Building community in the teaching profession

Elzena McVicar
Jul 17 2017

Growing up in New Orleans, Elzena McVicar (MIT ‘10) was surrounded by a family filled with teachers. Years of family conversations about education convinced McVicar that teaching was not for her.

While working on her bachelor's degree in anthropology, however, McVicar took a work study job as a tutor. Then, after graduating from college, she found herself working in an elementary school as an AmeriCorps volunteer. These two experiences changed McVicar’s perceptions of education, ultimately leading her in a new professional direction.

Learning gardens aim to grow student engagement in science

Students at learning garden.
Jul 12 2017

Despite the growing awareness of socio-ecological challenges facing humans in the 21st century, science learning still mostly takes place inside the classroom, disconnected from the natural world.

Commencement 2017: Graduates on education and democracy

Graduation 2017
Jun 12 2017

During the University of Washington College of Education’s June 10 graduation ceremonies, two representatives of the Class of 2017 discussed the role of education in a thriving democracy as families, friends, faculty and staff gathered to celebrate more than 700 graduates.

STEM education projects showcased in NSF event

May 15 2017

Four University of Washington College of Education projects aiming to expand access to high-quality STEM learning opportunities will be featured during the 2017 NSF STEM for All Video Showcase: Research & Design for Impact taking place May 15 to 22.

Want new teachers to stay? Invest in mentoring, study says

Teacher mentorship
May 11 2017

As public schools in Washington and other states across the country contend with teacher shortages in some areas and an influx of first-time teachers, a new study from the University of Washington College of Education provides evidence that mentorship matters in retaining beginning teachers.

UW research featured at AERA annual meeting

Lakeridge Elementary School
Apr 14 2017

University of Washington College of Education faculty and students will present their ongoing research to advance teaching quality, early learning, STEM education and more during the American Educational Research Association's annual meeting April 27 - May 1 in San Antonio. The theme of this year's AERA meeting is "Knowledge to Action: Achieving the Promise of Equal Educational Opportunity."

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.

Study: Sustained investment in lowest-performing schools can drive improvement

Elementary school classroom
Mar 29 2017

School turnarounds can be successful, but evidence-based reforms and a dollop of patience are essential ingredients.

That’s the key finding in a new study by a University of Washington College of Education researcher and colleagues at the University of California, Irvine and Stanford University who explore the effects of federal School Improvement Grants (SIG) aimed at improving the nation’s lowest-performing schools.

Redesigning family engagement in education

Family Leadership Design Collaborative national convening
Feb 27 2017

Joyce Parker devotes her heart and soul to making sure kids are in school and pointed toward graduation.

“Everyone’s responsible when children are out of school: parents, social workers, church members, teachers, police officers and so on,” said the director of Citizens for a Better Greenville.

That belief set the foundation of the organization’s “Missing in Action” campaign, launched as a concerted community approach to boosting the Mississippi city’s 66 percent graduation rate.

Report: Washington teachers less experienced, diversity gap remains wide

High school classroom
Feb 22 2017

While Washington’s teacher workforce is getting younger, closing the diversity gap in the profession has proven stubbornly resistant over the past two decades according to a new report exploring teacher retention and mobility in the state.