"Language and Learning on the Border" Article
L4L Cohort 4 Student Kareen Borders (Regional Teaching Ambassador Fellow from the Peninsula School District in Gig Harbor, Washington) has an article featured in the Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Education. Entitled,"Language and Learning on the Border," the article shows how Columbus Elementary School, a school located 3 miles from the Mexican border, works on bridging opportunity gaps for students.
New Leadership in L4L
Kathy Kimball, Director of the K-12 Leadership Preparation Programs, and longtime director of the Danforth Program, retired at the close of the 2011-2012 academic year. Kathy served as L4L Program Director during the final year of L4L Cohort 4, and has been a driving force behind the program from its conception.
As she moves into her next career as an artist, Kathy leaves a powerful legacy that is readily apparent in schools and distrcits across the region, state, and country, where countless Danforth and Leadership for Learning alum serve in leadership positions, advocating for equity and excellence for all students. To learn more about Kathy Kimball and to leave memories or tributes in her honor, please visit the COE Faculty Spotlight page.
Moving forward in L4L, we are pleased to introduce Meredith Honig as our L4L Cohort 5 Director. Meredith has served as a core L4L faculty member for 6 years, with a primary teaching focus on the Inquiry module. Meredith's research and teaching interests center around policy, leadership, and organizational change in urban educational systems. She is particularly interested in how public policy making bureaucracies, such as school district central offices, innovate and collaborate to improve opportunities for all youth to learn. We are eager for Meredith to carry the work forward and lead the L4L core faculty team as we continuously strive to bring the best experience possible to our Leadership for Learning students.
"Planting My Flag as a Leader of Learning" Article
L4L Cohort 4 Student Rob MacGregor (Superintendent of Kelso School District) has the feature article in the Dec. edition of School Administrator. Entitled, "Planting My Flag as a Leader of Learning," the article shows how a superintendent's instructional leadership has been influenced by his doctoral preparation.
"Capstone Project or Portfolio? The Culminating Demonstration of Learning in the Education Doctorate."
Mike Knapp and Margery Ginsberg (L4L) presented a session for the annual conference of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) in Denver, CO. entitled, "Capstone Project or Portfolio? The Culminating Demonstration of Learning in the Education Doctorate." Along with colleagues from Vanderbilt and University of Chicago-Illinois, the session explored different approaches to final doctoral work in three different innovative programs.
L4L Faculty Talks About Book with the Hope Foundation
Dr. Margery Ginsberg, lead L4L faculty member, did an interview for the Hope Foundation about Ginsberg's latest book Transformative Professional Learning: A System to Enhance Teacher and Student Motivation. The interview can be seen on the Hope Foundation's blog "What's Working in Schools" here.
UW L4L Cohort 4 Student Accepts New Position
Aaron Leavell, L4L 4 student, has accepted the position of Assistant Superintendent of K-12 Education at Bremerton School District. Congratulations Aaron!
Phi Delta Kappan Article
Andrew Eyres, L4L4 student and Executive Director of Teaching and Learning at University Place School District, published an article titled, "A Partnership Raises Healthier Children" in this month's issue of Phi Delta Kappan. A school district in western Washington commits to developing physically fit and healthy students, not only as a means of enhancing learning but as a whole child goal in its own right. This is a report on how it does so in partnership with its community, believing that it is only through such a partnership that it can reach its goals. The central feature of the partnership is that it calls for strict role definitions. The community, through the board, sets and monitors goals and expectations, while the administration is solely in charge of creating programs and objectives to meet them.
Washington State Middle Level Principal of the Year Award Goes to L4L 4 Student
Kenny Renner-Singer, principal at Icicle River Middle and Beaver Valley Elementary schools in Leavenworth and L4L Chohort 4 student, is this year’s Washington State Middle Level Principal of the Year. Renner-Singer was named this year’s Middle Level Principal of the Year by the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP). The selection committee said it was Renner-Singer’s work producing “significant student achievement gains” that tipped the award in his favor. Renner-Singer, who has served as principal of Icicle River and Beaver Valley schools since 2005, encouraged his staff to collaborate to ensure high levels of learning for all. He helped teacher teams develop content-area learning targets, benchmark assessments and interventions for struggling and accelerated students.
