As the new Dean, I’d like to welcome you to the UC Davis School of Education. I am very excited to be joining a school that has already done so much for the field of education and is poised to expand its impact even further.
Our mission is to reduce educational inequities so that all learners have access to a quality education and that mission is woven into all of our degree programs. We know that our students, whether they’re here to earn their teaching credential, master’s degree, PhD or EdD, will have the opportunity to reach hundreds or thousands of students over the course of their careers. Our commitment is to prepare them to be leaders for change in their classrooms, schools, school districts and college campuses through their teaching and research.
The School of Education’s reach is broad and deep. In addition to preparing the next generation of educators, our faculty are researching ways to support bilingual learners and students with disabilities, examining the most effective ways to use citizen science and restorative justice practices, investigating testing tools and math education, questioning assumptions about how we should improve reading comprehension and support students as they transition to college, and so much more.
As Dean, I hold central our unwavering commitment to addressing issues of social justice and equity. This work is challenging and requires constant efforts on multiple levels. To that end, we will continue to grow our partnerships and build on our tradition of research and education that is directly relevant and responsive to community needs.
I look forward to working with you to achieve our highest aspirations.
In June 2017, the School of Education celebrated the arrival of Dean Lauren Lindstrom with a gathering of supporters, including Interim Dean Paul Hastings and Founding Dean Harold Levine. “When the School of Education began the search for our new Dean,” Hastings said in his remarks, “we were looking for a true educational leader, someone with demonstrated excellence in research, teaching and administration.
Interim Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter has announced the appointment of Lauren E. Lindstrom as the new dean of the School of Education. She holds a Ph.D. in educational leadership and most recently served as associate dean of Research and Faculty Development in the College of Education at the University of Oregon.
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.
Longstanding School of Education supporters Sandi Redenbach (’72, Credential ’73) and Ken Gelatt (’67, Credential ’68) have generously established an endowed scholarship fund to show their appreciation for Founding Dean Harold Levine’s accomplishments and to celebrate his well-earned retirement.
The Sandi Redenbach and Ken Gelatt Teaching Credential STEM Scholarship in Honor of Dean Harold G. Levine will be awarded to a teaching credential student with a career focus on STEM subjects in public schools.
Barbara Celli joined the UC Davis School of Education in October 2016. As Executive Director of Development and External Relations, she manages the development and marketing/communications efforts for the School of Education. Most recently, Barbara was the Senior Director of Development and Partnerships at the UC Davis World Food Center. There she connected the interests of individuals, companies and foundations to philanthropic opportunities that advance healthy and sustainable food solutions.
There are seven million exceptional children with special needs in our American school system, such as children with autism spectrum development. They have the right to appropriate and comparable educational opportunities. Truly meeting the needs of these children requires a commitment to integrating advances in educational science, neuroscience, and social policy.