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."

Making injustice visible

Sue Feldman
Apr 13 2017

As an undergraduate, Sue Feldman (PhD ‘10) fell in love with the study of learning.

That passion led her to teaching in an elementary classroom, where she’d be able to engage with student learning on a daily basis.

Soon after entering the profession, however, Feldman started observing the social factors that can make a significant impact on student learning. Seeing the negative effects of bias in classrooms and schools was an eye-opening experience.

Study: Principals stay in high-poverty schools, diversity gap remains

White Center Heights
Mar 22 2017

A larger percentage of Washington principals are staying in schools with high poverty rates than the national average, and a greater proportion of elementary assistant principals work in high-needs schools, according to a new University of Washington study of principal retention and mobility.

Professor to present Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture

Joe Lott
Mar 8 2017

Joe Lott, associate professor in the University of Washington College of Education and faculty director for the UW Brotherhood Initiative, will present the UW Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity’s (OMA&D) 13th annual Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture, on April 7.

Study: Sustained investment in lowest-performing schools can drive improvement

Elementary school classroom
Mar 29 2017

School turnarounds can be successful, but evidence-based reforms and a dollop of patience are essential ingredients.

That’s the key finding in a new study by a University of Washington College of Education researcher and colleagues at the University of California, Irvine and Stanford University who explore the effects of federal School Improvement Grants (SIG) aimed at improving the nation’s lowest-performing schools.

Redesigning family engagement in education

Family Leadership Design Collaborative national convening
Feb 27 2017

Joyce Parker devotes her heart and soul to making sure kids are in school and pointed toward graduation.

“Everyone’s responsible when children are out of school: parents, social workers, church members, teachers, police officers and so on,” said the director of Citizens for a Better Greenville.

That belief set the foundation of the organization’s “Missing in Action” campaign, launched as a concerted community approach to boosting the Mississippi city’s 66 percent graduation rate.

Breaking down barriers

Equity Summit of Gifted Education
Feb 13 2017

Growing up in Ballard, Jailyn Fonseca was identified as a highly capable student in elementary school.

It wasn’t until 5th grade, however, when she noticed that she was one of the only students of color in her school identified as highly capable. 

“I never got to be with other students who were similar to me, who shared the same cultural values I did,” said Fonseca, who now attends Ingraham High School in Seattle.

Fonseca isn’t alone.

Q&A: Can history guide the future of education?

Lakeridge Elementary School
Feb 2 2017

Many people cling to the ideal of “the school” as the great equalizer, a place where Americans are made and equal opportunity is realized.

Yet “the school” has been and continues to be an agent in oppression argues Joy Williamson-Lott, a professor of the history of education at the University of Washington College of Education. Throughout history, each time communities of color have made progress toward equal educational opportunity, a major societal push-back has caused the loss of gains that appeared won.