Paco Martorell, assistant professor of education, is a co-author of a study that found high school students who are identified as in need of remediation are no less likely to enroll in college than students who score just above the remediation cutoff. “Does Failing a Placement Exam Discourage Underprepared Students from Going to College?” appears in the latest issue of Education and Finance Policy. See this story about the study in EdWeek.
Led by associate professor Cynthia Carter Ching, this one-year study, funded by the National Science Foundation as an EAGER (Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research) project, brings together learning sciences and health researchers with professional game designers to develop a behavioral change model for physical activity-monitor gaming that is thus far unique in the existing literatures on games and learning, games for health, and health education/intervention.
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.
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.
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.
This Fall 2014 issue of the UC Davis School of Education’s biannual Catalyst magazine highlights the breadth and depth of our research and service, as well as the excellence of our programs and people.
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.
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).
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/.
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.
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:
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 Susan Davis (Credential ‘73) have established the Susan 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.