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March 2017

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It's spring, and that means the campus (and just about all of Tucson) is buzzing with basketball. We're all sending winning wishes to the Wildcats as they face Xavier tonight.

Spring also means rankings from U.S. News & World Report. Each year, U.S. News ranks schools and programs in business, education, engineering, law, nursing, and medicine. The rankings in these six areas are based on expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research, and students. 

Two of our programs did quite well: Our rehabilitation counseling program ranked sixth in the nation, and our higher education came in at 14.



And more good news: We just learned we were awarded a $1 million National Science Foundation grant through our visual impairment (VI) program. 

Estimates of employment rates for adults with VI range from 30 to 38 percent, and VI adults are especially underrepresented in STEM fields. Associate Professor Sunggye Hong and Associate Professor of Practice Irene Topor were awarded the funding to better understand and advance the awareness and persistence toward STEM-related careers by middle and high school students with VI. Project-Based Learning Opportunities and Exploration of Mentorship for Students with Visual Impairments in STEM will give students with VI opportunities for accessible project-based learning and mentorship from a VI professional working in a STEM field.

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We're also part of a Spencer Foundation $1 million, multi-university study designed to examine the effect indigenous-language immersion schools have on Native American student success, both in the classroom and beyond. Associate Professor Sheilah Nicholas is one of four researchers from universities across the western part of the U.S. who will study the impact of native languages.

Nicholas also was recently named an Erasmus Circle Fellow, one of the highest honors bestowed upon College of Education faculty. Erasmus Circle Fellows are nominated by their department heads and former Erasmus Circle Fellows then selected by the College of Education National Advisory Board. Nicholas will be recognized at the Annual Erasmus Circle and Donor Recognition Reception at the end of March.  

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Associate Professor Erin E. Turner was honored with the Distinguished Scholar Award, one of just three such awards across campus each year. The award acknowledges outstanding mid-career faculty who are leading experts in their fields. One of the reasons Turner received the award was due to the transformative innovations she has advanced in mathematics teacher education with the support of major national grants and noted publications. The honor is accompanied by a $10,000 award to continue her work.

Congratulations to all these stellar faculty members!
The Arizona K12 Center is partnering with the Hope Street Group (HSG), a nonpartisan nonprofit that connects classroom teachers with their peers and decision makers. They will soon recruit their first cohort of Arizona Hope Street Teacher Fellows. The online application opens April 1, but interested teachers can learn more here.

The Arizona program is carefully designed to develop the competencies of great teachers, providing them with tools to engage their colleagues and generate solutions to the challenges education is facing. See how HSG Teacher Fellows view the program in this short video

Arizona Hope Street Fellows remain in their schools full time and contribute approximately 10 hours monthly to program activities including data collections, professional learning sessions, and partner meetings. Fellows receive a $2,000 stipend for the 12-month fellowship, with the opportunity to extend into a second year and deepen their work.

Resplandor International and Worlds of Words, in collaboration with Learning A-Z, are celebrating the Second Annual Fiesta to support the Richard Ruiz Scholar/Artist in Residence summer program in Guanajuato, Mexico, and we'd love for you to be our guest.

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The free event includes live music, Mexican appetizers, and a raffle for terrific prizes including a beautiful handpainted sculpture, Jirafa. In fact, we'll have many beautiful handcrafted and unique items from Mexico and Guatemala as part of our silent auction. (All contributions go toward programs and activities at Resplandor International.) 
You'll also have the chance to meet the Richard Ruiz Scholar/Artist in Residence for 2017, Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor from the University of Georgia Department of Language and Literacy Education. She is a professor and poet-scholar in language education and an applied theatre scholar. You can check out some of her recent work at her website . One of her recent books is Teachers Act Up: Creating Multicultural Community through Theatre. 

Saturday, March 25
2-4 p.m.
College of Education Worlds of Words
1430 E. Second Street
Room 453
Children welcome
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Professor Emeritus Walter Doyle, whose distinguished contributions in teaching and teacher education are regularly cited throughout the globe, will be honored with the Legacy Award from the American Educational Research Association in April.  
During his 30+ years at the UA, Doyle established a remarkable record of sustained scholarship and leadership in teacher education. He elevated the status of teacher education inquiry across international borders and barriers in his role as invited scholar, teacher education program design consultant, and teacher education international advisory board member, thus impacting the quality of teacher preparation across the globe. His record of international leadership in teacher education is applauded by tens of thousands of scholars who work to disrupt the status quo of schooling. 
New Crowdfunding Campaign March 31 - May 1


How could you help to provide quality outdoor experiences for Tucson children in our beautiful Sonoran Desert? 

It's easy! Contribute to the Cooper Center for Environmental Learning crowdfunding campaign between March 31 and May 1.

Cooper's goal is to raise $30,000.  Cooper's success in grassroots fundraising is impressive, raising $20,000 in 2015 and more than $27,000 in 2016. 

Be sure to bookmark this crowdfunding link so you'll be ready when it goes live. The more people we reach, the more successful Cooper will be.

Happy spring to all alumni and friends!

This is the time for seeing things in a new light as the weather warms up and the end of the academic year closes in. Your Alumni Council continues to be present in the college on a weekly basis supporting students and staff in any way that helps promote the college. We will finish out the semester sponsoring a sendoff of our beloved Dean Marx, participating in convocation, and preparing to support Freshman Orientation over the summer.

I want to encourage you to join the council to help shape our mission. Soon we will announce a chance to run for leadership positions on the council and then set a date for our summer retreat to plan for next year's activities.

Don't forget to plan on returning to campus for Homecoming 2017 during the last weekend in October! We will keep you up to date on events specifically for our alumni.

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Always remember to Bear Down!

Dave Overstreet '80 '86
Alumni Council President
Dean's Office


Associate Dean Renee Clift was interviewed about the teacher shortage in Arizona here on Tucson's ABC affiliate.

The Daily Wildcat published  a story on Dean Marx's departure in June.

Disability & Psychoeducational Studies

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Professor June Maker will be inducted into the Bridges from School to Work Hall of Fame for her significant contributions in education for twice exceptional individuals (people who are formally diagnosed with one or more disabilities). Maker wrote the first book and articles on the topic.

Educational Policy Studies & Practice

Associate Professor Nolan Cabrera was quoted in this story in NEA Today about ethnic studies becoming a more accepted educational practice.

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Professor Jenny Lee was quoted in this article in  The Chronicle of Higher Education about January's immigration ban.

Department Head Gary Rhoades was interviewed for this story  about f ree speech and hate speech in NEA Today .

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In February, about 25 College of Education students, most from the literacy, learning, and leadership major, attended the 2017 National Collegiate Leadership Conference. This student-run conference offers leadership skill-building and training to the hundreds of students who attend from all over the U.S.
Amanda Tachine, an alumna from our higher education program, was the closing keynote speaker. 

Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies

Assistant Professor Leah Duran wrote this opinion piece that appeared in Ozy about the "word gap" in children's language development

Until next time,
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Ron Marx

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