October 2018

Around the College

New paper explores pre-service teachers’ constructions of inclusion

Maggie Beneke, assistant professor of education, is lead author of “The mediating role of exclusionary school organizations in pre-service teachers’ constructions of inclusion,” recently published in the International Journal of Inclusive Education.

The paper brings to light the extensive experiences pre-service teachers may have with exclusion of students labeled with disabilities in both P-12 and university educational contexts in the U.S. With such histories, preparing inclusive teachers means teacher educators have more to do than change attitudes or beliefs; they must recognize and transform the principal structural and cultural barriers to inclusionary processes in schools and schools of education.

UW researchers contribute to new book on reconceptualizing libraries

Philip Bell, Shauna C. Larson Chair in Learning Sciences, is co-author of “Building Expansive Family STEAM Programming Through Participatory Design Research,” a chapter in the new book “Reconceptualizing Libraries: Perspectives from the Information and Learning Sciences.”

The chapter highlights how staff from public libraries, science centers, community organizations and universities can productively collaborate to co-design STEAM learning experiences for underserved families. In addition, it explores how institutions can change how they can shift their educational efforts by building capacity for equity-centered Art/STEM programming for families.

Paper explores how African-American and immigrant youth engage in place-making

Professor Katie Headrick Taylor and doctoral students Deborah Silvis and Adam Bell are co-authors of “Dis-placing place-making: How African-American and Immigrant youth realize their rights to the city,” recently published in Learning, Media, & Technology.

The paper describes a community-based digital STEAM curriculum called Mobile City Science that invited youth to engage in place-making efforts using mobile and location-aware technologies. The design study relied on a contradiction that is fundamental to youth place-making in an era of white nationalism: for African-American and Immigrant youth to engage power structures in community development processes, they had to engage in a series of dis-placements that removed them from embodied experiences and in-location perceptions of their communities. Self-censoring, witnessing, historicizing, and re-veiwing were all examples of dis-placements youth enacted to speak truth to power with digital and mobile tools.

New book explores how successful principals support teaching practice

Anneke Markholt, Joanna Michelson and Stephen Fink of the University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership are co-authors of the new book Leading for Professional Learning: What Successful Principals Do To Support Teaching Practice.

Their book offers field-tested guidance to help school leaders more effectively support teachers’ professional development. With an illustrative case study, the book provides invaluable guidance, including practical tools, processes and expert advice.

UW researchers at Division for Early Childhood conference

Several UW College of Education faculty, staff and students presented their research at the Division for Early Childhood's 34th Annual International Conference on Young Children with Disabilities while Professor Ilene Schwartz was honored with the 2018 Mary McEvoy Service to the Field Award.

UW presentations were:

  • “Advancing Systemic Equity and Inclusion: From Reflection to Program-Wide Action” (poster) — Maggie Beneke, Laura Crawford, Jordan Taitingfung

  • “Early Childhood Teacher Preparation: Focus on Inclusive Practices” (poster) — Kathleen Meeker, Susan Sandall

  • “Examining Implementation Fidelity of PIWI Triadic Strategies in Early Intervention Practices” (poster) — Angel Fettig, Shawna Harbin

  • “Imagination and Innovation in Communication Interventions: Technology and Ideas for ABA Providers” (poster) — Mohammed Alasmari, Trina Chang, Kathleen Meeker, Xueyan Yang  

  • “Let's Get Qualitative: Using Methods to Examine Equity and Voice in Research” (session) — Maggie Beneke

  • “Math by the Book” (session) — Clarissa Alfes, Kathleen Meeker, Kristen Missall

  • “Reflexive Video Analysis: Supporting Teachers to Facilitate Equitable Classroom Communication” (session) — Maggie Beneke

  • “Revised Frameworks for Response to Intervention in Early Childhood Education” (session) —  Susan Sandall

  • “Supporting Grandparent-Grandchild Social Interactions: A Photo Interaction Mixed Methods Study” (poster) — Xueyan Yang

  • “Targeting Impactful Outcomes: Innovative Activities for Prompting Professionals to Surmount Personal Biases” (session) — Maggie Beneke

View photos from the conference.

UW and King County partner in Project Play initiative

The UW Center for Leadership in Athletics, along with King County Parks, will partner with the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program in its national initiative Project Play. The unique collaboration will focus on improving youth access to and engagement in physical activity, sport and outdoor recreation in King County.

The first step of the consortium is a “State of Play,” a landscape analysis of youth access to sport, play, physical activity and outdoor recreation in Seattle-King County. The resulting State of Play report will be completed in fall 2019 and will inform policies, programs, and urban design that can be used throughout King County to improve equitable access to physical activity.

Williamson-Lott presents keynote address to social studies educators

Professor Joy Williamson-Lott gave the keynote address to the Washington State Council for the Social Studies conference in Tacoma on Oct. 13.  The title of my talk is "The Role of the School in a Democratic Society: Unfulfilled Promises and a Path Forward."

Bell on ideology and learning

Philip Bell, Shauna C. Larson Chair in Learning Sciences, recently participated in a Journal of the Learning Sciences webinar on “Why Ideology Matters for Learning.” The webinar, featuring Bell and other authors of a JLS paper on the subject, features a range of perspectives on how a sociopolitical turn currently unfolding in learning sciences that is reading and shaping the ideological landscape underneath learning environments involved in research activities.