Read the full press release here.
L4L Alumnus to Become Puyallup's New Superintendent
Timothy Yeomans, L4L Cohort 3 graduate and superintendent of the Meridian School District in the Bellingham area, was the Puyallup School Board’s unanimous pick March 6 to take over for retiring Superintendent Tony Apostle. Yeomans said he and his family are impressed with the Puyallup community and school district. “I’m very excited to begin work
L4L 3 Graduate Named New Lake Washington School District Superintendent
The Lake Washington School Board has named
Terese Emry, L4L cohort 4, co-authored an article titled, "The Power of 2: Partnership Paves the Way for Teacher Leadership Academy," which was published in the February 2012 edition of JSD. A clear vision is the essential foundation for making decisions about precious resources for implementing professional learning: people, time, and money. The Auburn School District in Washington state learned firsthand how a clear vision drives resource allocation to support strategic actions and how effective partnerships can be the best solution when internal resources are not available. In collaboration with the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession, Auburn aims to impact student learning by developing teachers’ instructional leadership skills. After just one year of a new initiative, 50 teacher leaders are transforming teacher and student learning through professional learning communities as well as transforming district culture.
UW SDLP Alumna Wins 2011 Golden Apple Award for Principal of the Year
Dr. Jennifer Wiley, SDLP 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.
ASCD Express Article
Amy Baeder, L4L cohort 4 student and teacher educator for the University of Washington, published her article Learning and Teaching for the Long Haul in the February 2012 issue of ASCD Express. In the article, Baeder says teacher educators must give preservice teachers the proper support, challenges, opportunities, and space to grow into a teaching career that continues long after the practicum ends.
Educational Horizons Magazine Article
L4L faculty member Dr. Margery Ginsberg published her new article Invaluable Allies: Partnering with Parents for Student Success in the February/March 2012 edition of Educational Horizons Magazine. This article provides ideas and methods that can help teachers and parents work together as invaluable allies who nurture student motivation and learning.
For Each to Excel Article
Dr. Margery Ginsberg, L4L faculty, wrote an article
L4L Faculty Member Makes 2012 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings
L4L faculty member Meredith Honig and 5 other UW faculty members were named in the 2012 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings. The rankings were reported on Jan. 4, 2012 by Education Week's Rick Hess on his blog Straight Up. Every year, RHSU ranks university-based scholars based on the amount of academic work they have published and how much they have influenced public discourse that year.
Washington State Kappan Article
Kenny Renner-Singer, L4L 4 student and principal of Icicle River Middle School in the Cascade School District, co-authored an article called, "A Culture of Teaming
L4L Faculty and Students to Present at WERA
On Wednesday, December 7th (8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.), eight members of our current L4L 4 cohort, along with faculty member Dr. Margery Ginsberg, will present a pre-conference session for the Washington Educational Research Association (WERA) state conference in Seattle. The session features work from different instructional modules within the L4L program, and is a great way for prospective students, college faculty and staff alike to learn firsthand about the program curriculum and on-the-ground experiences of our doctoral students.
This session explores how to use data to influence the improvement of instruction - what kind, how much, where to collect and communicate it, and when to do so. Come learn from doctoral students who, as educational leaders, have developed ways to use data to motivate instructional change. Examples include tracking the progress of students with failing grades, shadowing students in special programs, and designing a cycle of inquiry to suport English Language Learners. The session provides handouts for clear-minded implementation in your own setting.
Other WERA Presenters include L4L students, alumni, and faculty:
Come see our Leadership for Learning students in action! You can learn more about the event and find registration information at www.wera-web.org.
Icicle River Honored as School of Distinction for the 6th Year
Kenny Renner-Singer, L4L Cohort 4 student and principal of Icicle River Middle School in the Cascade School District, recently received accolades from the Center for Educational Effectiveness. Icicle River once again received the School of Distinction Award, which honors Washington’s highest improving schools. This statewide achievement award has been given for seven years; under the leadership of Renner-Singer, Icicle River has been recognized for six of these years as a top distinguished school.
