Taking on teaching for social justice

EduDesign Lab 2017
Aug 15 2017

For elementary teachers, it’s an increasingly tricky question to contend with: How to address immigration, race, gender identity and other social justice issues that touch the lives and futures of their students?

Even as public schools in the United States grow more diverse and systemic inequities continue to impact the quality of education available to students, educators rarely have time to authentically work together on how to address those issues of inequity in their teaching.

From volunteer to decision-maker: how parents can play a greater role in schools

Math problem solving
Jul 24 2017

Most schools offer parents specific ways to help out: Join the PTA, chaperone a field trip, grade papers for a teacher or assist on a classroom art project.

Those volunteer opportunities, however, not only reinforce the top-down power structure of schools, but also cater to mostly white, privileged families, maintaining the institutionalized racism that marginalizes low-income families and families of color, said Ann Ishimaru, assistant professor of education at the University of Washington.

Commencement 2017: Graduates on education and democracy

Graduation 2017
Jun 12 2017

During the University of Washington College of Education’s June 10 graduation ceremonies, two representatives of the Class of 2017 discussed the role of education in a thriving democracy as families, friends, faculty and staff gathered to celebrate more than 700 graduates.

AERA Highlight: Cultural flexibility and “Theatre of the Oppressed”

Theater of the oppressed presentation at AERA
May 18 2017

During her 10-year career as a teacher at a Seattle public high school, Sooz Stahl has watched as its student population has steadily grown less diverse, a direct result of a 2007 Supreme Court decision that found that SPS’s efforts to diversify school demographics by race was unconstitutional.

AERA Highlight: Black teachers more mission-driven, study shows

Middle school classroom
Apr 30 2017

While the career movement patterns of black teachers parallel those of their white colleagues in many respects, a new study from the University of Washington College of Education shows key divergences that could help education leaders and policymakers boost the recruitment and retention of teachers of color.

AERA Highlight: Re-orienting youth learning through making

STEAM camp
Apr 27 2017

Researchers from the University of Washington College of Education shared their work to realize the promise of making and tinkering for diverse audiences during the American Educational Research Association’s 2017 annual meeting.

The tough work of reducing disproportionate discipline

High school classroom
Apr 18 2017

With everything teachers do in a school day—leading class, grading homework, preparing lesson plans—there’s precious little time for one of the biggest factors contributing to student success: building positive relationships.

Professor honored for practice-engaged research in family engagement

Ann M. Ishimaru
Apr 19 2017

The University of Washington College of Education’s Ann M. Ishimaru, whose work focuses on engaging historically marginalized families in the creation of more equitable educational systems, has been awarded the American Educational Research Association’s 2017 Exemplary Contributions to Practice-Engaged Research Award.

UW research featured at AERA annual meeting

Lakeridge Elementary School
Apr 14 2017

University of Washington College of Education faculty and students will present their ongoing research to advance teaching quality, early learning, STEM education and more during the American Educational Research Association's annual meeting April 27 - May 1 in San Antonio. The theme of this year's AERA meeting is "Knowledge to Action: Achieving the Promise of Equal Educational Opportunity."