Dean's statement on DACA order

Elementary school classroom
Sep 5 2017

Mia Tuan, dean of the University of Washington College of Education, issued the following statement regarding the Trump Administration's September 5 decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Today, the Trump Administration ordered the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and called on Congress to replace the policy with legislation before it fully expires on March 5, 2018.

How reading and writing with your child boost more than just literacy

Dad reading to child
Aug 28 2017

Children who read and write at home — whether for assignments or just for fun — are building long-term study and executive function skills, according to a paper from the University of Washington.

And while home literacy activities have already been associated with higher test scores, the new study shows these activities also provide students with tools for lifetime success.

Undaunted passion: Making STEM education accessible

Tsewone Melaku
Aug 28 2017

Tsewone Melaku discovered engineering in high school through a UW mentorship program. Now a UW student majoring in Human Centered Design and Engineering and minoring in Education, Learning and Society, she is aligning her interests in engineering with her passion to make STEM education accessible to underrepresented high school students.

Bridging division amidst conflict

Child in classroom.
Aug 24 2017

Afnan Boutrid believes in the power of education to unite and heal. It's a belief reinforced in one of the world's most conflicted regions.

In 2013, Boutrid started a three-month research experience at Hand in Hand, a bilingual and binational school in Jerusalem that’s one of the few schools serving both Israeli and Palestinian students.

Despite the region’s deep social divisions, she observed Israeli and Palestinian students, teachers and administrators learning and working together.

Taking on teaching for social justice

EduDesign Lab 2017
Aug 15 2017

For elementary teachers, it’s an increasingly tricky question to contend with: How to address immigration, race, gender identity and other social justice issues that touch the lives and futures of their students?

Even as public schools in the United States grow more diverse and systemic inequities continue to impact the quality of education available to students, educators rarely have time to authentically work together on how to address those issues of inequity in their teaching.

Q&A: Using research to transform educational leadership

Educators meeting
Aug 11 2017

School districts across the nation are turning to research to transform their central offices in ways that support better teaching and learning for all students.

Yet putting that research into practice is no easy task, even when districts bring in high-quality outside help says the University of Washington’s Meredith Honig, associate professor of education policy, organizations and leadership and executive director of the District Leadership Design Lab.

STEM Inside: Arts-integrated STEM learning programs

STEM learning
Jul 27 2017

Teens from marginalized communities often contend with strong cultural messages and under-resourced schools that discourage them from pursuing STEM learning. How can programs that embed science, computational and design skills inside other activities—like participating in science events at outdoor music festivals—build student interest, develop their skills and shift their perceptions of what science is and can be for them?

Exploring new ways of teaching, learning and knowing

Jul 26 2017

How can schools move from being a source of inequity and harm to a source of community resurgence?

Intrigued by this question, Meixi (PhD ‘19) found that building relationships between communities and schools is the key to unlocking new ways of teaching, learning and knowing.

Originally from Singapore, Meixi spent childhood years at an indigenous hill tribe school in northern Thailand, which is where she saw the deep need to explore diverse methods of teaching and learning.

From volunteer to decision-maker: how parents can play a greater role in schools

Math problem solving
Jul 24 2017

Most schools offer parents specific ways to help out: Join the PTA, chaperone a field trip, grade papers for a teacher or assist on a classroom art project.

Those volunteer opportunities, however, not only reinforce the top-down power structure of schools, but also cater to mostly white, privileged families, maintaining the institutionalized racism that marginalizes low-income families and families of color, said Ann Ishimaru, assistant professor of education at the University of Washington.

Improving practice, inspiring growth

Summer Leadership Institute
Jul 20 2017

For several years, Stacy Thomas (EdD ‘15) and her colleagues at Blaine School District watched with concern as approximately half of 3rd graders weren’t able to read at their grade level.

“Our scores district-wide had been hovering in that range for quite some time, and there were indications it seemed to be getting worse,” said Thomas, the district’s executive director of teaching and learning.