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Kelly Aramaki, Danforth Cohort 15 Alum, won the $25,000 Milken Educator Award for Washington. The award, called the “Oscars of Teaching” by Teacher magazine, exists to attract and reward outstanding K-12 teachers and education leaders. Aramaki, principal of John Stanford International School in Wallingford, is one of 55 educators nation-wide who is receiving the award. The Milken Educator Award, with no nomination or application procedure, is the largest teacher recognition program in the U.S. and was created to retain and attract the highest quality K-12 educators to the profession.

L4L Cohort 2 alum Dr. Steve Gering was one of nine educators statewide recently honored with a 2010 KCTS 9 Golden Apple Award, which honors individuals and programs epitomizing excellence in education in public and private schools across the state. Gering, principal of North Central High School, was recognized for making a significant change in secondary education as a principal of North Central High School. In the last five years, Gering has helped to boost the school’s college-bound students to 20 percent. In an interview with The Spokesman-Review, Gering describes the North Central’s proactive approach of setting up databases to track, follow and regularly meet with students who plan to go to college. He says: “Our staff doesn’t believe our mission is just to get kids a diploma – it’s to get them to some post-secondary (program). That’s our job.”

Danforth & L4L student assistant Emily Lee has been selected as a finalist for the Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship for Aspiring Teachers of Color.  Through a rigorous application process, Emily was selected as the University of Washington’s sole nominee for the award late last summer, before being further evaluated at the national level. As a finalist for the national fellowship, Emily will be visiting the University of Pennsylvania later this month for an all-day interview process. We wish her the best of luck!


Six members of the Cleveland High School team will be keynoting the November 18 Washington State School Director’s Association (WSSDA) conference in Spokane. Presenters include Margery Ginsberg (EDLPS faculty & AIM Center co-director), a member of Cleveland’s administrative team, dean of students Catherine Brown, and a Cleveland high school teacher, student, and parent.

Danforth 19 alum Justin Baeder’s blog on ‘Bringing the 4 R’s to Evaluation’ was published in Education Week this October. He speaks about reframing teacher evaluations into terms of the four R’s: Rigor, Relevance, Relationships and Results. “We have a choice,” Baeder says in the blog, “We can make this a perfunctory process, or we can make it rigorous, relevant, and oriented toward using our professional relationships to maximize student learning.”

Michael R. MacLeod, a graduate of the U.W. Danforth Administrative Credential Program in 1996, recently self-published a memoir that focuses on Thailand and teaching. ‘Footprints in the Mud’ offers the reader interesting material about MacLeod’s stint as a Peace Corps teacher in Thailand, while also providing a look at the long career of a teacher.  Click here to read excerpts from ‘Footprints in the Mud’ >>

At the recent UCEA conference, Margery Ginsberg served as chair and discussant on the instructional leadership panel.  Her presentation was entitled “Implementation of a Motivational Approach to Professional Development: Lessons Learned by Leaders of an Urban School District-University Partnership” and explored some of the many facets of instructional leadership in the context of an ongoing collaborative partnership between a local high school and the University of Washington.


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