Connecting the White House and the school house

Ben Starsky
Aug 26 2016

Is the 2016 election any different when it comes to education policy?

This was the question on Ben Starsky’s mind as he noticed presidential candidates avoiding talking about education policy and the direction they intended to take.

Giving a boost to struggling readers

Whitman tutoring
Aug 11 2016

Summer is a crucial time for young readers. As much as 85 percent of the reading achievement gap between poverty-impacted students and their peers can be attributed to “summer slide,” the lack of access to reading opportunities these students experience over the summer.

At Seattle’s Whitman Middle School, however, students at risk of falling behind are getting a helping hand from University of Washington College of Education tutors through a summer intensive reading program now in its fifth year.

Putting compassion at the heart of education

Nancy Trinh
Aug 8 2016

Nancy Ngan Trinh (MEd '13) understands firsthand how common it is for students to face personal and academic hurdles while in school.

Elevating the practice of teacher mentorship

Mentor teachers
Jul 27 2016

For decades, a pre-service teacher’s typical experience has largely consisted of first sitting in the back of a classroom, watching an experienced teacher lead a lesson, and then switching places.

The feedback given to the teacher candidates is mostly informal, and while mentor teachers possess extensive experience in the classroom, they rarely receive much support from the teacher preparation programs they serve.

Teachers co-design ambitious science learning

Education Design Lab
Jul 21 2016

Outside of Maple Elementary School in south Seattle, three teachers examine a tree near the school garden, eyes peeled for signs of what creatures are taking up residence in the arbor.

“Something’s been digging down here at the base of the tree,” says one teacher, bending down for a closer look.

“I see pods,” says one of her partners, taking out a magnifying glass for a closer look.

“There’s a spider web right in front of me!” exclaims another to her teammates.

Statement on recent shootings

Mia Tuan
Jul 19 2016

Mia Tuan, dean of the University of Washington College of Education, issued the following statement regarding recent shootings involving black men and police officers.

New program aims to foster better education for Native learners

Native education
Jul 18 2016

At meetings with Native American community leaders, educators in the University of Washington’s College of Education repeatedly heard the same question — what can be done to improve educational outcomes among Native learners?

Study: Cultural brokers as catalysts for more equitable family engagement

Family engagement workshop
Jul 12 2016

Even as family liaisons and other cultural brokers play an increasingly important role bridging between schools and the families they serve, well-intentioned efforts frequently reinforce deficit-based approaches to historically marginalized communities.

A new study from the University of Washington College of Education published in the American Educational Research Journal describes cultural brokering approaches that flip the usual script and offer avenues for creating more equitable avenues of family-school collaboration.

Preparing teachers for diverse classrooms

Grace Blum
Jun 29 2016

In large, diverse metropolitan areas such as Seattle, students in K-12 systems can speak well over 100 primary languages.

As the cultural and linguistic diversity of the nation's schools steadily increases, Grace Blum (PhD '16) is focused on preparing future teachers to work effectively in classrooms where students may have several different primary languages.

Changing the face of college athletics

Jun 24 2016

The University of Washington College of Education's Intercollegiate Athletics Leadership program celebrates 10 years

Growing up in a small town in Nevada, sports were one of the primary outlets for Katie Cavender and her classmates to stay active.

It wasn't until undertaking a writing internship in a sports information office, however, that Cavender learned how much goes on behind-the-scenes in an intercollegiate athletics department.