Words Take Wing, featuring Native American children’s writer
Joseph Bruchac, was featured in the Davis Enterprise on February
“This is the kind of program I wish occurred in more places,” the
author told The Enterprise. “As an inspiration to teachers and
students, it is second to none. I can’t think of a more
enthusiastic audience. You can see the excitement.” Read
the full article by Jeff Hudson.
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.
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.
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.
In spring 2014, Thomas Shirley was completing a PhD
at the UC Davis School of Education, with interests in
Psychometrics, Language Learners, and eLearning. He was also
awarded a Master of Business Administration in International
Business and a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems
from the University of Miami.
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
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.
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.
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.
Robert “Bob” Murphy and his wife, Kinzie, have been selected as
the 2014 recipients of the Charles J. Soderquist Award at UC
Davis. The Murphys created a scholarship to support the School of
Education’s Guardian Teacher Scholarship, among many other ways
they have supported UC Davis over the past four decades. They
cited the 2013 Soderquist Award winners, School of Education
Alumni Sandi Redenbach and her husband Ken Gelatt, who donated
their $5,000 award to the Guardian Teacher Scholarship fund.
more about the Murphys’ honor here.
This issue of the UC Davis School of Education’s biannual
Catalyst magazine highlights research including a
look at the connection between video gaming and health, and the
need for formative assessment in mathematics instruction.
Danny C. Martinez, assistant professor of education, has been
selected to be a 2014 Concha Delgado Gaitan Presidential Fellow
by the Council on Anthropology and Education. This early career
fellowship is intended to support professional development and
mentoring in the field of educational anthropology.
Only five fellowships are awarded each year, which pairs up early
career scholars with senior scholars and comes with a $500 travel
award to cover the cost of presenting at the annual meeting of
the American Anthropological Association.