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Congratulations to six L4L students who received awards from the Kenneth Sirotnik Scholarship Fund. The 2011 recipients were selected based on their commitment to principles of social justice, up-to-date work in the L4L program and demonstration of financial need. The Kenneth Sirotnik Scholarship Fund was established to give remembrance to the work of Ken Sirotnik, who served on the College of Education faculty from 1985 until his death in 2004. He worked tirelessly throughout his life to speak out for social justice and to teach students about how to promote conditions that provide equitable and excellent education for all children.  Ken believed that teachers and leaders with these commitments could have tremendous influence in creating and sustaining such schools.  Ken’s vision and his beliefs were key in creating the Danforth Educational Leadership Program and the Leadership for Learning Program at the University of Washington.

2011 Kenneth Sirotnik Scholarship Recipients

Simon Dalexy
Chris Drabek 
Shari Farris
Tim Fries
Gregory King
Fredrika Smith
Assistant Superintendent


Dr. Cathy Thompson, L4L Cohort 3 Alum and former Danforth Principal-in-Residence, is nationally recognized with this year’s University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Excellence in Educational Leadership Award. She was presented with the prestigious award at the Seattle School Board Meeting on May 18th. Her nomination for the award was supported by faculty in the L4L and Danforth Program. In her nomination letter, Associate Professor Margery Ginsberg writes, “[Dr. Thompson] has a singular approach to developing relationships that, even amidst significant reductions in fiscal resources, inspires future leaders. She is honest about significant problems of practice yet she hopeful, innovative, and courageous. She makes issues of educational equity transparent and compelling.” The UCEA Excellence in Educational Leadership Award is an annual recognition for practicing school administrators who have made significant contributions to the improvement of administrator preparation.


Shari Farris, L4L Cohort 4, recently had an article accepted in the Journal of  Staff Development.  The article will be published in the October 2011 issue, and is titled, “A Morning in Yasir’s Shores: What I learned from shadowing a student in my school.”

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