Haring Center

February 26, 2019

Recognized for Excellence

In 2018 Haring Center Researchers were Celebrated for Their Work and Supported for Future Endeavors

Last year was a year of recognition for the UW Haring Center.

Not only were Haring Center research faculty awarded nearly $9.4 million in grant money to fund 11 research projects for the upcoming year, but they were also recognized for excellence in their previous work.

“I think what these awards show is that we have been, and are currently, doing important work in the field,” said Haring Center Research Director Kathleen Artman Meeker. “And the new grants show that there is a lot of faith in our researchers to continue to search for important answers to meaningful questions.”

These research grants were awarded after competitive submission processes to premier federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Education.

Meeker said many of the grants focused on a similar theme: training and supporting teachers so they can provide the best practices to develop the social and emotional learning of all young children.

“We know what works to help the children, but how to do that in a way that is sustainable, equitable and available to all students is the next challenge,” she said.

Two Haring Center researchers were honored for their sustained contributions to their field. Ilene Schwartz, Ph.D., was awarded the Mary McEvoy Service to the Field Award by the Council for Exceptional Children Division for Early Childhood. The National Telemedia Council awarded the Jessie McCanse Award to Marilyn Cohen, Ph.D., for her longtime dedication to media literacy.

Two more Haring Center researchers were recognized for work published in 2018. Maggie Beneke, Ph.D., won the American Educational Research Association’s Disability Studies in Education Outstanding Dissertation Award for her dissertation “Race and Ability Talk in Early Childhood: Critical Inquiry into Shared Book Reading Practices with Pre-service Teachers.” Katherine Lewis, Ph.D., was awarded the Linking Research and Practice Outstanding Publication Award by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Research Committee for her co-authored study “Productive Struggle for All: Differentiated Instruction.”

Part of the Haring Center mission is to provide University of Washington students the education and experience needed to become leaders in the field of inclusive education for years to come. In 2018 Ph.D.s were awarded to six graduate students who were mentored by Haring Center faculty, and 87 students graduated with a masters of education in special education. This includes 50 students in Applied Behavior Analysis, 16 students in Early Childhood Special Education, 12 students in Severe Disabilities, and nine students in High Incidence Disabilities. These Haring Center-trained graduates will take the knowledge and experience gained here, and put them into practice in their own professional work, spreading the important work of the Haring Center to schools and sites all over the country.

“We are really optimistic,” Artman Meeker said. “The number of projects and student accomplishments grew significantly in 2018. We’ve created and cultivated productive partnerships and we are very excited to see what happens next.”