December 2018
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Welcome, New Staff!
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We’re excited to welcome the newest academic advisor to the Student Services team, Frances Vega Montaño , who comes from the Arizona Online department where she worked as an enrollment counselor for online undergraduate degrees for almost two years. Prior to her role as enrollment counselor, Montaño worked as a testing specialist in the recruitment department of a language interpretation company, where she also worked as a Spanish/English interpreter for three years. Montaño is a native Tucsonan and an alumna of the College of Humanities. After working with students on the recruitment end, Frances is looking forward to continuing her work with students in academic advising, through not only the admissions stage but all the way to graduation!
Across Campus
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Submit your talk for TEDxUofA spring 2019!

TEDxUofA has selected Aberration as the theme for their upcoming event in spring 2019. Aberration is defined as a departure from what is normal, usual, or expected. Faculty and staff of the College of Education have been invited to apply to speak at the event. Submit your application here .* Email with any questions.
*Please note they are still accepting late applications.
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Luis Moll wins 2018 Spindler Award

 Congratulations to Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies Professor Emeritus Luis Moll for winning the 2018 George and Louise Spindler Award. The Spindler Award is a highly prestigious award granted to scholars and practitioners whose achievements in educational anthropology have significantly advanced the quality of the design or delivery of educational services. This is the third year in a row that one of our faculty has received this award! TLS Professor Emeritus Norma Gonzalez was the awardee in 2017, and TLS Professor Perry Gilmore in 2016. Amazing! In addition, former LRC Professor Teresa McCarty received the award in 2010. 
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Jaclyn Wolf awarded student travel
scholarship from NLPA

Disability & Psychoeducational Studies doctoral student Jaclyn Wolf was awarded a student travel scholarship from the National Latinx Psychological Association . The scholarship allowed her to not only attend, but present research at their bi-annual conference in San Diego this past October. Congratulations, Jaclyn!
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Literacy, Learning, and Leadership Fall 2018 Internship Poster Session

As many students know, internships are a great way to gain career experience prior to graduation. These opportunities offer students the chance to broaden their professional network and practice the skills and knowledge they gain from curriculum in the classroom. Getting started with the internship selection and application process, however, can be a daunting task for some, especially those who are brand new to the workforce.

Every semester, Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies Associate Professor Crystal Soltero hosts a Literacy, Learning, and Leadership Internship Poster Session to offer College of Education students the chance to have their internship questions answered by fellow students who are current interns. At this semester’s Internship Poster Session there were LLL interns from a wide range of community organizations, including Higher Ground, Coca Cola, and even the college’s very own Worlds of Words.

While the LLL Internship Poster Session is a great chance to learn more about internship opportunities in the Tucson community, it also provides the interns themselves with valuable practice time to work on their professional social skills. What better way to practice your elevator speech than in a room full of supportive, fellow College of Education students who are in the same boat as you?

To learn more about available internship opportunities, visit and be sure to check out the next LLL Internship Poster Session in the spring!
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Supporting children on the US-Mexican border through music, art, and pop-up tennis 

On December 9, Assistant Professors of Practice Matt Ostermeyer and Brandon Harris will be traveling to the border in Nogales with students from their TLS 355 class for a binational tennis and art festival hosted by Border Youth Tennis Exchange . BYTE is a bi-national initiative that seeks to enhance the lives of children and young adults on the US-Mexican border through tennis, education, and cross-border exchange. The festival will feature music, art installations, and pop-up tennis on both sides of the border wall. Ostermeyer and Harris will be bringing books, arts, and crafts from Worlds of Words and will be spreading awareness about the new Recreation and Sport in Communities, Parks, and Schools minor . To learn more about the event,
visit .
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Eat at Chipotle this Saturday, 12/1, to support the College of Education

The Chipotle located at 905 East University Blvd. #149 will be donating 33% of proceeds made on Saturday, December 1 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. to the College of Education Student Council . Be sure to tell the cashier you’re supporting the College of Education so your purchase counts! Don’t hold back
on adding guacamole this time –
it’s for a good cause!
What's New?
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Two College of Education faculty members selected for
first class of HSI fellows

In April, the University of Arizona was designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education. To further the university’s efforts as a newly designated HSI, the university has selected ten faculty and staff members for a new fellowship that will be dedicated to expanding the university’s capacity to serve Hispanic students. Among the ten fellows are College of Education Associate Professor Nolan Cabrera and Assistant Professor of Practice Vanessa Perry .

The fellows have been split into three groups and will work on different projects: design of culturally relevant pedagogies and practices, creation of a communications plan about the UA's HSI efforts and impact, and development of a plan to engage and serve students at the UA. The fellows will begin in spring 2019 and will finish at the end of the semester.

To learn more about the new HSI fellowship, visit UA@Work .
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Indigenous Thinkers is back!

