- Ph.D. Students Present at California Educational Research Association's (CERA) 90th Annual Conference
- Ph.D. student Nayssan Savarian
is one of six University of California, Irvine doctoral students who
have been awarded a 2011-2012 scholarship from the Chancellor's Club for
Excellence. Students are nominated for a Chancellor's Fellowship by
their Dean. Nomination criteria include academic excellence, a history
of accomplishments, and demonstrated leadership qualities. Fellowships
are awarded to the "brightest and best graduate students at UCI who also
show great promise as future leaders." Ms. Safavian, a fifth year Ph.D.
in Education student, is specializing in Learning, Cognition, and Development.
Her research interests include achievement motivation, adolescent
development, cross-cultural psychology, and learning through the Arts.
Her advisor is Assistant Professor AnneMarie Conley.
- Ph.D. student Adam Sheppard
presented his research at the Department's November 7 Brownbag: "The
Webs we Weave: Untangling the Design of After-School Programs." Summary:
Researchers have reported links between youth involvement
and individual, family, peer, and community factors that promote healthy
development, including psychological well-being, social development,
orientation, and reduced risk behavior involvement. A consistent theme
within the literature
is the use of clearly
defined program goals accompanied by specific activities targeting those
In the preliminary analysis of a focus group of
after-school program directors describing the development of their
programs, the directors explained the links between activities and
outcomes to begin to untangle the design of after-school environments.
- Ph.D. student Binbin Zheng has received a competitive NSF
Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education (CADRE)
CADRE is a resource network that supports researchers and developers who
participate in DR K-12 projects on teaching and learning in the
science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
Together with a small group of other CADRE Fellows, Ms. Zheng will
throughout the year through Webinars and other events to advance
of innovations in STEM education and research, attend the annual PI
the NSF Discovery Research K-12 program, and participate in a
activity at the meeting. Ms. Zheng is a third year doctoral student
specializing in Language, Literacy, and Technology. Her research interests
focus on utilization of emerging technologies to facilitate teaching and
- Ph.D. student Lauren Shea presented with Dr.
Terry Shanahan (UCI Center for Educational Partnerships) at the California
Science Teachers' Association (CSTA) meeting held in Pasadena in October. The
title of her presentation was “The Perfect Context to Learn Language.“ Ms.
Shea also has authored two new articles with colleagues that were published in
November: (1) Sandholtz, J. & Shea, L. (2011). Predicting performance: A comparison of university
supervisors' predictions and teacher candidates' scores on a teaching
performance assessment. Journal of Teacher Education, 62(5); and (2) Shea, L., & Shanahan,
T. (2011). Student talk: Oral language development through science. Science and Children, 49(3). Ms. Shea is a fourth year Ph.D. in Education student specializing in Language, Literature, and Technology. Her research interests include professional development, language strategies, and technology implementation.
- "Integrative versus Instrumental Orientation Among Online Language Learners," by Ph.D. student Chin-Hsi Lin and Professor Mark Warschauer, was published in Liguagens e Diálogos. Abstract: What motivates online language
learners is not yet well understood. Drawing on data from an international
survey conducted among users of a major online site, this study explored the
motivational orientation of learners and its relationship to individual
background. The results suggest instrumental and integrative orientation for
English, Chinese, and Portuguese groups, and only instrumental orientation for
Spanish respondents. In addition, the results suggest that learner orientation
varies by age, gender, income, education, linguistic background, and target
language. This study confirms that the distinctions between instrumental and
integrative orientation are meaningful in online language learning and
applicable to other cultural contexts as well.
- Ph.D. student Tran Dang Keys has published in Contemporary Educational Psychology: "The Role of Goal Orientations for Adolescent Mathematics Achievement." Abstract: This study
examines the association between personal goal orientations and mathematics
achievement within the trichotomous goal framework. Participants comprised
~2000 7th and 8th grade White, Hispanic, and Vietnamese
students in a low-income urban school district in California. Regression
analysis with classroom fixed effects minimized biases arising from non-random
assignment of teachers and students to schools and classrooms. While all three
achievement goal orientations were correlated with mathematics achievement,
only a mastery goal orientation consistently predicted achievement when a full
set of prior achievement and demographic controls were included.
Performance-approach and performance-avoidance goal orientations did not predict
achievement in the full model.
- Ph.D. students Nayssan Savarian and Arena Chang, with Stuart
Karabenick and Assistant Professor AnneMarie Conley, presented a poster at the
2011 American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Convention in Washington,
D.C. Their poster was titled: "Expectancies and Values in Mathematics
Teaching." Ms. Safavian is a fifth year doctoral student specializing in
Learning, Cognition, and Development. Ms. Chang, a second year doctoral
student, also is pursuing the Learning, Cognition, and Development
- Ph.D. student Binbin Zheng presented her research at the
Department's November 7 Brownbag: "Blogging to Learn: Participation and
Literacy Among Linguistically Diverse-Fifth Grade Students." Over the
previous year Ms. Zheng collected data and analyzed the participation and
interaction patterns of 37 fifth-grade students participating in
reading-writing online discussion activities in a linguistically-diverse
blogging environment. Her findings suggest that pedagogically sound use of
computer-mediated communication (CMC) in elementary classrooms could both
engage students and help upper elementary students become better writers. Ms.
Zheng is a third year doctoral student specializing in Language, Literacy, and
Technology. Her research interests focus on utilization of emerging
technologies to facilitate teaching and learning. Presentation Abstract
- Fifth year Ph.D. student Nayssan Safavian
has been sharpening her academic skills and expanding her credentials
serving as a graduate student reviewer for two national level
educational organizations. For the 2012 Society for Research on
Adolescence (SRA) Biennial Meeting Ms. Safavian is serving as a graduate student reviewer under the sponsorship of Assistant Professor AnneMarie Conley.
Also under the sponsorship of Dr. Conley, Ms. Safavian served as the
graduate student reviewer for the 2011 American Psychological
Association (APA) Division 15 Doctoral Student Research Seminar. Ms. Safavian is pursuing her doctoral degree with a specialization in Learning, Cognition, and Development.
Her research interests include achievement motivation, adolescent
development, cross-cultural psychology, and learning through the arts.
- Ph.D. student Chin-Hsi Lin (first author) and Associate Professor Penelope Collins (second author) have been notified that Reading & Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal will be publishing their paper "The Effects of L1 and Orthographic Regularity and Consistency in Naming
Chinese Characters." Mr. Lin is a fifth year doctoral student specializing in Language, Literacy, and Technology.
