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College Updates

Faculty named to endowed positions

Two faculty members making significant contributions to science and mathematics education in Puget Sound schools and at the national level have been appointed to endowed positions at the University of Washington College of Education. Dr. Philip Bell has been appointed to the Shauna C. Larson Chair in Learning Sciences and Dr. Elham Kazemi was appointed to the Geda and Phil Condit Professorship in Science & Math Education. More»

Alumnus takes reins of Seattle schools

larry nylandFor more than three decades, Larry Nyland has led school districts across Washington. The University of Washington College of Education alumnus has overseen rising graduation rates and test scores, resolved conflicts between teachers and school boards, and won recognition as the state's Superintendent of the Year.


PhD education: Changing the focus from numbers to quality

maresi neradEach year, U.S. universities churn out enough new PhD graduates — 50,000 of them — to populate a small city. Worldwide, more PhDs are produced now than ever before. With anecdotes about out-of-work or underemployed PhDs receiving broad publicity, governments and university administrators in industrialized societies have started asking whether or not too many people are pursuing doctoral degrees.

Yet that's the wrong question to ask, says Maresi Nerad, a professor at the University of Washington College of Education and expert on doctoral education who is co-editor of the new book Globalization and Its Impacts on the Quality of PhD Education.


Alumni News

Lisa Kuh '08 heads up early education program

Lisa P. Kuh ’08 was recently appointed director of early education for the city of Somerville, Mass. She was assistant professor in the Human Development and Family Studies department at the University of New Hampshire prior to her appointment in Somerville and remains affiliate faculty there. Kuh also recently published Thinking Critically about Environments for Young Children: Bridging Theory and Practice with Teachers College Press.

Alumnus to manage Afghan education project

Suzanne Griffin will return to Afghanistan in November as senior advisor/project leader for the Bachelor's in Public Policy and Administration Project of GIZ, the German equivalent of the United States Agency for International Development. The project is operating at five universities with 2,000 students enrolled. Griffen will also articulate with the MPPA Program as both programs--which are preparing the future administrators and leaders of the Afghan government--transition to Afghan leadership.


suzanne griffin in afghanistan

Alums represent Seattle Teacher Residency in DC

Two alumni of the College of Education will represent the Seattle Teacher Residency at an Oct. 7 briefing in Washington, D.C. for Senate and House staffers on "profession-ready" teacher preparation. Kristen Le, a kindergarten teacher at Van Asselt Elementary and graduate of STR's first cohort, and her mentor teacher Rachelle Moore, first grade teacher at Madrona K-8 and 2011 MIT graduate, will be joined by three other panelists at the briefing. Le and Moore will inform congressional staff about issues including the disproportionate concentration of under-trained teachers in majority low-income and minority schools, high educator turnover in high poverty schools and the value of the residency model to combat both these trends.

Student Feature

Students interview experts on grad education and internationalization

The Center for Innovation and Research on Graduate Education, spearheaded by doctoral student Roxana Chiapa (higher education) and Anya Klyukanova (MEP), has conducted interviews with CIRGE network members, presidents of universities, and deans of graduate studies in South Africa, Argentina, Australia, Malaysia, Russia, Germany and the U.S. Chiapa and Klyukanova inquired about recent trends in graduate education and the impacts of internationalization on their research universities. The summaries of these interviews are posted on the CIRGE website.


Recent Funding Announcements

College of Education awards for new grants and competing renewals September 2014

History of Education Quarterly Joint Editorship (new award)

PI: Nancy Beadie

Co-PI: Joy Williamson-Lott

Sponsor: History of Education Society

Amount awarded: $44,393

Broadening STEM Participation in Diverse Communities through a Young Scientist Volunteer Program (new award)

PI: Phil Bell

Sponsor: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Amount awarded: $11,000

Collaborative Schools for Innovation and Success (competing renewal)

PI: Elham Kazemi

Co-PI: Leslie Herrenkohl

Sponsor: WA Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)

Amount awarded: $500,000

Developing Elementary STEM Specialists (new award)

PI: Jessica Thompson

Sponsor: Highline School District (subcontract on U.S. Department of Education grant)

Amount awarded: $65,000


Faculty member active overseas

This summer, Professor Maresi Nerad traveled to Japan to serve as a visiting professor at Nagoya University's Center for the Studies in Higher Education. During her three-month stay she delivered major public lectures at Tsukuba University, Oberlin University and Nagoya University on professional development for graduate students and creation of a U.S.-style graduate school to better support quality in Japanese graduate education. She also was the respondent to a plenary panel on recent trends in Japanese graduate education at the annual meeting of the Japanese Association of Higher Education Research.

Nerad also delivered the keynote at the annual meeting of German Society of Higher Education Research on "In Search of Taboos in Doctoral Education: Findings from the U.S. and Japan," and a presentation at a doctoral education symposium at Peking University's College of Education in Beijing. Her article "Structured but flexible: Doctoral Education in the U.S." also was published in the German journal Forschung & Lehre and she was elected to serve as one of six members serving on the Innovation Advisory Board of the University of Bremen.

CEL offers standards toolkit, presents at Great City Schools

As part of the Leading for Higher Academic Standards work supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Center for Educational Leadership has launched a toolkit of resources to support implementation of the Common Core State Standards. The resources are drawn from a number of organizations including Achieve the Core, EngageNY, Achieve, and Education First. View the toolkit.

The CEL's Stephen Fink, June Rimmer and Max Silverman will co-present sessions with the school districts of Atlanta, San Diego and Shelby County (Memphis) at the Council of the Great City Schools Fall Conference in Milwaukee. The sessions will focus on developing the role of principal supervisors and developing instructional leadership.

Professor gives keynotes

Professor Megan Bang recently gave keynote addresses at the International Conference of the Learning Sciences and the Thrive by Five Washington State Summit on Tribal Early Childhood Education.

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