Alumni News

Children’s author Robbins ‘66 to publish new books

Karen Robbins (BA/BS ‘66), an award-winning children’s author, has three books being released during spring 2018 (“Flags Across America,” “Think Zoo Animals” and “Think Farm Animals”).

Robbins started her teaching career in San Marino, Calif., where she taught first grade and kindergarten, before appearing as “Miss Karen” of Romper Room on WOKR in Rochester, N.Y. 

Learn more about Robbins’ “My Think” shape books—a lift the flap book created for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergartners—on her website.

Mun ‘15 receives dissertation award

Rachel Mun (PhD ‘15) recently took the first place award for her dissertation (“Parental expectations for Asian Americans who entered college early: Influences on their academic and career decision-making”) from the Research and Evaluation Network during the National Association for Gifted Children Convention. Sakhavat Mammadov, current post-doctoral research fellow at the Robinson Center for Young Scholars, took second place.

Student News

Leonard on minority students in special education

Shalynn Leonard (MEd SEHI-LED) presented a lightning-talk on “The Disproportionate Representation of Minorities in Special Education” at a Nov. 16 Scholars’ Studio sponsored by the UW Libraries Research Commons and Core Programs in the Graduate School.

Two students named Council for Exceptional Children scholars

Doctoral students in special education Colin Gasamis (MEd ‘07) and Michael Mahoney, have been selected to the 10th cohort of Doctoral Student Scholars by the CEC Division of Research. Gasamis (advised by Roxane Hudson) and Mahoney (advised by Carol Davis) were among 10 students selected through an internationally competitive review process. Through a series of seminars and online discussions, members of the cohort will explore "What makes for excellence in special education research?"

Silvis co-authors chapter on learning with digital media

Professor Katie Headrick Taylor and doctoral student Deborah Silvis are co-authors of the chapter “Collecting and Connecting: Intergenerational Learning with Digital Media” in the recently published book “Children & Families in the Digital Age.” The book adds to a growing body of work suggesting the importance of understanding how the consequences of digital media use are shaped by family culture, values, practices and the larger social and economic contexts of families’ lives.

Around the College

Dietrich elected to early childhood leadership position

Lynn Dietrich, director of the College’s early childhood and family studies program, has been elected to the Early Childhood Teacher Preparation Council Executive Team and will serve as secretary.

Knapp on building bridges in education

Michael Knapp, professor emeritus, recently had his article “Building bridges between ideas, people, and possibilities: An education professor looks back” published in Education Review. Knapp reflects on opportunities during his career as a scholar, teacher and advisor to build bridges, oftentimes in unexpected places, and lessons that may lie within them for surviving and thriving within academia, while maintaining a focus on issues of equity and social justice.

Suárez joins Institute for Science + Math Education research team

This fall, the UW Institute for Science + Math Education welcomes Enrique “Henry” Suárez as a new postdoctoral research associate. In this role, Suárez is collaborating with teams on the Partnership for Science and Engineering Practices and Backpacks for Science Learning projects, as well as other field engagement efforts conducted by the Institute.

To this work, he brings expertise in justice-oriented elementary science learning, designing equitable learning opportunities for emerging bilingual students  and pre- and in-service teacher education. Suárez’s work with practitioners across K-12 formal and informal science education often centers on curriculum development and adaptation, particularly in the areas of physics and physical science.

Read more about Suárez or follow him on Twitter at @SciEdHenry or his blog.

Two grants awarded to faculty

College of Education faculty and students receiving awards for new grants and competing renewals in November 2017 were: Bronwyn Bevan and Dafney Blanca Dabach.

New Awards:

PI: Bronwyn Bevan
Title: The Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education
Sponsor: Association of Science-Technology Centers (Originating Sponsor: National Science Foundation)
Amount awarded: $190,648

PI: Dafney Blanca Dabach
Title: Putting Immigration and Education in Conversation Everyday (PIECE)
Sponsor: Trustees of Boston College (Originating Sponsor: William T. Grant Foundation)
Amount awarded: $8,000