All three campuses of the University of Washington take pride in being one of the highest ranked research universities in the country. At the University of Washington Bothell, our Education faculty provides excellent and challenging instruction that often arises from their diverse research activities and publications. They generate, as well as apply, the best knowledge in our field. The research of UW Bothell faculty extends from cutting-edge work in learning technologies, professional practice of K12 educators, to policy research and deep analysis of the social conditions facing our schools and communities.
Throughout the year, we will be featuring the research of our faculty and their leadership in their disciplines. This is part of our UW Bothell mission...to bring the best ideas and innovative research to bear on the challenges we face in education.
With best wishes,
Bradley Portin, Director and Professor
|Education Program News|
Education Program named a Program of Distinction for Community Based Learning
Spring quarter 2011, the Education Program was named a Program of Distinction for Community-Based Learning. The honor was earned, in part, because of the number of education faculty and students engaged in community-based learning. The honor included a gift of $1000 to be used by the Education Program. Part of the Program-of-Distinction gift was used by Karen Gourd to begin an investigation in the use of community-based learning projects as initial field placements in the Secondary and Middle Level Teacher Certification Program at UWB. Kara Casey Adams, formerly the Community Partners Coordinator in the Office of Community-Based Learning at UWB and currently the Service Learning Graduate Assistant at Seattle University, is a co-researcher on the project.
Leading critical educational theorist visits UW Bothell
On October 17th, the UW Bothell Education Program hosted a lecture by Dr. Michael Apple entitled, 'Understanding and Interrupting the Current Politics of Education,' at the Northcreek Event Center. Dr. Apple's address was well received, and the audience of close to 100 included students and faculty from all three UW campuses as well K-12 educators from the region.
Goodlad Institute receives grant
The Goodlad Institute is pleased to announce receipt of a five-year personnel development grant award in partnership with New Jersey's Montclair State University. The project supports development of a secondary-level teacher preparation program that results in dual licensing in both Special Education and one of the STEM disciplines. Tom Bellamy, Institute Director, will lead annual on-site reviews of Montclair's program with national colleagues in STEM teacher education and Special Education. This is the second Institute project to support the development of dual licensing programs in Special and General Education. The first is located at UW Tacoma and is now entering its second year of operation.
Focus on Multicultural Education
Cherry Banks' work as Chairperson of the Diversity Council at UW Bothell was featured in the latest issue of Viewpoints. The article highlights UW Bothell as one of the most diverse campuses in the state. The Diversity Council was born out of the conversation about the 21st Century Campus Initiative which defines seven areas that faculty, staff and students wish to bolster the University of Washington Bothell. Diversity is one of those seven pillars and under the leadership of Chancellor Kenyon Chan and Diversity Council Chair Cherry Banks, the Diversity Council has developed many important diversity intitiatives at the our campus.
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Please join us!
The Education Program is hosting a
Free Community Screening of
Nov. 29, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
UW Bothell Campus
Building UW2, Room 005
American Teacher chronicles the stories of four teachers - Erik Benner, Jonathan Dearman, Jamie Fidler, and Rhena Jasey - who live and work in disparate urban and rural areas of the country. By following these teachers as they reach different milestones in their careers, the film tells the deeper story of the teaching profession in America today. The film shows us the experience of these four young teachers as they recognize the importance of what they do, and how much they love what they do, but have to ask themselves: Can I afford to continue to teach?
"Ultimately, the mission of the work is to honor teachers and to demonstrate that they are critical to the viability of our democracy and our economy. Our goal is to propel teaching into the prestigious, desirable, and financially viable profession that it deserves to be." (The American Teacher Team)
This feature-length documentary is produced and directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Vanessa Roth; produced by Ninive Calegari, co-founder of the literacy nonprofit 826 National, and bestselling author Dave Eggers; and narrated by Academy Award-winner Matt Damon.
Seats are limited, first-come first-served, no tickets or RSVP required.
An informal, pre-screening reception for all UW Bothell Education Program Alumni will begin at 5:30 p.m. Join fellow alums for wine and appetizers. Refreshments and movie snacks will be available before the start of the show. Reception hosted by the UW Bothell Alumni Council.
For reception location and to RSVP, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Important information about Residency Certificate renewal
There is a consequence for allowing a Residency Certificate to expire. Teachers who have exhausted all available renewals of their Residency Certificate and have not passed the ProTeach assessment or earned a National Board certificate will have their Residency Certificate expire and will not be eligible for reinstatement of teacher licensure for five years past the expiration date of their final Residency certificate. (WAC 181-79A-231(7)(A)
What's this mean? Anyone with a Residency Certificate that expires June 30, 2012 should find out whether they are eligible for a renewal and secure that renewal immediately. Employment is in jeopardy. Those teachers with certificates that will expire this summer and cannot be renewed MUST register for ProTeach. Those with certificates expiring in June, 2013 are also in a precarious position and should understand their options now and not wait until next year.
