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It's official!

We’re excited to announce the college's new Education Policy Center, which was just approved. Why do we need this new center? Without education, everything from our greatest advancements to our most basic needs would not be possible.

New NSF Grant Looks at Peer Victimization
Studies show that whether and how children defend their victimized peers has a significant impact on a victim’s adjustment. Although much research focuses on individual factors and class-level dynamics of victimization, less is known about the role of teachers. Disability & Psychoeducational Professor Jina Yoon just received a $678,000 National Science Foundation grant to study the effects of teaching practices on peer victimization and defending behaviors.

The two co-PIs on the project are DPS Professor Sheri Bauman and Family and Consumer Sciences Associate Professor Russell Toomey. Their research will include a sample of teachers and students in fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms.
Digging Your Heritage
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A new program and partnership between the College of Education, UA School of Anthropology, and National Park Service uses regional archaeology to connect youth from the Southwest to their cultural history through trips to national parks and hands-on activities like archaeological digs. For the next few months, Linking Southwestern Heritage through Archaeology will engage 13 students and three educators from different high schools throughout Tucson to go on day trips and overnight camping trips to parks like Saguaro National Park, Montezuma Castle National Monument, and Grand Canyon National Park.

In March, the group went on its first day trip to Casa Grande Ruins National Monument where they learned about the importance of preservation. The students learned how to “sling mud” in a practice that helps to stabilize the ancient ruin walls. Another bonus? The program familiarizes the high school students with a university setting and also introduces them to career opportunities in national and state parks.

The School of Anthropology and National Park Service have worked together on the annual project since 2013, but this is the first year for the College of Education’s involvement.

Read this Arizona Daily Star article and learn more about the program at  swheritage.arizona.edu.
As part of the program, which runs from March to mid-June, students are expected to create a video or digital story that combines experiences of the program with their own personal history.
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Students to Cyclovia
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Students from Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies Assistant Professor of Practice Matt Ostermeyer’s TLS 355 class created Students to Cyclovia, a community event for UA students who ride their bikes to campus.

The event was held earlier this month during the popular Cyclovia Tucson, which brings people together to walk, bike, socialize, and play in streets free of cars. Students to Cyclovia exposed UA students and the general public to the strong community and many opportunities available to a bike rider in Tucson. The TLS 355 students designed a free and easy scavenger hunt with four stations that were on the car-free Cyclovia route. People who completed the self-directed hunt received a prize to encourage their bike riding in Tucson.
Personal Tragedy Launches The Resilience Project
Teach Arizona graduate student Renee Kargleder publicly shared a traumatic personal story in the hopes of helping others and building resilience.

She was featured in this Arizona Daily Star article about how she survived sexual assault and used her experience to create The Resilience Project. The organization, which was founded in 2017, launched its second annual scholarship contest earlier this month by asking survivors to create a piece of art that expresses the theme, “The Triumph of the Human Spirit.”

“The $500 scholarship has no limits on gender and no GPA requirement — students simply submit their artwork on an index card to the Resilience Project’s email address. Applicants can also submit a four- to five-line poem, should they wish, but applicants won’t be overlooked should they choose not to,” Kargleder says.

Learn more about The Resilience Project and the scholarship, which closes on May 3, at  resilience-project.com.
Angel Charity Shines for the Cooper Center
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The Cooper Center for Environmental Learning is thrilled to be the recipient of a new scholarship grant from  Angel Charity for Children, Inc.

Arizona Public Media interviewed Cooper Director Colin Waite about the impact the grant will have on the Cooper Center and the greater Tucson community. “When we think about the health of our planet and how many environmental issues there are right now and there will be in the future, the only way to prepare kids for dealing with those decisions and those challenges is to provide them with the knowledge and experience they need to learn for themselves and to act for themselves,” Waite says.

Listen to the interview here.
How the Country's Largest Collection of
Global Children's Books Grew in Tucson
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KJZZ Phoenix sat down with  Worlds of Words Director and Professor Kathy Short to talk about how the largest collection of global children's literature came about.

