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College Updates

Distinguished researcher named interim dean

Deb McCutchenUniversity of Washington Provost and Executive Vice President Ana Mari Cauce has announced the appointment of long-time College of Education faculty member and distinguished researcher Deborah McCutchen as interim dean effective Sept. 8. McCutchen will take over leadership of the College from Professor Tom Stritikus, who has served as dean since 2010.

“Professor McCutchen fully has my trust and that of President Young, but perhaps most important, of her colleagues who highly recommended her to lead the College in this time of transition,” Cauce said.

Engaging parents, community to map student success in South King County

If we had a road map to what parental involvement in schools should be, what would it look like? Would it be a straight line, or a complicated maze of cross streets going in every direction?

University of Washington researchers studied The Road Map Project, a collaborative effort to dramatically improve student achievement in seven school districts in South Seattle and South King County. In their report after a yearlong study of the initiative, they found that students were most successful when schools and communities found creative and culturally responsive ways of engaging parents. More»

Summer academy shows power of collaborative teaching

A College of Education initiative to dramatically improve teaching quality in area schools kicked off this summer with a Teacher and Leader Academy for nearly 90 local educators.

The intensive academy is the launching point for INSPIRE (Innovations in Professional Improvement and Redesigns in Education), the College's new effort to collaborate with local partners in designing innovative ways for schools and districts to organize professional learning. INSPIRE focuses in particular on improving the quality of education at poverty-impacted schools. More»

Haring Center's reach spans the world

For the children in the Haring Center, a sunny late July day was a day like any other. Typically developing children and children with various developmental disabilities interacted with one another and learned side-by-side.

For a group of teachers, therapists, social workers and graduate students from Taiwan, however, it's a scene they're not used to seeing. In Taiwan, like in many schools here in the U.S. and in other countries, children with disabilities are separated from their classmates. More»

‘I see it, learn it and do it’: UW’s online Early Childhood and Family Studies students

This spring, 49 Huskies from eight states wrapped up their first year of work as part of the inaugural group of students in the UW’s first online bachelor’s degree completion program. Announced in spring 2013, the Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood and Family Studies degree provides a more flexible avenue to prepare people for working in child care centers, preschools and other early education services. More»

New staff members join College

The College of Education has welcomed two new staff members this summer: Dr. Anne Beitlers, director of the Secondary Teacher Education Program, and Dr. Jondou Chase Chen, Research Associate in Education, Equity and Society.

Beitlers earned her master's in teaching degree from UW in 1999 and previously worked at New York University, where she served as an adjunct instructor and research assistant in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She also has experience teaching in Seattle and New York City schools for nearly a decade.

Chen will focus on creating a vibrant colloquium series, facilitating grant production and building a strong EES foundation. Most recently at Teachers College, Chen has studied neighborhood dynamics, housing and educational policies, and student motivation. His community and educational work includes teaching high school in Boston and directing youth programs in San Diego and New York City. In addition, Chen is currently an associate director of the National SEED Project, which trains educators on how to facilitate conversations and create curricula that are inclusive and equitable. 

Alumni News

Williams '13 receives national fellowship for science teaching

Recent University of Washington College of Education graduate Taylor Williams is one of only 32 teachers in the nation selected to the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation's 2014 cohort of Teaching Fellows. More»

Alumnus honored as top middle-level educator

Jeffrey N. Golub has won the 2014 Richard W. Halle Award for Outstanding Middle Level Educator, given by the National Council of Teachers of English. Golub earned his teaching certificate from the College in 1967 and his master of education from the College in 1971.

The award honors a junior high school/middle level educator who has worked to promote understanding of the developmental needs and characteristics of young adolescents, especially in the English language arts. For more than 20 years, Golub taught English, speech communication and writing classes at junior and senior high schools in Seattle. He also is author of two English methods texts and worked for 13 years as associate professor of English education at the University of South Florida.

