The politics of education equity: Planning for pushback key to success

Jan 7 2015

Eliminating persistent achievement gaps in America's schools requires educational leaders who can plan for the inevitable pushback that equity-focused policies engender, two University of Washington College of Education professors argue in a new paper published in the journal Leadership and Policy in Schools.

Jessica Rigby: New faculty profile

Jessica Rigby
Dec 29 2014

After starting her career teaching middle and high school English and history, Jessica Rigby turned to research, concentrating on understanding the role of school and district leaders in the implementation of policy, classroom instruction, improving teacher practice and focus on equity. She earned her bachelor's in history from Oberlin College, a master's in education policy from Stanford University and a PhD in policy, organizations, measurement and evaluation from the University of California, Berkeley.

Large-Scale Study to Evaluate the Impact of Principal Professional Development

Dec 19 2014

Beginning in 2015, a coalition of research and education institutions will launch a large-scale, randomized controlled trial evaluation of principal professional development funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. The rigorous evaluation will provide evidence on the effectiveness of principal professional development and practical guidance to policymakers, states and school districts.

Anne Beitlers: New Faculty Profile

Anne Beitlers
Dec 17 2014

For Anne Beitlers, joining the UW College of Education as director of the Secondary Teacher Education Program is a homecoming. She is returning to Seattle after earning her PhD in English education at New York University, where she wrote her dissertation on the relationship between teachers' perceived needs of students and their practice in urban, all-male schools.

Won-Fong Johnson: New Faculty Profile

Fong Johnson
Dec 15 2014

Won-Fong Johnson joined the UW College of Education in September as clinic director and assistant professor with the school psychology program. Johnson is a nationally-certified school psychologist who earned her PhD at University of California, Santa Barbara.

Alum named Seattle Public Schools superintendent

Dec 10 2014

Dr. Larry Nyland, a distinguished local educator who earned his Ph.D. in educational leadership from University of Washington's College of Education, has been selected to lead Seattle Public Schools on a permanent basis after serving as interim superintendent since August. The Seattle School Board approved the move during its Dec. 10 meeting.

Alumnus in running for 'Nobel Prize' of teaching

Noah Zeichner
Dec 8 2014

Noah Zeichner '04 is one of 50 finalists for a $1 million award designed to be the Nobel Prize of education.

Zeichner, who teaches social studies and Spanish at Seattle's Chief Sealth International High School, will find out in March whether he is the recipient of the Global Teacher Prize sponsored by Varkey GEMS Foundation. The award is designed to elevate the teaching profession by honoring educators who spark learning, prepare students to be good global citizens, and encourage others to become teachers.

Remembering John Goodlad

John Goodlad
Dec 5 2014

The following joint statement was made in honor of Dr. John Goodlad, who passed away Nov. 29, 2014.

As many of you are by now aware, Dr. John Goodlad, UW Professor Emeritus, passed away last week at the age of 94. On behalf of the education programs across the University of Washington, we wish to express our condolences to his family and to pay tribute to John’s extraordinary contributions to the quality of public schooling and its critical role in a democratic society.

Influential researcher John Goodlad, author of 'A Place Called School,' dies

Dec 1 2014

John Goodlad, influential educational researcher and teacher whose work over the last 60 years has had a major impact on schools and the education of educators, died on Nov. 29 at his home in Seattle. The late UW College of Education professor was 94.

Improving school nutrition drives student's passion

Christine Tran
Nov 26 2014

Good food is fuel for learning says Christine Tran, a University of Washington doctoral student studying Educational Leadership, Policy & Organizations.

The former Los Angeles Unified School District teacher remembers how her students did not enjoy eating school food. They'd commonly refer to it as ‘prison food.’ Students who qualified for free lunches chose to go hungry instead, with direct impacts on their academic performance.