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.

EDU Talks offer insights on giving all learners a strong start

Apr 9 2018

Early learning researchers and practitioners discussed how the state can improve early childhood education and care for all during EDU Talks: Raising Washington, presented by the University of Washington College of Education on March 28 at Seattle Children’s Museum.

“Early childhood is a time of incredible opportunity,” said UW College of Education Dean Mia Tuan. “We must do more to expand access to high-quality early learning experiences so we can ensure every child has a fair chance to grow, thrive and reach their potential.”

Watch each EDU Talk in its entirety below.

New series advances comprehensive P-3 approaches

Teacher with elementary students
Apr 2 2018

The University of Washington’s National P-3 Center is launching a new publication series to provide practical organizational- and system-level strategies and guidance for creating high-quality and comprehensive approaches that support young children’s learning.

Playdough to Plato

Debi Talukdar
Mar 27 2018

The following story was originally published in the March 2018 edition of Columns magazine.

On a chilly day in November, the third grade classroom in Seattle’s John Muir Elementary School is cozy. Colorful posters cover the walls and beneath them, children fidget and giggle. The teacher, Marjorie Lamarre, urges the class to quiet down and gather in a circle on a big red mat.

UW research featured at AERA 2018

Teacher and students in classroom
Mar 26 2018

University of Washington College of Education faculty and students will present findings of their current research to strengthen teaching practice, maker education, instructional leadership, early learning and more during the American Educational Research Association's annual meeting April 13 to 17 in New York City.

Grants to strengthen community-engaged partnerships

High school teacher and student
Mar 22 2018

Two ongoing partnerships between Puget Sound area school districts and University of Washington College of Education researchers are being extended with support from two new grants from the Spencer Foundation.