UW Bothell Approves Goodlad Center for Educational Renewal

Friday, November 14, 2008
CONTACT: Elizabeth Fischtziur - (425) 352-3636 -

BOTHELL, Wash. - University of Washington Bothell Chancellor Kenyon S. Chan announces the official launch of the Goodlad Institute for Educational Renewal.  Sponsored jointly by UW Bothell, UW Tacoma, and the UW Seattle College of Education, the institute is housed on the UW Bothell campus

Says Chan, "Locating the Goodlad Institute at UW Bothell puts us squarely in the national conversation on public school reform and improvement; enabling us to strengthen our partnerships with schools and to effect real change."

The Institute was created to continue to build on the work of Dr. John Goodlad, who while working at the University of Washington, developed the National Network for Educational Renewal (NNER), a not-for-profit corporation that now includes twenty-four school-university partnerships throughout the United States and Canada, and initiated the independent Institute for Educational Inquiry (IEI) to support these partnerships. For over two decades the NNER and IEI have worked across the cultures of P-12 schools, university colleges of education, and university colleges of arts and sciences with the goal of simultaneous renewal of P-12 schools and the education of educators. The Institute will be directed by UW Bothell Education professor  Dr. G. Thomas Bellamy, who worked previously with the NNER as a researcher, College of Education Dean, and local partnership chair.

The Institute will continue the broad research program of the IEI and work collaboratively with the NNER on projects of national significance. It will focus its efforts on how PK-12 schools and universities can better realize the public democratic purposes of education, and will promote research, professional training and service.

The Institute's goals are three-fold:
Leading by Example: To support and study examples of local educational renewal that achieve both the student learning necessary to a democracy and the civic processes that help sustain high-quality schools.
Fostering Innovation through Supportive Networks: To develop, facilitate, and study networks that stimulate and sustain local educational renewal.
National Influence: To foster a receptive, national context for pursuing the public democratic purposes of education by providing information that supports, informs, and encourages collaboration among professional, policy, and civic leadership for school renewal.

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About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell was founded in 1990 to serve King and Snohomish counties and north Puget Sound area students seeking bachelor's and master's degrees. UW Bothell offers degree programs in applied computing, business, nursing, education, computing and software systems, interdisciplinary arts and sciences, cultural studies, and policy studies.