Our future here in the Northwest and throughout the nation is inextricably linked to how well we prepare the scientists, artists, entrepreneurs and leaders of tomorrow to take up the pressing challenges that lie ahead. Do we want today’s students to be critical thinkers? Active participants in civic life? Able to bring an entrepreneurial mindset to the challenges facing society? To be resilient and compassionate citizens? If so, we must invest in great teaching.
Explore how the UW College of Education is partnering with teachers, school leaders, families, social service agencies and community organizations throughout Washington State and beyond to make learning come alive for all students.
The UW College of Education approaches the biggest challenges in education with a spirit of possibility. This issue explores our innovative work in early education, professional development for educators, STEM instruction, social-emotional well-being and multicultural education.
Bold, break-out thinking is at the heart of our new hands-on work at the College of Education. Our researchers are partnering with Washington’s most challenging, poverty- impacted schools, and moving inside them to work side-by- side with educators to reach underserved students.
Because educational research is situated in the practice of teachers and schools and in the learning of students, their collective work must inform our research as much as our research informs their work. This publication explores the intimate relationship between research and the real lives of students and educators. We hope that you will join the effort to strengthen the public school system in this state and in our nation. We believe that all our futures depend on it.
Our faculty are working to ensure that elementary teachers graduating from our program have a deeper understanding of the math they will be required to teach and that secondary teachers are prepared to help students who excel in math, as well as those who find it difficult. And they are preparing new Ph.D.s to fill the need for more professors in our colleges and universities at the same time that they work with practicing teachers to explore new curricula and instructional methods.
We’re making an investment in Washington’s future here at the University with our exciting new undergraduate degree. Our early Childhood and Family studies program will give a new generation of early childhood education specialists the skills they need to ensure that all young children get the quality education they deserve, the education they will need in this new century.
The field of teacher education has always sparked impassioned debate, from criticism of the first teacher preparation schools in the 1800s to cries over the “miseducation” of U.S. teachers arising in the 1960s. At no time has the scrutiny of formal teacher preparation been as intense, however, as it is today.
Research indicates that strong education leadership can have a major impact on improving learning gaps, especially in the lowest-performing schools.
Understanding education across the lifespan enables our researches to design smart, system-wide strategies for closing the achievement gap.