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October 2016 


Philip Bell on project-based STEM learning; Ilene Schwartz moderates state superintendent debate; Ann Ishimaru honored for work in education leadership and equity; Michael Bowman, Lorena Guillén and Kate Napolitan on working with communities to prepare teachers; Min Sun on school leadership and teacher collaboration; Jim Mazza on racial disparities in child suicide rates; Ken Zeichner on connecting teachers-in-training to communities; Kristie Kauerz on rethinking primary education in the U.S.; Ken Zeichner on independent teacher preparation programs.

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College Updates

nullHelping fathers FIND their strengths

An innovative pilot study led by Professor Holly Schindler demonstrates why seeing is believing when it comes to helping low-income fathers strengthen their parenting skills.

EDU Talks to explore play

On Nov. 3, UW College of Education faculty will give a series of fast-paced talks exploring play and learning at Pacific Science Center.

UW honored for excellence in educational leadership preparation

The College's Leadership for Learning (Ed.D.) program is named a national model for supporting the success of future school leaders as the 2016 recipient of the Exemplary Educational Leadership Preparation Program Award, presented by the University Council for Educational Administration.

Bringing effective autism treatment to all

A new manual drawing from 20 years of research at the UW’s Haring Center offers schools the first comprehensive guide to implement high quality, inclusive educational programs in classrooms for young children with autism.

Tellers of a new story

Professor Megan Bang is partnering with Native communities to bring culturally relevant STEAM programming to youth, and show Native youth that they were America’s original scientists.

Film series explores pressing issues in education policy

Immigration, homelessness and the future of public higher education will be explored during the "Education and Society" film series this fall.

New faculty profile: Teddi Beam-Conroy

Teddi Beam-Conroy brings more than 20 years of experience as a K-12 educator in four states to her new role as director of the UW’s Elementary Teacher Education Program.

Study points to benefits of teacher team building

New research by Professor Min Sun points toward how schools can maximize the talents of their teachers to improve instruction, especially for poverty-impacted and minority children who often are taught by less experienced teachers.

Empowering all students to show their strengths

Too many students aren’t getting an opportunity to reveal their strengths says Professor Nancy Hertzog, and as director of the UW Robinson Center for Young Scholars she’s working to change the status quo.

Video spotlight

Revealing the STEM in Them

A partnership with Seattle’s Neighborhouse House led by Professor Leslie Herrenkohl is providing hands-on STEM learning opportunities to low-income, immigrant and refugee youth. Read more in Research That Matters.

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Alumni News

Putting the focus on relationships

Nicholas Bradford (MEP '12), founder of the Seattle-based National Center for Restorative Justice, aims to change how schools approach discipline.

Tyler wins Presidential Award for environmental education

Laura Tyler (MEd ‘94) of Seattle’s South Shore PK-8 School has dedicated her three decades as an educator to improving students' environmental understanding.

Woodard spreads joy of math

Is there a way that smartphones can decrease achievement gaps in math classes? Sam Woodard (MIT ‘13), co-founder and CEO of the app MathChat, believes that they can.

Leading a culture shift for resiliency

Since coming to the University of Washington a decade ago, Anne Browning (PhD ‘14) has helped transform how the institution supports undergraduates and their student experience.

Kinoshita named Seattle’s chief of curriculum and instruction

Kyle Kinoshita, (MEd ‘93, EdD ‘07) has been named chief of curriculum and instruction for Seattle Public Schools. Kinoshita comes to the position after serving as the executive director of learning and teaching for the Marysville School District.

Student News

Undergraduates explore education inside prison

Two early childhood and family studies majors were among UW undergraduates who explored education inside prison during the summer honors course.

Student receives scholarship for study of teacher unions

Aditi Rajendran, doctoral student in policy, organizational and leadership studies, received the Gundlach Scholarship from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. Rajendran’s research centers on how teachers unions engage and enact policies and practices that address issues of racial equity toward more socially just unions and schools.

Two students named Jackson Scholars

Doctoral students Adam Lara, social and cultural foundations, and Andrea Cobb, leadership and policy studies, have been accepted into the University Council of Educational Administration’s Jackson Scholars Program. The Jackson Scholars Program develops future faculty of color for the field of educational leadership and policy.

Lara’s research interests center on Latino/a parent leadership for education policy and systems change. He seeks to understand how low-income and marginalized Latino/a parents make sense of and learn leadership and how their learning of leadership is actualized through practice.

Cobb’s research interests are in the areas of the sociology of education and education policy implementation. Her dissertation will examine changes in the nature and scope of school-community partnerships and their impact on district and student achievement.

Funding Announcements

College of Education faculty receiving awards for new grants and competing renewals in September 2016 were: Kara Jackson, Gail Joseph, Elham Kazemi, Megan Kelley-Petersen, Anita Lenges, Kristen Missall, Selma Powell and Jessica Rigby.

