Welcome to the new school year!

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Sep 23 2020

Greetings College of Education Students,

Welcome to the new school year. Hopefully, you have enjoyed the warm days and cool nights of the early autumn season. With September upon us, it feels like the right time to restart our COVID-19-related email communications so that you are well informed about how the University, and our College, are responding. As you can imagine, much planning has been taking place across the University and within the College in anticipation of the start of fall quarter. Just as we did when the pandemic first hit, you can rely on us to curate information that is timely and relevant for our community and provide links for those who want more details. Much more guidance is on its way from central UW, and the UW COVID-19 homepage remains a great source of information, but below are highlights from UW’s “Back to School” and “Back to Work” plans. Similarly, we encourage you to visit the College’s COVID-19 homepage for guidance closer to home.

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OSPI and University of Washington’s Haring Center Expand Inclusionary Practice Project to Include Preschools

Sep 23 2020

Below is a joint release from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Haring Center for Inclusive Education at the University of Washington.

OLYMPIA, WA Sept. 23, 2020 — Today, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the Haring Center for Inclusive Education at the University of Washington announced that they are expanding their Inclusionary Practice Project (IPP) to include preschools across the state. This work is part of a statewide effort to help more schools to adopt a culture of inclusion.

Research that Matters Magazine Explores Engaging in Equitable Community Research Partnerships

community as the cornerstone
Sep 18 2020

In the 2020-21 edition of Research That Matters magazine, the University of Washington College of Education explores what it means to engage in equitable community research partnerships.

Stories in the new issue, “Community as the Cornerstone: Rising Together for Justice,” look at how we can build authentic and impactful relationships with community partners, to incorporate co-designed justice-centered strategies to create better futures for youth.

UW to launch state’s first justice-focused computer science teaching endorsement with NSF grant

Sep 17 2020

University of Washington researchers and teacher educators are launching a new partnership to prepare computer science teachers that position young people to understand and shape the impacts of computing on their communities.

New faculty Q&A: Dana Nickson

Dana Nickson
Sep 2 2020

From Philadelphia to Detroit to Cape Town, Dana Nickson’s passion for working with and learning from youth and families has inspired her scholarship. Now, Nickson joins the University of Washington College of Education this fall as an assistant professor in education equity and justice in leadership, policy and politics.

New faculty Q&A: Tomas de Rezende Rocha

Sep 1 2020

As an undergraduate, Tomas de Rezende Rocha was drawn to teaching by his interests in humanistic psychology and contemplative practices. A desire to explore the relationship between justice, freedom and education later led him to pursue doctoral studies in philosophy and education.

PODCAST: Guidance for reopening K-12 schools

Aug 14 2020

In a new podcast, Keisha Scarlett (EdD '18), chief of equity, partnerships and engagement at Seattle Public Schools, discusses the recent guidance of a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine committee for safely reopening K-12 schools.

New faculty Q&A: Oscar Olvera Astivia

Aug 12 2020

Oscar Olvera Astivia discovered the field of educational measurement during his undergraduate studies thanks to a multiple-choice midterm that left him wondering how to calculate the probability of passing under a specific set of circumstances. Following the spark of curiosity, Olvera Astivia has earned a PhD in measurement, evaluation and research methodology from the University of British Columbia and taught at the University of South Florida in the educational measurement and research program.

Alumni give boost to bilingual instruction in area schools

Aug 9 2020

As a first-generation Mexican-American, Yasmeen Pelayo didn’t speak Spanish fluently until high school. Lacking the ability to speak the language was damaging to her identity as a Mexican-American. 

Policy brief outlines promising leadership practices during COVID-19

Aug 5 2020

While the COVID-19 pandemic has presented numerous challenges to school districts across the nation, a new policy brief from University of Washington College of Education researchers outlines how district leaders are reshaping policies and practices to advance racial equity.