For Gareth and his parents, Bill and Alyssa Sunderland, good days are precious.
“We knew something wasn’t right as early as seven months,” says Alyssa. Gareth was a happy baby who showed signs of growth and language development, but not in the usual forward trajectory. “He would say a word or gain a skill, then lose another,” she says.
“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” may be a common enough phrase, but for Alyssa Eckroth, it’s shaped her approach to life.
“I think it relates to a lot of things,” she said. “One is resiliency and persevering through the ‘No’s’ in your life. The other is just getting through the days when you have a full schedule all the time.”
Researchers and educators shared their insights into opportunities to renew and meaningfully improve how young people and communities experience school during the University of Washington College of Education’s most recent EduTalks event.
Taking place at Sartori Elementary School in Renton, EduTalks: A Place Called School explored practices and policies that can help ensure all students feel like they belong in school and are supported in exploring their passions.
Growing up in Ontario, Canada as the eldest of five children Emma-Marie Bishun Harrison (MIT ‘19) is no stranger to hard work and change. Like many students, Harrison's path to teaching hasn't been a straight line, but the detours have provided a deeper understanding of her calling to teach. She recalls her experience as a process of trial and error.
Early on, Harrison said she envisioned herself being a doctor, but after fainting at the sight of blood in her high school biology course she decided it was time to look into other career options.
Six University of Washington College of Education students were named in this year’s cohort of the Husky 100. These students each embrace their personal backgrounds and passions as guides for helping disadvantaged groups reach new levels of education and equality.
YouTube Live chat on preparing asset-based equity oriented teachers set for April 22
Apr 15 2019
Teacher educators from the University of Washington College of Education and Antioch University Seattle will discuss their work to transform teacher preparation during an April 22 YouTube Live chat.
Manka Varghese, associate professor of education at the UW, and UW College of Education alumni and Antioch faculty members Caryn Park (PhD '10) and Julia Daniels (PhD ‘18) will participate in the chat starting at 10 a.m.
AERA Highlight: Latino immigrant parents’ perceptions of self-regulation
Apr 12 2019
While a growing body of research points to the importance of children’s self-regulation skills in early academic success and social-emotional development, little is known about Latino immigrant parents’ perceptions of self-regulation and their own parenting practices.
AERA Highlight: The impact of nudge letters on school attendance
Apr 10 2019
A growing number of school districts have turned to sending home “nudge” letters when a student misses too many days of school in hopes of boosting attendance and, ultimately, student achievement.
Yet a new study of a recent pilot effort in Seattle Public Schools by a University of Washington College of Education researcher found that nudge letters sent to the families of chronically absent students had mixed results.