Science communication should consider cultural perspectives

Oct 16 2014

Is nature something we enjoy when we visit a national park, something we feel a need to “preserve,” or do we think of ourselves as being a part of nature? Are a bird’s nest and a house both part of nature?

The answers to such questions can reflect different cultural orientations and have an effect on how well science and scientific concepts are communicated, according to new research from Northwestern University and the University of Washington.

Expert on early education for diverse populations to speak Oct. 23

Oct 6 2014

One of the nation's leading experts on effective curriculum and assessment practices for young children from poverty-impacted and diverse backgrounds will speak at the University of Washington on Oct. 23.

Alumna helps transform Afghanistan's education system

Sep 29 2014

Suzanne Griffin, who has developed and led education and technical programs in Afghanistan for more than a decade, will return to the country in November to continue her work there.

Griffin, who earned her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Washington College of Education, will serve as senior advisor/project leader for the Bachelor's in Public Policy and Administration Project of GIZ, the German equivalent of the United States Agency for International Development.

Alumnus takes reins of Seattle schools

Sep 11 2014

For more than three decades, Larry Nyland has led school districts across Washington. The University of Washington College of Education alumnus has overseen rising graduation rates and test scores, resolved conflicts between teachers and school boards, and won recognition as the state's Superintendent of the Year.

Now, Nyland has returned to the school system where he grew up.

Minority middle-schoolers find science 'COOL' out of school

Sep 3 2014

Children from diverse backgrounds may have little or no exposure to either science or scientists. They sometimes don’t think science is something they can do.

“If you have never heard of an engineer, you don’t know you can be one,” says Andrew Shouse, associate director of the UW’s Institute for Science + Math Education.