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.
Professor Jamal Abedi and UCLA’s CRESST Director Joan Herman have
been named to the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium
Technical Advisory Committee. The Consortium includes more than
30 states working collaboratively to prepare all students for
college and careers by creating a comprehensive assessment system
in mathematics and language arts. Read more here.
Michal Kurlaender, associate professor, looks at the impact of
ending affirmative action in a new post on the Harvard
University’s Voices in
“Disparities by race/ethnicity in college enrollments,
postsecondary destinations, and degree attainment remain
striking. Higher education may not have created these
inequalities, but it should confront them head on in making
decisions about eligibility, admission, and financial aid,”
writes Kurlaender. Read more about Michal Kurlaender’s research
at her profile.
The School of Education was part of the campus and community-wide
celebratory kickoff. Sixth grade teacher José Bermúdez
(Credential ‘06, MA ‘07) and his student Kristofer of César
Chávez Elementary School joined community representatives in
support of Chancellor Linda Katehi at the
campaign announcement to the media. To learn more about
this unprecedented opportunity to expand our capacity as a school
and university, visit campaign.ucdavis.edu.
Dean Harold Levine comments on a recent trip to Madrid, Spain,
where he joined the chancellor and vice chancellor of
administrative and resource management. They spoke to
representatives of the governmental, public, and private sectors
about the possibility of establishing a satellite campus in
Read the full story at the Aggie.
The California Afterschool Network, housed in the School’s CRESS
Center, is launching a new initiative: “Advancing California’s
Capacity to Leverage Out of School Time Systems to Deliver
High-Impact STEM Programming.” With support from the Bechtel
Foundation and the Noyce Foundation, the initiative will lay the
groundwork to create and implement a robust statewide system that
can deliver high-quality STEM experiences during out-of-school
time to more than one million students in California and support
the 40,000 out-of-school-time professionals who serve them.
September 22, 2010
To ensure teachers have access to best practices, lessons and
other resources, and most of all access to each other, the
state’s Department of Education launched a new website called
Brokers of Expertise. Dean Harold
Levine, a member of State Superintendent Jack O’Connell’s P-16
Council, was an advisor on the project.
Read more about the launch and check out the new site.
As part of its Teacher-Based Reform Grants Program the California
Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC) has awarded the Pacific
Coast Teacher Innovation Network (known as PacTIN T-BAR) an
augmentation grant of $1,031,000. This is in addition to the
$1,010,00 master grant we received in 2009 and will allow us to
offer professional development opportunities to an additional 24
teacher teams as part of a second cohort.
Professors Jamal Abedi, principal investigator, and Paul Heckman,
co-investigator, received a five-year $3.2 million dollar grant
from the National Science Foundation. Work on “Formative
Assessment in Mathematics: Current Status and Guidelines for
Future Developments” starts on September 1, 2010.