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The first full year of Education Lab ended this week and, as one way to mark that milestone, we’ve selected some of the our favorite photos from 2014.

 

Maika Bui, right, a promising student from a low-income neighborhood, shares news of her acceptance into UW with Rainier Scholars counseling directors Jennifer Ward, center, and Nicole Danos. Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times.
Maika Bui, right, a promising student from a low-income neighborhood, shares news of her acceptance into UW with Rainier Scholars counseling directors Jennifer Ward, center, and Nicole Danos. Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times.

Claudia Rowe: A lot of people hear about the pressures surrounding college admissions. This photo shows the palpable relief, and pride, that students feel at the end of that process.

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Linda Shaw: Teaching students how to talk about math is one reason why test scores are rising rapidly at Lakeridge Elementary in the Renton School District. The depth of that effort is evident as students work together to solve problems, including this one involving fractions.

Teena Thach delivers her story at an Education Lab event on the UW campus. Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times.
Teena Thach delivers her story at an Education Lab event on the UW campus. Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times.

Caitlin Moran: Teena Thach, a student at Western Washington University, brought the house down at an Education Lab student storytelling event on the University of Washington campus. On Nov. 15, five local college students took to the stage to talk about the obstacles they have overcome in pursuit of a college degree.

Toppenish High School senior Armando Bravo displays the robot he and his robotic club team took to California for an international competition. Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times.
Toppenish High School senior Armando Bravo displays the robot he and his robotic club team took to California for an international competition. Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times.

Claudia Rowe: Armando Bravo’s father works long, cold days in the meat-packing plant across the street from Toppenish High School. But Armando is headed for a different life, thanks to the advanced engineering classes he took at Toppenish High School, where 100 percent of the student body qualify as low-income.

John Higgins: Shelter Gimbel-Sherr was a delight to interview for our story on research at the University of Washington exploring how our brains get wired in early childhood for reading and writing.

Devin Pegues, left, and Casiano Atienza work on a math problem at the University of Washington. Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times.
Devin Pegues, left, and Casiano Atienza work on a math problem at the University of Washington. Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times.

Katherine Long: This photo captures the intensity of a small, 15-person math review class that was part of the engineering redshirt program at the University of Washington. Devin Pegues’ body language – left hand pointing out an equation on one side of the board, right hand on a separate part of the problem – communicates the many steps and the complexities of this math work.

In most cases, when a school’s poverty rate rises, student test scores sink. But at Gildo Rey Elementary in Auburn, test scores have been on the rise for ten years, even as poverty rates climbed, too.

Linda Shaw: One video to toss into the mix. Gildo Rey Elementary in Auburn is one of the top scoring elementary schools in the state, in part because its teachers revamped the way they taught math. Jamira Lewis, the student featured, talks about how she changed from a struggling math student to one who loves the subject.

Marlon Harris, a recent graduate in the GED program at iGrad, uses a campus map while looking for his classroom during his first day at Green River Community College in Auburn. Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times.
Marlon Harris, a recent graduate in the GED program at iGrad, uses a campus map while looking for his classroom during his first day at Green River Community College in Auburn. Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times.

Claudia Rowe: This picture, which accompanied our story on the iGrad dropout reclamation program in Kent, shows how much commitment it takes to get back on an academic track. After working all day as a dishwasher in Seattle, Marlon Harris rode the bus for an hour to enroll in night classes at Green River Community College.