The PESB has created a resource page for teachers who need to know more: Click here.
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Celebrating faculty research
Antony Smith will have a research article on middle school literacy coaching appearing in the January 2012 issue of Research in Middle Level Education Online, a journal of the Association for Middle Level Education. His article is titled, "Middle School Literacy Coaching from the Coach's Perspective."
Jane Van Galen recently presented a paper, "An Excellent Teacher in Every Classroom: Participatory Culture and Class Divides," at the American Educational Studies Association (AESA) 2011 Annual Conference in St. Louis. The theme of the conference was "Education and Human Rights." The American Educational Studies Association was founded over 40 years ago to provide a dynamic international forum for dialogue and debate on the enduring and emergent questions scholars are exploring in the foundations of education and associated fields such as comparative/international studies, economics, cultural studies, educational policy and politics, and curriculum theory.
Robin Angotti's work to create innovative and robust methods of teaching math that incorporate technology is featured in the Microsoft Citizenship blog: Heroes of STEMtember. Click here to see the video interview.
Antony Smith and Nancy Place have published two articles exploring the teacher certification course in literacy they teach at nearby Juanita Elementary School in Lake Washington School District. One article, titled, "Fostering Teaching and Learning through an Inquiry-Based Literacy Course," will appear in the Teachers College journal New Educator. The other article, "School-University Collaboration: Creating a Hybrid Space for Literacy Learning," will appear in the Autumn 2011 issue of Northwest Passage: Journal of Educational Practice. This article was co-authored by teachers Julie Bebee, Shelley Desmond, Carol McCaig, and retired principal Paul Luczak.
Carrie Tzou's work on science learning was featured in the UW Seattle College of Education, "Research that Matters" publication. The research focuses on how to make science personally consequential to children and have them see science as part of their everyday decision-making.
Pamela Bolotin Joseph and Edward Mikel, Antioch University Seattle, recently presented their paper, "Countering an Ecology of Violence: Exploring the Complexity of Curriculum Leadership and Ethical Agency," at the 16th Annual Values and Leadership Conference in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
Allison Hintz is an Assistant Professor in the Education Program. Her academic interests are in the areas of student learning, elementary mathematics, classroom discourse, and teacher development. Allison's current research focuses on the mathematical and interactional demands students experience during discussion, with care for supporting all children through mathematically productive and socially supportive discourse. Her research informs her work with elementary children and teachers in university courses as well as professional development settings.
Dr. Hintz's recent publication, "Understanding Students' Experiences as Listeners During Mathematical Discussion," Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, 11:3, 261-272, portrays the wide range of demands students experience as listeners, describes the ways students may take on the role of listener in order to mitigate the risks of sharing, and advocates for listening to be valued as an important form of participation.
Congratulations to Wayne Au on the recent publication of his latest book: Critical Curriculum Studies: Education, Consciousness, and the Politics of Knowing, Published by Routeledge. Critical Curriculum Studies offers a novel framework for thinking about how curriculum relates to students' understanding of the world around them. Dr. Au brings together curriculum theory, critical educational studies, and feminist standpoint theory with practical examples of teaching for social justice to argue for a transformative curriculum that challenges existing inequity in social, educational, and economic relations.
Antony Smith and Robin Angotti, in their third year collaborating with math and science teachers in central Washington state, will have an article published in the journal Voices From the Middle in the September 2012 themed issue on background knowledge and vocabulary. Their article is titled, "Why Are there So Many Words in Math? Planning for Content-Area Vocabulary Instruction."
An interdisciplinary research team at UW Bothell (Kara Casey Adams, CBL&R; Shauna Carlisle, IAS; Karen Erickson CBL&R; Karen Gourd, Education; Keith Nitta IAS) developed an assessment survey to be used to determine effects of community-based learning on student engagement in learning and psychological well-being. The survey is expected to be implemented at the end of autumn quarter 2011. The project was supported by a grant from the American Association of Colleges and Universities and by the University of Washington Bothell through the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Education Program, and Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.
Karen Gourd and Tina Gourd recently had an article published describing a curriculum project in an eighth grade social studies class designed to create opportunities for transformative educational experiences in relation to democratic and social justice ideals. The article, "Enacting Democracy: Using Forum Theatre to Confront Bullying" can be found in the September 2011 issue of Equity and Excellence in Education, 44(3), 403-419. The article may be of interest to those interested in using interactive theater to teach discipline-specific goals.
