Washington students’ test scores drop significantly in first exams since pandemic began

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Assistant professor of Education Foundations, Leadership and Policy David Knight is quoted in an article by the Seattle Times, along with Professor of Education Finance Marguerite Roza, titled Washington students’ test scores drop significantly in first exams since pandemic began. Regarding the drop in state test scores, he stated “I would say that it’s not good news — but not entirely surprising. We know that poverty is the biggest impediment to success in the classroom,” said Knight. “Low-income households were disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. I think the important thing now is that we not let up in our pursuit to close gaps.”

MLK said it best: ‘Love is the greatest force in the universe’

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs and Professor of Education Foundations, Leadership and Policy Ed Taylor published a piece for the Seattle Times titled MLK said it best: ‘Love is the greatest force in the universe’. In the piece, Ed celebrates the fierce love of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and honors his uncle Benedict and his sister Mary, two people who, as King did, chose love.

3 key changes for progressive K-12 funding

Friday, January 14, 2022

Assistant professor of Education Foundations, Leadership and Policy David Knight co-penned a piece for the Seattle Times titled 3 key changes for progressive K-12 funding. David uses his expertise in education finance to discuss our state’s flawed school finance system and urges Washington legislators to make three key changes to the state’s finance system, including expanding the Learning Assistance Program (LAP), expanding the Local Effort Assistance program and addressing capital funding.

The 2022 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Education Week unveiled the 2022 RHSU (Rick Hess Straight Up) Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings, ranking the university-based scholars in the United States who did the most last year to shape educational practice and policy. Boeing Professor Emeritus of Teacher Education Ken Zeichner, James A. and Cherry A. Banks Professor of Multicultural Education and Director of the Banks Center for Educational Justice Django Paris and alumna Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings (M.Ed. '72) were included in this year’s rankings, which were chosen by a 33-member selection committee.

Drumming brought her ‘closer to purpose’ after years of struggling with mental health. But an approach tailored to Indigenous culture remains out of reach for others like her

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Assistant Professor of Learning Sciences & Human Development Emma Elliot-Groves was recently interviewed and cited for an article about Indigenous suicide by the Toronto Star. When suicidal behavior among members of the Cowichan Tribes in British Columbia increased more than 2.5 times between 2007 and 2012, Emma, who is originally from the community, was invited to find out why. By taking a narrative storytelling approach to working with community, rather than using the typical western concepts of individualism and autonomy, she was able to conduct mental health assessments “in a way that highlighted Indigenous concepts of self, and engaged Indigenous teaching and learning strategies.”

Officials should prioritize immediate issues before strategic planning, faculty say

Monday, November 8, 2021

Jennifer Lee Hoffman, associate professor in Educational Foundations, Leadership & Policy and faculty member at the Center for Leadership in Athletics contributed to an article for The GW Hatchet. She states that the pandemic may have amplified any enrollment and financial challenges that a university may have been facing before the pandemic and that the pandemic has led to uncertainty over the future of higher education institutions, and a strategic plan can help address those concerns. “The concern is that colleges, universities that are really enrollment dependent are going to have to be really careful about the decisions that they make so that they maintain their fiscal viability,” she said. “So that’s where your strategic plan is really, really important.”

Schools face calls to boost environmental teaching

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Deb Morrison, Research Scientist for the College of Education, is featured in an article by the Financial Times titled “Schools face calls to boost environmental teaching.” In the article, she makes the case for integrating climate change into existing subjects, rather than developing standalone courses, given that timetables are already crowded and the pace of change is fast. She also stresses the importance of training teachers and emphasizing different pedagogical styles, rather than simply distributing materials in the classroom. “Without more thoughtful approaches, we’ll just have more stuff shoved on to teachers’ desks with no support,” Morrison says. “We have a lot of accountability measures for teachers but not much money to support them teaching better.”

2021’s Best Cities for Soccer Fans

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Jennifer Lee Hoffman, associate professor and affiliated faculty member with the Center for Leadership in Athletics is featured in a new article from WalletHub detailing the best cities for soccer fans. In a special Q&A embedded within the article, Lee Hoffman brings her expertise on athlete rights, the growth of esports, and the changing landscape governing NIL and athlete entrepreneurship to discuss the biggest issues facing U.S. soccer today and the long-term outlook for professional soccer in this country, among other topics.

Rankings: UW among best in world for education, social sciences, business and law

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

The University of Washington is among the best universities in the world for education, social sciences, business and law, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2022. The rankings show the UW moved up three spots to be No. 18 in education, placing eighth among U.S. public universities. Education includes the following disciplines: education, teacher training and academic studies in education. This year’s education ranking includes 597 universities.

Southern Colorado community works to preserve the memory of historic school desegregation case

Monday, October 11, 2021

Alumnus Dr. Gonzalo Guzmán (MEd '10, PhD '18) contributed to an article highlighting a landmark school desegregation case in southern Colorado in the early twentieth century that was recently published by Rocky Mountain PBS. Dr. Guzmán's research into the efforts of the Maestas family to integrate the white-only Alamosa elementary school from 1912-1914 was largely lost to history. The case ― Francisco Maestas et al v. Superintendent George H. Shone and the Board of Education, which came at the tail end of a long string of attempts to bargain with the school district ― became what experts believe was the first Hispanic desegregation case in the United States in which Hispanics won. Now a team of historians, community members and descendants of the Maestas family are working to ensure more Coloradans know about this important chapter of the state's history through the formation of the Maestas Case Committee. Dr. Guzmán serves as a member of the committee and previously published research about the case in The Journal of Latinos in Education. He currently serves as a visiting assistant professor of educational studies at Colgate University.