Bringing effective autism treatment to all

Haring Center for Research and Training in Inclusive Education
Oct 3 2016

Nearly 20 years of autism education research and practice at the University of Washington’s Haring Center for Research and Training in Inclusive Education inform the first comprehensive manual to help schools implement high quality, inclusive educational programs for young children.

Alum wins Presidential Award for environmental education

Laura Tyler
Sep 27 2016

Laura Tyler (MEd ‘94) of Seattle’s South Shore PK-8 School is one of 13 educators in the United States to win this year’s Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators.

Tyler, who graduated from the University of Washington College of Education with her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, has dedicated three decades as an educator to improving urban students’ environmental understanding and the environmental sustainability of her school system.

Study points to importance of inclusion, fairness in lowering classroom aggression

Dearborn Park Elementary
Sep 20 2016

With more than 3 million students victimized by bullying each year in the United States and tens of thousands skipping school every day to avoid it, educators across the country are launching programs to reduce aggression. Unfortunately, many of today’s aggression reduction efforts are disappointing.

A first-of-its-kind study from the University of Washington College of Education provides new insights into the individual and group norms that can predict different forms of aggression, offering guidance for schools to craft more effective intervention efforts.

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.

All in it together

Networked Improvement Communities
Oct 6 2016

The latest edition of Research That Matters, "The Power of Partnership," explores how the UW College of Education is working with schools, educators and communities to make learning come alive for all students. The following story about a College partnership supporting communities of educators that spread new knowledge and best practices through entire districts also appears in the online version of the magazine.

It’s a special day at Highline District’s ACE/Global High School.

Study points to benefits of teacher team building

White Center Heights classroom
Sep 2 2016

Effective teachers don't just impact their own students' achievement, they help improve the performance of their fellow teachers' students. New research by Min Sun of University of Washington College of Education and her collaborators points toward how schools can maximize the talents of their teachers to improve instruction, especially poverty-impacted and minority children who often are taught by less experienced teachers.

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.

Empowering all students to show their strengths

Robinson Center
Sep 1 2016

Students of color in America are 20 times less likely to be identified as gifted and talented than their classmates.

Too many students aren’t getting an opportunity to reveal their strengths says Nancy Hertzog, a University of Washington College of Education professor, and as director of the UW Robinson Center for Young Scholars she’s working to change the status quo.

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.