I had the opportunity recently to make a presentation about the School of Education to my colleagues on the Council of Deans and Vice Chancellors, the senior leadership group for UC Davis. While I reported on our various academic programs and other initiatives—particularly our strong commitment to the worlds of policy and practice—and talked about our extraordinary growth, I put a particular focus on what distinguishes us.
Dean Harold G. Levine shared his thoughts on preparing teachers for 21st century classrooms in the March/April issue of Leadership, a publication of the Association of California School Administrators. Read the full Q & A here.
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 Family.
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.
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 collaborative projects.
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, study.
Hoping to give under-served students a head-start on college, the UC Davis School of Education joined Sacramento City College and the Washington Unified School District in West Sacramento to launch an innovative early college charter school in 2007. The first graduating class will celebrate with a special ceremony in Freeborn Hall on the UC Davis campus in June 2013.
Professor Jamal Abedi, an internationally respected scholar in area of educational testing and assessment, has been selected for a 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award by the National Association of Test Directors. He was nominated by Dr. Zollie Stevenson of the U.S. Department of Education.
Federal and state leaders need to focus more on policies that improve educational attainment and college and career success and less on test scores
In November, the U.S. Department of Education released new high school graduation rates for each state, using what the department called a “common, rigorous measure.” The picture is bleak for California, which ranks 32 among other states in high school completion. More troubling are the persistent disparities between racial/ethnic groups; white graduation rate is 85 percent, whereas Latino and African American graduation rates are 70 percent and 63 percent respectively.
Professors Tobin White and Lee Martin have penned an article on how schools can leverage the ways students are already using mobile digital devices to organize and support learning activities in STEM content areas in the November/December 2012 issue of Leadership, a magazine published by the Association of California School Administrators.
Their article, which “calls attention to opportunities, often missed, to capitalize on emerging media for innovative and even transformative educational use,” appears on pp. 22-26. Access the magazine online here.
Deemed a “heavy-hitter” in the field of assessment for student with disabilities and English learners, Professor Jamal Abedi will serve on a panel of experts charged with advising on the validity and fairness of new assessments tied to Common Core Standards. Read the story here. You can read more about the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium here.
Professor Steven Athanases has penned an article on meeting the needs of diverse learners in the September/October 2012 issue of Leadership, a magazine published by the Association of California School Administrators
His article, which demonstrates that “a combination of nurturing and rigor is essential to educating our student population, but targeted supports are also needed to help students meet achievement goals,” appears on pp. 18-22. Access the magazine online here.