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December 2016 


Walter Parker on fake news and civic education, Katie Headrick Taylor on virtual cultural exchange programs, EDU Talks offers insight on play and child development, College-sponsored film series looks at homeless students, UW Dream Project helps high schoolers to college, Walter Parker on preparing youth to be citizens, Megan Bang on Native youth and STEM education, Ken Zeichner of teacher education reform.

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College Updates

Early learning efforts strengthened by $13 million in support

Initiatives to make high-quality early learning more available to the most vulnerable students in Washington State and across the nation are getting a boost from two significant awards to the UW College of Education.

Op-ed: Invest in great teaching for all students

UW College of Education Dean Mia Tuan describes why supporting great teaching is one of the smartest investments Washington can make in an op-ed published November 13 in The Seattle Times.

Study: Teacher leadership supports school, district improvement

A UW study of an Auburn School District pilot program offers evidence for the benefits of investing in teacher leadership.

Washington P-3 leaders address needs of young learners

Teams of P-3 leaders recently presented their action research projects to improve learning for the state’s children as part of their work in the College’s Washington P-3 Executive Leadership Certificate Program.

Noguera to discuss privilege and education Jan. 10

One of the nation’s leading voices for a healthy public education system, Pedro Noguera, will discuss the connections between equity and education during a lecture co-sponsored by the UW College of Education. Register online to attend the College's pre-lecture reception with Noguera.

CEL supports leadership across Florida

Over the past two years, the UW’s Center for Educational Leadership has helped transform the practice of Florida’s school and district leaders through a novel teacher-coaching approach.

Study offers insight into how ESSA may impact teacher labor market

New research by Professor Min Sun shows NCLB school accountability had only a limited impact on the teacher labor market, demonstrating just how difficult it can be to change teachers’ employment decisions.

Video spotlight

Education Edge with Walter Parker

How can schools prepare more engaged citizens? Learn how Professor Walter Parker is working to answer that question in the UW College of Education’s new series “Education Edge.

Walter Parker


Alumni News

Cohn ‘99 named Washington Superintendent of the Year

Gary Cohn (PhD '99), superintendent of Everett Public Schools, has been named 2017 Superintendent of the Year by the Washington Association of School Administrators.

Ingraham ‘15 works to inspire her children

Grace Ingram (BA ‘15) faced long odds in completing her bachelor’s degree in early childhood and family studies. As a family support specialist for the José Martí Child Development Center at El Centro de la Raza, she’s now dedicated to inspiring her children to pursue their dreams.

Student News

Major opens new pathways in education

Kim Boudreau planned to major in business administration and human resources management, but it didn’t feel like quite the right fit given her interest in workforce training. So when the 20-year-old learned about the UW’s new undergraduate degree in Education, Communities and Organizations, she didn’t hesitate to switch tracks.

Funding Announcements

College of Education faculty receiving awards for new grants and competing renewals in November 2016 were: Bronwyn Bevan, Gail Joseph, Susan Sandall, Manka Varghese.

New Awards

PI: Bronwyn Bevan
Title: Research+Practice Collaboratory ECEP Symposium
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Amount awarded: $45,526

PI: Gail Joseph
Co-PI: Susan Sandall

Title: Pre-K Effectiveness Research and Resource Center
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Amount awarded: $6,470,875

Competing Renewals/Supplements

PI: Manka Varghese
Title: What’s after high school? Understanding the high school-to-college trajectory of academically successful English language learners in two Road Map school districts
Sponsor: Seattle Foundation
Amount awarded: $10,000

Honor Roll

AERA Seattle lecture on early education Dec. 6, In sympathy: James Q. Affleck,  Kim presents on Common Core and ed tech, Advancing student-athlete research and policy for the public good, CEL launches new Instructional Leadership Academy, Faculty present at Learning Forward conference

AERA Seattle lecture on early education Dec. 6

Members of the UW College of Education community are invited to the AERA’s Centennial Lecture and Discussion Forum taking place Dec. 6 at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall.

Bruce McCandliss, one of the nation’s preeminent early learning experts, will present “Early Education and the Brain: Making Novel Connections” at 6 p.m. After a brief lecture, several experts will comment on McCandliss’ talk and join him in fielding questions from the audience.

An informal buffet reception will follow the lecture and forum, and the entire event is free and open to the public. Register online for the event.

CEL launches new Instructional Leadership Academy

The UW Center for Educational Leadership has launched the Instructional Leadership Academy, a yearlong professional development program that CEL delivers directly within a school district. Through the academy, a school district’s principals, instructional coaches, teacher leaders, and central office leaders become stronger and more effective instructional leaders.

The Instructional Leadership Academy uses a cohort model that combines whole-group and small-group job-embedded learning. Through institutes and learning walkthroughs, educational leaders in a school system develop a common language and shared vision for high-quality instruction, learn nonjudgmental methods for observing and analyzing instruction, and acquire transformative skills in providing targeted feedback and planning professional development.

In sympathy: James Q. Affleck

James Q. Affleck, a UW professor of special education, passed away earlier this year on May 29. Affleck, who was married to Professor Sheila Lowenbraun, was co-author of "Teaching mildly handicapped children in regular classes" and numerous papers.

Affleck was a valuable and highly respected member of the College. His work made a tremendous impact in the field of special education and in the lives of countless young people.

Kim presents on Common Core and ed tech

Cathy Kim, instructional designer/technologist, participated in an invited panel talk on "Alignment and Tensions Between Common Core and Ed Tech Implementation:  Building Capacity Through Trust” organized by Puget Sound Educational Service District and hosted by Seattle Public Schools for regional K-12 technology and curriculum and instruction leaders.  

Advancing student-athlete research and policy for the public good

The UW Center for Leadership in Athletics co-hosted an interactive pre-conference session at the 2016 Annual Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) conference. In the Center’s 7th year hosting this event, the workshop attracted faculty, administrators, graduate students, practitioners, and those interested in integrating their scholarship on student-athlete experiences with others who engage in the discourse on higher education.

Jennifer Hoffman, associate professor of education, co-facilitated and organized the event. Participants were led through an interactive discussions about how scholars can pursue research that crosses boundaries beyond intercollegiate athletics and how they can integrate their scholarship into public discourses in higher education and our broader communities.

CEL faculty to present at Learning Forward conference

CEL’s Stephen Fink, Anneke Markholt, Joanna Michelson and Max Silverman will present various sessions, including a pre-conference session and a thought leader session at Learning Forward’s annual conference, December 3-7 in Vancouver, BC.

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Film and Discussion: Starving the Beast (Funding Public Higher Education)
Dec. 5, 7 p.m.

Lecture and Forum: “Early Education and the Brain: Making Novel Connections”
Dec. 6, 6 p.m.

Lecture: “Equity and Deeper Learning” (Presented by Pablo Noguera)
Jan. 10, 7:30 p.m. (College reception starting at 5:30 p.m.)

Lecture: Global Migration, Diversity and Civic Education
Feb. 10, 11 a.m.

Providing Targeted Feedback to Grow Teacher Practice
Feb. 13-14

Lecture: How History Can Guide the Future of Education (Presented by Professor Joy Williamson-Lott)
Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m.

CEL Summer Leadership Institute
July 18-20, 2017


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