More than 40 researchers, teacher educators and community partners have shared their insights during the UW College of Education's EduTalks series.

Researchers and educators shared their insights into opportunities to renew and meaningfully improve how young people and communities experience school during the University of Washington College of Education’s most recent EduTalks event.

Taking place at Sartori Elementary School in Renton, EduTalks: A Place Called School explored practices and policies that can help ensure all students feel like they belong in school and are supported in exploring their passions.

The latest edition in the College’s EduTalks series celebrated the 35th anniversary of the late UW Professor Emeritus John Goodlad’s book “A Place Called School,” a seminal account of the largest on-scene study of U.S. schools ever conducted.

Watch all nine EduTalks in their entirety below.

Relationship Status: It’s Complicated

Teddi Beam-Conroy, director of the UW’s Elementary Teacher Education Program, reflects on being part of a long line of educators amidst a lingering legacy of school segregation.

Data for Improvement

Kara Jackson, associate professor and director of the UW’s Ackerley Partner School Network, explains why shifting to a mindset of using data for improvement一not just accountability一can improve what happens between students and teachers on a day-to-day basis.

STEM Is a Culture, Not a Curriculum

Liza Rickey (Danforth ’17), assistant principal at Sartori Elementary, describes how her school is building a culture where students are empowered to see themselves as problem solvers and advocates for positive change in their community.

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Michael M. Vendiola, education director for Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and doctoral candidate in higher education, discusses the importance of building healthy relationships between tribal communities, schools and teacher education programs.

Playing is Learning

Kristen Missall, associate professor of education, describes how informal learning opportunities in children’s early years play a crucial role in setting the stage for positive learning experiences in school.

Magical Possibilities: Storytelling for Justice

Jondou Chase Chen, senior lecturer and co-director of the National SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) Project, describes how empowering students as storytellers helps them better understand the present and shape their futures.

Acting Up: Teaching Theater for Change

Tikka Sears, Elba Moise, Debi Talukdar and Sooz Stahl of UW Theater for Change share their work using interactive theater to identify and interrupt moments of oppression, advance community dialogue and imagine possibilities for positive change in schools.

John Goodlad: Still Teaching…

Professor Charles “Cap” Peck discusses John Goodlad’s groundbreaking exploration of school renewal and the importance of asking whether we are educating students to live in a democracy or a dictatorship.

A Place Called RIZ

Ryan Quigtar, director of the Renton Innovation Zone Partnership, shares how schools, community-based organizations, government entities and community leaders are co-designing strategies that create opportunities for historically underserved communities to thrive.


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