School of Education News

News Emily J. Solari

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?

General information

School of Education Seeking Assistant or Associate Professor in Early Childhood Education for July 2016

The School of Education (SOE) at the University of California, Davis seeks an innovative scholar with expertise in Early Childhood Education (preschool to third grade).

Image of Alexis Patterson, PhD Joins Faculty

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.

Image of Teen obesity screens may not help with weight loss
News Kevin Gee

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.

News Emily J. Solari

$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.

Image of Steven Athanases Honored with Faculty Citation Award
News Steven Athanases

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.

Image of Spring 2015 CATALYST

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.

News Harold Levine

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.

Image of Spring 2015 Research Newsletter

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.

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

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.

Research Heidi Ballard

Providing Expertise in Citizen Science Research
February 2015

Heidi Ballard, associate professor of environmental education, presented talks on citizen science and public participation in scientific research at the Cambridge Conservation Forum in November 2014 and at the first-ever Citizen Science Conference that preceded the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in February.

Image of CANDEL Alum Co-Authors Guidebook on Teaching Men of Color

CANDEL Alum Co-Authors Guidebook on Teaching Men of Color

Khalid Akil White (EdD ’14) has co-authored Teaching Men of Color in Community College: A Guidebook (by J. Luke Wood, PhD; Frank Harris III, EdD; Khalid White, EdD).

Research Kevin Gee

Kevin Gee Named Young Scholar in Competitive Research Program

In January, Kevin Gee, assistant professor of education, received the Foundation for Child Development (FCD) Young Scholars research award.

In a highly competitive national competition, FCD makes only five awards each year. With the funding he received with the award, Gee will examine over the next two years the impact of food insecurity on children’s developmental outcomes, focusing particularly on low-income and children of color in the aftermath of the Great Recession of 2007-09.

Image of Author’s Tales Come Alive

Author’s Tales Come Alive
Joseph Bruchac - Words Take Wing

Words Take Wing, featuring Native American children’s writer Joseph Bruchac, was featured in the Davis Enterprise on February 12, 2015. 

“This is the kind of program I wish occurred in more places,” the author told The Enterprise. “As an inspiration to teachers and students, it is second to none. I can’t think of a more enthusiastic audience. You can see the excitement.” Read the full article by Jeff Hudson.

Research Paco Martorell

Study: Failing a Placement Exam Does Not Discourage College Enrollment
By Caralee Adams

Paco Martorell, assistant professor of education, is a co-author of a study that found high school students who are identified as in need of remediation are no less likely to enroll in college than students who score just above the remediation cutoff. “Does Failing a Placement Exam Discourage Underprepared Students from Going to College?” appears in the latest issue of Education and Finance Policy. See this story about the study in EdWeek.

Research Cynthia Carter Ching

Designing and Exploring the Impact of Physical Activity Monitor Gaming on Youth Fitness Practices

Led by associate professor Cynthia Carter Ching, this one-year study, funded by the National Science Foundation as an EAGER (Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research) project, brings together learning sciences and health researchers with professional game designers to develop a behavioral change model for physical activity-monitor gaming that is thus far unique in the existing literatures on games and learning, games for health, and health education/intervention.

News Michal Kurlaender

Obama’s Free College Plan Is No Panacea; Just Ask California
Op-Ed by Associate Professor Michal Kurlander and Jacob Jackson (PhD ’12)

Washington Post – January 28, 2014

President Obama’s proposal to make community colleges free is a valiant effort to address the rising demand for skilled workers throughout the nation and to improve college access for low-income students. As states consider his proposal, they would be wise to look to California. Our research in the state suggests that low tuition can put higher education within reach for many low-income students, but it is no panacea. Read more.

Michal Kurlaender is an associate professor of education and Chancellor’s Fellow at UC Davis. Jacob Jackson is a researcher at the Public Policy Institute of California.

Image of Heidi Ballard Named a Chancellor’s Fellow
News Heidi Ballard

Heidi Ballard Named a Chancellor’s Fellow

Heidi Ballard, associate professor of education, has been selected as a 2014-15 Chancellor’s Fellow. The Chancellor’s Fellows Program recognizes “the rising stars who shine as teachers and campus citizens, and whose scholarly work already puts them at the top of their fields — garnering attention far and wide.” It is one of the highest and most prestigious honors on this campus.

Image of Teacher, Alumna Noted for Being among the First to Teach Next Generation Science Standards

Teacher, Alumna Noted for Being among the First to Teach Next Generation Science Standards
CBS Sacramento

Lisa Hegdahl (BS ‘85, Credential ‘91) teaches 8th grade science at McCaffrey Middle School in Galt. She also serves on the board of directors for the California Science Teachers Association. Her focus is to implement the Next Generation in Science Standards (NGSS) that were adopted by the California State Board of Education in September of 2013. “It is a very exciting time to be teaching science,” she says. Read the full story here.