Every year, the School of Education hosts the Honoring Educators
Awards Ceremony, where that year’s honorees are recognized for
their contributions in education. See a complete list of the 2016
Maria May grew up in Portugal and came to the
United States as an English language learner. She is passionate
about diversity and equity in education. She earned her first
undergraduate degree in Agricultural Engineering in Portugal, as
well as a bachelor’s degree in Viticulture & Enology from UC
Davis, where her training in plant sciences and wine chemistry
honed her analytical and problem-solving skills.
Emily Solari, associate professor of education, has been selected
as a 2016-17 Chancellor’s Fellow, a title she will hold for five
years. 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 given at UC Davis.
Nicole Sparapani, PhD joined the School of Education faculty this
summer as an Assistant Professor in Early Childhood Education.
Sparapani, who earned her doctorate in Communication Science and
Disorders at Florida State University, is a certified
speech-language pathologist. She completed her postdoctoral
studies on individualizing student instruction at
Arizona State University and the Institute for the Science
of Teaching and Learning.
This summer the School of Education welcomed Maisha T. Winn, PhD
and Lawrence (Torry) Winn, JD to the School of Education. Maisha
T. Winn has been appointed as a Professor, and the UC Davis
Chancellor and Provost additionally have extended her the new
honorary designation of “Chancellor’s Leadership Professor.”
Torry Winn will serve as an Academic Administrator. The Winns,
who are married, will jointly develop a center for restorative
justice to be located within the School of Education.
Founding School of Education Dean Harold Levine retired on June
30, 2016. He came to UC Davis from UCLA in 2001, and since then
has been a tireless advocate for the School’s vision to eliminate
educational inequities and advance a quality education for all.
Clare Wiley made a lasting impression on the students, staff and
faculty of River City High School in the eight years she taught
there as a science teacher. Clare’s passion for biology led her
to transform her biology curriculum to be more interactive and
student-centered. She also served as a mentor to students who
were competing in science and technology competitions, started a
biotechnology elective, and founded the PLTW Biomedical Sciences
program, which now serves over 350 students per year.
UC Davis Multiple Subject Teachers recently combined recreation
with problem-solving at a special event at Saint Mary’s Church in
Vacaville. More than 100 members of the Spanish-speaking
community attended, had fun and worked together during this
Mathemática Para La Familia (Family Math) celebration.
Eight states now screen their students for obesity and inform
parents if their children have a high body mass index. But does
screening students for obesity actually improve obesity rates? UC
Davis Assistant Professor Kevin Gee’s
new research indicates it may not.
A $3.5 million grant to Emily Solari, assistant
professor of education, will bring reading instruction to 100
first-grade classrooms in Sacramento, Yolo and other counties in
the region as well as in Houston, Texas, by next fall.
professor of education, has received a 2015 UC Davis Diversity
and Principles of Community Faculty Citation Award in special
recognition of career achievement and distinguished leadership
and vision in advancing the equal opportunity and diversity
objectives within the UC Davis community.
Leanna Carollo is a multiple subject credential and
master’s degree candidate in the UC Davis School of Education.
She student-taught in a fifth grade classroom at Glenwood
Elementary in the Robla School District. Prior to joining the
School of Education, Leanna worked as an instructional assistant
for students with severe autism. While completing her
undergraduate studies at the University of Oregon, she researched
This Spring 2015 issue of the UC Davis School of Education’s
biannual Catalyst magazine highlights research news,
updates on faculty and alumni, and includes a special report
detailing the impact of scholarships on our 2014-15 student
Dean Harold Levine and Michael Kirst, president of the California
State Board of Education, co-wrote “Why Colleges Should Care
About the Common Core” for Education Week.
In the piece, Levine and Kirst lay out their concerns that
colleges and universities may not be prepared to educate the
students who will soon be entering their institutions armed with
a “more inquiry-based” and “collaborative problem-solving”
approach to learning.
Nearly 30 of the School’s faculty, students and researchers
present their latest research at the annual conference of the
American Educational Research Association (AERA) in Chicago on
April 16-20, 2015. Learn more about the School’s research
featured at the 2015 conference. Download
the School’s Education 2015 AERA-Focused Research Newsletter.
In a highly competitive national competition, FCD makes only five
awards each year. With the funding he received with the award,
Gee will examine over the next two years the impact of food
insecurity on children’s developmental outcomes, focusing
particularly on low-income and children of color in the aftermath
of the Great Recession of 2007-09.