October 2019
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Summer recap
Celebrating AWARDSS students at the 24 th Annual UROC Research Conference and Poster Session

Last August College of Education students in the AWARDSS/UROC program presented their research findings from the past few months. As part of the UROC program, these students spent their summer months researching issues across the lifespan of the U.S. education system, ranging from issues related to the implications of overawarding and issues related to the impacts of experiential learning.

Mayra Calvillo, Giselle Delcid, Laura Juarez San Juan, Gabrielle Rivas, Victoria Rodriquez, Joseph Sturm, and Tony Viola are among the College of Education students who presented their work at the 24th Annual UROC Research Conference/Poster Session .

Pictured below are all UA students in the AWARDSS/UROC program. 

Group photo of AWARDSS students
Celebrating 10 years of Resplandor International

Last month Resplandor International celebrated 10 years of serving the greater community of Guanajuato, Mexico. To kick the week of festivities off, Resplandor co-sponsored Simposio Internacional de Liderazgo Educativo 2019, an educational leadership symposium, in early July that brought together educational researchers, practitioners, and faculty from many different organizations and universities, including The University of Arizona. College of Education Dean Bruce Johnson attended as the keynote speaker of the conference and several other College of Education faculty members attended, including Professor Kathy Short , DPS Department Head Carl Liaupsin , and Associate Professor Desiree Vega .

Following the conference, Resplandor hosted a party in Cajones, Guanajuato to celebrate 10 years of developed programs and advances made in the Guanajuato community.

In addition to anniversary festivities, Resplandor also welcomed Andrea García as their Richard Ruiz Scholar in Residence for 2019. A Mexico City native and University of Arizona graduate, García’s experience in the field of education and work with literacy development with people in multilingual and transnational communities deemed her a perfect candidate to find ways for Resplandor to bridge Mexico and the United States.
Andrea Garcia Todd Fletcher and Kathy Short at Resplandor
The endurance and longevity of Indigenous runners

This summer, Native SOAR Director Amanda Cheromiah (Pueblo of Laguna) and UA Admissions Counselor Alejandro Higuera (Pascua Yaqui) hosted a free event at The Loft Cinema that featured films about their similar narrative as Indigenous runners. Cheromiah’s film, A Scholar’s Pace: A Running Narrative of Indigenous Feat , is a documentary that captures the narratives of Indigenous People who use running as an important means to navigate their professional, personal and educational journey and beyond. Higuera’s film, Resiliency Through Running , is a short documentary about the Pascua Yaqui Tribe Flag Run. The purpose of the run is to celebrate the resiliency, culture, and 40th year of federal recognition for the Pascua Yaqui people. The film follows individuals running from their ancestral homelands in Vicam Pueblo, Sonora, Mexico to the Yaqui reservation. Learn more about Cheromiah, her film, and Native SOAR .
Group photo of Amanda Cheromiah and others at The Loft Cinema
Addressing challenges and considerations for travelers with visual impairments
In late June, Research Professor Penny Rosenblum gave a presentation at the  Transportation Research and Education Center  at  Portland State University  about mobility and orientation challenges that people with low vision face as they travel indoors and outdoors. She spoke to an audience interested in transportation and worked to raise their awareness of visually impaired travelers. Watch the full presentation .
Wildcat connections abroad

This summer Courtney Coffey , College of Education grants and contracts coordinator, traveled across the Pacific to China where she was able to connect with language, reading, and culture graduate student Wen Wen in Shanghai. Since Shanghai is Wen’s hometown, she was able to give Coffey and her son, Sean, a true local experience. Some of the places they visited included Guangji Bridge, an ancient bridge over the Grand Canal in Tangxi that was built 1498, and the Shanghai Tower, the world’s highest observation deck within a building. 
Courtney Coffee and Wen Wen
Courtney Coffee and Wen Wen Shanghai Tower
Awards, appointments & congratulations
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Jonathan Tullis receives NSF CAREER grant

Assistant Professor Jonathan Tullis was recently awarded a five-year, $560,000 CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation to support his research program, “That reminds me: The causes and consequences of remindings.” Congratulations, Jonathan!
Kris Bosworth and Jessica Summers appointed to Department of Education School Safety Task Force

Congratulations to Professor Kris Bosworth and Associate Professor Jessica Summers , who were recently appointed by Arizona State Superintendent Kathy Hoffman to serve on the Arizona Department of Education School Safety Task Force. The task force was created in partnership with March for Our Lives AZ after attempts to create such a task force failed at the legislature during the last legislative session.  Learn more .
Headshot of Kris Bosworth
Jaclyn Wolf
Jaclyn Wolf selected as trainee for ArizonaLEND

At the end of the 2018-19 school year, school psychology graduate student Jaclyn Wolf was selected as a trainee for the University of Arizona Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (ArizonaLEND) program for the 2019-20 academic year. ArizonaLEND is a leadership training program that prepares the next generation of policy makers, faculty, clinicians and researchers to lead the maternal and child health workforce. Congratulations, Jaclyn!
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Emma Mendenhall selected for Greater Tucson Leadership program

Congratulations to Emma Mendenhall , program coordinator for development and alumni relations, who was recently selected to the 2019-20 class of Greater Tucson Leadership. The goal of the program is to help participants prepare and grow into leadership roles to ultimately become change agents in the community. Learn more about the program .
Nolan Cabrera wins 2019 ASHE Outstanding Book Award

Congratulations to Associate Professor Nolan Cabrera on winning the 2019 Association for the Study of Higher Education Outstanding Book Award for White Guys on Campus: Racism, White Identity, and the Myth of “Post-Racial” Higher Education .

