The Los Rios Community College District, the UC Davis School Of Education, the Mondavi Center at UC Davis, and Shakespeare’s Globe in London are partners in a professional development initiative that provides in-depth learning opportunities for selected drama and English teachers of grades 7–12 and community colleges in the Sacramento region: The Globe Education Academy for Teachers.
Participants in this collaborative project are immersed in the world of Shakespeare both at UC Davis and in London. They will have the opportunity to take classes from Shakespeare’s Globe theater practitioners, and from faculty at UC Davis. The Academy will travel to Shakespeare’s Globe in London for two weeks in June 2015 to work with Globe Education practitioners. In fall 2015, participants will celebrate their extraordinary experience with a festival day of theater on stage at the Mondavi Center.
Drama and English teachers of grades 7–12 and community colleges are invited and encouraged to apply for this exceptional opportunity. No more than 12 teachers will be chosen to participate in the Academy.
Michelle (Benjamin) Crisp (Credential ‘13, MA ‘14), just finished her first year of teaching fourth grade at Main Ave. Elementary in Sacramento, Calif. A milestone worth celebrating in itself. But, to her great surprise, Crisp also received a Teacher of the Year award from a local dentist’s office when one of her students, Adrian Flores, nominated her.
Rod Davis (BA ‘71) has been named alumni regent on the University of California Board of Regents. Mr. Davis and his wife Sue Davis (Credential ‘73) have established the Sue Davis Award, an endowed scholarship fund to support students studying to be elementary school teachers in the UC Davis School of Education. The first award will be made in fall 2015.
An article about using virtual reality to examine social motivation and emotional perception in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders appears in Psychology Progress. The article, co-authored by Peter Mundy, a professor in the UC Davis School of Education and School of Medicine, looked at 19 children with higher functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (HFASD) and 23 age, gender, and IQ matched children with typical development (TD), who used a joy stick to position themselves closer or further from virtual avatars while attempting to identify six emotions expressed by the avatars, happiness, fear, anger, disgust, sadness, and surprise that were expressed at different levels of intensity. Read more here.
On June 4, 2014, six students from West Sac Early College Prep were recognized for their work in helping to build small business websites as part of a pilot project, Future Ready, launched by Mayor Christopher Cabaldon and the City of West Sacramento to make West Sacramento businesses more visible online and improve their online presence in order to reach more customers.
School of Education Professor Steve Athanases and researchers Lisa Bennett and Juliet Wahleithner provide an in-depth look at one pre-service teacher program and its use of teacher research as a way of inducting new teachers into the profession on the National Writing Project Radio on Thursday, June 12. Listen to the conversation here.
Robert “Bob” Murphy and his wife, Kinzie, have been selected as the 2014 recipients of the Charles J. Soderquist Award at UC Davis. The Murphys created a scholarship to support the School of Education’s Guardian Teacher Scholarship, among many other ways they have supported UC Davis over the past four decades. They cited the 2013 Soderquist Award winners, School of Education Alumni Sandi Redenbach and her husband Ken Gelatt, who donated their $5,000 award to the Guardian Teacher Scholarship fund. Read more about the Murphys’ honor here.
In March, more than 50 student researchers from Hanoi Agriculture University (HUA) and Nong Lam University in Vietnam presented the results of research they conducted as part of a six-month program led by Cary Trexler, associate professor of agriculture education.
Danny C. Martinez, assistant professor of education, has been selected to be a 2014 Concha Delgado Gaitan Presidential Fellow by the Council on Anthropology and Education. This early career fellowship is intended to support professional development and mentoring in the field of educational anthropology.
Only five fellowships are awarded each year, which pairs up early career scholars with senior scholars and comes with a $500 travel award to cover the cost of presenting at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association.
The School of Education has been awarded $5.8 million to lead a statewide initiative that will provide K-12 teachers throughout California resources and training that will help them teach their students more effectively.
Ken White (BA ‘72, Credential ‘73) has written Getaway Day, a coming-of-age novel set against the backdrop of the 1962 World Series. The novel is published by Tate Publishing and is available through the publisher, Amazon and Barnes & Noble. White studied English and history at UC Davis before receiving his teaching credential. He worked on campus for Instructional Television from 1969-1975 and for the College of Engineering from 2006-2009.
Alumni Council Chair Sandi Redenbach was featured in a radio interview on The Chronicle of Social Change. Listen to her unlikely journey from being a teenager on the streets of Boston, a lounge singer, and waitress to having more than 35 years of classroom teaching and becoming a philanthropist, writer, award-winner, and distinguished alumna of the UC Davis School of Education.
Public school principals in California say beginning teachers who received their credentials through the University of California are among the best prepared in the state, according to a recent survey.
Having teachers read aloud a reading-comprehension test to students with disabilities and English-language learners offers a boost in scores without altering what the test is trying to measure, according to a study of about 2,000 California 4th and 8th graders who were given the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, in 2013. Professor Jamal Abedi is the lead author of the research report.
Abedi, who also serves as an adviser on English-learners to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, one of the two groups, said the findings suggest that read-aloud accommodations on reading-comprehension tests could be useful for students with disabilities and for English-language learners, and feasible to implement. Read the full article here.
Dean Harold G. Levine shared his thoughts on preparing teachers for 21st century classrooms in the March/April issue of Leadership, a publication of the Association of California School Administrators. Read the full Q & A here.
In recognition of his scholarship on the use of language among Black and Latino youth in urban English Language Arts classrooms, the National Council of Teachers of English Assembly for Research (NCTEAR) has honored Danny C. Martinez, assistant professor of education, with an award for his continued work to increase diverse perspectives into how we examine language and literacy in multicultural and multilingual communities.
Professor Jamal Abedi has received a 2014 Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award from the UC Davis Academic Senate. The award recognizes significant contributions to the world, nation, state and/or local community through distinguished public service. Up to four (4) awards are made annually.