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July 2016 


Philip Bell on equity in STEM education, Joe Lott leading initiative to support male students of color, Faculty discuss great teaching, William Zumeta on evaluating university leaders, Virginia Berninger on handwriting in the keyboard age, Marisa Bier on Seattle Teacher Residency, Mary Fertakis (MEP '13) works to serve marginalized students, Donna Anderson-Davis and Diane Smith on coaching

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College Updates

Teachers of color less happy in their schools, new study shows

Teachers of color less happy in their schools, new study shows Even as poverty-impacted schools have found success recruiting more high-ability teachers over the past two decades, fewer teachers of color are sticking with the profession. A new study from the UW College of Education points to one of the biggest obstacles to closing the teacher diversity gap: teachers of color are significantly less satisfied with their jobs than white colleagues.

Using the power of education to end homophobia

Using the power of education to end homophobia

The UW College of Education hosted a Read Aloud to End Homophobic Violence on June 25 in response to the recent Orlando shooting. View photos and remarks presented by post-doctoral scholar Sarah Schneider Kavanagh at the event, and read Dean Mia Tuan's recent statement on the importance of education in ending homophobia.

Changing the face of college athletics

IAL 10th cohort

The College's Intercollegiate Athletics Leadership program recently celebrated the graduation of its 10th cohort, with nearly 300 graduates now serving in a range of leadership positions across the nation including coaching, academic advising and student services, and development.

College celebrates Class of 2016

Grad 2016

Watch highlights from the UW College of Education's June 11 commencement ceremonies, including remarks by Gloria Ladson-Billings (MA '72), this year's Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient. Or, view a graduation photo gallery.

Video spotlight

Leading Change from the Classroom

Meixi, doctoral student in learning sciences and human development and an inaugural inductee of the Husky 100, discusses how UW College of Education faculty and classmates create a climate of support.

Alumni News

Preparing teachers for diverse classrooms

As the cultural and linguistic diversity of the nation's schools steadily increases, Grace Blum (PhD '16) is focused on preparing future teachers to work effectively in classrooms where students may have several different primary languages.

Madrid '15 to chair YWCA Board

Sandra Madrid (MEd '80, PhD '85) has been elected chair of the YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish board of directors. Madrid is a 13-year board member and the first Latina to hold the leadership position.

Student News

Guzman on challenging school segregation

Doctoral student Gonzalo Guzman has a new paper, "Francisco Maestas et al. v. George H. Shone et al.: Mexican American Resistance to School Segregation in the Hispano Homeland, 1912–1914," in the Journal of Latinos and Education exploring one of the earliest Mexican American challenges to school segregation in the United States.

Mattocks on data and school improvement

Master's in instructional leadership student Amanda Mattocks recently had a commentary piece, "Assessing Critical Thinking in a Data-Driven Educational System," published in Teachers College Record. Mattocks' commentary is based on an assignment for her MIL class Collecting, Interpreting, and Using Data for School Improvement. 

Funding Announcements

College of Education faculty receiving awards for new grants and competing renewals in June 2016 were: Gail Joseph, Susan Sandall and Randi Shapiro.

New Award

PI: Gail Joseph
Co-PIs: Susan Sandall, Randi Shapiro
Title: EarlyEdU Zero-to-Three NCECDTL
Sponsor: Zero to Three (Originating sponsor: Administration for Children and Families)
Amount awarded: $1,493,475

Honor Roll

EarlyEdU institute draws teams from 18 states

The UW College of Education hosted the first EarlyEdU Institute for Faculty and State Teams June 20-22 in Seattle with almost 100 participants from 18 states attending (view photo gallery). The EarlyEdU Alliance is a partnership of institutions of higher education and state based teams that collaborate to offer bachelor's degrees by offering relevant coursework and effective instruction for professionals who work with young children.

The purpose of the Institute was to bring together members of the EarlyEdU Alliance to hear the findings of the initial pilot phase of the work, to learn about updates to the in-person and online courses, and to share strategies for offering the courses and helping students complete degree that matter. Dr. Gail Joseph, associate professor of education and founding director of EarlyEdU, talked about the vision for the Alliance in her opening keynote address. Other speakers were Sarah Roseberry Lytle from I-LABS and Amanda Bryans, director of education and comprehensive services for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

EarlyEdU Alliance courses were piloted in 40 institutions of higher education across the country between January and June 2016. Additional funding of $1.5 million has been received to continue the pilot during the 2016-17 academic year.

The EarlyEdU Alliance also presented its first distinguished teaching award to Nanci Waterhouse, a faculty member at Salish Kootenai College, a tribal college in Montana. 