In Yasir's Shoes: A principal gains insight by shadowing an English Language Learner Student
L4L Cohort 4 student Shari Farris had an article published in the October 2011 issue of the Journal of Staff Development, based on work she completed as part of the Leadership for Learning program curriculum. The article chronicles her experiences shadowing a student in her school, and the systems-wide learning that came out of the experience. The piece is titled “In Yasir’s Shoes: A principal gains insight by shadowing an English Language Learner Student.”
L4L4 Student Named as US Teaching Ambassador
L4L 4 student Kareen Borders was named as one of 16 US Teaching Ambassadors for the 2011-12 academic year, in a press release from Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Kareen currently works in the Peninsula School District as an aerospsace and life science teacher at Key Peninsula Middle School.
Kelso School District Announces New Superintendent
On May 20, current L4L student Rob MacGregor was selected as the new superintendent for the Kelso School District. MacGregor was unanimously selected out of 23 applicants by Kelso Board members. He will transition out of his current position as Renton School’s assistant superintendent for learning and teaching and take over the Kelso superintendent duties on July 1. “Leaving the Renton School District will be difficult,” said MacGregor. “Serving the teachers, students and community has been extremely rewarding both professionally and personally. I’ve learned so much by serving in Renton, and I’m extremely proud of the advances that have been made in student achievement. What I’ve learned in Renton will help guide me as I enter the next phase of my career.”
Dr. Cathy Thompson, L4L Cohort 3 Alum and former Principal-in-Residence for Danforth, is nationally recognized with this year’s University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Excellence in Educational Leadership Award. She was presented with the prestigious award at the Seattle School Board Meeting on May 18th. Her nomination for the award was supported by faculty in the L4L and Danforth Program. The UCEA Excellence in Educational Leadership Award is an annual recognition for practicing school administrators who have made significant contributions to the improvement of administrator preparation. For video of the award presentation, click here.
WERA Journal Article
Dr. Margery Ginsberg (L4L core faculty) and colleagues Chris Kinsey (Assistant Principal at Cleveland High School) and Julia M. Zigarelli (Masters Student in UW School Psychology) published an article entitled “A Leadership Perspective on Implementing a STEM Initiative.” The authors provide leadership prospective on the implementation of a project-based, interdisciplinary approach to urban high school transformation using a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) focus. The article is published in the May 2011 publication of The WERA Educational Journal.
L4L faculty Dr. Margery Ginsberg's new book, Transformative Professional Learning, has a bold new vision for professional learning. It emphasizes the importance of intrinsic motivation and respect for cultural diversity for a transformative approach to school improvement. Dr. Ginsberg provides practical steps that focus on teaching and learning grounded in the reality of students’ lives.
Meredith Honig, L4L core faculty member and associate professor in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, was honored as a “thought leader” by the American Association of School Administrators. Thought leaders are exemplary speakers brought to the National Conference on Education to discuss critical issues that affect students, leaders, communities and school systems. In Thought Leader sessions, speakers will evaluate how global, national and state issues will affect your schools and communities.
JSD Publication on Shadowing Students
Shari Farris, L4L Cohort 4, recently had an article accepted in the Journal of Staff Development. The article will be published in the October 2011 issue, and is titled, “A Morning in Yasir’s Shores: What I learned from shadowing a student in my school.”
Washington Achievement Awards
Washington Achievement Awards have been announced and this year’s recipients include two current L4L students. Principals Ailene Baxter (L4L, Cohort 4) of Ferrucci Junior High School and Kenny Renner-Singer (L4L, Cohort 4) of Icicle River Middle School will be accepting the awards on behalf of their school. Ferrucci Junior High School is being honored for Special Recognition in Closing the Achievement Gap and Icicle River Middle School is accepting the award for the second year in a row for “Overall Excellence.” The State Board of Education and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instructions’ rigorous selection process awards schools whose overall two-year average puts them in the top five percent Washington’s Achievement Index.
