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February 2011

"Quantitative analyses indicate that measures of teacher preparation and certification are by far the strongest correlates of student achievement in reading and mathematics, both before and after controlling for student poverty and language status."(1)

Well-prepared teachers do make a difference! While there are many factors that contribute to whether a student finds learning success in school (such as prior learning opportunities, personal health, home and community support, safe schools, etc.), having a competent, caring, and continuously learning teacher is a key factor.

There are currently 147 teacher candidates preparing for careers as elementary, middle, and high school teachers in the Education Program at the University of Washington Bothell. Each teacher candidate engages in deep instructional and content preparation on campus and completes extensive field-based learning with an accomplished mentor teacher in one of our partner schools.

We are always learning about better ways to strengthen the expertise of the teachers we recommend for certification and one of these new aspects is a change in the way teacher candidates and mentor teachers work together.  In this issue of our program newsletter, we look at the innovation of "co-teaching" that research is showing deepens learning for teacher candidates, experienced teachers, and (most importantly) students in K12 classrooms. 

We are proud of our teacher candidates, their commitment to learning for all students and growing professionalism. In the next year, further expansions and adaptations of our work in teacher preparation will be introduced-all aimed at providing the very best teachers for our schools.

All good wishes,
Bradley Portin
Director and Professor

(1) Darling-Hammond, L. (2000). Teacher quality and student achievement: A review of state policy evidence. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 8 (1).

EdprogramnewsEducation Program News

Preparing multi-skilled future principals

Students in UW Bothell's principal preparation program tend to be teachers who already have spent several years as leaders and mentors -- even if some of that work is on the informal side.


It's one of the ways the new program is designed to accommodate busy teachers who have the ambition to become principals. Read about the Leadership Development for Educators (LEDE) program here.  


UW Bothell teacher education introduces Co-Teaching

"Co-Teaching has brought great benefits to our students with two adults in the room.  Both are engaged with students, asking them questions and attending to their needs", says Dr. Jill Hudson, Principal at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle.  Co-Teaching refers to the intentional model for field experiences that has been adopted by University of Washington Bothell, as well as many other teacher education programs throughout the country.  

Co-Teaching means two teachers, a Cooperating Teacher (or mentor coteachingteacher) and a Teacher Candidate (a UW Bothell student teacher) work together with students, share planning, organization, delivery of instruction, assessment, and physical space.  Student teaching is no longer a stand-alone, isolated experience but a sharing of the many roles of a teacher.  In the early stages of the field experiences, the Cooperating Teacher usually takes the lead, and as the year progresses, the Teacher Candidate gradually takes on more leadership for planning and facilitation. 

To read more about Co-Teaching, featuring experiences at Nathan Hale High School and Canyon Park Junior High, visit our website.

E-Learning pilot project

Education Program Faculty Robin Angotti, Allison Hintz, Carrie Tzou, and staff member Sue Morgan are participants in the UW Bothell E-learning Pilot project. The E-Learning Pilot project is designed to support faculty and the broader campus community as they explore the ways in which new technologies can be used to cultivate students as learners, both inside and outside the classroom. Under the faculty leadership of Jane Van Galen, the E-Learning Pilot builds on the recommendations of the Technology and Teaching Innovation Task Force, as well as existing campus efforts, and provides resources for participants to explore pedagogical implications of rapidly changing technologies for learning. Each project participant received an iPad for use throughout the pilot and will have opportunities to engage with external leaders in this emerging field.


Jean Eisele makes sixth trip to South India

Jean Eisele recently returned from Auroville, Tamil Nadu, South India, where she spent nearly a month offering consulting services to teachers and kids in Tamil schools. Teachers often just turned over their indiateachers

classrooms, saying, "We're working on...," so hastily conceived lessons in equivalent fractions, number and color words, place value, and story writing appeared on the spot. This year Sarah Boerner, kindergarten teacher at Canyon Creek Elementary School and M.Ed. student, accompanied Jean, visiting classrooms, joining the instruction, and helping to lead her Saturday workshops. The weekly workshops for teachers included sessions on assessment, guidelines for classroom volunteers, and action songs - for which Sarah offered lengthy packets of songs and poems that she had compiled.

