The Education faculty at the University of Washington Bothell are active scholars and leaders in their fields. In addition to our teaching agenda, faculty engage in ongoing research and writing as part of their faculty duties. For our colleagues, there is an important connection between their teaching and research, each informing the other in a way that benefits our students. One goal we have is to always ensure that our students are accessing current and relevant practices and ideas that inform our work as educators.
Many of our faculty have just returned from the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. This is the premier gathering of educational researchers from around the world who come together to present their peer-reviewed research and writing. Eight of our Bothell faculty were on this year's program and many are active leaders in their disciplines and research strands.
In this edition of our newsletter, you will find further examples of our faculty research and accomplishments.
With best wishes,
Bradley Portin, Professor and Director
|Faculty News |
Research Focus: Dr. Carrie Tzou
Creating a scientific community to inform people's everyday lives
For education professor Carrie Tzou, connecting science education to students' everyday lives is key to sparking their interest. Recently, Tzou and colleagues from UW Seattle partnered with a Seattle elementary school in a heavily industrialized area with high rates of asthma and allergies.
"We knew that there were a lot of these pressing health issues that were never discussed in science classrooms," says Tzou. "For us, the question was 'How do you make science personally consequential to children and have them see science as part of their everyday decision-making?'"
The team developed a fifth grade science kit on health and microbiology topics. One project focused on hand washing and microbes utilizing the students' existing routine of either using hand sanitizer or hand washing before lunchtime. Students conducted an experiment comparing both methods, taking swabs and growing cultures in Petri dishes. They found soap and water to be at least as effective as the sanitizer.
Then visiting oceanographers told the students that sanitizers find their way into Puget Sound and kill "good" bacteria. "That really got to the kids," says Tzou. "We saw this change in practice, with more students going to the sink."
Tzou's research influences how she teaches aspiring educators at UW Bothell. She encourages her students to think about how to teach science in a way that reflects their students' everyday experiences. "This means thinking of ways to connect the science content creatively with students' lives and also reflecting on how science is a part of their future lives as teachers."
Congratulations to Dr. Antony Smith!
Tony has won the 2012 Dina Feitelson Research Award which is given by the International Reading Association. He co-authored the awarding article along with Sheila Valencia, Anne M. Reece, Min Li, Karen K. Wixson, and Heather Newman. The article is entitled "Oral Reading Fluency Assessment: Issues of Construct, Criterion, and Consequential Validity", published in Reading Research Quarterly, 45(3) p. 270-291.
Dr. Au Wayne Au is the keynote speaker at the Teaching Equity Conference 2012
Dr. Au's keynote presentation, Why Hip-hop? Dilemmas in Bridging Youth Culture and the Classroom, highlights this conference for future educators looking to increase their understanding of how to work effectively in today's diverse classrooms and for students of color interested in learning more about careers in education. The conference is Saturday, April 28, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Highline Community College Student Union Center.
Education Faculty well represented at the American Educational Research Association annual meeting
The American Educational Research Association (AERA), founded in 1916, is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results.
Dr. Cherry Banks, Symposium Chair: "The Citizenship Education Dilemma: Implications for Civic Education Reform in Multicultural Nations; Chair Invited Session: Research on Schools, Neighborhoods, and Communities: A New AERA Publication.
Dr. Robin Angotti, Presenter on paper: Teaching Mathematics to the Net Generation: The Technology-Rich Mathematics Classroom.
Dr. Wayne Au, Presenter on paper: Curricular Standpoint and Strong Objectivity: Pushing the Boundaries of Curriculum Studies; Panelist: Grassroots Educational Organizing in an Era of Global Capital.
Dr. Allison Hintz, Presenter on paper: Understanding and Supporting Elementary Students' Experiences as Listeners During Mathematical Discussion.
Dr. Pam Joseph, Author on paper: Moral Educators Teaching for Nonviolence and Eco-Justice: Exploring Ethical Identity and Agency; Session Chair: Listening, Hearing, and Speaking: Voices From Teacher Education
Dr. Nancy Place and Dr. Antony Smith, Presenters on paper: Literacy Documentation Project: Using Research to Inform Curriculum and Instruction Decisions at the District Level
Dr. Carrie Tzou, Rountable Presentation: My Place in Puget Sound: Exploring the Intersection of Ocean Science, Personal Values, and Personally Relevant Environmental Action; Presenter on paper: My Place in Puget Sound: Leveraging Ethnographic Methods in the Design of a Culturally Relevant, Place-Based Ocean Sciences Curriculum
AERA is the most prominent international professional organization, whose primary goal is advancing educational research and its practical application. Its more than 25,000 members are educators; administrators; directors of research; persons working with testing or evaluation in federal, state and local agencies; counselors; evaluators; graduate students; and behavioral scientists.
The broad range of disciplines represented by the membership includes education, psychology, statistics, sociology, history, economics, philosophy, anthropology, and political science.