Full list of L4L WAA Winners»
Golden Apple Award Winner
The 2010 Golden Apple Award winners recognize Steven Gering, L4L 2 alum and principal of North Central High School. In central Spokane, Gering has transformed the culture at a high school that was once content with believing some of its students were just not cut out for college. Over the past five years, the school has seen almost a 20 percent increase in the number of students pursuing a two- or four-year college education, one of the biggest improvements in the state. Dubbed as the “Academy Awards” for educators, the Golden Apple Awards honors successful teaching models and programs among Washington state educators.
Presidential Award for Excellence in Math & Science Teaching
President Obama named Kareen Borders (L4L Cohort 4) as one of 103 recipients of this year’s prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. Award winners were selected as the best pre-college-level science and math teachers from across the country. Borders received a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation and was invited to Washington, D.C. this summer for an awards ceremony and celebratory events. In September, Borders participated in the NASA Education Stakeholders’ Summit, joining five other NASA Student Ambassadors in sharing their personal stories on how they were inspired to pursue careers in Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics. She shared the opening plenary stage with NASA Administrator Bolden, NSF Director Marrett, and STEM advisor to the Secretary of Education Michael Lach as the only K-12 educator on the stage. Along with her colleagues, Borders described her journey in a NASA Explorer School and what it has meant to her students at Key Peninsula Middle School.
JSD Publication: "Tradition Becomes the Teacher"
Dr. Margery Ginsberg and L4L 4 student Anthony Craig recently co-authored an article published in the August 2010 edition of Journal of Staff Development. Their article entitled “Tradition Becomes the Teacher: Community Events Enrich Educators' Professional Learning” speaks about the ways in which schools and districts can create a professional learning agenda, with a focus on attending community events to build teachers’ understanding of children’s strengths. They write their learning experiences attending the Salmon Ceremony of the Tulalip Tribes of Washington State.
National Science Foundation Research Grant
Along with Principal Investigator Dr. John Bransford (EdPsy), L4L Cohort 4 student Dan Gallagher is one of two Co-Principal Investigators for a research project that won a $245,000 grant from the National Science Foundation in August 2010. Their three-year research project, entitled “Agency in Sustained Problem-Based Inquiry: Learning Science Through and As Innovation,” will continue an ongoing partnership between learning scientists and science educators from the UW and Bellevue School District leaders, curriculum specialists and teachers to conduct research and development on a new science learning environment. The project focuses on several ways of creating learning experiences that provide agency for elementary school students and excite them to pursue STEM pathways. The project has the potential to create an alternative learning design to the kit-based science materials that are pervasive in elementary science classrooms.
Educational Leadership Publication on Home Visits
Amy Baeder, L4L Cohort 4, writes about visit by educators to students’ homes to help understand and motivate students more effectively. In her article, Baeder writes: "Teachers need to know students in this way; every day we make instructional decisions that hinge on what we know about our kids. We can learn so much if we just enter students' homes and listen." Her article entitled "Stepping into Students’ Worlds," can be found in the February 2010 publication of Educational Leadership. Read article»
Cyril O. Houle Award
Dr. Margery Ginsberg and co-author Dr. Raymond Wlodkowski received the 2010 Cyril O. Houle Award for Outstanding Literature in Adult Education for their book Diversity and Motivation: Culturally Responsive Teaching in College (2nd ed.). The Cyril O. Houle Award is awarded annually by the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) for publications that exemplify outstanding literature in adult education.
PBS Teachers Innovation Awards Winner
Congratulations to L4L Cohort 4 student Kareen Borders, first prize winner of the 2010 PBS Teachers Innovation Awards. Her submission was selected to be in the top 10 out of nearly 700 entries across the country! Check out her winning entry.
NNER Conference 2009
Math & Science Grant Awarded
Congratulations to Andrew Eyres and the University Place School District, recently awarded a competitive three-year federally funded Math/Science Partnership (MSP) grant. Andrew (Cohort 4) is UPSD's Excecutive Director of Teaching and Learning, and will be the new Co-Director of the Math: Getting It Project.
L4L Student Named High School
The next application deadline for L4L Cohort 6 is February 1, 2015
UW College of Education
Seattle, WA 98195-3600
Director: Meredith Honig
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