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.

AERA Highlight: Working toward equity in math instructional improvement

Aki Kurose
Apr 10 2016

While most practitioners recognize the need to better support students, especially those who have been historically underserved, many struggle in knowing, concretely, how to do so.

Kara Jackson, an assistant professor of education in the University of Washington College of Education, is working to change that and improve middle-grades mathematics teaching and learning at a district-wide scale.

AERA Highlight: Principal leadership practices that support ambitious teaching

Jessica Rigby
Apr 9 2016

As principals are looked to more than ever to help drive instructional improvement in their schools, Jessica Rigby is helping deepen understanding of the leadership practices, norms and routines that are needed to support teacher learning.

Rigby, an assistant professor of education at the University of Washington College of Education, presented findings of UW research into the role of principals and coaches in the effective implementation of math labs at the American Educational Research Association’s 2016 meeting.

Diversity lacking in studies of autism interventions

autism intervention
Mar 29 2016

As more culturally and linguistically diverse learners enter the nation's classrooms, there's a critical need for teachers to select appropriate interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders.

Yet new research from the University of Washington College of Education shows race and ethnicity are largely ignored in developing evidence-based practices for supporting children with disabilities.

UW College of Education ranked #8 in nation

Teacher candidate
Mar 16 2016

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the University of Washington College of Education No. 8 among the nation's best education schools in its annual graduate school ratings, released March 16.

UW College of Education again ranked No. 2 among education schools at public institutions in the U.S., behind only the University of Wisconsin-Madison (at No. 4 overall) in the 2017 edition of the U.S. News ratings. This is the third consecutive year that UW has been ranked second among public institutions by U.S. News.