Science communication should consider cultural perspectives

Oct 16 2014

Is nature something we enjoy when we visit a national park, something we feel a need to “preserve,” or do we think of ourselves as being a part of nature? Are a bird’s nest and a house both part of nature?

The answers to such questions can reflect different cultural orientations and have an effect on how well science and scientific concepts are communicated, according to new research from Northwestern University and the University of Washington.

Faculty named to endowed positions

Sep 25 2014

Two faculty members making significant contributions to science and mathematics education in Puget Sound schools and at the national level have been appointed to endowed positions at the University of Washington College of Education. Dr. Philip Bell has been appointed to the Shauna C. Larson Chair in Learning Sciences and Dr. Elham Kazemi was appointed to the Geda and Phil Condit Professorship in Science & Math Education.

Minority middle-schoolers find science 'COOL' out of school

Sep 3 2014

Children from diverse backgrounds may have little or no exposure to either science or scientists. They sometimes don’t think science is something they can do.

“If you have never heard of an engineer, you don’t know you can be one,” says Andrew Shouse, associate director of the UW’s Institute for Science + Math Education.

Graduate receives national fellowship for science teaching

Aug 5 2014

Recent University of Washington College of Education graduate Taylor Williams is one of only 32 teachers in the nation selected to the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation's 2014 cohort of Teaching Fellows.

Williams, who earned his teaching certification from UW in 2013, joins some of the nation's most talented, early-career science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers as a KTSF Teaching Fellow.

Lakeridge partnership transforming math instruction

Jul 15 2014

Just three years ago, Lakeridge Elementary in Renton was identified as one of the most persistently low-achieving schools in Washington, with only one in five students in fifth grade passing the state mathematics assessment test. That's when the school partnered with University of Washington's College of Education to build a professional learning community dedicated to rigorous, job-embedded professional development based on the latest research in mathematics education.

Keisha Scarlett Named Washington State 2014 Middle Level Principal of the Year

A leading voice on K-12 education for more than 40 years, the Association of Washington School Principals is the state’s preeminent professional association for principals, assistant principals and principal interns. Our mission is to support principals and the principalship in the education of all students.
Mar 17 2014

UW College of Education alum and South Shore PK-8 School Principal Keisha Scarlett was named this year’s Washington State Middle Level Principal of the Year by a panel of principals representing the Association of Washington Middle Level Principals, a component of the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP). She was one of nine nominees from across the state.

UW College of Education Named a Finalist in Road Map Project Awards Program

We are thrilled to announce 21 finalists for the first-ever Road Map Project Awards Program! These efforts are working to increase equity and eliminate opportunity gaps for students in South Seattle and South King County. This diverse group of finalists, which are partnerships, programs and initiatives located across the region, stood out among a pool of more than 60 nominations for getting excellent results, using data well for improvement purposes and collaborating to get more powerful results for student
Feb 24 2014

The UW College of Education, Washington STEM, and School District Partners have been named a joint finalist in the inaugural Road Map Project Awards Program for our work to increase equity and eliminate opportunity gaps for students in South King County and South Seattle.

Dr. Megan Bang (Faculty): New Book from MIT Press

The answers to scientific questions depend on who’s asking, because the questions asked and the answers sought reflect the cultural values and orientations of the questioner. These values and orientations are most often those of Western science. In Who’s Asking?, Douglas Medin and Megan Bang argue that despite the widely held view that science is objective, value-neutral, and acultural, scientists do not shed their cultures at the laboratory or classroom door; their practices reflect their values, belief sy
Jan 30 2014

Megan Bang's new co-authored book just came out on MIT Press. The book is titled, Who's Asking: Native Science, Western Science, and Science Education. Her co-author, Douglas L. Medin is Louis W. Menk Professor of Psychology and Professor of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. More>>

Dr. Kara Jackson: New Faculty in Excellence Across Content Instruction – Mathematics

Dr. Kara Jackson joins the college as an assistant professor.
Nov 5 2013

Dr. Kara Jackson joins the college as an assistant professor. She specializes in middle-grade mathematics teaching and learning. Jackson received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Most recently she was on faculty at McGill University, where she received the McGill University Faculty of Education Heather Reisman and Gerald Schwartz Award for Excellence in Teaching.

UW Researchers Lead Charge for Change in Science Education as WA Adopts NGSS

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Oct 8 2013

As Washington State makes plans for adopting rigorous new Next Generation Science Standards, researchers at the University of Washington’s College of Education are already in the field working with partner districts to prepare educators for the coming sea-change in science education.

Read more about the College's work in the 2013-2014 edition of Research That Matters ("The Other Gap," pp. 16-21).