Report: Washington teachers less experienced, diversity gap remains wide

High school classroom
Feb 22 2017

While Washington’s teacher workforce is getting younger, closing the diversity gap in the profession has proven stubbornly resistant over the past two decades according to a new report exploring teacher retention and mobility in the state.

Literacy scholar named AERA Fellow

Sheila Valencia
Feb 21 2017

Sheila Valencia, a nationally-recognized scholar of literacy assessment, instruction and policy and University of Washington College of Education professor, has been named a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association.

A drive to inspire

Siena Traverso
Feb 14 2017

Even as a preschooler, University of Washington junior Siena Traverso recalls having a passion for education. After returning home, she would create a classroom with her stuffed animals and teach what she had learned that day.

Years later, Traverso’s enthusiasm for teaching is the driving force that led her to the UW College of Education. She knew her college had to have an education program, and among her top choices, the UW stood out.

Breaking down barriers

Equity Summit of Gifted Education
Feb 13 2017

Growing up in Ballard, Jailyn Fonseca was identified as a highly capable student in elementary school.

It wasn’t until 5th grade, however, when she noticed that she was one of the only students of color in her school identified as highly capable. 

“I never got to be with other students who were similar to me, who shared the same cultural values I did,” said Fonseca, who now attends Ingraham High School in Seattle.

Fonseca isn’t alone.

Making math class more like mathematics

Tracy Zager
Feb 6 2017

Boring. Stressful. Humiliating.

For many students, those are the feelings most commonly associated with math class.

Tracy Zager (MIT ‘02) grew up loving to solve puzzles and riddles, but by high school a series of bad experiences put her on the brink of giving up math altogether. One of Zager’s family friends made her promise to give it another try in college, however, and her experience in an experimental, project-based calculus class changed her perspective forever.

Q&A: Can history guide the future of education?

Lakeridge Elementary School
Feb 2 2017

Many people cling to the ideal of “the school” as the great equalizer, a place where Americans are made and equal opportunity is realized.

Yet “the school” has been and continues to be an agent in oppression argues Joy Williamson-Lott, a professor of the history of education at the University of Washington College of Education. Throughout history, each time communities of color have made progress toward equal educational opportunity, a major societal push-back has caused the loss of gains that appeared won.

Doctoral students to present research Feb. 3

Education policy class
Jan 27 2017

Eleven University of Washington College of Education doctoral students will present their research projects on Feb. 3, with topics including teacher candidates’ use of technology, social stigma and disability labels, and gender bias in math story problems.

The Research and Inquiry Presentations will take place from 8:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m. in Miller Hall Room 212. These presentations are a major milestone in the studies of each PhD candidate at the College of Education.

This quarter’s presentations are:

Summit to explore equity in gifted education

Robinson Center summer session
Jan 17 2017

Educators, parents and community members are invited to join a conversation about how to open access to advanced learning opportunities during the University of Washington’s Equity Summit on Gifted Education, taking place Feb. 9 and 10.

Reimagining the role of communities in education

Aditi Rajendran
Jan 11 2017

As a newly minted business graduate, Aditi Rajendran envisioned a career helping manage non-profit organizations. After graduation, she landed a job with AmeriCorps and was put in charge of establishing a tutoring program in an urban elementary school. Feeling removed from the inner workings of the school as a tutoring coordinator, the following year she transitioned to a position providing direct reading instruction support to K-3rd grade students.

New partnership aims to improve equity, coherence in science education

ACESSE Collaboration
Jan 9 2017

Learning scientists from the University of Washington and the University of Colorado Boulder, along with educators, are embarking on a national effort to make science learning more coherent and equitable.