In a recent UW News & Information article, Kenneth Zeichner, new director of teacher education at the UW, discusses the nature of teacher training when funding is down, accountability and regulation are up, and why the need for capable and committed public school teachers has never been greater.
Plan to visit both the Burke Museum and the Henry Art Gallery on December 6, the first Thursday of the month, when admission is FREE and visiting hours are extended. Check their websites for current exhibits and special events.
University District scene
Regional & Community Relations has joined the new, four-year U District Livability Partnership (UDLP), dedicated to encouraging a more vibrant, walkable U District. The University is also sponsoring U District Next: A Community Conversation, which offers community members a way to get involved and share their ideas. Upcoming events are Dec. 6 and Jan. 31.
UW “Smart Cans” that include a composting option are among the items scored in a rating of campus sustainability efforts
After submitting an assessment of its sustainability practices to the two-year-old Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System this fall, the UW received a gold rating, giving it the highest score among the nine Pac-12 universities that decided to assess themselves. Information was gathered by the Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability Office and graduate students with the UW’s Environmental Management Certificate Program.
Scat detection dog Frehley, with handler Bud Marks, searches for fisher scat in the Sierra Nevadas. Center for Conservation Biology, http://www.washington.edu/research/centers/11
Find out what some high-energy, “unadoptable” canines are doing to assist a Center for Conservation Biology program tracking how animal populations are affected by environmental change. It’s one of the latest segments from UW|360, available Sunday nights at 9 p.m. on UWTV, Comcast channel 27, or online at uwtv.org/uw360.
Finland’s education system consistently ranks among the top in the world. At a free 7 pm lecture on November 14 in Kane Hall, author Pasi Sahlberg reveals that the transformation of education systems is possible if policies focus more on inclusion and equity instead of choice; professional development instead of test-based accountability; and pedagogy instead of technology. Sponsored by the Department of Scandinavian Studies.
Medal of Honor Memorial
The University of Washington will commemorate Veterans Day with a ceremony at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, near the Medal of Honor Memorial at the foot of Memorial Way.
Joseph Janes, associate professor in the Information School and creator of the new podcast series, Documents That Changed the World.
Take a break from the never-ending 2012 political news cycle with a trip back to the administration of Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal in Documents that Changed the World: An 18 1/2-minute presidential mystery, the latest installment of the Documents that Changed the World podcast series from the UW Information School.