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November 2016 


Walter Parker and Lane Lopus (MIL ‘16) on teaching politics during election season, Ken Zeichner on teacher education regulations and alternative certification, “Education + Society” film series opens, Virginia Berninger on writing and Common Core, Kent Jewell on anti-racism, Bronwyn Bevan on maker education

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College Updates

Nurturing minds, opening doors

A deep partnership between Renton’s Lakeridge Elementary and UW College of Education has transformed teaching and learning at the school.

UW joins national effort to improve principal preparation

The UW’s Danforth Educational Leadership Program will contribute its expertise to a $47 million initiative to improve university principal preparation programs.

To build a bridge: Reflections on a career in education

What started as a practical problem to solve—how to traverse a mountain stream without getting wet—morphed into a long-time UW faculty member’s reflection on what it means to be an educator and professor of education.

Families in the driver's seat

The Equitable Parent-School Collaboration project is forging stronger, more equitable relationships between schools and families in the Puget Sound and informing a new national effort to advance family engagement in learning.

Dean to participate in LiveWire event on public education

Dean Mia Tuan will participate in the Seattle Times LiveWire event “K-12 vision and outcomes: Solving the education problems money can’t fix,” on Nov. 30 at Town Hall.

All in it together

Professor Jessica Thompson is partnering with local school districts to build communities of educators that are empowered to spread new knowledge and best practices through entire districts.

Video spotlight

Catching up with Christy Harris (MIT ‘12)

Christy Harris, a technology teacher at Seattle’s Broadview-Thompson K-8, discusses her journey to teaching and her growth as a teacher-leader.

Christy Harris video

Alumni News

Alum named Washington Regional Teacher of the Year

Elizabeth Loftus, a 2014 graduate of the University of Washington College of Education’s Applied Behavior Analysis Distance Education Program, has been named Northwest ESD 189 Regional Teacher of the Year.

Getting to know you

Nina Salcedo Potter (MEd ‘94, PhD ‘00), director of assessment and accreditation for San Diego State University College of Education, discusses milking goats at home, her experience teaching at the UW’s Haring Center and more in an SDSU profile.  

Student News

Building a community

Vanessa Álvarez is helping create a supportive community for graduate students of color as a program officer in UW’s Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) while also pursuing her master’s in Leadership in Higher Education.

Funding Announcements

College of Education faculty receiving awards for new grants and competing renewals in October 2016 were: Bronwyn Bevan, Roxanne Hudson, Gail Joseph, Katherine Lewis, Kristen Missall, Carly Roberts, Susan Sandall, Randi Shapiro, Janet Soderberg.

New Awards

PI: Bronwyn Bevan
Title: The Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education
Sponsor: Association of Science-Technology Centers (Originating sponsor: NSF)
Amount awarded: $99,005

PI: Roxanne Hudson
Co-PIs: Carly Roberts, Katherine Lewis
Title: Project FOSTER: Foundations Of Subject matter in Teacher Education and Research
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Education
Amount awarded: $250,000 (year 1 of 4)

PI: Gail Joseph
Co-PIs: Randi Shapiro, Susan Sandall
Title: Development of Family Engagement Course by EarlyEdU Alliance
Sponsor: Brazelton Touchpoints Center (Originating sponsor: Administration for Children and Families)
Amount awarded: $177,703

PI: Kristen Missall
Title: Understanding Physics through Collaborative Design Experiences: Skateboard-Themed STEM in an Integrated Digital and Physical Game-Based Children’s Museum Exhibit
Sponsor: Iowa Children’s Museum (Originating sponsor: NSF)
Amount awarded: $248,903 (year 1 of 3)

Competing Renewals/Supplements

PI: Gail Joseph
Co-PI: Janet Soderberg
Title: Seattle PS Program Evaluation UPK
Sponsor: Third Sector Intelligence Inc. (Originating sponsor: City of Seattle)

Honor Roll

Hoffman co-authors report on big-time research and sports

The new report “Big-Time Research and Big-Time Sports: Comparing Commercialization in Public Institutions,” was co-authored by Jennifer Hoffman, associate professor of education.

UW College of Education received a Challenge Award from the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics to conduct research using data from the commission’s NCAA Division I Athletics & Academic Spending Database.

Jegatheesan leads workshops on animal and child abuse

Brinda Jegatheesan, associate professor of education, together with colleagues from the U.S., Netherlands and France, conducted the workshop “Relationships between Animal Abuse and Child Abuse” at the International Association of Human-Animal Interactions 2016 Triennial conference. The authors provided participants with information on the background of animal abuse and its relationship to child abuse and its impact on children’s development. Jegatheesan and her colleagues also shared critical tools to identify the connection between animal abuse and child abuse, assessment methods to determine animal welfare, cross-reporting of animal abuse and child abuse, and the actions to harmful behavior that professionals (including veterinarians) and others can take to prevent future abuse.

Jegatheesan also conducted the workshop “Welfare of Animals for a Sustainable future of Animal-Assisted Interventions” (AAI) with colleagues from Scotland, Germany, France and Japan. The authors offered insights into the background of the One Health initiative (linking human and animal health) and provided comprehensive information, standards and guidelines to enhance animal welfare practices that contribute to ethical and effective animal-assisted interventions to children, adolescents and adults.

Nolen participates in task force on assessment

Sue Nolen, professor of education, helped prepare a recently released definition of assessment literacy as a member of the National Task Force on Assessment Education.

Joseph gives keynote at child care benefit

Gail Joseph, associate professor of education and director of the UW Childcare Quality and Early Learning Center for Research and Professional Development, gave the keynote address on high quality early learning at the Child Care Resources Annual Benefit Luncheon on Oct. 24.

UW faculty, students present at early childhood conference

Several College of Education faculty and students gave presentations and posters at the Division for Early Childhood Conference last month.

  • Professor Susan Sandall; Angela Erickson, Haring Center preschool coordinator; and Ariane Gauvreau, teaching associate; presented "Access, Participate, Learn: Using Curriculum Modifications in Early Childhood Classrooms," sharing results of a study at the Haring Center’s Experimental Education Unit that extended their findings on the effectiveness of curriculum modifications in inclusive settings.

  • Doctoral student Tim Zent presented a pre-conference session "What not to do: A trifecta of common K-readiness mistakes and how to avoid them."

  • Gauvreau and Julie Ashmun, director of the Haring Center’s Professional Development Unit, presented the poster “Capturing Opportunities for Systematic Instruction for Children with ASD in Inclusive Settings.”

  • Gauvreau and Selma Powell, senior lecturer, presented the poster “Charting: Using Data to Support Practitioners in Using the DEC Recommended Practices in Inclusive Settings.”

Faculty receive Race & Equity Initiative grants

Professors Filiberto Barajas-Lopez and Nancy Hertzog have received funding from the UW’s Race & Equity Initiative to support their work. Barajas-Lopez received support for his proposal “Inclusion of Families into School-based Race and Equity Teams” and Hertzog received support for her proposal “Equity Summit/Policy Planning Team on Gifted Education.”

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Lecture: Teacher Shortages and Teacher Turnover
November 3

EDU Talks: Play!
November 3

Research & Inquiry Presentations
November 4

Haring Center DUBs Talk: Supporting Inclusive Play with Interactive Technology
November 9

School Leadership Series: Reflecting on the Roadmap
November 30

Seattle Times LiveWire with Dean Mia Tuan: K-12 vision and outcomes
November 30


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