January - May 2012


Lyrical Somerville

Somerville News, May 30, 2012
Somerville Poet Amaranth Borsuk is the author of Handiwork (Slope Editions, 2012), selected by Paul Hoover for the Slope Book Prize, and, with programmer Brad Bouse, of Between Page and Screen (Siglio, 2012). Her poems, essays, and collaborations have appeared widely in print and online. Currently a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at MIT, she will join the faculty at the University of Washington Bothell this fall.


Technology Students Shine at Annual Microsoft Imagine Cup

Redmond Patch, April 25, 2012
Young people from all over the country competed Monday in the US final round of Microsoft's student technology competition, the Imagine Cup.

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire signs construction jobs bill

Oregon Live, April 25, 2012
Gov. Chris Gregoire approved a measure this week that she expects will create thousands of jobs throughout Washington. On Monday, Gregoire signed into law the supplemental capital budget bill, a stimulus package that pumps more than $1 billion back into the state. http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/04/in_the_capitol_gov_chris_grego.html.This story was picked up by other news outlets:

Students come from all over the country for Microsoft's software developing competition

Bothell Reporter, April 24, 2012
Students strolling through the University of Washington's Bothell campus are confronted with countless challenges - tests, research papers, and many more - but invading robots fighting a biological battle isn't the typical academic bout.

Students put tech to good use in Microsoft's Imagine Cup contest

The Seattle Times, April 23, 2012
It looked almost like a scene from an old-time video arcade: teenagers and young adults crowded around computer screens and displays, buzzing excitedly.

Gregoire signs $1 billion jobs bill

Q13fox.com, April 23, 2012
Gov. Christine Gregoire signed a $1 billion jobs bill Monday that aims to put 18,000 people in the construction industry back to work. The bill is part of the bipartisan budget deal that was recently approved by the Legislature.

Imagine Cup Turns 10: A Decade of Inspiring Students to Dream Big

Microsoft News Center, April 20, 2012
Across every industry — from healthcare to transportation and agriculture to infrastructure — the world has a never-ending need for inspired minds to find creative solutions that solve tough challenges. Yet it’s been estimated that 1 million science and engineering jobs will go unfilled in the U.S. alone over the next three to five years...

Everyone’s responsibility: Earth Day event on local campus aims to make a difference

The Bothell Reporter, April 17, 2012
It’s that time of year again: the rain is subsiding, the clouds are clearing, the grass is looking greener and Earth Day is less than a week away. No excuses this year, April 22 will fall on a Sunday and it is the perfect opportunity to get out there and do your part. If you are looking to shake things up this year and take environmentalism to the next level, our local green campus, University of Washington, Bothell and Cascadia Community College, are teaming up to host an Earth Day Celebration on April 19...

The Paradox of Public Education

The Atlantic, April 16, 2012
Public education struggles with two conflicting facts. First, public schools are small craft organizations that require close teamwork and constant adaptation to the unpredictable development of students. Second, they are government agencies always subject to constraints imposed through politics and legal processes.Written by Paul Hill founder of the Center of Reinventing Public Education..

Will Our Future Take Off?

Herald Net, April 16, 2012
The University of Washington Bothell has become a national leader in biomedical research and development, thanks to investments made 20 years ago, and now graduates more than 1,000 students with science and technical degrees annually...

Everyone’s Responsibility: Earth Day Event on Local Campus Aims to Make a Difference

Bothell & Kenmore Reporter, April 16, 2012
It’s that time of year again: the rain is subsiding, the clouds are clearing, the grass is looking greener and Earth Day is less than a week away. If you are looking to shake things up this year and take environmentalism to the next level, our local green campus, University of Washington, Bothell and Cascadia Community College, are teaming up to host an Earth Day Celebration on April 19...

The Culture of 'Can't' in American Schools

The Atlantic, April 12, 2012
When it comes to reforming our nation's public schools, we hear a lot about what educational leaders can't do. Contracts, laws, and regulations assuredly handcuff school and system leaders. But the ardent drumbeat for "reform" has obscured the fact that school and system leaders can actually do much that they often complain they can't, if they have the persistence, knowledge, ingenuity, and motivation.
Center on Reinventing Public Education is mentioned...

