Finding hope for children

May 8 2018

As a high schooler in California, first-generation college student Diana Aguilar was a volunteer in her younger sister’s kindergarten classroom. Through this experience, she discovered her desire to work toward achieving educational equity for students of all backgrounds.

As she started to increase the number of hours she spent at her sister’s school, Aguilar noticed that Spanish-speaking parents were approaching her to learn about how their children were progressing at school. At first, she was perplexed by their inquiries.

AERA Highlight: Redesigning the kindergarten science classroom

Kindergarten teacher and students
Apr 17 2018

A three-year, teacher-researcher partnership focused on the implementation of Next Generation Science Standards in an urban kindergarten classroom highlights how a designed learning environment can support the learning of emergent bilingual students.

AERA Highlight: Race and ability talk in early childhood

Early educator with student
Apr 13 2018

Conversations about ability and race in early childhood can make a significant impact on their views later in life, yet early educators often aren't prepared to facilitate these conversations.

EDU Talks offer insights on giving all learners a strong start

Apr 9 2018

Early learning researchers and practitioners discussed how the state can improve early childhood education and care for all during EDU Talks: Raising Washington, presented by the University of Washington College of Education on March 28 at Seattle Children’s Museum.

“Early childhood is a time of incredible opportunity,” said UW College of Education Dean Mia Tuan. “We must do more to expand access to high-quality early learning experiences so we can ensure every child has a fair chance to grow, thrive and reach their potential.”

Watch each EDU Talk in its entirety below.

New series advances comprehensive P-3 approaches

Teacher with elementary students
Apr 2 2018

The University of Washington’s National P-3 Center is launching a new publication series to provide practical organizational- and system-level strategies and guidance for creating high-quality and comprehensive approaches that support young children’s learning.

Early learning focus of EDU Talks on March 28

Feb 7 2018

What will it take to ensure every child in Washington gets a strong start in life? On March 28, nine early learning researchers and practitioners will discuss how the state can improve early childhood education and care for all during EDU Talks: Raising Washington, presented by the University of Washington College of Education.

Celebrating the life of Ginger Ackerley

Jan 10 2018

Long-time civic leader and philanthropist Ginger Ackerley will be remembered for advancing education in the Puget Sound region and her efforts to ensure that all children enter school prepared to learn throughout their lives.

Creating a culture of success

Adina Brito
Dec 5 2017

At Evergreen Elementary School in Shelton, most students grow up in high-poverty environments. Many are English language learners who are the children of immigrants from Latin America.

In the face of adversity, however, Principal Adina Brito (MIT '96) is helping create a culture where all students believe they can succeed, for which she recently was honored as a member of the 2017 Class of National Distinguished Principals.

Preschoolers in Seattle pilot program show gains in kindergarten readiness, study shows

Two preschoolers in classroom
Dec 4 2017

Just two years into Seattle’s trial effort to close the kindergarten readiness gap, there are promising signs that children of color and those from low-income households are making gains.

Study shows investing in expanded learning quality matters

Two children at a pond
Nov 13 2017

At Prime Time Extended Learning Center in Tacoma, Gemma Stephani recalls welcoming a student who had been expelled from a private elementary school due to behavioral issues.

The student began attending Prime Time after enrolling in a public elementary school, and as the staff grew to know him better, Stephani witnessed a transformation as the child learned to verbalize his feelings more effectively.