April 2021 Newsletter
School of Education ranked No. 15 in
2022 U.S. News & World Report rankings

The U.S. News & World Report ranked the UCI School of Education No. 15 in its annual rankings of the Top Education Schools in the nation, No. 7 among public schools. It is the 12th consecutive year in which the School of Education improved or maintained its ranking. Across UCI, 31 programs ranked in the top 25 among public universities.
MAT + Credential Program Launches Bilingual Authorization Program
The Bilingual Authorization Program will provide our talented MAT students with the skills necessary to excel as leaders of dual immersion programs and instruction,” said Dean Richard Arum.
APS Awards Asst. Prof. Andres Bustamante Rising Star Designation
The designation recognizes psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their post-Ph.D. research careers whose innovative work has already advanced the psychological science field.
Prof. Warschauer Discusses the K-12 Post-Pandemic Classroom
"There are going to be greater achievement gaps and social adjustments in the classroom, as some kids have thrived in the at-home learning environment and other kids have basically dropped out," said Mark Warschauer.
Upcoming Events
Anne H. Charity Hudley
Dean's Diversity & Inclusion Lecture Series
Monday, April 26, 2021
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. PT
Dr. Anne H. Charity Hudley, the North Hall Endowed Chair in the Linguistics of African America, University of California, Santa Barbara will present: "Talking College: A Community Based Language and Racial Identity Development Model for Black College Student Justice."
Featured speaker:
Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair of Education, Department of Teaching and Learning, Vanderbilt Peabody College
UCI Celebration of Teaching
Thursday, May 6, 2021
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. PT
The UCI Celebration of Teaching, presented by the UCI School of Education's Teacher Academy, is held annually during National Teacher Appreciation Week. The event honors teachers and educators for their commitment to educating, mentoring, and inspiring future generations of students, and engages the community in a thought-provoking conversation that challenges attendees to consider ways to create more equitable and just educational systems.
Assistant Professor
Adriana Villavicencio
Am I My Brother's Keeper: Improving the Educational Experiences and Outcomes of Black and Latinx Males
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. PT
Join the UCI School of Education as Assistant Professor Adriana Villavicencio presents findings from her upcoming book, Am I My Brother’s Keeper?, followed by a Q&A with Douglas M. Haynes, Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at UCI. Villavicencio and Haynes will be introduced by Richard Arum, Dean and Professor, UCI School of Education.
Listening for Empathy to Inform Instruction
Multiple Dates
Join our anti-racist educator group where we will listen to diverse voices, discuss how this impacts our thinking about teaching and learning, and consider how the practice of listening can inform our instruction to engage and uplift student voices. Presented by the UCI History Project. Sessions will be held on April 29, May 13, and June 3 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. PT.
Voices & Perspectives: Honoring the Latino/a Experience
Friday, April 30, 2021
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. PT
To support ongoing conversations within the UCI School of Education, a panel of UCI faculty and K-12 administrators will share their insights regarding culture, education, immigration, stereotypes, family and hope. Panelists will contextualize and individualize the "Latino/a Experience" from a lens that only they can provide, with the goal of heightening awareness and agency. Please join us for this special event.
April 28 is
UCI Giving Day!
Mark your calendars – April 28 is UCI Giving Day, an opportunity for faculty, staff, students, alumni and community friends to come together in support of the campus. Every gift, no matter the size, makes a difference and strengthens our ability to fulfill our mission. Learn more about how your gift can support the School of Education below.
Student News
​UCI School of Education receives more than 10 percent of GRFP fellowships nationally in field of STEM Education and Learning Research
CTERIN Selects Three Doctoral Students as Fellows
Montoya, Rubin, and Skoropad are among 24 doctoral students selected by The California Teacher Education Research and Improvement Network (CTERIN) from across the UC system for the depth of their professional activities and experience, proposed research statements, and experience in K-12 classrooms.
Jacob's project, "Breaking the language code: Unlocking computer science for Latinx students," will develop and test a computer science curriculum that helps predominantly Latinx and low-income students designated as English learners succeed in computing.
Grad Division Awards Doctoral Student 2021 Summer Inclusive Excellence Grant
The grant will support Undarmaa Maamuujav's research of linguistic features of text-based analytical essays of adolescent multilingual students and English learners with different first language backgrounds
Khamia Powell Wins 2021 VOICE Fellowship Award, Profiled by UCI
"The goal of (my) study is to elevate students of color’s voices to illuminate their lived experiences in schools," Powell said of her VOICE Fellowship project, which you can read about here. Additionally, Powell was profiled by UCI Grad Division
"I feel an immense amount of gratitude, pride, and joy in being selected to represent our amazing LatinX community here at UCI," the doctoral candidate said. "I dedicate this award to all my students - past, present, and future."
Jenny Woo Deals a New Deck of Cards for Mental Health
Through its card games, Woo's company, Mind Brain Parenting, has been a widely used resource to help kids and parents better communicate and connect.
The Center for Educational Partnerships (CFEP) - a robust unit within the School of Education - creates collaborations that support student preparation for and success in higher education. The CFEP's programs support K-12 teacher and student development, transfer students, and UCI undergraduates from all majors. With the support of the CFEP, the School of Education is creating opportunities for students to achieve the American dream.
CFEP, UCI Take Part in 28th Annual KinderCaminata
"The program is designed to provide an experience where Santa Ana kindergartners learn the importance of going to college and about different career possibilities," said Stephanie Reyes-Tuccio, assistant vice chancellor for educational partnerships.
First-gen Alumna Gives Back to SAGE Scholars Program
Former SAGE Scholar Lonneshia Webb (’08) mentors and helps raise funds for the program, which assists undergraduates with significant financial need in planning for graduate school, searching for careers, and obtaining internships and scholarships.
Membership is open to alumni and credential alumni, as well as local educators who have attended UCI professional development programs in education. Members receive the School of Education newsletter, invitations to professional development and networking events, and more! 
Community Engagement Initiatives
The UCI School of Education is home to several initiatives intended to foster community-driven solutions to education issues, problems, and inequities faced by our local communities with implications for national and global impact. As a cornerstone of a preeminent research university, the School of Education’s community-engaged initiatives link strong research knowledge and expertise to pressing local needs. 

Below are the latest updates from the Orange County Educational Advancement Network (OCEAN); the Center for Research on Teacher Development and Professional Practice (CRT); and the UCI Teacher Academy.
In the News
WATCH: Professor and Dean Richard Arum joins The Future Trends Forum to discuss how to measure student success

Professor and Dean Richard Arum quoted on instructional strategies, student academic engagement in The Chronicle of Higher Education

​Professor Gustavo Carlo's research into implicit racial bias, sympathy highlighted in PsyPost

​Professor Gustavo Carlo's research into prosocial behavior Latinx youth detailed in EuerkAlert

Kelley Le, Director of the UCI Science Project, shares her thoughts on meaningful science instruction in California Classroom Science

Connected Learning Lab Director and UCI Professor Mimi Ito pens op-ed for EdSurge: "How Three Nonprofits Are Connecting Kids With Diverse Mentors During the Pandemic"
New Publications
Please enjoy a complete list of recent publications by our world-class faculty, graduate students, and alumni. .