His research interests include computer-mediated communication, Chinese
learning, and reading development of Chinese language learners. While a
doctoral student, Mr. Lin has published three books and four conference
proceedings. Dr. Collins' research interests include cognition and
learning, linguistic diversity, learning disabilities, phonology, and
- Ph.D. student Dan Flynn will
be making his third presentation of his poster research, "Freshman
Engineering Project Participation and Achievement
in Core Engineering Coursework: A Pilot Study," this time to the the
National Forum of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching,
and Learning (CIRTL)
in Madison, Wisconsin, October 9-10. The 2011 forum theme is "Teaching,
Learning, and Research: Preparation of the Nation's Future Faculty."
CIRTL is a NSF Center for learning and teaching in higher education. Mr.
Flynn is a third year doctoral student specializing in Educational Policy and Social Context. His research interests include higher education, engineering pedagogy, STEM education, and program evaluation and development. Abstract of Poster Presentation
- Ph.D. student Huy Chung is presenting at the Conference of the California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE)
in San Diego October 13-15. The 2011 conference theme is "Reconnecting
Student Voice with Teacher Education in a Globalized Society." Mr.
Chung's presentation is entitled "A Literacy for Teaching: Theories as
Sponsors of Teaching." Abstract: It is important to critically consider what pre-service
teachers are reading and writing in their teacher education programs, a
literacy for teaching if you will. Using responses from the assessment
portfolio of 32 pre-service English language arts teachers, I applied
content analysis on the different theories and theorists they cite to analyze
their teaching practices. Results indicate that the candidates cite a
narrow set of theories and theorists, indicating a need to expand their
understanding of teaching.
- Ph.D. students Tara Barnhart and Huy Chung and Assistant Professor Elizabeth van Es are presenting at the Conference of the California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE)
in San Diego, October 13-15: "Learning to Learn from Teaching Across
the Disciplines." Abstract: In this session, we describe our efforts to
create and study a video-based course that focuses on helping
teachers develop practices for learning from teaching. We present: (1) a
framework to guide pre-service teachers’ analysis of classroom
lessons and its research base, (2) an example of video-based activities
develop pre-service teachers' attention to student thinking, and (3)
indicating the impact that participation in the course had on secondary
science, and English Language Arts pre-service teachers’ ability to
analyze, and reflect on their own practice.
- Ph.D. students Sonja Lind and Alejandra Albarrán were selected as 2011 Graduate Interconnect Peer Mentors
representing the Department of Education. The UC Irvine Graduate
the successful transition of new international graduate students to the
campus and Irvine communities. The Peer Mentor program, an integral
of InterConnect, consists of a team of current graduate students who
information, guidance, and a support network to their incoming peers.
Both Ms. Lind and Ms. Albarrán are fourth year Ph.D. in Education
- The Teachers of Tomorrow (TOT) Club held their first meeting of Fall
Quarter on September 26th. With an attendance of 28 undergraduates
interested in education, club officers led the group in a series of
ice-breakers and introduced the themes for coming meetings. October 10
will feature Teach for America. October 24 will present field
experience/volunteer opportunities with THINK Together and KidWorks.
Misty Mountain Education House is the theme for November 7. The annual
Thanksgiving potluck will be held on November 21. Club officers for 2011-2012 are
President Carol Tsai, Treasurer Natasha Zubair, Secretary James Kim, and Publicity Jason Cao.
TOT meetings are open to all
undergraduates who would like to know more about education.
- Multiple Subject Cohort B November Newsletter
- Multiple Subject Cohort B October Newsletter
- Single Subject Credential Students Initiate Holiday Food Drive to Support Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County
- Multiple Subject Credential Students Organize "Heart for Hunger" Food Drive to Benefit Orange County Rescue Mission
- The Multiple Subject Credential Program Fall Orientation on August 27 opened with a welcome from Department Chair Deborah Lowe Vandell.
Following a series of ice breaker activities designed to lay the
groundwork for the networking and peer support that the 77 candidates
will be cultivating during their coming academic/student teaching year,
faculty members participated in a panel discussion to explain credential
program expectations and requirements. Additional events included
Assistant Professor Rossella Santagata's overview of research and survey
methods, Coordinator Christina Giguiere's afternoon review of program
information, and alumni rotations. More/photographs
- The Single Subject Credential Program
hosted its New Candidate Orientation on August 26. The morning opened
with coffee, registration, and student pictures in the Education
Courtyard for 113 entering students. Following a welcome by Department
Chair Deborah Lowe Vandell and Director of Teacher Education and Student Affairs Judi Conroy,
students were introduced to the program of study and the key
administrators of the program who will be guiding their progress toward
their single subject teacher credential. A series of three rotating
breakout panels were presented by Dr. Conroy, Gecole Harley of the
Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, and Virginia Panish, Single Subject Coordinator. The morning closed with a panel discussion by program alumni. More/photographs
- Karol Gottfredson, Intern Teacher Credential Program
Coordinator, hosted Fall Orientation for Intern Candidates
on August 22. The
Intern candidates have been enrolled in spring quarter and summer 2011,
courses and participating in school-based fieldwork. This fall they will
their employment as an intern teacher or student teacher in a partner
school. Intern candidates are selected in part by interviews with the
school district partners, who participate in the process to recruit “the
and the brightest teachers” for their districts. In addition to science
and math internship positions this year, UC Irvine has added an
internship at a premier charter school, the
Orange County High School of the Arts. More
- Ph.D. in Education student Laurie Hansen
presented a report with colleagues Tim Green and Loretta Donovan to the
Fullerton School District Board of Education. Entitled "Laptops for
Learning Program Evaluation 2011, Fullerton School District," the report
summarized the final results of the Year 7 of the Laptops for Learning
one-to-one computing initiative in the Fullerton District. (Abstract) Ms. Hansen, who is specializing in Language, Literacy, and Technology,
has completed her fourth year in the Ph.D. program. Her research
interests include content area literacy, technology for English
learners, and pre-service teacher education. She defended her
dissertation, Patterns of Independent Reading, Vocabulary Knowledge, and
Literacy Skills among English-Only, Limited-English Proficient, and
Fluent-English Proficient Children, on August 8.
