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.
The California Postsecondary Education Commission has awarded the School of Education a three-year $926,000 Improving Teacher Quality Grant. Vajra Watson, director of research and policy for equity in the CRESS Center, is the lead project director. Chris Thaiss, director of the University Writing Program, is the co-director.
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.
“We hope this book offers teachers and teacher educators a better
awareness of the kinds of things that need to happen in schools
and classrooms in order for (immigrant) children to succeed,”
Faltis remarks. Learn more about Chris Faltis’ research on his
Heidi Ballard, an assistant professor in the School of Education,
has been selected to be a 2010-2011 UC Davis Hellman Fellow and
will receive an award of $20,409 to be used in support of her
June 2010 – Michal Kurlaender, an associate professor in the
School of Education, has been awarded a $1.8 million federal
grant to study a unique California program established six years
ago to help high school students better prepare for college.
Educators who successfully reach at-risk youth often use
different methods, but there are lessons to be learned from
similarities in their approaches, a University of California,
Davis, researcher will report Monday, May 3, at the 91st annual
meeting of the American Educational Research Association in
A three-year study of four community-based educators found that
all emphasized “connection before content” and demonstrated that
“caring is as important as curriculum,” Vajra Watson, a research
analyst in the UC Davis School of Education, will report.
The National Academy of Education has awarded Michal Kurlaender a
Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship in recognition of her significant
contributions to education research. Spencer’s program supports
early career scholars working in critical ares of education. The
program also develops the careers of its recipients through
professional development activities involving the National
Academy of Education members.
Mary Catherine Swanson (Credential ‘67), a member of the School’s
Board of Advisors, has been awarded the 2010 Distinguished
Achievement Award by the Cal Aggie Alumni Association. Her award
is in recognition of exemplary achievement for her work as the
founder of AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination).
Swanson started the student support program in 1980 with 32
students in one San Diego school. The program now serves more
than 300,000 students in 4,000 schools in 45 states and 15
A five-member delegation from UC Davis and the UC Office of the
President, including Dean Harold Levine, are in Spain this week
to study and discuss a Spanish corporation’s interest in building
a comprehensive branch campus of an American university outside
Madrid. Read the
full article at Dateline.
In January 2010, Rick Pomeroy, credential supervisor in science
education, is chairing the Association for Science Teacher
Education International Conference in Sacramento. He will also
chair the California Science Education Conference in October
2010. Pomeroy has been elected President Elect of the California Science Teachers Association
for the next two years, becoming president in June 2011.