Generous gift bolsters effort to diversify the educator workforce

Aug 4 2020

The University of Washington today announced a $6 million anonymous gift earmarked to bolster diversity in the education workforce, a key driver in ultimate K-12 student success, especially for students of color.

Professor receives grant to develop and disseminate innovative statistical methods for assessment

Jul 30 2020

University of Washington College of Education Professor Chun Wang has received a $764,000 federal grant to develop and disseminate more efficient statistical models and software for analyzing complex educational assessments.

Lending a hand: Alum helps community partners advance early learning

Jul 27 2020

Long before joining the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as a senior program officer, Amber Banks (PhD ‘17) was a special education teacher in Los Angeles.

While Banks loved the work, she became increasingly aware of how classroom perspectives seemed lacking from policies impacting students and teachers across school systems. 

Opinion: Invest in a diverse teacher workforce

Jul 23 2020

In an op-ed published by The Seattle Times, University of Washington College of Education Dean Mia Tuan, along with Federal Way Public Schools Superintendent Tammy Campbell and Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Denise Juneau, argues that investing in a more racially diverse educator workforce must be the top priority in disrupting systemic racism in education.

PODCAST: Supervising principals for instructional leadership

Jul 21 2020

While helping principals grow in their ability to advance high-quality teaching and learning is of critical importance to student success, in most school districts, that type of coaching gets short shrift.

Instead, says University of Washington College of Education Professor Meredith Honig, principal supervisors tend to spend most of their time on evaluating and monitoring their principals, or to support principals in the non-instructional operations of their schools.

Professor: Federal funds largely serve nation’s most vulnerable children

Jul 14 2020

While federal spending on K-12 education amounts to just 8% of what it costs to run the nation’s public schools, that funding is essential to supporting the nation’s most vulnerable students argues David Knight, an assistant professor at the University of Washington College of Education, in a commentary published by The Conversation.

National Academy of Education Spencer Dissertation Fellowship awarded to doctoral student

Jul 13 2020

Jisoo Hyun, a doctoral student in social and cultural foundations at the University of Washington College of Education, has received a Spencer Dissertation Fellowship for her project “Education at the Crossroads of Trans-Pacific U.S. and Japanese Imperialism: Korean Schooling in Territorial Hawaii, 1906-1940.”


UW No. 7 for education in global ranking

Jul 9 2020

The University of Washington is No. 7 in the world for education on the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects list for 2020. The ranking, released June 29, was conducted by researchers at the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Geneva Gay: A legacy of elevating multicultural education to prominence

Jul 7 2020

When Professor Geneva Gay began her career as a high school social studies teacher more than four decades ago, the concept of multicultural education was still in its infancy. No university had even started offering a doctoral program in the field.

Alum finds place as early educator and advocate for families

Jul 1 2020

Years after immigrating to the U.S., a family crisis forced Ruth Ayodeji (BA ‘15), then a mother of two, to move into a shelter with her children. Yet in that moment of crisis, Ayodeji enrolled her kids in a Head Start program and found an empowering community that inspired her desire to become an educator.

Her children’s Head Start teachers encouraged Ayodeji, working as a caretaker at the time, to volunteer at the preschool program.