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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.

Research Heidi Ballard

Heidi Ballard to Speak on Public Engagement for Scientists
Annual Meeting of American Association for the Advancement of Sciences

January 2015

Associate Professor Heidi Ballard, an expert on public participation in scientific research, will be a speaker at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences in San Jose, Calif., on February 12, 2015.

The theme of the meeting is “Innovations, Information, and Imaging”

Ballard is a speaker in session titled “Public Engagement for Scientists: Realities, Risks and Rewards.” Learn more about the session and the meeting which runs from February 12-16

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2015 Alumni Award Nominations Now Open
Make Your Nomination by March 17

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 (10) years of receiving their credential or degree (whichever is later). Make Your Nomination Today. Nominations close on March 17, 2015.

For more information, call (530) 754-4824.

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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.

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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.

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Beating the Odds
Guardian Professions Program Supports Former Foster Youth

Hen Werner (Credential ’14, MA in progress) and Eden Haven (Credential/MA student) are featured in this story about The Guardian Professions Program, which is housed in the Office of Graduate Studies.

This program is an expansion of the UC Davis School of Education’s successful Guardian Teachers Program, which provides former foster youth with an opportunity to pursue a master’s degree and teaching credential at UC Davis. Read the full story here.

Read Hen’s full story in the latest issue of the UC Davis Magazine, pp. 38-39.

Research Jamal Abedi Paul Heckman

Formative Assessment Study Nearing End
Offers Many Lessons, Development of Practical Tools

Nearing the end of a five-year study funded by the National Science Foundation, Professors Jamal Abedi and Paul Heckman have learned much about the status of formative assessment in mathematics and are looking forward to the launch of a website with tools for teachers and administrators early next year.

The work is important because assessing student knowledge during instruction—the heart of formative assessment—empowers teachers to address possible deficiencies in student understanding and increase student learning.

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PhD Students Lead Professional Development for Teachers in China
Fall 2014 Student News

In November 2014, School of Education PhD students and seasoned educators Leslie Banes and Michael Hill led a two-week professional development seminar in China for fourth through ninth grade teachers of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

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REEd Launches New Program to Strengthen STEM Learning In and Out of the Classroom

This fall, the UC Davis School of Education launched a new professional development initiative to bring together school-day educators with educators working in out-of-school programs in an effort to strengthen STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning activities in both contexts.

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News Susan O'Hara

New Online Course to Provide Professional Development to Teachers of English Learners

REEd has launched a new partnership with Stanford University to develop and deliver a collaborative Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to meet the needs of English language learners.  The course will begin on January 14th, 2015.  Registration is now open.

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Michal Kurlaender Named Co-Director of Leading Education Policy Organization

Associate Professor Michal Kurlaender has been named a co-director of Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE), an independent, nonpartisan research center based at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, the University of Southern California, and UC Davis. 

PACE seeks to define and sustain a long-term strategy for comprehensive policy reform and continuous improvement in performance at all levels of California’s education system, from early childhood to postsecondary education and training. Learn more about PACE at http://www.edpolicyinca.org/.

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Steven Athanases Named to UC Faculty Engagement Council for Education Partnerships

Professor Steven Athanases has been named to the Faculty Engagement Council for Education Partnerships at the University of California Office of the President.The Council is charged with engaging and connecting faculty and graduate students in the areas of educational access and diversity.

They meet twice a year to advise UC’s vice provost for education partnerships on ways to promote and support graduate student research, award seed grants to graduate students, and identify annual research foci as well as serve as a liaison between the Office of the President and campus.

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Local educators study strategies for implementing new academic standards
By Jeff Hudson -November 19, 2014

An article in The Davis Enterprise featured the thoughts and takeaways of educators who attended “Innovating with the Common Core State Standards,” a conference hosted by the UC Davis School of Education’s REEd (Resourcing Excellence in Education) on November 15, 2014. Visit the conference website for more information on presenters and program.

Professional Development Resources Susan O'Hara

Three Strategies for Enriching the Quantity and Quality of Classroom Talk
November 2014


In a special issue of ASCD Express, Talking and Listening in Class, REEd executive director Susan O’Hara, with co-writers Jeff Zwiers and Robert Pritchard, provide strategies for improving talk in the classroom. In “Three Strategies for Enriching the Quantity and Quality of Classroom Talk,” they write:

News Cindy Passmore

“Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards: How Your Classroom Is Framed Is as Important as What You Do in It”
NSTA Blog - November 10, 2014

Cindy Passmore, associate professor of science education, wrote a guest entry on the National Science Teachers Association’s NSTA Blog on November 10, 2014.

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First-Year Teaching Alumna Nominated for Award by Her Fourth Grade Student

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.

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School of Education Donor Named UC Alumni Regent
July 2014

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.

Research Peter Mundy

A Virtual Joy-Stick Study of Emotional Responses and Social Motivation in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Posted June 30, 2014

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.

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West Sacramento Early College Prep High School Students Helping to Build Small Business Websites

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.

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