New faculty profile: Teddi Beam-Conroy

Teddi Beam-Conroy
Sep 19 2016

The daughter of educators, Teddi Beam-Conroy brings more than 20 years of experience as a K-12 educator in Wisconsin, Arizona, Minnesota and Texas to her new role as director of the University of Washington’s Elementary Teacher Education Program.

What we (don’t) know about independent teacher preparation programs

Sep 8 2016

As some advocacy groups push to deregulate the preparation of teachers and expand independent, alternative routes into teaching, a new policy brief authored by the University of Washington College of Education’s Ken Zeichner reviews what is known about the quality of five of the most prominent independent teacher education programs in the U.S.

Giving a boost to struggling readers

Whitman tutoring
Aug 11 2016

Summer is a crucial time for young readers. As much as 85 percent of the reading achievement gap between poverty-impacted students and their peers can be attributed to “summer slide,” the lack of access to reading opportunities these students experience over the summer.

At Seattle’s Whitman Middle School, however, students at risk of falling behind are getting a helping hand from University of Washington College of Education tutors through a summer intensive reading program now in its fifth year.

Elevating the practice of teacher mentorship

Mentor teachers
Jul 27 2016

For decades, a pre-service teacher’s typical experience has largely consisted of first sitting in the back of a classroom, watching an experienced teacher lead a lesson, and then switching places.

The feedback given to the teacher candidates is mostly informal, and while mentor teachers possess extensive experience in the classroom, they rarely receive much support from the teacher preparation programs they serve.

New program aims to foster better education for Native learners

Native education
Jul 18 2016

At meetings with Native American community leaders, educators in the University of Washington’s College of Education repeatedly heard the same question — what can be done to improve educational outcomes among Native learners?

Preparing teachers for diverse classrooms

Grace Blum
Jun 29 2016

In large, diverse metropolitan areas such as Seattle, students in K-12 systems can speak well over 100 primary languages.

As the cultural and linguistic diversity of the nation's schools steadily increases, Grace Blum (PhD '16) is focused on preparing future teachers to work effectively in classrooms where students may have several different primary languages.

Teachers of color less happy in their schools, new study shows

Teacher
Jun 23 2016

Even as poverty-impacted schools have found success recruiting more high-ability teachers over the past two decades, fewer teachers of color are sticking with the profession. A new study from the University of Washington College of Education points to one of the biggest obstacles to closing the teacher diversity gap: teachers of color are significantly less satisfied with their jobs than white colleagues.

Strengthening the early education workforce

Early education
May 6 2016

For 11 years, Stephanie Diehl has enjoyed a successful career as an early childhood educator. She's worked her way up to become director of an early childhood center in Northwest Illinois that's gold level-rated, the state's highest certification of quality.

But Diehl, like many early educators throughout the country, doesn't have a bachelor's degree in early learning. 

Giving all students a voice

Flores in the classroom
Apr 25 2016

Jennifer Flores (BA '12, MIT '14) is working to reinforce and advocate for students who lack a voice in school because they do not have English fluency.

As a teacher at Cedarhurst Elementary School in Highline, the University of Washington College of Education alumna has dedicated herself to engaging with the community by giving positive phone calls home, visiting families and encouraging families to visit school.

AERA Highlight: Combining forces to improve teacher preparation

Secondary teacher preparation program
Apr 17 2016

As teacher preparation programs continue evolving to provide more purposeful learning opportunities for teacher candidates, collaboration amongst teacher educators plays a crucial role.

During the American Educational Research Association’s 2016 meeting, teacher educators from the University of Washington College of Education shared insights from their democratic process of planning a redesign of College’s secondary teacher education program.