School of Education News


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.

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

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.


Spring 2014 Catalyst
News, Research and Program Updates from the UC Davis School of Education

This 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. Featured research includes a look at the connection between video gaming and health, and the need for formative assessment in mathematics instruction. We also cover several events that bring children’s literature, common core instruction, and Shakespeare to the forefront for educators and others in our region.

The cover story is about the student poets from across our region who participate in our Sacramento Area Youth Speaks (SAYS) program. You will find articles about many of our staff and faculty who have been recognized for excellence by their peers and a piece on our annual Honoring Educators Awards event at which we recognize exceptional alumni, faculty, students, and advocates. Download the magazine here.

News Danny C. Martinez

Early Career Fellowship Awarded to Danny C. Martinez
May 2014

Danny C. Martinez, assistant professor of education, has been selected to be a 2014 Concha Delgado Gaitan Presidential Fellow by the Council on Anthropology and Education. This early career fellowship is intended to support professional development and mentoring in the field of educational anthropology.

Only five fellowships are awarded each year, which pairs up early career scholars with senior scholars and comes with a $500 travel award to cover the cost of presenting at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association.


Alumnus Featured on Capital Public Radio to Discuss His Novel
May 2014

Ken White (BA ‘72, Credential ‘73) has written Getaway Day, a coming-of-age novel set against the backdrop of the 1962 World Series. The novel is published by Tate Publishing and is available through the publisher, Amazon and Barnes & Noble. White studied English and history at UC Davis before receiving his teaching credential. He worked on campus for Instructional Television from 1969-1975 and for the College of Engineering from 2006-2009.

News Heidi Ballard

Heidi Ballard Co-Writes Policy Forum: Next Steps for Citizen Science
Science, March 28, 2014

Heidi Ballard, associate professor of education, co-wrote a piece for Science highlighting the growth and evolution of citizen science projects.

Behnaaz Ferozepurwalla (Credential '13) teaching at Grant High School in Sacramento, Calif.

California School Principals Give High Marks to UC-Prepared Teachers
Posted - April 2, 2014

Public school principals in California say beginning teachers who received their credentials through the University of California are among the best prepared in the state, according to a recent survey.

Research Jamal Abedi

Read-Aloud Option Boosts Achievement on National Assessment, Study Finds
By Christina A. Samuels, EdWeek - March 26, 2014

Having teachers read aloud a reading-comprehension test to students with disabilities and English-language learners offers a boost in scores without altering what the test is trying to measure, according to a study of about 2,000 California 4th and 8th graders who were given the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, in 2013. Professor Jamal Abedi is the lead author of the research report.

Abedi, who also serves as an advisor on English-learners to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, one of the two groups, said the findings suggest that read-aloud accommodations on reading-comprehension tests could be useful for students with disabilities and for English-language learners, and feasible to implement. Read the full article here.


Danny C. Martinez Honored for Research on Black and Latino Youth’s Language and Literacy Practices

In recognition of his scholarship on the use of language among Black and Latino youth in urban English Language Arts classrooms, the National Council of Teachers of English Assembly for Research (NCTEAR) has honored Danny C. Martinez, assistant professor of education, with an award for his continued work to increase diverse perspectives into how we examine language and literacy in multicultural and multilingual communities.

News Jamal Abedi

Jamal Abedi Recognized by Peers for Distinguished Public Service
March 2014

Professor Jamal Abedi has received a 2014 Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award from the UC Davis Academic Senate. The award recognizes significant contributions to the world, nation, state and/or local community through distinguished public service. Up to four (4) awards are made annually.


Alumna Nancy Chinn Honored for Research and Leadership on Concussion Management
Posted - Feb 2014

The concussion management program at Santa Rosa Junior College in Santa Rosa, Calif. was named as the 2014 Grand Silver winner of the NASPA Excellence Awards. The effort is led by Dr. Nancy Chinn (EdD 2010), chair of the Disability Resource Management Department.

Research Heidi Ballard

Heidi Ballard Receives Two Grants to Study Citizen Science
February 2014

Associate Professor Heidi Ballard, an expert in environmental science education, is embarking on two newly funded research projects to study the efficacy of employing citizen science as a learning tool and a sustainable model for rigorous research. One project will focus on adults and the other on children.

News Michal Kurlaender

Michal Kurlaender Named Among Most Influential Education Researchers

Associate Professor of Education Michal Kurlaender has been named among the 200 most influential education researchers in the country.


Education Staff Member Receives Prestigious Chancellor’s STAR Award

MaryAnn Mellor, the UC Davis School of Education’s director of business operations and financial services, is one of the first recipients of the Chancellor’s Staff Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) Award.

This annual award recognizes outstanding contributions to the UC Davis campus and community. Recipients are individuals whose achievement and conduct go “above and beyond” in support of our campus’ core values:

  • Demonstrating respect and integrity
  • Responding courteously to the communities we serve
  • Taking pride in your work as well as in our campus and campus community
  • Promoting a community
Marlene Bell
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Alumni Updates Fall 2013

Marlene Bell (BA ‘68, Credential ‘71) received the 2013 Education Award from the Mexican American Concilio of Yolo County at their 29th Annual Concilio Recognition Dinner/ Dance & Scholarship Fundraiser on October 19, 2013. The Concilio provides support and assistance to low-income people of Yolo County, as well as college scholarships and other assistance to promising low- and moderate-income students, specifically students with Latino heritage.

Research Heather Rose

Study Compliments and Questions Brown’s Funding Formula
John Fenserwald - EdSource- February 2013

Heather Rose, associate professor in the UC Davis School of Education and Margaret Weston, a PhD student in the School and a PPIC research fellow, wrote an analysis of Gov. Jerry Brown’s recently announced plan for school finance reform. The analysis was done under the auspices of the Public Policy Institute of California. 

News Cary Trexler

Professor to Lead Project to Improve Agriculture in Vietnam and Cambodia

Cary Trexler, associate professor in the School of Education and the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, received a three-year $500,000 grant from the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Horticulture Collaborative Research and Support Program to enhance vegetable production by small farmers in Cambodia and Vietnam.


Jamal Abedi Named to Distinguished Expert Committee

Professor Jamal Abedi and UCLA’s CRESST Director Joan Herman have been named to the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium Technical Advisory Committee. The Consortium includes more than 30 states working collaboratively to prepare all students for college and careers by creating a comprehensive assessment system in mathematics and language arts. Read more here.

News Jamal Abedi Paul Heckman

$3.2 Million Grant to Study Formative Assessment in Mathematics
August 2010

Professors Jamal Abedi, principal investigator, and Paul Heckman, co-investigator, received a five-year $3.2 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation. Work on “Formative Assessment in Mathematics: Current Status and Guidelines for Future Developments” starts on September 1, 2010.

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