Parent-school project presents at Bridge Conference

The UW Equitable Parent-School Collaboration Project will present its work with Neighborhood House studying relationships between families, community partners and staff at the annual Bridge Conference in Seattle Oct.19-20. "Building Relationships with Families Over Data: Neighborhood House's Data Carousel" will be presented by principal investigator Ann Ishimaru; research assistants Dawn Williams, Aditi Rajendran and John Benner; and representatives of Neighborhood House. 

Mazza speaks at suicide prevention academy

Professor Jim Mazza was a featured presenter at the Forefront in the Schools Academy in September. The training session brought together teams from 14 King County high schools that are piloting a comprehensive new approach to suicide prevention. The academy aims to help schools become models and resources for other schools, and help shape a program that can be implemented on a larger scale.

Ishimaru presents at United For Student Success

Professor Ann Ishimaru will be a featured presenter at United for Student Success: Washington State School-Family-Community Engagement Conference on Oct. 10. Ishimaru will share insights from UW's community-based research to improve educational leadership capacity and create equitable educational environments, with a particular focus on students, families and communities who have been historically marginalized in education. 

Zeichner gives keynote on teacher education

Ken Zeichner, Boeing professor of teacher education, gave a keynote address to the International Conference on New Issues in Teacher Education in Greece sponsored by the Journal of Teacher Education and Educators. Zeichner discussed "The Uncertain Future of Teaching and Teacher Education in OECD Countries." Zeichner's recent Washington Post op-ed on the misuse of research in public debates regarding teacher quality also was republished by Diane Ravitch.

Clinical experiences of pre-service teachers focus of NSF-funded study

The National Science Foundation has awarded $800,000 to UW College of Education to conduct a study of the experiences of teaching novices while in their field placements. Professor Mark Windschitl and research associate Karin Lohwasser will lead an investigation of two dimensions of the clinical experience over the course of three years. Professor Min Sun is an advisor and co-researcher on the project. 

The first component will use social network analyses to investigate how teacher candidates use advice and information networks during clinical preparation to develop knowledge about the work of teaching and to inform decisions about planning, instruction and assessment over time. The second component of the study will document teacher candidates’ varied opportunities to learn over time in the classroom, and develop models of how these change over the duration of the clinical experience. 

The project will inform how teacher education programs might optimize candidates’ time in the field and link novices to an array of colleagues who can support and advance their skills as educators more effectively. 

Keeping one foot in the classroom

UW’s Center for Educational Leadership is helping teachers keep one foot in the classroom and place the other in the world of coaching and evaluation. For the past two years, CEL has worked with Pittsburgh educators to develop a strategic approach to professional development. Read more about CEL's partnership with Pittsburgh Public Schools.

CEL publishes resources for educators

UW’s Center for Educational Leadership has published several new resources:

  • CEL Executive Director Stephen Fink in a recent blog post argues that it is time to build a principal licensing system that emphasizes performance and accountability. His proposal: states should get out of the business of licensing and invest instead in robust data dashboards that measure principal performance over time on a range of agreed-upon metrics with links to their preparation program of choice.
  • Fink also examines why opting out of standardized tests complicates the goal of helping all students achieve at higher levels and how a high-stakes testing moratorium could lower the pressure around the issue.
  • CEL Project Director Sheeba Jacob explains how instructional leaders can learn from great sports coaches when it comes to shifting teaching practice through effective feedback.

Berninger honored, advisees' papers published

Professor Virginia Berninger recently received the Slingerland Institute's OWL Award for Outstanding Work and Leadership.

Berninger and Matt Davidson (MEd '14) had their paper "Informative, compare and contrast, and persuasive essays of fifth and seventh graders: Not all essay writing the same" published in Psychoeducational Assessment, 2015, September, co-authored with Berninger).  Davidson, formerly a writing support teaching assistant in the College's Writing Center, is teaching in Vietnam before resuming doctoral studies in teaching writing to English language learners.

Matthew Henley (PhD '13), assistant professor in the Texas Woman's University Department of Dance had his dissertation research, "Comparison of shape, space, and time judgments in expert dancers and novices: Evidence that production enhances perception," published in the Journal of Dance Medicine & Science. Henley was advised by Berninger.

UW faculty, students to discuss research-practice partnerships

Several UW College of Education faculty and students will be featured during an upcoming webinar series focused on the role of research-practice partnerships in educational improvement.

Professors Philip Bell and Kara Jackson, researcher Nancy Vye and students Tana Peterman and Kerri Wingert will present along with school district partners (Angie DeLoreto from Bellevue School District and Dan Gallagher from Seattle Public Schools) in the Research-Practice Partnerships Forum. Webinars will take place the third Thursday of each month from 2 to 3 p.m. Pacific and run October 2015 through March 2016.

Sponsored by the Research+Practice Collaboratory, forums topics include starting a partnership, defining the focus of a partnership, negotiating roles in partnerships, addressing challenges in partnerships, measuring impact and sustaining partnerships. Learn more about the webinar series or join an email list to receive updates.