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March 2016 


Margaret Plecki on school spending and student achievement, Onnie Rogers discusses stereotypes and young black men, Seattle Teacher Residency in the spotlight, Ken Zeichner and Marisa Bier contribute to AACTE Outstanding Book, June Rimmer on principals as equity-centered instructional leaders.

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College Updates

EDU Talks: Exploring what works in education

edutalk stillIn a fast-paced series of 5-minute talks, more than a dozen UW faculty discussed how they're partnering with schools and communities to unlock the potential of all students. Visit our EDU Talks page to watch each talk and learn more about UW's leading edge research.

Study: Early start on social skills keys better behavior

Placing a greater emphasis on social skills in early childhood education than is currently the norm could significantly reduce antisocial or aggressive behaviors later in life, new UW research finds.

Literacy challenges in the 'excellence for all' era

students studyingAs more schools open access to advanced courses, teachers increasingly find students possess a wide range of reading abilities. So how are teachers to lead an advanced class when their students' reading abilities may range from the 2nd percentile to the 98th? A recent paper offers answers.

UW research featured at AERA April 8-12

Faculty and students will present their explorations of how to provide high quality education to all children during the 2016 meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Alumni and friends are invited to join the College at AERA for an April 10 reception.

An obituary for Common Core?

nullStephen Fink of UW's Center for Educational Leadership comments on the creation, life and legacy of Common Core in a recent column

Video spotlight

A Minute with Elizabeth Ramirez

Elizabeth Ramirez videoSeattle Teacher Resident Elizabeth Ramirez (ECFS '15) shares her desire to work with diverse communities of students.

Alumni News

Highlighting math achievement of Latino males

Ismael Fajardo (PhD'15) and Jose Hernandez (PhD'15) co-authored the chapter "Latino Male High School Math Achievement: The Influential Role of Psychosociocultural Factors," in the recently published book, Ensuring the Success of Latino Males in Higher Education.

Uitvlugt '11 honored for teaching excellence

The Evergreen State College in Olympia recently honored Jason Uitvlugt (MIT '11) of Bainbridge High School with its 2015-16 Teacher Excellence Award. The recognition honors teachers who have had a significant impact on the lives of students. Honorees are nominated by incoming Evergreen students.

Student Features

Thriving in the face of adversity

Young people are confronted with numerous situations that challenge their ability to succeed. Polo DeCano, a PhD student in school psychology, has dedicated himself to helping students stay strong when stressors threaten to thwart their goals.

Taking on childhood trauma

Victoria Chambers, a senior majoring in Early Childhood and Family Studies, is exploring how trauma affects children — and how she could help.

Funding Announcements

PI: Min Li
Title: Deep Learning Maps
Sponsor: Engaged Learning (Originating sponsor: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)
Amount awarded: $8,683

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: $20,000

Honor Roll

Zumeta joins editorial board

Professor William Zumeta recently accepted an invitation to join the editorial board of the American Educational Research Journal. Zumeta also serves on the editorial boards of the AERA journal Educational Evaluation & Policy Analysis as well as the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis.

Experimental Education Unit Auction set for May 14

Join the UW College of Education's Haring Center for Applied Research and Training in Inclusive Education for its annual benefit auction and help create a world where children of all abilities learn, play and grow together.

The evening will include:

  • Three silent auctions featuring a variety of specialty goods and services.
  • A Wine Taste & Buy featuring local wineries
  • A Buy-it-Now Restaurant Row featuring the best Pacific Northwest fare
  • An Almost-Live tent featuring unique getaways and experiences
  • A Live Auction featuring 25 exclusive one-of-a-kind experiences

Purchase auction tickets today.

Study: Increasing community college students' upward transfer

Robin LaSota (PhD '12) and Professor William Zumeta had their paper "What Matters in Increasing Community College Students’ Upward Transfer to the Baccalaureate Degree: Findings from the Beginning Postsecondary Study 2003–2009" published in Research in Higher Education.

LaSota is a senior research scientist at Development Services Group in Bethesda, Md., working on contracts with the Institute of Education Sciences' What Works Clearinghouse. She was a CREST Fellow and the article is derived from her dissertation, which was awarded the Barbara K. Townsend Dissertation of the Year award in 2014 by the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students.

CEL heads to California in March and May

On March 16, the Center for Educational Leadership’s Stephen Fink and Donna Anderson-Davis will present a session on the four dimensions of instructional leadership at the California Charter Schools Conference in Long Beach. On May 4, CEL will lead a Central Office Redesign Institute for the San Diego County Office of Education – participants from across the country are invited to register.

Inclusive education work in Bulgaria

Doctoral student Colin Gasamis spent Feb. 21-26 in Sofia, Bulgaria, working with the Center on Inclusive Education on the One School for All project (PI: Doug Cheney). While in Sofia, Gasamis discussed project details in a national radio interview; worked with CIE staff; visited four schools in the project; and conducted a workshop for 21 teachers and principals on topics including strategies and systems to support students with disabilities, their parents/families, and teachers.

Help for central offices in supporting principals

The role of the principal is rapidly changing to one focused on instructional leadership. But how do central office leaders think about these changes? Check out a Center for Educational Leadership’s infographic to learn what central office leaders from six school systems say about current trends in the central office/principal relationship. Take the survey yourself to see how your district compares. For an in-depth look, watch or sign up for CEL’s webinar series exploring the topic.

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CEL Institute: How to Create a Results-focused Learning Environment
March 31

Family Weekend
April 9

AERA 2016: College of Education Reception
April 10, 6 to 8 p.m.

Experimental Education Unit Auction
May 14


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