In recognition of his scholarship on the use of language among
Black and Latino youth in urban English Language Arts classrooms,
the The National Council of Teachers of English Assembly for
Research (NCTEAR) has awarded Danny C. Martinez, assistant
professor of education, 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, their
highest honor. 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
Each spring, hundreds of Sacramento area students compete in
local poetry competitions, or slams; ultimately, six students
from SAYS compete at the International Brave New Voices
competition. All area students ages 13 – 19 are encouraged to
compete in this year’s slam competition.
Performers must have two original spoken word poems not longer
than three minutes each to perform. Students may compete in all
open rounds to attempt to land a spot in the semi-final round.
At the UC Davis School of Education’s Annual Honoring Educators
Awards Ceremony, we proudly recognize the accomplishments and
contribution of our alumni in education.
We invite nominations in two categories: 1) Distinguished Alumni
Award and 2) the 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,
The husband-and-wife team of illustrator Brian Pinkney and author
Andrea Davis Pinkney will be the guests of honor at Words Take
Wing at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria on Wednesday, February
12, at 6 p.m. The event is one of the highlights of our Black
History Month celebrations, and is co-sponsored by the U.C. Davis
School of Education. We recently spoke with the Pinkneys ahead of
Read the interview here.
Lynn Romano (Credential ’12, MA ’13) spent part of her youth in
foster care. Now she is a teacher in Milpitas, Calif. thanks in
part to a Guardian Teacher Scholarship she received from the UC
Davis School of Education to help her earn a teaching credential
and Master’s degree. Hear more from Lynn about her life, the
unique perspective she brings to teaching and how the Guardian
Teacher Scholarship helped her realize her dream.
David Fiddyment, a major donor to the School of Education and an
innovative leader in California agriculture, and co-author
Christina Richter have released Walk with me, I want to tell
you something – The Story of the Roseville Fiddyment
For 150 years the Fiddyment family owned and operated ranches in
some of the most picturesque countryside in northern California.
Their history has links to the Donner Party and the Gold Rush. It
includes the struggles and triumphs of being one of the most
successful long-term ranching families in the state. Seven
generations of this family have called Roseville, California
their home. This is their story. David, along with his wife
Dolly, established the School’s first endowed chair the Dolly and
David Fiddyment Chair in Teacher Education.
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 his or her 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
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
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.
The U.S. government’s Vietnam Education Foundation has awarded a
U.S. Faculty Scholar grant to Glenn Young and Cary Trexler of the
University of California, Davis. Both are associate professors,
Young in the Department of Food Science and Technology, and
Trexler in the School of Education.
The one-year grant will support the establishment of a
participatory research class in Vietnam, for Vietnamese
undergraduates, to guide them through projects related to
preharvest, postharvest, food science, crop science and food
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
Monday, March 3, 2014, 5:30 pm – 7 pm, UCD
Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 5 pm -
7 pm, TC-3
Saturday, April 12, 2014, 10 am – 12
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.
Please visit the Welcome Center website for a map and
directions to info sessions located in Welcome
Center conference rooms.
Because the locations of the information session vary,
please be sure to double-check the location for the Information
Session you are attending.