The School of Education continues to increase scholarship support to our students, offering more this year than in any other. The School also pursues such contemporary topics as the efficacy of online learning in higher education, and gaming and its connection to health and nutrition.
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.
The School of Education celebrates its 10th anniversary by noting its myriad achievements while keeping an eye on the future. The School takes numerous steps to expand its scholarship offerings for students with the creation of new funds and programs. Meanwhile, the School starts reaching out to educators worldwide, from Madrid to South Korea to Vietnam.
In addition to growing graduate programs and adding new outreach programs aimed at teachers and youth, the School of Education’s faculty continue to teach more and more undergraduates. The excellence of faculty undergraduate teaching and the confidence that government, foundations and corporations have in the quality of faculty research and instruction is reflected in the awards and grants faculty receive.
As the School of Education grows, so too does its reputation, particularly among alumni, foundations, and others interested in supporting and partnering with the School. The School achieves what appears to be a monumental goal: reaching the halfway mark in its ultimate goal to raise $16 million toward the $1 billion campus goal for The Campaign for UC Davis.
The School of Education continues to grow, introduce new programs and events, and, most notably, take big leaps into enterprises few schools of education are willing to try. Case in point: the School launches a new center that will seek to create partnerships and leverage the talent and expertise of the university to create new, cutting-edge programs, services and products for the K-12 marketplace.
After seven years, the School of Education moves into its permanent home at the corner of First and A Streets, the City of Davis entrance to campus. Before the dust settles, the School launches several new programs aimed at strengthening teachers’ understanding of academic literacy, empowering youth to find their voice, and encouraging alumni to become more engaged with the School.
In the midst of the campus’ centennial anniversary, the School of Education’s Center for Cooperative Research and Extension Services (CRESS) marks its 20th anniversary. Offering the most respected teacher professional development; innovative and effective outreach to schools and organizations serving youth; and evaluation services to government, schools and university researchers, CRESS deeply reflects the School’s commitment to doing work that really matters in and out of schools to enhance the education of all learners.
Eager to raise the profile of teachers and strengthen the training they receive, Dolly and David Fiddyment of Roseville, Calif., establish the School of Education’s first endowed chair with a $1 million gift. The chair is one of only a handful of academic chairs in the country focused on teacher education.
From the founding of an innovative preschool to a three-fold increase in students and faculty, the School of Education is on the move at the five-year mark. Partnership, collaboration and philanthropic support are the keys to the School’s rapid growth and realization of its overriding purpose to make a difference in ways that will benefit real kids in real classrooms every day.
Making good on the dean’s vision to lead the state in research and outreach in education policy and leadership, the School of Education establishes a new doctoral program in educational leadership and becomes the home of the statewide network for afterschool programs. In addition, the School sees enrollment in all academic programs grow and celebrates the recognition many of its alumni and faculty receive for excellence in their fields.
Just two years after its founding, the School of Education is making steady progress toward building its leadership and funding capacity to grow and serve the region’s education community. With the establishment of a Board of Advisors, the School gains key support and guidance from a group of regional leaders in education, business and government. A major grant from the National Science Foundation enables the School to strengthen its commitment to providing the very best professional development for teachers and serving as the professional home for teachers statewide.
Founding Dean Harold Levine lays out his vision for the School: to serve as a model for a different kind of school of education, one whose work makes a concrete, identifiable and relevant difference for educators, policymakers, students and communities.
Building on the strength of the University’s land-grant mission and taking inspiration from our roots as a pioneering ‚”agriculture school,” the School of Education leads UC Davis into its second century eager to stake our claim as an engine for change in education.