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January 2016


nullAlan Moore on Washington's teacher shortage; Noah Zeichner on teaching climate change; UW's school psychology program honored; Virginia Berninger on dyslexia facts and fiction; UW District Leadership Design Lab helps create first principal supervisor standards; Ken Zeichner on the Every Student Succeeds Act

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College Updates

Creating content that inspires all learners

Katie headrick taylorChildren's media often takes a one-size-fits-all approach to creating content that fails to meet the needs of populations outside the mainstream. A new casebook and design guide co-authored by Professor Katie Headrick Taylor aims to inspire educators and designers to create media and programs for diverse children and their families. 

School provides living textbook for future educational leaders

nullStudents at Highline's Chinook Middle School are an integral part of a living textbook designed to deepen understanding of instructional leadership and offer authentic practice to the UW's Danforth Educational Leadership Program cohort.

Leading researcher in out-of-school education joins UW

Bronwyn BevanInfluential education researcher Bronwyn Bevan joins UW College of Education as a senior research scientist, bringing her expertise on how institutional settings influence learning opportunities to the Pacific Northwest.

In memoriam: Professor Theodore Kaltsounis

Ted KaltsounisProfessor Emeritus Theodore “Ted” Kaltsounis, who joined the UW College of Education faculty in 1967 and enjoyed a distinguished career as a scholar and leader, passed away Dec. 13, 2015.

Kaltsounis led a 13-year project to help democratize his native Albania through reforming its education system by training hundreds of educators and creating curriculum materials to teach Albanian children the principles of democratic governance as the country emerged from decades of communism.

Ted also served as chair of the UW Faculty Senate and as president of the National Council for the Social Studies. He authored many books, including one of Silver Burdett Ginn’s most successful social studies textbooks for elementary students. Ted remained active in university affairs even after his retirement, spearheading the creation of the UW Jackson School of International Studies’ Hellenic Studies Program and a study-abroad program for UW students in Greece.

Read more about Ted's life on the Greeks in Washington website.

College of Education debuts on Instagram

instagramFollow our new Instagram channel (@uweducation) for updates on the latest happenings around the College of Education. We look forward to sharing scenes of life at the College, previews of upcoming events and much more!

Alumni News

Tyrone Howard (PhD '98) to speak on education of African American males

Tyrone C. Howard, professor and associate dean for equity and inclusion at UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, will present "Black Male(d): Peril and Promise in the Education of African American Males" on Jan. 11. Howard's talk will describe conceptual, empirical and practical interventions that school leaders, practitioners and concerned community members can use to improve the schooling experiences and outcomes for African American males.

The talk is 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the UW Club. RSVP by Jan. 5 to the Center for Multicultural Education at or 206-543-3386.

Student Features

Student leads initiative to diversify STEM workforce

Stephanie Gardner is leading a sea change in achievement by historically underrepresented students in STEM majors as director for the Pacific Northwest Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation at UW.

Q&A: Using clickers to increase student learning

Peter Wallis, PhD student in learning sciences and human development, is co-editor of the recently published book Clickers in the Classroom: Using Classroom Response Systems to Increase Student Learning.

L4L student honored by superintendents' association

Helen Joung, L4L student and principal of Olympics Hills Elementary School, is the 2016 recipient of the AASA Educational Administrative Scholarship Award in recognition of her commitment to providing exemplary leadership on behalf of students in public education.

PhD student in special education earns national award

Doctoral student Maggie Schulze has been invited to join the eighth cohort of the Division for Research Doctoral Student Scholars. Schulze is one of 10 scholars selected for this national award, which includes opportunities to study with an extended network of scholars across the country, to contribute to raising the standard of special education research and to foster collaboration among colleagues.

Recent Funding Announcements

College of Education faculty receiving awards for new grants and competing renewals in December 2015 were: Jondou Chen, Ana Elfers, Ann Ishimaru, Gail Joseph, Margaret Plecki, Carly Roberts, Janet Soderberg.

New Awards:

PI: Ann Ishimaru / Co-PI: Jondou Chen

Title: SEA-SESEC-UW Partnership
Sponsor: Seattle Education Association
Amount awarded: $12,000

PI: Gail Joseph

Title: School Age and Youth Development Quality Programming
Sponsor: Raikes Foundation
Amount awarded: $533,213

PI: Gail Joseph / Co-PI: Janet Soderberg

Title: Seattle PS Program Evaluation UPK
Sponsor: Third Sector Intelligence (Originating Sponsor: City of Seattle)
Amount awarded: $51,272

PI: Margaret Plecki / Co-PI: Ana Elfers

Title: Program Evaluation for Using and Managing Teacher and Principal Evaluation Data and Program Sustainability  
Sponsor: WA Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (Originating Sponsor: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)
Amount awarded: $250,595

PI: Carly Roberts

Title: Using Lesson Study to Improve Teachers’ Capacity for Implementing Evidence-Based Practices for Students with Significant Disabilities
Sponsor: Arc of Washington Trust Fund
Amount awarded: $9,757

Honor Roll

Professor, alum honored for paper's impact

Professor Sheila Valencia and Marsha Riddle-Buly (PhD '99) received the P. David Pearson Scholarly Influence Award at the 2015 annual meeting of the Literacy Research Association for their study "Below the bar: Profiles of students who fail state reading tests." The award honors scholars for a paper, article, etc. that has demonstrably and positively influenced literacy practices or policies at the national, state, district or classroom level.  

The award committee cited the authors' unique approach to analyzing the profiles of readers who fell into the lowest quartile on a high-stakes test, which provided clear evidence of the very different profiles of weaknesses, as well as strengths, of students who struggle with reading acquisition.

Published at the start of the "Reading First Era," the study was particularly important in beginning the shift away from interventions that used a limited and often inappopriate emphasis on decoding, at the expense of other critical areas such as vocabulary and comprehension. By providing evidence for why limited interventions —just as limited instruction—fail to meet the needs of children, Valencia and Riddle-Buly set the stage for significant changes in policies and practice for learners who require additional support through excellent instruction within and beyond the classroom.

Kerdeman explores preparation of educational researchers

Can self-doubt play a transformative role in the preparation of educational researchers? Professor Deborah Kerdeman explores that question in her new paper "Preparing Educational Researchers: The Role of Self-Doubt," recently published in Educational Theory.

Drawing on Hans-Georg Gadamer's notion of Bildung, Kerdeman reframes the view of self-doubt that other recently published articles on the subject assume and shows why self-doubt can be transformative.

Nolen joins assessment task force

Professor Susan B. Nolen will participate on the Task Force on Assessment Education for Teachers, a group of 22 educators, assessment experts and thought leaders who will work to advance the use of assessments to promote teaching and learning. In particular, the group will examine programs and resources that foster an understanding of how to use assessment to provide every student with an equitable K-12 education.

Knowledge in Action presented

Professor Susan B. Nolen and Professor Emerita Catherine Taylor presented work from the Knowledge in Action project, "Assessment in a project-based AP course," at the fall Washington Educational Research Association conference.

New resources: assessing goals midyear, successful PD

New educator resources from the UW's Center for Educational Leadership include:

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Black Male(d): Peril and Promise in the Education of African American Males presented by Tyrone C. Howard (PhD '98)

January 11, 11 a.m.

CEL Institute: Midyear Teaching Tune-up - How to Analyze Impact and Refine Goals

January 21

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 1 and 31


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