UW College of Education alumna Megan Wing (Master's of Education, Curriculum & Instruction '22) received a grant through the U.S. Fulbright Student Program to serve as an English teaching assistant in Mexico. This popular grant allows graduate students and alumni to gain more international experience and build skills in facilitation and leadership. She will be living and teaching in Mexico this coming year and she hopes to bring her experience and new perspective to American education spaces when she returns. “I hope to challenge stereotypical or misinformed views on immigrant families in the United States and multilingual learners within and beyond school settings,” Megan said. The Fulbright experience will prepare her to further her work in early childhood classrooms, coach new educators and eventually pursue school leadership.
Professor emerita Maresi Nerad headlined a podcast for Women Over 70: Aging Reimagined, a forum that creates space and explores issues, challenges and learning curves experienced by women in later life. Nerad spoke with hosts Gail Zelitzky and Catherine Marienau about advancing opportunities for women worldwide. After retiring from the College of Education in 2018, Nerad notes that connecting with women to cultivate their leadership talent remains one of the major strands that embody her life's work. "Widening access for women to leadership positions worldwide remains a goal for which I will never feel too old," Nerad shared.
Ann Ishimaru, associate professor of education policy, organizations and leadership, recently headlined an NEPC Talks Education podcast featured in the latest bulletin from the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado. Ishimaru was interviewed about creating systems that are responsive to the cultures, languages, priorities, needs, hopes and dreams of racially and culturally diverse youth and families in our schools. She spoke about how a school's culture of family and community engagement tends to be shaped by white heteronormative assumptions that have the effect of excluding students and families from groups who have been historically marginalized. Additional participants featured in the podcast include Regina Elmi, executive director of Supporting Partnerships in Education and Beyond (SPEB), who served as the keynote speaker for this year's College of Education graduation ceremony.
The Wallace Blog features an “Ask the Experts” question about principal supervisors and how they can best support principals now. Meredith Honig, professor at the UW College of Education, is one of the experts featured. The Blog article includes a link to a webinar in the Education Leadership for a Digital World series that also features Honig. The series is hosted by Digital Promise with support from Wallace.
Meredith Honig and Lydia Rainey of the UW's District Leadership Design Lab discuss their new book with Justin Baeder (PhD '18).
Professors Soojin Oh Park and Holly Schindler will survey families in King County as part of a study to find out how the pandemic has affected family finances and how children are faring at home and at school.
The UW College of Education's work to make identity caucusing mandatory for teacher-candidates in its elementary and secondary programs is featured in an in-depth report.
Professor Ann Ishimaru's new book, “Just Schools: Building Equitable Collaborations with Families and Communities,” examines the challenges and possibilities of creating more equitable forms of collaboration among nondominant families, communities and schools.
Doctoral student Kayla Chui (MEd '19), a diversity ambassador for the College of Education, shares her studies in multicultural education and work mentoring current and incoming students.