New grant to advance equitable science instruction in Seattle elementary schools

Sep 30 2019

 

Now in her 28th year as a teacher, Lisa Boveng of Olympic View Elementary is excited to take part in one of the most profound changes she’s experienced during her tenure in Seattle Public Schools.

Boveng is helping the district adopt a new approach to science instruction that will fundamentally change how science is taught and learned at the elementary level. Rather than being driven by a focus on asking students to define terms and memorize concepts, the district will place students in the role of scientists engaging in the exploration of real-world phenomena.

New coalition to address lack of access, resources for youth physical activity in King County

Sep 10 2019

In a region known for outdoor recreation, barely one in five youth in King County gets the recommended hour of physical activity each day, while some neighborhoods lack the parks and programs to serve them. A report released today — the product of research led by the University of Washington — gives Seattle and King County a “D” in getting youth active through sport, play and outdoor recreation.

Research That Matters magazine explores tipping points in education

Sep 17 2019

In the 2019-20 edition of Research That Matters magazine, the University of Washington College of Education examines critical junctures of education with significant potential to improve outcomes for young people.

Podcast: Drawing on big data to better understand school improvement strategies

Aug 29 2019

While education researchers possess good tools for determining whether or not a particular policy or program worked, unlocking the theories of change used by leaders and policymakers to support successful implementation in schools and districts has proven a much greater challenge to do at scale. 

Podcast: Supporting high-achieving minority students in the college “match” process

Jul 29 2019

Far too often, high-achieving underrepresented students graduate from high school and end up attending colleges that don’t offer learning opportunities commensurate with their academic profiles and potential.

This phenomenon, known as “undermatch,” results in more high-achieving minority students attending institutions with lower completion rates and can reduce these underrepresented students’ opportunities to realize their dreams and close persistent wealth gaps between different populations. 

Podcast: Exploring how teens care for others

Jul 23 2019

When a friend suffers some injustice, teenagers often feel a desire to act and help out. Those situations, particularly when they are challenging to navigate, give young people essential practice in how to care for others. 

Tumultuous moment highlights need to expand leadership in education

Jul 16 2019

At a moment in which immigrants, people of color and other marginalized groups face another wave of systemic violence, educational systems need new strategies to meaningfully engage families and communities contend researchers in a new policy memo released today by the University of Washington’s Family Leadership Design Collaborative and the University of Colorado Boulder’s National Education Policy Center.

Podcast: Preparing the next generation of education researchers

Jul 2 2019

Education is a multidisciplinary field in which scholars employ a wide range of research methodologies to explore the most pressing challenges in education, yet that complexity can present a barrier to researchers narrowly focused on a single area of expertise.

Grants support education research+practice partnerships in the Puget Sound

Jun 27 2019

Eleven youth-serving organizations in the Puget Sound region will partner with University of Washington College of Education researchers during the coming year on projects that aim to advance educational opportunities for underserved communities.

New cohort of Community Partner Fellows to support local organizations

Jun 18 2019

Six doctoral students at the University of Washington College of Education will bolster the research and program evaluation capacity of local organizations serving youth starting in fall 2019 as the members of the second cohort of the College’s Community Partner Fellows program.