Danforth Program Updates, Spring 2013
Danforth Program Updates, Winter 2013
Danforth Program Updates, Autumn 2012
Danforth Alum Becomes New Education Policy Adviser
In June 2010, Danforth Alum Shannon O'Brien made news as the new Education Policy Advisor in Montana.
Danforth Program Updates, September 2012
Exciting changes in the Danforth Program as Kathy Kimball retires and Danforth welcomes a new director.
Please join us in welcoming Ann O'Doherty to the Danforth team!
Danforth Alum named Assistant Principal of the Year
Congrats to Danforth 20 Alumni Scott Harrison, who has been named Pierce Country Assistant Principal of the Year.
Danforth Alum has been appointed new position
Congrats to Kelly Aramaki, Danforth 15 Alumni on his new position! Mr. Kelly Aramaki, principal at Beacon Hill International
School, has been appointed Executive Director of Schools for the Southeast Region.
Danforth Alums are recipients of the Foster Award for Excellence
Danforth 13 alumni Mia Williams and Danforth 7 alumni Jennifer Wiley are featured on the UW homepage as the 2013 recipients
of the Thomas B. Foster Award for Excellence through the Seattle Alliance for Education. Both of them have been awarded for
their outstanding accomplishments as principals. Mia Williams was awarded for her work as principal at Aki Kurose Middle
School, and Jennifer Wiley awarded for her role as principal at Franklin High School. Each principal receives $50,000 of
unrestricted money to spend on her school!
Danforth Student Wins Leadership Award
Catherine Brown, Danforth Cohort 25 student, was recognized at the May 16 Seattle Public School Board meeting as the winner
of this year's Excellence in Educational Leadership Award. The
University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) gives this award to practicing school administrators who have made
significant contributions to the improvement of administrator preparation. Dr. Margery Ginsberg, lead faculty of the Leadership
for Learning program at the University of Washington, presented the award to Brown at the board meeting.
Danforth Alum Wins Award for Leadership
Jill Hudson, Danforth Cohort 10 graduate and principal of Seattle’s Nathan Hale High School, was awarded the Thomas B.
Foster Award for leadership during a surprise ceremony this morning. The annual award, sponsored by the Alliance for
Education, comes with a $50,000 grant to the school, presented in the form of an oversized check. Hudson, in her third year
at Nathan Hale, is the 10th recipient of the award, which goes to a Seattle Public Schools middle, K-8 or high school
principal. The 1,100-student school is the first to win the award twice. In presenting the award, district officials cited
Hudson’s leadership in school and district initiatives as well as Nathan Hale’s gains on last year’s standardized tests.
Danforth Alum Wins 2011 Golden Apple Award for Principal of the Year
Dr. Jennifer Wiley, Danforth Cohort 7 alum and principal of Franklin High School in Seattle, won the 2011 Golden Apple Award for Principal of the Year. The Golden Apple Awards honors successful teaching models and programs among Washington state educators. Dr. Wiley believes in education as a tool to provide any individual access to a level playing field and the opportunity to prosper. As principal for eight years of a public high school serving the country’s most diverse zip code, she’s worked with staff to support "a campus free of second-class citizenship." In 2003, Franklin staff and community chose to de-track—doing away with an honors program for high-performing students only and allowing any student to aim for and achieve honors credit. Nearly nine in ten students from the class of 2009 reported heading to a two- or four-year college, and more than one in five graduating seniors were recently admitted to the University of Washington at a time of high admissions standards. Also a talented percussionist, Jennifer teaches a steel drum class for students with little or no music experience. "She can talk the kids’ language without trying to sound like them," says one colleague. KCTS 9 will be broadcasting this year's Golden Apple Awards on TV starting March 1.
New Leadership Positions for Cohort 23 Alum
We are pleased to announce new leadership placements for our Danforth 23 Alumni. Of the 28 members of our Spring 2011
graduating cohort, 19 have been placed in new leadership roles for the 2011-2012 school year. Placements include 6 principals;
11 assistant principals; and 2 other administrative leadership roles.
New LWSD Principals Bring Wealth of Experience and Excitement to Schools
Two Danforth 23 Alum were featured in an article highlighting new principals in the Lake Washington
Danforth Alum Receives Foster Award for Outstanding Leadership
The Alliance for Education and Seattle Public Schools announced that Jeff Clark (Cohort 12), principal of Denny
International Middle School, is this year’s recipient of the Thomas B. Foster Award for Excellence for his outstanding
leadership at the school.
Principal News Publication
Justin Baeder, Danforth 19 Alum and principal of Olympic View Elementary School in Seattle, shares time management tips for
school leaders. His article “Peak Productivity: Managing
the Workload of Leadership,” featured on the cover of the Winter 2011 publication of The Principal News, provides
principal and educational leaders with simple ideas on how to effectively organize and lead. In the article, he writes:
“Without strategies for managing the workload that accompanies school leadership, the emergencies that arise every day—in
addition to the onslaught of routine administrative work—can consume all of a principal’s time and energy, and ultimately lead
to job dissatisfaction and turnover. Increasing the principal’s capacity to do leadership work can have a direct impact on the
performance of the school.”
In June 2010,
Danofrth 23 Alum Brian Patrick made news as the upcoming principal of of Methow Valley Elementary.
2010 Milken Educator Award
Kelly Aramaki, Danforth Cohort 15 Alum, won the $25,000 Milken Educator Award for Washington. The award, called the “Oscars of Teaching” by Teacher Magazine, exists to attract and reward outstanding K-12 teachers and education leaders. Aramaki, principal of John Stanford International School in Wallingford, is one of 55 educators nation-wide who is receiving the award. The Milken Educator Award, with no nomination or application procedure, is the largest teacher recognition program in the U.S. and was created to retain and attract the highest quality K-12 educators to the profession.
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UW College of Education
Seattle, WA 98195-3600
Director: Ann O'Doherty
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