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Welcome back!

September is just around the corner and the 2012-13 school year is nearly upon us.  School districts are already preparing for the year ahead as administrators and teachers return from summer vacations to plan for the arrival of their students.

At the university level, we follow a similar academic yearly cycle.  The UW Bothell campus is a hub of construction activity this summer with three major construction projects underway, including our next building that will house our work in science and technology.  We look forward to the return of our students and another robust year ahead for the Education Program and the campus.

One area of new growth for us will be in the area of Special Education.  We are expanding our capacity to better prepare teachers and principals to support the needs of students with special learning needs.  Currently, about 13% of students in our public schools are formally served by Special Education, but many more students have unique needs that don't necessarily fit federal classifications.  We believe that regardless of where our graduates serve, every educator should be equipped to differentiate their teaching to meet students with unique learning challenges.

I am pleased to welcome our newest faculty member, Dr. Jason Naranjo, as an Assistant Professor in Special Education. Dr. Naranjo will bring his expertise to our programs and professional educators as they prepare to teach all students.

I wish you well as you get ready for the start of the school year.

Best wishes,
Bradley Portin
Director and Professor
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Welcome, Dr. Jason Naranjo

Dr. Naranjo's academic interests are focused on understanding the factors and processes that contribute to the positive academic and social development of children and youth with disabilities. He is particularly interested in integrative approaches to service delivery for individuals with high-incidence disabilities. His work is especially concerned with the promotion of inclusion and the development of educational and economic opportunity for those who live in poverty. Dr. Naranjo teaches courses in the area of special education with an emphasis on inclusive practices in schools and community.
Dr. Robin Angotti attended the Microsoft Academic Summit held in Washington D.C. April 20-21. She presented "Natural User Interfaces, Gaming and Simulations in Education."

Angotti's current research includes: investigating students' mathematical understandings in technological contexts; statistics education; teaching algebra from a functional perspective using multiple representations; and developing students' conceptual understandings of mathematics and preparing teachers to teach in ways that promote and support the development of conceptual understanding.

Dr. Angotti is best known for her work utilizing video game systems such as Microsoft Kinect to engage mathematics students in the classroom. Angotti's research and methodology is being examined as a model of educational innovation.

The summit was a joint project of Microsoft and the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP).

Dr. Pam Hopkins
has been elected as President of WCEAP (Washington Council of Educational Administration Programs). Pam will direct the collaboration of the 14 universities in Washington that prepare school and district leaders. Pam's background as an accomplished K12 leader and key role in our LEDE Program make her uniquely suited for this role. This is a critical time for professional preparation with a sea change in the policy environment and Pam will help lead the entire state consortium in our shared work.

Dr. Carole Kubota spent June 2-8 in Albuquerque, NM, working with K-8 teachers from 11 school districts.  Dr. Kubota was one of 16 National Science Resource Center (NSRC) faculty coming from across the country to provide professional development in science education.  For over 25 years, the NSRC, whose parent organizations are the Smithsonian Institution and the National Academies, has been implementing a model to improve the learning and teaching of science in school districts in the United States and throughout the world. NSRC faculty provided training in inquiry based science instruction, teacher and administrator leadership development, and strategic planning tools to make high-quality science education sustainable in their districts.

In January 2012, Dr. Antony Smith assumed the role of editor of Washington State Kappan, the journal of the Washington State chapter of Phi Delta Kappa International (PDKI). This journal explores issues of  research, leadership, and practice and is aligned with the mission of PDKI: " support education, particularly public education, as the cornerstone of democracy. Its vision is to be the experts in cultivating great educators Kappan for tomorrow while continuing to ensure high-quality education for today."

Washington Kappan has been in its current form since 2007, with Volume 1 Number 1 addressing the topic of preparing students for responsible citizenship in a global society. Since then, this bi-annual publication has featured issues on a variety of important and interesting topics, including: Instructional and leadership coaching: Embedded professional development (Spring 2008); Great teachers: Reflections and relationships (Fall 2008); Power of classroom evidence: Assessment that counts (Winter 2010); Innovations that impact student learning (Summer 2011).

The upcoming issue (Fall 2012), to be published in September, explores action research from the perspective of researchers, administrators, and teachers. Please look for online issues of Washington State Kappan as well as the Open Journal System (OJS) version.

Please also consider becoming a member of Phi Delta Kappan International as well as the Washington State chapter.

Dr. Jane Van Galen's chapter, Mediated Stories of Educational Mobility: Digital Stories in Teacher Education, will be included in the forthcoming book Crafting Critical Stories: Toward Pedagogies and Methodologies of Collaboration, Inclusion & Voice. The book is being Edited by Judith Flores Carmona and Kristen V. Luschen and will be published by Peter Lang.

The third volume in the Mobility Studies in Education Series, edited by Jane Van Galen for Sense Publishers, was published in late Spring.  College and the Working Class, by Allison Hurst, a sociologist at Furman University, includes case studies of first-generation undergraduate students navigating economic, academic, and institutional barriers at a flagship university.  The fourth volume in the series, to be published in 2014, will be a theoretical and ethical analysis of the experiences of students participating in the McNair Scholars mentorship program at a small liberal arts college.


EdprogramnewsEducation Program News

Long-time field instructor for the Elementary Education Program retires

Cheryle Nesbit, field instructor for the elementary teacher certification program is retiring after thirteen years of service with UWB Education!  Happy 're-retirement' Cheryle and best of luck.  Thank you for your service and mentoring over one hundred pre-service teachers!
Spotlight on student achievements

This past summer, students in Dr. Jane Van Galen's class, Telling our Stories as Teachers: Digital Storytelling as a Reflective Process, used multi-media tools to weave the complex voices, images, and energy of classrooms to create digital stories as teachers.