Au awarded 2012 Early Career Scholars Award
Dr. Wayne Au has been awarded the 2012 Early Career Scholars Award by the curriculum and cultural studies group of the American Educational Research Association. Au received his award at the annual meeting of AERA in Vancouver, Canada. Au's academic interests broadly encompass critical education theory and teaching for social justice. More specifically, his research focuses on educational equity, high-stakes testing, curriculum theory, educational policy studies and social studies education. He is rapidly becoming a nationally recognized scholar on issues of social justice in education.
|Education Program News|
Professor Eisele and students travel to Auroville, India
This quarter Jean Eisele is teaching BEDUC 591: Teaching and Learning in an International Community, which has included a visit to Indian schools for some - but not all - of the students enrolled. In this new format, designed to provide an international experience even for students who cannot travel abroad, student travelers implemented projects, distributed questionnaires, and made contacts that could fulfill their colleagues' research questions and areas of interest along with their own. Students here (in our M.Ed. program - teachers themselves) also talked several times with Indian teachers through Skype. The travelers are now home and the course continues through May. Preliminary reflections include comments like, "I loved being able to talk directly with my colleagues in India," and "I found that we are asking many of the same questions, only answering them differently," and "It's fascinating to learn of Auroville's Integral Education. I can use some of these ideas in my own classroom."
"Husky Buddies" from Woodmoor Elementary School visit UW Bothell
As a culmination of a quarter together learning about mathematics, the teacher candidates from Dr. Allison Hintz's elementary math methods course welcomed their 3rd grade "Husky Buddies" from Woodmoor Elementary School to UW Bothell to go on a mathematical tour of campus. As they visited popular campus landmarks, such as the wetlands and Ancestor sculptures, they solved exciting math problems and discovered hidden treasures right here at UW Bothell! If you would like to take this mathematical tour of campus, click here!
A new approach to principal preparation
UW Bothell is now accepting applications for its Master of Education in Leadership Development for Educators program (LEDE) for autumn quarter 2012. LEDE is designed for teachers who work as instructional leaders in either formal or informal roles and provides a pathway from teacher leadership into the principalship. Founded on the understanding that principals succeed by leading supports for teaching and learning, the first part of the program helps teachers advance their skills for leading instruction and includes a job-embedded internship. The second part builds expertise for school-wide leadership through academic and practical experiences. This two-part design ensures a strong connection between program requirements and the everyday needs of schools. The program combines both a master's degree and the Washington State Principal Certification.
If you are interested in the principalship and are currently engaged in working with other teachers to improve instruction, this program is designed to give credit for your current work and to support your continuing efforts as a teacher leader.
The application deadline for autumn quarter 2012 is August 3rd. The program invites applications from currently employed teachers with a Continuing Certificate or Washington Professional Teacher Certification who have formal or well-documented informal teacher instructional leadership experience and responsibilities.
For more information on the LEDE Program, go to the program's website. Questions? Please contact Nick Brownlee at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425.352.5369.
March job search clinic helps launch new teachers
Twenty-three secondary teacher candidates and 68 elementary candidates participated in an educational Job Search Clinic on March 15, 2012 at the UW Bothell North Creek Event Center. The room buzzed as teacher candidates rotated among district representatives for practice interviews and resume feedback. Our students also had the opportunity to network with a number of alumni who related experiences about their job searches and first years of teaching. Alumni and district representatives contributed their expertise, and our teacher candidates left with interview tips, resume ideas and a lot of positive compliments and feedback.
Participating K8 Teacher Certification alumni were Melissa Barton, Kelly Schultz, Patrick Gray, Katrina Farias, Charlotte Plouse, Leia Cumberland, Ben Ullness, Pam Behan, Alison Thurman, Jody Wallis, Shelley Heathman, Elizabeth Wilson, Amy deJong, Aileen Leo, Annesha Kneip, John Parker, Steve Rencher, and Greg Wirtala.
Participating Secondary alumni were Duane Krogh, Mark Potoshnik, Tom Wier, Mary Tackle, Lisa Sibbitt, Shinjau Huang, Nell Niewiadomski, and Caitlin Hermann.
Representatives from our partner districts were: Larry Fleckenstein and Cathy Woods, Everett; Heather Sinclair, Lake Washington; Dave Golden, Edmonds; Brent Kline, Mukilteo; Lori Longo, Shoreline; Jeff Sherwood, Patsy Clark, and Derek Tucci, Northshore; and Nathan Fitzpatrick, Seattle.
UW Bothell Career Services co-sponsored the event. Field Coordinators Jon Howeiler and Jane Kinyoun coordinated the clinic along with UW Bothell Human Resources Director Denise Rollin. Field Instructors Jo Rosner, Louise Hatala and Michele Williams also assisted.
Education Program runs with class at the
7th Annual UW Bothell 5K Run/Walk
Join current students, staff, faculty and fellow Education Program alumni at the 7th Annual UW Bothell Alumni 5K Run/Walk, Saturday May 19th. Proceeds from the event go to the UW Bothell Scholarship Fund.
This year, the Education Program would like to sign up at least 25 participants from current students, faculty, staff, and alumni to run, walk, or dawg doze the morning of the 19th.
