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. 

Faculty awarded COVID-19 economic recovery research grant

Jun 29 2020


Two University of Washington College of Education faculty members, Assistant Professor Soojin Oh Park and Associate Professor Holly S. Schindler, will study child and family well-being in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic with a grant awarded by the UW Population Health Initiative.  

PODCAST: Reinvesting in school improvement as a strategy for economic recovery from COVID-19

Jun 22 2020

As school budgets were slashed in the wake of the Great Recession little more than a decade ago, the federal government funneled billions of dollars toward school improvement as part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009.

With the global economy entering a recession brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, University of Washington College of Education Professor Min Sun says policymakers today would do well to learn from the past.

Professor makes room for different ways of being in academia

Jun 17 2020

Any other mentor might have advised Maria Oropeza Fujimoto against the choices she made in graduate school: She got married. She moved thousands of miles away from her college. She had a baby. She worked a job while finishing her dissertation.

But Manka Varghese, a professor in the College of Education at the University of Washington and Oropeza’s mentor, didn’t see these choices as jeopardizing her mentee’s education. Varghese saw these choices as Oropeza living her life.