Michal Kurlaender, associate professor of education, has joined
an elite group of UC Davis faculty members named 2013-14
Chancellor’s Fellows. The honor recognizes outstanding records of
achievement among early career faculty. Each fellow receives a
$25,000 prize to support their research, teaching and service
activities. Kurlaender retains the title of Chancellor’s Fellow
until July 1, 2018. The Davis Chancellor’s Club and the
university’s Annual Fund support the program.
The UC Davis School of Education’s annual celebration of
children’s literature, Words Take Wing: Honoring Diversity in
Children’s Literature, celebrates its tenth year in February
2014. Award-winning author and illustrator team Andrea Davis
Pinkney and Brian Pinkney will be the featured speakers.
This issue of the UC Davis School of Education’s award winning
magazine, Catalyst, highlights research news, updates on
faculty and alumni, and includes a special Annual Fund Report.
the issue here.
Highlights from this issue:
Alumni News and Notes: Marlene Bell (BA ‘68, Credential ‘71)
Recognized by Mexican American Concilio of Yolo County, p. 4
School of Education Surpasses Highest Fundraising Year, p. 5
School Launches Dean’s Leadership Circle to Recognize
Philanthropic Pioneers, p.7
Professor Cary Trexler at Work in Haiti, p. 8
School Welcomes New Faculty, p. 9
Power of 10 Scholarship Success Leads to New Promise
Initiative for Student Scholarships, pp. 10-1
Small Gifts, Big Promise: Special Annual Fund Report Insert,
Faculty Profile: Kevin Gee’s Research on Health and
Education, p. 1
School Welcomes New Executive Director to CRESS Center, p. 2
And much more on events, alumni news, and other
With funding from the National Science Foundation, Cindy
Passmore, professor of science education at the UC Davis School
of Education, Julia Gouvea, a researcher in the School of
Beauchamp, director of the Sacramento Area Science Project,
and Rick Grosberg, founding director of the Coastal and Marine
Sciences Research Institute, are leading a three-year $1.963
million effort to design an online resource of curriculum and
embedded professional development to support high school biology
teachers in the implementation of the Next Generation Science
Standards (NGSS). Ultimately, the project could result in a
national model for high school biology instruction.
As the number of K-12 students taking classes online continues to
grow, Cassandra Hart, assistant professor of education at the UC
Davis School of Education, is embarking on a two-year study of
teacher quality in this little-studied arena.
Funded by the Spencer Foundation, Hart will compare teacher
quality in online settings versus traditional classrooms.
Heidi Ballard, associate professor in environmental science
education at the UC Davis School of Education, received a
three-year $283,907 grant from the National Science Foundation to
examine how participation in authentic scientific practice
fosters and supports lifelong science learning.
Vajra Watson, director of research and policy for equity,
published an article titled “Censoring Freedom: Community- Based
Professional Development and the Politics of Profanity” in
Equity & Excellence in Education, Vol. 46, Issue 3,
2013. In the Special Issue: Social Justice Approaches to African
American Language and Literary Practices, Watson documents the
tensions rising from a program that encourages youth to write and
perform poetry that taps into their lived experiences in tough
neighborhoods and often contains profanity.
November 2013 – Jamal Abedi, professor of education, received a
four-year $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of
Education to develop a computer assessment and accommodation
system aligned with a new generation of assessments based on the
Common Core State Standards. This project will focus on the needs
of English learners (EL) and will advance our knowledge and
capability to appropriately assess EL students in important
content areas such as mathematics.
In an article in the November/December 2013 Leadership
magazine, a publication of the Association of California School
Administrators(ACSA), the UC Davis School of Education’s Renee
Newton, Frank Pisi and Joanne Bookmyer make the case for
California school districts with expanded learning programs to
use a portion of the extra Common Core funding they are slated to
receive to ensure children in out-of-school-time programs are
well prepared to tackle the new standards.
Read the full article at ACSA’s site.
Newton is the director of the Center for Community School
Partnerships in the School’s CRESS Center, Pisi is director of
the California Afterschool Network, and Bookmyer is director of
Raffle tickets: $5.00 each or 5 tickets for $20.00
Raffle tickets available through Words Take Wing committee member
Donna Justice (firstname.lastname@example.org) or at
the door. Drawing to be held at the evening lecture of Words
Take Wing: Honoring Diversity in Children’s Literature
presentation by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney on
February 12, 2014 at Sacramento’s main library. Winners need not
be present to win.
As part of the UC Davis School of Education’s year-long
celebration of its tenth anniversary, alumni, faculty, staff,
students, emeriti, and friends banded together to support the
Power of 10 Scholarship Fund. By the end of June, the School
raised more than $34,000 to provide scholarship funds to students
in each of its major academic programs (PhD, EdD, and Teaching
Credential/MA) in the 2013-14 school year.
Nearly 62 percent of School of Education faculty and staff made
gifts to the fund. The lead gifts were made by the entire student
services staff, and teacher education faculty.
