Alumna Irene Yoon wrote an op-ed published in The Salt Lake Tribune urging leadership in Utah to advance educational equity. Specifically, Yoon urges state leadership to reject Utah State Administrative Rule 277-328, which could be interpreted as banning all discussions about race in the state's public education systems. "Learning about histories and structures of inequity is about honoring and learning from the past, good, bad and in between, so that we can dream a better future," she argues. Yoon is an associate professor of educational leadership and policy at the University of Utah.
Irene H. Yoon: Learn the history of inequality so we can build a better future
How school districts responded to Inslee’s school reopening order
Faculty members David Knight and Meredith Honig were quoted in an article recently published in The Seattle Times about how schools have responded to Gov. Inslee's school reopening order. While nearly all school districts in Washington state have complied with Gov. Inslee's order to reopen schools, some students are getting much more in-person time than others. Knight, an assistant professor of education finance and policy, commented on the variety in schedules and responses to Inslee's order and highlighted that the imbalance is concerning. Honig, director of the District Leadership Design Lab and professor of education policy, organizations and leadership, emphasized the need for data that includes race and class when studying in-personal learning as well as measures that can speak to the quality of the time spent in the classroom.
Maresi Nerad: Advancing Opportunities for Women Worldwide
Professor emerita Maresi Nerad headlined a podcast for Women Over 70: Aging Reimagined, a forum that creates space and explores issues, challenges and learning curves experienced by women in later life. Nerad spoke with hosts Gail Zelitzky and Catherine Marienau about advancing opportunities for women worldwide. After retiring from the College of Education in 2018, Nerad notes that connecting with women to cultivate their leadership talent remains one of the major strands that embody her life's work. "Widening access for women to leadership positions worldwide remains a goal for which I will never feel too old," Nerad shared.
Three things state education agencies could be doing right now
David Knight, assistant professor of education finance and policy, wrote about the three things state education agencies could be doing right now in a recent op-ed published by The Hill. Knight and his co-author argue that state education agencies have an important role for ensuring school reopenings run efficiently and equitably, particularly considering the billions of dollars earmarked for education through the Biden Administration's stimulus bills. They argue that state efforts have the potential of leveraging stimulus funds to create more equitable public education systems across the nation. Among their recommendations, they advise that state education agencies engage in long-term planning and evaluation processes to ensure that funds reach students disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
NEPC Talks Education: An Interview with Ann Ishimaru and Parents From the Supporting Partnerships in Education and Beyond Organization
Ann Ishimaru, associate professor of education policy, organizations and leadership, recently headlined an NEPC Talks Education podcast featured in the latest bulletin from the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado. Ishimaru was interviewed about creating systems that are responsive to the cultures, languages, priorities, needs, hopes and dreams of racially and culturally diverse youth and families in our schools. She spoke about how a school's culture of family and community engagement tends to be shaped by white heteronormative assumptions that have the effect of excluding students and families from groups who have been historically marginalized. Additional participants featured in the podcast include Regina Elmi, executive director of Supporting Partnerships in Education and Beyond (SPEB), who served as the keynote speaker for this year's College of Education graduation ceremony.
Building Communities of Trust: Transforming Family-School Relationships
Ann Ishimaru, associate professor of educational policy, organizations and leadership, headlined a recent episode of the Ethical Schools Podcast. In "Building Communities of Trust: Transforming Family-School Relationships," Ishimaru spoke with hosts Amy Halpern-Laff and Jon Moscow about correcting the power imbalance between schools and low-income families of color. She also discussed "learning loss" and why families of color are much more reluctant than white families to return to in-person learning as the pandemic eases. The podcast episode is also widely available on major platforms, including Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.
Everybody. Every Day.
Viewpoint magazine features professor emeritus James A. Banks in its Spring 2021 edition, which is now available online. The two-page spread ― complete with a vintage photograph of Dr. Banks teaching students in 1990 ― provides a fascinating look at his career progression and legacy at the UW. Banks joined the College of Education in 1969, as part of the first university-wide effort to recruit faculty of color. The article draws connections between activism led by the UW's Black Student Union (BSU) in the late 1960s that advocated for the recruitment of Black teachers, scholars and administrators with contemporary efforts from the BSU to accelerate progress on diversifying faculty and other leadership roles.
Kids Illustrate Need to Reduce Global Plastics - and Take Local Action
Alumna Jennie Warmouth was featured in the May/June 2021 edition of the Sound Consumer, an online and print magazine from PCC Community Markets. The story highlights her leadership working with children to take local action in reducing global plastics. Warmouth's second grade class at Spruce Elementary School in Lynnwood, WA worked on a community design project this year that encouraged students ages 5-17 to create Arctic-inspired works of art ― and idea that came from their conversations about how powerful and convincing images can be when working toward change. Warmouth is a National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher, recipient of a two-year fellowship that sent her on an Artic expedition researching and teaching local students about issues facing that ecosystem. She earned her PhD in 2017 from the UW College of Education.
Summer Learning and Beyond: Opportunities for Creating Equity
Ann Ishimaru co-authored a new report, "Summer Learning and Beyond: Opportunities for Creating Equity," jointly published by the Learning Policy Institute and the Spencer Foundation. While many education stakeholders have called for intensive remediation for students to address this year of disrupted schooling and potential learning loss, this report argues that intensive remediation alone will not meet students' needs and ― if conducted in a way that is segregating, stigmatizing, and separated from children's real-life concerns ― could even deepen inequalities and exacerbate trauma. As schools and districts plan for summer learning experiences and beyond, Ishimaru and her co-authors argue that it is more important now than ever that they do so in ways that center the range of experiences, needs, and dreams that young people will be bringing with them to learning environments.
Leading by Service
Doctoral student Mike McCarthy was highlighted in a new feature from the UW Graduate School that focuses on how he is using his graduate education to redefine what it means to be a good leader and educator. McCarthy's military background and current role as a district director have given him experiences that continue to shape his approach to both. He is in his final year of the Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership program and is also a recipient of the Pat Tillman fellowship granted to military members, veterans and their spouses.