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June 2016 


Education major participates in UW Alternative Spring Break, Megan Bang on UW's new Native Education Certificate, Shirley Hune receives Legacy Award, Meredith Honig on principal supervisors, Joanna Michelson on professional learning, Graduate student helps launch UW food pantry, Walter Parker on reinventing AP Government, Seattle Teacher Residency in the spotlight, Elizabeth West on diversity in autism research

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College Updates

UW projects featured in NSF "STEM for All" showcase

nullFour UW College of Education projects focused on expanding access to great STEM teaching and learning were featured during this year's NSF Video Showcase "STEM for All."

Reinventing the high school government course

nullIn a new paper, Professor Walter Parker lays out a vision for civic education that uses a series of simulations to make high school government a profound, adaptive civic learning experience.

New faculty profile: Soojin Oh Park

nullFor Soojin Oh Park, experiences teaching in early education have brought her to the UW and a dedication to supporting children in their earliest years.

Backpacks for science learning

nullA new partnership between the College's Institute for Science + Math Education, UW Bothell’s OpenSTEM Research collaborative, Pacific Science Center, Red Eagle Soaring and Seattle Public Library will foster opportunities for families to explore science and engineering together.

Strengthening the early education workforce

nullEarlyEdU, created to provide relevant and accessible content to current and aspiring early educators, is being piloted at more than 25 institutions across the country.

Bringing math and science to story time

nullThe UW's Partnerships for Early Learning project is tapping the power of storytelling to get children thinking and talking about math and science in everyday life.

Video Spotlight

Leading change from the classroom

Are you a passionate teacher who feels called to lead? Hear from faculty and students in the College's Master of Education in Instructional Leadership program.

Alumni News

Whipple named to Husky Hall of Fame

Mary Whipple (MEd '10), a graduate of the College's Intercollegiate Athletics Leadership program, has been selected to the Husky Hall of Fame and Pac-12 All-Century Crew Team. Whipple also recently provided color commentary for the Pac-12 Network's broadcast of the Erickson Cascade Cup and Windermere Cup. She leads clinics for aspiring high school and college coxswains and is collaborating with IAL to provide leadership curriculum at her camps.

Wiggins on classroom techniques to improve equity
Benjamin Wiggins (PhD '15), faculty coordinator for instruction and lecturer in biology at UW, recently had his research on gender performance gaps highlighted on the Provost's Trends and Issues in Higher Education website.

Student News

Five education students named to Husky 100

A desire to foster resiliency among young people, advocate for social justice and build inclusive communities drive five University of Washington College of Education students named to the inaugural Husky 100 class.

Graduation ceremonies set for June 11

Gloria Ladson-Billings (MA '72) will speak to more than 400 graduates during commencement ceremonies that will be webcast live from the Quad.

Funding Announcements

College of Education faculty receiving awards for new grants and competing renewals in May 2016 were: Ana Elfers, Kara Jackson, Sarah Kavanagh, Elham Kazemi, Marge Plecki and Carly Roberts.

New Awards

PI: Sarah Kavanagh
Co-PIs: Elham Kazemi, Kara Jackson

Title: Conceptualizing and Using Teacher Mentoring Routines to Advance Pre-Service Teacher Education
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation
Amount awarded: $49,753

PI: Marge Plecki
Co-PI: Ana Elfers

Title: Understanding Principal Retention and Mobility in Washington State: Phase One
Sponsor: WA State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Amount awarded: $45,049

PI: Marge Plecki
Co-PI: Ana Elfers

Title: Understanding Teacher Retention and Mobility in Washington State: Phase One
Sponsor: WA State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Amount awarded: $29,935

PI: Carly Roberts
Title: Accessing Science through Literacy: Facilitating Blended and Inclusive Content Area Literacy Instruction for Students with Intellectual Disability
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences
Amount awarded: $84,656 (year 1 of 4)

Honor Roll

College partnerships highlighted on Teaching Channel

Partnerships between the College of Education and Seattle area educators are featured in new videos on the Teaching Channel.

A three-video series created by the College's Jessica Thompson, Jen Richards and Michelle Salgado provides a glimpse inside kindergarten and 1st/2nd-grade classrooms that are developing scientific models.

In another video, UW teacher educator Kendra Lomax (MEd '13) discusses teacher time-outs and how teachers can improve their practice through mid-lesson collaboration time.

PD series for principals, instructional coaches and teacher leaders

The UW Center for Educational Leadership’s new school leadership series "Ready, Set, Go: Your Roadmap to Supporting Great Teaching" provides school leadership teams with answers to important questions and offers a roadmap, processes and tools to support and accelerate great teaching.

Watch 2016 Common Book panel

The College of Education community recently gathered for a panel discussion of its 2016 Common Book Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Watch the discussion with panelists Holly Schindler, assistant professor of education; Filiberto Barajas-Lopez, assistant professor of education; and Wayne Au, associate professor at education at UW Bothell. Joy Williamson-Lott, professor of education, moderated the discussion.

5 tips for setting up and sustaining coaching in your district

CEL Project Director Joanna Michelson explains how teacher-turned-coaches sometimes struggle in their new role, why they need different skills than those needed for teaching students, and what school and district leaders should keep in mind when launching coaching programs.

Opening pathways for future Native teachers

Washington is home to 29 federally-recognized tribes, with approximately 64,000 Native American students represented in nearly every community in the state.
Yet most of these students have never been in a classroom with a Native American teacher. Today, Native Americans represent only one percent of the state's teacher workforce.

Closing that gap was the focus of a recent workshop co-sponsored by UW College of Education, Washington Education Association, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and several of the state's tribal organizations. The Future Native Teachers Initiative brought Native students together for a series of activities encouraging them to consider teaching as a career.

CEL releases updated rubric for instructional growth and teacher evaluation

Strong instructional practitioners are constantly reflecting on their practice, grounding their practice in research, and working to improve and streamline their practice to be more effective in their impact on student learning. Following this spirit of instructional innovation and learning, CEL has released an updated version of the 5D+ Rubric for Instructional Growth and Teacher Evaluation.
Putting growth at the center of teacher evaluation
Patty Maxfield, CEL's director of teacher evaluation, argues that an evaluation system based on inquiry and focused on teacher growth is the best way to improve teaching and learning.
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College of Education Graduation
June 11, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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

School Leadership Series: Reflecting on the Roadmap
Nov. 30

School Leadership Series: Providing Targeted Feedback to Grow Teacher Practice
Feb. 13-14, 2017


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