Study: Cultural brokers as catalysts for more equitable family engagement

Family engagement workshop
Jul 12 2016

Even as family liaisons and other cultural brokers play an increasingly important role bridging between schools and the families they serve, well-intentioned efforts frequently reinforce deficit-based approaches to historically marginalized communities.

A new study from the University of Washington College of Education published in the American Educational Research Journal describes cultural brokering approaches that flip the usual script and offer avenues for creating more equitable avenues of family-school collaboration.

Teachers of color less happy in their schools, new study shows

Teacher
Jun 23 2016

Even as poverty-impacted schools have found success recruiting more high-ability teachers over the past two decades, fewer teachers of color are sticking with the profession. A new study from the University of Washington College of Education points to one of the biggest obstacles to closing the teacher diversity gap: teachers of color are significantly less satisfied with their jobs than white colleagues.

Bringing math and science to story time

Math Story Time
May 31 2016

"Run, fat rabbits! Run, run, run! That fox wants to eat you, one by one! Dinnertime!"

Children lean forward on the floor of Bothell Library, enthralled as children's librarian Mie-Mie Wu brings to life Sue Williams' tale of a hungry fox on the prowl.

After singing a counting song and listening to Wu read Eve Merriam's "12 Ways to Get to 11," the children are joined on the floor by their parents. Together, children and parents cut out pictures of rabbits and then group them in different ways to add up to 11.

UW projects featured in NSF "STEM for All" showcase

Neighborhood House
May 16 2016

Four University of Washington College of Education projects focused on expanding access to great STEM teaching and learning were featured during this year's NSF Video Showcase "STEM for All."

The open and free event features three-minute video presentations from more than 150 projects aimed at improving STEM education that are funded by the National Science Foundation. The public was invited to view the videos, join the discussion online with presenters, and vote for the most effective presentations May 17-23.

Reinventing the high school government course

AP Government
May 10 2016

For perhaps a majority of voters in the United States, formal civic education takes place in a high school government course. Yet for many students, particularly those in poverty-impacted schools, government courses regularly fail to be rigorous, ambitious or engaging.

Students to present research May 13

classroom
May 9 2016

Twenty-one University of Washington College of Education doctoral students will discuss their research projects on May 13, with topics that include how elementary students streamline math problem-solving, the role of teacher ratings of externalizing behaviors to predicting rates of suspensions and academic attainment, and the challenges facing immigrant families of children with developmental disabilities.   

Backpacks for science learning

Coding
May 5 2016

A new partnership between the University of Washington College of Education's Institute for Science + Math Education, UW Bothell’s OpenSTEM Research collaborative, Pacific Science Center, Red Eagle Soaring and The Seattle Public Library has received a $2.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation for a three-year project called Backpacks for Science Learning.

AERA Highlight: Making text-based learning real

Reading
Apr 19 2016

For years, many of the nation's secondary school students have failed to get the kind of intensive, ongoing literacy instruction they need, either to catch up in the basics or to move beyond them.

As a result, said Professor Sheila Valencia of the University of Washington College of Education, educators and students alike have found ways to work around texts.

AERA Highlight: Connecting learning with place, space and personal experience

kids on bike
Apr 14 2016

The proliferation of mobile, location-aware technologies is opening new opportunities for youth to learn about analyzing data as well as influence the shape of their communities.

AERA Highlight: Creating hybrid practices for English learners and science teaching

Highline PD
Apr 12 2016

Learning science, especially under the rigorous new Next Generation Science Standards, comes with complex linguistic demands for students.

For English language learners (ELLs) and their teachers, those demands can present a barrier to engaging in complex forms of scientific sense-making and decrease students’ future opportunities in STEM disciplines.