Alumnus named Washington Superintendent of the Year

Gary Cohn
Nov 21 2016

Gary Cohn (PhD '99), superintendent of Everett Public Schools since 2009, has been named 2017 Superintendent of the Year by the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA).

Cohn, who earned his doctorate in education and superintendent leadership credentials from the University of Washington College of Education, was honored for his leadership in Everett, which is recognized statewide and nationally for student achievement.

Major opens new pathways in education

Students in Education, Communities and Organizations class
Nov 17 2016

Kim Boudreau enrolled at the University of Washington planning to major in business administration and human resources management, but it didn’t feel like quite the right fit.

Boudreau realized she was interested in workforce training, so she added a minor in education. But she still wasn’t convinced her studies would take her where she wanted to go. So when the 20-year-old learned about the UW’s new undergraduate degree in Education, Communities and Organizations — or ECO — she didn’t hesitate to switch tracks.

Early learning efforts strengthened by $13 million in support

Early learning home care
Nov 15 2016

Initiatives to make high-quality early learning more available to the most vulnerable students in Washington State and across the nation are getting a boost from two significant awards to the University of Washington College of Education.

Op-ed: Invest in great teaching for all students

Mia Tuan
Nov 13 2016

University of Washington College of Education Dean Mia Tuan describes why supporting great teaching is one of the smartest investments Washington can make in an op-ed published November 13 in The Seattle Times.

"[T]here’s one thing research tells us clearly: Great teaching matters," Tuan writes. "We need teachers who can prepare our students to succeed in Washington’s knowledge-based economy and participate in a thriving civic democracy."

Washington P-3 leaders address needs of young learners

Teacher with early learner
Nov 7 2016

When young learners come to school, the focus often centers on their academic achievement. In Peninsula School District, however, school leaders saw nearly two-thirds of entering kindergarteners below grade level expectation in their social and emotional development.

Kristi Rivera, principal at the district’s Purdy Elementary School, said it was clear something needed to be done.

“We know that kids can’t learn unless their social and emotional needs are also supported,” Rivera said. “We’re seeing more and more kids come into school with a lot of stresses in their lives.”

Study offers insight into how ESSA may impact teacher labor market

Teacher and students in classroom
Nov 2 2016

Following passage of No Child Left Behind in 2001, a theme repeatedly heard in news reports was that standardized test-based school accountability pressures were driving teachers away from their job or the profession, especially those at schools with larger proportions of poverty-impacted students.

New research by a University of Washington College of Education professor shows NCLB school accountability had only a limited impact on the teacher labor market, however, demonstrating just how difficult it can be to change teachers’ employment decisions.

Doctoral students to present research Nov. 4

High school classroom
Oct 28 2016

Nine University of Washington College of Education doctoral students will present their research projects on November 4, with topics including the social stigma of disability in schools, immigrant women in higher education, and racialized teacher identity.

The Research and Inquiry Presentations will take place from 9 a.m to 3:30 p.m. in Miller Hall Room 112. These presentations are a major milestone in the studies of each PhD candidate at the College of Education.

This quarter’s presentations are:

Building a community

Vanessa Álvarez
Oct 26 2016

Supporting students in graduate school is crucial to their success, especially for students of color. Vanessa Álvarez is helping create that supportive community at the University of Washington as a program officer in its Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) while also pursuing her master’s in Leadership in Higher Education.

Nurturing minds, opening doors

Lakeridge Elementary School
Oct 21 2016

In the fall of 2010, Lakeridge Elementary School in Renton faced a crisis: They were federally designated as one of the persistently lowest-achieving schools in Washington state. Test scores were in the bottom five percent, meaning that only one in five students could comprehend math at their grade level.

A deep partnership between Lakeridge and researchers from the University of Washington College of Education produced a total transformation for Lakeridge, marking a complete 180 from where the school had previously been.

To build a bridge: Reflections on a career in education

Mike Knapp
Oct 18 2016

What started as a practical problem to solve—how to traverse a mountain stream without getting wet—morphed into a long-time education researcher’s reflection on what it means to be an educator and professor of education.