Central Office TEN launches to support educational equity practices in school districts

Two educators walking down a hallway talking to each other.
Mar 14 2022

The University of Washington College of Education District Leadership Design Lab (DL2) is launching the Central Office Transformation for Equity Network (Central Office TEN), an innovative approach to advancing educational equity within school district central offices, thanks to a generous grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Celebrating the life and legacy of alumna and veteran teacher Carolee Mathers

Alumna Carolee Mathers (B.A. '65) (standing, left-side) engaging students in her classroom in the late 1990s.
Feb 8 2022

Carolee Mathers knew that she wanted to be an elementary school teacher since she was in grade school herself. After graduating from the UW College of Education with her bachelor of arts degree in 1965, she began a 35-year career with the Mercer Island School District, teaching second and third grade. In and out of the classroom, Carolee always had a positive outlook and an excellent sense of humor, which helped her create a supportive learning environment for her students.

University of Washington Brotherhood Initiative receives $80k investment from American Family Insurance to support Social Change Challenge

Students from the Brotherhood Initiative's fifth cohort pose outside of Miller Hall on the University of Washington campus.
Feb 7 2022

The University of Washington Brotherhood Initiative (BI) will receive $80,000 over two years ($40,000 per year) from American Family Insurance to support the first two years of the cohort-based program’s Social Change Challenge, an effort that uses a business plan competition model designed to incubate and co-create ideas for the public good created by the Foster School of Business.

Student Experience as a Driver for Equity

A leadership team gathering around a table in Grandview School District
Jan 24 2022

The University of Washington’s Center for Educational Leadership (CEL) partners with courageous leaders in classrooms, schools and the systems that support them to eliminate educational inequities by creating cultures of rigorous teaching, learning and leading.

Closing the Digital Literacy Divide One Kindle at a Time

Jan 14 2022

The My Brother's Teacher (MBT) Project led by Dr. William White, with project managers Elane Jones and Clare Juico, received a $20,000 donation from Amazon to support their project "Diversify My Library." With Amazon’s gift, the MBT team will donate a diverse set of early childhood education book collections in both hardback and digital literacy technology using Kindles to early learning centers across Seattle, Washington.

Meet Unite:ED’s newest cohort of Community Partner Fellows

Jan 14 2022

A record-setting twelve doctoral students at the UW College of Education are bolstering the research and program evaluation capacity of local organizations this academic year as the members of the fourth cohort of Unite:ED’s Community Partner Fellows program.

Leading Towards Justice Together

Jan 13 2022

Launching this month, the Leading Towards Justice Series — a next-gen iteration of the College of Education’s annual John E. Corbally Lecture — will provide ongoing opportunities for students and practicing leaders in schools and systems to grow their practice by learning from and with national scholars.

Transforming School District Central Offices into Engines of Equity

Dec 15 2021

"Bureaucracies like school systems are designed not to be disrupted," says Meredith Honig, UW College of Education professor and director of the District Leadership Design Lab (DL2). "But we know inequities are systemic and that school district central offices are a key part of the ‘system.’ So how do you help central office bureaucracies engage in good disruption?"

Brotherhood Initiative Increases Graduation Rates for Men of Color on UW's Campus

Brotherhood Initiative students attend a reception on the University of Washington campus.
Dec 13 2021

"Racism is still there," says associate professor and Brotherhood Initiative (BI) founding director Joe Lott when asked how they are weathering the pandemic. "We had to huddle up and figure it out. Looking through research, we had to ask ourselves the best way to engage our students and facilitate learning and community in a remote atmosphere."

Leading and Supporting Equity in the Classroom

Dec 6 2021

It's no secret that being a public-school teacher is an incredibly challenging job. According to a 2017 study by UW College of Education researchers, Understanding Teacher Retention and Mobility in Washington State, about a quarter of new teachers change schools or leave the profession in the first five years, with this number being higher or lower depending on the school and whether the teacher is a person of color or not.