July 2016 Newsletter


School of Education Celebrates Accomplishments

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. 

At a celebration of Dean Levine’s achievements shortly before his retirement, Acting Chancellor Ralph Hexter observed that “Harold deserves our admiration and thanks for many reasons, but one of them is this: at a time when the field of education has faced truly formidable challenges—and not a few of them hostile and deceptive—he has loyally fought the good fight. He has remained firm in his belief in the profession’s great value and noble goals, and he has worked hard to support and advance it. The next dean will have a superb foundation on which to build further, and in doing so will be standing squarely on Harold’s shoulders.” Read more…


Scholarship Will Support Teaching Credential Students Focused on STEM Subjects

Longstanding School of Education supporters Sandi Redenbach (’72, Cred. ’73) and Ken Gelatt (’67, Cred. ’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 gift was matched by donors Tom and Nancy Patten, who also will match additional gifts to the scholarship up to an additional $10,000. Show your appreciation for Founding Dean Levine with a donation today! Learn more about this scholarship and how to contribute to it here.


Each spring, the School of Education gathers six heroic educators and advocates at our Honoring Educators ceremony to thank them for their outstanding service. Each honoree has a special story and is a powerful force for change in the field of education and beyond. Learn more about this year’s honorees here.

School of Education Lecturer and Supervisor Lynn Martindale has been selected as the 2016 State Teacher of the Year by the California Agricultural Teachers’ Association! This is the highest award that CATA can bestow on its members, and is a tribute to Lynn’s across-the-board excellence in teaching, her work within the School of Education Teacher Education program, and her multidisciplinary education efforts across the university. 


Solari Receives RAD Center Funding

School of Education Associate Professor Emily Solari, Director of the Reading and Academic Development (RAD) Center, has received a $25,000 grant from the UC Davis Committee on Research. The Committee described the groundbreaking research and services being conducted at the Center as “highly meritorious.” These competitive grants are intended to serve as seed funds that will lead to additional funding as well as to support new collaborative research across the UC Davis campus. Learn more about the RAD Center here.

REEd Receives Funding, Issues State of the Center Report 

REEd has been contracted by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to evaluate the department’s Career Technical Education (CTE) programs. These programs serve nearly 9,000 inmates at 35 sites, and are designed to align with career pathways and to provide training and skills that will increase inmates’ employability and access to living-wage jobs upon their release. Learn more about REEd’s work in their new State of the Center Report here.

CAP-Ed Receives Stuart Foundation Grant

The School of Education’s Center for Applied Policy (CAP-Ed) has received a grant from the Stuart Foundation to establish the California Superintendent Collaborative Network. The network, an extension of eight years of work with the Superintendents’ Executive Leadership Forum (SELF), will bring together an annual cohort of 20-25 school district superintendents who have participated in the SELF program for a series of facilitated sessions over the course of two years. Learn more about SELF here.


Spring was a time of celebration at the School of Education! Look for photos of yourself, family and friends from our Honoring Educators ceremony, Commencement Celebration, and Dean Levine’s Retirement Party.

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