Winter/Spring 2014
Director's Message 

Dear Friends of Education,

Spring has brought a great deal of growth and opportunity for the Education Program. We have just admitted one of our largest cohorts of K8 teacher candidates and will soon be admitting a greatly expanded cohort of middle and secondary level teacher candidates.  Our highly successful preparation program for Special Education Directors, Expanding Capacity for Special Education Leaders (ECSEL), is preparing to graduate the inaugural cohort of 10 leaders and, simultaneously, preparing to grow and admit a second cohort of 18.

As the Education Program grows and adds new options (such as our planned launch in 2015 of our Special Education Endorsement), we look to expand our leadership in state and national issues affecting education.  To that end, we have been accepted as members in the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE).  Our work with AACTE allows us to participate in the four AACTE key goals:
  • Accelerate meaningful improvement in educator preparation by promoting and supporting the adoption of high standards for accountability and assessment that are linked to P-12 student outcomes.
  • Lead the charge to secure state and federal policy that advances high-quality student learning through educator preparation and development.
  • Launch and sustain systemwide initiatives to promote the diversity of the professional community and to prepare educators who can serve diverse learners.  
  • Advance implementation of high-quality learning practices.    

Finally, the Education Program congratulates Dr. Paul Markham, Affiliate Associate Professor of Education, who leaves UW Bothell this month to become the Program Officer for Postsecondary Success at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  Dr. Markham will retain his affiliate status with us and we wish him every success in this new position. 

All good wishes,
Bradley Portin, Director and Professor
In This Issue
Introducing Toni S. Hartsfield
Education Program Manager

Toni S. Hartsfield
Toni S. Hartsfield came to us after almost three years in UW Bothell Academic Affairs where she provided support to several directors and specialized in shepherding the part-time faculty and graduate student appointment process. Toni has over 25 years of experience in colleges and universities, having worked in Residential Life at Western Washington University and Pacific Lutheran University, Student Activities at Seattle University, Bellevue College and Olympic College and professional preparation programs at Cascadia Community College. She is Minnesota born and bred so has a tendency to banter at will, transmit the culture of sweet corn, and adopt a slight lilt after telephoning family back home. A Seattle Beacon Hill resident, she's a proud mother of two boys in public school - Anthony 15 and Alexander 8, a partner-in-life to Derek, and a sometimes comforter to sister cats Ella and Raven.  And if you're curious:  dark vs. milk chocolate, jazz vs. country western, and peanut butter with jelly.  She's thrilled to be in Education and you can find her in the spacious office, kiddy-corner from Sue, at 425-352-5331 thartsfield@uwb.edu.

Toni was recently nominated as part of Celebrating UW Women. Celebrating UW Women, a program sponsored by Housing & Food Services, is a program designed to honor women from across campus as part of Women's History Month. Celebrating UW Women recognizes the unique contributions of women across campus, whether students, faculty, or staff. Read Toni's nomination here.
Research in Practice

The American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Several Education faculty are presenters at this year's AERA 2014 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. The conference theme is "The Power of Education Research for Innovation in Practice and Policy."

Cherry Banks
As an AERA Fellow, Dr. Banks will be attending the meeting of the AERA Fellows. The AERA Fellows Program honors education researchers for their exceptional contributions to, and excellence in, education research. Dr. Banks will also attend the 2015 annual meeting as the Program Planning Committee Program Chair-designate and the 2015 chair of the Annual Meeting Policies & Procedures Committee.

Pam Joseph
Paper: Ethical Reflections on Becoming Teachers in Paper Session: Moral Development and Education: Gender, Culture, Moral Motivation, and Judgment

Nancy Place
Paper: The edTPA in Washington State: Dilemmas and Opportunities in Symposium: Context Matters: Unpacking National Teacher Assessments and the edTPA in Four States

Carrie Tzou
Paper: My Puget Sound: Students' Positional Identities, Lived Worlds, and Learning in Environmental Education in Symposium: The Interior Worlds of Environmental Education: Connecting Identity and Embodied Practices to Sociocultural Learning

Nancy Place, Allison Hintz, JoAnn Todd
Paper: Gradual-Release Coaching: The Development of Practice for Cooperating Teachers and Student Teachers in Paper Session: Examining Mentoring and Feedback for Preservice Teachers

The AERA Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of scholars in the field of education research. It is a showcase for ground-breaking, innovative studies in a diverse array of areas -- from early education through higher education, from digital learning to second language literacy. It's the place to encounter ideas and data that will shape tomorrow's education practices and policies, and where to connect with leading thinkers from the U.S. and around the world.

Rural Science Teaching Project

The Rural Science Teaching Project (RSTP) is a partnership between the University of Washington School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, UW Bothell Education Program (Antony Smith), and school districts in Educational Service District 113. This project, taking place during the 2013-2014 school year as well as in August 2014, draws teachers and principals from these districts to participate in professional development focused on integrating the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects (CCSS-ELA) into content-area instruction through the exploration of environmental science. This series of professional development workshops emphasizes academic literacy, embedded within the NGSS, as a means for improving teaching and learning in both environmental sciences and across general science and other content areas.

Publications / Presentations / Conferences

Allison Hintz
Dr. Hintz will have two presentations at the Leadership in Mathematics Education annual conference in New Orleans, Louisiana in April: "Math Labs: Designing High Quality School-embedded Math Professional Learning" and "Leading Productive Mathematical Discussions: Using open and targeted sharing to advance children's learning." 

