Alumna Amanda Bozack, who graduated with a doctorate in 2008, is the new director of the School of Teacher Education and Leadership in the College of Education and Human Development at Radford University in Virginia.

The Arizona Minority Student Progress Report 2016: The Transformation Continues, written by Educational Policy Studies & Practice Professor Jeff Milem (now the College of Education dean at the University of California Santa Barbara) and graduate students W. Patrick Bryan and Karina G. Salazar, details trends in demographics and education in Arizona. Selected data from the P-12 and higher education sectors are highlighted to provide information about some of the significant educational challenges and opportunities our state faces.

As the call intensifies for stronger polices and practices to improve diversity and inclusion within the nation's higher-education sector, our Project SOAR program is responding.

Project SOAR (Student Outreach for Access & Resiliency), established 10 years ago, regularly involves more than 100 undergraduate students in the examination of college access and equity issues, training them to serve as mentors to middle school students.

Carrie Brennan, a member of our National Advisory Board and an educator in Tucson, co-authored a wonderful piece in the Huffington Post on raising special needs children:

Amanda Tachine, who earned a doctorate in higher education in in 2015, was recognized by President Barack Obama for her work in the Native American community.

The quality of our future depends largely on the quality of today's education. Those who will solve the world's toughest challenges are likely studying, right now, in classrooms across the United States.

Teaching has never been more vital to our future. Yet, our state and country face serious challenges that prevent teachers from thriving. Young teachers often land in distressed schools that test their resolve. Many leave the profession entirely, abandoning their gifts and cutting short their dedication to a better tomorrow.

Friends, family, and former students both near and far came to honor Director of Field Experiences Shirley J. Fisher for all she has done for the college, the community, and the more than 3,300 UA student teachers she placed in nearly 250 schools — via some 165,000 emails and 4,000+ school visits/meetings! (It would be hard to even begin to estimate the number of lives she touched as both a principal and teacher in Flowing Wells School District. Let's just say the number is, well, overflowing.) 

Launching its first-ever crowdfunding effort, Project FOCUS — a post-high school option for students who have intellectual disabilities — had a goal of raising $29,055, which would be used to pay student mentors. When the last day arrived, the crowdfunding effort had raised more than $34,000!

In 2014, College of Education faculty members Jeffrey Milem (now the education dean at the University of California, Santa Barbara), Nolan Cabrera, Ozan Jaquette, and Ron Marx published the article, Missing the (Student Achievement) Forest for All the (Political) Trees: Empiricism and the Mexican American Studies Controversy in Tucson in the American Educational Research Journal. The research article was based on the results of HB 2281, which eliminated Tucson Unified School District's Mexican American Studies program, arguing the curriculum was too political.

For more than a decade, Professor Kris Bosworth's research has focused on positive school climate, which enhances learning and promotes a college-going culture. Her research was featured in the fall issue of the college's Imagine Research magazine.