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April 2017


Ken Zeichner on emergence of independent teacher preparation programs | Holly Schindler discusses project helping fathers boost parenting skills | Joe Lott on supporting male students of color | Alexander Sidorkin (PhD '96) named dean | Bronwyn Bevan discusses STEM for all | UW researchers explore teacher retention and mobility |

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College Updates

UW ranked No. 9 education school in nation

U.S. News & World Report ranked the UW College of Education No. 9 among the nation's best education schools in its annual graduate school ratings, released in March.

Study: Sustained investment in lowest-performing schools can drive improvement

School turnarounds can be successful, but evidence-based reforms and a dollop of patience are essential ingredients. That’s the key finding in a new study led by Professor Min Sun exploring the effects of federal School Improvement Grants aimed at improving the nation’s lowest-performing schools.

College to host April 30 reception at AERA

Alumni and friends of the College are invited to join Dean Mia Tuan and education faculty and students during the AERA annual meeting in San Antonio. RSVP online.

What Canada can teach the U.S. about teaching quality

Professor Ken Zeichner shares insights from his in-depth study of Alberta’s educational system in two new books exploring policies and practices that advance teaching quality.

Study: Principals stay in high-poverty schools, diversity gap remains

A new University of Washington study explores principal retention and mobility in Washington state over the past 15 years, identifying some of the most pressing issues facing the workforce.

Leading the drive for assessment literacy

Professor Susan Nolen played a key role in the creation of a new guidance document helping educators, policymakers and other education stakeholders use federal ESSA funding to improve data use to drive equity and successful learning for all students.

Professor to discuss success of male students of color

Professor Joe Lott will present the UW Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity’s 13th annual Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture on April 7.

Video spotlight

5 questions with Adaurennaya Onyewuenyi

Doctoral student in human development and cognition Adaurennaya C. Onyewuenyi (MEd ‘13) shares her journey in the UW College of Education.

Alumni News

Alum works to open access to higher education

Since her appointment as president of Seattle Central College in 2015, Sheila Edwards Lange’s (PhD ‘06) focus is making sure that all Seattle residents have access to education, earn a living wage and contribute to a vibrant community.

Stroupe (PhD ‘13) receives AERA research honor

An article by David Stroupe (PhD ‘13), assistant professor of teacher education at Michigan State University, “Beginning teachers’ use of resources to enact and learn from ambitious instruction,” published in Cognition and Instruction, has been selected for the 2017 American Educational Research Association, Division K (Teaching and Teacher Education) Exemplary Research Award. Stroupe will be honored later this month during AERA’s annual meeting. The article Stroupe will be honored for came out of his dissertation.

Champagne (PhD ‘14) named assistant athletics director

Keith Champagne (PhD ‘14) was recently appointed to serve as assistant athletics director for inclusivity and diversity at Central Washington University. Since 2011, Champagne has served as associate dean for student development at CWU.

Student News

A minute with Yiting Chu

Doctoral student Yiting Chu, a research associate with the UW’s Center for Multicultural Education, discusses his interest in ethnic minority groups and their representation in educational materials.

Funding Announcements

College of Education faculty receiving awards for new grants and competing renewals in March 2017 were: Bronwyn Bevan, Mary Clevenger-Bright and Ariane Gauvreau.

New Awards

PI: Bronwyn Bevan
Title: Science Learning +: Creativity and Equity in STEM Learning
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Amount: $288,292

PI: Bronwyn Bevan
Title: Research+Practice Collaboratory: Tools and Methods for Forming Research-Practice Partnerships
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Amount: $103,794

PI: Mary Clevenger-Bright
Title: Playscapes for Learning, Health and Relationships in Early Child Development and Education
Sponsor: Queen Maud University College (Originating Sponsor: Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education)
Amount: $96,760

PI: Ariane Gauvreau
Title: Preparing for Family Centered Early Childhood Special Educators: Understanding the Importance of Authentic Field Experiences
Sponsor: ARC of Washington Trust Fund
Amount: $10,000

Competing Supplements/Renewals

PI: Bronwyn Bevan
Title: Making in Out-of-School Time Settings
Sponsor: The Exploratorium (Originating Sponsor: Overdeck Family Foundation)
Amount awarded: $66,411

Honor Roll

Haring Center auction tickets available

The Haring Center for Research and Training in Inclusive Education will hold its annual auction in support of inclusive education on May 13. This year’s auction “Peace, Love and Inclusive,” will begin at 5 p.m. with proceeds benefitting the Experimental Education Unit and its services. Tickets are now on sale on the auction website, along with information about sponsorship opportunities, a preview catalog and more.