At the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics research pre-session and annual conference, also in New Orleans in April, Dr. Hintz has two presentations. "Supporting Early Numeracy Through Counting Collections" and "Teacher Time Out: A way to support the collective learning of Educators. Also at NCTM, Dr. Hintz new book, Intentional Talk: How to structure and lead productive mathematical discussions, co-authored with her colleague Elham Kazemi, will be launched with a book signing.

Brad Portin
Learning-Focused Leadership in Action: Improving Instruction in Schools and Districts
By Michael S. Knapp, Meredith I. Honig, Margaret L. Plecki, Bradley S. Portin
and Michael A. Copland. Routledge, 2014.

Tony Smith
Dr. Smith had a piece published on Edutopia on his work on adaptive teaching.

Jane Van Galen
Dr. Van Galen was the guest editor for a special issue of Equity and Excellence. She
solicited all the manuscripts, coordinated the peer review and revisions, and wrote the introduction.

Dr. Van Galen also published a chapter, Mediated Stories of  Educational Mobility: Digital Stories in Teacher Education in the book Crafting Critical Stories.
M.Ed. student recently put theory into practice

Annette Sternberg, UWB M.Ed student and second grade teacher at Ardmore Elementary School in Bellevue, WA, recently put theory into practice with the help of Bellevue High School science teacher Dan Dorsey and the Bellevue Schools Foundation.

During fall 2013, Annette applied for the Bellevue Schools Foundation Enrichment & Innovation Grant and developed a research inquiry proposal for BEDUC 501, Inquiry in Education. Titled, "Collaboration between Sophomore and Second Grade Students," her proposal explored existing research on collaboration between students of different ages and outlined an action research project in which her second grade students would conduct an experiment with the help of high school students. On March 12, 2014, the experiment took place with great success (see article below). During spring quarter 2014 Annette will work with Dr. Smith to write a report on this project and craft a manuscript for publication.

Students Shake Things Up in Chem 2-10

Ardmore second grade teacher Annette Sternberg collaborated with Bellevue High School chemistry teacher Dan Dorsey to bring their students together for a joint chemistry experiment. The entire Ardmore second grade class traveled to Bellevue and paired up with sophomores in three chemistry laboratory classrooms. This was the first trip to a high school for Ardmore students and, for some, the first trip through downtown Bellevue.

After a quick chemistry lecture, students teamed up at lab benches to measure out volumes of ice and salt and record temperature changes. Students then measured and mixed exact quantities of half & half and sugar in zip lock bags. These were added to the ice/salt containers and the shaking began! With encouragement from the high school students to keep shaking (and some giggling), the cooling transformed the liquid mixture to a solid.

"It's ice cream!" shouted students.

Spoons were promptly distributed to the seven-year olds to taste their results. Together, the students recorded their hypotheses, observations, and conclusions. High school students wrote and second graders scooped and slurped. What great teamwork! 

"I'm glad you're my teacher," said Ashley as she gave Ms. Sternberg a hug and offered to share her ice cream.

This project was made possible by a Bellevue Schools Foundation Enrichment & Innovation Grant and Foundation donors.

Photograph and article by Marian McDermott, Institutional Giving & Program Manager, Bellevue Schools Foundation. Reprinted with permission of the author.

Program News

Congratulations to Joshua Sanchez, Northshore Junior High School principal, who was named the KingCo North Region Middle Level Distinguished Principal by the Association of Washington Middle Level Principals by the Washington Association of Secondary School Principals.

Joshua is a member of our Professional Educator Advisory Board.

Summer Quarter 2014

B EDUC 541 - Second Language Acquisition, Bilingual Education, and the Structure of English - (5 cr)
  • Wed. 5:45-9:45 p.m.
  • Register for SLN: 20469
  • Instructor: Dr. Karen Gourd
Course Description
Provides the theoretical and research foundation to support educational practices and policies that support the needs of English language Learners (ELL). Topics will include research, practice, and connections between language, literacy, cultural traditions, identity and education in preparation for teaching ELLs in general education or classes specifically for ELLs.

B EDUC 541 - Second Language Acquisition, Bilingual Education, and the Structure of English can be used toward a Master of Education degree and/or earning an ELL endorsement in Washington State from UW Bothell.*  This course is appropriate for any
educator working with non-native English language speakers.

*The ELL endorsement at UW Bothell is only available to teachers who are already certified to teach in Washington State or in the process of earning certification through a UW Bothell Teacher Certification Program.

Email: educationprogram@uwb.edu for more information or visit our website.

A look back at winter quarter, 2014
Photo credit: Sam Al-Khoury
Wayne Au, pictured right, was the Keynote speaker at the UW Bothell MLK Day of Service event, "Reflect Back and Look Forward." This year's event was sponsored by Achieving Community Transformation (ACT), ASUWB, Cascadia Student Government, Cascadia Community College Student Life, UW Bothell Student Affairs, and UW Bothell Community-Based Learning & Research.

Brick Maier visited Jane Van Galen's "Current Issues in Technology" class to present a workshop on his Tabletop Moviemaking method. Brick blogged about his day with Jane and the students of K-8 Teacher Certification Cohort 18.

Teacher Certification students in Carrie Tzou's science methods course visited Ben Franklin Elementary School during an environmental education workshop. The workshop, by Project Learning Tree, is something Professor Tzou does each year with her science methods class and is focused on incorporating environmental education across the curriculum.

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