January 2017 Newsletter


In the Fall 2016 issue of Catalyst magazine, we take an in-depth look at how educators can nurture English learners’ emerging bilingualism, particularly in the wake of the passage of Proposition 58 in California. We also talk with Paul D. Hastings, the School of Education’s Interim Dean; examine a teacher-driven approach to bringing wonder to math and science learning; and visit with an alumni couple who live in a 180-square-foot house. Download the magazine and read bonus content.


Calling All Alumni: Mock Interviewers Needed for Teaching Students

Each year, alumni and other experienced educators conduct mock interviews for our teaching students to help prepare them for their teacher hiring interviews. We receive wonderful feedback from our students about how helpful these mock interviews are—you may even have benefitted from one yourself. If you’d like to serve on our Saturday, February 11 mock panel this year, please contact Angela Reynolds to sign up for a half-day or whole-day time block. Lunch is included. Our students thank you!


Professor Solari named Chancellor’s Fellow

Professor Emily Solari has been selected to be 2016-17 Chancellor’s Fellow, a title she will hold for five years. Initiated in 2000, the Chancellor’s Fellow designation is one of the most prestigious faculty honors awarded at UC Davis. It recognizes rising stars for their teaching and campus citizenship, and acknowledges that their scholarly work already puts them at the top of their fields. The program is funded entirely by private donations to the UC Davis Annual Fund and the Davis Chancellor’s Club.


EdD Student Named Assistant Superintendent in Mt. Diablo Unified School District

Jose Espinoza, a current EdD student in the CANDEL program, has been named Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Schools in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Espinoza will supervise 28 elementary schools. He was most recently the district’s Director of English Learner Services, leading the development and implementation of programs to ensure English learners’ success in school and promote biliteracy and bilingualism.


Wheelhouse Receives Major Funding 

One of the School of Education’s newest centers, Wheelhouse: The Center for Community College Leadership and Research, recently received three major grants. A $500,000 award from the Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative through the California Community College Chancellor’s Office will support the Wheelhouse Institutes, and a $200,000 grant from the James Irvine Foundation and a $100,000 grant from the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund will support the Institutes as well as research.

Award from UC Office of the President Establishes Science-based Innovation in Learning Center 

UC Davis is one of six UC campuses that received a Multi-Year Award from the UC Office of the President. The School of Education’s Professor Jamal Abedi is one of the co-principal investigators for the project, which will establish a Science-based Innovation in Learning Center to address methods for reducing education-related risks for poor health outcomes in English learner students.

Planning Grant for REEd Will Support Dual Language Learners

Resourcing Excellence in Education (REEd) is pleased to announce that it has received a $75,000 award from the Heising-Simons Foundation. The purpose of this planning grant is to convene key stakeholders to develop a plan for implementing the Resourcing Professional Learning Systems (RPLS) capacity-building model for early educators of young dual-language learners.

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