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September 2017


Ann Ishimaru on equitable family engagement | James Mazza on youth suicide | Katie Headrick Taylor on digital media and emerging technologies | Boris Krichevsky on controversial statues | Kathleen Artman Meeker & Angel Fettig on challenging behavior and young children

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College Updates

Taking on teaching for social justice

Elementary teachers from Puget Sound schools reflect on this summer’s EduDesign Lab, where they worked together to design and practice lessons that forefront social justice issues.

Using research to transform educational leadership

In a Q&A, Professor Meredith Honig discusses the implications of her recent study of several district research partnerships attempting to implement central office improvement programs backed by research.

Dean’s statement on DACA order

Dean Mia Tuan issued a statement of support for all DACA students and called for legislators to codify DACA protections in law.

Video spotlight

Maker education in teacher preparation

Maker education in teacher prep

This summer, elementary teacher candidates at the UW College of Education gained first-hand experience with digital technologies that are opening new opportunities for educators to bring making into their classrooms.

Alumni News

How reading and writing with your child boost more than just literacy

Children who read and write at home — whether for assignments or just for fun — are building long-term study and executive function skills, according to a paper co-authored by Nicole Alston-Abel (PhD '09) and Professor Emerita Virginia Berninger.

Walsh (PhD ‘12) co-authors paper on political identity and science

Elizabeth Walsh (PhD ‘12) is co-author of a new article in the Journal of the Learning Sciences sharing findings from a project of the UW Institute for Science + Math Education that developed and studied a year-long project-based curriculum for high school biology. Walsh co-authored the paper “‘Thank You for Being Republican’: Negotiating Science and Political Identities in Climate Change Learning,” which explores how the political identities of youth (and their families) intersect with the learning of politically-charged science topics, with former UW research scientist Blakely Tsurusaki.

Student News

Undaunted passion: Making STEM education accessible

Tsewone Melaku discovered engineering in high school through a UW mentorship program. Now a UW student majoring in Human Centered Design and Engineering and minoring in Education, Learning and Society, she is aligning her interests in engineering with her passion to make STEM education accessible to underrepresented high school students.

Bridging division amidst conflict

Doctoral student Afnan Boutrid believes in the power of education to unite and heal. It's a belief reinforced by her time in a bilingual and binational school in one of the world's most conflicted regions.

Funding Announcements

College of Education faculty and students receiving awards for new grants and competing renewals in August 2017 were: Phil Bell, Karin Frey, Adaurennaya Onyewuenyi and Jessica Thompson.

New Awards

PI: Phil Bell
Title: Partnership for Science and Engineering Practices: Design & Evaluation
Sponsor: Seattle Public Schools (Originating Sponsor: U.S. Department of Education)
Amount awarded: $113,382

PI: Karin Frey
Co-PI: Adaurennaya Onyewuenyi
Title: The Unexplored Voices of the “New African Diaspora” (dissertation fellowship)
Sponsor: American Educational Research Association
Amount awarded: $19,000

PI: Jessica Thompson
Title: Highline STEM Specialists
Sponsor: Highline School District (Originating Sponsor: U.S. Department of Education)
Amount awarded: $14,986

Honor Roll

CEL announces 2017-18 leadership institutes

The UW Center for Educational Leadership is offering its most popular leadership institutes on multiple dates throughout the 2017-2018 school year.  Institutes include:

  • Leading Professional Learning (Feb. 12 & April 2)

  • Creating Focused Goals (Feb. 13 & April 3)

  • Targeted Feedback (Oct. 17-18, Feb. 14-15 & April 4-5)

Participants can choose the institutes and dates that fit their professional development needs and schedule. All institutes will be held in Seattle.

Haring Center offers inclusive education PD

The UW Haring Center is offering numerous opportunities for professional learning related to inclusive education and behavioral strategies for all learners during the 2017-18 academic year. View the complete training calendar and learn more about the following opportunities:

  • Workshops - Unless otherwise noted, these are 2-hour afternoon trainings at the Haring Center focused on building effective, inclusive classrooms.

  • Snack & Learn - These 2-hour afternoon learning opportunities with a specific topic will help you lay a strong foundation for inclusive classrooms.

  • Live Webinars - Unless otherwise noted, these are 2-hour live webinars focused on applied behavior analysis topics.

  • Recorded Webinars - Webinars that you can access at your own pace, anytime, anywhere.

Want to stay up to date on trainings and events hosted by Haring Center? Subscribe to the email list.

Faculty present at EARLI 2017

Professors Deborah McCutchen and Susan Nolen presented papers at the recent conference of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction in Finland.

McCutchen presented “Rewriting at the Word and Sentence Levels Predicts Children’s Essay Content & Structure Quality,” co-authored with Becky Logan Herrera (PhD ‘10), Mary Northey (MEd ‘13, PhD ‘17), Teixeira Clark (PhD ‘17) and Emma Huey (MEd ‘17). Nolen presented “The role of histories, contexts and interactions in shaping engagement,” co-authored with Milo Koretsky, Oregon State University.

Bang to keynote teachers of color summit

Megan Bang, associate professor of education, is the invited keynote speaker for a professional development workshop, Teachers of Color and Allies Summit, hosted by the University of Colorado Boulder and local districts in November. Bang will discuss her work focused on improving the quality of life and educational opportunities for communities historically disadvantaged by education, with a central focus on indigenous peoples and STEAM education.

Nolen named APA fellow

Professor Susan Nolen has been named a Fellow of Division 15 (Educational Psychology) of the American Psychological Association in recognition of her distinguished contributions to the field of educational psychology.

Support the EEU Healthy Meals Program on Sept. 20

The Haring Center will be part of Whole Foods 5% Shopping Day on September 20th. Five percent of all proceeds from the Whole Foods at Roosevelt Square (1026 NE 64th St.) will go to the Haring Center.

For children with and without disabilities, mealtimes are an opportunity to socialize and build friendship while sharing healthy food. It is the Haring Center's goal to make these meals as healthy and nutritious as possible and include an abundance of fruits and vegetables, with as little pre-packaged and processed food as possible.

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Elementary Master in Teaching Online Info Session
Sept. 12 — 3 p.m.

Special Education Teaching Certificate - Online Information Session
Sept. 12 — 4 p.m.

Secondary Master in Teaching Online Info Session
Sept. 13 — 3 p.m.

EDU Talks: Raising Washington
Oct. 20 — 4:30 p.m.




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