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May 2017


Walter Parker on changes in civics education | Dan Besett (MEd ‘95) named Washington High School Principal of the Year | Meaghan Ferrick leads UW Alternative Spring Break trip to Neah Bay | William Zumeta on preparing more students with bachelor's degrees | Liza Rickey (MIT '03) on engaging the community | Min Sun on impact of federal School Improvement Grants | Seattle Teacher Residency highlighted for its success in improving teacher retention and diversity | Ismael Fajardo (MEd '12, PhD '15) on Latinxs in higher education, UW Brotherhood Initiative | Nancy Hertzog discusses the importance of advancing equity in gifted education | Marilyn Cohen on teaching media literacy

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College Updates

Ishimaru honored for practice-engaged research in family engagement

Ann M. Ishimaru, whose work focuses on engaging historically marginalized families in the creation of more equitable educational systems, received the AERA’s 2017 Exemplary Contributions to Practice-Engaged Research Award.

The tough work of reducing disproportionate discipline

Professor Filiberto Barajas-López is partnering with educators at Chief Sealth International High School to learn how students experience school and think about how to improve that experience.

Putting vocabulary into action

While much instructional time focuses on building children’s vocabulary, a new study from the UW College of Education provides evidence that truly “knowing” a word means knowing how to use it. Story and video from AERA 2017.

Re-orienting youth learning through making

Researchers from the UW College of Education shared their work to realize the promise of making and tinkering for diverse audiences during the AERA’s 2017 annual meeting. Read more and watch video interviews.

Making science education more inclusive

Science is a window to the world, and for Professor Carly Roberts, it’s an opportunity for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities to create stronger connections with their peers. Roberts is collaborating with a local middle school to improve inclusive science instruction in a U.S. Department of Education-funded project.

New book addresses civic engagement, diversity

diversityA new book edited by Professor James Banks draws lessons from 16 nations where educators are working to create and implement effective civic education programs for students from diverse racial, ethnic, cultural and linguistic groups. Story and video from AERA 2017.

Exploring relationships in teacher-leadership

Sylvia Bagley, director of teacher leadership programs, shared her work examining relational models and teacher-leadership in a story and video from AERA 2017.  

Black teachers more mission-driven, study shows

A new study from Professor Min Sun offers insights into black teachers’ career movement patterns that could help boost the recruitment and retention of teachers of color. Story and video from AERA 2017.

Motivation and the STEM gender gap

As attention continues to focus on the persistent gender gap in STEM fields, a new study from the University of Washington College of Education shows motivation constructs and STEM outcomes aren’t moderated by gender. Story and video from AERA 2017.

Video spotlight

EDU Talks: Play

Elham Kazemi, Geda and Phil Condit Professor in Math and Science Education, shared why schools must tap into children’s inate curiosity to encourage students—and teachers—to play with new ideas and ways of learning during EDU Talks: Play. Kazemi was one of nine UW faculty and doctoral students to share their work during the event, held earlier this year.

Alumni News

Making injustice visible

Sue Feldman (PhD ‘10) is working to make inherent injustices visible to the primarily white educator workforce.

Alum uses technology to empower learning

By harnessing the power of data, Michelle Zimmerman (MEd '07, PhD '11) is helping set the standard for how educators can use technology as a tool to empower kids’ learning. Zimmerman was recently selected to lead the first K-12 pilot for Microsoft’s HoloLens in a classroom.

Making school a more humanizing place

By thinking about how institutions create emotional and behavioral support for kids of diverse race, class, gender and ability, Irene Yoon (PhD ‘11) aims to make school a more humanizing place.

Student News

Education students named to Husky 100

A desire to advocate for and empower underrepresented populations drives four UW College of Education students named to the Husky 100.

Mentors show pathway to teaching

As a third grader, Veronica Whitley (MEd '17) didn't think of herself as "good" at school. But a teacher’s mentorship helped change the trajectory of her life.

Funding Announcements

College of Education faculty receiving awards for new grants and competing renewals in April 2017 were: Bronwyn Bevan, Joe Lott, Ann O’Doherty, Joy Williamson-Lott.

