Finding hope for children

May 8 2018

As a high schooler in California, first-generation college student Diana Aguilar was a volunteer in her younger sister’s kindergarten classroom. Through this experience, she discovered her desire to work toward achieving educational equity for students of all backgrounds.

As she started to increase the number of hours she spent at her sister’s school, Aguilar noticed that Spanish-speaking parents were approaching her to learn about how their children were progressing at school. At first, she was perplexed by their inquiries.

Symposium explores legacy, looks to future of multicultural education

Professor James Banks
May 7 2018

For more than a quarter-century, the University of Washington’s Center for Multicultural Education has been a world leader in advancing multicultural education, producing landmark publications and educating a generation of influential scholars in the field.

That impact and the future of the center’s work were featured during its 30th symposium, “Commemorating the Past and Envisioning the Future: Making a Difference for 26 Years,” held on April 27. 

Facebook Live chats to explore community- and video-based research

Apr 24 2018

Two scholars leading research at the intersection of learning, place and technology will discuss their work and answer questions during Facebook Live sessions hosted by the University of Washington College of Education in May.

AERA Highlight: Teen women's films open STEM participation

Teen women students in Science STARS program
Apr 18 2018

As science educators struggle to design learning experiences that meaningfully engage youth, turning to film production offers a promising tool for providing teen women from historically marginalized groups with access to participate in science and engineering.

AERA Highlight: Redesigning the kindergarten science classroom

Kindergarten teacher and students
Apr 17 2018

A three-year, teacher-researcher partnership focused on the implementation of Next Generation Science Standards in an urban kindergarten classroom highlights how a designed learning environment can support the learning of emergent bilingual students.

AERA Highlight: Emancipatory research on mathematics learning disability

Mathematics worksheet
Apr 17 2018

When researchers collaborate with individuals with disabilities rather than doing research on individuals with disabilities, they can uncover critical knowledge about disabilities and engage in emancipatory work.

AERA Highlight: Partnering to improve relevance and impact of research

Teacher with middle school students
Apr 16 2018

For decades, researchers, educators and policymakers alike have decried the divide that exists between research and practice.

AERA Highlight: The importance of practice to superintendents' instructional leadership

School leaders
Apr 15 2018

While superintendents often lead by setting a vision for educational equity, how they work to realize that vision is critical to their success.

AERA Highlight: Designing for next generation teaching practices

Teachers and coaches
Apr 15 2018

Examples of sustained instructional improvement across an entire school district are rare, but a five-year research-practice partnership between the University of Washington College of Education and a mid-sized urban district highlights the power of networked educators.

AERA Highlight: Strengthening argumentation in environmental science

Students in environmental science class
Apr 14 2018

Learning how to use evidence in making an argument is a critical skill for students to build, yet difficulties frequently arise when discipline-based learning goals conflict with schooling tasks.

University of Washington College of Education researchers took on that challenge by partnering with teachers of a project-based AP Environmental Science course to develop and revise design principles for creating "material tools" that can adequately scaffold disciplinary practice and support formative assessment, while also helping students' create better arguments.