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Funding Announcements

The UW College of Education grants office provides funding announcements monthly. The announcements below are from the previous month.

Gail Joseph: Department of Early Learning

Gail Joseph (PI) has received a one-year award from DEL for $135,176. The award, entitled “Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS),” is for implementation of a QRIS in 60 licensed child-care facilities in four regions of Washington State—Northwest, Southwest, Central, and East. The participating child-care facilities, or early adopters, participated in the Seeds to Success Field Test during 2010.

Min Li: National Science Foundation (NSF)

Min Li (PI) has received an award of $122,165 from NSF for a two-year project entitled “Examining Formative Assessment Practices for English Language Learners in Science Classrooms.” This is a collaborative grant involving the University of Colorado at Boulder and UC Denver. The exploratory project will use classroom observations, videos, assessment artifacts, and teacher and student interviews to identify aspects of formative assessment practices that are critical to ensuring equal access to science education for all students.

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Gail Joseph and Team Write New Standards for Washington Quality Rating and Improvement System (WQRIS)

The new Washington Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)–the state's voluntary program for helping licensed child care providers offer high-quality care–was developed by University of Washington faculty member Dr. Gail Joseph and her team of researchers. More»

Student Spotlight

Adebowale Adekile and Maurice E. Dolberry Awarded Competitive Education Pioneers Fellowship

Adebowale Adekile and Maurice E. Dolberry, graduate students in Curriculum and Instruction at the UW College of Education, have been selected to receive an Education Pioneers Graduate School Fellowship. They were selected from over 2,000 applicants and are two of approximately 330 Fellows placed throughout the nation in leadership roles dedicated to comprehensive public education reform. More»

The Systematic Development of Expertise: A Multifaceted Review of Literature on the Development of Expertise

Daniel Novak, a Ph.D. student in the area of Educational Psychology at the College of Education, has published a book titled The Systematic Development of Expertise: A Multifaceted Review of Literature on the Development of Expertise. Novak specializes in learning sciences and works closely with faculty members Stephen Kerr, who serves as Novak’s advisor, as well as John Bransford. More»

Alum Profile

Lisa Hoyt – Founding Director of Renton Academy

Alum Lisa Hoyt is the founding director of Renton Academy, a therapeutic public school for students with emotional and behavioral disabilities. When she started, Lisa was sure of one thing: You can’t study learning disabilities without considering behavioral and emotional disabilities as well. More»

Jennifer Wiley - Principal, Franklin High School, Seattle Public Schools

Jennifer Wiley was studying for the LSAT when she interviewed for the UW College of Education's Danforth Educational Leadership Program, an intensive one-year program that trains principals and administrators. After much consideration, she realized she could make the most direct impact on educational inequities by working directly with young people. More»

Foxy and Jason Davison – Community Volunteers and Co-Owners of Cortona Café

College of Ed alums Foxy and Jason Davison are community volunteers and co-owners of Cortona Café in Seattle. More»


Jerry Purcell Endowed Fellowship in Education: New Endowment to Honor College of Education Staffer

Emeritus faculty member Sam Sebesta taught in the area of Curriculum and Instruction from 1963 – 1995.  Sebesta’s unwavering commitment to education is one reason that he recently established the Jerry Purcell Endowed Fellowship in Education in honor of College of Education staffer, Jerry Purcell. More»

A Win for Public Schools

University of Washington head football coach Steve Sarkisian and his wife, Stephanie, have made a gift of $100,000 to establish the Steve and Stephanie Sarkisian Endowed Fellowship in Education in the UW College of Education. The endowment will provide financial assistance to graduate students in the College of Education who aspire to teach in Washington state public schools. More»


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Kareen Borders: Alum

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the names of 16 teachers selected to be Teaching Ambassador Fellows for the upcoming 2011-12 school year, including alum Kareen Borders! Kareen is an an aerospace and life science teacher at Key Peninsula Middle School in Gig Harbor, Wash.

Georgie Bright Kunkel: Alum

Georgie Bright Kunkel was selected to do comedy at the Humor Project Conference at Silver Bay, New York in June 2011. She provided the greeting speech at the June 2011 American School Counseling Association Conference in Seattle, WA. Bright Kunkel continues to write, speak publicly, and participate in Rosie the Riveter activities. She plans to celebrate her 91st birthday at Canlis with a date.

Chrysan Galluci: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Chrysan Gallucci has been appointed to the Editorial Board for the American Educational Research Journal, Social and Institutional Analysis Section.

Tom Nowak: Alum

Congratulations to Tom Nowak, alumnus of the teacher education program. A seventh and eighth grade science teacher at Skyview, Nowak is this year's recipient of the Washington State PTSA Outstanding Educator award.

Stephen “Steve” Kerr: Curriculum and Instruction

KUOW looks at how online offerings compare to traditional college course work. Steve Kerr is quoted.

Lisa P. Kuh: Alum

Lisa P. Kuh has taken a new position at the University of New Hampshire. Kuh will be directing an undergraduate early childhood teacher education program, teaching child development and curriculum courses, and doing professional development work with the campus lab school, in addition to her own research.

John Schmied: Alum

John Schmied, alumnus of the first cohort of teacher education program students, is the 2011 winner of the Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Award. Schmied is currently a seventh grade science teacher Skyview, This award goes to an outstanding middle school teacher (grades 5-8) who successfully integrates environmental education into the curriculum and engages students in interdisciplinary solutions to environmental challenges. 


Pamela Trivedi: Alum

College of Ed alum Pamela Trivedi received a prestigious SRCD fellowship and will be reporting to the Deputy Secretary for Evaluation and Planning in the US Department of Health and Human Services. Pamela was a lead Research Assistant for a number of years in our NICHD-funded longitudinal study and studies in LD center. Janine Jones was her dissertation supervisor and Ginger Berninger worked with her on the fellowship.

Stephanie Wood-Garnett: Center for Educational Leadership

Stephanie Wood-Garnett was invited to serve as a member of the Seattle Public Schools Equity Taskforce. Our task is to develop an equity policy for approval by the School Board. We begin meeting in September. Wood-Garnett was also an invited speaker at the American Federation of Teachers TEACH Conference on July 12th in Washington, DC. Her session was, “Reducing Disproportionality in our Schools.” More»

Michelle Zimmerman: Alum

Michelle Zimmerman, a seventh and eighth grade teacher at the Amazing Grace Christian School, participated in Microsoft's Innovative Education Forum.  More»

William “Bill” Zumeta: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Graduate School Dean Jerry Baldasty awarded Zumeta with the prestigious 2011 Graduate School Dean's Award. The award is given, "In recognition of exemplary advocacy and leadership on behalf of graduate education at the University of Washington." Zumeta has served on 31 doctoral committees at the University of Washington, provided regular consulting to the last few Graduate School deans, and provided ongoing support and communications follow-up to his interpretive piece on the National Research Council's 2010 ratings of doctoral programs. 

On June 16, Bill Zumeta testified for 3 hours before the Governance and Policy Committee of the Oregon Board on Higher Education on higher education finance, accountability, and governance issues at the request of the Oregon University System's Chancellor (George Pernsteiner, Evans MPA 1970).

William “Bill” Zumeta, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, and Alicia Kinne, Student in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

William “Bill” Zumeta and Alicia Kinne, College of Education graduate student and CREST fellow, co-authored an article, ‘The recession is not over for higher education’ for publication in the NEA 2011 Almanac of Higher Education.


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