The Education Crisis

Flip the Media, April 12, 2012
The logic of the commercial is pretty clear, played out through narration and visual imagery that shows the modern student, who can’t be struck in their classroom prisons. They want to learn in the subway, and on rooftops, while feeding their kids – you know, places where they can really concentrate.
Center on Reinventing Public Education is mentioned...

$83 million for schools brings optimism, frustration

Detroit Free Press, April 12, 2012
Kyeana Hodge hated to read. And for the freshman at Fitzgerald High School in Warren, that meant hating school. "You always have to read in school," she said. "When it's hard for you to read, you just hate it. "But her outlook changed this year
Center on Reinventing Public Education is mentioned...

Legislature gives UW-Bothell funding for needed classrooms

The Seattle Times, April 11, 2012
The $1.1 billion capital budget passed by the state Legislature Wednesday includes money to add a long-anticipated third building to the University of Washington's Bothell campus and increase the school's capacity by 1,000 students.

Register to run or walk the UW Bothell 5K

Bothell Komo, April 10, 2012
Tighten up those laces and get ready to run for the 7th annual UW Bothell 5K.

$1.1 billion in projects, jobs hanging in balance

The Olympian, April 9, 2012
$321.4 million for higher education including. Big outlays include $208 million for community colleges such as the $39.1 million earmarked for the health careers center at Tacoma Community College; plus $38.9 million for WSU’s Riverpoint biomedical and health sciences project and high-technology equipment; a new allocation for phase 3 of the University of Washington Bothell Campus.

Could a UW branch stack up to its main campus?

Northwest Asian Weekly, April 6, 2012
A few years ago, I received a troublesome e-mail. A young Asian female was rejected by the University of Washington’s main campus. So she sought admission at the UW Bothell campus instead. Her family was furious for fear of losing face in front of friends and relatives. They used harmful words to scold their daughter, like “useless,” “dumb,” and “incapable.”


Large federal grants yielding mostly small changes in struggling schools

The Seattle Times, March 30, 2012
A high-profile, expensive federal program crafted to spark dramatic change at the nation’s lowest performing schools has instead been used for “tinkering” in Washington state, according to a report released this morning.
Center on Reinventing Public Education is mentioned...

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School Turnaround Mostly Failing in Washington

KPLU 88.5, March 29, 2012
Researchers at the University of Washington say the federal school turnaround program is mostly failing in Washington state, even though teachers and administrators are trying their best to make a difference for kids.
Center on Reinventing Public Education is mentioned...

Secrets of ‘Miraculous’ Charter Management Organizations

The Washington Post, March 27, 2012
Miracles are by definition impossible to explain, so it is not surprising that a study of the secrets of the most miraculous charter management organization (CMOs) results in a few ethereal observations. The report discovered that successful CMOs emphasize high expectations, strict behavioral management, and teacher coaching. Methodology aside, this is not exactly the discovery of the Holy Grail of education.
Center on Reinventing Public Education is mentioned...

Report Praises Modesto Area Charter Schools

The Modesto Bee, March 26, 2012
Aspire Public Schools, which operates three Modesto-area schools, was recognized as being among the top- performing charter school companies in the country.
The Center on Reinventing Public Education is mentioned...

Why pay Teachers More for Master's?

The Des Moines Register, March 23, 2012
When people are sick, doctors don’t suggest any old treatment. They don’t prescribe a drug or perform a procedure because it sounds like a good idea. A course of action should be determined by what has helped, or not helped, other patients. “Evidence-based” is doing what research has shown actually works.
The Center on Reinventing Public Education is mentioned...Read more

Teacher Coaching and High Expectations Key to Charter Performance

Education Week, March 22, 2012
Recent research has indicated that teacher coaching and high expectations for student behavior are characteristics of the most effective charter schools. In "Learning from Charter School Management Organizations: Strategies for Student Behavior and Teacher Coaching," researchers from the University of Washington's Center for Reinventing Public Education and New Jersey-based research firm Mathematica probe into exactly what those polices look like...

UW Students Take 'Dreams' on the Road

Daily Sun News, March 22, 2012
When Prosser native Catalina Alvarez enrolled in her first "Dream Project" course at the University of Washington Bothell campus, she was hooked...

Valuing Teachers Means Recognizing Their Differences

News Junkie, March 22, 2012
Connecticut’s Senate Bill 24 echoes a battle being fought around the country: Should teachers be subject to high stakes evaluation? Some of the issues in contention are matters of opinion and matters of politics. But some of the issues are matters of science. If we can clear up some of the science, maybe we can even bring those who differ on opinion and politics a little closer together.
The Center for Education Data & Research is mentioned...

