"I'm thinking about a water fountain," five year old Finn Okell said to his kindergarten teacher. To hear him chatter that way is extraordinary. Why? Because it's so ordinary. His father remembers a time when everything was uncertain. Finn was diagnosed with autism as a toddler. Dr. Ilene Schwartz, Director of the Haring Center and Chair of Special...
Research links autism rate to low birth weight
Teacher quality — and their preparation — important to economic future
Want good teachers? Guest columnist Tom Stritikus says a number of factors contribute to teaching excellence, not only student test scores or teacher assessments. That's why, as dean of the University of Washington College of Education, he supports increased accountability for teacher preparation programs.
Our Future, Our Teachers: The Obama Administration’s Plan for Teacher Education Reform and Improvement
Dean Stritikus is quoted in support of "emerging tools like new teacher performance assessments that can be used to support deep program improvement in teacher education."
Should We Rethink Our Anti-Bullying Strategy? By Meredith Melnick
On Sept. 19, news broke of yet another adolescent suicide related to bullying. The boy, Jamey Rodemeyer, was 14 years old and identified alternately as gay or bisexual. He had withstood years of bullying, especially online. Just days after his death, many of the country's leading experts on bullying convened in Washington for the second annual National...
Education Nation: UW professor Dr. Frances Contreras on equity, diversity learning
KING 5 is partnering with NBC News to focus on our children's education. The project is called Education Nation. Dr. Frances Contreras, a University of Washington professor specializing in equity and diversity learning, shares more.
What's the matter with teachers today?
GIVEN ALL the talk about the importance of education these days, you'd think teaching would be the most revered job in America ... From the beginning, says Nancy Beadie, a UW professor and historian of education, there has been this constant worry that teachers aren't good enough and we need to do more to make them better.
What Makes A Good Teacher?
What makes a good teacher? Experience? Well, that's one answer. KUOW's Phyllis Fletcher kicks off a series looking into what makes a good teacher. Associate Professor Marge Plecki shares her insight.
Is handwriting a dying art form?
Although the task may seem basic, Dr. Virginia Berninger, a professor at the University of Washington says forming letters by hand is essential to brain development, communication and learning.
UW Alum at Microsoft's Innovative Education Forum
Michelle Zimmerman, a seventh and eighth grade teacher at the Amazing Grace Christian School, participated in Microsoft's Innovative Education Forum.
Sarkisian donates to establish College of Education endowment
University of Washington head football coach Steve Sarkisian and his wife, Stephanie, have made a gift of $100,000 to establish the Steve and Stephanie Sarkisian Endowed Fellowship in Education in the UW College of Education. The endowment will provide financial assistance to graduate students in the College of Education who aspire to teach in Washington...