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August 2018

This short video will give you an idea of the great things going on at the college this semester.

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We have lots of news to share, so read on!
College's Cyber Kindness Project Heads to Japan!

For the past year, high school students from Tucson and Japan have been working to develop a joint project to increase kindness online and to reduce cyber bullying.

Professor Sheri Bauman, who has done extensive research on bullying and cyber bullying and has presented on the topic at local, state, national, and international levels, approached some of her colleagues in Japan with the idea for an international exchange project and helped them develop a funding proposal.

Bauman wanted the students from the two countries to share ideas and ultimately come together to develop a joint project that could be implemented across cultures to address what has become a global problem, especially for young people.

The college collaborated with Changemaker High School students, who met weekly with two of our graduate students. Our students helped facilitate the project while also teaching the high schoolers about Japanese culture and language basics.

The Changemaker students also met monthly via videoconference with the Japanese high school students and their project advisers to discuss, through a Japanese-English translator, topics related to online behavior.  The project was supported in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of State to Osaka Kyoiku University in Japan, which worked with the Japanese high school students.

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The Tucson team (eight Changemaker students, their teacher Oscar Medina, graduate student Sarah Johnson, and Bauman) were in Japan from July 8-18. Bauman said, "We had an amazing experience. The two groups of students made friendships and worked well together with the help of excellent translators. We also got to experience a 6.1 earthquake on our last morning!"

The 10 Japanese high school students and their three chaperones just left Tucson. They volunteered at Ben's Bells, a partner in the project, and participated in a community evening about the project hosted by Ben's Bells. 
They also had dinner at Guadalajara Grill, where they sampled Mexican food, enjoyed the mariachis, and watched salsa and tortillas being made. Watch this touching video   of their visit to the college and Tucson.

Several news outlets covered the exchange, including:
KGUN 9 (Tucson's ABC affiliate)

Academia Alarmed by Visa Restrictions

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A crackdown on visas for certain Chinese citizens leaves educators and academic groups fearing the scrutiny might deepen hostility toward Chinese scholars already in the country, hinder innovation, or keep talented applicants away. 

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The New York Times contacted Educational Policy Studies & Practice Professor Jenny Lee for her views on the complicated issue. More.

Perceiving SCIENCE

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Project POEM participants test water quality in a shallow pool on Mount Lemmon. (Photo: Bob Demers/UANews)

People with visual impairments are underrepresented in STEM careers, but Disability & Psychoeducational Studies  Associate Professor Sunggye Hong, principal investigator on our Project POEM, is working to change that. 

This summer, Project POEM culminated with a weeklong education program on Mt. Lemmon for middle and high school students with visual impairments. 

Read or watch a video about it here, or listen to this radio story about the program.

A Preview: New Associate Dean Francesca López

Watch this quick video to learn about our new associate dean's background and hopes and priorities for the College of Education.

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Education a Top Issue for Arizona Voters

Arizona's education funding consistently ranks among the lowest in the country. It also is a top-three issue for Arizona voters.
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Educational Psychology Professor and Dean Emeritus Ronald W. Marx weighed in on Arizona Public Media  about why teachers tend to leave the profession.  "One of the biggest reasons in this state, which is not necessarily true nationally, is compensation," he said. More.

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Marx also was named a Visionary Steward by Tucson Values Teachers and will be recognized at Let's Talk Ed, a Sept. 20 event celebrating the organization's 10th anniversary. Tucson Values Teachers brings business leaders, educators, and other local leaders together to help schools and districts in Southern Arizona attract, retain, and support K-12 teachers. As a founding member of the organization's board of directors, Marx was an "influential contributor to the data and research that shaped TVT strategies and programs." More.

How Inclusive Are STEM Learning Environments?

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The College of Education, along with several collaborators across campus, was awarded a National Science Foundation grant to create a national three-day conference that examines the equitable design of STEM learning environments.

The project brings together academia, public libraries, museums, community-based organizations, nonprofits, media makers and distribution channels, and educators within and beyond K-12 schools for the three-day workshop, to be held at Biosphere 2. Part of the conference includes experimentation with learning technologies.


