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March 2017


Joy Williamson-Lott on public education and inequality, Margaret Plecki on teacher retention and mobility in Washington, Holly Schindler helps low-income fathers strengthen parenting skills, Kristie Kauerz on preparing principals to serve early learners, Alumni (Shalini Miskelly '16, Nicholas Bradford '12, Jordan Taitingfong '08) featured in Ignite Education Lab, Philip Bell on equity and Next Generation Science Standards, Sheryl Burgstahler on universal design, Nancy Hertzog on gifted education

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College Updates

Report: Washington teachers less experienced, diversity gap remains wide

While Washington’s teacher workforce is getting younger, closing the diversity gap in the profession has proven stubbornly resistant over the past two decades according to a new UW report exploring teacher retention and mobility in the state.

Redesigning family engagement in education

Participants in the Family Leadership Design Collaborative, a national effort to redesign family engagement in education for community wellbeing and justice, recently gathered to move the initiative into a new phase of its work.

Breaking down barriers

Educators, policy makers and community members recently gathered for the College’s Equity Summit on Gifted Education to discuss how to open access to accelerated learning opportunities for all.

Professor, alumnus named AERA Fellows

Professor Sheila Valencia, a nationally-recognized scholar of literacy assessment, instruction and policy, and Tyrone C. Howard (PhD ‘98), whose work explores multicultural education and the experience of African American students, have been named Fellows of the American Educational Research Association.

Statement on the College’s mission

The UW College of Education Faculty Council recently approved a statement on the College's mission in the current civic landscape.

Video spotlight

Secondary Teaching Education Program

Learn how UW’s Secondary Teaching Education Program prepares strong subject-matter teachers with a focus on equity and supporting the success of all students.

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Alumni News

Making math class more like mathematics

Tracy Zager (MIT ‘02) grew up loving to solve puzzles and riddles, but by high school a series of bad experiences put her on the brink of giving up math altogether. One of Zager’s family friends made her promise to give it another try in college, however, and her experience in an experimental, project-based calculus class changed her perspective forever.

Stroupe ‘13 receives NARST award

David Stroupe (PhD ‘13), assistant professor of teacher education at Michigan State University, was selected for the 2017 NARST Early Career Research Award. This award is given annually to a researcher who, within the first five years after completion of their doctoral degree, demonstrates the greatest potential to make outstanding and continuing contributions to research in science education. NARST promotes research in science education and the communication of knowledge generated by research.

Lingwall ‘02 publishes media writing textbook

Andrew Lingwall (MEd ‘97, EdD ‘02) is co-author of “The Basics of Media Writing: A Strategic Approach,” a new textbook for millennial and post-millennial students with new strategies to help them become competent entry-level writers in the media professions. Lingwall, a professor of public relations at Clarion University, drew from his 2012 study of students in journalism and mass communication programs at 14 universities in writing the book.

Student News

A drive to inspire

Even as a preschooler, junior Siena Traverso recalls having a passion for education. After returning home, she would create a classroom with her stuffed animals and teach what she had learned that day.

Honor Roll

Bagley presents at teacher leadership conference

Sylvia Bagley, director of teacher leadership programs, led a panel on “Building Teacher Leadership Capacity in Rural Districts Through University Collaborations” at the first International Teacher Leadership Conference. Bagley presented the panel with rural Washington state teacher leaders who have participated in College’s teacher leadership certificate program.

Bevan speaks at National Press Club

Bronwyn Bevan, senior research scientist, recently spoke at the National Press Club as part of “STEM Learning in Afterschool: New Evidence and Ideas on How Youth Learn the Skills Today to Succeed in the Workforce Tomorrow.” During the event, which drew leaders and policymakers from 30 states, Bevan discussed policy implications of learning sciences research and relevance to afterschool learning opportunities.

How Kelso School District improved graduation rates with equity

Over the past two decades, Kelso School District in southwest Washington State saw a 20 percent increase in the percentage of students receiving free and reduced lunch. Many students face serious and complex challenges at home. Yet, the district's strong focus on equity and removing barriers to educational achievement have produced above average graduation rates for all students. In this blog post, Mary Beth Tack, director of teaching and learning for Kelso School District, describes the district's journey and explains how improved access, better instruction and a focus on inquiry laid a foundation for continued success in a blog post for the UW Center for Educational Leadership (CEL).

Haring Center auction set for May 13

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 will go on sale shortly. Visit the auction website to learn more about the auction, including sponsorship opportunities.

Fisher nominated for UW award

Norah Fisher, student services specialist, has been nominated for the UW’s 2017 Distinguished Staff Award in recognition of her commitment to creating a world of good through her hard work, dedication and selfless spirit. Winners will be announced at the UW’s Awards of Excellence ceremony in June.

CEL presents at National Summit for Principal Supervisors

At the National Summit for Principal Supervisors, CEL Associate Director Max Silverman and Project Director Sharon Williams will co-present a pre-conference institute on principal supervision. Together with three principal supervisors from Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District, Associate Director June Rimmer will lead a workshop on building the capacity of principals to lead the improvement of instruction. Williams will also present on the three critical features of successful principal network meetings.

Cheney honored by Council for Exceptional Children

Professor Emeritus Douglas Cheney will receive the Council for Exceptional Children's 2017 Leadership Award in honor of his leadership in the field of special education throughout his career. Cheney, a national leader in the area of emotional and behavioral disabilities during a career spanning more than 40 years, will be honored during the CEC’s annual convention in April.

Silverman at Quality Educator Convention

At the Quality Educator Convention, CEL Associate Director Max Silverman will present the keynote on a strength and student-based approach to educational excellence.

College supports Ethics Bowl for high schoolers

During the 2017 Washington State High School Ethics Bowl, Teaching Associate Caryn Park served as a judge while doctoral students Bridget DuRuz and Debi Talukdar served as moderators.

Education Edge with Ilene Schwartz

In the latest installment of the College’s Education Edge video series, Professor Ilene Schwartz discusses her nationally-recognized research in inclusive education. Schwartz, director of the Haring Center for Research and Training in Inclusive Education, launched Project DATA, a school-based early intervention program for children with autism, in 1997.

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Lecture: Early Childhood Teacher Education
March 7, 11:30 a.m.

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

CEL Summer Leadership Institute
July 18-20, 2017


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