- Ph.D. in Education student Emily Penner is presenting two papers during the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association
in Las Vegas, Nevada in mid-August. She is the sole presenter for
“Who Does Concerted
Cultivation Help? Examining the Distributional Effects of Concerted
Cultivation.” She is co-presenting with Professors Thurston Domina,
Andrew Penner, and AnneMarie Conley “Detracking across the
Distribution: Evidence from a Mathematics Curricular Reform." (Abstracts) Both papers will be presented during round-table sessions. Ms.
Penner is a third year doctoral student specializing in Educational Policy and Social Contexts. Her research interests include inequality, achievement
gaps, teacher effectiveness, intervention, education reform policy, peer
effects, comparative international education policy, and English Language Learners.
- Ph.D. student Cathy Tran is pursuing two international activities this summer. She will be teaching at the University of Hong Kong as a Senior Teaching Fellow for Crimson Summer Exchange,
exchange program that promotes interaction with people of different
and cultural backgrounds. Following her time in Hong Kong, Ms. Tran, a
National Science Foundation Scholar, is using her NSF International
Travel Grant to be a visiting student at the Knowledge Media Research Center
in Tubingen, Germany, an extra-faculty
research institute committed to bridging basic research and applied
science. Ms. Tran is a second year Ph.D. in Education student
specializing in Learning, Cognition, and Development. Her research interests include technology,
media, child development, cognition, informal learning, and motivation.
- Tara Barnhart, a third year Ph.D. student, was accepted to the Google Faculty Institute for STEM (Science, Math, Technology, and Engineering) Educators.
The Institute encompasses three days, August 10-12, of hands-on
experience in Mountain View, California, for faculty of secondary
education in Math and Science and is dedicated to the use of new
technologies to break traditional practices. Thirty-nine participants
were selected from California secondary teachers and university
professors. Ms. Barnhart is a National Board
certified teacher in Adolescent and Young Adult Science. Prior to
becoming a full-time lecturer in the single subject and master's program
at California State University, Fullerton, Ms. Barnhart taught life
science in a Los Angeles urban high school. Ms. Barnhart's doctoral
research interests include pre-service science teacher preparation and
- Ph.D. in Education student Anny Hwang is spending the summer in Korea, where she is teaching a summer course - "Teaching Models of English" - at Sookmyung Women's University,
a private university in Seoul, Korea, founded in 1906 as the first
royal private educational institution for women. For Ms. Hwang,
returning to Sookmyung Women's University, her alma mater, provided an
opportunity to expand her research into language acquisition and
cultural adaptation. Mr. Hwang's interest in language acquisition began
with her childhood experiences as a native Korean speaker living in
Ecuador, continued through her study at Sookmyung University and Harvard
Graduate School of Education, and motivates her doctoral study of
second language and literacy development,
language assessment, reading difficulties, accurate identification and
- Ph.D. in Education student Cathery Yeh
is engaging in a variety of summer activities. She is leading a series
of math workshops on creating student-centered instruction on early
number concepts for Stepping Stones,
a preschool in La Palma. She also is working as a Graduate Student
Researcher (GSR) with Assistant Professor Rossella Santagata preparing
measures for Dr. Santagata's NSF Career Project.
This month she will serve as an AERA proposal reviewer and attend the
planning conference in Hartford, Connecticut for the 2012 Regional
Conference of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Ms. Yeh is a second year doctoral student specializing in Learning,
Cognition, and Development with research interests in diversity and
equity in education, teacher learning, pre-service mathematics teacher
development, and teacher professional development.
- Ph.D. student Alma Zaragoza presented a qualitative report on the THINK Together pilot programs Leyendo en Familias
and Early Literacy Program (ELP) to the Children and Families Commission of Orange County.
Both THINK Together and the Children and Families Commission of Orange
County are Department of Education community partners. Ms. Zaragoza, a
second year doctoral student specializing in Educational Policy and Social Context, is a Eugene Cota Robles Scholar. As part of her personal commitment to fostering equity and opportunity she is serving as a mentor in two UC Irvine programs: Summer Undergraduate Research Program and Competitive Edge Summer Program. Her research interests include the achievement/gender gap, higher education access and equity
for underrepresented populations, and collaborations between school and
non-school based programs.
- Chin-hsi Lin, a fifth year Ph.D. in Education student specializing in Language, Literacy, and Technology, has been awarded a Graduate Dean's Dissertation Fellowship.
The fellowships are awarded by UC Irvine's Graduate Division to
full-time Ph.D. students nearing completion of their dissertation. The
awards are intended to allow students to forgo their non-research
related employment obligations to concentrate on completing their
dissertation. Mr. Lin's research interests include computer-mediated
communication, Chinese learning, and reading development of Chinese
language learners. His dissertation work is focusing on language
learners' attitudes, interactions, and practices on the largest social
networking site for language learning in the world, Livemocha. Mr. Lin expects that his findings will shed light on the future direction of language learning through this medium.
- Fifth Year Ph.D. in Education student Femi Vance has been awarded a $20,000 UC/ACCORD Dissertation Fellowship for 2011-2012. Ms. Vance is specializing in Educational Policy and Social Contexts
with a focus on out-of-school time. In announcing Ms. Vance's award,
UC/ACCORD Director Daniel Solórzano communicated that her submission was
"chosen, among many other qualified applicants, because you are
conducting groundbreaking work that will surely make a great
contribution to educational equity and opportunity." In addition to
receiving funding, Ms. Vance will have the opportunity to present her
work at the annual UC/ACCORD conference at the UCLA Conference Center at
Lake Arrowhead November 4 through 6. In fulfillment of grant
requirements, Ms Vance will submit a policy brief that outlines the
practical and/or policy implication of her research project.
- Fourth year Ph.D. student Tina Matuchniak has been awarded a $20,000 UC/ACCORD
Dissertation Fellowship for 2011-2012. The title of her proposed
research is "Mind the Gap: A Cognitive Strategies Approach to College
Writing Readiness." Ms. Matuchniak has research interests that encompass
technology-mediated teaching and learning, literacy, and
first-generation college student success. UC/ACCORD Director Daniel
Solórzano advised Ms. Matuchniak that her research was chosen by ACCORD
for support because "you are conducting groundbreaking work that will
surely make a great contribution to educational equity and opportunity."
Ms. Matuchniak will be invited to present her research at the 2011 Lake
Arrowhead Conference and will be submitting a policy brief that
outlines the practical and/or policy implication of her research
- Ph.D. in Education student Janice Hansen presented at the 91st Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association (WPA)
in Los Angeles April 28-May 1. WPA was founded in 1921 for the purpose
of stimulating the exchange of scientific and professional ideas and, in
doing so, enhancing interest in the process of research and scholarship
in the behavioral sciences. The 2011 symposium theme was Connected Learning to Promote Generalizable Conceptual Knowledge.
