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July 2017


Min Sun and Deborah McCutchen on supporting teachers of color | Walter Parker essay cited in NY Times | Thomas Halverson on auctioning of prime seats at graduation   | Center for Educational Leadership prepares instructional leaders in Louisiana | Joe Lott leads UW Brotherhood Initiative | Mark Wenzel '07 argues for maintaining teacher training | Michelle Zimmerman '11 on how gaming could boost social and emotional outcomes

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College Updates

Commencement 2017: Graduates on education and democracy

During the College of Education’s June 10 graduation ceremonies, two representatives of the Class of 2017 discussed the role of education in a thriving democracy as families, friends, faculty and staff gathered to celebrate more than 700 graduates. View videos and photos from the event.

Building bridges between cultures

From her formative years in Buenos Aires to pursuing a PhD at the University of Washington in Seattle, Patricia Ferreyra has combined her passion for both music and education to build bridges between cultures.

Video spotlight

Teacher Education by Design

Enacting complex, ambitious teaching practice isn't easy. We need resources and community to make it happen. Learn how Teacher Education by Design is helping spread the best of what we know about teaching.

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Alumni News

Wildman ‘71 authors book on educational leadership

Louis Wildman (EdD '71), recently named professor emeritus of educational administration at California State University-Bakersfield, had his book “Let's Share Our Ideas About Educational Leadership” published by the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration.

Alum, professor co-author paper on home literacy practices

Nicole Lynn Alston-Abel (PhD ‘09) and Virginia Berninger, professor emerita, recently had their article “Relationships Between Home Literacy Practices and School Achievement: Implications for Consultation and Home–School Collaboration” published on Taylor & Francis Online. The article is based on Alston-Abel’s dissertation research.

Altman ‘92 honored for teaching

Gaylene Altman (PhD ‘92), associate professor in UW School of Nursing, received the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award this spring. Altman has authored and contributed to many nursing textbooks, and has taught at the UW for four decades. Read more in Columns magazine.

Zimmerman ‘11 contributes to Minecraft report

Michelle Zimmerman (MEd '07, PhD '11) contributed to a report on how Minecraft Education Edition can support social-emotional learning. Read the report or watch a webstream featuring Zimmerman.

Zimmerman also has been an invited presenter at the International Society for Technology in Education, National Network of State Teachers of the Year, Serious Play Conference and Building Learning Communities 17.

Student News

Meet the College’s 2017 Gonfalonaires

During this year’s Commencement ceremonies, the College of Education was represented by doctoral graduates Sarah Amber Evans and Songtian (Tim) Zeng. Each year, students from the UW’s schools and colleges are selected to lead all the degree candidates during the Commencement procession. These students are called gonfalonieres because they carry the school’s gonfalon, a banner that hangs down from a crosspiece and bears that school’s name and symbol.

Evans earned her PhD in learning sciences and completed an ethnographic case study of public library services for teens in a diverse community of immigrants for her dissertation.

Zeng earned his PhD in special education, focusing his research on promoting whole child development for young children with special needs through evidence-based practices, care provider education, and program quality improvement.

Abbie Hanson,  an education, learning and society minor who will begin her masters in teaching low incidence special education at the UW this fall, also served as Gonfalonaire for the College of Arts & Sciences

Students awarded grant for work in disability studies

Doctoral students Carlyn Mueller (special education) and Aditi Rajendran (organizational and policy studies) have received a $5,000 award from the Harlan Hahn Endowment Fund for course development in the field of disability studies.

Mueller and Rajendran will develop an upper-level undergraduate course addressing the intersection of race and disability with their award. They noted the course represents an opportunity to equip future educators with disability studies knowledge and expertise, where students hear directly from people of color with disabilities, understand the impact of intersectionality in educational contexts, and think about disability and race together and separately as identity experiences.

Commentary published on practices in PLCs

Jacob Elmore, a master’s in instructional leadership student, had his commentary “Professional Learning Communities: Practices That Can Inhibit or Enhance Data-Driven Decision-Making” published in Teachers College Record.

Funding Announcements

College of Education faculty receiving awards for new grants and competing renewals in June 2017 were: Heather Hebard, Elham Kazemi, Deborah McCutchen, Jessica Rigby, Carly Roberts, Elizabeth Sanders, Min Sun.

