May 2020 Newsletter
A Chancellor's Professor of Education at the UCI School of Education since 2016, Dr. Carol McDonald Connor was a leading academic, a guiding light for disadvantaged children, and a friend and mentor to countless students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty.

Dr. Connor devoted her life to studying language and literacy development. At UCI, she led the Center for Creating Opportunities through Education. This university-wide center focuses on creating economic mobility for disadvantaged children. Over decades of work, she fought for supporting the needs of others - teaching, mentoring, conducting research, creating interventions, and securing a U.S. patent that generated individualized plans for children learning to read.
Many of you consider Dr. Connor a colleague, mentor, and friend. A memorial service is being planned for a time when it is possible to accommodate the many people who knew her. In the meantime, please read more about Dr. Connor's contributions to academia and the impact she made on thousands of individuals across the world.
If you have a fond memory of Dr. Connor that you are willing to share, please email the School of Education’s communications department.
Carol McDonald Connor
School of Education study reveals students' attitudes toward COVID-19
Two surveys administered as part of the UCI School of Education’s  Next Generation Undergraduate Success Measurement Project  found that UCI undergraduates are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in altruistic and community-focused ways, but are nonetheless concerned about how the pandemic will affect their education.

" These surveys are unique in that we were able to capture the attitudes and concerns of undergraduate students in real-time, before and after the pandemic, as their college experiences were radically altered, said Richard Arum , dean of the UCI School of Education and principal investigator of the Next Generation Undergraduate Success Measurement Project . "What we learned is informing how the university serves undergraduates, as we work to maintain high-quality learning experiences and support mental health and physical well-being."
The UCI Teacher Academy is pleased to share curated materials to assist educators, families and students during remote instruction, including resources, websites and helpful tips carefully selected by Teacher Academy staff and faculty.
Our Commitment to Education
During the Pandemic
The School of Education, and entire UCI campus, are here to serve the Orange County community and country with best practices for professors, K12 teachers, and students. We hope that this webpage will serve as a helpful resource to you and your students.
UCI School of Education Alumni in Action:
Responding to COVID-19
As educators, you make an indelible impact on the lives of others every day. Now, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, many of you are making a difference in new and inspiring ways. We want to hear about it.

Whether you have established a new way to educate students or donated supplies to a local shelter, no acts of kindness are too small, nor should they go unnoticed. If you, or a School of Education alumni you know, has recently embarked upon such an act, please click below to share the story.

Educators are selfless, courageous and compassionate leaders, and it is during this time when we are reliant upon, and inspired by, their service to the community. We thank you in advance for your tireless efforts.
More from the UCI School of Education
Prof. Sandholtz recognized for extraordinary commitment to undergraduate education
"Teaching is at the center of my work as a university professor," Judith Sandholtz said. "For me, teaching is an ongoing form of learning."
Ta-Yang (Diane) Hsieh awarded Promising Future Faculty Member award
A fourth-year doctoral student, Hsieh specializes in Human Development in Context. Her research focuses on identifying inequities in the STEM pipeline from high school through college, along with ways to support individuals’ continued pursuit and achievement in STEM.
School of Ed MAT candidates two of five awardees recognized by California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE)
" It is wonderful for Brenda and Olympia to be recognized and honored in this way by CABE , " said Multiple Subject Coordinator Susan Toma-Berge .
Three doctoral students named fellows by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program
For the fifth time in the last seven years, the UCI School of Education is home to the most GRFP fellows in STEM Education and Learning Research in the nation. Since 2014, 17 students from the UCI School of Education have been named GRFP fellows in STEM Education and Learning Research.
Additional News
New Publications
Recent publications by our faculty and graduate students
Fifth-year doctoral student Miguel Abad : "’Are We Not What We Seem?’: Infrapolitical Maneuvers in the Era of College and Career Readiness," in Anthropology and Education Quarterly
Assistant Professor Andres Bustamante (pictured, right) and Alumnus Kresknik Begolli (Ph.D. ’15): "More than Just a Game: Transforming Social Interaction and STEM play with Parkopolis," in Developmental Psychology

Assistant Professor Andres Bustamante : "Are our preschool teachers worth more than they were two months ago?" in Brookings Institute Education Blog

Associate Professor Drew Bailey and Distinguished Professor Greg Duncan : "Persistence and Fadeout of Educational Intervention Effects: Mechanisms and Potential Solutions," in Psychological Science in the Public Interest

Assistant Professor Nia Dowell and first-year doctoral student Yiwen Lin : " Exploring the relationship between emergent sociocognitive roles, collaborative problem-solving skills and outcomes: A Group Communication Analysis," in Journal of Learning Analytics
Distinguished Professor Jacquelynne Eccles : "How Dimensional Comparisons Help to Understand Linkages Between Expectancies, Values, Performance, and Choice," in Educational Psychology Review

Distinguished Professor George Farkas : "Are Schools in the U.S. South Using Special Education to Segregate Students by Race?" in  Exceptional Children

Research Affiliate  Christian Fischer , Assistant Professor  Di Xu , Assistant Professor  Fernando Rodriguez , Project Scientist  Kameryn Denaro  (UCI Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation), and Professor  Mark Warschauer : "Effects of Course Modality in Summer Session: Enrollment Patterns and Student Performance in Face-to-Face and Online Classes," in The Internet and Higher Education

Alumna Jin Kyoung Hwang (Ph.D. ’15): "The Relationship Among Home Language Use, Parental Beliefs, and Spanish-Speaking Children's Vocabulary," in The International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism  

Associate Professor Susanne Jaeggi : "Neural Correlates of Working Memory Training: Evidence for Plasticity in Older Adults," in Neuroimage

Second-year doctoral student Hye Rin Lee , Alumnus Peter McPartlan (Ph.D. '19), Alumnus Osman Umarji (Ph.D. '19), Alumna Quijie Lee (Ph.D. '19), and Distinguished Professor Jacquelynne Eccles : "Just a Methodological Cautionary Note: The Jingle Jangle of Self-Related Beliefs in Motivational Measures," in Journal of Educational and Psychological Research

Alumni Peter McPartlan (Ph.D. ’19), Osman Umarji (Ph.D. ’19) and Distinguished Professor Jacquelynne Eccles : "Selective Importance in Self-Enhancement: Patterns of Feedback Adolescents Use to Improve Math Self-Concept," in Journal of Early Adolescence

Fourth-year doctoral student Jane S. Nazzal , Professor Emerita Carol Booth Olson , UCI Writing Project Research Scientist Huy Chung (Ph.D., ‘15): “Differences in Analytical Text-Based Writing Across Four Levels of Community College Composition Courses,” in Teaching English in the Two-Year College
Professor Elizabeth Peña (pictured, left): "Language & Literacy Together: Supporting Grammatical Development in Dual Language Learners with Risk for Language & Learning Difficulties," in Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools

Professor Elizabeth Peña : "The Utility of an English Semantics Measure for Identifying Developmental Language Disorder in Spanish–English Bilinguals," in Journal of Speech-Language Pathology

Associate Professor  Stephanie Reich published new textbook:  Community Psychology (3rd Edition): In Pursuit of Liberation and Well-Being (Red Globe Press).
Associate Professor Elizabeth A. van Es : Connections and Capacity: An Exploration of Preservice Teachers’ Sense of Belonging, Social Networks, and Self-Efficacy in Three Teacher Education Programs, in AERA Open
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