Facebook Live chats to explore community- and video-based research

Apr 24 2018

Two scholars leading research at the intersection of learning, place and technology will discuss their work and answer questions during Facebook Live sessions hosted by the University of Washington College of Education in May.

AERA Highlight: Teen women's films open STEM participation

Teen women students in Science STARS program
Apr 18 2018

As science educators struggle to design learning experiences that meaningfully engage youth, turning to film production offers a promising tool for providing teen women from historically marginalized groups with access to participate in science and engineering.

AERA Highlight: Emancipatory research on mathematics learning disability

Mathematics worksheet
Apr 17 2018

When researchers collaborate with individuals with disabilities rather than doing research on individuals with disabilities, they can uncover critical knowledge about disabilities and engage in emancipatory work.

AERA Highlight: Partnering to improve relevance and impact of research

Teacher with middle school students
Apr 16 2018

For decades, researchers, educators and policymakers alike have decried the divide that exists between research and practice.

AERA Highlight: The importance of practice to superintendents' instructional leadership

School leaders
Apr 15 2018

While superintendents often lead by setting a vision for educational equity, how they work to realize that vision is critical to their success.

AERA Highlight: Designing for next generation teaching practices

Teachers and coaches
Apr 15 2018

Examples of sustained instructional improvement across an entire school district are rare, but a five-year research-practice partnership between the University of Washington College of Education and a mid-sized urban district highlights the power of networked educators.

AERA Highlight: How parents design home learning environments

Child with tablet
Apr 14 2018

For children, home is the original learning environment—and it's an environment increasingly saturated by new media and mobile technologies.

University of Washington College of Education doctoral student Deborah Silvis explores how technology is changing home-based learning in her paper "Making Home 'Work' With Technology: How Parents Design Home Learning Environments," which she presented at the 2018 meeting of the American Educational Research Association.

AERA Highlight: Strengthening argumentation in environmental science

Students in environmental science class
Apr 14 2018

Learning how to use evidence in making an argument is a critical skill for students to build, yet difficulties frequently arise when discipline-based learning goals conflict with schooling tasks.

University of Washington College of Education researchers took on that challenge by partnering with teachers of a project-based AP Environmental Science course to develop and revise design principles for creating "material tools" that can adequately scaffold disciplinary practice and support formative assessment, while also helping students' create better arguments.

AERA Highlight: Race and ability talk in early childhood

Early educator with student
Apr 13 2018

Conversations about ability and race in early childhood can make a significant impact on their views later in life, yet early educators often aren't prepared to facilitate these conversations.

Book offers guidance on creating greater instructional coherence

Teachers in professional development
Apr 6 2018

For education leaders across the country, a perpetually vexing problem is how to sustain improvement in instruction across schools over an extended period.

Kara Jackson, associate professor of mathematics education at the University of Washington College of Education, notes that while there’s a wealth of research on how to improve teaching practice and student outcomes, that progress is hard to scale beyond individual classrooms or a single school.