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February 2017


Manka Varghese on Betsy DeVos nomination, Alumni featured at Ignite Education Lab event, Kenneth Zeichner and John Bransford make list of most influential education scholars, Anneke Markholt on school leadership effort in Florida


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College Updates

New partnership aims to improve equity, coherence in science education

Learning scientists from the UW College of Education, along with educators, are embarking on a national effort to make science learning more coherent and equitable.

Q&A: Can history guide the future of education?

Professor Joy Williamson-Lott will discuss what history can tell us about how to make real progress toward educational equity on Feb. 15 as part of the UW Graduate School’s public lecture series. In a Q&A, Williamson-Lott previews her upcoming talk.

Video spotlight

Reimagining the role of communities in education

Doctoral student Aditi Rajendran talks about her work with low-income, historically underserved families to redefine equity in the context of diverse communities.

aditi rajendran video spotlight

Alumni News

Dolan ‘15 honored for teaching and leadership

Samantha Dolan (PhD ‘15), who teaches in the North Seattle College’s early childhood education department, recently received the 2016 League of Innovation John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award for her contributions to teaching, leadership and learning in a community or technical college.

Balla ‘14 receives Macmillan Learning Award

Lance Balla (MEd ‘14), principal of Everett High School and a member of the College’s Danforth 26 cohort, has received the Macmillan Learning Award in recognition for his recently published textbook for advanced language and literature. Balla previously served as a curriculum developer in the Bellevue School District.

Student News

Digging into data to support nontraditional students

School comes naturally for some students. But for others, a host of obstacles can push them off course. Lacey Hartigan, a doctoral student in Education Leadership and Policy Studies, is exploring the life courses of GED recipients and ways to support these students.

Doctoral students to present research Feb. 3

Eleven UW College of Education doctoral students will present their research projects on Feb. 3, with topics including teacher candidates’ use of technology, social stigma and disability labels, and gender bias in math story problems.

Student, staff to present at TPEP colloquium

Saraswati Noel, a mentor teacher leader with the Puget Sound Educational Service District and graduate student in multicultural education, and Patty Maxfield, project director at the UW Center for Educational Leadership, will present at the TPEP Best Practices Colloquium hosted by the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession on March 1. Noel will be a keynote speaker while Maxfield will lead a learning session for attendees.

Funding Announcements

College of Education faculty receiving awards for new grants and competing renewals in January 2017 were: Ana Elfers, Kara Jackson, Kristie Kauerz, Elham Kazemi, Megan Kelley-Petersen.

New Awards

PI: Ana Elfers
Title: Analysis of School Employee Survey (SEES) Data
Sponsor: WA State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Amount awarded: $16,024

PI: Kristie Kauerz
Title: Nevada Ready: B-3rd
Sponsor: Turning Point, Inc.
Amount awarded: $149,997

PI: Megan Kelley-Petersen
Title: UW Alt. Route UACT
Sponsor: Washington Professional Educator Standards Board
Amount awarded: $42,000

Competing Supplements/Renewals

PI: Kara Jackson
Title: Investigating and Supporting the Development of Ambitious and Equitable Mathematics Instruction at Scale
Sponsor: Vanderbilt University (Originating Sponsor: NSF)
Amount awarded: $92,251

PI: Elham Kazemi
Title: Collaborative Schools for Innovation and Success
Sponsor: WA State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Amount awarded: $500,000

Honor Roll

Faculty, students present at AACTE

A number of UW College of Education faculty, students and alumni are presenting their work at this year’s AACTE annual meeting

  • Ken Zeichner, Boeing professor of teacher education, “Community-Based Teacher Preparation as Praxis: Preparing Effective Educators Through Research-Practice Partnerships.”

  • Megan Kelley-Petersen, teaching associate and U-ACT program director, “Using Video to Support Teacher Learning & Program Improvement (and edTPA readiness).”    

  • Kendall Paine (MIL ‘14), “The Residency Model: Can it Increase Teacher Retention in Urban Districts?”

  • Sylvia Bagley, Anne Beitlers, Marisa Bier, Adrian Cunard, Stephanie Forman, Ariane Gauvreau, Kara Jackson, Sarah Kavanagh, Megan Kelley-Petersen, Morena Newton and Selma Powell, “Conceptualizing Routines for Mentorship of Novice Teachers.”

Webinar on implementation of NGSS

Philip Bell, Shauna C. Larson chair in learning sciences, and doctoral student Kerri Wingert recently shared ideas, lessons learned and resources from design partnerships that have implementing the new vision for K-12 science education during an MSPnet Academy webinar.

The webinar “District & School Implementation of NGSS Through Curriculum Adaptation, Discourse & Assessment” is available online and slides are available to download.

CEL leadership work in Florida spotlighted

The Council of Chief State School Officers recently produced a video showing how Florida better prepares school leaders through the Commissioner's Leadership Academy. The yearlong professional development program was designed by the UW’s Center for Educational Leadership (CEL) to help principals, principal supervisors and education leaders to become stronger and more effective instructional leaders.

Based on widespread acclaim for the program in Florida, CEL is now offering this professional learning program directly to school districts and states across the country.

Parker speaks on civic education

Professor Walter Parker recently gave the talk “What does high-quality civic education in schools look like, and who gets it?” at a meeting of the Association of California School Administrators.

Targeted Feedback Practicum set for Feb. 13-14

CEL offers a new Targeted Feedback Practicum exclusively for those who attend its two-day Targeted Feedback Institute on February 13-14. The practicum is a personalized opportunity to practice the skills of giving feedback to teachers, with online registration now open.

Summer Leadership Institute registration opens

Join CEL experts and leading educators from across the country to improve your instructional leadership practice and learn new ways to inspire growth in others.

CEL's annual Summer Leadership Institute (July 18-20 in Seattle) will deepen your knowledge of hands-on instructional leadership tools and give you practical strategies to immediately use with your school teams. It will also offer new ideas and insights for transforming traditional professional learning with the ultimate goal of providing equity for all students.

Essay: Learning sciences and nationalism

Professor Megan Bang is co-author of the essay “The Learning Sciences in a New Era of U.S. Nationalism,” recently accepted for publication in the journal Cognition and Instruction.

CEL staff present at national events

Several CEL staff will present sessions at educational leadership gatherings across the country:

  • California County Superintendents Educational Services Association — Executive Director Stephen Fink will discuss what school leaders need to know to support and evaluate teaching practice, while Director of Extended Learning Sheeba Jacob and Project Director Joanna Michelson will lead a session on how to personalize support for teachers during the annual leadership symposium of the association’s Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee.

  • AASA — Fink and Associate Director Max Silverman will co-present a pre-conference workshop and a thought leadership session focused on improving principal supervision. Fink will also lead a roundtable discussion on how to assess principals’ instructional knowledge.

  • SXSWedu — Silverman and Jacob will lead a workshop on the power of using strengths to support teachers.

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Research & Inquiry Presentations
Feb. 3, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Equity Summit on Gifted Education
Feb. 9-10

Lecture: Global Migration, Diversity and Civic Education
Feb. 10, 11 a.m.

Providing Targeted Feedback to Grow Teacher Practice
Feb. 13-14

Lecture: How History Can Guide the Future of Education (Presented by Professor Joy Williamson-Lott)
Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m.

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

Haring Center Auction
May 13, 5 p.m.

CEL Summer Leadership Institute
July 18-20, 2017


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