Teachers co-design ambitious science learning

Education Design Lab
Jul 21 2016

Outside of Maple Elementary School in south Seattle, three teachers examine a tree near the school garden, eyes peeled for signs of what creatures are taking up residence in the arbor.

“Something’s been digging down here at the base of the tree,” says one teacher, bending down for a closer look.

“I see pods,” says one of her partners, taking out a magnifying glass for a closer look.

“There’s a spider web right in front of me!” exclaims another to her teammates.

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.

Reinventing the high school government course

AP Government
May 10 2016

For perhaps a majority of voters in the United States, formal civic education takes place in a high school government course. Yet for many students, particularly those in poverty-impacted schools, government courses regularly fail to be rigorous, ambitious or engaging.

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. 

AERA Highlight: Making text-based learning real

Reading
Apr 19 2016

For years, many of the nation's secondary school students have failed to get the kind of intensive, ongoing literacy instruction they need, either to catch up in the basics or to move beyond them.

As a result, said Professor Sheila Valencia of the University of Washington College of Education, educators and students alike have found ways to work around texts.

AERA Highlight: Creating hybrid practices for English learners and science teaching

Highline PD
Apr 12 2016

Learning science, especially under the rigorous new Next Generation Science Standards, comes with complex linguistic demands for students.

For English language learners (ELLs) and their teachers, those demands can present a barrier to engaging in complex forms of scientific sense-making and decrease students’ future opportunities in STEM disciplines.

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.

AERA Highlight: Working toward equity in math instructional improvement

Aki Kurose
Apr 10 2016

While most practitioners recognize the need to better support students, especially those who have been historically underserved, many struggle in knowing, concretely, how to do so.

Kara Jackson, an assistant professor of education in the University of Washington College of Education, is working to change that and improve middle-grades mathematics teaching and learning at a district-wide scale.