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Welcome to the Neighborhood

The Center For Leadership In Athletics is pleased to have Daisy D. Alfaro as the first Graduate Student Research Assistant.


Funding Announcements

The following new grants were awarded to the College of Education between October and mid-December:

Sharan Brown (PI) has received a grant from the Washington Education Association in the amount of $18,168 for the “Special Education Web-based Continuing Education Project.” The grant will fund five online continuing education courses for WEA members on such topics as “Legal Issues in Serving Students with Special Health Care Needs” and “Assistive Technology for Educators.”

Carol Davis (PI) has received an award of $249,926 from the U.S. Department of Education for the first year of a five-year project entitled “Project BUILD: Building Upon Instructional Leaders’ Discussions.” This project will develop and refine a model that contributes to the preparation of new teachers for learners with low-incidence disabilities in high-need schools; aids the professional development of in-service teachers; and influences the induction and retention of teachers.

Michael Knapp (PI) was awarded $75,000 by the Wallace Foundation for the project entitled “Next Generation Education Leadership Initiative: Developing Tools and Guidance to Support Central Office Transformation.” The grant funds will be used to create tools and guides to help district officials redesign central office functions to support principals in their efforts to improve teaching and learning in their schools.

Susan Sandall (PI) has received $7,700 from the King County Department of Community and Human Services for “CBA Assessment Modules.” The funds will be used to develop and pilot-test training modules for curriculum-based assessment and positive behavior support.  Funding for this contract was provided by the ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) program.

Ilene Schwartz (PI) has received an award from the University of Oklahoma in the amount of $380,295 for the first year of a four-year project entitled “Evaluation of a Comprehensive Community-Based Intervention for Toddlers with ASD.” The purpose of the project, which is a subcontract on the University of Oklahoma’s IES grant, is to develop a comprehensive treatment program for toddlers with ASD, addressing the issues of intensity, community access, and sustainability.

Tom Stritikus (PI) has received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for “University Accelerated Certification of Teachers: A Research and Development Initiatiave.” The award of $499,996 over three years will support a project aimed at developing an innovative practice-based curriculum model and related professional development tools for preparing and supporting novice teachers in their first years of teaching.

College Updates

Working for high quality sports-based youth development organizations

For the second year in a row, the Center for Leadership in Athletics brought together a room full of sports-based youth development professionals from around the Puget Sound to discuss national trends and share local success stories.


Danforth/L4L Updates

The latest news from the Leadership for Learning and Danforth programs.


Making a Difference and a Living: High Rewards and Employability in Secondary Special Education

If you’re a teacher and passionate about helping everyone to realize their potential, adding an endorsement to teach secondary special education might be your ticket to guaranteed employment.


Student Spotlight

coe practicum placements

The College of Ed has almost 300 students doing practicum work in over 100 Washington schools and organizations. Here's a map which shows the schools and community-based organizations where our students are doing their practica this fall.

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Alumni Spotlight

KCTS 9's 'Golden Apples' Honor Excellence In Washington State Education

KCTS 9 has announced the winners of the 20th Annual Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Education, celebrating educators, programs and schools making a positive difference in Washington state education from early childhood through high school. The College would like to offer special congratulations to its alumni award recipients, George Thornton and Jennifer Wiley.

LWSD School Board recommends former Inglewood teacher and principal, Traci Pierce, for superintendent

Traci Pierce is the Lake Washington School Board’s preferred candidate to replace outgoing superintendent Chip Kimball, it announced at its Dec. 5 meeting.  Dr. Pierce is an alum of the EDLPS Learning for Leadership doctoral program.


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Shirley Hune served as guest editor of a double issue of the journal aapi nexus: Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders Policy, Practice and Community (Vol. 9, Nos. 1&2, Fall 2011). The special issue features 25 research, data, and policy briefs pertaining to Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders organized around the issues of Civil Rights, Economic Development, Education, Health, and Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, an underserved group. The publication was launched at a meeting in Washington, DC that featured Secretary Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education as the Keynote Speaker Download a complimentary pdf copy of the publication, Forging the Future.

Nexus team with Arne Duncan

Shirley Hune at the far left with Secretary Duncan and UCLA colleagues.

Shirley Hune’s other recent publications include: “Asian American Women Faculty: Navigating Student Resistance and (Re)Claiming Authority and Their Rightful Place,” in Women of Color in Higher Education: Turbulent Past, Promising Future, edited by G. Jean-Marie & B. Lloyd-Jones. Diversity in Higher Education, Vol. 9, pp. 307-335 and   (with Edith Wen-Chu Chen) “Asian American Pacific Islander Women from Ph.D. to Campus President: Gains and Leaks in the Pipeline,” in Women of Color in Higher Education: Changing Directions and New Perspectives, edited by G. Jean-Marie & B. Lloyd-Jones.  Diversity in Higher Education, Vol. 10, pp. 163-190. They both appeared in September, 2011 and were published by Emerald in the U.K.

