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The Rhetoric of Power and Persuasion
A Professional Development Workshop for Teachers

presented by UC Davis School of Education, Mondavi Center, and Globe Education, London

led by Tas Emiabata, Globe Education Practitioner and Learning Consultant

Saturday, October 8, 2016
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Mondavi Center, UC Davis

Prepayment is required. Register online here.

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Maisha T. Winn and Lawrence Winn Join School of Education
Will Establish a Center for Restorative Justice

This summer the School of Education welcomed Maisha T. Winn, PhD and Lawrence (Torry) Winn, JD to the School of Education. Maisha T. Winn has been appointed as a Professor, and the UC Davis Chancellor and Provost additionally have extended her the new honorary designation of “Chancellor’s Leadership Professor.” Torry Winn will serve as an Academic Administrator. The Winns, who are married, will jointly develop a center for restorative justice to be located within the School of Education.

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Nicole Sparapani Joins Faculty

Nicole Sparapani, PhD joined the School of Education faculty this summer as an Assistant Professor in Early Childhood Education. Sparapani, who earned her doctorate in Communication Science and Disorders at Florida State University, is a certified speech-language pathologist. She completed her postdoctoral studies on individualizing student instruction at Arizona State University and the Institute for the Science of Teaching and Learning.

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Founding Dean Harold Levine Retires

Founding School of Education Dean Harold Levine retired on June 30, 2016. He came to UC Davis from UCLA in 2001, and since then has been a tireless advocate for the School’s vision to eliminate educational inequities and advance a quality education for all.

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Professor Paul D. Hastings Appointed Interim Dean of School of Education

On July 1, 2016, Professor Paul D. Hastings was appointed to serve as Interim Dean of the School of Education after the retirement of Founding Dean Harold Levine.

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New Teacher Scholarship Fund in Honor of Founding Dean Harold Levine

Longstanding School of Education supporters Sandi Redenbach (’72, Credential ’73) and Ken Gelatt (’67, Credential ’68) have generously established an endowed scholarship fund to show their appreciation for Founding Dean Harold Levine’s accomplishments and to celebrate his well-earned retirement.

The Sandi Redenbach and Ken Gelatt Teaching Credential STEM Scholarship in Honor of Dean Harold G. Levine will be awarded to a teaching credential student with a career focus on STEM subjects in public schools.

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Alumna Clare Wiley Honored at River City High School
Building Named in Memory of Much-Loved Teacher

Clare Wiley made a lasting impression on the students, staff and faculty of River City High School in the eight years she taught there as a science teacher. Clare’s passion for biology led her to transform her biology curriculum to be more interactive and student-centered. She also served as a mentor to students who were competing in science and technology competitions, started a biotechnology elective, and founded the PLTW Biomedical Sciences program, which now serves over 350 students per year.

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Postdoctoral Researcher Position

The School of Education has an open position for a postdoctoral researcher. This research project will focus on public participation in scientific research (PPSR) as a tool to promote science learning, environmental stewardship, and civic engagement for youth.

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Nominate Distinguished Alumni for Recognition
Make Your Nominations by March 15, 2016

At the UC Davis School of Education’s annual Honoring Educators Awards Ceremony, we proudly recognize the accomplishments and contributions of our alumni in education.

We invite nominations in two categories: 1) Distinguished Alumni Award and 2) Rising Star Alumni Award to recognize those within ten years of receiving their credential or degree (whichever is later). Make your nomination today! The nomination process closes on March 15, 2016.

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Family Math Day
UC Davis Multiple Subject Teachers Make Math Fun

UC Davis Multiple Subject Teachers recently combined recreation with problem-solving at a special event at Saint Mary’s Church in Vacaville.  More than 100 members of the Spanish-speaking community attended, had fun and worked together during this Mathemática Para La Familia (Family Math) celebration.
 

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Reading Clinic Enrolling Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Help researchers learn how to improve children's reading comprehension

Do you or someone you know have a child with an autism spectrum disorder who also struggles with reading comprehension difficulties?

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Alexis Patterson, PhD Joins Faculty

The School of Education welcomes our newest faculty member: Alexis Patterson, PhD, who joins us this fall as an Assistant Professor of Elementary Science Education.

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Teen obesity screens may not help with weight loss

Eight states now screen their students for obesity and inform parents if their children have a high body mass index. But does screening students for obesity actually improve obesity rates? UC Davis Assistant Professor Kevin Gee’s new research indicates it may not.

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$3.5 million grant will help study early reading instruction

A $3.5 million grant to Emily Solari, assistant professor of education, will bring reading instruction to 100 first-grade classrooms in Sacramento, Yolo and other counties in the region as well as in Houston, Texas, by next fall.

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Steven Athanases Honored with Faculty Citation Award

Steven Athanases, professor of education, has received a 2015 UC Davis Diversity and Principles of Community Faculty Citation Award in special recognition of career achievement and distinguished leadership and vision in advancing the equal opportunity and diversity objectives within the UC Davis community.

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Spring 2015 CATALYST
News, Research and Program Updates from the UC Davis School of Education

This Spring 2015 issue of the UC Davis School of Education’s biannual Catalyst magazine highlights research news, updates on faculty and alumni, and includes a special report detailing the impact of scholarships on our 2014-15 student recipients. Download the magazine here.

Five studies find online courses are not working well at community colleges

A study written by Cassandra Hart, assistant professor of education, and education doctoral students Michael Hill and Elizabeth Friedmann, is placed in the context of other studies on the efficacy of online learning in community colleges.

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Why Colleges Should Care About the Common Core
Education Week Commentary

Dean Harold Levine and Michael Kirst, president of the California State Board of Education, co-wrote “Why Colleges Should Care About the Common Core” for Education Week.

In the piece, Levine and Kirst lay out their concerns that colleges and universities may not be prepared to educate the students who will soon be entering their institutions armed with a “more inquiry-based” and “collaborative problem-solving” approach to learning.

Research

Spring 2015 Research Newsletter
Get the latest on the School's research

Nearly 30 of the School’s faculty, students and researchers present their latest research at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in Chicago on April 16-20, 2015. Learn more about the School’s research featured at the 2015 conference. Download the School’s Education 2015 AERA-Focused Research Newsletter.

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US News & World Report Ranks School of Education Among Top Graduate Schools for 2016

The UC Davis School of Education saw an upswing in its rankings this year, reaching No. 38 after ranking No. 45 last year.

The complete Best Graduate Schools rankings and data, in more detail, are posted at USN&WR’s website. For details on other UC Davis rankings, visit the UC Davis website.

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