Young learner with teacher

The biggest steps toward a life of opportunity, toward the fullest flourishing of one’s potential, happen in a child’s earliest years. Yet in Washington, one in five children grows up in poverty, and fewer than half of the state’s children are kindergarten-ready across all six domains of childhood development.

On Oct. 20, eight of Washington’s leading early learning researchers will discuss how every child can be assured a strong start during EduTalks: Raising Washington, hosted by the University of Washington College of Education.

EduTalks: Raising Washington will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Hotel RL by Red Lion Spokane at the Park and is open to the public; attendees must register online in advance.

During the fast-paced program, researchers will share their insights into what works in early learning. With five minutes and one image, each presenter will give their unique take on the practices and policies needed to give everyone—especially our most vulnerable young children and families—a fair chance to grow, thrive and reach their potential.

Speaking at the event are:

  • Holly Schindler, assistant professor of early childhood and family studies, UW College of Education
  • Soojin Oh Park, assistant professor of early childhood and family studies, UW College of Education
  • Ariane Gauvreau, teaching associate, UW College of Education
  • Andy Shouse, chief program officer, Washington STEM
  • Angel Fettig, assistant professor of special education, UW College of Education
  • Kristie Kauerz, research assistant professor of P-3 policy and leadership and director of the National P-3 Center, UW College of Education
  • Naja Ferjan Ramirez, research scientist, UW Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences
  • Liliana Lengua, professor of psychology and director of the Center for Child and Family Well-being, University of Washington

EduTalks: Raising Washington is co-sponsored by Thrive Washington in partnership with Cultivate Learning's Early Achievers Eastern Washington Institute.

The UW College of Education’s EduTalks series features nationally-recognized researchers who partner with schools, communities and organizations to address the most pressing issues in education. Watch previous EduTalks online.


Dustin Wunderlich, Director of Marketing and Communications