New Awards

PI: Kara Jackson
Title: Collaborative Research: Improving the Implementation of Rigorous Instructional Materials in Middle-Grades Mathematics: Developing a System of Practical Measures and Routines
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Amount awarded: $663,994 (first 2 years of 5-year grant)

PI: Gail Joseph
Title: CQEL and SPS Head Start Coaching
Sponsor: Seattle Public Schools
Amount awarded: $10,000

PI: Megan Kelley-Petersen
Title: Alternate Routes Block Grant U-ACT
Sponsor: Washington Professional Educator Standards
Amount awarded: $45,000

PI: Kristen Missall
Title: Making Progress with Progress Monitoring: Developing Early Literacy and Language
Individual Growth and Development Indicators as Progress Monitoring Tools
Sponsor: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (Originating Sponsor: IES)
Amount awarded: $66,228 (year 1 of 4)

PI: Selma Powell
Title: Alternate Routes Block Grant LID
Sponsor: Washington Professional Educator Standards
Amount awarded: $38,500

Competing Renewals/Supplements

PI: Gail Joseph
Title: UW Quality Rating and Improvement Systems
Sponsor: Washington State Department of Early Learning
Amount awarded: $5,445,978

PI: Jessica Rigby
Co-PIs: Elham Kazemi and Anita Lenges
Title: Organizing for Learning: Leadership practices that support ambitious teaching
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Amount awarded: $50,000

Honor Roll

Study offers insight into lowering classroom aggression, Ishimaru honored for contributions to educational leadership, UW research group advances teaching of Next Gen Science Standards, What we (don’t) know about independent teacher preparation programs, Improving early literacy in PreK-3: Lessons learned, Article offers model for assessing deep political learning, Ishimaru highlights family engagement conference, Haring Center to be honored for advancing inclusion in education, Kerr takes medals in Masters Games, CEL program prepares Louisiana educators for leadership, Asking more questions key to becoming an expert school leader

Study highlights inclusion, fairness in lowering classroom aggression

A first-of-its-kind study from the UW College of Education provides new insights into the individual and group norms that can predict different forms of aggression, offering guidance for schools to craft more effective intervention efforts.

Professor honored for contributions to educational leadership

Professor Ann Ishimaru of the University of Washington College of Education has received the University Council for Educational Administration’s 2016 Jack A. Culbertson Award in recognition of her significant contributions to the field of educational leadership.

UW research group advances teaching of Next Gen Science Standards

The UW Institute for Science+Math Education includes the work of six faculty and their respective research groups, led by Philip Bell, Shauna C. Larson Chair in Learning Sciences . Read more about the Institute’s summer 2016 activities at the local, state and national levels, which are focused on the equity-focused implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards.

What we (don’t) know about independent teacher preparation programs

As some advocacy groups push to deregulate the preparation of teachers and expand independent, alternative routes into teaching, a new policy brief authored by the University of Washington College of Education’s Ken Zeichner reviews what is known about the quality of five of the most prominent independent teacher education programs in the U.S.

Improving early literacy in PreK-3: Lessons learned

What should education leaders, policymakers and philanthropists know about improving early literacy in PreK-3? Kristie Kauerz, director of the UW’s National P-3 Center, offers four key takeaways in a blog post for the McKnight Foundation.

Article offers model for assessing deep political learning

Professor Walter Parker and Jane Lo (PhD ‘15) share an instructional model that engages students in lively simulations of real-world issues and deepens their knowledge of U.S. government and politics in their article “Give Us Your Best Advice: Assessing Deep Political Learning.” The article, published in Social Education (subscription required), describes their work designing an authentic assessment of deep political learning, the Complex Scenario Test, which is part of a course development research project that focuses on students developing deep knowledge through engagement in challenging, real-world tasks.

Ishimaru highlights family engagement conference

Professor Ann Ishimaru presented the session “Redesigning School and District Family Engagement Towards Racial Equity” at the Washington Family and Community Engagement Trust’s Equity and Family Engagement Conference on Oct. 1. Ishimaru guided participants in re-envisioning typical school practices and co-designing “next practices” schools and districts can apply to realize student success, educational justice and community well-being.

Also during the conference, Dawn Williams, doctoral student in policy, organization and leadership studies, presented the session “Conversations about Race with Young Children.”

Haring Center to be honored for advancing inclusion in education

The UW’s Haring Center for Research and Training in Inclusive Education and its Experimental Education Unit will be honored by the Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy for promoting and supporting inclusive practices in education. WAAA will recognize the Haring Center at its WAAAll of Impact luncheon for its efforts advocating for greater opportunities for students with disabilities.

Kerr takes medals in Masters Games

Donna Kerr, professor emeritus, took silver in the javelin and bronze in the 100-meter dash at the Americas Masters Games in Vancouver, B.C. this summer. Participants came from 48 countries.

CEL program prepares Louisiana educators for leadership

In Central Louisiana, 139 educators have begun a three-year journey that will prepare them for leadership positions in their schools and school districts. The educators started Aspiring Leaders, a leadership institute administered by The Orchard Foundation and funded under The Rapides Foundation’s Education Initiative. The Aspiring Leaders curriculum was developed specifically for Central Louisiana by the University of Washington’s Center for Educational Leadership.

Want to become an expert school leader? Ask more questions.

Educators work in more and more complex environments. Principals, for example, need to deal with a wide variety of topics ranging from literacy, math and Common Core standards, to budget allocations, technology needs, new initiatives and more. In this environment, always trying to be the expert is not the answer. Asking the right questions so you can develop expertise is. UW Center for Educational Leadership Director of Programs Sheeba Jacob explains why we need to ask questions that will get us closer to solving students' most pressing needs and how we can help educators build this skill in a blog post.

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Institute on Powerful Coaching: Supporting Higher Standards in Math and Literacy
Oct. 10-11

Education + Society Film Series: I Learn America
Oct. 24, 7 p.m. UW Intellectual House

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

EDU Talks: Play
Nov. 3, 3 p.m. Pacific Science Center

Research & Inquiry Presentations
November 4

Education + Society Film Series: The Homestretch
Nov. 7, 7 p.m. Foster High School (Tukwila)

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

School Leadership Series: Reflecting on the Roadmap
Nov. 30


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