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Professional Development Event

Globe Education Academy for Teachers
Applications Open. Apply Today

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.

Apply Today

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.

Download the application 2015 Globe Academy Application

Applications must be received or postmarked by December 5, 2014.

Applications are also available online at or by calling Mondavi Center Arts Education, 530-754-5431.

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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.


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.

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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.


Responsive Teacher Inquiry and Innovation in Teaching ELA with Diverse Learners
Posted June 2014

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.

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Prominent Sacramento Family Wins Top UC Davis Volunteer Award
By Sarah Colwell, June 6, 2014

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.

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U.S. Vietnam Agriculture Exchange
posted May 2014

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.

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Early Career Fellowship Awarded to Danny C. Martinez
May 2014

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.


Writing Project Receives Grants to Improve Writing Instruction
May 2014

The Area 3 Writing Project (A3WP), located in the School’s CRESS Center, has been awarded two grants from the National Writing Project.

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School of Education’s CRESS Center receives $5.8 million grant to help teachers throughout the state
By Karen Nikos-Rose, UC Davis News Service

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.

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Alumnus Featured on Capital Public Radio to Discuss His Novel
May 2014

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.

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The Unlikely Journey of Alumna Sandi Redenbach
Featured on The Chronicle of Social Change

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.

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Heidi Ballard Co-Writes Policy Forum: Next Steps for Citizen Science
Science, March 28, 2014

Heidi Ballard, associate professor of education, co-wrote a piece for Science highlighting the growth and evolution of citizen science projects.

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California School Principals Give High Marks to UC-Prepared Teachers
Posted - April 2, 2014

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.

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Read-Aloud Option Boosts Achievement on National Assessment, Study Finds
By Christina A. Samuels, EdWeek - March 26, 2014

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.

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Teachers as Students: Preparing the Next Generation – Q & A with the Dean
March 2014

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.


Danny C. Martinez Honored for Research on Black and Latino Youth’s Language and Literacy Practices

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.

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Jamal Abedi Recognized by Peers for Distinguished Public Service
March 2014

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.