30th Pacific NW Institute on Special Education and the Law will be held October 7-9

This popular conference on Special Education and the Law is held annually in the fall at various sites in the region. The Institute includes featured keynote speakers at three general sessions and twenty workshops over two days. The Institute is preceded by a full day of optional mini-courses providing formal instruction in various special education law topics, including empirical and practical studies of special education and general education law. Washington clock hours and Washington and Oregon CLE credits are available at no additional cost.

For more information, see www.uwschoollaw.org or email slawd@u.washington.edu

Why register?

  • Build professional relationships and network with colleagues
  • Expand your knowledge on emerging legal issues and trends
  • Learn from special education law experts from around the country
  • Stay current on recent legal decisions and interpretations of special education law and litigation

Professional and Career Development Workshop throught the Summer

 Please join the UW Alumni Association and the UW Career Center for a series of career development events this summer!

Whether you’re just starting out or looking to make a career change, there is something for you. Attend one program—or all—and take a step towards finding a career you’ll love.

Career Center Calendar


Highline Public Schools hosts our 4th Annual Language Learning Research Symposium-Tuesday, April 16th

Tuesday, April 16th, Highline Public Schools hosts our 4th Annual Language Learning Research Symposium.  This event will appeal to those interested in bilingual education/dual language immersion and ELLs.  It is a great opportunity to connect with thoughtful practitioners and to learn about how they are translating research and policy into practices that support student learning.   

 The event takes place from 4 – 7pm at Highline High School, located at 225 S. 152nd St, Burien, WA 98148.

 Some highlight of the event include:

- action research presentations

- panel discussions featuring students

- instructional demonstrations

- poster session

- free dinner (and free clock hours for those who might want them)

 If you would like to attend, please RSVP by email (stephanie.forman@highlineschools.org) by Friday, April 12th.  Feel free to get in touch with questions.

Strategies from the Career Center’s “Working the Room” workshop

For those of you who couldn’t make it, we wanted to share some strategies from the Career Center’s “Working the Room” workshop: 

 Personal Introduction

  • Before any networking event, you should practice a personal introduction (aka the personal script, spiel, infomercial, and elevator speech) so you can comfortably and professionally introduce yourself to others. Your introduction will obviously vary based on the type of event you’re attending, the level of familiarity you have with others at the event, and your career goals.
  • You also need to be prepared to talk about your research at different levels of detail. You should prepare three versions of your research interests: a 10-second description, 60-second description, and 5-minute description.

 Business Cards

  • Have an ample supply of business cards with you.
  • If you don’t have business cards, you can order some from the UW.
  • You can also just buy business card sheets at an office supply store and create your own.
  • Use two easily accessible pockets (or two business card  holders) for business cards – one for your own cards and one for the cards given to you by others.
  • Ask for the other person’s card before offering yours.
  • When receiving a card, jot down a note to remind you what the follow-up action should be.

For more “Working the Room” tips, along with information on a number of career-related topics, see all of the UW Career Center’s list of online resources.

Working the Room Workshop

“Working the Room”
Monday, Jan. 28, 3:30-5 p.m., Bagley 260

Ever wonder just what you’re supposed to say and do at a professional event? Want to make the most of the Jan. 30th Grad Student & Postdoc Networking Reception, or a similar event? This workshop will help you understand and apply strategies for making a good impression and building relationships at networking events, conferences, professional association meetings and other gatherings. Topics include how to prepare for such events, craft a personal script, exchange business cards without dropping your drink, gracefully exit a conversation and more. Sponsored by the Career Center.