IAL graduate receives national advising award

Liberty Bracken, a 2010 Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership graduate, was honored earlier this summer by the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics with its Professional Promise Award. The award, presented to one member from each of the N4A's five regions, recognizes new professionals who serve student-athletes and have dedicated their energy to the association and its mission. Bracken also was honored as the Association of Professional Advisers and Counselors Adviser of the Year at UW.

Student Feature

Student receives NEA/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

Michael Bowman, a doctoral candidate in social and cultural foundations of education, is one of only 30 recipients of a highly competitive Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship supporting his research on the role of schools in neighborhood development and planning. Bowman was selected from a nationwide pool of more than 400 doctoral candidates for the $25,000 fellowship. More»

Doctoral student receives Fulbright award

Anne Crylen will spend the coming year in Cambodia conducting research on children's re-entry into school following traumatic injury with support from a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant. Crylen will explore the dynamics of parental, medical and academic systems of support for children as they form their new identity with acquired disability during her 10 months in the country.  More»

Recent Funding Announcements

College of Education awards for new grants and competing renewals July-August 2014

PI: Elham Kazemi
Co-PI: Lynsey Gibbons
Title: How School Leaders’ Practices Provide High-Quality Supports for Teachers: The Case of One Elementary School (new award)
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation
Amount awarded: $49,998

PI: Elizabeth West
Co-PI: Megan Bang
Title: Indigenous Education Certificate Program (new award)
Sponsor: Gates Foundation
Amount awarded: $50,000

PI: Morva McDonald
Title: Core Practice Consortium (new award)
Sponsor: Stanford University (subcontract on grant from Gates Foundation)
Amount awarded: $17,885


Professor participates in White House symposium
Professor Ann Ishimaru was invited to join administration officials for the White House Symposium on Transformative Family Engagement, co-sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, on July 31. Ishimaru and others attending the event discussed how to achieve educational equity for children through transformative family engagement.

James A. Banks: New editions of books published
The sixth edition of Cultural Diversity and Education: Foundations, Curriculum, and Teaching by Dr. Banks, Kerry and Linda Killinger Endowed Chair in Diversity Studies and director of UW's Center for Multicultural Education, was published this summer. In 2015, the fifth edition of Dr. Banks' An Introduction to Multicultural Education will be published in Arabic.

Joy Williamson-Lott on justice in educational history
Williamson-Lott, Vice President of Division F for the American Educational Research Association, discusses the organization's 2015 annual meeting theme and the importance of examining issues of justice in educational history in a video promoting the meeting. More»

Susan Nolan, College of Education featured in AACTE webinar
Nolen was a featured presenter during the AACTE's "Developing the Assessment Literacy of Teacher Candidates" webinar series this summer. Nolen described how her program has incorporated assessment literacy and provided insights on policy, curricula, program structure, obstacles, solutions and lessons learned.

Walter Parker on civic education
Walter Parker spoke on "Improving Civic Education" to state legislators of the 50 states attending their national conference in Anchorage earlier this summer. His presentation drew on he and his colleagues' research to improve the quality and equity of the high school U.S. Government and Politics course. 

West elected to CEC office, presents at international conference
Professor Elizabeth West won the Division of Autism and Developmental Disabilities (DADD) election for vice president, a four-year commitment in which she will serve as VP, President Elect, President, and Past President. DADD is a division of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.

West along with students Yelena Patish, curriculum and instruction, and Jack Hackett, special education, also presented their research at the Division of International Special Needs Conference in Braga, Portugal this summer.

Virginia Berninger: New book, research presentations
Writing development in children with hearing loss, dyslexia, or oral language problems: Implications for assessment and instruction, a new book co-edited by Berninger, was recently published by Oxford University Press. Berninger, principal investigator for the UW Learning Disabilities Center, also helped present research findings this summer at national and international meetings of the Society of Scientific Studies in Reading, American Psychological Association and European Association Research Learning and Instruction.

CEL Launches Common Core Webinar Series

The Center for Educational Leadership has launched a series of recorded webinars which explores the major shifts in the Common Core State Standards. Webinar participants will understand what the shifts mean, the research behind them and how to recognize them in the classroom. Participants will also develop habits for providing feedback to teachers on making the shifts.

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