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.

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.