NEWS

The 32nd annual Teaching, Learning, & Sociocultural Studies (TLS) Graduate Student Colloquy will be held on Thursday, February 21, 2019. The colloquy is an opportunity for graduate students from across departments and programs to present research.

We welcome our keynote speaker, Angela Calabrese Barton, a professor in Teacher Education at Michigan State University. Her research is grounded in the intersections of teaching and learning science with an emphasis on equity and social justice. 

We are accepting proposals around our theme until Friday, December 14, 2018. 

Our Indigenous Teacher Education Project has received a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education that will double the number of Native American students in the program, establish new tribal partnerships and support a new focus on STEM education. Only 6 percent of American Indians earned a bachelor's degree in science and engineering disciplines in 2014, and in 2016, only 3 percent of Native American students in Arizona met the ACT science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, college readiness benchmark.

Natalie Aileen Larez comes to the University of Arizona from Douglas, Arizona, a small town southeast of Tucson on the border of Mexico. With two older brothers, a younger sister, and a handful of younger cousins, she set out to pave a path as a first-generation college student. She started at the UA as a public health major but she quickly realized she wanted to make a shift while working for the College Academy for Parents . Her job there was to co-facilitate a classroom of children, guiding and teaching children about college readiness.

Assistant Professor of Disability & Psychoeducational Studies Desiree Vega and her doctoral student, Jaclyn N. Wolf, presented at the First Generation Southwest Symposium at Northern Arizona University in September. The presentation, College Enrollment and Persistence of First-generation Latinx Students, focused on the college-going experiences and success of first-generation Latinx college students.

Together with UA school site coordinators and the Department of Disability & Psychoeducational Studies, Director of Field Experience Maggie Shafer placed 163 undergraduate student teachers for the spring 2019 semester. This includes three students at Baboquivari Unified School District, three students at Casa Blanca School in Gila River, and 14 students who are planning to student teach internationally in cities like Guanajauto, Mexico, Rosendal, Norway, and the Liang Province in China.

Hats off to Emma Mendenhall for her beautiful photo of Old Main, which was featured in a full-page layout in the recent issue of the Arizona Alumni Magazine. Not only is she our coordinator for development and alumni in the college, Emma also runs her own photography business. View more of her work here.

 We are pleased to be the recipient of one of the largest gifts in the history of the College of Education. A $1 million gift has been made to support our Worlds of Worlds, the largest collection of global literature for children and young adults in the nation, and the second largest in the world.

Teachers should have access to high quality resources to continually improve in their profession and advance in their careers. Schools and districts provide important professional development for their teachers, but they are limited by resource and time constraints, so they must focus on school or district priorities. In order to meet the broad need for high quality professional development of the diverse range and skillset of individual teachers, the College of Education is creating the Tucson Regional Teacher Professional Development Institute, funded by a grant from Community Foundation of Southern Arizona. Leading the charge for the new institute are Dean Bruce Johnson, Assistant Dean Sara Chavarria, and Professor of Educational Psychology Ron Marx. As a result of their efforts, the college received $50,000 from a donor through the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona to begin a needs assessment this fall. In the winter, the design work begins. We are proud to partner with the following entities on the creation of the institute: UA STEM Learning Center, Pima County Schools Superintendent, CITY Center Collaborative, Tucson Values Teachers, Southern Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children, Partners for Equitable Science Instruction, and several local school districts and charter schools. 

A record crowd of more than 200 attended our annual Scholarship Donor Appreciation Breakfast, an event that creates an opportunity for scholarship donors and their student recipients to meet and get to know each other.

Junior, Bekka Weismantle received the Arizona State Museum's Year at the Museum Award, a competitive work-study position from the Raymond H. and Molly K. Thompson Endowment to provide a two-semester, hands-on educational experience at the Arizona State Museum. Weismantle is pursuing a degree in Literacy, Learning, and Leadership with a minor in Family Studies and Human Development. Arizona State Museum's Community Engagement program provides a stepping stone toward her dream career of working in museum education.