Ken White (BA ‘72, Credential ‘73) has written Getaway
Day, a coming-of-age novel set against the backdrop of the
1962 World Series. The novel is published by Tate Publishing and
is available through the publisher, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
White studied English and history at UC Davis before receiving
his teaching credential. He worked on campus for Instructional
Television from 1969-1975 and for the College of Engineering from
Public school principals in California say beginning teachers who
received their credentials through the University of California
are among the best prepared in the state, according to a recent
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
the full article here.
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.
Professor Jamal Abedi has received a 2014 Distinguished Scholarly
Public Service Award from the UC Davis Academic Senate. The award
recognizes significant contributions to the world, nation, state
and/or local community through distinguished public service. Up
to four (4) awards are made annually.
The concussion management program at Santa Rosa Junior College in
Santa Rosa, Calif. was named as the 2014 Grand Silver winner of
the NASPA Excellence Awards. The effort is led by Dr. Nancy Chinn
(EdD 2010), chair of the Disability Resource Management
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Professors Jamal Abedi, principal investigator, and Paul Heckman,
co-investigator, received a five-year $3.2 million dollar grant
from the National Science Foundation. Work on “Formative
Assessment in Mathematics: Current Status and Guidelines for
Future Developments” starts on September 1, 2010.
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
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
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.