Study: Teacher leadership supports school, district improvement

Teacher leaders working on curriculum
Nov 28 2016

A six-year program piloted by Auburn School District could serve as a model for developing teacher leaders who build stronger schools across the state, University of Washington College of Education researchers show in a new study.

Alumnus named Washington Superintendent of the Year

Gary Cohn
Nov 21 2016

Gary Cohn (PhD '99), superintendent of Everett Public Schools since 2009, has been named 2017 Superintendent of the Year by the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA).

Cohn, who earned his doctorate in education and superintendent leadership credentials from the University of Washington College of Education, was honored for his leadership in Everett, which is recognized statewide and nationally for student achievement.

Washington P-3 leaders address needs of young learners

Teacher with early learner
Nov 7 2016

When young learners come to school, the focus often centers on their academic achievement. In Peninsula School District, however, school leaders saw nearly two-thirds of entering kindergarteners below grade level expectation in their social and emotional development.

Kristi Rivera, principal at the district’s Purdy Elementary School, said it was clear something needed to be done.

“We know that kids can’t learn unless their social and emotional needs are also supported,” Rivera said. “We’re seeing more and more kids come into school with a lot of stresses in their lives.”

Study offers insight into how ESSA may impact teacher labor market

Teacher and students in classroom
Nov 2 2016

Following passage of No Child Left Behind in 2001, a theme repeatedly heard in news reports was that standardized test-based school accountability pressures were driving teachers away from their job or the profession, especially those at schools with larger proportions of poverty-impacted students.

New research by a University of Washington College of Education professor shows NCLB school accountability had only a limited impact on the teacher labor market, however, demonstrating just how difficult it can be to change teachers’ employment decisions.

Building a community

Vanessa Álvarez
Oct 26 2016

Supporting students in graduate school is crucial to their success, especially for students of color. Vanessa Álvarez is helping create that supportive community at the University of Washington as a program officer in its Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) while also pursuing her master’s in Leadership in Higher Education.

UW joins national effort to improve principal preparation

Danforth Educational Leadership Program
Oct 17 2016

The University of Washington College of Education will participate in a $47 million initiative to improve university principal preparation programs announced last week by the Wallace Foundation.

The Danforth Educational Leadership Program was selected through a competitive process to partner with San Diego State University in redesigning its master’s in education leadership and principal credentialing program.

Film series to explore pressing issues in education policy

Education and Society Film Series
Oct 7 2016

Some of the most pressing issues facing America's educational system will be discussed during the "Education and Society" documentary film series sponsored by the University of Washington College of Education's Master in Education Policy program this fall.

Putting the focus on relationships

Nicholas Bradford
Sep 28 2016

In school systems, discipline systems speak much louder than words. How can actions taken by school leaders shape the messages students receive about their value in society?

Ever since he volunteered at a community justice center in Vermont, University of Washington College of Education graduate Nicholas Bradford (MEP ‘12) has sought an answer to this question.

His quest led him to the concept of restorative justice.

Professor honored for contributions to educational leadership

Ann Ishimaru
Sep 12 2016

Ann Ishimaru of the University of Washington College of Education has received the University Council for Educational Administration’s 2016 Jack A. Culbertson Award in recognition of her significant contributions to the field of educational leadership.

UW honored for excellence in educational leadership preparation

Leadership for Learning
Sep 6 2016

The University of Washington College of Education’s Leadership for Learning (Ed.D.) program is the 2016 recipient of the Exemplary Educational Leadership Preparation Program Award, presented by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA).