April 2019 Newsletter

Ready, Set, Give! Third Annual UC Davis Give Day, April 12-13

Give Day 2019The Third Annual UC Davis Give Day, a 29-hour fundraising drive starting the afternoon before Picnic Day, offers Aggies everywhere an exciting array of opportunities to impact education. Held online and on campus, April 12-13, gifts to the School of Education on Give Day will benefit current and future students, the School’s innovative research centers, and other educational equity initiatives housed at the School.

We hope to reach 45 gifts on Give Day, and gifts of any size count toward our goal. Two challenge gifts have been set up by other donors to encourage your support. Here are the challenges you can help us unlock this year:

Support the Next Generation of STEM Teachers

Support future science, technology, engineering and math teachers by donating to the Next Generation STEM Teaching Award. Help us reach our goal of 25 gifts, and unlock a $5,000 donation that will provide scholarship support.

School of Education Board of Advisors Challenge

Support innovative education programs by donating to an area important to you in the School of Education. Help us reach our goal of 20 gifts to any fund in the School of Education to unlock a $10,000 donation that will provide seed funding for equity and inclusion initiatives benefiting students and faculty.

Give Day starts at noon on April 12, but you can make an impact starting right now. The Give Early button is live on the School of Education’s Give Day website, and you can give any amount to any area of your choosing at the School of Education. Early gifts will count towards our challenge goals once Give Day starts. (You can also help make Give Day a success by becoming a social media ambassador and following our Facebook and Twitter accounts on Give Day.) Your gift, no matter the size, will make a big difference to our faculty and students—thank you!

CANDEL Program Joins the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) Consortium

CANDEL student smiles as she looks down at her open laptop in classroomThe School of Education’s doctorate in educational leadership (CANDEL) program has been selected to become a member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) Consortium. CPED is a network of faculty, administrators and practitioners representing more than 100 EdD programs across the nation. The consortium is committed to working together in order to better understand the needs of PK-20 leadership and prioritize the development of EdD programs.

“Our CANDEL leadership team is especially excited about this opportunity as it will help support our process of continuous improvement,” said Professor Kevin Gee, co-director of CANDEL. “We’ll be leveraging the CPED network as we contemplate new and innovative ideas for our curricular structure and advising model. Looking ahead, our fundamental mission remains the same: training the next generation of transformational educational leaders who seek to be agents of change and champions of equity in an ever-changing educational landscape. What CPED offers us is the chance to build on that mission.”

New CANDEL Student Award Established in Honor of Dr. Paul Heckman

CANDEL student laughs with a pen in hand in a classroom, and another student blurred in the foregroundWe are pleased to announce that the School of Education has received a $25,000 anonymous gift benefiting the future of education through the CANDEL program. Funds from the new “CANDEL Award Honoring Dr. Paul Heckman” will support students in the dissertation phase of their EdD program, providing assistance for expenses like tuition, fees and research costs.

This gift was inspired by the CANDEL program and Founding Co-Director of CANDEL Professor Paul Heckman’s commitment to preparing education leaders who value learning, promote equity and advocate for all students. “We are grateful to receive this support as a reflection of our excellent CANDEL faculty and program,” said Dean Lauren Lindstrom. “Philanthropic gifts like this new award allow us to continue providing the highest quality programs and to build upon the support we offer to our students. This gift will have an especially profound impact as our CANDEL program produces some of the nation’s top educational leaders.”

If you’re interested in supporting the CANDEL program and its students, visit the School of Education’s giving website to learn more about making a gift to the CANDEL program or to CANDEL student scholarships.


Portrait of Danny MartinezProfessor Danny C. Martinez has earned tenure to become an Associate Professor in the School of Education. Martinez is an outstanding scholar and teacher who researches African American and Latinx youth language and literacy practices. His work has been recognized through several national awards, and he has also contributed to the School by playing a leadership role for the Emerging Scholars Panel and faculty writing retreats, and serving on several faculty search committees. Learn more about him on his faculty profile page on our website.

Congratulations to the School of Education researchers recognized last month at the Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) Annual Conference!


City Nature Challenge Comes to Sacramento Region

Sunflowers in a field with blue skyStarting April 26, the Sacramento area will participate in the City Nature Challenge for the first time! The School of Education’s Center for Community and Citizen Science is helping to lead this effort, competing against more than 160 other international cities in this nature-observation competition. Get involved and learn more here.

MA Symposium

Student points to a section of her research poster while talkingCongratulations to our MA students, who presented their research at the School of Education MA symposium on March 9! We are excited to watch as these teachers make an impact in the lives of their current and future students. View photos from the research showcase on our website.

CANDEL Networking Event

Man talks expressively with his hands to two other people On March 16, CANDEL alumni, current students and faculty joined together to visit, network and hear from Dean Lauren Lindstrom about her vision for the School of Education. Thank you to all who came out for this well-attended event! View photos from the day on our website.


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