Dream Project Tour stops at Mabton High School

NBC KNDU, March 21, 2012
Volunteers from the University of Washington Bothell stopped by Mabton High School today as part of the Dream Project Tour...Read more
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Ashbaugh Earns UW-Bothell Distinguished Teaching Award

Bothell-Reporter, March 19, 2012
The University of Washington, Bothell announces Dr. Leslie Ashbaugh as the recipient of its 2012 Distinguished Teaching Award. Ashbaugh is a lecturer in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program, and has been with UW-Bothell since 1999...

Administrators Avoid the Budget Scalpel at Many Texas School Districts

Texas Watchdog, March 13, 2012
In a year when the Houston Independent School District lost 835 teaching positions, more than 400 by layoff, 21 administrative positions went away, less than half the teacher attrition rate.
The Center on Reinventing Public Education is mentioned...

UW-Bothell Professor Awarded 2012 Early Career Scholars Award

Bothell Reporter, March 8, 2012
University of Washington, Bothell professor of education Dr. Wayne Au has been awarded the 2012 Early Career Scholars Award by the Curriculum and Cultural Studies SIG of the American Educational Research Association. Au will receive his award at the upcoming annual meeting of AERA in Vancouver, BC, in April...

Studies Find Charters Vary in Quality, Creativity

Education Week, March 5, 2012
Twenty-one years after Minnesota passed the nation's first charter school law, researchers still disagree on whether such independent public schools are any more effective than regular public schools. The Center on Reinventing Public Education is mentioned...

Lake to Lead UW-Bothell Center on Reinventing Public Education

Bothell Reporter, March 7, 2012
Robin Lake has been named director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) at the University of Washington, Bothell...

Emissions from Asia Affects US Cities- Study

International Business Times, March 7, 2012
Air pollution from the industrial towns of Asia has affected cities in the US, according to a study published in the Nature journal. The study has been conducted by the researchers from the Princeton University in New Jersey and the University of Washington Bothell...

Kinect in the Classroom: Scratching the Surface of Potential

Microsoft News Center, March 6, 2012
Math, as it turns out, is one of the most abstract subjects to learn. Students learn it in books without easily seeing the concrete results of their work in the real world. That, say math teachers, makes it hard for them to retain what they learn. Professor Robin Angotti is mentioned.

Dr. Chocolate

The Daily, March 5, 2012
The day she sat down to write her Bonderman Travel Fellowship application, Kristy Leissle asked herself an important question that caused her career to take a major turn: “If I could do anything in the whole world, what would I do right now?” Leissle said. She wanted to travel the world in pursuit of chocolate...

Emissions from Asia put US cities over the ozone limit

Nature, March 5, 2012
As plumes of pollution rise over the booming industrial towns of Asia, satellite data could help to alert people in other regions to the approach of drifting smog. Professor Dan Jaffe is mentioned...

Richland schools, organizations fight effects of poverty on students

The News Tribune, March 5, 2012
Poverty can be found in virtually every school in the Mid-Columbia -- even in Richland, where the population has one of the highest percentages of scientists and engineers in the nation because of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and environmental cleanup of the Hanford nuclear reservation. The Center for Education Data & Research is mentioned...

UW-Bothell's Dang selected for Fulbright Award

Bothell Reporter, March 1, 2012
Hung Dang of the University of Washington Bothell has received a Fulbright Award...


‘Green’ runs deep on UW-Bothell, Cascadia Community College campus

Bothell Reporter, February 29, 2012
When we hear the phrase “Go Green,” we usually think of the little things such as planting a tree, composting or using “green certified” products. We try to be mindful of the day-to-day activities that have an effect on the environment, like recycling, washing our cars in the driveway or turning the lights off when we leave the room. But what if each of us had the power to embrace environmental friendliness on an even larger scale?

Lawmakers to host town hall meetings this weekend

Herald Net, February 16, 2012
Five of the area's state lawmakers plan to host town hall meetings during the Presidents Day holiday weekend, giving residents a chance to quiz them about possible budget cuts, new taxes and education reform as well as the new law legalizing gay marriage...

