UW College of Education ranked #14 in nation

Mar 12 2019

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the University of Washington College of Education No. 14 among the nation's best education schools—and No. 5 among education schools at public institutions—in its annual graduate school ratings, released March 12.

Dean Mia Tuan said the ranking underscores the College's commitment to equity-focused partnerships with schools and communities throughout Washington and beyond.

Students and Othello community team to create equitable, partnership-based innovations

Feb 28 2019

Last weekend, UW College of Education students participated in the second annual education Ideathon, exploring ideas to make Othello UW-Commons a catalyst for equitable education practices.

Partnering to connect research and community

Feb 21 2019

What would you do if you had access to a time machine?

Cory Campbell asked this question at two elementary schools as part of an after-school reading program she led through a local library. The schools were only about a mile apart, but the students responded very differently.

At one location, many children said they’d go back and invent something modern to make a lot of money, or they would go back to see their parents first meet.

At the other, the children focused on more immediate concerns.

Answering a call to teach

Dec 17 2018

“You are never going to find the right time.”

This one idea changed Rebeca Ambriz Olivera’s thoughts on pursuing a master’s in teaching.

“If you want to go back to school, just do it,” her mentor told her. “Apply, and you can just take one class each semester, but you’re going to have to do it.”

Ambriz Olivera had been stuck in a pattern of “maybe next year” since completing her bachelor’s degree in 2011 in her late 20s — and with good reason.

Supporting students in transition

Jul 26 2018

In a phenomena known as “summer melt,” many high school graduates plan to pursue higher education, but something derails them over the summer.

“They get confused, they don’t know how to fill something out, and then they don’t show up to their first day, and don’t show up for the rest of the year,” Natalia Esquivel - Silva (BA '18) explained.

It’s a chain of events that throws off the plans of many young people, with lifelong consequences.

Planting seeds of change

Dylan Tran
Jul 13 2018

As a student at Tacoma's Lincoln High School, Dylan Tran expected his Advanced Placement World History course to provide him with multiple stories and perspectives of human history. But from the first page of the textbook, he felt like something critical was missing.

After looking over the list of authors, Tran noticed the ten authors were all white and seven were male. And, over the course of the year, Tran remembers that most of the course topics were focused on the experiences of whites in Europe and the United States.

Doctoral student explores contributions of Asian American educators

Jun 27 2018

In his first year as a teacher in Arizona, University of Washington PhD student Lin Wu struggled to make genuine connections with his Mexican American students.

As a first-generation immigrant from China, Wu had personally experienced the challenges that accompany being accepted by U.S. mainstream culture. Unaware of the historical struggles that Chinese immigrants faced in the U.S., Wu found that he had suddenly become the “other.” It was this othering experience that initially prevented Wu from seeing beyond his own struggles.

College celebrates Class of 2018

Jun 6 2018

More than 700 new teachers, researchers, leaders, policymakers and early childhood professionals were honored during the University of Washington College of Education’s graduation ceremonies on June 5.

The festivities featured two members of the College’s Class of 2018 discussing their role as educator-activists in ensuring access to high-quality education for all students.

Adaurennaya Onyewuenyi, who graduated with her doctorate in learning sciences and human development, called on her classmates to engage daily in work to create a more equitable educational system.

Finding the potential within

Jun 7 2018

When she was a sophomore in high school, University of Washington senior Ali Cho remembers the first time she connected with one of her teachers on a personal level.

It was Mrs. Lee, a high school biology teacher. While Cho had felt supported by other teachers, her relationship with Mrs. Lee—the first female, Asian American teacher she’d had—went far beyond what happened in the classroom.