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2014: Depth of research grows, training comes to forefront

The School of Education makes significant strides as it expands the breadth and depth of its research endeavors, featuring such topics as the connection between video gaming and health and the need for formative assessment in mathematics instruction. The School also continues to bring special knowledge and training to the forefront for educators and others in the region via special events on – for example – children’s literature, common core instruction, and Shakespeare.

Milestones & Achievements

  • U.S. News & World Report ranks the School of Education in the top 50 of U.S. schools and colleges of education, noteworthy recognition given the relatively young age of the School. The School ranks in the top 12 percent in research expenditures per faculty member of ranked schools of education nationally.
  • After months of documentation and a formal site visit to the School of Education in April, the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing’s (CTC) Committee on Accreditation gives a unanimous recommendation of accreditation for the School’s Teaching Credential program.
  • The Center for Collaborative Research and Extensions Services for Schools, or Cress Center – established at UC Davis 25 years ago to put educational research into practice and to improve K-12 teaching and learning – adopts a new organizational structure and name: REEd (Resourcing Excellence in Education).
  • In June, the School of Education is awarded $5.8 million from the California Department of Education to lead a statewide initiative to provide California K-12 teachers with resources and training that will help them teach their students more effectively.
  • JaNay Brown-Wood (PhD) publishes her first children’s picture book, “Imani’s Moon,” in October. The book is selected as the National Association of Elementary School Principals’ Children’s Book of the Year.
  • In March, more than 50 student researchers from Hanoi Agriculture University (HUA) and Nong Lam University in Vietnam present the results of research they conducted as part of a six-month program led by Cary Trexler, associate professor of agriculture education.
  • Forty of the School’s faculty, students, and researchers present their latest research at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in Philadelphia in April.
  • The concussion management program, led by Nancy Chinn (EdD ‘10) at Santa Rosa Junior College, is named as the 2014 Grand Silver winner of the NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) Excellence Awards.
  • PhD student Anne Stephens is appointed for a three-year term to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Environmental Education Advisory Council (NEEAC).
  • As the campus wraps up its first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign, the School of Education celebrates surpassing its ambitious goal of $16 million. As of March 31, 2014, the School has raised $18,020,541, more than $2 million over its goal for The Campaign for UC Davis.
  • In November, UC Davis School of Education PhD students Leslie Banes and Michael Hill lead a two-week professional development seminar in China for fourth through ninth grade teachers of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

“The California AfterSchool Network has worked tirelessly to increase quality in expanded learning programs. This designation is a source of pride for the work that we and countless others have done to offer quality expanded learning programs to the youth who need it most in California.”
     - Jeff Davis, acting director of the California Afterschool Network, housed in the School of Education, after California is ranked No. 1 in the nation for its afterschool programs.

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