Study shows specific learning disabilities differ in unit of language affected

Haring Center
Jun 24 2015

A new study from the University of Washington shows that not all reading disabilities are the same and that tests and brain imaging can identify different kinds of specific learning disabilities.

These findings highlight the need to change how children with learning disabilities are diagnosed and treated, says lead author Virginia Berninger, a professor of educational psychology at the UW College of Education.

After the school bell: Creating consequential learning out of school

Andrew Shouse
Jun 17 2015

A hum fills the classroom in Marysville's Liberty Elementary. Students huddle together in groups over large sheets of poster board, sketching maps and arranging prints of photos.

University of Washington College of Education post-doctoral researcher Shelley Stromholt leans down to talk with one group of two boys and a girl, asking where their photographs were taken. Two weeks earlier, the students snapped pictures of some of their favorite places in and around Liberty Elementary. Tonight, they're working together to draw a map of the school with their photos to illustrate it.

Embracing the sacredness of life

Photo: ciboulette on Flickr.  Embracing the sacredness of life
May 12 2015

When Emma Elliott received a call from her sister-in-law in early 2012 regarding a friend’s partner who had just committed suicide, she was uncertain how to respond. They talked about how traditional Cowichan healing practices and stories could help and were interested in learning about how this issue was handled by their community in the past.

Education leaders present research in action projects May 8-9

May 7 2015

More than 30 leaders from school systems and educational organizations across Washington state will present public demonstrations of their leadership in addressing critical issues involving educational equity, improving teaching and learning, and strategic decision-making and governance. Each member of the University of Washington College of Education's Leadership for Learning (L4L) class of 2015 will present their capstone project and answer questions during hour-long sessions taking place May 8 and 9 in Miller Hall.

Jonathan Kozol at PLATO Conference

May 4 2015

The University of Washington is hosting the 2015 Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization (PLATO) conference June 29-30 in Mary Gates Hall. The event will feature hands-on workshops about introducing philosophical inquiry in elementary, middle and high school classrooms, as well as presentations on topics such as creating classroom communities, building school philosophy programs, developing a culturally responsive pedagogy for philosophy programs, and much more.

AERA 2015: College Research Presentations

May 4 2015

Learn more about UW College of Education research presented at this year's American Educational Research Association meeting, including videos featuring faculty members discussing their research.

Advancing ambitious science teaching for EL students with Jessica Thompson

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Engaging communities in teacher preparation with Ken Zeichner

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Research presentations: social-emotional learning, navigating special education and more

phd presentation
Apr 30 2015

Eighteen of the University of Washington College of Education's doctoral students will discuss their research projects on May 8, with topics including teacher preparation, meeting the needs of students with emotional and behavioral issues, and how refugee parents navigate the special education system.

The Research and Inquiry Presentations, a major milestone in each Ph.D. candidate's studies at the College of Education, will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Miller Hall Room 212 and noon to 2 p.m. in Room 411. Presentations are open to the public.

Research shows brain differences in children with dyslexia and dysgraphia

Center on Human Development and Disability
Apr 28 2015

University of Washington research shows that using a single category of learning disability to qualify students with written language challenges for special education services is not scientifically supported. Some students only have writing disabilities, but some have both reading and writing disabilities.

AERA Highlight: Alberta offers insight into teacher preparation, educational equity

Students talking around a globe
Apr 28 2015

Educational leaders and policymakers in the United States can learn a great deal by looking northward to Canada says Ken Zeichner of the University of Washington College of Education.

"Schools in Alberta are performing well not only on academic achievement, but also on measures of equity," said Zeichner, Boeing Professor of Teacher Education at UW. "Unlike here in the U.S., there's not a high level of criticism of teachers and teacher education. Teachers are valued for their professional acumen."

AERA Highlight: Advancing ambitious science teaching for EL students

Jessica Thompson
Apr 23 2015

In Washington's Highline School District, as many as 25 languages can be spoken in a single classroom. That presents a serious challenge to educators who want to provide English learners with rigorous, grade-level appropriate curriculum.