UW College of Education e-news
February 2009

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What's Hot in Research

Learning Science Organically
Thousands of Americans learn science in informal settings—a dinosaur exhibit, an aquarium touch-tank, an after-school program’s nature walk. There is much evidence that these programs and settings, and even everyday experiences such as a walk in the park, contribute to people's knowledge and interest in science, says a new report from the National Research Council, co-chaired by Dr. Philip Bell. More.

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Book Notes: The Latino Education Crisis
The Latino Education Crisis by Patricia Gándara and Frances Contreras describes the cumulative disadvantages faced by too many children in the complex American school systems, where one in five students is Latino. More.

Community Happenings


Ackerly Inquiry Project: Helping Schools with Critical Needs
Through the Ackerley Network, the UW College of Education and the Ginger & Barry Ackerley Family Foundation are focused on strengthening partnerships and increasing collaboration with 24 high-needs schools. More.

Associate Dean Tom Stritikus Joins NWREL Board
Dr. Tom Stritikus, associate dean of academic programs at the University of Washington College of Education, has been named to the Board of Directors of the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (NWREL) in Portland. More.

EEU Holiday Support Marks Record Giving
Every holiday season the UW College of Education Experimental Education Unit (EEU) raises funds to support students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP). This year, more than 40 families received holiday sponsorship—a record in giving! More.

Current Student Profiles

Irene Monica Sanchez

Meet Irene Monica Sanchez
Irene Monica Sanchez, an incoming student in the Masters Program in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies-Higher Education, is currently working with Dr. Frances Contreras, who notes that the College is lucky to have a student of Sanchez’s caliber. The feeling is mutual. More.

Joe King

Meet Joe King
Joe King, a first-year Ph.D. student in the Special Education department, comes with a strong background in clinical psychology and a razor-sharp sense of humor. After obtaining an undergraduate bachelor of arts in psychology, King pursued a clinical psychology masters degree from Teachers College at Columbia University. More.

Upcoming Events

American Educational Research Association
Annual Conference

April 13-17, 2009 in San Diego
At a time when knowledge creation and use requires spanning boundaries between academic disciplines, education researchers can take pride in their long tradition of multi-disciplinary work. AERA's 2009 annual meeting will celebrate this tradition and look ahead to assess new ways that education research and disciplinary inquiry might be more effectively integrated. Join us in San Diego in April! More information on the College of Education reception will be forthcoming.

College of Education In the News

President Obama's Dreams from My Father Named
UW Common Book for 2009

"The story is that of a search for identity, identity as an individual and identity as a citizen," said Gene Edgar, professor in the College of Education and a Common Book Committee co-chair. More.

Frances Contreras: Professor, Activist and 'Homegirl'
Diverse magazine has honored Frances Contreras as one of an "extraordinary ensemble of academicians" to be named 2009 Emerging Scholars. More.

Zayed University's UW Partnership
Abu Dhabi's Zayed University launches eight new graduate programs in collaboration with international universities, including UW Special Education program. More.

Latino Education Crisis Authors Interviewed
Inside Higher Education interviews the authors of The Latino Education Crisis: The Consequences of Failed Social Policies. Co-author Frances Contreras is assistant professor in the College of Education. More.

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Pride Points

  • The UW is one of only 14 schools in the nation to receive an A-minus on the 2009 College Sustainability Report Card, which was the highest grade given for 2009.
  • The UW enrolls more than 2,600 international students from more than 100 countries. The 11,232 international students studying in the state of Washington last year contributed more than $256 million to the state’s economy.

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