Sarah was the second classroom teacher/M.Ed. student to participate in a UW Bothell-Auroville teacher exchange - Sabrina Carter having gone last year. Jean is hoping to host a Tamil teacher from Aikiyam, a bi-lingual school in Auroville, for a visit to the U.S. in May.

Jean also delivered school supplies to the Gandhi Nagar Night School, a village school taught by volunteers for children unable to attend school dominoesduring the day. The notebooks, pens, etc., were supplied by students of an Edmonds school who raised money to rebuild Gandhi Nagar when it was destroyed by the tsunami. These two schools are now partners and regularly exchange games, letters, stories and photos through Jean.

Auroville is an international, intentional community to which Jean has also led groups of students through the CHID Program and through Exploration Seminars.  Its schools practice Integral Education, focusing on the whole child, who is seen as a multi-layered being composed of the physical, vital and emotional, mental, psychic and spiritual personalities.


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announcements Announcements

UW Bothell ProTeach Portfolio support courses

University of Washington Bothell Education Program will offer courses in summer quarter to support development of the WA State ProTeach Portfolio leading to Professional Certification. These courses are available to teachers in the UW Bothell M.Ed. Program and and will be counted for credit toward the M.Ed. degree. Teachers not in the UW Bothell M.Ed. Program are eligible to take these courses as an undergraduate non-matriculated student. All classes are on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings 9 a.m. - noon. You can find more information about non-matriculated status here.

The three 2-credit courses are:

  • BEDUC 491 Introduction To Proteach Portfolio: Professional Growth & Contribution (June 28 - July 7)
  • BEDUC 491 Caring Classrooms (July 12 - 21)
  • BEDUC 491 Student-Centered Instruction (July 26 - August 4)
The courses Caring Classrooms and Student-Centered Instruction are appropriate for early-career educators who are not planning to begin the ProTeach Portfolio at this time.

Visit our website for more information and course descriptions.

Expand your knowledge this spring or summersunflower

You can take Education classes on the UW Bothell campus without applying to graduate school. Non-matriculation status is for people who wish to continue their education for personal enrichment or professional development. There is no fee to apply for Graduate Non-Matriculated (GNM) status and your coursework appears on a UW transcript. You can find more information about non-matriculated status here.

Here are just a few elective offerings you may be interested in Spring and Summer quarters:


  • Issues of Equity in Math and Science Learning
  • Education and Technology
  • Adolescent Literacy
  • Writing Across the Curriculum


  • Telling Our Stories as Teachers: Digital Storytelling as a
    Reflective Practice
  • Perspectives on Curriculum Integration
  • Literacy Coaching
  • Teaching and Learning with English Language Learners
For a complete list of offerings with course descriptions, dates, and time, visit our website.

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studentalumninewsAlumni News

Sue Ambler, M.Ed. '97, was a featured panelist as part of UW Bothell Career Week 2011. The Education Program hosted a panel for current education students, alumni, and professionals who want to look beyond the classroom for opportunities in the field of Education. Ms. Ambler's presentation, "The Power of Mentoring," described knowledge and relationship based mentoring. Whether the mentor experience is face to face or Facebook, Ms. Ambler attributes her success to those who have mentored her, those she has mentored and looks forward to the future mentors in her life. Read more about Ms. Ambler here.

Christina Grove - K-8 TCert. I am now a Paraeducator for Mukilteo School District and work within the Special Education program and with Preschoolers. I was recently accepted into UWB's M.Ed. program and start this quarter.

Steve Malmstead - K-8 TCert/1999. I taught 4th grade in the Mukilteo School District before moving to the Marysville District where I taught 4th and 5th grade. I returned to UW Bothell and received my MEd in 2004.   While in Marysville, my students were involved in science and stream restoration projects at nearby Jones Creek. Over the course of many years, students continued to restore habitat, learn science, determine direction of the project, as well as write grants to keep the project moving "downstream". Through their efforts, the district  developed an EE program that currently serves every fifth-grade student in our district with onsite science lessons and professional development opportunities for teachers. 
Several years ago, the  school board designated a 7 acre district site for the sole purpose to promote current and future EE work.  I'm currently serving as an EE coordinator for the district while teaching in the fourth-grade classroom. Students have had the opportunity to develop their writing, reading, math, science, and communication skills while "living" a real-world civics project!

