Our Teacher Education programs are built on a long-standing foundation of experience, rigorous coursework, and year-long mentored student teaching. In addition to our focus on rigorous coursework and clinical student teaching practice, we conduct research to identify best practices in teaching.
On March 11, 2015, Ken Zeichner, Boeing Professor of Teacher Education at the University of Washington, was the featured speaker in the Distinguished Educational Thinkers and Critical Consciousness Speaker Series at UC Davis. In this talk, Zeichner examines the current landscape of teacher education in the U.S. and presents a proposal for improving its quality. The talk was presented by the UC Davis School of Education, the Graduate Group in Education, and the Social Justice Education Coalition.
Distinguished Educational Thinkers and the Critical Consciousness Speaker Series
On January 22, 2015, Kellner Family Chair in Urban Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was the featured speaker in the Distinguished Educational Thinkers and Critical Consciousness Speaker Series at UC Davis. The series is presented by the UC Davis School of Education and the Graduate Group in Education, along with the Social Justice Education Coalition, the Office of Graduate Studies, and the Office of Campus Community Relations.
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.
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.
UC Davis School of Education Professor Steven Athanases presented his research on mentoring new teachers in a plenary address at a recent international conference in Quito, Ecuador. The conference, titled “Quality Education as a Generator of Change,” was sponsored by Ecuador’s Ministry of Education and the Flemish Association for Development, Cooperation and Technical Assistance (Belgium).
Education Week’s OpEducation Blog invited six teacher preparation experts to respond to the following questions:
Are New Teachers Ready to Teach?
“Teacher preparation has been a hot topic for years in the education community. But now more than ever the nation seems focused on teacher quality and performance in the classroom. How well are teacher education programs preparing future teachers? What elements are essential for the successful preparation of novice teachers entering the classroom?”
Chris Faltis, who holds the Dolly and David Fiddyment Chair in Teacher Education and directs teacher education at UC Davis, believes educators are primed to break away from the teacher-centered format that has dominated classroom discourse for several hundred years, if for no other reason than they must.
Faculty ProfileEMPHASIS AREA: SCI/AG. Science education; Groupwork; Race and schooling; social emotional intelligence; social justice education; literary in science; argumentation and dialogic instruction
Alexis Patterson, Ph.D., joined the School of Education in July 2015 as an Assistant Professor in science education. She is currently a CAMPOS Faculty Scholar and is excited to work with her cohort to develop a research center that focuses on increasing the participation of women of color in STEM related fields.
Second language reading and literacy development; best practices for preparing preservice and inservice teachers to work with English learners; preservice teachers and the role of reflection in their growth as teachers; preservice teachers and pedagogy that furthers their thinking about issues of diversity; high school reform/restructuring.
Ph.D., Education: Language and Literacy – University of California, Davis – 2001
Faculty ProfileEMPHASIS AREA: LLC. Educational equity; English language arts education; Gay and lesbian issues in education; Minority/Underrepresented Students; Multicultural literature and literacy; Secondary Education; Teacher education research and policy
Steven Athanases is a Professor in the School of Education at UC Davis. He researches issues of cultural and linguistic diversity and educational equity in teaching, adolescent learning, and teacher education, with a focus on literacy and English language arts. As a high school English teacher in the Chicago area, he received several awards for outstanding teaching of English, with a focus on writing, and drew on his disciplinary roots in Performance Studies and Communications to stage annual performance showcases of original student compositions.
After teaching middle school math for ten years, I decided to pursue a PhD to get a fresh perspective on the issues I observed every day in my classroom and thought that maybe I could help develop remedies that would help other teachers, as well.