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Joseph Bruchac speaks at Words Take Wing in the Mondavi Center, February 10, 2015
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Author’s Tales Come Alive
Joseph Bruchac - Words Take Wing

Words Take Wing, featuring Native American children’s writer Joseph Bruchac, was featured in the Davis Enterprise on February 12, 2015. 

“This is the kind of program I wish occurred in more places,” the author told The Enterprise. “As an inspiration to teachers and students, it is second to none. I can’t think of a more enthusiastic audience. You can see the excitement.” Read the full article by Jeff Hudson.

Research Paco Martorell

Study: Failing a Placement Exam Does Not Discourage College Enrollment
By Caralee Adams EdWeek.org

Paco Martorell, assistant professor of education, is a co-author of a study that found high school students who are identified as in need of remediation are no less likely to enroll in college than students who score just above the remediation cutoff. “Does Failing a Placement Exam Discourage Underprepared Students from Going to College?” appears in the latest issue of Education and Finance Policy. See this story about the study in EdWeek.

Research Cynthia Carter Ching

Designing and Exploring the Impact of Physical Activity Monitor Gaming on Youth Fitness Practices

Led by associate professor Cynthia Carter Ching, this one-year study, funded by the National Science Foundation as an EAGER (Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research) project, brings together learning sciences and health researchers with professional game designers to develop a behavioral change model for physical activity-monitor gaming that is thus far unique in the existing literatures on games and learning, games for health, and health education/intervention.

News Michal Kurlaender

Obama’s Free College Plan Is No Panacea; Just Ask California
Op-Ed by Associate Professor Michal Kurlander and Jacob Jackson (PhD ’12)

Washington Post – January 28, 2014

President Obama’s proposal to make community colleges free is a valiant effort to address the rising demand for skilled workers throughout the nation and to improve college access for low-income students. As states consider his proposal, they would be wise to look to California. Our research in the state suggests that low tuition can put higher education within reach for many low-income students, but it is no panacea. Read more.

Michal Kurlaender is an associate professor of education and Chancellor’s Fellow at UC Davis. Jacob Jackson is a researcher at the Public Policy Institute of California.

News Heidi Ballard

Heidi Ballard Named a Chancellor’s Fellow

Heidi Ballard, associate professor of education, has been selected as a 2014-15 Chancellor’s Fellow. 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 on this campus.

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Teacher, Alumna Noted for Being among the First to Teach Next Generation Science Standards
CBS Sacramento

Lisa Hegdahl (BS ‘85, Credential ‘91) teaches 8th grade science at McCaffrey Middle School in Galt. She also serves on the board of directors for the California Science Teachers Association. Her focus is to implement the Next Generation in Science Standards (NGSS) that were adopted by the California State Board of Education in September of 2013. “It is a very exciting time to be teaching science,” she says. Read the full story here.

Hen Werner (Credential '14, MA '15). Photo credit: Gregory Urquiaga, UC Davis Strategic Communications
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Beating the Odds
Guardian Professions Program Supports Former Foster Youth

Hen Werner (Credential ’14, MA ’15) and Eden Haven (Credential/MA student) are featured in this story about The Guardian Professions Program, which is housed in the Office of Graduate Studies.

This program is an expansion of the UC Davis School of Education’s successful Guardian Teachers Program, which provides former foster youth with an opportunity to pursue a master’s degree and teaching credential at UC Davis. Read the full story here.

Read Hen’s full story in UC Davis Magazine, pp. 38-39.

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Fall 2014 CATALYST
News, Research and Program Updates from the UC Davis School of Education

This Fall 2014 issue of the UC Davis School of Education’s biannual Catalyst magazine highlights the breadth and depth of our research and service, as well as the excellence of our programs and people.

Research Jamal Abedi Paul Heckman

Formative Assessment Study Nearing End
Offers Many Lessons, Development of Practical Tools

Nearing the end of a five-year study funded by the National Science Foundation, Professors Jamal Abedi and Paul Heckman have learned much about the status of formative assessment in mathematics and are looking forward to the launch of a website with tools for teachers and administrators early next year.

The work is important because assessing student knowledge during instruction—the heart of formative assessment—empowers teachers to address possible deficiencies in student understanding and increase student learning.

