Cursive giving way to other pursuits as educators debate its value

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Researchers into handwriting argue that penmanship is a foundational skill in student success, pointing to studies that show cursive writing stimulates areas of the brain unaffected by keyboarding and helps children develop skills in reading, spelling, composition, memory and critical thinking. Virginia Berninger is quoted.

As parents raise cash, schools confront big gap

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Seattle schools are increasingly relying on parent donations to pay for a variety of expenses, including teacher salaries. But parent groups in wealthy parts of the city raise vastly more than those in poorer areas, raising fairness questions. Marge Plecki is quoted.

Should Cursive and Other Forms of Handwriting Be Taught in Schools?

Monday, January 23, 2012

Should schools spend precious instructional time teaching handwriting? Should students learn cursive at all, or is it an outdated skill—and here's the Hancock link—how will they sign their names if they don't know cursive? The author talks with Virginia Berninger.

Does Handwriting Matter in a Digital World?

Monday, January 23, 2012

Virginia Berninger is among those interviewed at Handwriting in the 21st Century? An Educational Summit, where researchers presented findings in areas ranging from occupational therapy to neuroscience that document the impact of handwriting on kids' learning.

Higher-ed woes tied to state 'leadership vacuum'

Monday, January 9, 2012

Washington politicians have abdicated their leadership role in higher education, leaving the state with a disjointed system that doesn't produce enough bachelor's degrees and forces employers to go out of state — and even out of the country — to find skilled workers. Bill Zumeta, one of the co-authors of the forthcoming book, "Financing Higher Education...

CARE at Haring Center offers support for those with neurodevelopment issues

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

CindyTwo years ago, Cindy Cables discovered...

Students, friends paint mural for murdered Woodinville teacher

Monday, January 2, 2012

Students, former students, friends and strangers came together Monday to pay tribute to beloved Woodinville teacher Prudence Hockley, who was tragically murdered on Christmas Eve. Prudence graduated with the College of Education's first...

No simple solutions in overcoming racial disparities

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Alum Max Hunter writes about the complexities of solving the challenges of racial disparities in education and society.

Will $60 Million For Early Learning Help Close The Achievement Gap?

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Last week Washington state won a $60 million federal grant for early learning. We take a closer look with leading experts on early childhood education in Washington and other states. How will the state spend the money? Will it help close the achievement gap for low–income kids? Gail Joseph, assistant professor of education psychology, is a guest.

Dr. Tom Lovitt Creates Scholarship to Honor Wife of 58 Years

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Dr. Thomas Lovitt of Kirkland finished the arrangements to create a music scholarship at the University of Kansas to honor his late wife of 58 years in what he feels was the nick of time.

Just days later, last fall, the 81-year-old UW College of Education professor emeritus was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

“I still don’t know how...