Tomorrow’s University Today
In his annual address earlier this month, UW President Michael K. Young publically unveiled an expansive initiative; Tomorrow’s University Today. Rooted in a historical commitment to discovering solutions to the world’s most complex challenges, the plan focuses the University’s attention on three priorities: Leading the change in Public Higher Education, Driving Our Economic Future, and Turning the University Inside Out.
The UW’s College of Education will be a pivotal contributor in meeting these challenges. Education Dean, Tom Stritikus, elaborated on the meaning of Turning the University Inside Out. “We apply our research and human capital to real-world problems inside schools. By eliminating the lines between the academic environment and broader society, we will enable transformational changes in public education.”
Collaborating to Close Opportunity & Achievement Gaps
Through the Ackerley Partner School Network, local schools, college faculty, and UW teacher-candidates are partnering to improve teaching and learning for students in poverty-impacted urban schools. Teacher-candidates do their yearlong practicum in network schools, providing the candidates with outstanding training, and kids with increased access to individualized attention. Principals and practicing teachers benefit from professional development opportunities and best-practice forums, while UW faculty gain invaluable partners and a living laboratory for leading-edge research.
Investing in early childhood pays manifold dividends over time. Our National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning is collaborating with Head Start teachers and trainers in real-world environments to build a comprehensive, supportive system of early learning and care that will prepare children for success in school and life.
A More Inclusive Society
We have an obligation to help all students reach their potential, including those with special needs.
Through the Experimental Education Unit (EEU) at the Haring Center, children with developmental disabilities - alongside their typically developing peers - build the foundation for a successful launch into elementary school and beyond. The CARE program provides consultation, training and wide-ranging support to schools and agencies seeking to create more inclusive environments.
“The degree to which we’re making a difference in real lives is the degree to which we’re relevant,” said Dean Stritikus.