"In the classroom, books became a tool to teach students to read and write their own stories. My passion was really books,” Short says. “Not so much books as separate from kids, but the power of connecting children with books and what happens within those experiences.”

Read or listen to the full interview here.
Win Apple AirPods with Our
2019 Graduation-Cap Challenge!
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Share your love of education and creativity via your graduation cap for a chance to win Apple AirPods!
If you are graduating and will be attending convocation on May 10 at McKale Memorial Center, you are eligible to enter our graduation-cap decorating contest on social media. Caps will be judged on creativity and effort. Here's how you enter the challenge:
  • Follow or like the College of Education on social media (if you don’t already).
  • Post a photo of your grad cap on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook using #coegradcap2019 (must be made public).
  • Must be an education student graduating in spring 2019.
  • Submit entries by May 10 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Caps judged on originality and effort.
  • Winners will be announced on social media.
Message from the Alumni Council
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Last month, we held an amazing alumni event at the Jewish History Museum. We got to hear from College of Education alumnus and the Jewish History Museum’s executive director, Bryan Davis, and Educational Policy Studies and Practice Associate Professor Jill Koyama, who gave us insights on refugee and immigration issues in education.

Now, the semester is flying by and the college is preparing to graduate another class of excellent educators. As with every semester, we'll be at the college's convocation ceremony on May 10 to hand out red carnations to all graduating students and welcome them to our alumni community!

We also want to invite all alumni to our end-of-semester Alumni Happy Hour on Monday, May 13, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. It is a time for food, fellowship, and fun. We pay for the food, you pay for the drinks! Contact our Alumni Relations Coordinator, Emma Mendenhall, at emmen@email.arizona.edu or 520-621-2972 for more information and to RSVP.

Always feel free to contact me!

David Overstreet '80 '86
Alumni Council President
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Tennis, Everyone?
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A few months ago, Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Assistant Professors of Practice Matt Ostermeyer and Brandon Harris, along with students from their TLS 355 class, traveled to Nogales, Arizona, to attend a binational tennis and art festival hosted by  Border Youth Tennis Exchange. BYTE uses tennis to keep children off the street and build teamwork and self-esteem.

The festival featured music, art installations, and pop-up tennis on both sides of the border wall. Ostermeyer, Harris, and literacy, learning, and leadership students Jaden Mickens, Rosie Harris-Makinen, Shannon MacNeil, and Alex Davood led arts and crafts projects. The students did not receive any credit (extra or otherwise) for being a part of this. They gave up eight hours on a Saturday before finals week just to volunteer and be a part of this amazing organization.

Even CBS Saturday Morning covered the far-reaching event!

Check out this video to learn more about BYTE and the festival.
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Assistant Dean of Research Sara Chavarria (center) and members of the Dean’s Undergraduate Advisory Board represented the College of Education at the annual  UA Campus Pantry Benefit Dinner. Attendees enjoyed a keynote speech by Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and were given a tour of the campus pantry and the new rooftop garden. Board members in attendance included Don Sanchez Kitch, Rena Mendoza, Joseph Sturm, Jaden Mickens, Natalie Larez, and Erin Allen.
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Desiree Vega on her selection as a Hispanic Serving Institution Fellow. HSI Fellows serve students from diverse backgrounds, particularly Hispanic undergraduate and graduate students. Becoming a Hispanic Serving Institution not only serves these students but provides federal funding that benefits all students on campus. Learn more about the HSI Fellows here.

Associate Professor Nolan Cabrera’s book, " White Guys on Campus," was awarded the  American Educational Research Association Division J 2019 Outstanding Publication Award.

In addition, Cabrera was awarded the 2019 AERA Reviewer of the Year, which was presented at the annual meeting this month in Toronto, Canada.

