The faculty at the School of Education are committed to bridging
research and practice for the benefit of schools and learners.
They do their work in a collaborative and cross-disciplinary
environment that favors innovation and cooperation with all
segments of education.
Federal and state leaders need to focus more on
policies that improve educational attainment and college and
career success and less on test scores
In November, the U.S. Department of Education released new
high school graduation rates for each state, using what the
department called a “common, rigorous measure.” The picture is
bleak for California, which ranks 32 among other states in high
school completion. More troubling are the persistent disparities
between racial/ethnic groups; white graduation rate is 85
percent, whereas Latino and African American graduation rates are
70 percent and 63 percent respectively.
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.
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.
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