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Funding Announcements

The following new grants were awarded to the College of Education between December 2011 and February 2012:

Megan Bang (PI) has received the first year’s funding of a three-year, $463,675 grant from the National Science Foundation (transferred to UW from TERC Inc.). “Cultural Epistemologies and Science-Related Practices: Living and Learning in Relationships” is a collaborative effort involving UW, the American Indian Center of Chicago, the Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin, and Northwestern University. The project examines the role of culture and associated epistemological orientations in the development of knowledge and reasoning about the natural world.

Virginia Berninger (PI) has received funding from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) for “The Center for Defining and Treating Specific Learning Disabilities in Written Language.” The Center will investigate how individuals learn to write and read and the best ways to teach writing and reading comprehension to both learning disabled and typically achieving children. A total of $8.1 million will be awarded over five years and will support three projects headed by Virginia Berninger, Deborah McCutchen, and Todd Richards (Radiology). This cross-campus research collaboration also involves key investigators Robert Abbott, Sue Nolen, Elizabeth Sanders, Steve Tanimoto (Computer Science and Engineering), Tom Grabowski (Radiology), and Wendy Raskind (Medical Genetics).

Kristie Kauerz (PI) has received $69,320 from the Foundation for Child Development and $153,348 from Harvard University as subcontracts on Harvard’s grants from the W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The funds will support the “Pre-K—3rd Education Initiative,” an effort to provide education leaders and practitioners with a framework and strategies to raise the level of teaching and learning in early childhood and elementary education. 

Andy Shouse (PI) has received an award of $32,000 from the National Geographic Education Foundation for the” Washington 2011/2012 Alliance Grant.” This grant will fund a strategic planning process involving leadership from K-12 and higher education, education policy, and industry to develop statements of mission, goals and strategies to improve geography education in Washington State.

Tom Stritikus (PI) was awarded $135,001 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the “Executive Educator Leadership Program (EELP). “  The goal of EELP is to create a learning laboratory for future teacher leaders to spearhead reform in their districts through active union participation and leadership positions. This grant will fund a workshop to convene a group of national and local experts on labor-management negotiations, union leadership, and teacher leadership to develop the conceptual and intellectual core of the EELP.

Jessica Thompson (PI) has received an award from the University of Rochester, which will total $138,128 over four years.  The funds are a subcontract on Rochester’s grant from NSF for a project entitled, “Science STARS: Nurturing Urban Girls’ Identities through Inquiry-Based Science,” which will provide urban teen girls with the opportunity to participate in rich, inquiry-based investigations that will help them develop their identities as scientists and agents of change in their communities. The grant will support young women from minority groups and of low socioeconomic status in quality informal science education through Science STARS (Students Tackling Authentic and Relevant Science).

College Updates

AACTE Honors University of Washington Educators with Outstanding Journal of Teacher Education Article Award

A paper by the College of Education’s Charles “Cap” Peck and Chrysan Gallucci, and Tine Sloan of the University of California, Santa Barbara has been named Outstanding Journal of Teacher Education (JTE) article of the year by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). More»

New center to develop interventions for writing, reading disabilities

The University of Washington College of Education has been awarded an $8.1 million, five-year federal grant to study how best to teach writing and reading to both learning-disabled and typically achieving children.

The grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development will fund the new Center for Defining and Treating Specific Learning Disabilities in Written Language at the University of Washington. More»

Visit to EEU inspires $100,000 gift from Presidential Discretionary Fund

In late January, President and Mrs. Young visited the Haring Center's Experimental Education Unit (EEU), inspiring the President to award this hidden gem of the University with $100,000 from the Presidential Discretionary Fund.

President and Mrs. Young witnessed EEU programs integrating applied research, the training of graduate students and professionals, and world class services being offered to children and families. The EEU is honored to receive such a gift, and has never been more proud to be a part of the University of Washington and the College of Education.

CEL Summer Leadership Institute to be held July 9-12, 2012

The University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership is drawing education leaders from across the state and country to the Seattle area for a four-day Summer Leadership Institute in July.

Institute participants will learn how to assess, align and improve their instructional leadership efforts from the central office to the classroom. Attendees can choose to attend one, two or all three leadership strands aimed at helping them develop greater expertise in leading for instructional improvement. More»

Alumni Spotlight

Timothy Yeomans, superintendent of the Meridian School District in the Bellingham area and an L4L Cohort 3 alumi, was the Puyallup School Board’s unanimous pick Tuesday to take over for retiring Superintendent Tony Apostle. Story»

Alum Jonathan Miller-Lan has been promoted to Associate Prof at Middlebury College in Vermont.

L4L alums Dr. Cathy Thompson (Asst. Supt of Teaching and Learning for Seattle) and Dr. Paul Robb (Director of Professional Learning for Seattle) presented on transformative professional learning with Prof. Margery Ginsburg at the United States Dept. Of Education National Title I Conference in Seattle.

Mark Chen recently had his dissertation-turned-book published: Leet Noobs: The Life and Death of an Expert Player Group in World of Warcraft.

Faculty Achievements

Bill Zumeta's new book – Financing American Higher Education in the Era of Globalization – was featured in UWeek.

Congratulations are in order for both Brinda Jegatheesan and Beth West who will be promoted in the fall to the rank of Associate Professor with Tenure.

The Center for Multicultural Education announces the publication of the Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education, scheduled for release on May,  2012 by Sage Publications. This comprehensive reference book, edited by James Banks, contains 700 articles in four volumes. A significant numbers of both faculty and graduate students in the College of Education contributed articles to the Encyclopedia.

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Frances Contreras' Achieving Equity for Latino Students: Expanding the Pathway to Higher Education through Public Policy was reviewed by Mary Louise  Gomez in the Teachers College Record.

Dr. Contreras also presented a Feb. 24 webinar sponsored the College Board's Office of Diversity Initiatives: Achieving Equity for Latino Students: Expanding the Way to Higher Education Through Public Policy is one of a series of webinars addressing some of the most critical education issues affecting underrepresented communities.

Dafney Dabach received a UW Royalty Research Fund award for work on "Civic Lessons and Immigrant Youth: The Election Year Project."  Dafney's project was one of 30 supported this year by the RRF Committee (out of 115 applications submitted).

Margery Ginsburg's article about shadowing students learning English was published in the February 2012 Educational Leadership.

Morva McDonald & Elham Kazemi discuss their work identifying the content of their revised teacher education program and the ways in which the program focuses on the practice of teaching in the video, Learning to Teach: The Practice Curriculum.

Congratulation to Sheila Valencia and Min Li, who received the 2012 Dina Feitelson Research Award, along with Antony T. Smith, Anne M. Reece, Karen K. Wixson, and Heather Newman, for their article, “Oral Reading Fluency Assessment: Issues of Construct, Criterion, and Consequential Validity”, published in Reading Research Quarterly. The award will be presented on Monday, April 30 during the Research Address and Award session at IRA’s annual convention in Chicago.


Common Book 2012: Author Sherman Alexie

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The 2012 College of Education Common Book represents someting of a departure from previous selections. Sherman Alexie's young adult novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, tells the story of a youth who growing up on the Spokane Indian reservation who–in striking contrast to his peers–makes the daily journey off the reservation to attend a white school in pursuit of an education, and a certain kind of success.  Slideshow»

Since Time Immemorial: Tribal Sovereignty Curriculum

On January 31st, Denny Hurtado, Director of Indian Education, at OSPI and Shana Brown, Seattle teacher and curriculum developer, presented information to UW teacher education students about "Since Time Immemorial: Tribal Sovereignty Curriculum." Video»


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