October 2018 Newsletter

Dean Lauren Lindstrom to Serve as Fulbright Specialist

Dean Lauren Lindstrom has been selected to serve as a Fulbright Specialist in the area of education, an appointment she will hold for three years. Lindstrom’s areas of research include career development, autism and developmental disabilities, employment and education for youth with disabilities. She has been recognized nationally and internationally for her work promoting employment and access for individuals with disabilities and in 2013 received the “Employment for All” award from the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities.

The Fulbright Specialist Program was established in 2001 and sends U.S. faculty and professionals to serve as expert consultants on curriculum, faculty development, institutional planning and related subjects at academic institutions abroad for a period of 2 to 6 weeks, which allows them to continue their work in their academic positions. Fulbright Specialists are selected through a highly competitive process, and are a diverse group of highly experienced, well-established faculty members and professionals who represent a wide variety of academic disciplines and professions. They join the Fulbright Specialist roster for three years and may work on multiple projects during that time. Learn more about Dean Lindstrom’s appointment on our website

Alexis Patterson Honored with Outstanding Dissertation Award

Congratulations to Professor Alexis Patterson for being recognized with the Elizabeth Cohen Award for Outstanding Thesis/Dissertation from the International Association for the Study of Cooperation in Education!

The IASCE is the only international nonprofit organization for educators who research and practice cooperative learning in order to promote student academic improvement and democratic social processes. Patterson has been awarded this honor for her work Emotional Intelligence in Science: Pathway to Improving Equitable Groupwork and Enhancing Engagement in Scientific Practices.

Cati de los Ríos Earns Alan C. Purves Award

Professor Cati de los Ríos has been awarded the 2018 Alan C. Purves Award from the National Council of Teachers of English. The Purves Award recognizes an article judged as most likely to have the greatest impact on educational practice. de los Ríos and her co-author Kate Seltzer of The Graduate Center, CUNY earned the award for their August 2017 Research in the Teaching of English article “Translanguaging, Coloniality, and English Classrooms: An Exploration of Two Bicoastal Urban Classrooms”.

“As a public school teacher, I regularly searched online for resources on ethnic studies, bi/multilingualism, and reading and writing pedagogy,” said de los Ríos, “so this award is beyond thrilling as it is awarded to an article that is deemed to have the greatest impact on classrooms and instructional practice. I feel indebted to the two teachers discussed in the paper and their brilliant students for allowing us to bring their powerful experiences with literacy to the fore.”

de los Ríos was also recently awarded the 2018 NCTE Promising Researcher Award. Read more about her award on our website. Congratulations, Dr. de los Ríos!

School of Education Alumni Join Teacher Education Faculty

We are excited to welcome back three School of Education alumni as new full-time Lecturer/Supervisors in the Teacher Education program for the 2018-19 academic year!

Leslie Banes (PhD ‘17) joins the multiple subject credential program as a lecturer/supervisor and bilingual coordinator. Banes’s scholarship focuses on math education and bilingual learners, and she is a former elementary and middle school teacher in California and Spain. Her research explores the relationship between language and mathematics learning, including math class discussion, understanding word problems and writing mathematical explanations in two languages.


Megan McKenzie Bettis (Cred. ‘08, MA ‘09) returns to the School of Education as a lecturer/supervisor in the single subject science credential program. Bettis brings recent junior high school science teaching experience to our program in addition to co-directing the School of Education’s Young Scholars Program. She recently worked as an early implementer of Dr. Cindy Passmore’s MBER curriculum.


Orlando Carreón (PhD ‘18) is now a lecturer/supervisor in the multiple subject credential program. His research interests include teaching and researching within a social justice framework. He brings extensive experience as a former middle school teacher, a UC Davis Teacher Education fellow and a Culturally Responsive educational consultant.


PhD Student Adam Musser Elected to National Committee

Congratulations to School of Education PhD student Adam Musser on being elected an American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division G Student Representative. The Division G Graduate Student Executive Committee focuses on the needs of graduate students across the country and around the world. We are excited to see Musser advocate for his peers in this new role!




10/25: Critical Dialogue on Educational Justice with Mark Warren

Join us Thursday, October 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at UC Davis’s King Hall, Room 1301, for a Critical Dialogue on Educational Justice. This School of Education co-sponsored event will feature Mark R. Warren discussing his new book Lift Us Up, Don’t Push Us Out!: Voices from the Front Lines of the Educational Justice Movement. Dr. Warren is a professor of public policy and public affairs in the McCormack Graduate School at the University of Massachusetts Boston. 

11/8: Transformative Justice in Education Lecture with Dr. Richard Milner, IV 

The School of Education’s Transformative Justice in Education Center welcomes Dr. H. Richard Milner, IV to campus on November 8. Milner is the Cornelius Vanderbilt Endowed Chair of Education and Professor of Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. Centering issues of justice and equity, Milner will discuss the challenges we face in education and share five imperatives necessary to more successfully meet the complex needs of students. The lecture will take place at the UC Davis Student Community Center Multi-purpose Room, starting at 5 p.m. Please register to attend

11/13: Caffeine with the Dean 

Save the date! Caffeine with the Dean is returning next month. Dean Lauren Lindstrom invites all faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the School of Education to join her for coffee and conversation on Tuesday, November 13. More details about the event will be emailed out in a few weeks. Please direct any questions to Cyn Sengnalivong at cinseng@ucdavis.edu.



New Video Asks Alumni Why They Love Teaching 

Why have our faculty, alumni and students decided to become teachers? “If you want to have an impact on the world,” says Lecturer/Supervisor Rebecca Rosa, “then you go into teaching, because there are hard days but the rewards are just unmeasurable.” In our new video, hear from UC Davis School of Education alumni—veteran teachers, like Superintendent of Robla Elementary School District Ruben Reyes pictured above, and more recent graduates—about what makes the field so special and why they love teaching.

Fall Welcome 2018 

School of Education faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends and family recently came together to kick off the 2018-19 academic year with food and fun. Check out photos from the celebration. 

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