The School of Education at UC Davis is committed to
eliminating inequities in the schooling and learning
opportunities of diverse learners to advance the power of
knowledge and the promise of education. Fulfilling this
commitment requires us to be responsive to the needs of
educators, parents, students and community organizations, and to
be innovative in our approach to challenges facing public
education leaders and policymakers. Our projects and initiatives
reflect our flexibility in meeting a variety of needs in and out
of schools in our community.
In addition to preparing teachers through our teaching credential
program and providing ongoing professional development for
teachers, the School offers special programs to enhance teachers’
learning and teaching.
Shakespeare Works When Shakespeare Plays
Our latest initiative, Shakespeare Works
when Shakespeare Plays is a three-day conference filled with
workshops for middle- and high-school teachers of theater and
English. Actors, directors and producers from some of the world’s
greatest Shakespeare companies and festivals led teachers in the
discovery of exciting new ways to make Shakespeare come alive for
Academic Literacy Summit
Once a year, the School hosts a day-long Academic Literacy Summit for teachers with a
focus on best practices and unique methods for teaching academic
literacy to K-12 students.
The School of Education is committed to making an impact in the
lives of youth through both its research and its academic
programs that prepare educators to focus on the needs of students
first. In addition, we offer several programs that serve youth
directly. These programs are aligned with our focus on literacy
and science education.
Sacramento Area Youth Speaks (SAYS)
SAYS empowers youth
throughout the Sacramento Region to share their thoughts through
spoken word poetry. In addition, in partnership with districts
and schools, SAYS provides professional development for teachers
and places poet-mentors in classrooms to strengthen student
literacy in classrooms and beyond.
Words Take Wing: Honoring Diversity in Children’s Literature
Words Take Wing is annual event
that invites an award-winning children’s literature author to
speak to up to 1,000 k-12 students.
UC Davis Young Scholars Program
Nearly 50 years old, the UC
Davis YSP program offers up to 40 high school students an
opportunity to live on campus for six weeks in the summer and
conduct real-world research in a variety of labs across