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The UW College of Education eNews is sent out monthly to faculty, staff, and student listservs. Below you will find news and features, as well as faculty, student, and alumni achievements. 


Congratulations to Ed Taylor, Philip Bell, Leslie Herrenohl, and Susan Sandall on their recent promotions. Ed Taylor has been promoted to the rank of Professor. Philip Bell, Leslie Herrenkohl, and Susan Sandall were promoted from Associate to full Professor.

Funding Announcements

The following new grants were awarded to the College of Education in March:

College of Education new grant awards for March 2012

Megan Bang (PI) has received $169,652 for the first year of a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation. “Community-Based Citizen Science: Rebuilding Relationships to Place” is a collaborative effort involving UW, the American Indian Center of Chicago, the Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin, and Northwestern University. The purpose of the research project is to examine the role of culture and related epistemological orientations in the development of knowledge and reasoning about the natural world and the subsequent sense-making of, and participation in, natural resource management.

Sharan Brown (PI) has received a $10,000 award from the ARC of Washington Trust Fund for a project entitled, “Juvenile Justice and Youth with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities: Investigating the Special Education Connection in Washington State.” The one-year study will investigate the connection between special education, primarily disciplinary actions, and involvement with juvenile justice.

Jennifer Hoffman (PI) has been awarded a one-year grant of $10,000 by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for the “Intercollegiate Athletics Leadership Database.” The pilot database has been created and tested, and this grant will fund the next step in its development, which is to populate the database with historical data and initiate a series of reports that illustrate trends in presidential authority and operations of NCAA Division I FBS intercollegiate athletics programs.

Center and Institute Updates

UW Institute for Science and Math Education

The UW Institute for Science and Math Education is in its third year developing and running collaborative R&D projects that leverage our best research accounts to improve practice in areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educational with an equity focus. Click here to learn about their recent projects and partnerships. More» isme logo


Center for Educational Leadership Leads for Instructional Improvement at ASCD Conference

At the 2012 ASCD annual conference and exhibit show in Philadelphia on March 24, more than 145 school district administrators, principals and educators from across North America gathered to hear a presentation by Dr. Stephen Fink, executive director of the UW Center for Educational Leadership. More» audience-ascd conference

Master’s in Instructional Leadership and NEW Teacher Leadership Certificate

Summer 2012 brings several changes to the MIL landscape, from curriculum to program structure. Click here to learn about these as well and more.


College Updates

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Virginia “Ginger” Berninger: Educational Psychology

On January 23, 2012 Professor Virginia Berninger presented at Handwriting in the 21st Century: An Educational Summit. Sponsored by the American Association of School Administrators and Zaner Bloser, the summit was held at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Berninger’s presentation was titled "Evidence-based, developmentally appropriate writing  skills K to 5: Teaching the orthographic loop of working memory to write letters so that developing writers can  spell words, and express ideas." The summit resulted in a White Paper to inform the Common Core Standards.

Berninger was invited to submit a paper for the May/June issue of Principal for all K-8 Principals in the US. The paper is titled, ‘Strengthening the mind’s eye: The case for continued handwriting instruction in the 21st century.’

Michael Bowman: Ph.D. Student in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

BLURB Michael Bowman, a College of Education Ph.D. student in the area of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, received the prestigious UW Excellence in Teaching Award. The award recognizes outstanding skills in the classroom. Bowman teaches in the elementary Teacher Education Program as well as a UW undergraduate education course titled, 'The Purpose of Public Schools in a Democracy.' Bowman is one of two graduate assistants to receive this award for the 2012 academic year.

Frances Contreras: Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

Frances Contreras writes a guest column in Jurist on how the repealing of Proposition 209 in California would reinstate a vital admissions tool for underpriviledged students. Click here to read her column»

Contreras is a keynote speaker at the 2012 conference for National Institute of Health Education Projects in Washington D.C. She is speaking on culturally-nuanced science education. Click here for information on the conference»

Daniel Ervin: M.Ed. Student in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

Daniel Ervin, College of Education student and fourth/fifth grade teacher at Giddens School, was accepted to the Summer Institute at the Klingenstein Center of Teachers College Columbia University. daniel ervin and kids

Konstantine Kyriacopoulos: Curriculum and Instruction Alum ‘11

Konstantine Kyriacopoulos, a recent doctoral graduate in Multicultural Education, received the Outstanding Paper Award from AERA's Social Studies Education SIG.

Alexandra “Sasha” Lotas: Ph.D. Student in Educational Psychology

Sasha Lotas, a stuent in learning sciences, won the Early Scholar Award from AERA's Adult Literacy SIG.

Zoe Krumm: Teacher Education Program Alum ‘98

Zoe Krumm graduated in 1998 from the Elementary Teacher Education Program. She now works on Microsoft’s worldwide anti-piracy team.

Kenneth Zeichner: Director of Teacher Education Program

Ken Zeichner received the 2012 DeGarmo lecture award from the Society of Professors of Education and presented the DeGarmo lecture at the meeting of the society which was held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Vancouver in April. Zeichner’s lecture focused on the global struggle for defining the course of teaching and teacher education in the 21st century. The Society of Professors of Education was founded in 1902 in Chicago and focuses on the teaching of Education courses in the university. Its founders included John Dewey, Paul Hanus, Henry Holmes, and Charles DeGarrmo. Previous recipients of the DeGarmo lecture award have included John Goodlad, Maxine Greene, Lee Shulman, Larry Cuban, Jeannie Oakes, Sonia Nieto, and Linda Darling-Hammond.

Meaghan McCollow: Ph.D. Student in Special Education

Ph.D. student Meaghan McCollow was chosen to be a member of the student editorial board for Young Exceptional Children. McCollow will serve for a three-year term.

Noah Zeichner: Teacher Education Program Alum

Noah Zeichner, a TEP alum, recently published a CNN editorial on school leadership. Noah is a National Board-certified teacher at Chief Sealth International School in Seattle.


Teacher Education Program Video: Dr. Viv Ellis

The Teacher Education Program invited Dr. Viv Ellis to speak about the use of cultural-historical activity theory to study teacher education and teacher learning.. Dr. Ellis is a University Lecturer in Educational Studies, co-convenor of the Oxford Centre for Sociocultural and Activity Theory Research (OSAT) and Fellow of St Cross College of the University of Oxford. More»

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