Spring 2016 Catalyst

The Magazine of the UC Davis School of Education

In the Spring 2016 issue of Catalyst magazine, we take an in-depth look at the research behind the unique reading intervention offered by the Reading and Academic Development (RAD) Center. We also visit with a credential student who found inspiration to be a teacher through his collegiate boxing career, explore a program that connects School of Education faculty with teachers around the globe, and talk with California’s only African-American Ag Ed instructor. Download the magazine here.

Want to dive deeper into our stories? Find all the links you need below.

Our Cover Story

Watch a video here of Associate Professor and RAD Center Director Emily J. Solari and Postdoctoral Scholar and Clinical Director Nancy McIntyre talking about joint attention approach being used to improve the reading skills of students with and without autism.

Read about the RAD Center’s Educational and Clinical Services here.

Learn more about Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Personnel and Research Peter Mundy and browse some of his publications here.

Learn more about Associate Professor Emily J. Solari here.

Founding Dean Harold Levine’s Retirement

Browse through the special extra cover celebrating Founding Dean Harold Levine and read about his vision for the future of the School of Education here.

A Fighter and a Teacher

Watch a video of boxer and recently credentialed teacher Mac Pham in the ring, and read a Davis Enterprise article about Mac and his team’s wins at a National Tournament.

Sphere of Influence

Read more about the UC Davis Global Education Program and download brochures in multiple languages here.

Growing Lifelong Learners

Dig in and learn more about Santa Rosa Junior College’s 365-acre Shone Farm where School of Education graduate George Sellu teaches soil science, or read a story about George Sellu here.

Honoring Educators

View photos of this year’s recipients, family, friends and faculty members from the 2016 Honoring Educators Awards ceremony, or learn more about each honoree here.

Learn more about the career and work of Distinguished Alumna Caroline Turner here.

Check out Outstanding Doctoral Student Mariama Smith Gray’s extensive accomplishments here, or read an article including her perspective on restorative justice here.

Read an article from the Vacaville Reporter on Rising Star Alumna Melanie Pope’s use of gestures to teach science here.

Check out Outstanding Faculty Award winner Professor Steven Athanases’ online to learn more about his work.

Read more about Outstanding Education Advocate Carl Cohn here and read about his work as Executive Director of the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence here.

New Faculty

View a video here of Maisha Winn discussing ways restorative justice practices have the potential to change language and practices in urban schools.

Read an article here from the Fall 2015 issue of Catalyst to learn more about Dr. Winn’s perspective on restorative justice.

Learn more about Lawrence (Torry) Winn, Academic Administrator, Co-Director of Transformative Justice in Education Center (TJE), at his profile page.

Learn more about Assistant Professor Nicole Sparapani here, or browse one of her publications here.

Youth-Focused Citizen Science

Explore Associate Professor and Chancellor’s Fellow Heidi Ballard’s most recent paper, “Can citizen science enhance public understanding of science? Public Understanding of Science 1-15,” here.

Dr. Jamal Abedi

Read Professor Jamal Abedi’s contribution to Oxford Bibliographies, “Psychometric Issues in the Assessment of English Language Learners,” here. Or take an in-depth look here at Dr. Abedi’s May 2016 presentation “How to avoid misclassification of English Language Learners with Disabilities” at the Supporting English Language Learners with Disabilities Symposium.

School Districts Eagerly Sign on New Teachers

Watch a brief video from this spring’s Teacher Job Fair or view photos from the event.

Teacher Ambassadors

Check out the U.S. Department of Education’s Teaching Ambassador Fellowship program and read about Ambassadors Aman Dhanda and Nancy Veatch.

We Are the Change

Learn more about Ed Manansala, EdD, the El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools, here and here.

In Memoriam

Read more about the vibrant life of Professor Sharon Dugdale here.

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Inspired by an article you read in this issue? Make an online donation here to any one of 14 funds that directly support students or special programs. Your donation supports not only the education of students, but also the hundreds of students they will teach during their careers.

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