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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Reinventing the high school government course

AP Government
May 10 2016

For perhaps a majority of voters in the United States, formal civic education takes place in a high school government course. Yet for many students, particularly those in poverty-impacted schools, government courses regularly fail to be rigorous, ambitious or engaging.

New program aims to create ‘brotherhood’ for male students of color

Joe Lott
Apr 29 2016

For some young men of color, college might seem a world away.

To an African-American boy growing up in poverty, a Latino son of migrant farmworkers or a young Native American man living on a remote reservation, the path to post-secondary education can be hard to visualize. And once on campus, the reality can be daunting. Role models might be lacking, the sense of isolation overwhelming.

AERA Highlight: Fostering equity and rigor in science education

Cascade STARS
Apr 7 2016

Providing all children with access to high quality science instruction looms large as one of the most pressing issues that teachers, education researchers and policymakers must address in the coming 15 years.

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