Zeichner presents international keynote on teacher agency in policymaking

Kenneth Zeichner, professor emeritus, recently gave a keynote lecture on "The role of teacher agency and expertise in education reform and policymaking" at the 2018 Seoul International Education Forum sponsored by the Seoul Ministry of Education, the largest unit in the Korean Ministry of Education. Watch Zeichner’s remarks during the opening session of the forum.

Haring honored by Celeration Society

Norris Haring, professor emeritus and co-founder/co-director of the UW’s Experimental Education Unit, will receive the Standard Celeration Society’s Exceptional Contribution Award for decades-long support of the betterment of measurement in education this November.

The Standard Celeration Society is dedicated to improving measurement practices in education, business, psychology, therapy and other professional disciplines. Haring has been an important leader and supporter of efforts to improve measurement that can inform teachers’ daily decisions about individual student learning.

Nerad presents on trends and challenges in doctoral education

Maresi Nerad, professor emeritus, will present “Are they converging? Doctoral Education Worldwide: Trends and Future Challenges” at UC Berkeley’s Center for Studies in Higher Education in November. Nerad will explore how postgraduate and particularly doctoral education worldwide are converging in their most elite forms, with stratification between flagship programs that are well-funded, well-structured with international educational components and those programs that are less well-funded, more regional-oriented and less well-equipped.  Her remarks will include suggestions for future steps and unresolved issues.

A view of educational equity from the central office

Ellen Dorr, chief technology officer for Renton School District and a current student in the UW’s Leadership for Learning (EdD) program, discusses her strong commitment to educational equity and system design with UW Center for Educational Leadership Executive Director Max Silverman in the inaugural interview of The Throughline, a yearlong blog and interview series.

Banks to discuss civic education in Hong Kong

James A. Banks, Kerry and Linda Killinger Endowed Chair in Diversity Studies, will give the 2018 Distinguished Lecture at the Faculty of Education at the University of Hong Kong on November 5, 2018. Banks will present “Global Migration, Failed Citizenship, and Transformative Civic Education.”

Post-doctoral fellow honored for work in gifted education

Kristen Lamb, post-doctoral fellow at the UW College of Education and Robinson Center for Young Scholars, has received the 2018 Carolyn Callahan Doctoral Student Award from the National Association for Gifted Children and will be recognized at the organization’s annual conference this November.

New Awards

PI: Angel Fettig
Title: Interdisciplinary Early Intervention Scholars Program: Preparing Educators and Social Workers for Family-Centered EI Practices
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Education
Amount awarded: $249,097 (year 1; 5-year anticipated total: $1,249,033)

PI: Kathleen Artman Meeker
Co-PI: Susan Sandall
Title: EarlyEdU for Inclusion
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Education
Amount awarded: $150,000 (year 1; 5-year anticipated total: $750,000)

PI: Holly Schindler
Title: IDEAS Impact Framework Support for the Prenatal to Five Innovation Fund
Sponsor: King County Dept. of Community and Human Services
Amount awarded: $333,457

PI: Chun Wang
Title: Computerized Adaptive Testing to Direct Delivery of Hospital-Based Rehabilitation
Sponsor: Mayo Clinic (originating sponsor: NIH)
Amount awarded: $55,466

Competing Renewals

PI: Gail Joseph
Co-PIs: Susan Sandall and Randi Shapiro
Title: EarlyEdU Zero-to-Three
Sponsor: Zero To Three (originating sponsor: Administration for Children and Families)
Amount awarded: $1,150,000

Alumni News

Del Rosario ‘96 honored for service to diverse communities

Cynthia del Rosario (MEd ‘96) recently received the 2018 Samuel E. Kelly Award, the highest honor given by the UW Alumni Association’s Multicultural Alumni Partnership (MAP). Del Rosario is the UW Information School’s diversity, equity and access officer.

The award is given to an individual for sustained service, leadership and/or representation within the region’s diverse communities that results in a compelling body of work. Del Rosario was honored along with scholarship winners and distinguished alumni at the MAP Bridging the Gap Breakfast on Oct. 20.

At the iSchool, del Rosario has helped develop policies and practices to increase the number of students and faculty of color. She works to foster an equitable educational and social learning and work environment and to help iSchool students, faculty and staff advance in their knowledge and approach to equity and inclusion.

She serves on numerous university and community boards and committees, including the iSchool Diversity Committee, the UW Asian Pacific Islander American Faculty and Staff Association, and the UW Diversity Council.

Odom ‘82 honored for contributions in special education

Samuel Odom (PhD ‘82) was recently honored by the University of Tennessee College of Education, Health and Human Sciences with its Outstanding Alumnus Award.

Odom, who earned his doctorate in special education at the UW College of Education, is the former director of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he remains as a senior research scientist and the co-director of the National Clearinghouse on Autism Evidence and Practice.

He is the author or co-author of over 175 journal articles and book chapters, and has edited 10 books on early childhood intervention and developmental disabilities. His current research focuses on treatment efficacy for elementary and high school youth with autism spectrum disorder.

Zimmerman ‘11 on crossing subject boundaries

Michelle Zimmerman (MEd '07, PhD '11), director of Renton Prep, recently discussed how it takes more than having separate science, technology, engineering and math curriculum programs for STEM success in the classroom. Zimmerman, who will be a featured speaker at the 2019 Future of Education Technology Conference, recently shared insights with edCircuit on how to cross boundaries and make connections across disciplines.

Zimmerman also discussed how she engages students in their learning goals in a Microsoft Education Team story.