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Research Jamal Abedi

Read-Aloud Option Boosts Achievement on National Assessment, Study Finds

By Christina A. Samuels, EdWeek - March 26, 2014

Having teachers read aloud a reading-comprehension test to students with disabilities and English-language learners offers a boost in scores without altering what the test is trying to measure, according to a study of about 2,000 California 4th and 8th graders who were given the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, in 2013. Professor Jamal Abedi is the lead author of the research report.

Abedi, who also serves as an advisor on English-learners to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, one of the two groups, said the findings suggest that read-aloud accommodations on reading-comprehension tests could be useful for students with disabilities and for English-language learners, and feasible to implement. Read the full article here.


Danny C. Martinez Honored for Research on Black and Latino Youth’s Language and Literacy Practices

In recognition of his scholarship on the use of language among Black and Latino youth in urban English Language Arts classrooms, the National Council of Teachers of English Assembly for Research (NCTEAR) has honored Danny C. Martinez, assistant professor of education, with an award for his continued work to increase diverse perspectives into how we examine language and literacy in multicultural and multilingual communities.

Research Heidi Ballard

Heidi Ballard Receives Two Grants to Study Citizen Science

February 2014

Associate Professor Heidi Ballard, an expert in environmental science education, is embarking on two newly funded research projects to study the efficacy of employing citizen science as a learning tool and a sustainable model for rigorous research. One project will focus on adults and the other on children.


Education Staff Member Receives Prestigious Chancellor’s STAR Award

MaryAnn Mellor, the UC Davis School of Education’s director of business operations and financial services, is one of the first recipients of the Chancellor’s Staff Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) Award.

This annual award recognizes outstanding contributions to the UC Davis campus and community. Recipients are individuals whose achievement and conduct go “above and beyond” in support of our campus’ core values:

  • Demonstrating respect and integrity
  • Responding courteously to the communities we serve
  • Taking pride in your work as well as in our campus and campus community
  • Promoting a community
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Marlene Bell

Alumni Updates Fall 2013

Marlene Bell (BA ‘68, Credential ‘71) received the 2013 Education Award from the Mexican American Concilio of Yolo County at their 29th Annual Concilio Recognition Dinner/ Dance & Scholarship Fundraiser on October 19, 2013. The Concilio provides support and assistance to low-income people of Yolo County, as well as college scholarships and other assistance to promising low- and moderate-income students, specifically students with Latino heritage.

Research Heather Rose

Study Compliments and Questions Brown’s Funding Formula

John Fenserwald - EdSource- February 2013

Heather Rose, associate professor in the UC Davis School of Education and Margaret Weston, a PhD student in the School and a PPIC research fellow, wrote an analysis of Gov. Jerry Brown’s recently announced plan for school finance reform. The analysis was done under the auspices of the Public Policy Institute of California. 

News Cary Trexler
Portrait of Cary Trexler with a farmer in Southeast Asia

Professor to Lead Project to Improve Agriculture in Vietnam and Cambodia

Cary Trexler, associate professor in the School of Education and the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, received a three-year $500,000 grant from the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Horticulture Collaborative Research and Support Program to enhance vegetable production by small farmers in Cambodia and Vietnam.


Jamal Abedi Named to Distinguished Expert Committee

Professor Jamal Abedi and UCLA’s CRESST Director Joan Herman have been named to the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium Technical Advisory Committee. The Consortium includes more than 30 states working collaboratively to prepare all students for college and careers by creating a comprehensive assessment system in mathematics and language arts. Read more here.

News Heidi Ballard

Heidi Ballard selected UC Davis Hellman Fellow

Award recognizes promising assistant professors

Heidi Ballard, an assistant professor in the School of Education, has been selected to be a 2010-2011 UC Davis Hellman Fellow and will receive an award of $20,409 to be used in support of her research activities.


Dean’s Message Fall 2014

What Distinguishes Us?

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.

Cover of David Fiddyment's book, Walk with me, I want to tell you something - The Story of the Roseville Fiddyment Family

New Book About Fiddyment Family Traces History of California Pioneers

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.

Purchase the book here.

News Michal Kurlaender

Michal Kurlaender Named Chancellor’s Fellow

November 19, 2013

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.

Research Jamal Abedi

Jamal Abedi Receives $1.6 Millon Grant

Professor will develop computer assessment and accommodation system

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.

Child reading

Leveraging Funding for Expanded Learning

Article by Renee Newton, Frank Pisi, and Joanne Bookmyer

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.

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