One member from the Outstanding Book Award Committee deemed his book, “A fresh take on understanding white perceptions of racism.” Other committee members found Cabrera’s work, “a significant, important shift in research on diversity in higher education” and that it “transformed conceptualizations of past and ongoing cultural conflicts and constructs on campuses.”       
What's new?
The Cooper Center Campus Outreach Team expands for 2019-2020 school year

The Cooper Center Campus Outreach Team is excited to announce Tara Doyle as a new addition to the team for the 2019-2020 academic year. Doyle is a junior studying arts in communication and environmental studies. Returning team members include Brenna Campbell and Makenzie Jackson. The team also expanded to include two undergraduate student interns. The internships will highlight sustainability themes, educational outreach, and project development. The new interns include Brynn White, a junior studying in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment with an emphasis on wildlife conservation and management, and Megan Gutierrez, a sophomore double majoring in Philosophy, Economics, Politics, and Law (PPEL) and environmental studies.
Group photo of Cooper Center Outreach Team
Is scholar-activism possible in higher education?

Associate Professor Nolan Cabrera spoke with University of Maryland Associate Professor Michelle Espino (a proud College of Education graduate) on her podcast, Latinx Intelligentsia , about how to engage in scholar-activism with intention and humility. Listen to the full episode .
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Interested in learning more about the college’s Applied Behavior Analysis programs?

AppliedBehaviorAnalysisEdu.org recognizes the College of Education among the 62 Best Schools with Online ABA Master’s and Certificate Programs . Assistant Professor of Practice Rebecca Hartzell had a chance to speak with them about the college’s Applied Behavior Analysis programs. Read the full interview .
Events & opportunities
Looking for a spring 2020 internship?

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Internship Fair on Monday, October 7, from 2 – 3:15 p.m. in Worlds of Words (College of Education room 453). Students will have the chance to meet organizations who are actively looking for interns for spring 2020. It’s a great opportunity for students of all majors! Some of the attending organizations include the following:
Cooper Center faculty with a snake
Group of kids in a learning setting
K-12 Refugee Education Services is seeking tutors and mentors

K-12 Refugee Education Services , a community partner of the college, has two opportunities for College of Education students:
  1. The Refugee Youth Mentorship program under Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest is seeking caring and dynamic individuals who are eager to make a difference in the community by mentoring refugee youth aged 15-24. The program strives to support refugee youth as they set and pursue personal goals related to education, vocation, and social integration. Email Jessica O'Donnell at jodonnell@lss-sw.org to learn more. Please include “Interest in Refugee Mentorship” in the subject line.
  2. Tutors are needed for the high school refugee tutoring program at Catalina High School. Tutoring hours are Tuesdays 3:30-6:30 p.m. and Wednesdays 2:30-5:30 p.m. Email Emily Macaluso at emacaluso@lss-sw.org or call at (520) 721-4444 x2204 for more information.
AVID tutors needed at Amphitheater High School

Help young people achieve their college dreams!

Amphitheater High School is looking for AVID tutors to assist students in academic subjects in order to develop higher standards of academic achievement and increase post secondary educational opportunities upon high school graduation. Specialization in a subject area is NOT a requirement.

The position offers $15/hour and experience working with high school students. To learn more, contact Glenda Arffa at garffa@amphi.com . Apply
Faculty publications
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Using white innocence to investigate hostile and oppressive schooling practices

Associate Professor Richard Orozco recently published an essay about the use of critical analysis of white innocence as a concept to investigate prejudicial schooling practices. His essay, White innocence as an investigative frame in a schooling context , can be found in Critical Studies in Education.

Orozco, R. (2019). White innocence as an investigative frame in a schooling context. Critical Studies in Education, 60, 4, 426-442.  https://doi.org/10.1080/17508487.2017.1285335
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Granada Sanchez
Spotlight on Stellar Students!

If you’ve ever paid a visit to the front desk in the College of Education Student Services Center, you have likely encountered the positive, upbeat personality of Granada Sanchez. An undergraduate student studying elementary education and minoring in special education, Sanchez plans on bringing her positive attitude and passion for teaching to an elementary classroom back in her hometown of Sahuarita, Arizona.

Thanks to her aunt, Nina Hickman, a highly recognized educator in Sahuarita, Sanchez took an interest in teaching children during her early years. It was in 2016, when Hickman unfortunately passed away, that Sanchez truly realized the lasting impact teachers can have on their students. She decided to follow in her aunt’s footsteps towards becoming an educator, which, lucky for us, led her to the College of Education.

When she entered the University of Arizona, she hit the ground running. To get ahead and learn about the college culture before starting her freshman year, she took advantage of the university’s New Start program, which allowed her to start making friends and taking classes. Now she’s staying busy with school, Greek Life, and work in the Student Services Center.

When you talk to Sanchez, you can hear the excitement and enthusiasm she has towards teaching children. She looks forward to playing such an important role in the lives of her future students.