We recently were awarded a $1.35 million grant from the IES National Center for Special Education Research to develop a technology-based intervention to train students with visual impairments to locate key information on math word problems that involve graphics. The intervention will be developed and refined with students with visual impairments and teachers of students with visual impairments.

Last year, the nation's teacher-preparation programs produced more than 300,000 new professional educators. However, close to 50 percent leave the profession during their first five years of teaching. Some of the reasons teachers leave the profession include low pay and an ever-increasing emphasis on testing, leaving little time for instruction.

Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies Department Head Bruce Johnson adds, "Thirty percent of the new teachers in the state leave within the first two years. We can't have a profession where a third of the people are gone."

The college is proud of its involvement with the Tucson Festival of Books, a community-wide celebration of literature. All proceeds from the festival are used to sustain the event and support local literacy programs, such as Reading Seed, Literacy Connects, and UA Literacy Outreach Programs. Since 2009, the festival has contributed more than $1,050,000 to agencies that improve literacy in the community.

Read about the accomplishments of our EP students, alumni, faculty, and staff in 2016.

The UA Alumni Association, in partnership with the UA Office of Government and Community Relations, hosted the 2016 Cats @ the Capitol in January in Phoenix. Six College of Education alumni and staff joined more than 60 members of AdvoCats to meet with state government officials to discuss issues affecting the UA and to advocate for the legislative agenda developed by the Arizona Board of Regents and the presidents of the three state universities. Attendees participated in a panel discussion with state legislators and a member of Governor Ducey's staff.

Professor June Maker will receive an honorary Doctor of Letters Degree from Western Kentucky University. She notes, "This is a special honor for me because it is the local university where most of my high school classmates who decided to go to college earned their degrees. I graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1970. Perhaps more importantly, my mother, sister, and oldest nephew earned their bachelor degrees from WKU and my oldest nephew also earned a master's degree from there.

In the Navajo culture, teachers are revered as "wisdom keepers," entrusted with the young to help them grow and learn. This is how Tia Tsosie Begay approaches her work as a fourth-grade teacher at a small public school on the outskirts of Tucson. Begay, one of our elementary education graduates and a current grad student in our educational leadership program, was named one of National Public Radio's 50 Great Teachers.

Read about the accomplishments of our EPSP students, alumni, faculty, and staff in 2016.

Read about the accomplishments of our DPS students, alumni, faculty, and staff in 2016.

Read about the accomplishments of our TLS students, alumni, faculty, and staff in 2016.