Indigenous students from the College of Education are reinstating Indigenous Thinkers , an organization dedicated to all Indigenous graduate students at the College of Education. To learn more about the organization and upcoming events, add yourself to the listserv at and like them on Facebook
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Dean’s Undergraduate
Advisory Board

College of Education undergraduate students have established a Dean’s Undergraduate Advisory Board to represent and advocate for all undergraduates in the college. The board will be comprised of student representatives across all College of Education undergraduate programs. Student representatives will meet monthly with Dean Bruce Johnson to provide input and receive updates about the college. Faculty and staff are encouraged to recommend this great leadership opportunity to undergraduates and undergraduates are strongly encouraged to apply! Submit your application here by
December 14, 2018.
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Sara Tolbert to join faculty at the
University of Canterbury

Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies Associate Professor Sara Tolbert is taking a one-year leave from the University of Arizona to work at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. She will continue pursuing her interests in bicultural and Indigenous science education and will explore potential collaborations between the UA College of Education and the teacher education programs at Canterbury. During the last seven years at the College of Education, her work on bicultural and Indigenous science education and her promotion of equity and social justice throughout the college have brought her recognition as an outstanding scholar, teacher, mentor, and colleague.
Faculty and Student Presentations
Desiree Vega presents at International Conference on Urban Education in Nassau, Bahamas

Assistant Professor Desiree Vega co-presented a paper, African American girls and college and career readiness, with Ball State University Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and School Counseling Renae Mayes at the International Conference on Urban Education in Nassau, Bahamas.
Desiree Vega and students at NLPA
Desiree Vega and doctoral students present
at National Latinx Psychological
Association Conference

Last October Assistant Professor of School Psychology Desiree Vega presented with her doctoral students, Jaclyn N. Wolf and Michele Stathatos , at the National Latinx Psychological Association Conference in San Diego. Together, Vega and Wolf presented a symposium titled The provision of psychological services in school settings to ELL and Latina/o students: Training needs to implementation of best practices . In addition, Vega, Wolf, and Stathatos presented their poster An examination of bilingual school psychology
training programs .
Jaclyn Wolf
Academic engagement in Latinx adolescents and the need for school safety and support

Disability & Psychoeducational Studies doctoral student Jaclyn Wolf attended the California Association of School Psychologists conference in San Diego in early November to present her research, Neighborhood risk and unsafe schools in relation to Latinx adolescents' academic engagement: Social cohesion and school respect as protective factors. Her poster demonstrated the purpose of the study and her findings, which indicate neighborhood and school risk, and protective factors are important to Latinx adolescents’ academic engagement. Furthermore, her research supports the need for educators to create partnerships between parents, social agencies, and schools, as well as the need for implementation of school-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports programs to ensure students feel safe and supported at school.
Sheri Bauman visits Australia for NSW
Anti-bullying Strategy Conference

Earlier this month, Disability & Psychoeducational Studies Professor Sheri Bauman was invited to speak in Australia at the NSW Anti-bullying Strategy 2018 Conference. She traveled to Sydney, Wagga Wagga, and Ballina to share her research on bullying, cyberbullying, social networking sites, peer victimization, and teacher responses to bullying with both parents and students.

Her two presentations were 1) Managing modern twilight zones: Responding to cyber behaviors and 2) Meet in the middle: Supportive group processes to reduce bullying behavior.
Faculty Publications
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Strategies for supporting students with visual impairments when teaching math graphics

Research Professor L. Penny Rosenblum ’s article Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments Share Experiences and Advice for Supporting Students in Understanding Graphics , was recently published in the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness . In the article, Rosenblum describes the challenges students with visual impairments face when locating information in math graphics and she outlines strategies that have been implemented to assist teachers in supporting these learners. Read the full article here . This research is part of the work of the AnimalWatch-VI: Graphics Literacy project awarded to The University of Arizona. 
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Pygmalion in the Classroom : 50 years later

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the controversial publication Pygmalion in the Classroom , the journal Educational Research and Evaluation published a special issue. Professor Emeritus Thomas Good and Educational Psychology doctoral student Natasha Sterzinger and former Educational Psychology doctoral student and current Utah State Assistant Professor Alyson Lavigne have prepared an invited paper entitled Expectation Effects: Pygmalion and the Initial 20 Years of Research . Read the full article here .
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Students on the US-Mexico border and the transition between educational systems

Professor Emeritus Toni Griego-Jones wrote a chapter for University of Calgary Professor Yan Guo ’s book Home-School Relations, International Perspectives , which was published in Springer Singapore this year. Griego-Jones’ chapter, Parent Involvement in Schools Along the USA-Mexico Border , reports on findings related to parent involvement in schools along the USA-Mexico border, specifically the neighboring states of Sonora and Arizona. Her research explores how a return migration of Mexican immigrants in Sonora has created a shift from historical patterns of Sonoran students enrolling in Arizona’s schools to an increase of students from Arizona schools in Sonoran schools. Through her findings, she demonstrates the need to attend to parents as well as students who are transitioning from one country’s educational system to another.
Desiree Vega describes the factors that influence access to gifted education among African-American and Latino males

Assistant Professor Desiree Vega co-wrote an article titled Access to gifted education among African American and Latino males with Ohio State University Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer James Moore . The article defines the factors and roadblocks that frequently influence access to gifted education programming among African American and Latino males. Visit the Emerald Insight website to read the full article.
Reframing engineering education around
an ethos of empathy and care

Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies Associate Professor Kristin Gunckel ’s paper The imperative to move toward a dimension of care in engineering education was published earlier this year in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching . In her article, she analyzes how engineering is portrayed in the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards as a way to solve the world’s greatest problems. She considers how this notion of engineering might ignore issues of justice and the full socio-political context. Read the full article here .  

