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March 2016 


Ken Zeichner on impact of the Seattle Teacher Residency, Center for Educational Leadership workshops bring targeted feedback to California schools, UW faculty among most influential education scholars, Sheeba Jacob on what she learned from 12-year-olds, Hannah Olson on her work with youth sports and education, Bellevue teacher works with UW's Knowledge in Action project, Ginger Berninger on teaching young children to type, Jim and Cherry Banks lead multicultural education in America.

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College Updates

What black adolescents say about stereotypes

Onnie RogersWhat does it mean to be young, Black and male? Professor Onnie Rogers explored what Black urban teenagers say about stereotypes in a recently published paper in the Journal of Adolescent Research.

Thoughtful investments needed to ease chronic teacher shortage

mia tuan op-ed: easing chronic teacher shortageDean Mia Tuan outlines steps that would enable Washington to attract and retain high-quality teachers in an op-ed recently published in The Seattle Times.

Now Available: Principal Support Framework 2.0

UW's Center for Educational Leadership (CEL) has released an updated version of the Principal Support Framework. Representing the best thinking of educators from across the country, the framework describes key actions of central offices that effectively support principals as instructional leaders.

Video spotlight

A Minute with Dalya Perez

Doctoral student Dalya Perez comments on her desire to make an impact in education.

Alumni News

Black Male(d): Peril and Promise in the Education of African American Males

tyrone howardWatch a lecture by Tyrone Howard (PhD '98) on the education of African American males during the recent UW Center for Multicultural Education Symposium.

Alumnus publishes book on racial disparities in South Africa

The third book authored by alumnus and UW Tacoma professor Christopher Knaus (PhD '02), "Whiteness Is the New South Africa: Qualitative Research on Post-Apartheid Racism," is now available. The book examines racial disparities in South Africa's educational system.

Canty '83 named WSU Vancouver associate vice chancellor

June Canty (EdD '83) was recently named associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at Washington State University Vancouver after serving as interim in the position for the previous 18 months.

Student Feature

Doctoral research presentations set for Feb. 5

Ten doctoral students will discuss their research projects with topics spanning translingual preschool environments, how teachers can learn from students, ethnic identity development and more. 

Funding Announcements

College of Education faculty receiving awards for new grants and competing renewals in January 2016 were: Phil Bell, Ana Elfers, Kara Jackson, Gail Joseph, Marge Plecki, Katie Taylor, Nancy Vye.

New Awards

PI: Phil Bell
Title: Developing and Researching Equity-Focused Across-Settings Models for STEAM (DREAMS)
Sponsor: Science Gallery (Originating Sponsor: Wellcome Trust)
Amount awarded: $47,346

PI: Kara Jackson
Title: Development of Practical Measures for Improving the Quality of Mathematics Classroom Practice
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation
Amount awarded: $400,000

PI: Marge Plecki
Co-PI: Ana Elfers

Title: Organizational Learning and Evolving Professional Development in the Implementation of Washington’s Revised Educator Evaluation System
Sponsor: WA State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Amount awarded: $200,000

PI: Katie Taylor
Title: Learning Across Networked and Emergent Spaces (LANES)  
Sponsor: Joan Ganz Cooney Center (Originating Sponsor: Heising-Simons Foundation)
Amount awarded: $27,346

PI: Nancy Vye
Title: Turning Curricular Enactments into Learning Opportunities: A “Learning While Doing” NIC for PBL AP Physics I
Sponsor: George Lucas Educational Foundation
Amount awarded: $544,999

Competing Renewal

PI: Gail Joseph
Title: UW Quality Rating and Improvement Systems
Sponsor: WA State Department of Early Learning
Amount awarded: $3,909,109

Honor Roll

3 things principals need from their central office

A quick scan of education news headlines shows: the role of school principal is less satisfying and attractive than it has ever been. How can central offices turn it around? In a blog post, CEL Associate Director Max Silverman introduces a new version of the Principal Support Framework and explains how taking action in three key areas can boost the principal as instructional leader.

Professor, alumni guest edit Science Education

A special issue of Science Education focused on the intersection between the learning sciences and informal science education is guest edited by Professor Leslie Herrenkohl and alumni Heather Toomey Zimmerman (PhD '08) and Sandy Toro (PhD '05). This issue has a special focus on studies providing insights into the design and facilitation of learning in out-of-school time.

All articles in this issue are available for free for a limited time. 

Zimmerman is currently an assistant professor of education at Pennsylvania State University and Toro is senior program officer at the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Jewell honored for service

Kent Jewell, program support supervisor for special education and curriculum and instruction, has been nominated for the 2016 University of Washington Distinguished Staff Award. Jewell will be honored for his outstanding accomplishments and extraordinary service during a public reception March 1 at 2 p.m. in the HUB Ballroom.

CEL webinars explore new ways principals, central offices can work together for better instruction

Principals are in a prime position to drive better instruction at their school. But they can't do it alone. Central offices need to give them the support they need to be successful. In three webinars, CEL experts and central office leaders share tested strategies on how central offices can support principals better and with a larger impact on student learning.

EarlyEdU receives UW Innovation Fund Award 

EarlyEdU, led by College of Education faculty Gail Joseph and Susan Sandall and Executive Director Randi Shapiro, has received an Innovation Fund Award from CoMotion. CoMotion, which supports UW researchers in developing innovative products with the potential for meaningful social impact, recognized the importance of EarlyEdU’s work to improve the quality of preschool teaching. The $50,000 award will help EarlyEdU refine its non-profit business planning and scale up its technology to reach more colleges and universities across the country.

Many institutions of higher education don’t currently have the resources to provide specialized coursework for aspiring preschool teachers, although the need for qualified early childhood practitioners is greater than ever. EarlyEdU offers a complete suite of college-level courses and an innovative video-sharing platform, the Coaching Companion, to help future preschool teachers get the specialized knowledge and skills they need. As EarlyEdU’s alliance of participating institutions of higher education grows, so will the country’s early childhood workforce, and more young children will get the preparation they need to succeed in school and life. 

How to create a results-focused learning environment

Getting everybody in the school community to focus on results for students is hard — but it’s one of the most powerful ways for principals to improve instruction. CEL Project Director Sharon Williams shows what makes for a results-focused learning environment and what specific actions leaders can take to create one in a recent blog post.

CEL staff present at national conferences

At the AASA National Conference on Education, Stephen Fink and Max Silverman will present the pre-conference session “The Role of Central Office Leaders in Supporting Principals as Instructional Leaders”; Karen Cloninger, Sharon Williams and Oregon’s Chalkboard Project will present “What Can Principal Supervisors Do To Improve Student Achievement?”; and Cloninger and Federal Way Public Schools Superintendent Tammy Campbell will present “Does your District’s Theory of Action Leverage Principal Leadership?”

Meanwhile, Sheeba Jacob will present a session at the NASSP national conference on how to grow teacher practice through targeted feedback.

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Research and Inquiry Presentations

February 5

Doing Race Better: Race and The Reform of Urban Schools

February 23, 7:30 p.m.

CEL Institute: How to Create a Results-focused Learning Environment

March 31







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