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September 1, 2016 


Mark Windschitl on what Washington’s new science standards mean for students, Kristie Kauerz on preparing principals to be early education leaders, Tom Halverson on military families and homeschooling, Jodi Newman on maximizing middle schoolers’ learning potential, Education students explore education inside prison, Michael Copland on Washington's need to produce more high-quality teachers, New UW program endeavors to improve teaching of Native youth, Ken Zeichner on new vision for teacher education, Joe Lott to help lead UW’s population health initiative.

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College Updates

Giving a boost to struggling readers

At Seattle’s Whitman Middle School, students at risk of falling behind are getting a helping hand from University of Washington College of Education tutors through a summer intensive reading program now in its fifth year.

TEDD blog aims to elevate teaching practice

The UW’s Teacher Education by Design (TEDD) community recently launched a new blog to support teachers throughout the world in refining their craft. Through the blog, TEDD will share stories of educators and ideas for using resources created to support teachers’ ongoing growth. Learn more about the TEDD Blog.

Video spotlight

Mentor teachers: Uplifting the profession

Preparing the next generation of great teachers requires support from today’s outstanding educators. Hear from the mentors who support the UW’s teacher candidates and learn why they’ve chosen to give back.


Alumni News

Putting compassion at the heart of education

Nancy Ngan Trinh (MEd '13) understands firsthand how common it is for students to face personal and academic hurdles while in school.

Alumnus promotes diversity on campus

Ismael Fajardo (PhD '15), who grew up picking fruit to support his family, is now promoting diversity on campus as a research associate with the UW College of Education's Brotherhood Initiative. Read more in the Yakima Herald.

Working with communities to prepare teachers

How can teacher education programs engage and work in solidarity with local communities to prepare teachers for their children? Alumni Michael Bowman (PhD ‘15), Lorena Guillen (PhD ‘16), Kate Napolitan (PhD '16) and Professor Ken Zeichner,  explore that question in a new article, “Engaging and Working in Solidarity With Local Communities in Preparing the Teachers of Their Children,” in the Journal of Teacher Education.

Mun (Chung) ‘15 joins North Texas faculty

Rachel (Chung) Mun (PhD ‘15) is joining the University of North Texas as an assistant professor in the educational psychology department this fall. Mun, who served as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Center for Research on Gifted Education for the past year, will teach human development and gifted and talented education courses. Her research focuses on the intersection between gifted education, mental health and immigrant issues, and in particular the use of acceleration as an educational intervention, psychological wellbeing, the influence of parental expectations on decision-making, program evaluation, and impacting educational policy related to serving needs of diverse gifted populations.   

Student News

Connecting the White House and the school house

Is the 2016 election any different when it comes to education policy? This was the question on teaching associate and doctoral candidate Ben Starsky’s mind as he noticed presidential candidates avoiding talking about education policy and the direction they intended to take.

Funding Announcements

College of Education faculty receiving awards for new grants and competing renewals in August 2016 were: Phil Bell, Katie Headrick Taylor, Jessica Rigby and Shelley Stromholt.

New Award

PI: Katie Headrick Taylor
Title: Mobile City Science: Youth Mapping Community Learning Opportunities
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Amount awarded: $300,000

PI: Phil Bell
Co-PI: Shelley Stromholt

Title: Partnership for Building Capacity for Improvement in State Science Education
Sponsor: University of Colorado, Boulder; Originating sponsor: National Science Foundation
Amount awarded: $612,923

PI: Jessica Rigby
Title: Practical Measures to Improve Elementary Mathematics Leadership and Instruction
Sponsor: UW Royalty Research Fund
Amount awarded: $38,969

Honor Roll

UW faculty present on special education, Headrick Taylor shares work on youth and learning, CEL blog: Improving district leadership and summer reading, Rigby on administrator feedback and influence, Sandell and Ashmun featured in Taiwan on inclusive education, Fink to present at equity symposium

UW faculty present on special education

Several UW College of Education faculty presented their work at the recent U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs Project Directors Conference. Scott Spaulding and Carol Davis presented “Technology as an Implementation Strategy for Tier 3 Supports,” Doug Cheney and Thomas Grant presented “Essential Classroom Elements for Students With Emotional/Behavioral Disorders” and Ariane Gauvreau presented a poster co-authored by Susan Sandall, “Learning From Problems of Practice: Implications for Personnel Development.”

The conference supports OSEP’s goal of improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities, and their families. The conference provides a forum for leadership to share important information with grantees to better their work, as well as a space for interaction among grantees to discuss current topics, goals, and strategies.  

Headrick Taylor shares work on youth and learning

Professor Katie Headrick Taylor recently participated in the Youth, Learning, and Data Science Summit, focused on kids learning data science in and out of school and funded by the NSF Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies program to promote more dialogue between those working in computer science/information visualization and in education.

Headrick Taylor also attended the Smart and Connected Communities Innovation Lab at SRI, gave an invited talk on "Changing Spatial Technologies and Cultural Spaces" at the Jean Piaget Society conference, and will be giving a flash talk on "Young People Using Media" at the Society for Research in Child Development  Special Topic Meeting: Technology and Media in Children's Development.

CEL blog: Improving district leadership and summer reading

The UW Center for Educational Leadership’s recent blog posts include:

  • To Improve District Leadership, We Need to Learn and Share — Krista Parent, superintendent of Oregon’s South Lane School District, discusses how good teaching and learning is not just a teacher issue. It also takes principals that act as instructional leaders, and a central office that supports them in this role.

  • What We Are Reading This Summer — CEL staff discuss four books tackling topics such as equity, teaching, learning and workload management that can inspire educators as they start a new school year.

Rigby on administrator feedback and influence

Professor Jessica Rigby presented her study "Administrator Observation & Feedback: Does It Lead Towards Improvement in Inquiry-Oriented Math Instruction?" at the AREA-funded research conference Cross-National Exploration of Principals’ Time Use: Patterns, Causes, and Effects at the University of Canberra.

Rigby also gave two talks as a visiting academic at Australian Catholic University:

“Administrators' Influence on Teachers' Conversations about the Problem of Teaching Mathematics: A longitudinal case study” and “Imperfect Lessons: School culture, ambitious instruction, and the messy process of improvement.”

Sandell, Ashmun featured in Taiwan on inclusive education

Susan Sandall, professor of education,  and Julie Ashmun, director of the Haring Center’s Professional Development Unit, were keynote speakers at the International Conference on Early Childhood Inclusion in Taiwan. Sandall presented “Inclusion: Evidence-Based and Family-Centered Practices in the United States” and Ashmun presented “The Haring Center: Inclusion Model of Practice in Preschool.”

Fink to present at equity symposium

At the San Diego (Calif.) County Office of Education’s Equity Symposium, Center for Educational Leadership Executive Director Stephen Fink will co-present two sessions, helping participants examine the 5 Dimensions of Teaching and Learning framework and the 4 Dimensions of Instructional Leadership through an equity lens.

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

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

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

Research & Inquiry Presentations
November 4

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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