AERA Highlight: Motivation and the STEM gender gap

Cascade Middle School
Apr 28 2017

As attention continues to focus on the persistent gender gap in STEM fields, a new study from the University of Washington College of Education sheds light on the role of motivation.

In exploring four key subconstructs of motivation shown to influence students’ STEM outcomes (identity, utility, self-efficacy and interest) the UW researchers found that relationships between motivation constructs and STEM outcomes aren’t moderated by gender, providing additional evidence that gaps aren’t a result of inherent differences between male and female students. 

Education students named to Husky 100

Husky 100 education students
Apr 5 2017

A desire to advocate for and empower underrepresented populations drives four University of Washington College of Education students named to this year’s cohort of the Husky 100.

Representing the College are:

UW ranked No. 9 education school in nation

College of Education classroom
Mar 14 2017

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the University of Washington College of Education No. 9 among the nation's best education schools in its annual graduate school ratings, released March 14.

UW College of Education ranked No. 3 among education schools at public institutions in the U.S. in the 2018 edition of the U.S. News ratings. This is the fourth consecutive year that UW has been ranked third or higher among public institutions by U.S. News.

A drive to inspire

Siena Traverso
Feb 14 2017

Even as a preschooler, University of Washington junior Siena Traverso recalls having a passion for education. After returning home, she would create a classroom with her stuffed animals and teach what she had learned that day.

Years later, Traverso’s enthusiasm for teaching is the driving force that led her to the UW College of Education. She knew her college had to have an education program, and among her top choices, the UW stood out.

Doctoral students to present research Feb. 3

Education policy class
Jan 27 2017

Eleven University of Washington College of Education doctoral students will present their research projects on Feb. 3, with topics including teacher candidates’ use of technology, social stigma and disability labels, and gender bias in math story problems.

The Research and Inquiry Presentations will take place from 8:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m. in Miller Hall Room 212. These presentations are a major milestone in the studies of each PhD candidate at the College of Education.

This quarter’s presentations are:

Reimagining the role of communities in education

Aditi Rajendran
Jan 11 2017

As a newly minted business graduate, Aditi Rajendran envisioned a career helping manage non-profit organizations. After graduation, she landed a job with AmeriCorps and was put in charge of establishing a tutoring program in an urban elementary school. Feeling removed from the inner workings of the school as a tutoring coordinator, the following year she transitioned to a position providing direct reading instruction support to K-3rd grade students.

Digging into data to support nontraditional students

Lacey Hartigan
Jan 4 2017

School comes naturally for some students. But for others, Lacey Hartigan knows well, a host of obstacles can push them off course.

Hartigan, one of four children raised by her single mother, first discovered her passion for teaching in high school, where she informally tutored classmates. As an undergraduate, she started working for The Learning Web, a non-profit that engages at-risk students in hands-on career exploration. Hartigan would go on to teach in private schools and tutor in a public school in Georgia.

Responding to adversity

Anna Maher
Dec 12 2016

When her mother was diagnosed with stage four cancer, Anna Maher chose to respond with resilience and determination.

Maher, a high school freshman at the time, was shaken by the news, yet her mother encouraged her and her sisters to stay focused on making the most of their education.

“I think that her instilling motivation and drive made us into the strong people that we are today,” said Maher, now a University of Washington senior. Maher’s drive to excel academically led her to serve as a high school teaching assistant, helping younger students with their studies.

Doctoral students to present research Nov. 4

High school classroom
Oct 28 2016

Nine University of Washington College of Education doctoral students will present their research projects on November 4, with topics including the social stigma of disability in schools, immigrant women in higher education, and racialized teacher identity.

The Research and Inquiry Presentations will take place from 9 a.m to 3:30 p.m. in Miller Hall Room 112. These presentations are a major milestone in the studies of each PhD candidate at the College of Education.

This quarter’s presentations are:

Building a community

Vanessa Álvarez
Oct 26 2016

Supporting students in graduate school is crucial to their success, especially for students of color. Vanessa Álvarez is helping create that supportive community at the University of Washington as a program officer in its Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) while also pursuing her master’s in Leadership in Higher Education.