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Podcasts: University of Washington Interviews Upcoming AACTE Annual Meeting Presenters

The articles below originally appeared on the University of Washington College of Education website and are reprinted with permission.

JoTeacher working with studentsining doctoral research and teacher education program improvement

While incorporating issues of equity and social justice in the preparation of future teachers has long been a focus at the University of Washington College of Education, it wasn’t well understood until recently how that commitment is reflected in graduates’ daily teaching practice. 

That picture is getting clearer thanks to an internship for UW doctoral students in teacher education launched three years ago. In a new podcast, Patrick Sexton, assistant dean for teacher education, and Cristina Betancourt, a graduate student in teaching and curriculum, discuss the College’s work to marry teacher education program improvement with the learning of its doctoral students through its Teacher Education Research and Inquiry (TERI) internship. 

Sexton and Betancourt are part of a team who will present their work developing case studies of recent alumni for program improvement at the 2020 meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. 

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Incorporating disability studies curriculum in teacher education

While Washington has recognized October as Disability History Month for more than a decade — and schools are asked to honor the month in some fashion — teachers have had limited resources available to help them actually enact disability studies curriculum in the classroom.

A recent partnership between University of Washington teacher educators, Washington state’s Office of the Education Ombuds and Disability Rights Washington is working to change that. Last year, the UW Accelerated Certification for Teachers (U-ACT) program piloted a course that embeds robust disability studies into the preparation of teachers.

In a new podcast, doctoral students Sarah Arvey and Boris Krichevsky discuss their work designing that course, which draws on Washington state’s “One Out of Five: Disability and Pride” project and its curricular resources that center the voices and stories of youth with disabilities and disability culture and activism. Arvey and Krichevsky will present their work implementing the pilot disability studies course at the 2020 meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

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