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January 2017 


Ken Zeichner on Betsy DeVos nomination, Susan Nolen on Smarter Balanced scores of Washington students, Mia Tuan on future of K-12 education in Washington

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College Updates

Math educators author Teaching Channel's top blog post

elementary mathematics in classThe UW’s Elham Kazemi and Kendra Lomax have been recognized for co-authoring the most read blog post of 2016 on the Teaching Channel’s Tchers’ Voice blog, “Modeling With Mathematics.”

Working toward computer science for all

nullAs implementation of the national Computer Science (CS) for All initiative picks up steam, UW College of Education researchers are playing an important role in the push for more equitable offerings in computer science education.

TEDD bolsters open resources for teacher learning

teddThe UW’s Teacher Education by Design (TEDD) project recently launched its new website with even more resources for teacher educators around the world. Explore the TEDD community and join hundreds of innovative educators who are working to advance great teaching.

Equity Summit on Gifted Education Feb. 9-10

robinson center: equityRegistration is open for next month’s “Equity Summit on Gifted Education” hosted by the Robinson Center for Young Scholars. Guest speakers from the UW College of Education and across the country will lead discussions about access and equity related to highly capable programs and services.

Feb. 15 lecture on history and future of education

joy williamson-lottProfessor Joy Williamson-Lott will discuss what history can tell us about making real progress toward equal educational opportunity as part of the UW Graduate School’s public lecture series. Register online.

Video spotlight

A minute with Juan Lopez

Meet Juan Lopez, a master’s in higher education student, and learn about his work in the College’s Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion.

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Alumni News

Hess ‘98 wins Grawemeyer Award in Education

Diana Hess is co-winner of the 2017 Grawemeyer Award in Education for her book The Political Classroom: Evidence and Ethics in Democratic Education, which explores the role of teachers in perpetuating serious, thoughtful political deliberation in schools.

Student News

Responding to adversity

When her mother was diagnosed with stage four cancer, early childhood and family studies major Anna Maher chose to respond with resilience and determination.

AERA best paper award in media culture and learning

Deborah Silvis, doctoral student in human development and cognition, has received the Best Graduate Student Paper award from the AERA’s Media Culture and Learning SIG for “Community Technology Mapping: Inscribing Places When Everything is on the Move.” Silvis co-authored the paper with Professor Katie Headrick Taylor, and will be honored during the 2017 AERA annual meeting.

Maldonado receives Graduate School fellowship

Esteban Maldonado, doctoral student in higher education, has been selected as the 2016-17 recipient of the UW Graduate School Latino/a Scholars Graduate School Fellowship. Esteban has been recognized for his academic research, work, and service demonstrating his strong commitment to Latino/a communities.

Funding Announcements

College of Education faculty receiving awards for new grants and competing renewals in December 2016 were: Megan Bang, Molly R. Branson-Thayer, Gail Joseph, Elham Kazemi, Kendra Lomax, Elizabeth West.

New Awards

PI: Megan Bang
Co-PI: Elizabeth West

Title: Since Time Immemorial Curriculum Implementation & Professional Development
Sponsor: Western Washington University (Originating Sponsor: U.S. Dept. of Education)
Amount awarded: $71,753

PI: Elham Kazemi
Co-PI: Kendra Lomax

Title: Early Math Collaborative (with PSESD and WA STEM)
Sponsor: Puget Sound Educational Service District (Originating Sponsor: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)
Amount awarded: $13,000

PI: Elham Kazemi
Title: Renton Leadership/Teacher Professional Learning for Mathematics
Sponsor: Renton School District (Originating Sponsor: U.S. Dept. of Education)
Amount awarded: $71,640

PI: Gail Joseph
Co-PI: Molly R. Branson-Thayer

Title: School Age and Youth Development Quality Programming
Sponsor: Raikes Foundation
Amount awarded: $350,000

Honor Roll

College well represented at WERA

A number of UW College of Education faculty, staff, students and alumni presented their work at last month’s Washington Educational Research Association conference:

  • Sylvia Bagley, director of the master’s in instructional leadership program, “Building Trust and Empowering Teachers Through Protocols, Norms, and Effective Facilitation of PLCs” with Andrea Slack (MIL ‘16) and Sarah Schiesz (MIL ‘16).

  • Marge Plecki, professor, and Ana Elfers, research associate professor, “Auburn School District Impacted by Teacher Leadership Academy” and “Washington’s Teacher and Principal Evaluation System: Efforts to Support Professional Learning.”

  • Kristie Kauerz, research assistant professor, “What Elementary Principals and District Administrators Need to Know and Be Able to Do to Support High-Quality Instruction in the Early Years.”

  • Kauerz with Tisha Crumley, National P-3 Center program director, and members of the Washington P-3 Executive Leadership Certificate Program, “Leaders in the Country: Local P-3 Efforts in Washington.”

  • Jessica Rigby, assistant professor, “Imperfect Lessons: School Culture, Ambitious Instruction, and the Messy Process of Improvement.”

  • Pete Misner, associate director of the Danforth Educational Leadership Program, “Inquiry: What's Your Next Level of Work?”

  • Molly Branson Thayer, director of school age and youth development programs, “Early Literacy Pathways.”

  • Nathanie Lee, doctoral student/elementary teacher education coach, “Family Visits: Parent Voices in a Teacher Initiated Practice.”

  • Nancy Hertzog, professor, “Leading and Navigating Instruction for HiCap Students” and “Matchmaking – Designing Services to Match Needs of Highly Capable Students!”

  • Manka Varghese, associate professor; Anna Van Windekens, Tram Dang and Michel Riquelme Sanderson, doctoral students; “Students Speak: The College Preparatory Experiences and Perceptions of Local English Learner and Immigrant Students.”

  • Kendra Lomax, teacher educator, and Sarah Kavanagh, post-doctoral researcher, “Learning, Planning, and Teaching Together: Designing Job-Embedded Professional Development.”

Prof’s work featured in AERA centennial issue

Professor Nancy Beadie recently authored the lead chapter on the federal role in education in the centennial issue of the AERA's Review of Research in Education. Read the article online.

Park participates in AERA panel on early learning

Soojin Oh Park served as a commentator during the AERA’s Centennial Lecture Series event Dec. 6 in Seattle, “Early Education and the Brain: Making Novel Connections.” Video of the entire event is available online (open forum section with Park begins at approximately 51 minutes).

Talk to explore global migration and civic education

Marcelo Suárez-Orozco of UCLA's School of Education & Information Studies and co-editor of the recently released book Global Migration, Diversity and Civic Education will speak Feb. 10 in the UW Center for Multicultural Education Book Talk Series.

Suárez-Orozco will describe how global migration is forcing nation-states to reexamine and reinvent the ways in which they socialize and educate diverse groups for citizenship and civic engagement.

The lecture begins at 11 a.m. in the UW Club. RSVPs required by February 3 to or 206-543-3386. Learn more about the talk.


Lecture: “Equity and Deeper Learning” (Presented by Pablo Noguera)
Jan. 10, 7:30 p.m. (College reception starting at 5:30 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.

Haring Center Auction
May 13, 5 p.m.

CEL Summer Leadership Institute
July 18-20, 2017


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