Study points to benefits of teacher team building

White Center Heights classroom
Sep 2 2016

Effective teachers don't just impact their own students' achievement, they help improve the performance of their fellow teachers' students. New research by Min Sun of University of Washington College of Education and her collaborators points toward how schools can maximize the talents of their teachers to improve instruction, especially poverty-impacted and minority children who often are taught by less experienced teachers.

What we (don’t) know about independent teacher preparation programs

Sep 8 2016

As some advocacy groups push to deregulate the preparation of teachers and expand independent, alternative routes into teaching, a new policy brief authored by the University of Washington College of Education’s Ken Zeichner reviews what is known about the quality of five of the most prominent independent teacher education programs in the U.S.

Empowering all students to show their strengths

Robinson Center
Sep 1 2016

Students of color in America are 20 times less likely to be identified as gifted and talented than their classmates.

Too many students aren’t getting an opportunity to reveal their strengths says Nancy Hertzog, a University of Washington College of Education professor, and as director of the UW Robinson Center for Young Scholars she’s working to change the status quo.

Giving a boost to struggling readers

Whitman tutoring
Aug 11 2016

Summer is a crucial time for young readers. As much as 85 percent of the reading achievement gap between poverty-impacted students and their peers can be attributed to “summer slide,” the lack of access to reading opportunities these students experience over the summer.

At Seattle’s Whitman Middle School, however, students at risk of falling behind are getting a helping hand from University of Washington College of Education tutors through a summer intensive reading program now in its fifth year.

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New program aims to foster better education for Native learners

Native education
Jul 18 2016

At meetings with Native American community leaders, educators in the University of Washington’s College of Education repeatedly heard the same question — what can be done to improve educational outcomes among Native learners?

Study: Cultural brokers as catalysts for more equitable family engagement

Family engagement workshop
Jul 12 2016

Even as family liaisons and other cultural brokers play an increasingly important role bridging between schools and the families they serve, well-intentioned efforts frequently reinforce deficit-based approaches to historically marginalized communities.

A new study from the University of Washington College of Education published in the American Educational Research Journal describes cultural brokering approaches that flip the usual script and offer avenues for creating more equitable avenues of family-school collaboration.

Preparing teachers for diverse classrooms

Grace Blum
Jun 29 2016

In large, diverse metropolitan areas such as Seattle, students in K-12 systems can speak well over 100 primary languages.

As the cultural and linguistic diversity of the nation's schools steadily increases, Grace Blum (PhD '16) is focused on preparing future teachers to work effectively in classrooms where students may have several different primary languages.

Teachers of color less happy in their schools, new study shows

Teacher
Jun 23 2016

Even as poverty-impacted schools have found success recruiting more high-ability teachers over the past two decades, fewer teachers of color are sticking with the profession. A new study from the University of Washington College of Education points to one of the biggest obstacles to closing the teacher diversity gap: teachers of color are significantly less satisfied with their jobs than white colleagues.

Statement on Orlando shooting and homophobia in America

Mia Tuan
Jun 15 2016

Mia Tuan, dean of the University of Washington College of Education, issued the following statement on the June 12 Orlando shooting and homophobia in America.

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