Scholarship honors Ruby Linsao (MEd '10)

A July 19 event will launch the University of Washington Ruby Linsao Early Learning Scholarship in memory of the late College of Education staff member and alumnus. The scholarship is a lasting tribute that will extend Ruby’s promise and potential that ended too soon. The event will feature the first scholarship recipient, a short program and an opportunity to join Ruby’s UW colleagues, friends and family in honoring her legacy.

Ruby served as Program Manager for the Head Start National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning at the College of Education for five years. In this role she served as an essential member of the NCQTL leadership team and greatly influenced the center's work supporting better outcomes for young children. Previously, Ruby was the first site manager for UW Jump Start an educational program that connects college students with young children who are growing up in low-income families and neighborhoods. Ruby's passion and commitment to the field of early learning was inspiring to members of the early learning community across UW and the country, and made a deep and lasting impact on all those who knew her. 

The Ruby Linsao Early Learning Scholarship Fund was created as an annual scholarship to an undergraduate student who shares Ruby’s belief that we can make a difference in the lives of young children through direct service or systems work. RSVP online to the event, taking place 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the UW Intellectual House, or make a tax-deductible donation to the scholarship fund.

New paper explores formation of community-engaged scholars

Soojin Oh Park, assistant professor of education, is co-author of a new paper in Harvard Educational Review exploring the training and development of community-engaged scholars in doctoral programs in education. Park's paper "The Formation of Community-Engaged Scholars: A Collaborative Approach to Doctoral Training in Education Research" offers critical lessons for those who care about the development of a new generation of education researchers committed to working with communities to transform schools and society. 

College well represented at Association for Behavior Analysis International

Faculty and students representing the UW College of Education and Haring Center gave several presentations at the Association for Behavior Analysis International conference:

CEL offers institute on powerful coaching

In the new institute "Powerful Coaching: Supporting Higher Standards in Math and Literacy" (Oct. 10-11 in Seattle), project directors from the UW's Center for Educational Leadership and leading content-area experts will help aspiring coaches and teacher leaders learn and use a set of tools and processes for supporting teachers in the context of higher standards in math and literacy.

CQEL staff lead training for East African childcare providers

During the recent East African Family Child Care Conference for more than 200 childcare providers in Washington, several staff of the College's Childcare Quality and Early Learning Center (CQEL) participated as trainers and supporters including Asha Warsame, graduate student and coordinator/Early Achievers trainer; Ikran Ismail (BA '16), graduate student and Early Achievers coach; Samira Mohamud (BA '13), graduate student and CQEL data collector; Maryam Diriye, CQEL data collector; and Ifrah Mohamed. Warsame serves on the board of directors of Voices of Tomorrow, which organized the conference.

Faculty members receive promotions

Congratulations to Jennifer Hoffman, Kara Jackson and Jessica Thompson, who were all promoted from assistant to associate professor effective September 16, 2016!

Ishimaru featured at family engagement conference

Ann Ishimaru, assistant professor of education, will serve as the main presenter at the Washington Family and Community Engagement Trust's 2016 Equity and Family Engagement Conference. The conference, taking place Oct. 1 in Bothell, will focus on the importance of engagement and collaboration for student achievement. Register online.

The conference is designed for school administrators, teachers, parents, early learning professionals, community partners, school staff, school board directors, funders, researchers and others working with schools and families.

Bevan participates in congressional briefing on maker education

Bronwyn Bevan, senior research scientist in education, participated in a congressional briefing on maker education on June 21 in conjunction with the Capitol Hill Maker Faire. Bevan spoke on "The Future of Making," with a focus on future trends in making and its impact on education.

New book on emotional problem solving available

Professor Jim Mazza's new book "DBT Skills in Schools: Skills Training for Emotional Problem Solving for Adolescents" is now available from Guilford Press. The new book presents an innovative social–emotional learning curriculum designed to help students with varying levels of complex social-emotional and behavioral problems.

Sandall speaks an international conference

Susan Sandall, professor of education, presented "Professional Development in Early Childhood Intervention: A Practice-Based Approach" at the International Society on Early Intervention in Stockholm, Sweden. The theme of the conference was "Children's Rights and Early Intervention."

Silverman presents on improving principal performance

On July 27, CEL Associate Director Max Silverman will present “Improving Principal Performance: The Role of the Central Office” at the annual convention of the Colorado Association of School Executives in Breckenridge, Colo.

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School Leadership Series: Creating Effective Goals for School PD and Teacher Practice
Sept. 21-11

Institute on Powerful Coaching
Oct. 10-11

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

School Leadership Series: Reflecting on the Roadmap
Nov. 30


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