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.
As our global community continues to shift the labor market and
rapidly redefine what is needed for a successful career, a
college degree seems more important than ever before. High school
students across the nation are well aware of this, and enrollment
in postsecondary institutions continues to rise. According to
newly published data, 63 percent of California’s high school
graduates are enrolling in college, and in some California
counties that statistic jumps as high as 75 percent.
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.
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.
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