Q&A: Using research to transform educational leadership

Educators meeting
Aug 11 2017

School districts across the nation are turning to research to transform their central offices in ways that support better teaching and learning for all students.

Yet putting that research into practice is no easy task, even when districts bring in high-quality outside help says the University of Washington’s Meredith Honig, associate professor of education policy, organizations and leadership and executive director of the District Leadership Design Lab.

STEM Inside: Arts-integrated STEM learning programs

STEM learning
Jul 27 2017

Teens from marginalized communities often contend with strong cultural messages and under-resourced schools that discourage them from pursuing STEM learning. How can programs that embed science, computational and design skills inside other activities—like participating in science events at outdoor music festivals—build student interest, develop their skills and shift their perceptions of what science is and can be for them?

Exploring new ways of teaching, learning and knowing

Meixi
Jul 26 2017

How can schools move from being a source of inequity and harm to a source of community resurgence?

Intrigued by this question, Meixi (PhD ‘19) found that building relationships between communities and schools is the key to unlocking new ways of teaching, learning and knowing.

Originally from Singapore, Meixi spent childhood years at an indigenous hill tribe school in northern Thailand, which is where she saw the deep need to explore diverse methods of teaching and learning.

From volunteer to decision-maker: how parents can play a greater role in schools

Math problem solving
Jul 24 2017

Most schools offer parents specific ways to help out: Join the PTA, chaperone a field trip, grade papers for a teacher or assist on a classroom art project.

Those volunteer opportunities, however, not only reinforce the top-down power structure of schools, but also cater to mostly white, privileged families, maintaining the institutionalized racism that marginalizes low-income families and families of color, said Ann Ishimaru, assistant professor of education at the University of Washington.

Learning gardens aim to grow student engagement in science

Students at learning garden.
Jul 12 2017

Despite the growing awareness of socio-ecological challenges facing humans in the 21st century, science learning still mostly takes place inside the classroom, disconnected from the natural world.

AERA Highlight: Cultural flexibility and “Theatre of the Oppressed”

Theater of the oppressed presentation at AERA
May 18 2017

During her 10-year career as a teacher at a Seattle public high school, Sooz Stahl has watched as its student population has steadily grown less diverse, a direct result of a 2007 Supreme Court decision that found that SPS’s efforts to diversify school demographics by race was unconstitutional.

STEM education projects showcased in NSF event

May 15 2017

Four University of Washington College of Education projects aiming to expand access to high-quality STEM learning opportunities will be featured during the 2017 NSF STEM for All Video Showcase: Research & Design for Impact taking place May 15 to 22.

Want new teachers to stay? Invest in mentoring, study says

Teacher mentorship
May 11 2017

As public schools in Washington and other states across the country contend with teacher shortages in some areas and an influx of first-time teachers, a new study from the University of Washington College of Education provides evidence that mentorship matters in retaining beginning teachers.

Doctoral students to present research May 12

Student with hand raised.
May 9 2017

Fourteen University of Washington College of Education doctoral students will present their research projects on May 12, with topics including ambitious science instruction in kindergarten, the principal pipeline, measuring afterschool program quality and states’ teacher preparation policies under ESSA.

The Research and Inquiry Presentations will take place from 8 a.m to 4:30 p.m. in the Communications Building Room 326. These presentations are a major milestone in the studies of each PhD candidate at the College of Education.

AERA Highlight: Supporting responsiveness to student thinking

Elementary math instruction
May 4 2017

While responsiveness to student thinking—an instructional approach that empowers students’ ideas and ways of reasoning—can support deep, equitable disciplinary learning, it places extra demands on educators.