Professors Tobin White and Lee Martin have penned an article on
how schools can leverage the ways students are already using
mobile digital devices to organize and support learning
activities in STEM content areas in the November/December 2012
issue of Leadership, a magazine published by the
Association of California School Administrators.
Their article, which “calls attention to opportunities, often
missed, to capitalize on emerging media for innovative and even
transformative educational use,” appears on pp. 22-26.
Access the magazine online here.
Deemed a “heavy-hitter” in the field of assessment for student
with disabilities and English learners, Professor Jamal Abedi
will serve on a panel of experts charged with advising on the
validity and fairness of new assessments tied to Common Core
Standards. Read the story
here. You can read more about the Smarter
Balanced Assessment Consortium here.
With funding from the US Agency for International Development,
Associate Professor Cary Trexler and colleagues in the College of
Agriculture and Environmental Sciences have been working with
farmers in Vietnam and Cambodia to address some of the greatest
challenges facing these developing countries’ agricultural
View this video from Vietnamese television covering some of
their efforts. It is subtitled in English. Also appearing are UC
Davis faculty members Glenn Young from Food Science, David Miller
from International Agriculture Development, and Mark Van Horn and
Johan Six from Plant Sciences.
Read more about Trexler’s work in this area here.
Professor Steven Athanases has penned an article on meeting the
needs of diverse learners in the September/October 2012 issue of
Leadership, a magazine published by the Association of
California School Administrators
His article, which demonstrates that “a combination of nurturing
and rigor is essential to educating our student population, but
targeted supports are also needed to help students meet
achievement goals,” appears on pp. 18-22.
Access the magazine online here.
EdSource features a look at a recent study that Professors
Paul Heckman and Jamal Abedi and Jian-Hua Liang (EdD ‘09) at the
California Department of Education released on the connection
between success on California’s Standards Test and subsequent
success in Algebra in ninth grade.
In an article about the prevalence of online education degrees,
Paul Heckman, associate dean of the School of Education,
commented on the contention that we don’t know how to measure
learning: “Children are educated and learn over a period of time,
but we have this notion that children are to make a year’s growth
for every year they’re in school. This is … a problem, because
children do not develop in nine-month chunks except during
Read the article here.
UC Davis has received a $1.6 million grant from the S.D. Bechtel
Jr. Foundation that will allow it to improve science, technology,
engineering and math (STEM) education in schools throughout Davis
“We want to provide (children), as future citizens, with a lens
into what it is that scientists actually do,” said Cindy
Passmore, the UC Davis associate professor who is leading the
project. “The exposure will help them make an informed choice
about whether they want to go into (science and math) fields or
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.
Rick Pomeroy, lecturer/supervisor for the science teaching
credential program in the School of Education and president of
the California Science Teachers Association, wrote
this piece on Governor Brown’s proposal to end the mandate
that requires a second year of science for high school
graduation. “As a way to fix a dysfunctional budget process, this
makes absolutely no sense,” writes Pomeroy.
In an hour-long discussion of Governer Brown’s proposal to
eliminate the required second year of high school science
education, Rick Pomeroy talks about the possible implications and
concerns about reducing science instruction at a time when
educators and business leaders are calling for students to
receive more instruction in science. Dr. Pomeroy, who is the
School’s science credential lecturer and supervisor and the
president of the California Science Teachers Association, begins
to speak at minute 14. He also answers caller’s question.
Listen to the
In an interview with Pauline Bartoloni, Professor Peter Mundy and
Educational Psychologist Mary Gwaltney discuss their research
using virtual reality to better understand how students with
autism process competing information in the classroom.
Mundy says, “We really have to know how those children are
developing, what impedes and what facilitates their development
in school. There’s a need to provide information that advances
the ability of teachers and schools to provide the right
education for [autistic] children.”
Vajra Watson, director of research and policy for equity,
discusses her work with youth and her new book, Learning to
Liberate: Community-Based Solutions to the Crisis in Urban
Education, on this podcast put out by Connect To Youth
(C2Y), located in Toronto, Canada. The interview is conducted by
Wolfgang Vachon. Listen
UC Davis School of Education Professor Tom Timar, who is a Cal
alumnus and expert on the higher education finance and policy,
comments on Chancellor Robert Birgenaeu’s legacy and his handling
of dwindling state resources, student protests, and UC Berkeley’s
efforts to ensure middle class students can afford to attend UC
Berkeley. Listen to the
School of Education Professor Michal Kurlaender explained that
colleges (both state and community colleges) are eager to see the
new Common Core Standards in place in hopes that they will better
align instruction in K-12 with higher education and improve
college readiness among incoming freshman. Kurlaender is an
expert on student readiness and success in higher education.
Read the whole article 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.