Spring 2017 Catalyst

The Magazine of the UC Davis School of Education

In the Spring 2017 issue of Catalyst magazine, we explore how scientific literacy spurs student civic engagement. We also introduce the School of Education’s new Dean, Lauren Lindstrom, hear about a new partnership between our Words Take Wing program and the Mondavi Center, and explore the ways that having even one African-American teacher can have long-lasting benefits for African-American students.

Want to watch videos from Dean Lindstrom and scholarship recipients, or learn more about some of the researchers featured in this issue? Find links to additional information below.

Looking Forward with Lauren Lindstrom

Join us in welcoming new School of Education Dean Lauren Lindstrom. Read a message from Dean Lindstrom here and watch her video about the School of Education. Learn about Dean Lindstrom’s more than 25 years as an academic and administrator here.

From Science to Civic Action

The Center for Community and Citizen Science is a home to programs and partnerships that revolutionize how—and with whom—science gets done. Based on a foundation of research excellence, the Center helps scientists, communities, and citizens collaborate on science to address environmental problems as a part of civic life. Visit the Center for Community and Citizen Science website to learn why scientific literacy is students’ first step towards civic engagement.

Words Take Wing Takes Flight

Learn more about the Mondavi Center School Matinee Series in their brochure, including information on the 2018 Words Take Wing program. Learn more about the Words Take Wing mission and purpose here.

High-Impact Teaching

Check out Professor Cassandra Hart’s research study exploring the benefits of same-race teachers for African-American students, or read Having Just one Black Teacher Can Keep Black Kids in School, an article from NPR. Professor Hart’s research resonated with many people, including cartoonist Keith Knight, who gave his personal take in this moving cartoon.

John Rogers and the Mary Stuart Rogers Foundation Support Students

Watch a video message of thanks from Janet Gutiérrez, who received a scholarship from the Mary Student Rogers Foundation.

Give Day Raises Awareness and Funds for Students and Research

UC Davis held its first Give Day and the School of Education received three challenge gifts! Watch our Give Day video and hear our alumni and others share about the impact that teachers have had on their lives.

Passing It On

Hear from Teaching Credential/MA student Juan Avelar as he shares his motivation for becoming a teacher and how important his scholarship has been for him. Contribute to this and other School of Education scholarships here.

Ag Ed Is My Passion

Watch this great video of Justin Nunes (Ag Ed Cred ‘17) and learn how he transformed his passion for agriculture and education into a teaching career. Learn more about the Ag Ed credential program here.

Be Part of the Story: Support School of Education Students

Inspired by an article you read in this issue? Make an online donation 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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