Cabrera also was featured on the Scholars Strategy Network's podcast, No Jargon, this week. His interview is  Episode 171: A Life-Changing Course. You also may find it and subscribe on  Apple PodcastsGoogle Play, and  Stitcher (as well as other podcasting apps).
Santiago Castiello-Gutiérrez, a doctoral candidate and research assistant, wrote this article in Inside Higher Education on the importance of diversity, globalization, and democracy as critical responses to the rising tides of isolationism and nationalism, but notes that international students have experienced something else. More.
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Three doctoral students, Amanda Cheromiah (center), Charlinda Haudley, and Bryant Valencia, were named 2019 recipients of the Maria Teresa Velez Diversity Leadership Award. This award is given annually to graduate students who, through teaching, research, or outreach and service, demonstrate a commitment to furthering diversity in education, higher education, and the community at large. Haudley and Valencia knew Velez before she passed away. Velez had a significant impact on them in their pursuit of graduate work.
Assistant Professor Kevin Lawrence Henry was interviewed for this  Arizona Daily Star story about the more than 100 teacher vacancies that exist in Tucson’s school districts. “These nine districts, like the other 660 or so school districts throughout Arizona, have been left to deal with the impacts of the teacher shortage without much financial support from the state,” he says.
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The Scientist Magazine  published an article about a group of Chinese American scientists who voiced concerns over anti-Chinese political rhetoric from the National Institutes of Health. In a letter, the group warns how recent NIH proposals could lead to unjust targeting of Chinese scientists and could harm U.S. research.

In the article, Professor Jenny Lee, who did not contribute to the letter, comments that, “The letter on behalf of Chinese scientists raises valid and important issues that have major implications, not only for the Chinese scientists directly affected, but also for the U.S.’s standing as a global leader of scientific knowledge production and the U.S. universities where they work.” More.
NPR reported on the growing use of gender pronouns on college campuses and spoke with Assistant Professor Z Nicolazzo about cracking open the binary thinking on gender and how this is the beginning, not the end, of the conversation. "Many in higher education still approach gender as a binary thing — on campus, there tends to be a false dichotomy between man and woman," Nicolazzo says. “It's this binary, upheld through things like sex-segregated athletic teams, that can have especially negative consequences for trans and gender nonconforming students." More.
Congratulations to alumnus Charles Prickett ’98 who was awarded the  Carter G. Woodson  Memorial Award by the  National Education Association. The award, which is given once every two years and is sponsored jointly by the NEA and the  Association for the Study of African American Life and History, recognizes leadership and creativity in promoting Black History Month, for furthering the understanding of African Americans’ heritage, and for making significant positive changes in a local community. In the summer of 1964, he was part of the Mississippi Freedom Summer where he worked in rural Mississippi helping to establish Freedom Schools and assisting African American citizens in their efforts to gain voting rights. Prickett describes his experiences in the book, “ Remembering Mississippi Freedom Summer: The Summer That Changed America.”
Professor Renée T. Clift gave a keynote on embracing tensions and creating opportunities in teacher education to the Association of Teacher Educators.
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Professor and Dean Bruce Johnson spent a day in Nogales, Arizona, with UA President Robert Robbins and several other deans. The group met with Nogales leaders, such as Fresh Produce Association of the Americas and Greater Nogales and Santa Cruz County Port Authority. They also met government, higher education, and business representatives in Nogales, Sonora, including Municipal President Jesús Pujol Irastorza and Secretary of Education and Culture Professor José Víctor Guerrero González. Since his arrival to the UA, President Robbins has held steadfast to his commitment of building relationships with Nogales. The college has had ongoing partnerships with Nogales for many years.
Graduate Judi Moreillon ’03, who received a doctorate from the college — Professor and Director of Worlds of Words Kathy Short was her advisor — was honored with the American Library Association Scholastic Library Publishing Award. Moreillon, a literacies and libraries consultant, taught as an adjunct in the college and continues to serve on the Worlds of Words board. She’s also the co-chair of the Teacher Librarian Division of the Arizona Library Association. More.
See you next month!

Bruce Johnson
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