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Alicia Rusoja Joins School of Education Faculty

Dr. Alicia Rusoja joined the School of Education faculty as an assistant professor in July 2022. She studies the literacy, teaching and learning practices of Latinx immigrants organizing for their own and others’ human rights. Among other research projects, Rusoja is in the second year of a five-year study on the impact of COVID-19 on the educational, literacy and organizing practices of Latinx immigrants in South Philadelphia.


Yianella Blanco Joins School of Education Faculty

Dr. Yianella Blanco joined the faculty of the School of Education as an assistant professor in July 2022 in the language, literacy and culture emphasis area. Blanco earned her bachelor’s degree in History at University of Massachusetts–Amherst and her two master’s degrees at Long Island University–Brooklyn and Teachers College, Columbia University, before returning to Columbia for her PhD in social studies education.

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Education Leader and Alumna Launches Teacher Education Fund

The fund will support investments in the School’s K-12 teacher education programing

In her 44-year career in K-12 and university education, Marsha Gurney-Speck, Ed.D. (Cred., ’69) has always believed that education is a key to success and citizenship. 

Passionate about learning and quality education, she served as a teacher, assistant principal, and high school principal. As an assistant superintendent of schools and later professor of educational leadership at San Jose State, she valued teacher development, as well as leadership reviewing and assessing programs to ensure they were serving each child.

Upward Bound Sacramento-Solano students meet on the UC Davis campus during their summer residence program.

UC Davis Upward Bound Awarded Five Grants

Program is administered by the School’s REEd Center

The School of Education’s REEd Center has received five federal Upward Bound grants totaling more than $8.7 million to continue serving 348 high school students in Sacramento, Solano, Shasta and Siskiyou counties over the next five years.

“The students in our Upward Bound programs have so much promise and untapped potential, but their opportunities might have been limited by their socioeconomic status,” said Car Mun Kok, PhD, Director of College Opportunity Programs for the UC Davis School of Education.

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School of Education Ranks 32nd in Nation

U.S. News & World Report ranks the School in top 12%

The UC Davis School of Education is ranked 32nd in the nation for 2023 out of 274 education schools, according to rankings released by U.S. News & World Report.

This year’s ranking is up five from last year’s placement, and puts the School of Education into the top 12% of all schools and among the top 22 public schools of education in the country.


EDU 100 Students Team with Students in Mexico for Expanded Learning Experience

Portrait of Sophia MattinglyIn one of the most popular classes on campus, undergraduates spend most of their time learning and thinking about learning. EDU 100 is the foundational class for the education minor, the largest minor at UC Davis. In it, students explore access and the experiences of learners, and many go on to careers in education and education policy. 

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Danny C. Martinez Named Chancellor’s Fellow

Associate professor and noted scholar of Black and Latinx language and literacy practices Danny C. Martinez joined a select cohort of faculty as a 2021-22 Chancellor’s Fellow.

The Chancellor’s Fellow program awards $25,000 in funding to outstanding faculty who are helping to solve complex and pressing problems.


Educational Talent Search Receives $4.8 Million in New Grants

The School of Education’s REEd Center has received five federal Educational Talent Search (ETS) grants totaling $4.8 million over the next five years to support the continued and expanded work of ETS programs in Sacramento, Solano, Yolo and Shasta counties. The programs collectively serve 2,700 students in grades 6–12 who have academic potential, want to continue their education beyond high school, and need extra support and information to reach their goals.

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Dedication of the PowerSchool and Microsoft Digital Learning Lab

On October 6, 2021, the School of Education hosted Chancellor Gary S. May, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Mary Croughan, Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations Shaun Keister, our Board of Advisors and guests from PowerSchool at a reception to dedicate the new PowerSchool and Microsoft Digital Learning Lab.

Gary May (left), Alice Waters (middle left), Lauren Lindstrom (middle right), and  Ralph Hexter (right) discussing the new Alice Waters Institute for Edible Education at UC Davis

UC Davis and the School of Education Announce Collaboration With Chef and Food Advocate Alice Waters in Aggie Square

On Jan. 16, UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter, and School of Education Dean Lauren Lindstrom joined chef and food advocate Alice Waters and Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg to announce an exciting new collaboration for Aggie Square: the Alice Waters Institute for Edible Education at UC Davis.

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Megan Welsh Becomes Sixth Chancellor’s Fellow from School of Education

School of Education Associate Professor Megan Welsh has been named a 2019­–2020 UC Davis Chancellor’s Fellow, a title she will hold for the next five years. The Chancellor’s Fellows Program recognizes associate professors or recently promoted full professors who produce groundbreaking scholarly work and serve the university as dedicated teachers and campus citizens. It is one of the most prestigious honors conferred on faculty members at UC Davis.

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PhD Candidate Vanessa Segundo Awarded Prestigious Ford Dissertation Fellowship

PhD candidate Vanessa Segundo has been awarded a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship for the upcoming academic year. One of 38 recipients nationwide, Segundo is the fourth student in UC Davis history and the first student in the School of Education’s history to be honored with this fellowship. Prof. Danny Martinez and Prof. Cati de los Ríos are also former Ford Foundation Fellows.

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