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.
Gifts to the School’s Annual Fund help students like Destiny
Ramos realize their dreams to teach. Make a gift
For the young Destiny Ramos (BA 2014), school was not always a
source of joy. Growing up in Fairfield, Calif., Ramos received
little encouragement from teachers and struggled academically.
Then she entered fourth grade, and everything changed. “My
fourth grade teacher made me feel like I was not a problem,” she
said. “When I became successful as a student, I knew I wanted to
be a teacher.”
Thanks to an Annual Fund scholarship, Ramos is now able to pursue
her dream. Because her path to teaching was not straight, she is
grateful for the financial and moral support that gifts to the
Annual Fund provide to aspiring educators like her. Read more about Destiny
In January 2015, Cynthia Carter Ching, presented lessons learned
about her research into the use of gaming to impact youth health
at a two-day Cyberlearning Summit sponsored by the National
Science Foundation (NSF).
Watch this presentation by Cynthia Carter Ching recorded on
October 14, 2013 at a colloquium sponsored by Cognition &
Development and SESAME programs at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School
In the presentation titled “Games, Learning, Health and
Socio-Politics: Lessons Learned from Exploratory Research on
Fitness Gaming with Underserved Youth,” Ching outlines findings
from the first year of her
NSF-funded cyberlearning grant.
Distinguished Educational Thinkers and the Critical Consciousness
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
On October 28, 2104, Peggy G. Carr, Acting Commissioner of the
National Center for Educational Statistics for the National
Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Institute of Education
Sciences, and U.S. Department of Education, was the featured
speaker in the Distinguished Educational Thinkers Speaker Series
at UC Davis. The series is presented by the UC Davis School of
Education, the Graduate Group in Education, and the School of
Education Alumni Annual Fund.
Critical Race Theorist Daniel G. Solórzano visited UC Davis on
May 7th to give his talk “Using the Tools of Critical
Race Theory and Racial Microaggressions to Examine Everyday
Racism” as part of the Distinguished Educational
Thinkers and the Critical Consciousness Speaker Series.
Dr. Solorzano’s talk examined racial microaggresions and
engaged the audience in a dialogue about improving the learning
environment for the increasingly diverse community.
Noel Enyedy, Associate Professor in the UCLA Urban Schooling
Division of GSE&IS and Director of Research at the UCLA Lab
School, gave a talk at the UC Davis School of Education as part
of the Distinguished Educational Thinker Speaker Series.
His talk, “Play, Scientific Modeling, and Digital Technologies: A
Case Study of Learning Physics Through Pretend Play,” focused on
the use of augmented reality technology and pretend play in early
education to capitalize on young children’s developmental
strengths and capabilities.
Lynn Romano (Credential ’12, MA ’13) spent part of her youth in
foster care. Now she is a teacher in Milpitas, Calif., thanks in
part to a Guardian Teacher Scholarship she received from the UC
Davis School of Education to help her earn a teaching credential
and master’s degree. Hear more from Lynn about her life, the
unique perspective she brings to teaching, and how the Guardian
Teacher Scholarship helped her realize her dream.
School of Education Alumna Behnaaz Ferozepurwalla (Credential
‘13) is featured in this short video. She talks about how gifts
to the UC Davis School of Education Annual Fund helped provide
her with a scholarship to complete her teaching credential.
School of Education Alumni Council Chair Sandi Redenbach
(Credential ‘73) also speaks briefly about why she supports