UW Researchers Lead Charge for Change in Science Education as WA Adopts NGSS

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Oct 8 2013

As Washington State makes plans for adopting rigorous new Next Generation Science Standards, researchers at the University of Washington’s College of Education are already in the field working with partner districts to prepare educators for the coming sea-change in science education.

Read more about the College's work in the 2013-2014 edition of Research That Matters ("The Other Gap," pp. 16-21).

Creating Consequential Kids

Drego Little:Creating Consequential Kids
Oct 7 2013

By Matt Wastradowski, Viewpoints Magazine

Roughly a decade ago, first-year literature and writing teacher Drego Little, education alum ’05, was in the middle of a lesson about fairy tales when a middle-school student piped up. “These stories are sexist,” Little remembers the young girl saying. He was taken aback but nevertheless listened to her rationale.

Emotional attachment to robots could affect outcome on battlefield

 A United States Army explosive ordnance disposal robot pulls the wire of a suspected improvised explosive device in Iraq.
Sep 19 2013

By Doree Armstrong, UW News and Information

Too busy to vacuum your living room? Let Roomba the robot do it. Don’t want to risk a soldier’s life to disable an explosive? Let a robot do it.

Two Seattle Principals, Both UW Alumni, Receive $50,000 Cash Grant Awards for Their Schools

Two Seattle Principals, Both UW Alumni, Receive $50,000 Cash Grant Awards for Their Schools
Jul 22 2013

Andrew Drape was in the eighth grade at Aki Kurose Middle School when Mia Williams became his principal.

“Mia said this was her dream job and that she had begged the school district to send her there,” Andrew’s mother Chrissie Drape recalled. “At that moment, I said to myself, this is going to be good.”

After finishing eighth grade at Aki Kurose in Seattle’s South End, Andrew went on to Franklin High School, where he is a senior, ready to graduate. Under the leadership and stability of long-time principal Jennifer Wiley, Franklin has thrived.

Managing the Intersection of Internal & External Accountability: Challenges for Urban School Leadership in the United States

Jun 17 2013

Strong educational leadership is essential to a successful school. While a school-defined agenda may vary from school to school, the way that leaders, especially principals, navigate accountability systems is of particular interest to today’s researchers, as we can learn from their successes as well as their failures.

Dr. Sheila Edwards Lange Named Distinguished Graduate Awardee 2012–13

Jun 12 2013

Dr. Sheila Edwards Lange is the University of Washington College of Education Distinguished Graduate Awardee for 2013. The Distinguished Graduate Award was established in 1986 and is awarded annually to a College of Education graduate of marked distinction.

Lange is currently vice president for minority affairs and vice provost for diversity at the University of Washington. She received a doctorate from the UW College of Education in educational leadership and policy studies and a master's degree in public administration.

Retirement: Dr. Eugene “Gene” Edgar

Jun 12 2013

Dr. Eugene “Gene” Edgar, professor of special education at the UW College of Education, plans to retire in June 2013. Edgar has worked at the UW since 1972.

Edgar has has received the University of Washington’s Outstanding Public Service Award and the James D. Clowes Award for the Advancement of Learning Communities, among other honors.

From Tinkering to Transformation: Strengthening School District Central Office Performance

Jun 5 2013

 

By Meredith Honig

Published by the American Enterprise Institute

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 largely mandated that US school district central office leadership should help schools dramatically improve their performance and significantly shrink decades-old achievement gaps. However, central offices have traditionally focused on business and compliance functions rather than on supporting schools in their efforts to help all students realize ambitious learning goals.

UW Announces New, Low-Cost, Online-Only Degree Completion Program in Early Childhood Studies

Early learner at the Experimental Education Unit.
Mar 27 2013

The University of Washington will offer a new, low-cost, online bachelor's degree completion program in Early Childhood and Family Studies. Pending final approval, the program will start in the fall.

Ambitious Teaching Practices Benefit Students at Lakeridge Elementary

Feb 27 2013

In 2010, approximately one in five Lakeridge Elementary students was passing the state mathematics assessment test. Working with strong instructional leaders, a school improvement grant, and Lakeridge’s phenomenal teachers, Dr. Elham Kazemi’s team helped these classes see gains that are approaching or outpacing the district average on math benchmark assessments. Dr. Kazemi’s collaborative team includes Dr. Allison Hintz from UW Bothell as well as a cadre of graduate and postdoctoral students.