Ms. Hansen's presentation, in collaboration with Assistant Professor
Lindsey Richland, was entitled "Visual Representations in
Conceptually-Linked Versus Topically-Based Science Lessons." Ms. Hansen
is a fifth year doctoral student specializing in Learning, Cognition,
and Development. Her research focuses on science and math education.
- Ph.D. in Education student Cathery Yeh has been invited to serve on the Program Committee for the National Conference of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
2012 Regional Conference in Harford, Connecticut. NCTM is a public
voice of mathematics education, supporting teachers to ensure equitable
mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students through
vision, leadership, professional development, and research. Ms. Yeh will
be the primary reviewer for the 3-5 grade band and will be attending
the July planning meeting. Ms. Yeh is a second year doctoral student
specializing in Learning, Cognition, and Development. Her research
interests include diversity and equity in education, teacher learning,
pre-service mathematics teacher development, and teacher professional
- Incoming Ph.D. student Diana Mullins has received an appointment as a UC Irvine Writing Project Fellow. The UCI Writing Project,
established in 1984, offers workshops to over 2,500 students, pre-K
through 12th grade. The workshops are structured to help students
enhance the reading and writing skills identified in the California
English/Language Arts Content Standards. Ms. Mullins has worked as an
education researcher in Boston and has taught adolescent students for 12
years in Maine. She specializes in interdisciplinary learning and
reading/writing workshops and has coached middle level students in the
performing arts. Ms. Mullins will be pursuing the Language, Literacy, and Technology
specialization. Her research interests include literacy coaching,
adolescent learning, technology in education, writing assessment
methods, diversity and equity.
- Eight UC Irvine students (out of 22 nationwide) were selected for the
June 21-23 University of California Educational Evaluation Center (UCEC) Institute for Training in Evaluation
in Santa Barbara. Method, theory, and skill-based workshops were
conducted by nationally recognized UC scholars. Pictured at left are the
Department of Education students, Professor Greg Duncan, and two
students from UC Irvine School of Social Science. Back row: Emily Penner
(GSR focus), Charles Hardy (Economics), Erik Ruzek, Distinguished
Professor of Education Greg Duncan, Jimmy Leak. Front row: Matthew
Rafalow (Sociology), Anamarie Auger, Teya Rutherford, Tran Dang, and
- Credential Program Counselor Sarah Singh, Student Affairs Scheduler
Penny Suphunthuchat, and Admissions Counselor Marie Nubia-Feliciano (l
to r) greeted incoming Master of Arts in Teaching students during the
May 21 Orientation to the UCI MAT Program. Following the welcome from
Director of Student Affairs and Teacher Education Judi Conroy and
greeting from Professor and Chair Deborah Lowe Vandell, students were
given an overview of Summer One courses by Coordinators Virginia Panish
and Christina Giguiere, instructors Satinder Hawkins and Jody Guarino,
and Associate Professor Penelope Collins. Following a mid-morning break,
incoming students separated into breakout sessions for Multiple Subject
or Single Subject Candidates before a final review of enrollment
- Congratulations to our 11 new Doctors of Education. Graduates of the
UCI/UCLA Joint Ed.D. Program in Educational Administration are Keith
Curry, Pamela McFadden, and Gail Miller. CSU/UCI Joint Ed.D. in
Educational Administration and Leadership graduates are Sylvia Angulo,
Fredricka Brown, Vince Carbino, Samira Habash, John McGarvey, Larry
Natividad, Sharyn Sigler, and Saba Yohannes-Reda. Photographs, Dissertation Titles, & Current Employment.
- Ph.D. student Sarah Gilliland
has been awarded both a Promotion of Doctoral Studies Scholarship and a
Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge Award from the Foundation for Physical
Therapy Board of Trustees. The Promotion of Doctoral Studies (PODS)
Scholarship - Level 1 provides a cash award of $7,500 for the 2011-2012
academic year. The Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge Award is given to a
PODS 1 recipient of extraordinary merit. The award is made possible
through the efforts of the Marquette Challenge, an annual grassroots
student fundraising endeavor coordinated by Physical Therapy students
from Marquette University. Ms. Gilliland, who has a doctorate in
Physical Therapy from Chapman University, is a first year Ph.D. in
Education student specializing Learning, Cognition, and Development.
- Fourth Year Ph.D. in Education student Femi Vance has been selected to be an Education Pioneers Fellow
this summer in Chicago.
Education Pioneers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to education
reform, places graduate student fellows in districts, schools,
research firms, and other education-focused nonprofits for mutual
gain practical experience working on education reform and partnering
organizations receive access to new talent. During the summer each
on one project that is designed to be manageable within the 10-week
duration of the
internship. In addition to the work experience, fellows participate
in regular workshops to discuss current educational issues with other
and with local leaders in education. Ms. Vance will be working with Chicago Public Schools in the Office
of School Improvement.
- Ph.D. student Paul Rama is presenting at the Games + Learning + Society Conference June 15-17 in Madison, Wisconsin. The Games, Learning, and Society group
is a collection of
academic researchers, interactive media (or game) developers, and
and industry leaders who investigate how interactive media environments -
"video games" - operate, how they can be used to transform how we
learn, and what this means for society. Mr. Rama's presentation,
entitled "WoW! Participation and Learning in a L2 Spanish Virtual Environment,"
examines how L2 Spanish learners begin to
participate in the myriad of activities found in the Spanish language
of the massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) World of Warcraft (WoW).
Mr. Rama is a third year doctoral student specializing in Language, Literacy, and Technology.
- An Educator's Perspective on Evidence of Quality Teacher Practice by Ph.D. student Rahila Munshi
(Series # IPMS020-X041-2011) has been published by UCLA's Center
XCHANGE, a repository of publications and resources for changing public
schools. Abstract: An alumna of UCLA’s Teacher Education Program who taught
high school math in the Los Angeles Unified School District, answers the
question - If someone came into your classroom, what would you offer as evidence
of the quality of your professional practice and why? Ms. Munshi is a first year Ph.D. in Education student specializing in Educational Policy and Social Context. Her research interests include student and teacher motivation, urban school policy and program
implementation, and pre-service and secondary mathematics teacher development.