Keri Marino -M.Ed., Secondary Cohort 9, (current UW Ph.D. candidate) had an article published in Mathematics Teachers: "Mathematics Journals Made Manageable: Using Blogs and RSS Feeds,"
Keri J. Marino and Robin L. Angotti, February 2011, Volume 104, Issue 6, Page 466

Carrie Reckling Folkman - K-8 TCert/Cohort 6, M.Ed., 2006. I currently teach Spanish and Language Arts at Beaver Lake Middle School in Issaquah. At Bellevue College, I am Adjunct Instructor and teach Spanish classes in the evenings. I am a National Board Certified Teacher in Spanish. I certified in 2008 after beginning the process as part of my work at UW Bothell. I have two kids, and I work a partial contract so I am a teacher in the morning and a Mom the rest of the day. 
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facultynewsFaculty News

Professor Wayne Au
was featured on CounterSpin, a weekly radio show heard on more than 150 noncommercial stations across the United States and Canada. Professor Au discussed his recent article in Rethinking Schools that critiques the use of Value Added Measurement to determine teacher success. Hear the CounterSpin radio show.


Professor Antony Smith and co-investigator Professor Jane Van Galen are exploring ways students in the teacher certification program might use mobile technology as a tool for assessment and instruction when working with children. Currently Jane and Tony are using a set of iPod touch devices to explore literacy assessment and instruction applications. 


Professor Antony Smith and colleague Professor Robin Angotti recently traveled to New York to present a paper at the annual Conference on Math Education and Social Justice. They shared their current work examining ways to integrate cognitive reading strategies and vocabulary with middle and high school math instruction, with a particular focus on supporting English language learners. They are currently preparing two journal articles based on this work.

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CurrentstudentinfoCurrent Student Information

Job search clinic 
The UW Bothell Education Program and Career Center will host an annual Job Search Clinic on March 3.  School leaders from our partner districts will conduct practice interviews and look at resumes for our elementary and secondary Teacher Candidates. Alumni will share job search stories and relate their beginning teaching experiences. The Job Search Clinic provides a tremendous learning opportunity for our Teacher Candidates and a chance for representatives from our partner districts to network with each other and with us.


Spring 2011 special topics in education
Issues of Equity in Science and Math Learning

View course flyer for more information 

This course is open to seniors and graduate students in all majors



UW Scholarship Database. For a more complete list of upcoming scholarship opportunities and program deadlines, visit the University of Washington scholarship database.

The Washington Scholarship Coalition has put together a new scholarship database for Washington students: thewashboard.org 

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careerCareer and Professional Development

2011 Conferences/Workshops 

(formerly the Association for
Supervision and Curriculum Development) Annual Conference

March 26-28, 2011
San Francisco, CA.
Conference Information and Registration

Washington State Science and Engineering Fair
April 1 & 2, 2011
Bremerton, WA
Information and Registration

Innovation InSight Leadership Forums
Dallas, April 4, 2011
New York City, May 2, 2011
Chicago, May 13, 2011
Information and Registration

International Society for Technology in Education
June 26-29, 2011
Philadelphia, PA
Information and Registration

Themes and Strands:

  • School Improvement
  • Technology Infrastructure
  • Professional Learning
  • Digital Age Teaching & Learning
  • Virtual Schooling/E-learning

The University of Washington Summer Institute in Life Sciences
is now accepting applications for the 2011 session, June 28-July 25. Primarily for Grade 4-8 teachers.
Information and Registration

Exploring Databases Summer Workshop
The University of Washington Department of Genome Sciences Education Outreach and College of Education will host a summer workshop for high school teachers based on our Exploring Databases curriculum. Exploring Databases involves high school students in carrying out authentic research using a scientific database from a study of smoking behavior.
July 25-27, 2011, 8:30am - 4:30pm / UW Seattle Campus
Application deadline is April 5, 2011.
Information and Registration

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Save the date!

5k6th Annual UW Bothell 5k Run-Walk

Benefiting the UW Bothell Alumni Scholarship Fund, providing scholarships for UW Bothell students. Sponsored by UWBAC & UWAA.

Saturday, May 14, 9:00 a.m.

Information and registration
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