How learning progressions can support
teacher learning

The Journal of Research in Science Teaching published Learning progressions as tools for supporting teacher content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge about water in environmental systems by Associate Professor Kristin Gunckel . The article explores how learning progression-based curriculum can support teacher learning, and examines how the common use of traditional school science discourse may limit the potential for both student and teacher progress toward model‐based reasoning.
Bullying, gun carrying, and suicidality
in Latinx youth

This year, Disability & Psychoeducational Studies Professor Sheri Bauman ’s article, Examining suicidality, bullying, and gun carrying among Latina/o youth over 10 years , was published in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry . Her research analyzes findings about bullying, gun carrying, and suicidality in Latino boys and Latina girls and considers intersections of race and gender when developing antibullying and suicide prevention strategies in Latinx youth over
10 years.

Predicting college outcomes for students in the College Assistance Migrant Program

Professor Sheri Bauman wrote an article with Westminster College Assistant Professor Julian Mendez. Together they examined factors associated with college outcomes in migrant Latinx college students enrolled in the College Assistance Migrant Program. The article, From migrant farmworkers to first generation Latina/o students: Factors predicting college outcomes for students participating in the College Assistance Migrant Program, was published in The Review of Higher Education by Johns Hopkins University Press in early October. The full article can be found here .  
New issues from Worlds of Words online journals

Worlds of Words has three refereed online journals, all of which are recognized by the Library of Congress with ISSNs. The three journals are peer-reviewed, free, and open-access. This fall, an issue of each was published:
WOW Stories contains blind, peer-reviewed vignettes written by classroom educators about children’s experiences reading and responding to literature. The current issue, Enhancing Experiences with Global Picturebooks by Learning the Language of Art , explores a literacy community’s commitment to teaching students about global literature and art as language. Through these teachings, these K-3 teachers have found that bringing global literature and art into the classroom broadens their students’ understanding of culture and creativity.

WOW Review is a journal of critical reviews on children’s and adolescent literature that highlights intercultural understanding and global perspectives. The current issue, Connections Create Bridges across People and Cultures , features books with stories that are centered on connections.

WOW Libros is a journal of critical reviews on children’s and adolescent literature originally published in Spanish. The current and inaugural issue, Ejemplar Inaugural: Leyendo Entre Palabras , was not only published in the College of Education, all reviewers of this issue are current College of Education students. Even more, the editor of this issue, Andrea Garcia , is a graduate of the College of Education. 
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Spotlight on
Stellar Students!

Joseph Sturm , a literacy, learning, and leadership student, is in his third year here at the College of Education. He came to the university from Vail, Arizona knowing he was going to pursue a path towards a career in education. When he was in high school, he spent a lot of time volunteering at the elementary school where his mother teaches art. It was during this time that he realized he wanted to follow in his mom’s footsteps towards a career of teaching.

He entered university initially pursing a degree in Elementary Education, but soon after getting involved with organizations on campus and at the College of Education, he decided he wanted to pursue a career of teaching in a university setting. During his freshman year, he began working at the UA Office of Admissions , which required him to visit local high schools and exposed him to the world of educational inequality. It became apparent to him that different schools offer different resources, and thus, different opportunities. “The first high school I visited was very different than the high school I attended. The difference between resources available to students was shocking, which I would have never known had I never visited that high school,” he says. The inequity he witnessed through these first-hand experiences has sparked an interest in pursuing a master’s degree in educational policy. Until then, Sturm is keeping busy pursuing two majors (he’s also pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing) and two minors.

On top of his schoolwork and job as a student recruiter at the Office of Admissions, where he still works, some of his extracurricular activities include an internship with Ben’s Bells , serving as chair of the College of Education Ambassadors , and working with the peer mentors club.

He also works with the College of Education events board to produce events like Hounds N’ Hoagies, which just took place for its third semester this past week. He and other members of the events board created Hounds N’ Hoagies as a way to offer students a chance to cuddle with therapy dogs from Pet Partners of Southern Arizona as a stress-relieving break from studying for finals.

Throughout his college career, he has found support through the encouragement and availability of his advisors, College of Education faculty, and fellow UA students. He recognizes the gift of accessible resources and the value in having mentors that inspire and believe in him, which is what he plans on sharing with his students in the future when he has a classroom of his own. 
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Students with therapy dog at Hounds N' Hoagies