- Ph.D. student Huy Chung
has been selected a UC Irvine Writing Project Fellow. The Writing
Project Summer Institute will begin June 27 and end July 22. During this
time period Mr. Chung will research the affordances of the
autobiography/bildunsroman genre in the literacy classroom for English
Language Learning (ELL) students. Mr. Chung, a second year Ph.D. in
Education student specializing in Learning, Cognition, and Development,
taught English and history in downtown Los Angeles prior to entering
the doctoral program. He entered the UC Irvine doctoral program as a
Gates Scholar. His current research interests include teacher learning
and professional development, classroom
discourse analysis, interdisciplinary curriculum, semiotics in
contexts, comparative education, and studies of volition.
- Graduating Senior Michelle Allen congratulated the residents of UC
Irvine Education Theme House "Careers in Teaching" for their recognition
by the Arroyo Vista Housing Community as the "Best Living the Theme"
house. The "Careers in Teaching" house, one of the two theme homes jointly sponsored by the Department of Education and the Center for Educational Partnerships, is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. DoE Counselor for the Undergraduate Minor in Education Gisela Verduzco
serves as department coordinator for both education theme houses.
Michelle Allen has served as 2010-2011 Housing Assistant for "Careers in
Teaching". During the 2010-2011 academic year she also served as
president of the Cal Teach Club. Ms. Allen received her bachelor's
degree this spring in Mathematics with a minor in Educational Studies. Read more about Michelle Allen. Announcement
- Ph.D. students Sonja Lind and Alejandra Albarrán were recognized for their service as 2010-2011 Pedagogical Fellows
during UC Irvine's Celebration of Teaching Awards Ceremony held May
25th at the University Club. During the 2011-2012 academic year, Ms.
Lind and Ms. Albarrán guided Teaching Assistants (TAs)
in the Department of Education and the Paul Merage School of Business
through initial training and provided on-going support throughout the
year. Pedagogical Fellows facilitate communication among TAs and course
instructors and provide suggestions for improving the TA program. Ms.
Lind is a second year doctoral student specializing in Language, Literacy, and Technology. Ms. Albarrán, also a second year doctoral student, is specializing in Learning, Cognition, and Development.
- Students earning their Certificate in After School Education (CASE)
were honored during the May 31st CASE Reception in the Department of
Education. The 15 undergraduates who qualified for 2010-2011 CASE
recognition each completed a minimum of five courses totaling 20 quarter
hours along with a minimum 70 hours of field experience. Pictured at
left, back row are Chair Deborah Lowe Vandell, Jonathan Melgar,
Instructor Jeff Johnston, Lyndsey Haapala, CASE Director Associate
Professor Joseph Mahoney, and Director of Undergraduate Programs Sue
Marshall. Front row are Kim Le, Florence Lai, Tania Chu, Arnold San
Jose, Lecturer Susan Guilfoyle, and Undergraduate Counselor Gisela
Present under Faculty Mentorship at Eighteenth Annual UCI Undergraduate
Research Symposium: "Undergraduate Research: Sustained Collaboration"
- Teresa Cavazos, Chicano/Latino Studies major mentored by Estela Zarate, presented her honors thesis research at the Chicano/Latino Honors Student Presentation on May 11.
- Ph.D. student Teomara Rutherford has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP)
Grant. GRFP grants provide three years of support for the graduate
education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for
significant achievements in science, technology, engineering, and
mathematics (STEM) research. Ms. Rutherford's NSF grant will support her
study: "Training Elementary Math Students to Effectively Monitor
Learning". Ms. Rutherford, a second year doctoral student,
holds a Bachelor's degree
in Elementary Education with a concentration in Computers from Florida
International University and a Juris Doctor from Boston University
Law where she was an articles editor on the Boston University Law
Review. Her research interests include motivation, intelligence,
law, and education.
- Ph.D. student Dan Flynn has been selected as a 2011-2012 Pedagogical Fellow for the
UCI Department of Education. To qualify
for consideration as a Pedagogical Fellow, a doctoral student must have
demonstrated academic achievement, exhibited personal responsibility, and
served as a Teaching Assistant. As a Pedagogical Fellow, Mr. Flynn will guide TAs during
their university level training and organize specific department level
training. He will facilitate communication among the 2011-2012 TAs, course
instructors, and the TA Coordinators and provide suggestions for improving the
TA program within DoE and at the
university level. Mr. Flynn, who is in his second year of doctoral study, is
specializing in Educational Policy and Social Context. His research interests include higher education, engineering pedagogy, STEM education, and program evaluation and development.
- Ph.D. student Nayssan Safavian
participated in the 2011 Division C Graduate Student Seminar at the
recent American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting held in
New Orleans. Admission to the workshop was competitive with a limited
number of invitations extended to full-time, advanced level doctoral
students either in the data collection stage of their dissertation or
with dissertation proposal accepted. During the session, Ms. Safavian
was matched with a faculty mentor. Workshop segments focused on
development of a research trajectory, conducting effective teaching, and
pursuit of grant funding. Ms. Safavian's award was accompanied by a
$300 stipend and meals, and lodging for the duration of the conference.
Ms. Safavian is a fourth year Ph.D. in Education student specializing in
Learning, Cognition, and Development.
- Ph.D. student Mary Cashen
was elected to serve as Chair of the School Choice Special Interest
Group (SIG) at the recent American Educational Research Association (AERA)
Meeting in New Orleans. SIGs provide a forum within AERA for
individuals drawn together by a common interest in a field of study,
teaching, or research. School Choice SIG (#103) supports a nonpartisan,
multidisciplinary community engaged in scholarly analyses of all forms
of school choice, including charter schools, magnet schools, open
enrollment, and vouchers. Ms. Cashen is a second year Ph.D. in Education
student specializing in Educational Policy and Social Context.
Her research interests include charter schools, college access and
persistence, and education reform. She will serve as an AERA SiG Chair
for a two-year term.
- Ph.D. student Tara Barnhart will be presenting at the 2011 National Conference of the Science and Mathematics Teachers Imperative (SMTI)
in Portland Oregon, June 8-10. The title of her presentation is
"Learning to Analyze Teaching: Developing Pre-Service Science Teachers'
Ability to Notice, Analyze, and Respond to Student Thinking". The
Science and Mathematics Teacher Imperative (SMTI), begun
by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) in 2008,
commitment by 125 public research universities (to date) to increase the
quantity, quality and diversity of the science and mathematics teachers
prepare. Ms. Barnhart is a second year doctoral student specializing in Learning, Cognition, and Development. Her research interests focus on pre-service science teacher preparation and teach reflection. Abstract of Presentation
- Janice Hansen
was recognized by the American Educational Research Association for her
service as Division C Senior Representative for the AERA Graduate
Student Council (GSC).