News Leslie Banes Michael S. Hill

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).

News Michal Kurlaender

Michal Kurlaender Named Co-Director of Leading Education Policy Organization

Associate Professor Michal Kurlaender has been named a co-director of Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE), an independent, nonpartisan research center based at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, the University of Southern California, and UC Davis. 

PACE seeks to define and sustain a long-term strategy for comprehensive policy reform and continuous improvement in performance at all levels of California’s education system, from early childhood to postsecondary education and training. Learn more about PACE at http://www.edpolicyinca.org/.

News Steven Athanases

Steven Athanases Named to UC Faculty Engagement Council for Education Partnerships

Professor Steven Athanases has been named to the Faculty Engagement Council for Education Partnerships at the University of California Office of the President.The Council is charged with engaging and connecting faculty and graduate students in the areas of educational access and diversity.

They meet twice a year to advise UC’s vice provost for education partnerships on ways to promote and support graduate student research, award seed grants to graduate students, and identify annual research foci as well as serve as a liaison between the Office of the President and campus.

Professional Development Event Susan O'Hara

Three Strategies for Enriching the Quantity and Quality of Classroom Talk
November 2014


In a special issue of ASCD Express, Talking and Listening in Class, REEd executive director Susan O’Hara, with co-writers Jeff Zwiers and Robert Pritchard, provide strategies for improving talk in the classroom. In “Three Strategies for Enriching the Quantity and Quality of Classroom Talk,” they write:

News Cindy Passmore

“Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards: How Your Classroom Is Framed Is as Important as What You Do in It”
NSTA Blog - November 10, 2014

Cindy Passmore, associate professor of science education, wrote a guest entry on the National Science Teachers Association’s NSTA Blog on November 10, 2014.

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First-Year Teaching Alumna Nominated for Award by Her Fourth Grade Student

Michelle (Benjamin) Crisp (Credential ‘13, MA ‘14), just finished her first year of teaching fourth grade at Main Ave. Elementary in Sacramento, Calif. A milestone worth celebrating in itself. But, to her great surprise, Crisp also received a Teacher of the Year award from a local dentist’s office when one of her students, Adrian Flores, nominated her.

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School of Education Donor Named UC Alumni Regent
July 2014

Rod Davis (BA ‘71) has been named alumni regent on the University of California Board of Regents. Mr. Davis and his wife Susan Davis (Credential ‘73) have established the Susan Davis Award, an endowed scholarship fund to support students studying to be elementary school teachers in the UC Davis School of Education. The first award will be made in fall 2015.

Research Peter Mundy

A Virtual Joy-Stick Study of Emotional Responses and Social Motivation in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Posted June 30, 2014

An article about using virtual reality to examine social motivation and emotional perception in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders appears in Psychology Progress. The article, co-authored by Peter Mundy, a professor in the UC Davis School of Education and School of Medicine, looked at 19 children with higher functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (HFASD) and 23 age, gender, and IQ matched children with typical development (TD), who used a joy stick to position themselves closer or further from virtual avatars while attempting to identify six emotions expressed by the avatars, happiness, fear, anger, disgust, sadness, and surprise that were expressed at different levels of intensity. Read more here.

News Steven Athanases

Responsive Teacher Inquiry and Innovation in Teaching ELA with Diverse Learners
Posted June 2014

School of Education Professor Steve Athanases and researchers Lisa Bennett and Juliet Wahleithner provide an in-depth look at one pre-service teacher program and its use of teacher research as a way of inducting new teachers into the profession on the National Writing Project Radio on Thursday, June 12. Listen to the conversation here.

photo credit: Karin Higgins/UC Davis
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Prominent Sacramento Family Wins Top UC Davis Volunteer Award
By Sarah Colwell, June 6, 2014

Robert “Bob” Murphy and his wife, Kinzie, have been selected as the 2014 recipients of the Charles J. Soderquist Award at UC Davis. The Murphys created a scholarship to support the School of Education’s Guardian Teacher Scholarship, among many other ways they have supported UC Davis over the past four decades. They cited the 2013 Soderquist Award winners, School of Education Alumni Sandi Redenbach and her husband Ken Gelatt, who donated their $5,000 award to the Guardian Teacher Scholarship fund. Read more about the Murphys’ honor here.

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