June 2022 Newsletter

Congratulations to our 2022 Graduates

Student in graduation regalia stands in front of Mondavi CenterWe were delighted to celebrate commencement in person with students and families on June 8 at the Mondavi Center for the Arts. “We’re proud of each and every one of you,” Dean Lauren Lindstrom said in her address to students, “and we’re grateful that you have joined us on our path to change the world through the promise of education.”

View an album of our commencement photos and a recording of the livestream of the event.

Jennifer Higgs Awarded 2022 NAEd Postdoc Fellowship

Jenni HiggsProf. Jennifer Higgs was named a 2022 National Academy of Education (NAEd)/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow and will join a prestigious 25-scholar fellow class. The award includes funding to pursue her research project “Computing Education for the People: Broadening Participation through Sociotechnical Awareness in Secondary English Language Arts and Civics Classrooms.”

Learn more about the award.

Teacher Education Leadership Updates

Alexis Patterson WilliamsProf. Alexis Patterson Williams has been appointed to serve as chair-elect for teacher education. She’ll begin her term as program chair in July 2023 and will work closely with program faculty and interim co-chairs until then.

Prof. Margarita Jimenez-Silva will complete her appointment as chair of teacher education effective June 30, 2022. Profs. Cindy Passmore and Cary Trexler will serve as interim co-chairs of teacher education for the 2022-23 academic year.

Heidi Ballard Keynote Speaker at International Citizen Science Conference

Heidi BallardOn April 25, 2022, Prof. Heidi Ballard gave the opening keynote address at the Engaging Citizen Science Conference at Aarhus University in Denmark, where she presented her talk “Engagement and Learning Through Community and Citizen Science: Why, How and the Evidence of Outcomes.”

In the address, Prof. Ballard positions the strengths in and opportunities of citizen science within the multiple pandemics of COVID-19, misinformation and social injustice.

Watch a video of Prof. Ballard’s talk online.

CAP-Ed Meet with Bavarian State Parliament

16 delegates and UC Davis representatives stand in a groupThe Center for Applied Policy in Education (CAP-Ed) hosted a delegation of members of Bavarian State Parliament from Germany last month. They met to discuss CAP-Ed’s Superintendents Collaborative Network and education reform in California, and to lay the groundwork for potential future partnerships and research. Chancellor Gary May also joined the discussion.

Learn more about the Superintendents Network.

University of Johannesburg Visitors

Maximus Sefotho, Lauren Lindstrom and Anthony Brown stand in front of a UC Davis buildingProf. Maximus Sefotho and Prof. Anthony Brown of the University of Johannesburg visited Dean Lauren Lindstrom and the School of Education last month. During their visit, they met with colleagues in the School of Education, Global Affairs and the MIND Institute in preparation for opening their new research center and lab school for children with neurodevelopmental learning needs.

A video of Prof. Sefotho’s talk on African philosophy in education research is available to watch online.

Faculty News

Orlando Carreón Receives Two Awards

Orlando CarreónDr. Orlando Carreón has received a Chancellor’s Award for Diversity and Community. He was recognized in particular for his social justice and decolonial framework for teacher education.

Learn more about the award and other awardees.

Dr. Carreón was also awarded the Education Graduate Student Association (EdGSA) Award at our 2022 commencement ceremony.

Kevin Gee Recognized by APASA

Kevin GeeProf. Kevin Gee received the 2022 Outstanding Faculty Award from the UC Davis chapter of the Asian Pacific American Systemwide Alliance (APASA).

Each year, APASA pays recognition to staff and faculty members for their contributions to their communities on campus.

Along with serving as a member of faculty at the School, Prof. Gee is a research affiliate at the Center for Poverty & Inequality Research.


COVID-19’s Impact on Education Webinar Available

Powerpoint slide with "How has COVID-19 changed K-12 education?" How has COVID-19 changed K-12 education? School of Education experts Prof. Margarita Jimenez-Silva, Dean Lauren Lindstrom and Director of Research and Partnerships/ Executive Director of REEd Carlas McCauley met for an hour-long virtual discussion last month to share insights and research on new developments in educational policy and teacher education, among other topics.

Watch the webinar recording online now.

CANDEL Alum Presents on Retention of Black Students

Ebony LewisOn June 1, 2022, Ebony Lewis, EdD ’21, presented “Why Black Students Say No to UC Davis,” for the UC Davis Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, sharing key findings and recommendations from her 2021 study that explored why African American first year students admitted to the University of California Davis declined their offer of admission. Dr. Lewis is the UC Davis Director of DEI Special Projects.

Watch the presentation.

Graduate Group in Education Monday Seminar Series

Darnel DegandOur Spring 2022 Graduate Group in Education research seminar series came to a close last month. Recent seminars available to watch online include:

Show Off with School of Education Gear

School of Education branded hat, mugs and sweatshirtLooking for a way to show off your School of Education pride? You’ll find shirts of all styles, as well as mugs, hats and more with the School of Education logo at the online UC Davis Store. Proceeds from all store sales benefit UC Davis Athletics.


Prof. Steven Athanases and PhD candidates Sergio L. Sanchez, Julia G. Houk and Ofir Cahalan co-authored “Drama Integration Across Subjects, Grades, and Learners: Insights from New Teachers as Inquiring Reflective Practitioners,” published in Arts Education Policy Review.

PhD students María Belen Buttiler and Ciara Thomas Murphy and Prof. Yuuko Uchikoshi co-authored the conference paper “Cognitive and Linguistic Factors in Reading Comprehension: Monolingual and Bilingual Children,” presented at AERA 2022.

Prof. Kevin Gee co-authored “109 Flavored Tobacco Sales Restrictions and E-cigarette Use Among High School Students in California,” published in the Journal of Clinical and Translational Science.

Prof. Danny C. Martinez co-authored the article “Learning in Dialogue with Latinx Children of Immigrants: Reflections on the Co-emergence of Collaborative Linguistic Inquiry and Critical Pedagogical Praxis” in SAGE Journals.

Prof. Heather Rose authored the article “School District Revenue and Student Poverty in California: A Decade through the Great Recession and School Finance Reform,” published in the Journal of Education Finance.

Prof. Alexis Patterson Williams co-authored “Utilizing Theory to Elucidate the Work of Creating Equity for Transformation Within the Science Classroom” in the journal Science Education.

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