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

WAC
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.

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Teachers of color less happy in their schools, new study shows

Teacher
Jun 23 2016

Even as poverty-impacted schools have found success recruiting more high-ability teachers over the past two decades, fewer teachers of color are sticking with the profession. A new study from the University of Washington College of Education points to one of the biggest obstacles to closing the teacher diversity gap: teachers of color are significantly less satisfied with their jobs than white colleagues.

Statement on Orlando shooting and homophobia in America

Mia Tuan
Jun 15 2016

Mia Tuan, dean of the University of Washington College of Education, issued the following statement on the June 12 Orlando shooting and homophobia in America.

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WATCH: Live webcast of June 11 graduation ceremonies

Graduation
Jun 1 2016

Streamed live online.

The University of Washington College of Education will celebrate more than 400 graduating students during commencement ceremonies on June 11.

Speaking to the Class of 2016 is Gloria Ladson-Billings, a 1972 graduate of the College who holds the Kellner Family Chair in Urban Education at University of Wisconsin School of Education.

Bringing math and science to story time

Math Story Time
May 31 2016

"Run, fat rabbits! Run, run, run! That fox wants to eat you, one by one! Dinnertime!"

Children lean forward on the floor of Bothell Library, enthralled as children's librarian Mie-Mie Wu brings to life Sue Williams' tale of a hungry fox on the prowl.

After singing a counting song and listening to Wu read Eve Merriam's "12 Ways to Get to 11," the children are joined on the floor by their parents. Together, children and parents cut out pictures of rabbits and then group them in different ways to add up to 11.

New faculty profile: Soojin Oh Park

Soojin Oh Park
May 23 2016

For Soojin Oh Park, experiences teaching in early education have brought her to the University of Washington College of Education and a dedication to supporting children in their earliest years.

Opening pathways for future Native teachers

Future Native Teachers Initiative
May 17 2016

Washington is home to 29 federally-recognized tribes, with approximately 64,000 Native American students represented in nearly every community in the state.

Yet most of these students have never been in a classroom with a Native American teacher. Today, Native Americans represent only one percent of the state's teacher workforce.