New Awards

PI: Ann O’Doherty
Title: San Diego State University & Wallace University Principal Preparation Initiative
Sponsor: San Diego State University (Originating Sponsor: Wallace Foundation)
Amount awarded: $65,175

PI: Joy Williamson-Lott
Title: Documenting the Values of United Negro College Fund Affiliated Colleges and Universities
Sponsor: United Negro College Fund
Amount awarded: $44,510

PI: Joe Lott
Title: Brotherhood Initiative
Sponsor: Ellison Foundation
Amount awarded: $200,000

Competing Supplements/Renewals

PI: Bronwyn Bevan
Title: The Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education
Sponsor: Association of Science-Technology Centers (Originating Sponsor: NSF)
Amount awarded: $114,942

Honor Roll

Sexton to serve as WACTE president  | Haring Center summer camps filling quickly | Jegatheesan produces documentary on animal-assisted interventions, to serve as journal co-editor | Staff present on visualizing student interaction and progress | Faculty, students present at Council for Exceptional Children | Sharpening skills in real-time with instant feedback via earbuds | Haring Center auction tickets available | CEL Summer Leadership Institute waitlist open

Sexton to serve as WACTE president

Patrick Sexton, director of teacher education programs, started a term as president of the Washington Association of Colleges for Teacher Education for 2017-18. WACTE provides leadership on issues related to professional education, with primary focus on teacher education, and promotes effective public policy regarding professional education, enhances and improves professional education programs at member institutions, and enhances the professional effectiveness of members.

Sexton recently helped WACTE launch a data summit series to enhance member institutions’ use of data and move beyond accountability to program improvement.

Haring Center summer camps filling quickly

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.

Jegatheesan produces documentary on animal-assisted interventions, to serve as journal co-editor

Professor Brinda Jegatheesan recently directed and produced an interview documentary with Temple Grandin on animal-assisted interventions, best practices and standards on welfare of animals participating in AAI with children and adults, including children with autism.

She also has been named co-editor of the science section of People and Animals: The International Journal of Research and Practice.

Staff present on visualizing student interaction and progress

Thomas Frizelle, director of information technology; Karen Matheson, director of institutional research and information management; and Catherine Mutti-Driscoll (PhD ‘13) presented “Using Visualizations to Map Student Interaction & Progress From Canvas LMS Course Data” at Washington state's Annual Canvas Conference. The presentation explored how they are enhancing student support in the UW’s online early childhood and family studies bachelor’s degree program.

Faculty, students present at Council for Exceptional Children

Presenting during the Council for Exceptional Children’s annual convention were:

    Professor Carly Roberts, “Using video analysis to develop preservice special educators’ abilities to identify effective instruction, provide useful peer feedback, and improve use of EBPs” and “The use of technology to improve reading skills for students with autism spectrum disorders: A literature review.”

    Doctoral students Erin Stewart and Michael Mahoney, “Supporting special educators and paraprofessional to facilitate students learning and independence in inclusive settings.”

    Doctoral student Colin Gasmis, “One school for all: Creating Bulgarian model for introduction of inclusive education.”

Serving in CEC leadership roles are Beth West, outgoing president of the Division of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, and Autumn Eyre, student representative of the Division of Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

Katy Bateman also was honored during the conference as a 2016-17 Council for Exceptional Children Doctoral Student Scholar.

Sharpening skills in real-time with instant feedback via earbuds

The "Bug in the Ear” project, led by faculty members Kathleen Artman Meeker and Nancy Rosenberg, was recently featured in the UW Provost Office’s report on trends and issues in higher education “Innovators Among Us.” “Bug in the Ear” allows distant learners to connect with their coaches during critical teaching and learning moments.

Haring Center auction tickets available

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 are now on sale on the auction website, along with information about sponsorship opportunities, a preview catalog and more.

CEL Summer Leadership Institute waitlist open

A waitlist for the UW Center for Educational Leadership’s Summer Leadership Institute is now available.  The institute will bring 150 education leaders from 14 states  and Canadian provinces to Seattle this summer.

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Common Book Discussion: Hillbilly Elegy
May, 4, 3:30 p.m.

Spring Lecture Series in Early Learning: Megan Bang & Barbara Rogoff
May 8, 6 p.m. (RSVP online)

Common Book Discussion: Hillbilly Elegy
May 10, 5:30 p.m.

Spring Quarter Research and Inquiry Presentations
May 12

Haring Center Auction
May 13, 5 p.m.

Spring Lecture Series in Early Learning: Roxanne Hudson & Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
May 22, 6 p.m. (RSVP online)

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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