On their first day of Passport to High School, soon-to-be high school students Natalee Mercado, Kali Noudelman, Aijaz Wahab, and Rueshil Fadia (left to right) look for UA historical points of interest as part of a map-reading activity. "We focus on buildings with historical significance for this activity," says College of Education Director of Outreach Sara Chavarria, who oversees the program, which empowers graduating eighth-graders from low-income households to view their high school experience as the pathway to college.

Assistant Professor Sara Tolbert was selected as a 2015 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow. This is the third consecutive year a UA College of Education faculty member has been chosen for this honor, which is among the most prestigious for early career educational researchers. The fellowship comes with a $70,000 grant to encourage fellows to pursue critical education research projects. The primary focus of Tolbert's research is to improve science learning opportunities for underserved students.

Associate Professor of Practice Barry Roth came in first place (age group 60-64) in the 800 freestyle, swimming the race in just a few seconds over 10 minutes. And, yes, that was the best time in the world in his age group! He also made the top 10 in 50, 100, and 400 freestyles. Where do the rankings come from? The Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) compiles and ranks times from meets held all over the world. Roth also was quoted in the April issue of Swimming World Magazine.

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

Read about the accomplishments of our TLS students, alumni, faculty, and staff in 2015.

In middle school, children either develop an affinity for math and science or begin believing they do not possess the mental agility necessary to succeed in these subjects.

Disability & Psychoeducational Studies Assistant Professor Michael T. Hartley launched a sports and wellness camp for veterans with spinal-cord injuries and diseases two years ago, and it continues to be a much sought-after program. Participants came from as far as Florida for the camp, which integrated wheelchair basketball, rugby, cycling, scuba diving, a digital storytelling project, and a scavenger hunt. The college hosts the camp in collaboration with Adaptive Athletics and the VETS Center.

Amaranth Diabetes Foundation presented a $500,000 donation to the American Diabetes Association Research Foundation to sponsor four promising projects in diabetes research, including a clinical study into the effects of sleep on managing type 1 diabetes in youth, led by Associate Professor Michelle Perfect. Results of this study are expected to inform clinical recommendations for considering the amount and quality of sleep in diabetes management.

We now offer a 38-unit master of arts degree designed to prepare graduates to teach students with mild to moderate disabilities. The program, which begins this summer, is accredited by the Arizona Department of Education.

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!