November 2019 Newsletter

CAP-Ed Principals’ Support Network Awarded New Stuart Foundation Grant

Young girl wearing red sweater holds a pencil while concentrating on worksheet in classroomThe California Principals’ Support Network (CAPS Network), a program designed and administered by the School of Education’s Center for Applied Policy in Education (CAP-Ed), will receive a $600,000 grant from the Stuart Foundation to expand its current work and evaluate its statewide impact. The CAPS Network is designed to support K-12 principals in their leadership roles through an annual series of facilitated professional learning sessions with a cohort of peers. CAPS Network principals examine and develop practices that improve school culture, enhance teacher collaborative practices and create schoolwide supports for student learning. Now in its third year, the program serves five regional cohorts of 139 school principals and 284 school teachers in 67 school districts throughout California.

“The role of principal is widely acknowledged as being absolutely essential to improving schools,” said Christina Murdoch, CAP-Ed Executive Director, “and yet there are few research-based leadership development opportunities available to principals interested in developing practices that impact student outcomes and academic success. The CAPS Network is a program that answers this unmet need and helps principals build the collaborative capacity of their teams. We’re excited to expand this network and grateful to the Stuart Foundation for supporting our rapidly growing program.” Learn more about the CAPS Network on our website.

Faculty Members Join Inaugural Cohort of CAMPSSAH Scholars

Darnel Degand holds award with campus leaders (Photo Credit: José Luis Villegas)Faheemah N. Mustafaa holds award with campus leaders (Photo Credit: José Luis Villegas)

Photo Credit: José Luis Villegas

School of Education Prof. Darnel Degand and Prof. Faheemah N. Mustafaa were inducted last month as part of the inaugural cohort of Center for the Advancement of Multicultural Perspectives on Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities (CAMPSSAH) Scholars. The newly established CAMPSSAH builds on the Center for the Advancement of Multicultural Perspectives on Science (CAMPOS) mission to encompass the multicultural perspectives of academic faculty in the social sciences, arts and humanities as well as STEM. Both Centers focus on expanding the presence of women and underrepresented faculty in those disciplines.

Degand and Mustafaa join a group of eight outstanding scholars from across UC Davis whose work provides unique multicultural perspectives in social sciences, humanities and the arts. Both were honored late last month at a special reception that included UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May, Provost Ralph J. Hexter and other campus leaders. Learn more about CAMPSSAH on the Center’s website.

Center for Shakespeare in Diverse Classrooms Brings Globe Education Learning Consultant to Campus and Community

Conor Short holds a puppet while sitting on the floor of a classroomThe School of Education’s Center for Shakespeare in Diverse Classrooms (CSDC) works to empower language arts and social studies teachers with innovative, equitable K-12 classroom practices for the study of Shakespeare and other complex texts. Through CSDC’s partnership with Shakespeare’s Globe in London, the center recently brought Globe Education Learning Consultant Conor Short to UC Davis to provide professional development to local teachers. Over two weeks, Short presented in Twin Rivers Unified School District transitional kindergarten classes, held sessions on the UC Davis campus for our teaching credential students, and led school and district workshops for both students and teachers. Check out photos from his visit and learn more about CSDC on our website.

Alumna Diane Dekker Clausen Supports Students with New Scholarship

Diane Dekker ClausenDiane Dekker Clausen (’70, Cred. ’71) has generously established an endowed scholarship fund of $50,000 to benefit students in the School of Education’s teaching credential/master’s degree program. A former UC Davis development officer, Dekker Clausen has been dedicated to her alma mater throughout her career in teaching, administration and fundraising. She was inspired to make this gift as a response to the slowing number of people going into the field of teaching, and she hopes to encourage future students to serve as life-changing teachers in California’s K-12 schools. For more information about how you can support student scholarships, visit our donation page or contact Quentin Graeber at qgraeber@ucdavis.edu.

Alumnus Eric Dyer Wins National Teaching Award

Eric Dyer speaks with two other people inside a greenhouse (Photo credit Sarah Dowling – Daily Democrat)Alumnus Eric Dyer (’84, Cred. ’89), a longtime agriculture teacher at Woodland High School and a resident (mentor) teacher in our Teacher Education program, recently won second place in the national 2019 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence. Have your own alumni news to share with us? Email us at ed-alumni@ucdavis.edu!


Dean’s Leadership Circle Luncheon Celebrates Philanthropic Supporters

Dean Lauren Lindstrom presents at a podiumAlumni and friends of the School of Education joined Dean Lauren Lindstrom on campus last month for the Dean’s Leadership Circle Luncheon. This annual event celebrates those who have significantly supported student scholarships, faculty research, community outreach and other programs that make a difference in the lives of researchers, teachers and students. Members of the Dean’s Leadership Circle have an extraordinary collective impact on education at the local, regional and national levels. We thank them for their philanthropic leadership that continues to advance excellence at the School of Education!

POSTPONED: New Expanding Equity in Education Research Speaker Series Welcomes H. Samy Alim

Our November 12 event with H. Samy Alim has been postponed to a future date due to illness.

H. Samy AlimThe School of Education’s new Expanding Equity in Education Research Speaker Series brings multidisciplinary experts to UC Davis to explore how faculty and students can use their research to shift practices and create more equitable outcomes across the educational field. Join us for the inaugural Speaker Series event on Tuesday, November 12, at 5:30 pm, at the Manetti Shrem Museum, UC Davis. H. Samy Alim, the David O. Sears Presidential Endowed Chair in the Social Sciences and Professor of Anthropology at UCLA, will present his talk, “I Hope I’m Not Bothering You: Disrupting White Cultural and Linguistic Hegemony in the U.S. and South Africa.” This event is free and open to the public. Find out more and RSVP on our website.

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