The mission of the GSC is to facilitate and promote the transition from
graduate student to professional researcher and/or practitioner by
providing opportunities within AERA for growth, development, and
advancement. Council members have five major responsibilities: annual
meeting planning, student advocacy, information dissemination, community
building, and self-governance. Division C: Learning and Instruction is
concerned with research on the processes of, and context for, learning,
instruction, and assessment, as well as work examining the relationships
among these areas. Ms. Hansen, a fourth year doctoral student in
Learning, Cognition, and Development, studies science and math education.
- Bilingual Multiple Subject Credential Candidates from the Department's Teacher Credential Program attended the recent California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE)
Conference held in Long Beach on March 24. The 2011 conference theme
was "Language, Culture, and Leadership: Co-creating Community". At the
conference the candidates had the opportunity to simultaneously
interpret for Latino parents attending the conference and attend various
worshops for their own professional development. MS Candidate Wendy
Ramos was one of seven students who was honored with a $2,000
Teachership Award. On May 12, Multiple Subject Bilingual Teacher
Credential Candidates will be atending an upcoming professional
development day at UCLA's Lab School. The day's theme is "Learning in
Two Languages". Photographs
- Lecturer Jeff Johnston
was featured speaker at the April 26th meeting of Teachers of Tomorrow.
Modeling how a teacher can serve diverse student interests and be
responsive to individual needs, Mr. Johnston posed the question: "What
does each of you want to know about teaching?" (See accompanying article
for representative questions.) While writing the questions on a white
board, Mr. Johnson used the opportunity to provide brief answers. He
then initiated a "class" activity involving participants with closed
eyes, different sized potatoes with descriptive names, Mr. Potato Head,
and Mr. Spider to demonstrate how he uses fun, inclusion, personal
challenge, and class management techniques to present a unit on ethics. Read more.
- Ed.D. student Keith Curry has been appointed the Interim Chief Executive
Officer for the Compton Community College District by the district's
Special Trustee. Mr. Curry has served as the El Camino College Compton
Center Dean of Students Services since 2006. Prior to joining the staff
at ECC Compton Center, he
volunteered as chair of the Compton Unified School District Achieving
Partnership and served on the Compton Unified School District Foundation
Additionally, he co-authored the Compton Unified School District Gear-Up
proposal during his tenure at UC Irvine. At UC Irvine, Mr. Curry acted
as the director of the Early
Academic Outreach Program (EAOP), providing freshmen with the
tools they would need to excel in college. He is credited with re-establishing a partnership
between UC Irvine and the Compton Unified School District. Press Release
- Ph.D. student Briana Hinga has been selected as a 2011-2012 Pedagogical Fellow for the
UCI Department of Education and the Paul Merage School of Business. To qualify
for consideration as a Pedagogical Fellow, a doctoral student must have
demonstrated academic achievement, exhibited personal responsibility, and
served as a Teaching Assistant. As a Pedagogical Fellow, Ms. Hinga will guide TAs during
their university level training and organize specific department level
training. She will facilitate communication among the 2011-2012 TAs, course
instructors, and the TA Coordinators and Directors, and provide suggestions for improving the
TA program within DoE and the Paul Merage School of Business and at the
university level. Ms. Hinga, who is in her third year of doctoral study, is
specializing in Learning, Cognition, and Development.
- Ph.D. student Lauren Shea
will be presenting two papers at the National Association of Research
in Science Teaching (NARST) Conference in Orlando Florida, April 3-6:
(1) "Moving Language in Science
Research Forward: Interpretative Frameworks, Research Procedures, and
Pedagogical Issues to Reposition Literacy in Scientific Literacy"
[written in collaboration with
Gomez-Zwiep, S., Straits,
W., & Shanahan, T.], and (2) "Student Math and Language
Gains: Results from a PD Program Which Incorporated Language in
Content." NARST has an international membership of 1,500 committed to
improving science education through research. Ms. Shea is a third year
doctoral student specializing in Language, Literacy, and Technology. Her
research interests include professional development in the integration
of language and content, language acquisition strategies, and technology
- Ph.D. student Dan Flynn
will be presenting at the University of California First Year Best
Practices Conference to be held at UC Riverside on April 15. During
Session C: Using Research and Evaluation to Enhance Programs,
Mr. Flynn will discuss findings from his co-disciplinary research
project conducted between the UCI
Department of Education and the UCI School of Engineeriing. The title
of his presentation is: "Fostering Student Success Among Students in
STEM Majors: College Freshman Engineering Project Participation and
Achievement in Core Engineering Coursework: A Pilot Study." Mr. Flynn is
a second year Ph.D. in Education student specializing in Educational Policy and Social Context. His research interests include higher education, engineering pedagogy, STEM education, and professional development.
- Ph.D. student Laurie Hansen has received a grant from California State
University, Fullerton to participate in a professional development
seminar at the American Educational Research Association Conference
to be held in New Orleans April 8-12. Ms. Hansen will be attending
"Mixed Data Analysis Techniques: A Comprehensive Step-by-Step Approach."
AERA, with 25,000 members, is the most prominent professional
organization in the field of education. AERA's goal is to advance
educational research and its practical application. The 2011 conference
theme is Inciting the Social Imagination: Education Research for the Public Good. Ms. Hansen is a fourth year Ph.D. in Education student specializing in Language, Literacy, and Technology. Her research interests include content area literacy, technology for English learners, preservice, and teacher education.
- Janice Hansen will be presenting with Associate Professor Lindsey Richland at the 91st Western Psychological Association (WPA) Convention in Los Angeles on April 29 during the symposium: Connected Learning to
Promote Generalizable Conceptual Knowledge. The title of her
presentation is: "Visual Representations in Conceptually-Linked Versus
Topically-Based Science Lessons." WPA was founded in 1921 for the
purpose of stimulating the exchange of scientific and professional ideas
and to enhance interest in the processes of research and scholarship in
the behavioral sciences. Members include both students and
professionals. Ms. Hansen is a fourth year Ph.D. in Education student
Learning, Cognition, and Development. Her research explores science and math education.
