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June 2017


Filiberto Barajas-López on examining students' experiences at the school | Brinda Jegatheesan interviews Temple Grandin on animal-assisted interventions | UW's Story Time STEM project featured | Joe Lott advocates for black and brown students at UW | Min Sun on efforts to improve struggling schools | Contributions by Ann Ishimaru to practice-engaged research featured | Joy Williamson-Lott comments on Trump’s meetings with HBCU presidents

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College Updates

STEM education projects showcased in NSF event

nullFour UW College of Education projects aiming to expand access to high-quality STEM learning opportunities were featured during the 2017 NSF STEM for All Video Showcase: Research & Design for Impact this month.

Want new teachers to stay? Invest in mentoring, study says

nullAs public schools in Washington and other states across the country contend with teacher shortages in some areas and an influx of first-time teachers, a new study from the UW College of Education provides evidence that mentorship matters in retaining beginning teachers.

Supporting responsiveness to student thinking

nullWhile responsiveness to student thinking—an instructional approach that empowers students’ ideas and ways of reasoning—can support deep, equitable disciplinary learning, it places extra demands on educators.

Graduation set for June 10, live webstream scheduled

mia tuanMore than 650 graduates will be recognized during ceremonies beginning at 9:30 a.m. Pacific, with remarks by undergraduate and graduate representatives of the Class of 2017. Watch the live webstream and learn more about graduation on the College’s graduation webpage.

Video spotlight

Haring Center Auction: Peace, Love & Inclusion

haring center 2017 auction video

Hundreds of community members recently showed their support for inclusive education services provided by the UW Haring Center’s Experimental Education Unit during its annual auction. Hear family members and teachers explain why inclusion matters.  

Alumni News

Leber (MIT ‘08) named Highline’s Teacher of the Year

Delila Leber's kindergarten dual language classroom is a place of magic. At the beginning of the year, young learners are cautious and nervous, but Leber guides them to become strong, independent, empowered learners. Learn what inspired Leber to become a teacher and how equity guides her work.

Alum to lead HoloLens classroom pilot

Michelle Zimmerman (MEd '07, PhD '11) has been selected to lead the first K-12 pilot for HoloLens in a classroom at Renton Prep. Zimmerman, who explored photo documentation for qualitative data collection and analysis during her studies at the UW, had her first experiences with students featured in several media, including Venture Beat, Yahoo! Finance and Lifeliqe.

Student News

Cultural flexibility and “Theatre of the Oppressed”

Can theatre be a tool for learning cultural flexibility and fighting oppression? PhD candidate Sooz Stahl and students from Seattle's Ballard High School shared their work during this year's American Educational Research Association annual meeting.

Funding Announcements

College of Education faculty receiving awards for new grants in May 2017 were:

New Awards

PI: Manka Varghese
Co-PI: Min Li, Elizabeth Sanders
Title: Partnering to Investigate Math and Science English Learners' Access and Achievement
Sponsor: IES
Amount awarded: $211,875 Year 1 of a 2 year award

PI: Megan Bang
Co-PI: Carrie Tzou
Title: Learning in Places: Field Based Science in Early Childhood Education
Sponsor: NSF
Amount awarded: $1,388,826, Years 1 & 2 of a 4 year award

PI: Bronwyn Bevan
Title: Leading the Next Generation of ISE Broadening Participation Efforts: A Professional Development Program for Mid-Career ISE Professionals
Sponsor: NSF
Amount awarded: $299,995

Honor Roll

“Three dimensional” learning: New tools for educators | Jegatheesan interviewed by BBC, named affiliate faculty | Convening explores UW research-practice-community partnerships | Haring Center offers summer camps | Bell participates in K-12 science meeting

“Three dimensional” learning: New tools for educators

As science teachers shift their instruction to the new, "three dimensional" learning outlined in the NRC Framework, they are developing new formative assessments. To help educators in this work, the UW Institute for Science and Math Education has developed two 60-70 minute PD sessions: Introduction to Formative Assessment to Support Equitable Three-Dimensional Instruction and How to Assess Three-Dimensional Learning in the Classroom: Building Tasks that Work.

These open educational resources were developed as part of the Advancing Coherent and Equitable Systems of Science Education project, a partnership of the UW College of Education, Council of State Science Supervisors and Colorado University Boulder.

Jegatheesan interviewed by BBC, named affiliate faculty

Professor Brinda Jegatheesan recently was interviewed by Kate Humble, an English BBC television presenter, on her work with her therapy dog Kush, a golden retriever, who helped in the recovery of an elementary student with depression due to extreme bullying. A chapter titled “Your Secret’s Safe” is featured in Kate Humble’s book “Friend for Life” and dedicated to the memory of Kush and his work with children with special needs.

Jegatheesan also has been invited to serve as affiliate faculty in the psychology department at the Open University of The Netherlands.

Convening explores UW research-practice-community partnerships

The LIFE Center recently hosted a convening of research-practice-community partnerships associated with the UW College of Education. Led by Philip Bell, Megan Bang and Shelley Stromholt, the meeting brought together a variety of partnerships, summarized in this slide deck. For more, read the workshop’s slides on research-practice-community partnerships.

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 summer sessions in July and August.

Bell participates in K-12 science meeting

Philip Bell, Shauna C. Larson Chair in Learning Sciences, recently participated in a Carnegie Corporation of New York convening focused on the importance of teaching scientific thinking in K-12 education. The meeting is ultimately aimed at developing a strategy for broadly promoting scientific thinking throughout society.

CEL partners with AASA on National Principal Supervisor Academy

AASA, the school superintendents association, has partnered with the Center for Educational Leadership to bring CEL's principal supervisor professional development program to all central office leaders who support principals' instructional leadership growth as their primary responsibility. The content for this academy will be based upon the Council of Chief State School Officers Principal Supervisor Standards, the latest research on adult learning and leadership development, as well as promising practice from districts across the country. The academy participants will work from problems of practice, use cycles of inquiry, learn from case studies, and utilize virtual professional learning communities and virtual individual coaching. The program will be limited to 50 participants. More information and registration will be available on the CEL website in June.

New training available for the 100 Washington school districts using CEL’s 5D+™ Rubric

Beginning with the 2017 school year, the State of Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) requires that all Washington districts currently using the 5D+ Rubric transition to version 3 of the rubric: the 5D+ Rubric for Instructional Growth and Teacher Evaluation. The Center for Educational Leadership's 5D+ Rubric Transition Training helps principals, central office leaders and teachers recalibrate their understanding of the teaching and learning practices described by each indicator, transitioning from version 2 to version 3 of the 5D+ Rubric. During the course of one day, educators will learn how to shift thinking and practice from 37 to 30 indicators and how to apply strengths-based and inquiry stances to observation of teaching practice. While the training is not required by Washington state, it is helpful to revisit and refine leadership practice around a growth-oriented teacher evaluation process.
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College of Education Graduation Celebration
June 10, 9:30 a.m.  

Town Hall Seattle: #EducationSoWhite (with Professor Joy Williamson-Lott)
June 15, 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

CEL Summer Leadership Institute
July 18-20, 2017




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