Teachers co-build their technology toolboxes

Education Design Lab 2015
Aug 4 2015

A flood of new technologies can change how people learn, live and work nearly overnight. For educators like Elzena McVicar, who teaches elementary English language learners in Seattle Public Schools, it's easy to feel overwhelmed.

"I know that I’m expected to teach 21st century skills to my students, but I only have four computers in my classroom, so I had a big problem of practice," McVicar said.

Fifth-grade rocket scientists

Institute for Science and Mathematics Education
Aug 3 2015

In a fifth-grade classroom in south Seattle this May, pairs of students pulled vibrant cardboard cubes from a stack and presented them to four panelists.

The boxes were covered with neon duct tape and filled with tubes, popsicle sticks, batteries and matchboxes. While these materials might sound like the ingredients for a simple fifth-grade craft project, there were big ideas in those popsicle sticks.

Coming full circle

Dalya Perez
Jul 15 2015

Dalya Perez grew up on the University of Washington campus, playing with the ducks in Drumheller Fountain and running through the cherry blossom lanes. Yet it was hard to picture herself as a future UW student during those childhood years.

Her parents came to the United States as immigrants, and UW was a place of opportunity — her father worked as an officer with the campus police department while her uncle worked as a custodian.

Inspirational teachers heralded by President

Erin Flynn
Jul 9 2015

Encouraging students to ask questions, to conduct thoughtful experiments and even to get a bit messy in the lab are among the many joys Erin Flynn and Gretel von Bargen experience in their biology classes.

Alumni recognized as Washington education leaders

Alumni leaders
Jul 7 2015

Five alumni of the University of Washington College of Education were honored among the state's most effective educational leaders during the summer conference of the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) and Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP).

State-level awards were presented to:

Graduate selected as STEM teaching leader

Kristin Weakly
Jul 6 2015

Kristin Weakly (MIT '15) will join a select group of the nation's most promising young teachers in the 2015 cohort of the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation's fellows program.

Weakly, who will begin her first year of teaching this fall after graduating from the University of Washington College of Education, joins a group of 34 high school mathematics and science teachers beginning their careers as KSTF Teaching Fellows.

College welcomes new dean Mia Tuan

Mia Tuan
Jul 1 2015

Dr. Mia Tuan begins her first day as dean of the University of Washington College of Education today, assuming leadership of the nation's No. 6-ranked education school.

Study shows specific learning disabilities differ in unit of language affected

Haring Center
Jun 24 2015

A new study from the University of Washington shows that not all reading disabilities are the same and that tests and brain imaging can identify different kinds of specific learning disabilities.

These findings highlight the need to change how children with learning disabilities are diagnosed and treated, says lead author Virginia Berninger, a professor of educational psychology at the UW College of Education.

Meet Mia Tuan: Q&A with the College's new dean

Jun 22 2015

Mia Tuan, a distinguished scholar who has worked to strengthen equity and inclusion in educational settings, will officially assume the deanship of the University of Washington College of Education on July 1.

Dr. Tuan joins UW after serving as a professor of education studies at the University of Oregon. During her 18 years at UO, she held a number of leadership roles, including interim dean of its College of Education, associate dean of its Graduate School, and director of the Center on Diversity & Community.

Graduates prepare to shape the world

Graduation 2015
Jun 18 2015

More than 400 future teachers, researchers and leaders in education participated in the University of Washington College of Education's graduation ceremonies on June 13.

Dalya Perez, who received her master's degree in Social and Cultural Foundations spoke on behalf of the College's graduating students and told her story of growing up on the UW campus before pursuing her studies at the College.