Multiple Subject Cohort A Spring Newsletter
Multiple Subject Cohort B Spring Newsletter
- UC Irvine hosted the 2011 Recruitment Weekend February 27-28 for
applicants offered admission to the Ph.D. in Education Program. Under
the guidance of faculty coordinator Thurston Domina and a team of
current doctoral students, applicants spent two days exploring the
benefits of studying in Irvine. Activities included a department
welcome; group and individual meetings with faculty members and
potential advisors; specialization, research, and brownbag
presentations; tours of the campus, graduate housing, and the
department; a picnic at the beach; dinner in a graduate residence hall;
and opportunities to talk informally with faculty and current doctoral
students. "Reasons to Enroll" by Vice Chair Michael Martinez
- Master of Arts in Teaching Intern Margaret Devine has been named Teacher of the Month for 6th grade at Cerro Villa Elementary School in the Orange Unified School District.
- Ph.D. student Cathery Yeh delivered a workshop for mathematics teachers at the Orange County Math Council (OCMC)
symposium on February 28, 2011. Her presentation, entitled
"Differential Mathematics Instruciton with Student-Centered Learning,"
explored research-based strategies that teachers can use to develop
their students' mathematical thinking. Special attention was given to
the type of problems and questions that elicit student thinking and
ensure understanding for all students. OCMC is an affiliate of the
California Math Council. Ms. Yeh is a first year doctoral student
specializing in Learning, Cognition, and Development.
Her research interests encompass diversity and equity in education,
teacher learning, pre-service mathematics teacher development, and
teacher professional development.
- Ph.D. student Huy Chung will be presenting at the Spring 2011 Conference of the California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE)
in San Jose on March 25-27. The conference theme is "Closing the
Opportunity Gap: How Context Matters for Teaching and Learning." Mr.
Chung's presentation is entitled "The Many Faces of Teaching: Comparing
and Contrasting Pre-Service English Language Arts Teachers' Conception
Founded in 1945, the CCTE is devoted to stimulating the improvement of
the pre-service and in-service education of teachers and administrators.
Mr. Chung is a second year doctoral student specializing in Learning, Cognition, and Development.
His research interests include teacher learning and professional
development, classroom discourse analysis, interdisciplinary curriculum,
semiotics in educational contexts, comparative education, and studies
of volition. Abstract
- Ph.D. student Lauren Shea and Therese Shanahan, Director of the California Science Project at UCI's Center for Educational Partnerships, will be presenting a paper at the annual meeting of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
in San Francisco on March 10-13: "Enhancing Student Talk in Science
Through Blended Professional Development." Ms. Shea is a third year
doctoral student specializing in Language, Literacy, and Technology.
Her research interests include professional development in the
integration of language and content, language acquisition strategies,
and technology implementation. NSTA, founded in 1944, is committed to
promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for
all. Current NSTA membership of 60,000 includes teachers, supervisors,
administrators, scientists, businessmen, and industry representatives.
- Ph.D. student Dan Flynn
will be presenting at the American Society for Engineering Education -
Pacific South West Section (ASEE-PSW) Conference to be held at
California State University, Fresno, March 31-April 2. The 2011
conference theme is "Transforming Engineering Education through
Community Engagement, Entrepreneurship, and Service Learning." Mr.
Flynn's poster presentation is entitled: "College Freshmen Engineering
Project Participation and Academic Achievement in Core Engineering
Coursework: A Pilot Study." The ASEE-PSW is a multi-disciplinary group
that encourages participation from educators from all engineering
disciplines. Mr. Flynn is a second year Ph.D. in Education student
specializing in Educational Policy and Social Context. His research interests include higher education, engineering pedagogy, STEM education, and professional development.
- Ph.D. student Binbin Zheng presented at the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE)
2011 International Conference, March 7-11, in Nashville, Tennessee. Ms.
Zheng was first author on a paper presentation entitled: "Improving
Fourth Grade Writing Through Technology-Enhanced Instruction." The
society represents individual teacher educators and affiliated
organizations of teacher educators in all disciplines who are interested
in the creation and dissemination of knowledge about the use of
information technology in teacher education and faculty/staff
development. SITE is a society of the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Ms. Zheng is a fourth year Ph.D. in Education student specializing in Language, Literacy, and Technology. Her research focuses on emerging technologies to facilitate teaching and learning. Abstract
- Ph.D. student Weilin Li will be presenting at the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE)
in Washington, D.C. on March 3, 2011. The title of her paper is "Which
Combination of High Quality Infant-Toddler and Preschool Care Best
Promotes School Readiness?" Co-authors on the paper are Professor George Farkas, Distinguished Professor Greg J. Duncan, Professor Margaret R. Burchinal, Professor and Chair Deborah Lowe Vandell, and fellow Ph.D. students Erik Ruzek and Tran Dang.
Ms. Li is a third year doctoral student with research interests in
educational finance and educational inequality. She holds a Bachelor of
Science degree in Economical Information Management from the Central
University of Finance and Education in Beijing and a Master's degree
from Harvard University. Abstract of SREE Presentation
- Ph.D. student Emily Penner will be presenting at the 2011 Sociology of Education Association
Conference to be held at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific
Grove, Californnia February 18-20. The title of her presentation is
"Detracking Across the Distribution: Evidence from a Mathematics
Curricular Reform." Co-authors on the presentation are Asssistant
Professor of Education Thurston Domina, Assistant Professor of Sociology Andrew Penner, Assistant Professor of Education AnneMarie Conley, and Associate Professor of Economics Marianne Bitler. Ms. Penner is a second year doctoral student with
research interests in educational inequality, the impact of education
policies on student learning, teacher effectiveness, intervention, peer
effects, and comparative international education policies. Abstract of Presentation
- Ph.D. student Erik Ruzek will be presenting at the Society for Research on Educational
Effectiveness (SREE) in Washington, D.C. on March 3, 2011. The title
of his presentation is "Does High Quality Childcare Narrow the
Achievement Gap at Two Years of Age?" Co-authors on the study are
Professor Margaret Burchinal, Professor George Farkas, Distinguished Professor Greg Duncan, and doctoral students Tran Dang and Weilin Li. Mr. Ruzek is a fourth year Ph.D. student specializing in Educational Policy and Social Context.
