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.

AERA Highlight: A more democratic vision for teacher education

Franklin High School
Apr 11 2016

Too often, communities are left out of the equation in preparing future teachers.

“We’ve generally done a poor job accessing the knowledge and the assets that exist in our schools and communities,” said Ken Zeichner, Boeing professor of teacher education at the University of Washington College of Education. “There’s this idea that we’re coming in to help save schools and students.”

That’s a view that Zeichner wants to change.

Pumping up Washington's teacher pipeline

Teacher candidate
Apr 5 2016

In Washington's growing Sumner School District, spring is crunch time for Marc Brouillet.

Sumner's assistant superintendent for human resources is looking to hire approximately 80 teachers to fill its openings for the coming school year while the state contends with a teaching shortage that has put many districts in crisis mode.

UW College of Education ranked #8 in nation

Teacher candidate
Mar 16 2016

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the University of Washington College of Education No. 8 among the nation's best education schools in its annual graduate school ratings, released March 16.

UW College of Education again ranked No. 2 among education schools at public institutions in the U.S., behind only the University of Wisconsin-Madison (at No. 4 overall) in the 2017 edition of the U.S. News ratings. This is the third consecutive year that UW has been ranked second among public institutions by U.S. News.

Op-ed: Smart investments needed to ease chronic teacher shortage

Mia Tuan
Jan 24 2016

University of Washington College of Education Dean Mia Tuan outlines steps that would enable Washington to attract and retain high-quality teachers in an op-ed published January 23 in The Seattle Times.

EarlyEdU Alliance

The need for qualified early childhood teachers is greater than ever.

Study: Teacher shortage putting many schools in 'crisis mode'

teacher shortage
Nov 24 2015

A shortage of full-time and substitute teachers is placing a severe strain on Washington's schools according to surveys of principals analyzed by a team from the University of Washington College of Education. 

Among the key findings: 80 percent of principals have had to hire under-qualified teachers while three-quarters of principals had personally substituted for a classroom teacher within the previous five days.