Katie Divito
, M.Ed. student, sent her digital story to the Reading with Rover program, and they're using it for training and recruitment and have offered her a scholarship to the next level of training. Below, Katie shares her story in hopes of inspiring others to share the gift of reading and literacy:

"Searching for your defining moment as a teacher can be a life changing experience. It is often incomprehensible to imagine that an ordinary person could change a single life yet behind the scenes, through constant selfless acts, educators change the lives of many on a daily basis. Stories as Teachers, taught by Professor Jane Van Galen and Vicki North, challenged me to reflect upon my own teaching, identifying a remarkable event that I could share with others through the creation of a digital story."

Reading with Ava

To read more of Katie's story, please click here.
Sarah Lanterman, M.Ed. graduate of the Middle and Secondary Level Teacher Certification Program, participated in the Teaching Shakespeare Institute (TSI) at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. in July 2012. TSI is one of the highly competitive teacher professional development programs funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).  Sarah was one of 25 teachers selected from hundreds of applicants from around the country for the four-week program. Sarah was drawn to TSI because of her background in Shakespeare Studies, the Folger's outstanding reputation as a research library, and her commitment as a high school teacher of English to connect her students with the works of Shakespeare.

Throughout her M.Ed. program, Sarah investigated the question: How can teachers engage all students in the study of Shakespeare? The Folger Shakespeare Library advocates for performance-based learning as pedagogical practice, an approach that appealed to Sarah. When asked about her goal to make Shakespeare relevant to high school students, Sarah explained, "I want students to enjoy the power of language, and I believe Shakespeare is a great way to share that with them. Shakespeare can empower both me and my students to take control of our learning and move forward in that journey."

TSI provided a powerful opportunity to learn and be part of a community that required participants to dive in and experience the lessons as students would, learning and supporting each other all along the way. The TSI fellowship was another step in Sarah's work as a teacher committed to curriculum and instruction that prioritizes students' learning.
Good news!

The General Science Endorsement has been recently approved by the  Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) and is now available as an option in our Secondary and Middle Level Teacher Certification M.Ed.  Candidates seeking the General Science endorsement may also include a Biology Endorsement depending on their academic history.  We now offer six endorsements at the secondary level:  Biology, English/Language Arts, General Science, History, Mathematics and Social Studies.

CurrentstudentinfoAutumn Quarter Highlights    

Graduate Courses

Education and the American Dream  

B EDUC 522  

Dr. Jane Van Galen Explores the American dream that " can become anything you want to be by doing well in school." Is there any truth to that idea?

Learn more in this video:

Education and the American Dream - B EDUC 522
Education and the American Dream


Other Graduate level Education electives available this  
Autumn include: 
  • History and Politics of Teaching - B EDUC 503 (3 cr)
    with Dr. Jean Eisele
  • Assessment - B EDUC 537 (3 cr) with Dr. Carrie Tzou
  • Building Partnerships: Home, School, & Community -
    B EDUC 555( 5 cr)
  • Curriculum Studies - B EDUC 557 (3 cr) with Dr. Pamela Joseph  


Special Topics in Education:
The Impact of Technology on Teaching and Learning

B EDUC 391B  (5 cr)
SLN: 10909  
Instr: Dr. Robin Angotti
Tues/Thurs 3:30-5:30

This course will include discussion on the use of both conventional educational technology such as interactive whiteboards and graphing calculators, as well as new emerging technologies such as Web 2.0 tools and full body motion sensing devices such as Kinect. We will also discuss the repurposing of technology, i.e video games, for use in education.


The complete Autumn '12 time schedule can be found here.


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Alumni updates

Brett Hagen, TCert Cohort 10: I completed six years of elementary teaching experience in the Edmonds School District and received my K-12 administrators certification in June 2011. I was appointed to be the Principal of Sherwood Elementary School in the Edmonds district for the 2012-2013 school year.

Katrina Ladopoulos, TCert Cohort 8: I taught 4th grade for 3 years in Lake Washington School District. After moving to Wisconsin, I have been an Interventionist, a 4/5 teacher, and I'm in my second year as a 2/3 Teacher in Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD). I'm personally proud to say that I have been actively fighting Wisconsin's governor and his attack on teacher's and worker's rights. MMSD teachers were at the head of the protests that have moved across the US over the last year. I marched in the "Save Our Schools" rally in Washington, DC in 2011. I have found my voice inside and out of the classroom in defense of public education.

Judi MacRae, TCert Cohort 9
: Edmonds' Madrona K-8 teacher. MacRae, of Shoreline, was one of nine finalists and two winners honored as the Washington State Legislature's Civic Educators of the Year for 2012.

Vicky North, Ext. Cohort 2 / M.Ed. '08: I have been a teacher at Emerson Elementary in Everett for eight years. As a classroom teacher, I taught kindergarten, first, and second grades. This year I had the best teaching gig ever! I was the technology teacher for first through fifth graders, and will hopefully have the chance to do it again next year. Every summer I look forward to returning to UWB to work with Dr. Jane Van Galen in her Master's Digital Storytelling Class.

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2012 Conferences 

Annual Conference

October 11-12
Seattle, WA
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Washington Science Teachers Association (WSTA)
2012 Conference
October 19-21
Yakima, WA
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American Educational Studies Association (AESA)
2012 Annual Conference
Seattle, WA
October 31st - November 4th
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National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
2012 Annual Convention
November 15-18
Las Vegas, NV
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National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
2012 Area Conference
Phoenix, AZ
December 6-8, 2012
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