Let's see who has more Husky spirit, current students or alumni, with a little friendly competition. When you register, send an email to Dana Bigham in the Education Program Office (email@example.com) and we will keep track of registrants. Check our Facebook page to find out who's in the lead - alumns or students.
If we meet our goal for registrants, the Education Program will host a table at the 5K with freebies just for Education Program participants. There will also be a drawing for a free gift open to all Education Program students and alumni who are there on May 19th.
Walk, run and show your class while supporting scholarships for current and future UW Bothell students. We hope to see you there!
Information and registration
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|Summer Courses |
Summer courses shine at UW Bothell
If you are looking for ways to invigorate your mathematics classroom next year, consider enrolling in Fostering Algebraic Reasoning at UW Bothell this summer. This graduate level, 3 credit class will meet June 25 - July 25, Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30-4:00 p.m and will be taught by Dr. Robin Angotti. For current and prospective middle and high school mathematics & science teachers, this course will focus on the teaching and learning of algebra from a developmental perspective, including research-based methods for developing students' algebraic thinking and structure and processes used in algebra. A main issue to be addressed is how students develop algebraic ideas from upper elementary grades through Algebra I.
Former UW Bothell Secondary and Middle Level Teacher Certification M.Ed. student Mary Takle said, "Thanks for introducing me to such great software and challenging me to learn how to use it to teach my students." Dr. Angotti specializes in using popular gaming systems to make math accessible to all students. "As I developed the project, I could hear your voice encouraging me to reach my digital learners with technology that they are familiar with, yet requiring it to be relevant to the learning goal." (Mary Takle)
If you want to take this exciting class, consider registering as a non-matriculated student this summer. Bothell is an institution committed to supporting life-long learning. "Non-matriculated" status is for students who wish to explore degree options, personal enrichment, and professional development. For information about registering as a non-matriculated student, go to the UW Bothell Admissions website. There is no fee to apply for Graduate Non-Matriculted (GNM) status with the Bothell Education Program. Course registration details: B EDUC 591E, 3 credits - SLN: 10300.
Other summer quarter courses you might be interested in:
Dr. Jean Eisele offers Perspectives on Curriculum Integration which explores various means of developing integrative curriculum that can be developed into useable plans. Class meets: June 26 - July 19, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., B EDUC 515 3 credits - SLN: 10295.
Dr. Antony Smith teaches two courses emphasizing student literacy: Writing Across the Curriculum and Literacy Coaching. Writing Across the Curriculum, explores instructional strategies designed to guide students in acquiring and developing writing skills across the curriculum. Class meets June 26 - July 26, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-3:30 p.m., B EDUC 535, 3 credits - SLN: 13931.
Literacy Coaching examines research and practice focused on literacy coaching in terms of mentoring, peer collaboration, and teacher leadership development. Class meets June 26, 28, July 5, 12, 19 and 26, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., B EDUC 539, 3 credits - SLN: 14026.
Dr. Angotti will present Education and Technology which will examine issues related to the uses of technology in the classroom and our broader society. Class meets June 25 - July 25, Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:30-7:00 p.m., B EDUC 566, 3 credits - SLN: 13930.
Dr. Jane Van Galen's Telling our Stories as Teachers: Digital Storytelling as a Reflective Process uses multi-media tools to weave the complex voices, images, and energy of classrooms to create digital stories as teachers. Class meets July 10-July 20, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., B EDUC 567, 5 credits - SLN: 10298.
Please consult the time schedule for complete summer course listings.
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Lori O'Brien, Ext. Cohort 5, has taught 3rd grade at Franklin Elementary (LWSD) for the past 7 years and became a National Board Certified teacher last fall. She is currently a cooperating teacher for a UW Bothell candidate teacher. Lori is impressed with the growth and forward thinking of the UW Bothell Education Program and is enjoying being involved in the program again!
Pete Hanson, Ext. Cohort 9, has taught 5th grade in the Lake Washington School District for the past 3 years. His team shares students, focusing on literacy and social studies. Pete is the MAS technology coordinator and helps fellow teachers better integrate netbooks into their practice. Lastly, Pete and his wife Jenni (another UW Bothell K8 graduate,) just had their first child, Nolan!
Elizabeth Atterberry, Cohort 15, and her husband Perry, recently received Peace Corps legal, dental, and medical clearance. Perry was nominated to teach university English while Elizabeth will most likely teach primary or secondary English. Both Elizabeth and Perry are in the placement stage now, waiting for a country to be identified that has requested a couple with their skills.
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|Career and Professional Development|
Teaching Equity Conference 2012
April 28, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Highline Community College
Peace Education for the Next Generation:
Want Peace? Let's Teach Peace!
May 1, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (free)
University Unitarian Church, Seattle
Next Generation Science Standards Public Review
May 16, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Family History And The Immigration Story In Therapy
May 19, 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Puget Sound ESD Workshop: iPads for Educators
June 5, 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM
21st Century Faces: Multiethnic Families And Identity
September 21, 9:00 AM to 4:30
2012 WSASCD-OSPI-WASA Annual Conference
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