Inclusive education researcher honored by Council for Exceptional Children

Sep 7 2018

Ilene Schwartz, the director of the University of Washington’s Haring Center for Inclusive Education, has been awarded the 2018 Mary McEvoy Service to the Field Award by the Council for Exceptional Children Division for Early Childhood (DEC).

The award, given to a DEC member who has made significant national or international contributions to the field of early childhood special education, will be presented to Schwartz during the organization’s annual meeting in October.

AERA Highlight: Emancipatory research on mathematics learning disability

Mathematics worksheet
Apr 17 2018

When researchers collaborate with individuals with disabilities rather than doing research on individuals with disabilities, they can uncover critical knowledge about disabilities and engage in emancipatory work.

Taking on bias in special education

Feb 27 2018

As a novice teacher in a Denver elementary school, Nathan Hoston recalls his growing discomfort with how students were being referred to special education services.

“The first year," Hoston said, "the system seemed biased and subjective in a way that made me uncomfortable."

Hoston, who at the time was teaching kindergarten through second grade students with high-incidence disabilities, saw black boys disproportionately represented in special education services at his school and surrounding schools.

Connecting grandparents and grandchildren with special needs

Feb 24 2018

A new study being conducted at the University of Washington's Haring Center for Research and Training in Inclusive Education is examining the relationships between children with special needs and their grandparents—and how to enhance those relations. Xueyan Yang, a doctoral student is special education at the UW College of Education, is using photographs as a social aid to strength the bonds between generations.

Haring Center celebrates 2017 achievements

Jan 26 2018

Researchers at the University of Washington's Haring Center for Research and Training in Inclusive Education spent 2017 like most years: asking critical questions about inclusive education, researching and testing new strategies, and broadly sharing their research findings to add new knowledge and advance the field of inclusive education and early intervention.

The power of connection

Katie Ward
Oct 27 2017

Katie Ward (MEd ‘11) believes in the power of connecting with students. For Ward and her students at Sequim High School’s Hope Academy, building trust and practicing emotional honesty is the foundation for creating deeper relationships and for giving young people who’ve struggled in traditional classrooms an opportunity to find their path through high school.

At Hope Academy, an alternative program for ninth through 11th-graders at Sequim High School, students work in a mixed-grade class for one or more periods each day. 

Q&A with new faculty member Angel Fettig

Oct 11 2017

For more than a decade, Angel Fettig has worked with young children and their families as a teacher, researcher, trainer and consultant.

New faculty profile: Margaret Beneke

Margaret Beneke
Sep 28 2017

From her earliest years, Margaret (Maggie) Beneke experienced the impact an inclusive educational environment can make on young people.

Following in the footsteps of her mother, who taught in an inclusive early childhood program, Beneke went on to become an early childhood teacher in inclusive settings. Today, her research and pedagogy focuses on increasing access to inclusive, equitable education for all children and families. 

Advancing inclusion in education

Katy Bateman
Sep 7 2017

After growing up alongside a family member with autism, Katy Bateman (PhD ‘17) was inspired to become a champion for inclusion in education.

Throughout her life, Bateman was intrigued by the therapies and education services that were used to help her cousin learn.

“She had limited language when she was younger and we worked a lot on her language,” Bateman said. “As I got older, I saw her language progress into speaking full sentences. She now has a part-time job and she loves it. Seeing her language start to click made me think, ‘How can I do this for other kids, too?’”