University of Washington College of Education Dean Tom Stritikus says being raised by Greek immigrant parents inspired him to approach learning as a powerful tool to improve lives. Today, he is head of a program that graduates hundreds of teachers every year. Stritikus says it’s time to shift the way we think about the profession and incorporate early learning into basic K-12 education in Washington state. He’s also critical of the region’s growing achievement gap among poor student populations and suggests teachers are the key to improving their academic outcomes.
Editorial writer Lynne K. Varner recently sat down with Stritikus to discuss the following three questions:
- What does education mean to you?
- What does an ideal education system look like?
- What’s one reform Washington needs now?
Stritikus is the sixth guest in our “Education Conversations” video series. Watch below:
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“Education Conversations” is an occasional series from The Seattle Times editorial board, highlighting the latest thinking in education.
These short segments expand on our “3 to 23″ education initiative, an ongoing effort to redefine the state’s duty to educate children between the ages of 3 and 23. Watch all of our videos so far at this link.