August 2016 Newsletter


The School of Education welcomes Professor Paul D. Hastings, who has been appointed to serve as Interim Dean of the School of Education after the retirement of Founding Dean Harold Levine. “The School of Education is a top-notch academic and professional institution that deserves and needs a world-class dean,” said Hastings. “My goal is to help the School leverage its resources so that it will be in the best possible position to recruit an outstanding candidate. I’m really very humbled to follow Dean Levine, the Founding Dean, in this position. His mark on the university is indelible. He’s left big shoes to fill and I hope that I can help the School find a new dean who can live up to his legacy.” Read more…


In our recent issue of Catalyst magazine, we take an in-depth look at the research behind the unique reading intervention offered by the Reading and Academic Development (RAD) Center. We also visit with a credential student who found inspiration to be a teacher through his collegiate boxing career, explore a program that connects School of Education faculty with teachers around the globe, and talk with California’s only African-American Ag Ed instructor. Download the magazine and read bonus content here.


Maisha T. Winn and Lawrence (Torry) Winn

This summer the School of Education welcomed Maisha T. Winn, PhDand Lawrence (Torry) Winn, JD to the School of Education. Maisha T. Winn has been appointed as a Professor, and the UC Davis Chancellor and Provost additionally have extended her the new honorary designation of “Chancellor’s Leadership Professor.” Torry Winn will serve as an Academic Administrator. The Winns, who are married, will jointly develop a center for restorative justice to be located within the School of Education. Read more…

Nicole Sparapani

Nicole Sparapani, PhD joined the School of Education faculty this summer as an Assistant Professor in Early Childhood Education. Sparapani, who earned her doctorate in Communication Science and Disorders at Florida State University, is a certified speech-language pathologist. She completed her postdoctoral studies on individualizing student instruction at Arizona State University and the Institute for the Science of Teaching and Learning. Read more…


UC Davis School of Education Fall Welcome
September 20, 2016 • 5-7 pm

Join us for food and fun as we kick off the academic year and welcome our new students. All alumni, students, faculty, staff and family members are welcome to this free event. The event includes a casual dinner, lawn games for the kids, and a raffle. Register here.


Each year, teacher education faculty and staff welcome our incoming credential students at day-long orientations that include a BBQ and ice-breaker activities. We admitted a record number of aspiring teachers this year—over 80 multiple-subject students and over 90 single-subject students. We’re looking forward to an exciting year with all of them!

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