Having an elementary teacher who looks like you can make a big impact. According to new research conducted by School of Education Associate Professor Cassandra Hart, we can now measure that impact more precisely.
Over the past decade, California’s PreK-12 education system has seen a variety of reforms— new academic standards and assessments, the Local Control Funding Formula, advancements in data systems—yet despite these changes, a new research project reports that California lags behind other states when it comes to important educational metrics. California’s students still face some of the largest achievement gaps in the nation, schools continue to see a lack of adequate funding and many young Californians miss out on high-quality early childhood education.
Dr. Lauren Lindstrom, Dean of the School of Education at UC Davis, has been selected to serve as a Fulbright Specialist in the area of education, an appointment she will hold for three years. She is the second faculty member at the School of Education to serve as a Fulbright Specialist. Dr. Nadeen Ruiz, Lecturer/Supervisor in our Multiple Subject Credential Program, is on the roster for 2014-2019.
In Sacramento County, African American children are dying at twice the rate of their peers. Over the past three years, a community-based campaign has been working to reduce these tragic deaths, and now a team of three UC Davis researchers are joining the effort.
Emily Solari, associate professor of education, has been selected as a 2016-17 Chancellor’s Fellow, a title she will hold for five years. The Chancellor’s Fellows Program recognizes “the rising stars who shine as teachers and campus citizens, and whose scholarly work already puts them at the top of their fields — garnering attention far and wide.” It is one of the highest and most prestigious honors given at UC Davis.
This summer the School of Education welcomed Maisha T. Winn, PhD and Lawrence (Torry) Winn, JD to the School of Education. Maisha T. Winn has been appointed as a Professor, and the UC Davis Chancellor and Provost additionally have extended her the new honorary designation of “Chancellor’s Leadership Professor.” Torry Winn will serve as an Academic Administrator. The Winns, who are married, will jointly develop a center for restorative justice to be located within the School of Education.
Nicole Sparapani, PhD joined the School of Education faculty this summer as an Assistant Professor in Early Childhood Education. Sparapani, who earned her doctorate in Communication Science and Disorders at Florida State University, is a certified speech-language pathologist. She completed her postdoctoral studies on individualizing student instruction at Arizona State University and the Institute for the Science of Teaching and Learning.
Founding School of Education Dean Harold Levine retired on June 30, 2016. He came to UC Davis from UCLA in 2001, and since then has been a tireless advocate for the School’s vision to eliminate educational inequities and advance a quality education for all.
Clare Wiley made a lasting impression on the students, staff and faculty of River City High School in the eight years she taught there as a science teacher. Clare’s passion for biology led her to transform her biology curriculum to be more interactive and student-centered. She also served as a mentor to students who were competing in science and technology competitions, started a biotechnology elective, and founded the PLTW Biomedical Sciences program, which now serves over 350 students per year.
At the UC Davis School of Education’s annual Honoring Educators Awards Ceremony, we proudly recognize the accomplishments and contributions of our alumni in education.
We invite nominations in two categories: 1) Distinguished Alumni Award and 2) Rising Star Alumni Award to recognize those within ten years of receiving their credential or degree (whichever is later). Make your nomination today! The nomination process closes on March 15, 2016.
UC Davis Multiple Subject Teachers recently combined recreation with problem-solving at a special event at Saint Mary’s Church in Vacaville. More than 100 members of the Spanish-speaking community attended, had fun and worked together during this Mathemática Para La Familia (Family Math) celebration.
Eight states now screen their students for obesity and inform parents if their children have a high body mass index. But does screening students for obesity actually improve obesity rates? UC Davis Assistant Professor Kevin Gee’s new research indicates it may not.
A $3.5 million grant to Emily Solari, assistant professor of education, will bring reading instruction to 100 first-grade classrooms in Sacramento, Yolo and other counties in the region as well as in Houston, Texas, by next fall.
Steven Athanases, professor of education, has received a 2015 UC Davis Diversity and Principles of Community Faculty Citation Award in special recognition of career achievement and distinguished leadership and vision in advancing the equal opportunity and diversity objectives within the UC Davis community.
This Spring 2015 issue of the UC Davis School of Education’s biannual Catalyst magazine highlights research news, updates on faculty and alumni, and includes a special report detailing the impact of scholarships on our 2014-15 student recipients. Download the magazine here.
Dean Harold Levine and Michael Kirst, president of the California State Board of Education, co-wrote “Why Colleges Should Care About the Common Core” for Education Week.
In the piece, Levine and Kirst lay out their concerns that colleges and universities may not be prepared to educate the students who will soon be entering their institutions armed with a “more inquiry-based” and “collaborative problem-solving” approach to learning.
Longstanding School of Education supporters Sandi Redenbach (’72, Credential ’73) and Ken Gelatt (’67, Credential ’68) have generously established an endowed scholarship fund to show their appreciation for Founding Dean Harold Levine’s accomplishments and to celebrate his well-earned retirement.
The Sandi Redenbach and Ken Gelatt Teaching Credential STEM Scholarship in Honor of Dean Harold G. Levine will be awarded to a teaching credential student with a career focus on STEM subjects in public schools.