Minnesota House votes to Eliminate 'last in, first out' Practice in Teacher Layoffs

Twin Cities.com, February 16, 2012
Proponents of basing teacher layoffs on performance rather than seniority got a big victory Thursday, with the Republican-led Minnesota House passing a bill that would end the practice of using experience as the deciding factor when schools have to let teachers go. The Center for Education Data and Research is mentioned...

UW Bothell to host Annual Nursing Career Advancement day

Bothell Komo, February 14, 2012
On February 23, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., UW Bothell will be hosting its ninth annual Nursing Career Advancement Day Fair, with representatives from 20 Washington state health care employers and educational institutes on hand to discuss career and educational options...

No Child Left Behind: 10 States Receive Waivers, Raising Debate on Education Policy

International Business Times, February 9, 2012
President Barack Obama announced Thursday that 10 states have been exempted from certain requirements of the federal education law known as No Child Left Behind, allowing them the freedom to determine their own methods for raising education standards. The Center on Reinventing Public Education is mentioned...

Charter schools

Education Week, February 1, 2012
Collaborations between public charter schools and their districts are on the rise, according to a report released last month from the Center for Reinventing Public Education, associated with the University of Washington Bothell...


Analysis raises questions about rigor of teacher tests

Education Week, January 31, 2012
The average scores of graduating teacher-candidates on state-required licensing exams are uniformly higher, often significantly, than the passing scores states set for such exams, according to an Education Week analysis of preliminary data from a half-dozen states. The Center on Reinventing Public Education is mentioned...

Woodinville sisters raising money for Cambodian students

Woodinville Patch, January 31, 2012
Chelsea and Charlotte Reinnoldt, twin sisters who attend Woodinville Montessori school, are organizing some fund-raising programs among classmates, friends and neighbors to raise money for impoverished schools and children in Siem Reap province, Cambodia.  Professor James Reinnoldt is mentioned...

UW students create online game, raise funds for local wetlands

The Daily, January 30, 2012
Students at the UW Bothell campus are using a Facebook game to raise awareness — and funding — for the restoration of local wetlands...

The false promise of charter schools

The Seattle Times, January 30, 2012
As the Washington state Legislature considers a bill proposing the introduction of charter schools, it is important that voters and representatives understand a critical point: While advocates claim charter schools will raise the achievement of African American, Latino and low-income students, there is little evidence to support this claim. The Center on Reinventing Public Education is mentioned. Written by Professor Wayne Au...

'Embracing Academic Politics'

The Seattle Times, January 30, 2012
WASHINGTON – The three departments of Phrenology, Alchemy and Lycanthropy at a fictitious university have competing interests when it comes to 3,000 square feet of available space at a building. Alchemy wants a new office suite in addition to classroom space, while the phrenology department is asking for a new faculty lounge and more classrooms. Professor Mike Stiber is mentioned...

Pro-Con: Charter Schools - Con: Statistics show no significant advantage over regular public education

The Spokesman Review, January 29, 2012
Advocates assert that charter schools are a key reform for raising the achievement of African-American, Latino and low-income students in Washington state. The problem is that the research evidence does not support this assertion. The Center on Reinventing Public Education is mentioned...

MechWarrior's Weisman fights to save the wetlands with new game

Gamasutra, January 27, 2012
Veteran game designer Jordan Weisman is now interim director of the University of Washington Bothell's Center for Serious Play, which has just launched its first student game on Facebook...

University of Washington Bothell's Center for Serious Play Launches UWB Wetlands Restoration Social Game on Facebook

San Francisco Chronicle, Thursday, January 19, 2012
The Center for Serious Play (CSP) at University of Washington Bothell today released UWB Wetlands Restoration game, a free-to-play Facebook game that centers on the restoration of the Wetlands located on the Bothell campus...

Student-Created Facebook Game Tackles Real-Life Issue

AllFacebook, Thursday, January 19, 2012
The Center for Serious Play at the University of Washington Bothell released a Facebook game that hits really close to home: UWB Wetlands Restoration, based on the restoration of the wetlands located on the school’s campus...

A FarmVille for wetlands? Students create Facebook game with proceeds going to wetland restoration

Geekwire, Thursday, January 19, 2012
The University of Washington Bothell is located on the edge of a marshy wetland, created by a vibrant ecosystem around North Creek. You might say it makes for the perfect setting for a … Facebook game?


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