 5, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Research and Inquiry Presentations
May 13

Experimental Education Unit Auction
May 14

Common Book Discussion: Between the World and Me
May 17, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.



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