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 scholarships.
UC Davis School of Education alumni are featured in three moving videos about foster youth scholars and their mentors. In the first video, Lynn Romano (Credential ’12, MA ’13), the 2011-12 recipient of the School’s Guardian Teacher Scholarship, talks about her journey to earning her teaching credential and her dream of becoming a teacher.
Barbara Rogoff, Distinguished Professor of Psychology at UC Santa Cruz, gave a talk at UC Davis titled “Learning Through Pitching In.” The 2012-13 Distinguished Educational Thinkers Speaker Series is co-hosted by the UC Davis School of Education, Graduate Group in Education and the School of Education Alumni Annual Fund. Lectures are free to the public.
Listen to this panel discussion from a forum hosted by the Chicana/o Studies Department at UC Davis. Gloria Rodriguez, associate professor of education in the UC Davis School of Education, moderated. Featured here is former School of Education professor Patricia Gandara, now an education professor at UCLA, and Richard Ramirez, an administrator at American River College who graduated from the School’s Capital Area North Doctorate in Education (CANDEL) program in 2011. Download Gandara’s PowerPoint presentation here.
As part of the UC Davis School of Education’s Distinguished Educational Thinker Series, Professor Guadelupe Valdés gave a talk at UC Davis in January 2013 titled “Understanding Language in Schools.” Valdés argues that English learners must be given access to grade level content while they are learning English. “Writing is about ideas, but we pretend with English learners that language must emerge pristine before they can engage in the academic content. We must push for comprehension before focusing on production because it is most important for learning.”
As part of the School’s Critical Consciousness Speaker Series, Professor and high school English teacher Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Ph.D. gave a talk at UC Davis titled “Note to Educators: Hope Required When Growing Roses in Concrete.” Duncan-Andrade is associate professor of Raza Studies and Education at San Francisco State University and Director of the Educational Equity Initiative at the Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational, and Environmental Design (ISEEED).
As part of the UC Davis School of Education’s Distinguished Educational Thinker Series, Professor Noah Finkelstein gave a talk titled “Science, Math and Engineering: Their Influence on National Education Transformation.” Finkelstein is professor of physics at the University of Colorado, Boulder.