EDU Talks

March 28, 4:30pm

What will it take to ensure every child in Washington gets a strong start in life? On March 28, nine early learning researchers and practitioners will discuss how the state can improve early childhood education and care for all during EDU Talks: Raising Washington, presented by the University of Washington College of Education.

EDU Talks: Raising Washington will begin at 4:30 p.m. at Seattle Children’s Museum, 305 Harrison Street, and is free and open to the public. Attendees must register online to ensure seating.

“The biggest steps toward a life of opportunity, toward the fullest flourishing of one’s potential, happen in a child’s earliest years,” said UW College of Education Dean Mia Tuan. “Yet in Washington, one in five children grows up in poverty, and fewer than half of the state’s children are kindergarten-ready across all six domains of childhood development.”

During the fast-paced program, researchers will share their insights into what works in early childhood education and policy. With five minutes and one image, each presenter will give their unique take on the practices and policies needed to give everyone—especially our most vulnerable young children and families—a fair chance to grow, thrive and reach their potential.

Speaking at the event are:

  • Ariane Gauvreau, teaching associate, UW College of Education
  • Amy Hale, Director of Educations and Volunteers, Seattle Children’s Museum
  • Kristie Kauerz, research assistant professor of P-3 policy and leadership and director of the National P-3 Center, UW College of Education
  • Soojin Oh Park, assistant professor of early childhood and family studies, UW College of Education
  • Holly Schindler, assistant professor of early childhood and family studies, UW College of Education
  • Andy Shouse, chief program officer, Washington STEM
  • Virginia Tse, assessment lead – Early Achievers Ratings, Cultivate Learning, UW College of Education
  • Asha Warsame, data collector (King, Tacoma/Pierce and Olympic Peninsula regions), Cultivate Learning, UW College of Education
  • Dawn Williams, curriculum specialist, Cultivate Learning, UW College of Education

EDU Talks: Raising Washington is co-sponsored by Seattle Children’s Museum with support from the University of Washington Alumni Association.

The UW College of Education’s EDU Talks series features nationally-recognized researchers who partner with schools, communities and organizations to address the most pressing issues in education. Watch previous EDU Talks online.


Dustin Wunderlich, Director of Marketing and Communications