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Summer 2018 Catalyst
The Magazine of the UC Davis School of Education

The Summer 2018 issue of Catalyst magazine highlights how three School of Education researchers are changing lifetime outcomes for students with disabilities. This issue also includes a glimpse at how the School’s Transformative Justice in Education Center is bringing restorative justice to the classroom, the interwoven story of two couples supporting students through their philanthropy, a conversation with two first-generation PhD students, and other School news. 

As you read this issue of Catalyst, check out additional content such as videos, extended articles and more below.  

Best Outcome

Three researchers at the School of Education—Dean Lauren Lindstrom, Peter Mundy and Nicole Sparapani— are seeking to change not just educational but lifetime outcomes for students with disabilities. Learn more about Dean Lindstrom’s latest research grant, Paths 2 the Future for All: College and Career Readiness Intervention, and find out more about her work here. For those interested in Mundy’s work, check out his latest book Autism and Joint Attention: Development, Neuroscience, and Clinical Fundamentals and other recent publications. Sparapani has most recently published an article in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Her other research projects and publications can be found here.

The School of Education receives funding from the U.S. Department of Education Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program to help PhD students at UC Davis gain the expertise needed to develop and evaluate measures used for students with special needs. Learn more about the School’s GAANN doctoral fellowships here

Transforming Education

The School of Education’s Transformative Justice in Education Center (TJE) was recently awarded a $125,000 contract from Sierra Health Foundation to evaluate the Black Child Legacy Campaign (BCLC), an initiative of Sacramento’s Steering Committee on Reduction of African American Child Deaths (RACCD). Keep up to date with TJE by following the Center on Instagram or visiting their website

Passmore Launches MBER-BIO Website for Biology Teachers

The new MBER-BIO website is a platform for high school biology teachers to discover NGSS-aligned instructional materials and share teaching supports. Explore the site.

Athanases and Team Secure James S. McDonnell Foundation Grant

Learn more about Athanases’s team and their research project to help early career teachers here.

Lee Martin Named a Chancellor’s Fellow

Professor Lee Martin is the fifth consecutive School of Education researcher to be honored as a Chancellor’s Fellow. See how Martin is bringing equitable STEM learning opportunities to students in this KVIE video profile of the Beta Lab

Art and Thea Mills: Committed to Education

Thea Mills started her teaching career in 1967 as an intern teacher through the UC Davis Education Department. Decades later, Thea and her husband Art Mills were inspired to give to the School of Education after watching their daughter Saskia earn her credential and master’s degree from the School and start a second career as a teacher. Find out more about the Mills’ passion for giving in this extended article

Words Take Wing Showcases Author Grace Lin

Since 2005, more than 14,000 Sacramento-area school children have benefited from Words Take Wing: Honoring Diversity in Children’s Literature. This year’s featured children’s book author Grace Lin spoke to young students at the Mondavi Center about her experience as a writer and artist. For more information about the upcoming 2019 Words Take Wing event, visit the Mondavi Center’s School Matinee series.

The Language of Music

PhD student Mayu Lindblad is currently conducting research into whether students with music training have an easier time acquiring competence in a new language. Find out more about Mayu on her student profile page.

The First Generation, but Not the Last

Vanessa Segundo and Claudia Escobar, both of whom are first-generation PhD students, discuss their academic experiences and what motivates them in this issue. Learn more about Vanessa’s advocacy work in this past issue of Catalyst.

Supporting my Students

As the associate director at the UC Davis Center for Chicanx and Latinx Academic Student Success (CCLASS), alumna Lina Mendez supports students across our campus. Learn more about CCLASS 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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