Summer Matters Mini-grants awarded to promote a regional
Professional Learning Community to support successful models of
high Quality Summer Programs that address equity issues and
improve the learning, enrichment, and health of youth
As part of a broad Summer Matters effort to
strengthen summer programs for youth, the UC Davis School of
Education’s Center for Community School Partnerships (CCSP)
recently awarded 10 local agencies with mini-grants made possible
by the Sierra Health Foundation.
In June, faculty, staff and administrators involved in providing
services, curricula, professional development and leadership in
K-12 education initiatives in STEM (science, technology,
engineering, and math) gathered to share knowledge,
accomplishments and resources around the work they all do to
strengthen STEM education along the entire education pipeline.
Watch the provost and dean of the School of Education talk about
this work at the Summit here.
Center for Community School Partnerships Teams Up with CA
Department of Health
The Center for Community School Partnerships is partnering with
the California Department of Public Health to empower school age
youth to make healthy choices about food and exercise. The work
is supported through a $1.8 M. inter-agency agreement.
As a new partner in the California Department of Public Health’s
Network for a Healthy California, the new CRESS team faces a
tight schedule to fulfill the nine-month contract.
Excerpt from “Sacramento Area Youth Speaks (And the World
One day in high school, while on a field trip to Sac State for an
African-American student leadership conference [Dre-T] stumbled
upon a Sacramento Area Youth Speaks workshop. He was immediately
As the group of teens shouted their poems from every corner of
the room in a guerilla poetry spectacle called Griots (which are
an ancient West African tradition that S.A.Y.S has adopted)
Tillman was captivated. “I’d always been hungry for knowledge,”
he explained, “S.A.Y.S had the food for the thought I was
starving for and they knew I was hungry.”
In his op-ed, “Time to rethink what makes a school great, keeps
kids learning,” Dean Harold Levine argues that engagement and
keeping kids in schools must be at the top of our list for what
determines a successful school. Read the piece at the
Environmental Factors in Autism: What We Know & What We Don’t
Know – Increasing Social Attention in Learning
Location: Mariners Church
5001 Newport Coast Drive Worship Center
Irvine, CA 92603
Peter C. Mundy, Ph.D.
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Increasing Social Attention in Learning
Director of Educational Research, UC Davis MIND Institute;
Professor and Lisa Capps Chair for Neurodevelopmental Disorders
and Education, UC Davis School of Education and Department of
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine
Joyce Carol Thomas, an African American poet, playwright and
children’s author, will be the guest speaker on Wednesday, Feb.
9, at the UC Davis School of Education’s annual Words Take Wing
event celebrating diversity in children’s literature.
Success of College-Readiness Intervention Hard to Gauge
In a story about the Early Assessment Program in California,
Professor Michal Kurlaender’s research on the program’s ability
to measure an 11th grader’s readiness for success in the State
College system is cited as evidence that the program may reduce
the need for college remediation. Kurlaender is cited as saying
that the test may be encouraging students to “buckle down” harder
in 12th grade. Read the full article at Education Week online.
Feb. 3, Thursday — Education experts will address approaches to
improving academic literacy — the level of written and verbal
English fluency needed to succeed in U.S. classrooms — from 8:30
a.m. to 4 p.m. in the ballroom of the UC Davis Activities and
Recreation Center. The registration fee is $125. Educators and
the public are welcome.
Jan. 19, Wednesday — The California Afterschool Network will
host its annual Rural Afterschool Summit from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
at the UC Davis Conference Center. Gordon Jackson, an assistant
superintendent in the California Department of Education, will
address the gathering.
Cary Trexler, associate professor in the School of Education and
the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, received a
three-year $500,000 grant from the United States Agency for
International Development’s (USAID) Horticulture Collaborative
Research and Support Program to enhance vegetable production by
small farmers in Cambodia and Vietnam.