Video: Doing the Math: Solving the Student + Teacher + Parent Equation

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

In a ParentMap interview, Dr. Elhan Kazemi shares her perspectives on thoroughly modern math instruction, as well as steadying advice to parents who still need to help their children with their math homework.

Why the ‘GREAT Teachers and Principals Act’ is Not Great - Dr. Zeichner in Washington Post

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Washington Post "The Answer Sheet" column features an op-ed by Dr. Ken Zeichner on the GREAT Teachers and Principals Act. Legislation in Congress called the GREAT Teachers and Principals Act sounds good but is anything but great in its proposal for new educator preparation programs, according to this post by Kenneth Zeichner, the Boeing Professor of...

Martinez Fellows, Marina Pita & Monica Barajas, on Teaching: Video

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

2013 Keys to Success Luncheon video about one of our incredible teaching alums, Marina Pita. A Martinez Fellow and teacher at Concord Elementary, Marina and her mentee, Monica Barajas, talk about their work in the teaching profession and their relationship with the Martinez Foundation.

UW Students and Professors Help Implement New Science and Engineering Standards

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

In partnership with the UW Colleges of Engineering and Education and the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB), the state-funded Partnership for Science & Engineering Practices project is aiming to help Seattle Public Schools (SPS) and the Renton School District (RSD) adapt their existing science curriculum to the Next Generation Science Standards (...

Washington to Adopt ‘Next Gen’ Science Standards

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Washington will be the eighth state to adopt the “Next Generation Science Standards,” which outline what students should know about big ideas of science, key practices scientists and engineers use to solve problems, and fundamental concepts that apply across all scientific fields. Dr. Philip Bell and Dr. Jessica Thompson are quoted. 

Education Policy Analyst Diane Ravitch talks Reforms in Campus Visit

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Former Assistant Secretary of Education and Education Policy Analyst Diane Ravitch spoke to a packed Kane Hall on Thursday night to discuss her newest book, “Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools.” During the talk, Ravitch primarily explored the failures of charter/virtual schools and of reforms...

Emotional Attachment to Robots Could Affect Outcome on Battlefield

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

It’s becoming more common to have robots substitute in for humans to complete dirty or sometimes dangerous work. But researchers are finding that, in some cases, people have started to treat the robots like pets, friends, or even as extensions of themselves. This raises the question that if soldiers attach human- or animal-like characteristics to a field...

Simpson Center Announces Maurice Dolberry as First Certificate in Public Scholarship Recipient

Monday, September 9, 2013

The Simpson Center is pleased to recognize Maurice Dolberry (Education) as the first UW student to complete the graduate Certificate in Public Scholarship (CPS). Dolberry, who entered the program in fall 2011, completed his Certificate this spring, with the guidance of his CPS portfolio advisor Ralina Joseph (Communication).

How the public is Deceived about ‘Highly Qualified Teachers’

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Washington Post just posted a commentary by Ken Zeichner in Valerie Strauss's column, "The Answer Sheet." Ken writes: "Parents and guardians should be accurately informed about the certification status of their children’s teachers so they can question the wisdom of the policy that has supported the disproportionate assignment of the least qualified...

Teacher’s Pets: Animals in the Classroom

Thursday, July 11, 2013

More schools are using animals to teach students confidence, compassion, and other lessons they can’t get from textbooks. Brinda Jegatheesan, an associate professor at the University of Washington who specializes in the bond between animals and children, has studied cultures around the world where parents have used animals or animal stories for...