Leading for system-wide change

Scott Seaman
Nov 8 2017

Freshman year of high school was difficult for Scott Seaman. He was a disengaged learner who struggled to apply himself in the classroom.

Yet Seaman’s Spanish teacher recognized his potential and challenged him to step up. Seaman responded, going on to earn his bachelor’s degree in Spanish and become a teacher at Capital High School in Olympia.

At Capital, Seaman found himself drawn to those students who weren’t affluent and college-bound, who didn’t always have an adult pushing them to fulfill their academic potential or aim for post-secondary education.

Jean Hernandez ‘96 honored for service to diverse communities

Jean Hernandez
Oct 24 2017

Jean Hernandez (EdD ‘96), a higher education leader who has dedicated her career to opening opportunities for diverse communities in the Puget Sound region, is being honored this month by the University of Washington’s Multicultural Alumni Partnership.

Teacher leader brings equity into the classroom

Ryan Mateo Sharnbroich
Sep 7 2017

Sixth-grade teacher Ryan Mateo Sharnbroich has one goal for the first day of school: to make sure his students know they are welcomed and understood in his classroom. Sharnbroich, who is pursuing his Master of Education in Instructional Leadership, is laying the foundation to embrace difficult and sensitive conversations about equity and difference with his students later in the year.

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.

Improving practice, inspiring growth

Summer Leadership Institute
Jul 20 2017

For several years, Stacy Thomas (EdD ‘15) and her colleagues at Blaine School District watched with concern as approximately half of 3rd graders weren’t able to read at their grade level.

“Our scores district-wide had been hovering in that range for quite some time, and there were indications it seemed to be getting worse,” said Thomas, the district’s executive director of teaching and learning.

Danforth Educational Leadership Program

The Danforth Educational Leadership program prepares experienced educators for P–12 leadership positions.

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Christine Charters Budget Fiscal Analyst ccharter@uw.edu

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Life Center Fiscal Support

Erika Hargadine Assistant Director of Finance ehargad@uw.edu 206-221-7813
Jessica Matheson Program Operations Specialist jelima@uw.edu 206 (616) 1402

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Post Award Grant Manager

Eric M. Duncan Sortun Budget/Fiscal Analyst Lead esortun@uw.edu 206-616-7812

Operations, Gifts, RCR & Scholarships

Yolonda Watson Fiscal Specialist ywatson@uw.edu 206.685.7249

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.

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.

Making school a more humanizing place

Irene Yoon
Apr 6 2017

In diverse schools, creating a sense of belonging for students and faculty of all backgrounds can be a challenge that directly impacts one’s ability to learn and succeed.

University of Utah professor Irene Yoon (PhD ‘11) is familiar with the feeling of being an outsider after having lived in urban and rural places on both coasts. She understands the experience of learning new cultures while adjusting to various resources and relationships.

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.