His research interests include teacher influence on student motivation,
K-16 theory and practice, educational policy making, and the summer
learning gap. He holds a bachelor's degree in Anthropology from UC
Riverside and a master's degree in Leadership and Liberal Studies from
Duquesne University. Abstract of Paper
- Ph.D. student Tran Dang will be presenting at the Society for Research on Educational
Effectiveness (SREE) in Washington, D.C. on March 4, 2011. The title
of her presentation is "Preschool Center Quality and School Readiness:
Quality Main Effects and Variation by Demographis and Child
Characteristics." Co-authors are Professor George Farkas, Professor Margaret Burchinal, Professor Greg Duncan, Professor and Chair Deborah Lowe Vandell, and doctoral students Weilin Li and Erik Ruzek. Ms. Dang is a fourth year doctoral student specializating in Educational Policy and Social Context. Prior to joining UC Irvine's Ph.D. in Education program, Ms. Dang was an external evaluator and research analyst for WestEd, the Santa Ana Unified School District, and the Orange County Department of Education. Abstract of Presentation
- Ph.D. students Rahila Munshi and Huy Chung will be presenting with Assistant Professor Elizabeth van Es at the UCLA Curtis Center Mathematics and Teaching Conference
on March 5th: "Learning to Learn from Teaching: A Model for Learning
from Analysis and Reflection of One's Own Practice." Ms. Munshi is a
first year Ph.D. in Education student specializing in Educational Policy and Social Context.
Her research interests include student and teacher motivation, urban
school policy and program implementation, pre-service and secondary
mathematics teacher development. Mr. Chung is a second year doctoral
student specializing in Learning, Cognition, and Development.
His research interests include teacher learning and professional
development, classroom discourse analysis, and interdisciplinary
curriculum. Abstract of Presentation
- Ph.D. student Lauren Shea's paper "Literacy Strategies to Enhance the Functionality of the Learning Cycle (5 ES) Approach," co-authored with Therese Shanahan, was presented by Dr. Shanahan at the Association of Science Teacher Education International Conference in Minneapolis, Minnnesota in January. Their paper was included in the session Strategic
Uses of Language Tasks and Literacy Strategies to Enhance Learning in
Open, Guided, and Structured Science Inquiries: Functional
Sociolinguistic Approaches. Ms. Shea, a third year doctoral student specializing in Language, Literacy, and Technology,
studies professional development in the integration of language and
content, language acquisition strategies, and technology implementation.
Dr. Shanahan is Director of the California Science Project, Center for Educational Partnerships.
- Jillian Anderson
presented a workshop entitled “Rethinking Your Thinking – Attitude is
Everything” for members of Teachers of Tomorrow on January 18. Jillian, who is employed by the Health
Education Center at UC Irvine, is a senior majoring in Public Health Policy in
the Department of Population Health and Disease Prevention and minoring in
A four year member of Teachers of Tomorrow and a former board member,
Jillian recently traveled to West Africa to explore opportunities to
work in the health care field internationally. Upon graduation she plans
to join the Peace Corps. Read more about Jillian Anderson.
- Teachers of Tomorrow hosted a fund raiser to earn funds in support of
members attending the UCI Winter Leadership Conference featuring Erin Gruwell, educator and author
of Freedom Writers.
Offering Lollicup boba milk tea and homemade brownies, TOT members
positioned their table in
the Education/Law Courtyard and attracted students entering and leaving
classes during the mid-day period. As a result of their efforts, nine
members were funded for attending the conference. TOT regularly hosts
fund-raisers and community service events to increase student awareness
of the opportunities available in education.
- On February 1,
2011, Multiple Subject Coordinator Christina Giguiere delivered a workshop
entitled “How to Create an Age-Appropriate Lesson Plan for K-3 Classrooms” for
members of Teachers of Tomorrow. Working with the children’s book Chrysanthemum, Ms. Giguiere led TOT members through an
interactive lesson demonstrating how the teacher could read a story to the
class, ask probing questions, include all students in the activity, and
incorporate into a reading lesson instruction in science, mathematics,
geography, writing, and personal reflection. TOT members’ culminating lesson
activity was to write a letter to the character Chrysanthemum explaining their
feelings about Chrysanthemum’s experiences. Ms. Giguiere collected TOT members’
letters and promised a written response as demonstration of the importance of
feedback to students about their work. The Teachers of Tomorrow Club meets regularly every other week throughout
the academic year on Tuesday evening, 6:30 pm, in Education 2024. Guests are
- Ph.D. student Emily Penner published as second author with Assistant Professor Stephanie Reich and Distinguished Professor Greg Duncan in the January 2011 issue of Academic Pediatrics. The title of the article is: Using Baby Books to Increase New Mothers' Safety Practices. Ms. Penner is a second year doctoral student in the Educational Policy and Social Context specialization. Her research interests include educational inequality, the impact of education policies on student learning, teacher effectiveness, intervention, peer effects, and comparative international education policies. In keeping with her research foci, Ms. Penner's first year research project, showcased during the Fall 2010 Poster Presentation, was entitled: "Do Teachers Have an Effect on Student Height and Weight? A Falsification Test of Value-Added Models."
- Ph.D. student Binbin Zheng and Professors Mark Warschauer and George Farkas announced the release of the final report of the Saugus Union School District's (SUSD) Student Writing Achievement Through Technology Enhanced Collaboration (SWATTEC) program. " Since 2009 all fourth grade students in SUSD have been provided a low-cost Asus Eee PC netbook computer, together with an open source Linus-based operating system, a wide array of other open source software, access to free cloud-based or online resources, and a subscription to a commercial online writing and essay scoring program called MY Access!" Ms. Zheng is a fourth year doctoral student specializing in Language, Literacy, and Technology. Her research interests fous on emerging technologies to facilitate teaching and learning. SUSD Report
- The Department of Education initiated its Winter 2011 Professional Development Seminars for Ph.D. students with a presentation by Professors Greg Duncan and George Farkas on the Third Year Theme Essay requirement, which can take the form of a detailed course outline, an extensive literature review, or a policy paper. Professional development seminars respond to student interest. Seminars in February and March will address collaborative research and preparing a job talk for an academic position. Seminars this winter and spring 2011 are being coordinated by second year doctoral students Huy Chung and Anamarie Auger.
- During fall quarter five doctoral students earned their Master's in Education on the way to their Ph.D. in Education: Andrea Cons, Liche (Sean) Kao, James Leak, Erik Ruzek, and Femi Vance.
- Nine Doctoral Students to Present Research at Inaugural Alumni Symposium January 29.
Abstracts of Presentations