AERA Highlight: New book addresses civic engagement, diversity

High school classroom
Apr 28 2017

Across the world, educators are grappling with how to work within increasingly interconnected and diverse societies where racial and social inequities, historical animosities and citizenship status present barriers for students from marginalized groups.

Mentors show pathway to teaching

Veronica Whitley
Apr 24 2017

As a third grader, Veronica Whitley (MEd '17) didn't think of herself as "good" at school.

Needing extra support in reading and writing, Whitley's teacher, Mr. Leonard, was one of her first mentors.

"He showed me that school could be fun and also really believed in me," Whitley said.

Thanks to Mr. Leonard's mentorship, Whitley found herself transforming from a struggling student into a confident, eager learner.

Sharpening skills in real-time with instant feedback via earbuds

Earbuds for instructional coaching
Apr 11 2017

"Bug in the Ear” project allows distant learners to connect with their coaches during critical teaching and learning moments.

Kathleen Artman Meeker’s 6-year-old student had three words in his vocabulary: “No,” “eat” and an expletive that he used to maximum effect in the classroom. The outbursts disrupted the class and puzzled Meeker, who was desperately trying to help him.

What Canada can teach the U.S. about teaching quality

Teacher candidate at Franklin High School
Mar 27 2017

By many measures, the United States trails its neighbor to the north in overall performance and equity in student learning.

What can America do to catch up? The University of Washington’s Ken Zeichner, Boeing professor of teacher education, seeks to answer that question in two new books stemming from a worldwide study of policies and practices that advance teaching quality.

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.

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.

Breaking down barriers

Equity Summit of Gifted Education
Feb 13 2017

Growing up in Ballard, Jailyn Fonseca was identified as a highly capable student in elementary school.

It wasn’t until 5th grade, however, when she noticed that she was one of the only students of color in her school identified as highly capable. 

“I never got to be with other students who were similar to me, who shared the same cultural values I did,” said Fonseca, who now attends Ingraham High School in Seattle.

Fonseca isn’t alone.

Major opens new pathways in education

Students in Education, Communities and Organizations class
Nov 17 2016

Kim Boudreau enrolled at the University of Washington planning to major in business administration and human resources management, but it didn’t feel like quite the right fit.

Boudreau realized she was interested in workforce training, so she added a minor in education. But she still wasn’t convinced her studies would take her where she wanted to go. So when the 20-year-old learned about the UW’s new undergraduate degree in Education, Communities and Organizations — or ECO — she didn’t hesitate to switch tracks.

Special Education

Develop the expertise to help students with disabilities achieve their potential.

Alum named Washington Regional Teacher of the Year

Elizabeth Loftus
Oct 12 2016

Elizabeth Loftus, a 2014 graduate of the University of Washington College of Education’s Applied Behavior Analysis Distance Education Program, has been named Northwest ESD 189 Regional Teacher of the Year.

Loftus, one of eight Washington educators to be honored this fall, teaches at Olympic View Elementary in Oak Harbor District.