Janine Jones was awarded a Clinical Research LRP from the National Institutes of Health.  The Clinical Research LRP is for patient-oriented research conducted with human subjects in an outpatient or inpatient setting to clarify a problem in human physiology, pathophysiology or disease, epidemiologic or behavioral studies, outcomes or health services research, therapeutic interventions, or clinical trials.  She was given this two year award to complete her clinical intervention project "Multicultural Counseling: A universal model for successful counseling in schools."  This project tests culturally responsive treatment approaches for reducing depression in children and adolescents. 

On October 13, Marge Plecki made a presentation to the State of Washington's Task Force for the Teacher/Principal Evaluation Pilot.  The presentation, "Using value-added measures in educator evaluation systems"  can be found on the TPEP Task Force website.

Carol Davis and Beth West were awarded a Personnel Preparation Grant from the Department of Education ($1,250,000.00 across 5 years) to prepare teachers at the Masters level to work with students with significant disabilities. The project extends the student's learning by developing communities of practicing and pre-service teachers. 

Ken Zeichner presented a keynote address, "Two Visions of Teaching and Teacher Education for the Twenty-First Century," at the First Global Teacher Education Summit in November hosted by the Chinese Center for Teacher Education Research at Beijing Normal University.

Frances Contreras: Thirty-Five Year Look Back on the Latino/a Quest for Equity in Education
Dr. Frances Contreras, one of the nation’s leading authorities on Latino educational problems and on policies that would effectively address those problems, presented her research at a featured session in the 2011 National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE) held in San Francisco in June.
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Karen Harris and Marisa Bier attended the National Convening on Clinical Practice, presented by Teachers for a New Era, in Washington DC, Nov 14-15. Cathy Thompson, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction in Seattle Public Schools joined them as a team representing the school-university partnership of the teacher ed
program. Participating universities included members of TNE, The Learning Network, and NEXT (newly developed).  The 2-day conference focused on sharing best practices for implementing and supporting clinical experiences for both teacher candidates and cooperating experiences, including what is at stake with regards to higher ed engagement.

The team lead a working session entitled “Models for Clinical Practice in Teacher Preparation: Clinical Practice at the University of Washington”.  With a group of colleagues from participating university-based teacher education programs, they described how their methods courses for teacher candidates are offered in a clinical setting. The session focused on the practice of offering content methods courses at P-12 partner schools in order to offer more opportunities for a critical review of teaching practice.

Marisa participated on a panel, “Bridging Theory, Content, and Practice”, focused on sharing innovative strategies for weaving together theory, content, and practice throughout the continuum of teacher candidates’ preparation. Panelists described how their programs and others they are familiar with link courses, curricula, and clinical experiences to bridge theory, content, and practice.

Daisy Alfaro (EDS PhD Student, Advisor: Antony) was selected as a participant in the 32nd Annual David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar in Educational Administration and Policy, prior to the AERA meeting in Vancouver this year. The David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar brings together emerging educational leadership and policy scholarswith noted researchers for two days of presentations, generative discussion, and professional growth. The screening committee for this prestigious award includes the leadership of AERA Divisions A & L, and UCEA.

Mary Clevenger-Bright been selected as a member of the Washington State Department of Early Learning's Trainer Approval Board, which reviews and qualifies trainers who provide instruction and training to early care and education and school age professionals.  The board is part of Washington’s professional development system for child care providers and early childhood educators.

A book edited by Virginia Berninger, Past, present, and future contributions of cognitive writing research to cognitive psychology, was published in December, 2011 by Psychology Press/Taylor Francis Group. Deborah McCutchen authored a chapter entitled "Phonological, Orthographic, and Morphological Word-Level Skills Supporting Multiple Levels of the Writing Process." Virginia Berninger and Todd Richards co-authored the chapter entitled "The Writing Brain Coordinating Sensory/Motor, Language, and Cognitive Systems in Working Memory."

Brinda Jegatheesan has a new article in press in the Journal of Child Studies in Diverse Contexts. The article is titled, "Play Interactions between Children with Autism and their Siblings in European American and Vietnamese American Families."

The Center for Leadership In Athletics hosted a session with editors of the primary higher education journals at the 2011 Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Annual Conference in November.

The session titled, "Publish or Perish: Meeting the Challenges for Publishing Research on Intercollegiate Athletics" featured a discussion of the Research Issues in American Intercollegiate Athletics papers and the best practices for publishing in this area of higher education and intercollegiate athletics. 

The papers are available on the Center website.

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