Q&A: Using clickers to increase student learning

Clickers
Dec 8 2015

Peter Wallis, a PhD student in learning sciences and human development at the University of Washington College of Education, is co-editor of the recently published book Clickers in the Classroom: Using Classroom Response Systems to Increase Student Learning.

The spillover effect: Good teaching doesn't stop at the classroom door

Teacher Equity
Nov 23 2015

Effective teachers don't just impact their own students' achievement, they can significantly improve the performance of their fellow teachers' students. That new research finding by Min Sun of University of Washington College of Education has important implications for national efforts to ensure poverty-impacted and minority children aren't taught by a greater proportion of less experienced teachers.

Inspiring collaboration, leveraging expertise

INSPIRE
Oct 30 2015

The latest edition of Research That Matters, "Passion & Promise," explores how the UW College of Education is approaching the biggest challenges in education with a spirit of possibility. The following story about the College's INSPIRE initiative also appears in the online version of the magazine.

Professor to attend White House summit on STEM teaching

Jessica Thompson
Oct 22 2015

The University of Washington College of Education's efforts to strengthen the nation's STEM teaching workforce will be discussed during an Oct. 28 summit at the White House.

Creating citizens for a vibrant democracy

Oct 1 2015

From an early age, Jane Lo was fascinated by how people interact in civil society — the way people come together to improve their communities, support fellow citizens in need and assert their rights.

That interest attracted her to teaching and the opportunity to help students understand the complexity of human interactions. After a few years teaching high school social studies in Texas, Lo reached out to Professor Walter Parker at the University of Washington College of Education to dig deeper.

Leading change from the classroom

Meridian Lynden Teacher Leadership Partnership
Sep 29 2015

Making sure schools support every child in reaching their full potential is a complex task. The challenge is even greater at places like Meridian School District in northwest Washington that must run on lean staffs.

David Forsythe, assistant superintendent of Meridian School District, said the district recognized strong teacher leadership could significantly impact student achievement. Yet not every school had teacher leaders, and expectations for those leaders varied widely.

Professor honored by Washington Science Teachers Association

Philip Bell
Sep 10 2015

UW Professor Philip Bell is the recipient of the 2015 Washington Science Teachers Association (WSTA) Teacher of the Year Award for Higher Education. Bell, who holds the Shauna C. Larson Chair in Learning Sciences at UW College of Education, is being recognized for the work he and his team have done to help develop and implement the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) with a focus on equity, in partnership with a network of organizations across the state and country.

EarlyEdU aims to boost early learning

Early education classroom
Sep 8 2015

The University of Washington is launching a new effort to strengthen the nation's early care and education workforce by increasing access to programs preparing these professionals.

Teachers co-build their technology toolboxes

Education Design Lab 2015
Aug 4 2015

A flood of new technologies can change how people learn, live and work nearly overnight. For educators like Elzena McVicar, who teaches elementary English language learners in Seattle Public Schools, it's easy to feel overwhelmed.

"I know that I’m expected to teach 21st century skills to my students, but I only have four computers in my classroom, so I had a big problem of practice," McVicar said.

Inspirational teachers heralded by President

Erin Flynn
Jul 9 2015

Encouraging students to ask questions, to conduct thoughtful experiments and even to get a bit messy in the lab are among the many joys Erin Flynn and Gretel von Bargen experience in their biology classes.