EEC Class of 2022 alumni Caroline D. conducted her master’s research last winter at IslandWood and recently shared her findings in a presentation at the inaugural event, Unite:Ed. The event brought together University of Washington College of Education and community and education partners to learn from and with each other about how to create equity and justice-focused research-community-practice partnerships. ‍

Caroline’s presentation, “Improv for Educators: Exploring improvisation as a professional development tool” was a culmination of research she did as part of our Researcher in Residence (RiR) program. The RiR program gives IslandWood graduates working on their master’s at the University of Washington the opportunity to complete research at IslandWood. With the help of current grads, Caroline explored how improvisation can maximize emergence, creativity, and presence among educators when done in community with reflection.


Summarizing her experience at Unite:Ed Caroline said, “It was an inspiring culminating experience to get to present my work amongst top-notch researchers exploring transformative education practices!”


Learn more about our graduate program in partnership with the University of Washinton here.

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