Professor to serve on Seattle initiative for young black men

Joe Lott, associate professor of education, has accepted an invitation from Seattle Mayor Edward Murray to serve on the Advisory Council for Our Best, the city’s first initiative specifically focused on improving life outcomes for young black men.

Lott, director of the UW Brotherhood Initiative, will provide his leadership and expertise to the effort, which aims to expand opportunities in education, employment, health, safety and positive connections to caring adults.

Hoffman speaks in Saudi Arabia, co-authors new chapter

Jennifer Hoffman, associate professor of education, was an invited speaker at the Women's Leadership in Higher Education Forum sponsored by the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Education. Hoffman presented sessions on “Mission & Values: Navigating Leadership in Higher Education,” “Developing Your Leadership Compass” and “Informing Your Leadership With Data.”

Hoffman also co-authored two chapters in Scandals In College Sports: “Fresno State: Gender discrimination and retaliation for Title IX advocacy in athletics” and, with Jacob Houston (MEd ‘13, PhD ‘14) and formed faculty member James Antony, “The Bobby Knight Player-Abuse Scandals at Indiana University.”

Haring Center offers summer camps

The Haring Center is now offering JUMP summer camp sessions building on its evidence-based approach to inclusive learning. Bringing play and learning together, JUMP draws on local resources to prepare young learners with and without disabilities to engage with their community.

Learn more about JUMP and its summer sessions in July and August.

Tammy Campbell to deliver keynote at CEL Summer Leadership Institute

As an inspiring superintendent with 20 years of experience in education, Federal Way’s Tammy Campbell will deliver the opening keynote presentation at the CEL Summer Leadership Institute 2017, held July 18-20. In an interview with CEL’s Sheeba Jacob, Campbell discussed her thoughts on equity, recognizing success, instructional leadership, and how creating buy-in is like an accordion.

International group to learn about UW partnership

STUDIO: Build Our World, a partnership between the UW College of Education and Seattle’s Neighborhood House, will present to a group participating in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program this month. Current and emerging leaders in STEM education from several countries will learn about STUDIO, led by Professor Leslie Herrenkohl, during their visit.

Professor publishes research on place-based learning

Katie Headrick Taylor, assistant professor of learning sciences and human development, recently had her paper “Learning Along Lines: Locative Literacies for Reading and Writing the City” published in the Journal of the Learning Sciences. Taylor’s paper explores a new analytic unit, “learning along lines,” as a tool to support the design and analysis of learning contexts where the leading mode of engagement for young learners was mobility through the city.

Taylor also will co-present “Communities of Learning: Mapping, Moving, and Discovering across Contexts” during the Cyberlearning 2017 Expertise Exchange in April.

College hosts Chinese education leaders

On March 8, the College hosted an Education Leadership Delegation of teachers, principals, directors and researchers from Guangzhou, China. The delegation explored the College’s educational pathways and pedagogies, learning assessments and research used in a sample of its programs.  Lynn Dietrich (Early Childhood and Family Studies), Marisa Bier (Seattle Teacher Residency), Megan Kelley-Petersen (UW Accelerated Certification for Teachers), Ann O’Doherty (Danforth Educational Leadership Program) and Meredith Honig (Leadership for Learning Doctorate) served as panelists.

College faculty also learned about early learning, teacher preparation, principal and system level leadership development in Guangzhou. View photos from the visit.

Teacher leadership and student outcomes

Min Sun, assistant professor of education policy, presented “Teacher Leadership’s Impact on Improving Student Outcomes” during a panel at the first International Teacher Leadership Conference in March.

Faculty publish article on literacy achievement

The article “Sequential Prediction of Literacy Achievement for Specific Learning Disabilities Contrasting in Impaired Levels of Language in Grades 4 to 9,” co-authored by faculty members Elizabeth Sanders, Virginia Berninger and Robert Abbott, was recently published in the Journal of Learning Disabilities.  

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From High School to College: Gender, Immigrant Generation, and Race-Ethnicity
April 7, 11 a.m.

Invisible Men: Black and Brown Males in the Academy
April 7, 6 p.m.

Applied Behavior Analysis Visiting Scholar Program: Behavioral Systems Approach to Ethics Training and Professional Supervision
April 8, 8 a.m.

AERA Reception (RSVPs requested)
April 30, 6:30 p.m.

Haring Center Auction
May 13, 5 p.m.

College of Education Graduation Celebration
June 10, 9:30 a.m.  

CEL Summer Leadership Institute
July 18-20, 2017


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