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
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.
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.
The Danforth Educational Leadership program prepares experienced educators for P–12 leadership positions.
AERA Highlight: Exploring relationships in 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.
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.