New Awards

PI: Deborah McCutchen
Co-PIs: Heather Hebard, Elizabeth Sanders
Title: Teacher Metalinguistic Awareness in Writing Instruction: Links among Teacher Knowledge, Teacher Practice and Student Learning
Sponsor: IES
Amount awarded: $339,689 Year 1 of a 4 year award

PI: Jessica Rigby
Co-PI: Elham Kazemi
Title: Systems Leadership for Mathematics Improvement
Sponsor: Gates Foundation
Amount awarded: $159,731

PI: Carly Roberts
Title: E-Mentoring and Development of Teachers of Students with Significant Disabilities
Sponsor: Royalty Research Fund
Amount awarded: $33,534

PI: Min Sun
Title: Using Text as Data to Understand School Improvement Strategies and Their Impacts
Sponsor: Royalty Research Fund
Amount awarded: $28,282

Honor Roll

College hosts Cognitively Guided Instruction 2017 conference

UW College of Education welcomed more than 400 educators from across the country for the Cognitively Guided Instruction 2017 national conference. CGI puts curiosity and inquiry about what and how children think at the center of good teaching.

Several College researchers, research partners, alumni and current students were among the presenters, including:

  • Alison Fox, doctoral student in teaching and curriculum, with Lynsey Gibbons, “Principal Leadership to Support Collective Learning for Teaching Mathematics.”

  • Becca Lewis (PhD ‘16), UW Math Education Project instructor, with Teresa Lind, “Learning How to Speak (and Write!) Fractions.”

  • Kendra Lomax (MEd ‘13), teacher educator and managing director of UW’s Teacher Education by Design project, “Learning from Children’s Thinking: A CGI Approach to Formative Assessment.”

View a gallery of photos from the conference or check out the complete program online.

EdWeek webinar on PBL features Nolen, Lo ‘15

Professor Susan Nolen and Jane Lo (PhD ‘15) discussed the Knowledge in Action project in the recent Education Week webinar “Weaving Project-Based Learning Into Rigorous High School Courses.” The webinar is now available on-demand.

Jones elected vice president of APA Division of School Psychology

Janine Jones, associate professor of education, has been elected vice president for professional affairs of the American Psychological Association’s Division of School Psychology. Jones will begin her three-year term in January 2018.

Thompson gives keynote on building improvement networks

Jessica Thompson, associate professor of education, presented the keynote address “Building Local Improvement Networks to Support Ambitious and Equitable Teaching Practice” at the American Association for the Advancement of Science regional conference at Montclair State University.

International exchange comes to College

Tom Frizelle, director of information and learning technologies, and doctoral student Adam Bell recently made a presentation to participants in the Digital Communication Network, a professional exchange program funded by the U.S. Department of State.

The session covered topics including:

  • How the technology and social media landscape impact behavior and perceptions in the 21st century

  • How to encourage the development of critical, interdisciplinary thinking skills in the age of technology

  • Ways in which digital literacy can be used to combat fake news and the spread of misinformation

Participants included the president of the Forum for Transparency, Involvement, Unity, and Change in Moldova, a digital communications adviser to Estonia’s Ministry of Defense and officials from Romania, Slovakia, Serbia, Azerbaijan, Lithuania, Hungry and Poland. View a gallery of photos.

Jegatheesan paper on teaching indigenous students slated for publication

Professor Brinda Jegatheesan recently had her article “Teaching indigenous students with developmental disabilities: Embedding cultural practices of dance, movement, and music in pedagogy” accepted for publication in Child Studies in Asia-Pacific Contexts.


CEL Summer Leadership Institute
July 18-20, 2017

Elementary Master in Teaching Online Info Session
July 11, 2017 — 3 p.m.

Secondary Master in Teaching Online Info Session
July 12, 2017 — 3 p.m.

Elementary Master in Teaching Online Info Session
Aug. 8, 2017 — 3 p.m.

Secondary Master in Teaching Online Info Session
Aug. 9, 2017 — 3 p.m.

Special Education Teaching Certificate - Online Info Session
Aug. 9, 2017 — 4 p.m.



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