Q&A: Using research to transform educational leadership

Educators meeting
Aug 11 2017

School districts across the nation are turning to research to transform their central offices in ways that support better teaching and learning for all students.

Yet putting that research into practice is no easy task, even when districts bring in high-quality outside help says the University of Washington’s Meredith Honig, associate professor of education policy, organizations and leadership and executive director of the District Leadership Design Lab.

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.

Tuan receives Tien Leadership in Education Award

Mia Tuan
May 31 2017

Mia Tuan, dean of the University of Washington College of Education, has been selected to receive the 2017 Chang-Lin Tien Award for Leadership in Education presented by the Asian Pacific Fund.

AERA Highlight: Supporting responsiveness to student thinking

Elementary math instruction
May 4 2017

While responsiveness to student thinking—an instructional approach that empowers students’ ideas and ways of reasoning—can support deep, equitable disciplinary learning, it places extra demands on educators.

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: Exploring relationships in teacher-leadership

Teacher leadership
Apr 30 2017

With an increasing number of educators taking on teacher-leadership roles in their schools and districts, that growth is being accompanied by tension and confusion about how teacher-leaders should interact with their colleagues.

AERA Highlight: Putting vocabulary into action

Student working on literacy lesson
Apr 29 2017

While much instructional time focuses on building children’s vocabulary, a new study from the University of Washington College of Education provides evidence that truly “knowing” a word means knowing how to use it.

UW researchers reported results of an instructional intervention done in cooperation with local teachers at the American Educational Research Association’s 2017 annual meeting in their paper “Effects of Embedded Morphological Instruction on Children's Reading and Writing in Grades 4 and 5.”

AERA Highlight: New book addresses civic engagement, diversity

High school classroom
Apr 28 2017

Across the world, educators are grappling with how to work within increasingly interconnected and diverse societies where racial and social inequities, historical animosities and citizenship status present barriers for students from marginalized groups.

Making science education more inclusive

Carly Roberts
Apr 17 2017

Science is a window to the world, and for Carly Roberts, it’s an opportunity for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities to create stronger connections with their peers.

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.