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August 2016 


Min Sun on rising academic aptitude of teaching workforce, Megan Bang and Dawn Hardison-Stevens on Native Education Certificate, Ikran Ismail and Asha Warsame lead efforts in Somali community to adopt child-care standards, Ken Zeichner on alternative certification, Virginia Berninger on handwriting and children's development

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College Updates

Elevating the practice of teacher mentorship

beginning teacher candidate“Every day that I spend time with a [teacher] candidate I feel my own practice continues to blossom because I’m being more analytical about my own work,” says Seattle kindergarten teacher Kevin Gallagher. In July, Gallagher and other mentor teachers participated in a Mentorship Design Lab at Roxhill Elementary, part of a UW effort to strength support for the educators who help introduce teacher candidates to the realities of the classroom.

Study: Cultural brokers as catalysts for more equitable family engagement

cultural brokersA new study from the UW College of Education published in the American Educational Research Journal describes cultural brokering approaches that offer avenues for creating more equitable avenues of family-school collaboration.

New program aims to foster better education for Native learners

native education on the beachThe UW’s new two-year Native Education Certificate program, which launches this August, will provide more meaningful and culturally relevant education for Native students.

Video spotlight

Teachers co-design ambitious science learning

Supporting and connecting teachers as professionals, learners and leaders in meeting the needs of today’s students lies at the heart of the UW's EduDesign Lab. Now in its second year, the teacher-led summer institute brought educators together to grow their science teaching practices.

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Alumni News

Ting Wang (PhD '16) receives best paper award

Ting joined the Higher Education research group at ETS as an associate research scientist in February 2016. Her paper "Examining Sequence of Contextualized Items in Science" was selected by the adjudication committee to receive the International Test Commission Conference 2016 Best Student Paper Award.

Student News

Project FOSTER to develop leaders in special education

An interdisciplinary doctoral leadership project at the UW College of Education will prepare a new generation of leaders in special education research and teacher education. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs, Project FOSTER will fund five doctoral students at the UW, including stipends, tuition, travel and research support.

The project’s focus is on reading and math intervention research and practice for addressing the challenging instructional needs of K-12 children with disabilities. For more information about applying to Project FOSTER, contact PI and project director Roxanne Hudson.

Funding Announcements

College of Education faculty receiving awards for new grants and competing renewals in July 2016 were: Phil Bell, Roxanne Hudson, Katie Lewis, Carly Roberts, Nancy Rosenberg and Ilene Schwartz.

New Award

PI: Phil Bell
Title: Partnership for Science and Engineering Practices
Sponsor: Seattle Public Schools (Originating Sponsor: U.S. Department of Education)
Amount awarded: $90,000

PI: Roxanne Hudson
Co-PIs: Carly Roberts and Katie Lewis
Title: Project FOSTER: Foundations Of Subject matter in Teacher Education and Research
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Education
Amount awarded: $250,000 (for year 1 of 5)

PI: Ilene Schwartz
Co-PI: Nancy Rosenberg
Title: Preparing Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) to Work with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Education
Amount awarded: $250,000 (for year 1 of 5)

Honor Roll

UW represented at Starting Strong conference

Several faculty, students and alumni of the College of Education are participating in the Starting Strong conference this month. Launched in 2009, Starting Strong brings together educators in Washington's birth-to-five and K-12 sectors to focus on education issues that impact children from birth through 3rd grade.

Kristie Kauerz, research assistant professor and director of the UW's National P-3 Center, has been involved with the conference since its beginning and this year presented "P-3 Past, Present, and Future: Trends and Strategies for Doing Meaningful P-3 Implementation," and, with Tisha Crumley (MEP '13) and doctoral student Katie Kuhl, "Leading and leadership for P-3: It’s more than a title."

Other presenters include:

  • Julie Ashmun, director of the Haring Center Professional Development Unit, and Kristen Mengistu​, Haring Center ABA program clinical director, "Project DATA: A school-based model to provide evidence-based intervention to toddlers and preschoolers with ASD."
  • Allison Hintz (MEd '02, PhD '10), assistant professor of education at UW-Bothell, and Antony Smith (MEd '95, PhD '06), associate professor of education at UW-Bothell, "Developing strong and joyful young learners of mathematics."
  • Molly Branson Thayer, director of UW Washington P-3 Executive Leadership Institute, "Language, literacy, and play: A birth through 3rd grade continuum."
  • Gail Joseph, associate professor of education, "Supporting children’s social emotional development."
  • Kevin Cummings (PhD '15), Washington State Department of Early Learning, (with Gretchen Starr Bruening, Matt Bona and Lexi Catlin), "Individualizing education for dual language learners."
  • Gina Lebedeva, teaching associate, "Strategies for challenging conversations" and "Considerations for engaging culturally diverse families."

Faculty present at Early Learning Showcase

State and local officials who attended an Early Learning Showcase hosted by the UW Office of External Affairs in July heard from Gail Joseph and Janet Soderberg of the College of Education's Childcare Quality & Early Learning Center for Research and Professional Development (CQEL). Joseph, associate professor of education and director of CQEL, and Soderberg, director of research and evaluation, provided an overview of CQEL's work and presented findings from a recent study of the state’s Early Achievers Standards.

Schwartz lecture on behavioral interventions available

A lecture by Ilene Schwartz, professor of education and Haring Center director, at the annual convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis International is now available. View a video teaser of Schwartz's lecture "Taking EIBI to School: A Review of School-Based Early Intensive Behavioral Interventions."

Iowa school leaders hear from Fink, Silverman

At this year’s School Administrators of Iowa Annual Summer Conference in Des Moines, Iowa, Center for Educational Leadership Executive Director Stephen Fink and Associate Director Max Silverman are conducting two thought leader sessions, one focusing on instructional leadership and the other on how central offices and develop and support principals as instructional leaders.

Jackson participates in U.S.-Finnish meeting of math educators

Kara Jackson, assistant professor of education, recently participated in a bilateral meeting of U.S. and Finnish mathematics educators at the University of Helsinki. During the "Workshop on Supporting Mathematics Teachers and Teaching in the United States and Finland," Jackson discussed school-based, teacher network and system-level approaches for mathematics teacher development. Jackson was one of 16 U.S. educators who participated in the workshop, which was webcast live.

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School Leadership Institute: Creating Effective Goals for School PD and Teacher Practice
Sept. 21-22

Institute on Powerful Coaching: Supporting Higher Standards in Math and Literacy
Oct. 10-11

Center for Multicultural Education Symposium: The Limits and Possibilities of Schooling in an Unequal Society (Pablo Noguera)
Oct. 28

School Leadership Series: Reflecting on the Roadmap
Nov. 30


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