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You are currently viewing all posts written by Caitlin Moran. Caitlin Moran is the community engagement editor for Education Lab. She joined The Seattle Times staff in September 2013 after three years running hyperlocal news websites at Patch. Contact Caitlin to find out how you can contribute to the local conversation surrounding education.

February 18, 2015 at 3:01 PM

Why I Teach: Join us for an inspiring evening of storytelling

Ryan Reilly, a third-grade teacher at White Center Heights Elementary in Seattle, leads students through a reading exercise in 2013. Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times.

Ryan Reilly, a third-grade teacher at White Center Heights Elementary in Seattle, leads students through a reading exercise in 2013. Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times.

Why teach? Educators today are under more pressure than ever before. Standards are changing, schools are growing, and the pay isn’t getting any better. Even so, talented and passionate individuals are still pursuing the profession, and veteran educators continue their work despite all the challenges.

Next Wednesday, Feb. 25, The Seattle Times – Education Lab, in partnership with the University of Washington College of Education and 88.5 KPLU, will present a teacher storytelling event on the University of  Washington campus in Seattle.

The evening begins with an informal welcome reception with light refreshments from 6:30 to 7 p.m. outside Kane Hall room 220. Storytelling starts inside the auditorium at 7 p.m.

The program will be the third storytelling event organized by Education Lab. The first two events focused on students who had overcome obstacles to get to college. This time, five local teachers will share short personal stories about what led them to education, and what’s kept them going.

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February 18, 2015 at 2:21 PM

Roundup: Franklin HS cuts gender out of graduation; vaccine data missing from 300 schools

Franklin High moves toward gender-neutral graduation ceremony: Starting this spring, male and female students at Franklin High School in Seattle will no longer sit on opposite sides of the room during graduation ceremonies, after a group of students and teachers raised concerns that the tradition could make transgender students feel uncomfortable. Several other high schools in the region conduct similar gender-based ceremonies.

Vaccine-exemption data missing from hundreds of Washington schools: Data from the state department of health show around 300 schools in Washington have not reported their vaccination exemption figures, but several of these schools said they have actually submitted the data to state officials. Vaccine exemptions have become a public concern amid an ongoing measles outbreak that’s infected 141 people in 17 states and Washington, D.C.

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February 17, 2015 at 3:10 PM

Roundup: Influx of immigrants in Bellevue schools; Ohio is first state to tackle Common Core tests

Bellevue schools engage influx of high-tech immigrants: Asian-American students now make up 30 percent of students in the Bellevue School District — many of them part of families who moved to the Seattle area for well-paying jobs in the tech industry. Teachers and principals are working to make newcomers feel welcome by hosting informal parent meetings and reaching out to clear up any misunderstandings about school culture in America.

Ohio will be first state to administer Common Core tests (AP): Schools in Ohio will begin administering standardized tests tied to the Common Core curriculum this week, and some are struggling with technology issues. By the end of the school year, students in 29 states — including Washington — and D.C. will complete the computer-based exams.

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February 13, 2015 at 3:13 PM

Roundup: Interim UW president ready to lead; state bill would tie college tuition to wages

Interim UW president Ana Mari Cauce ready to lead: The appointment of UW provost Ana Mari Cauce as interim president was applauded by various university groups on Thursday. Cauce, who started at the university as an assistant professor in 1986, is popular among students and faculty and has been the university’s second-in-command for three years.

Legislators propose limiting college tuition (The Bellingham Herald): A proposal in Olympia would limit in-state college tuition to 14 percent of the average state wage at research schools like UW and WSU and 10 percent at smaller regional universities. The bill was introduced in the Senate on Thursday, but funding for the proposal has not been identified.

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February 12, 2015 at 1:24 PM

Roundup: UW names provost as interim president; national high-school grad rates rise again

UW appoints provost Ana Mari Cauce as interim president: Provost Ana Mari Cauce will take over for departing University of Washington president Michael Young on March 2, the UW Board of Regents announced Thursday. Cauce, 59, has worked at the university for nearly three decades.

National high-school grad rates up for third year in a row (The Washington Post): Eighty-one percent of students across the country graduated on time in 2013, according to new federal data released Thursday. The figure is up one percentage point from 2012 and two percentage points from 2011.

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February 11, 2015 at 12:28 PM

Roundup: Seattle charter school faces second probe; Highline bond falls short — again

Seattle charter school faces new state investigation: First Place Scholars, Washington’s first charter school, is facing a second probe from the state commission that governs charter schools. This time around, investigators are examining how well the school is sticking to its original educational program and whether teachers are adequately tracking student progress.

Highline construction bond falls short: A $376-million bond measure from Highline Public Schools has once again fallen short of the 60 percent needed for approval, according to early returns counted Tuesday night. An operating levy that required a simple majority was passing, however.

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February 10, 2015 at 12:54 PM

Roundup: State funding lured Young to Texas; SPS about $10 million short in building auction

State spending lured UW president Michael Young to Texas: Along with a bigger salary, outgoing University of Washington president Michael Young will have more state funding at his disposal when he takes over at Texas A&M. The Lone Star State allocates about about 20 percent more money per student in its public colleges than Washington does.

Seattle district not even close to winning downtown building auction: Representatives for Seattle Public Schools say the district dropped out of the auction for the downtown federal reserve building when the bidding climbed above $5.8 million. The vacant building, which the district had hoped to turn into an elementary school, will go to the unidentified party who placed the winning $16-million bid.

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February 9, 2015 at 1:27 PM

Roundup: SPS loses building auction; teachers’ biases influence STEM choices, study finds

Seattle district loses bid for downtown building: A winning $16-million bid for the downtown federal reserve building did not come from Seattle Public Schools, district officials confirmed over the weekend. The district had wanted to turn the vacant building into a school; the identity of the winning bidder has not been released.

Study: Teachers key in encouraging girls to pursue STEM (The New York Times): A new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research finds teachers have significant early influence on whether female students go on to pursue careers in math and science. Unconscious biases, the study found, caused teachers in Israel to grade girls more harshly in these subjects, and fewer of these students went on to take advanced courses.

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February 8, 2015 at 5:00 PM

Tell us: Who should be the next UW president?

Michael Young. Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times.

Michael Young. Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times.

Last week’s announcement from University of Washington president Michael Young caught just about everyone by surprise. Young, who will take the top job at Texas A&M this spring, had only been at the helm at UW since 2011.

Several commenters on seattletimes.com criticized his early departure and urged the university to select a new president who has local ties and is more likely to stick around.

“When are they going to hire someone who wants to be the president of the UW? Leading the UW should be the pinnacle of a career not a stepping stone to something else,” wrote one.

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