PhD Students Lead Professional Development for Teachers in China

Fall 2014 Student News

In November 2014, School of Education PhD students and seasoned educators Leslie Banes and Michael Hill led a two-week professional development seminar in China for fourth through ninth grade teachers of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The work is done through a partnership between the UC Davis School of Education and the Beijing Huanyu Zhida International Education Consulting Company, which organizes specialized, in-country training from international faculty for K-12 educators—teachers, principals, and administrators—in Chaoyang District of China. The program invites faculty, or graduate students with at least 15 years experience, to lead a 10-day teaching assignment.

Banes and Hill wrote, developed, and delivered “Collaboration and Authentic Learning in the 21st Century” curriculum for STEM instruction, focusing on collaboration and critical thinking.

Portrait of Leslie Banes Banes, who has a teaching credential in mathematics and a bilingual elementary credential, as well as a master’s degree in education, has taught elementary, middle and high school in the United States and Spain. She teaches School of Education students in its elementary credential/MA program. Learn more about Bane’s research.

Portrait of Michael HillHill, who has a teaching credential in mathematics, a master’s degree in education and a master of public administration degree, taught middle school algebra and computer science for nine years. He teaches education, management and quantitative methods for American River College, Brandman University, and UC Davis. Read more about Hill’s research.

Read an article released by Beijing Chaoyang Education about Banes’ and Hill’s work with Chinese educators here. Note: This article is written in Chinese; opening it in Chrome allows for translation into English.

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