Early learning researchers and practitioners discussed how the state can improve early childhood education and care for all during EduTalks: Raising Washington, presented by the University of Washington College of Education on March 28 at Seattle Children’s Museum.

“Early childhood is a time of incredible opportunity,” said UW College of Education Dean Mia Tuan. “We must do more to expand access to high-quality early learning experiences so we can ensure every child has a fair chance to grow, thrive and reach their potential.”

Watch each EduTalk in its entirety below.

Snack Talk: Giving Kids Something to Talk About

Ariane Gauvreau, teaching associate in special education, discusses her research using images to help children with autism interact with their peers during snack time.

Meaningful Makeover

Dawn Williams, a curriculum specialist with Cultivate Learning, discusses how to create environments that support high-quality early learning—without busting child care providers’ budgets.

He's Got This

Holly Schindler, assistant professor of early childhood and family studies, discusses her work to strengthen fathers' parenting skills, using video highlights of what they're already doing well.

What if … PD in your pocket?

Virginia Tse, assessment lead for Early Achievers Ratings at Cultivate Learning, shares her work making professional development and early learning resources more accessible for Washington state's early learning providers.

Raising Future Washingtonians

Soojin Oh Park, assistant professor of early childhood and family studies, shares how policymakers and educators can better support the growing number of immigrant and dual language learners in Washington.

Opening Doors

Asha Warsame, environment rating scale assessment lead at Cultivate Learning, discusses how we can build more culturally-responsive curricula for early learners and recognize what assets families bring.

Learning by Design

Amy Hale, director of education and volunteers at Seattle Children’s Museum, discusses how to make the most of informal and extended learning environments.

The UW College of Education’s EduTalks series features nationally-recognized researchers who partner with schools, communities and organizations to address the most pressing issues in education. Watch previous EduTalks online.


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