New grant to advance equitable science instruction in Seattle elementary schools

Sep 30 2019

 

Now in her 28th year as a teacher, Lisa Boveng of Olympic View Elementary is excited to take part in one of the most profound changes she’s experienced during her tenure in Seattle Public Schools.

Boveng is helping the district adopt a new approach to science instruction that will fundamentally change how science is taught and learned at the elementary level. Rather than being driven by a focus on asking students to define terms and memorize concepts, the district will place students in the role of scientists engaging in the exploration of real-world phenomena.

New faculty Q&A: Niral Shah

Sep 11 2019

Aspirations of becoming a technology entrepreneur shifted for Niral Shah when, as a college student, he began working with students and community leaders in West Philadelphia.

Alumni introduce young learners to sustainability at Seattle's Perkins School

Jun 13 2019

“Kids are born scientists. From the very first breath we take as a baby, we’re trying to explore the world with our five senses.”

Zoë Dash (MEd ‘11), the science and technology teacher at The Perkins School, is guided by the philosophy that there’s always more to learn. One of a handful of University of Washington College of Education alumni at the independent school in Seattle’s Maple Leaf neighborhood, Dash teaches her students, from kindergarten through fifth grade, to celebrate their exploratory sense of learning.

Partnerships highlighted in 2019 STEM for All Video Showcase

May 9 2019

An afterschool STEM learning partnership between Neighborhood House and the University of Washington College of Education and a multi-state initiative to support mentor teachers are featured during the 2019 NSF STEM for All Video Showcase: Research & Design for Impact taking place May 13 to 20.

IslandWood alum returns to lead graduate program

May 29 2019

Looking out her window, Déana Scipio (PhD ‘15) can see fourth through sixth graders playing in the grass. When she visits the garden, kids are learning about plants and planting things ー though they won’t get to see them sprout. It’s part of the stewardship work they do, planting for other kids to harvest later in the year.

But it’s the experiences of the graduate students, those teaching the children, which are even more exciting to her.

AERA Highlight: Learning to lead equitable mathematics discussions

Apr 8 2019

Participating in rich mathematical discussions is a powerful way to invite elementary students into the discipline of mathematics and build an expansive view of mathematics and its usefulness in making sense of and acting in the world.

During the 2019 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, University of Washington College of Education teacher educators shared their work to support pre-service elementary teachers in leading equitable mathematics discussions during the session “Teacher Learning to Position Students as Capable in Class Discussions.”

AERA Highlight: Co-designing professional development resources to support large-scale reform

Apr 6 2019

Implementing and sustaining high-quality teacher professional learning at-scale has perpetually challenged state education leaders, even as that work holds a critical role in educational improvement efforts.

Professor explores play and the “science of skateboarding”

Jul 17 2018

Introducing science to young children as an engaging, active and fun enterprise is critical to nurturing their long-term interest in STEM learning and careers.    

Kristen Missall, associate professor at the University of Washington College of Education, is exploring how to strengthen learning in informal, play-based settings as part of a National Science Foundation-funded project to redesign an exhibit at Iowa Children’s Museum.

STEM education projects showcased in NSF event

May 14 2018

Two University of Washington College of Education projects working to expand access to high-quality STEM learning opportunities will be featured during the 2018 NSF STEM for All Video Showcase taking place May 14 to 21.

AERA Highlight: Teen women's films open STEM participation

Teen women students in Science STARS program
Apr 18 2018

As science educators struggle to design learning experiences that meaningfully engage youth, turning to film production offers a promising tool for providing teen women from historically marginalized groups with access to participate in science and engineering.