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|Current Student Information|
Teacher Leadership B EDUC 536
(winter quarter 2012)
In recent years in B EDUC 536 "Teacher Leadership," Dr. Carole Kubota has introduced the concept of Critical Friends Groups or CFGs. Winter quarter 2011, that topic especially resonated among several of the students in the course. These students decided to take what they learned in class, delved deeper and formed a critical friends group of their own.
Keri Lindsey, one of the M.Ed. students explained, "I was curious about how the protocol of CFGs compared to the work my school community does with Professional Learning Communities."
So the classmates got together and practiced what they had learned in "Teacher Leadership" about CFGs. "The interesting thing about this experience was the clear division of roles (moderator, time keeper, etc.) for the CFG protocol," said Lindsey.
Through the process, M.Ed. student Duffy Lord found, "Every 'job' I had, whether I brought in a dilemma, or student work to share, or was running the protocol or just being part of the process was REALLY helpful."
Students met regularly, sometimes struggling with scheduling and time constraints, but also got to know and trust one another. Dr. Kubota provided guidance to the group, but the classmates took on the responsibility of running the protocol and learning through hands-on practice.
"After sitting next to highly qualified teachers, course after course in grad school, I found CFGs gave me the opportunity to really learn from my classmates' real experiences." said Tracy Webber, another M.Ed. student who participated in the CFG. "It was a great experience to be able to talk about our struggles and successes as teachers in a structured way that gave us room to vent/brag but also the direction to productively deal with our challenges."
Taking what they learned about CFGs in B EDUC 536 "Teacher Leadership" and putting it into practice, these students gained valuable insight on their daily teaching struggles. They also experienced a CFG first hand and saw the benefits of taking time to form this kind of community with other teachers.
CFGs are just one aspect of "Teacher Leadership" covered in B EDUC 536 with Dr. Kubota. If you are interested in taking this class and learning more, look for it in the UW Bothell winter quarter 2012 time schedule.
Get ready for winter quarter!
The Education Program is offering two new undergraduate courses winter quarter:
These classes count toward the Education Minor and will bring new elements and ideas to the study of Education among our undergraduate population. For details about the winter quarter course offerings and course descriptions click here.
- "Hip Hop and Education" B EDUC 391A with Dr. Wayne Au
- "Culture, Knowledge and Education" B EDUC 391B
with Dr. Karen Gourd
Graduate courses - Autumn quarter enrollment in M.Ed. core class, B EDUC 501 "Inquiry in Education" was overwhelming and winter quarter enrollment in B EDUC 502 "Teacher Self-Understanding" is sure to be the same. M.Ed. students who are planning to take 502 should register early to get into the section they prefer. Also, keep in mind that it is highly unlikely that space will be available the first week of the quarter so tuition exemption will not apply to this class.
Elective courses supporting the Application of Knowledge product required for the M.Ed. Completion Dossier are being offered winter 2012. Students planning to complete an Application of Knowledge product this academic year should register for one of the following:
These electives are designed to introduce students to the application of their knowledge to a research or practice based activity. All M.Ed. students may register for these classes whether or not they plan to complete the corresponding Application of Knowledge product for their Completion Dossier. For more information about the M.Ed. Completion Dossier, see the online guidelines and meet with a faculty advisor.
- "Reviewing the Literature" B EDUC 507
- "Curriculum Studies and Classroom Practices" B EDUC 557
- "Practitioner Focused Research" B EDUC 597
UW Bothell winter/spring 2012 scholarship application available now!
Current UW Bothell students who submit this application will be considered for the Natatlie K. Lang International Student Scholarship, the UW Bothell Alumni Scholarship, the Boeing Business and the Boeing Computer Science & Software Scholarships, and the UW Bothell Annual Scholarship. The application deadline is December 1, 2011 at 11:59 pm. Click here for more information.
Katie Gahnberg, Cohort 15/2011, was recently hired as a 4th grade teacher in Issaquah School District.
Jaime Klontz, Cohort 9/2005, teaches at Cedar Wood Elementary in Everett School District, is enrolled in the Master of Education program at University of Washington Bothell and plans to graduate winter 2012.
Jenni Hanson, Ext. Cohort 4/2004, is currently teaching 1st grade at Sherwood Elementary in Edmonds School District and just completed the National Board certification process for a certificate in Early/Middle Childhood Literacy, Reading and Language Arts.
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|Career and Professional Development|
|NSTA WSTA Regional Conference |
Dec 8-10, 2011
Washington State Council for the Social Studies
AACTE 64th Annual Meeting & Exhibits
Feb 17 - 19, 2012
Digital Media and Learning Conference
March 1-3, 2012
STEM Forum & Expo
May 17-19, 2012
Atlantic City, New Jersey
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