“We are very proud of the level of generosity and participation
of all donors to this fund,” said Adrienne Capps, assistant dean
for development and external relations, “and we are particularly
gratified by the participation among faculty and staff. This
level of support is unprecedented on our campus, so we take a lot
of pride in serving as a model for other groups looking for
inspiring ways to provide meaningful philanthropic opportunities
for faculty and staff.”
Two alumni, Sandi Redenbach (BA ’72, Credential ’73) and John
Brown (Credential ‘72), each made a $5,000 matching gift pledge
that was matched in a matter of weeks. The Education Graduate
Student Association gave $450, representing $1 for each student
in the School of Education.
In all, ten students were awarded Power of 10 scholarships:
Our collective effort last year was truly unprecedented and
inspiring. To build on those efforts this year, we are proud to
announce the Promise Scholarship Initiative. Let’s keep the
momentum for student scholarships going and grow staff, faculty,
and alumni support for students beyond our tenth year. Visit
to find the scholarship fund you would like to support. Your
generosity is a promise to the next generation of educators for
California and all the lives they will impact.
Learn more about how a Doctorate in Educational Leadership can
help you reach your professional goals at an CANDEL Ed.D.
The online application process for the Fall 2014 CANDEL Ed.D
Program is now opened. Please visit the
Graduate Studies website to start your application.
UC Davis/Sacramento Info
12:00pm – 1:00pm Friday December 13, 2013* Conference room 4102, 4th Floor, California Department of
Education 1430 N Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
*You must rsvp to this event to Rosa at email@example.com
6:00pm – 7:00pm Thursday, January 23, 2014 Meeting Room 1, Activities and Recreation Center (ARC),
Davis, CA, 95616
Sonoma State Info
5:30pm – 7:00pm Tuesday, November 19, 2013 Room 1056, Stevenson Hall
5:30pm – 7:00pm Tuesday, January 21, 2014 Room 1056, Stevenson Hall
During the celebration of its tenth anniversary, the UC Davis
School of Education reached a significant milestone. Between July
1, 2012, and June 30, 2013, individual, foundation and corporate
donors gave a total of $4,529,990—nearly $1 million more than the
previous year, signifying the School’s best fundraising year in
its history. In 2006, with the launch of The Campaign for UC
Davis, the School of Education set an ambitious goal of raising
$16 million through private giving. As of June 30, 2013, campaign
gifts to the School reached $16.3 million, exceeding our original
goal—thanks to so many of you.
But we aren’t done yet! The Campaign for UC Davis is not complete
until May 31 2014, so we plan to keep the momentum going. If the
campus is to meet its ultimate goal of raising $1 billion in the
Campaign, we need to keep up support to the School. Cheers to an
exciting year ahead!
As part of the UC Davis MIND Institute’s Minds Behind the MIND
Speaker Series, Traci Schmidt, special projects director, in the
UC Davis School of Education’s Center for Innovation in Education
(EdForward) will demonstrate Navigate Autism, a new website under
development to disseminate information to families of children
with neurodevelopmental disabilities.
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
MIND Institute Auditorium, Sacramento
Seating is limited. For directions, visit the
MIND Institute’s website.
Host MC Luhan interviews SAYS program managers and poet mentors
about SAYS, the program’s community connections and the annual
SAYS Summit and poetry slam hosted by the School of Education.
the program here.
University of California-eligible students with weaker high
school grades and test scores typically fared about as well,
after four years in college, as higher-ranking students who were
admitted, according to a new University of California, Davis,
A great way to learn more about the UC Davis Teacher
Credential/M.A. program is by attending a Credential Information
Session. Sessions are typically conducted twice per month, from
September to May.
Upcoming Info Sessions for Teaching Credential
Saturday, January 11, 2014, 10:00 am – 12 noon, TC 3,
Temporary Classroom Building
During the session we will discuss the following topics:
Credential & Masters Program Format
When the year starts; how soon you will earn your credential; how
you move on to the Masters portion of the program
Provide Information Regarding our Prerequisites
How to meet the requirements; how to have a class reviewed to see
if it is equivalent; how to have your G.P.A. evaluated, what to
do if prerequisites can’t be met by application deadline
Information Regarding Required Testing
California Basic Skills Requirement (commonly known as CBEST);
Subject Matter Verification (commonly known as CSET); how timing
of the tests impacts when you should apply
The Admission Process
When is the best time to apply; how to apply; what happens after
We encourage questions throughout the presentation and provide a
small group format for a Q & A session with faculty/staff at
the end of each session.
Attend a session!
To reserve your space or request more information about the a
session, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Although an
RSVP is not required, the info session date, time, or location
can change. For this reason, please check back on the website the
morning of an information session to confirm. If you have
submitted an RSVP we will notify you of any changes.
Due to current construction in the School of Education
building sessions are held in a variety of locations on
campus. As of December 2013 sessions are being held in
Temporary Classroom 3 (TC3), near the Academic Surge
building. Please view our map
for specific directions.
Because the locations of the information session vary,
please be sure to double-check the location for the Information
Session you are attending.