Two scholars who will join the University of Washington College of Education faculty during the coming academic year and a current doctoral student have received fellowships from the National Academy of Education (NAEd)/Spencer Foundation to support projects that aim to improve academic and life outcomes for young people from historically marginalized communities.Incoming UW faculty members Emma Elliott-Groves and Maribel Santiago were selected as 2019 NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellows while doctoral student Hannah Nieman received an NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship.
Elliott-Groves and Santiago are among 30 outstanding early career scholars in the nation to receive the prestigious postdoctoral fellowship, which includes an award of $70,000 to assist with their research.
Nieman is one of 35 doctoral students to receive the dissertation fellowship in recognition of her doctoral work.
Her research explores how systems of professional learning can be designed and facilitated to support meaningful teacher learning and, in particular, how to design and leverage professional learning to disrupt systemic, harmful discourses about the mathematical capabilities of students.
The fellowship will support Nieman’s writing of her dissertation, involving a qualitative case study of a system of job-embedded professional learning in a middle school, which is part of a broader partnership between universities and school districts.
Fellows participate in professional development retreats with NAEd members, senior scholars, and with other leaders in the field.
Two programs are NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program and NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.Nieman has observed professional learning events and facilitators’ planning of these events, and has interviewed teachers and facilitators.“Pervasive discourses about who is and is not capable of engaging in mathematics shape teachers’ instruction and therefore the opportunities students — especially students from historically marginalized communities — have to engage in mathematics,” said Nieman. Spencer grew up in Appleton, Wisconsin and attended college in the Pacific Northwest.Lyle Spencer’s father served as president at said university from 1927-1933.The study will analyze and compare how 12 teachers across the country are integrating Latinx social studies into their classrooms to address regional and Latinx intra-group differences.“This study is the first large-scale comparative study on Latinx social studies with an aim to inform practice at a national level,” said Santiago.National Academy of Education Invites Applications for Dissertation Fellowships The National Academy of Education is inviting applications for its NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program.The annual fellowship aims to strengthen research on education and learning by supporting early-career scholars from a wide range of fields.The Academy undertakes research studies to address pressing issues in education and administers professional development programs to help prepare the next generation of education scholars.The Academy awards two professional development fellowship programs that seek to encourage new generations of scholars to undertake and strengthen research relevant to improving education and to supporting early-career scholars working in critical areas of education research.