Digging into data to support nontraditional students
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.
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.
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.
The nearly 18,000 inmates serving time in one of Washington’s state prisons are largely invisible to the public, yet the educational opportunities they do--or don’t--have access to can have far-reaching consequences for them and society at large.
Early childhood and family studies majors Julie Campos and Kimberley Banks were among the University of Washington undergraduates who explored those opportunities and consequences during the summer course “In Your Name: Education Inside Prison.”