Support Haring Center through Whole Foods

Whole Foods locations in the Seattle metro area are now selling reusable bags to the support the Haring Center's Experimental Education Unit and its Healthy Living program.

The Healthy Living program provides nutritious meals to EEU students at no charge. The bags feature artwork created by EEU students and can be purchased for $2 each.

The partnership between the EEU and Whole Food began in 2011 and has generated approximately $20,000 annually to provide healthy meals for EEU children. 

STEM Teaching Tools gain national attention

Philip Bell, Shauna C. Larson Chair in Learning Sciences, shared information about STEM Teaching Tools at national meetings of the Council of State Science Supervisors and National Science Teachers Association.

Bell also sat on a panel moderated by NSTA Executive Director David Evans to talk about various dimensions of Next Generation Science Standards implementation, and with Institute for Science and Math Education researcher Tana Petermam presented the training session “Attending to the Science & Engineering Practices in Curriculum Review” to the entire network of NSTA NGSS Curators.

Doc students present at learning disabilities conference

Kira Geselowitz and Ruby Lyman, research assistants in the UW Center for Oral and Written Language Learners recently presented "Building bridges from assessment to teaching and interventions: Cross-modal approaches to understanding unique learners and their lives" at the Gonzaga School of Education Assessment Conference. The conference's theme was "Diagnosis of and Interventions for Students with Learning Difficulties: CHC Cross-Battery Assessment, School Neuropsychology, and Executive Function Perspectives."

Papers shed light on learning disabilities

New papers from the UW Learning Disabilities Center offer new insights on dysgraphia (impaired handwriting), dyslexia (impaired word reading and spelling) and other reading disabilities.

"Contrasting brain patterns of writing-related DTI parameters, fMRI connectivity, and DTI-fMRI connectivity correlations in children with and without dysgraphia or dyslexia," co-authored by Virginia Berninger and published in Neuroimage Clinical, shows a different brain basis for the two disabilities. 

"Differential diagnosis of dysgraphia, dyslexia, and OWL LD: Behavioral and neuroimaging evidence," co-authored by Virginia Berninger and Robert Abbott and published in Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, shows that not all reading disabilities are the same.

Berninger and Abbott also are co-authors of "Computerized writing and reading instruction for students in grades 4 to 9 with specific learning disabilities affecting written language," published April 26 in the Journal of Computer Assisted Learning. The paper shows the promise of computerized lessons for providing individualized instruction for students in general education with and without learning disabilities.

Berninger also discussed and presented her co-authored paper "Design studies for stylus and finger-based interaction in writing instruction on tablets" at the Microsoft Workshop on Impact of Pen and Touch Technology on Education in April.

Valencia paper examines text complexity

Professor Sheila Valencia is co-author of "Putting Text Complexity in Context: Refocusing on Comprehension of Complex Text," recently published in The Elementary School Journal.

With issues of text complexity receiving enormous attention under the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, Valencia's paper puts these issues into perspective by moving from a primary focus on the text itself to the comprehension of complex text. The paper proposes a Text-Task Scenario framework in which simultaneous consideration of the text and task results in a more nuanced and instructionally responsive estimate of the comprehension of complex text.

Policy students participate in children's summit

Three students in the College's Master in Education Policy program (Elly Mata, Natalie Hart and Kiara Dent) recently participated in Save the Children's 2015 Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C.

During the summit, the students participated in discussions of universal Pre-K and women and children's global health among other issues. They also met with Washington State legislators Sen. Maria Cantwell and Rep. Jim McDermott, as well as the staffs of Sen. Patty Murray and Reps. Suzan DelBene and Adam Smith. Check out a gallery of photos from their experience in Washington.

Faculty, students present at Council for Exceptional Children

Several of the College's special education faculty and doctoral students presented papers and posters at the Council for Exceptional Children conference in April:

  • Cheney, D., Boneva, I., Krasteva, L., Gasamis, C., Hackett, J. Inclusive education in Bulgaria: a case study of partnership, development, & implementation. (Paper)
  • Grant, T. Connecting storytelling research with culturally responsive teaching for students with emotional and behavioral disabilities. (Poster)
  • Hogan, J. & Hirschman, K.  Structuring the classroom for success: Preparing for a successful year as a first-year teacher. (Paper)
  • Hudson, R., Greenway, R., Gasamis, C., Martini, J., Hackett, J.,  Sanders, L. Schwartz, I., & Smith, M. Effects of phonological awareness intervention for preschoolers with ASD. (Paper)
  • Hudson, R., Greenway, R., Gasamis, C.,  Martini, J., Hackett, J. Interactive storybook reading for young children with ASD.  (Paper)
  • Mueller, C.  ‘Why are you like that, and I’m like this?': Disability identity and special education. (Poster)
  • Pierce, J., Schulze, M., Davis, C. & West, B. Introduction of a coaching framework with cooperating teachers: Effects on pre-service teacher practice in the severe disabilities field experience. (Poster)
  • Wilson, M. Efficacy of Dialectical Behavior Interventions to improve emotion regulation. (Poster)
  • Yang, X. Understanding Needs of Families of Children with Moderate to Severe Autism throughout the School Years. (Poster)

CEL Kicks Off Work With Two of the Largest U.S. School Districts

The Center for Educational Leadership recently launched a principal supervisor professional development partnership with the New York City Department of Education, the nation’s largest school district serving approximately 1 million students. CEL also is supporting the nation’s seventh-largest school district, Broward County Public Schools (250,000 students), in building a principal supervisor pipeline.

New website offers support for implementing higher academic standards

The Center for Educational Leadership in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has launched a new website resource to help school districts across the nation with their implementation of higher academic standards.

Bringing together tools, case studies, webinars and videos, this site offers a wide variety of resources to deal with common implementation challenges resulting from the recent shift toward Common Core State Standards. Learn more about the website and its resources.

Haring Center online auction, raffle under way

An online auction in support of the Haring Center's Experimental Education Unit is now open for bidding and will run through May 13. Available items include gift certificates to local restaurants, Sounders tickets, a message session at Healing Grounds, an XBox One console, vacations to Sun Valley and Hotel Ixtapan in Mexico and more. 

Raffle tickets for a $1,000 Nordstrom gift card also are now being sold at the EEU front desk. Tickets are $25 each and only 200 will be sold.