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Associate Professor Jill Castek is the principal investigator on the grant, which includes Assistant Professor Blaine Smith and partners from College of Science, Biosphere 2, UA Libraries, STEM Learning Center, and the UA Office of Digital Learning.  More .

Championing Children


Russell and Barbara Miller, friends of the College of Education and true champions for children, founded a charity, the Ohio Children's Foundation, which has awarded more than $11 million since 1990 to hundreds of organizations. 

That's why it makes perfect sense they have been honored with the 2018 Martha K. Rothman Lifetime Achievement Award, awarded at the Child & Family Resources' Champions for Children & Families Tucson Luncheon earlier this summer. This award recognizes the Millers for their devotion to children and families.

Barbara Miller is the past president of the college's National Advisory Board and continues to serve as a board member. Russell Miller served on the board from 2013 to 2016. They are members of the college's Erasmus Circle and have supported other college programs, such as Worlds of Words.

We are grateful for the difference the Millers have made for children and families in their home communities of Ohio and Tucson, as well as nationwide.

Message from the Alumni Council

Things around campus are beginning to pick up as we head into the new school year. Your Alumni Council has been busy this summer helping the college with new student orientations, introducing more than 100 students to the college. Their enthusiasm was evident with all the smiles, questions, and expectations. We love welcoming our new Wildcats!

We want to invite all members of the education community to come to our Alumni Council meeting on Monday, August 20, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Worlds of Words in the College of Education, room 453. Joining the Alumni Council is a great way to meet other alumni and become engaged with the college.

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Also, mark your calendar for Homecoming 2018, October 25-27. We hope you join us for our fourth annual College of Education Wine Harvest Homecoming Reception, honoring our alumnus of the year, Rufus Glasper '95, and the Class of 1968 as they celebrate their 50th class reunion. You also are invited to come and hang out at our tailgating tent!  You can check out all of our activities and events at this link.

Bear Down!

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David Overstreet '80 '86
Alumni Council President

Hosting 60 Local College-Bound Students

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Cholla High School seniors Anyssa Montaño and Jessica Valdez

Upward Bound is one of eight TRIO programs funded through the U.S. Department of Education, designed to serve high school students from low-income families to prepare for college.  The college works specifically with students from Pueblo and Cholla High Schools. In this inaugural year of hosting Upward Bound, we enrolled 60 high school students in the program. 

Welcome, New Faculty!

Disability & Psychoeducational Studies

Assistant Professor of Practice Ashley Barkel earned a doctorate in learning, literacies, and technologies with specializations in learning disabilities and English language learners at Arizona State University. Her father, an elementary teacher, inspired her love and passion for exploring, learning, and teaching. Her research interests include intervention for students who struggle with learning, writing instruction, self-regulation, and professional development for teachers.

Assistant Professor of Practice Rebecca Hartzell earned a doctorate in special education with an emphasis in autism and applied behavior analysis. She teaches courses and supervises students pursuing board certification in applied behavior analysis and provides clinical support to parents and families of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities. She is the author and co-author of peer-reviewed journal articles focused on social-skills interventions and inclusion.

A noted leader in disabilities education and research, Professor Jared Schultz will teach graduate counseling courses and conduct research related to disability issues and counseling. His appointment is a new collaboration between the  College of Education and the  College of Medicine - Tucson. As the research director for the UA Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities, Schultz will develop new research and programming initiatives on transition services for adolescents and community-based employment.

Educational Policy Studies & Practice

Assistant Professor DeMarcus Jenkins 
was an urban school educator and state-level policy analyst. His research focuses on the relationship between spatial transformation, particularly of neighborhoods and cities, and urban school reform. He explores how grassroots stakeholders might reshape and reform schools and challenge systems of power.

Assistant Professor Jameson D. Lopez
is from Quechan Nation and has expertise in the limitations of collecting and applying quantitative results to indigenous populations utilizing indigenous statistics. He carries unique experiences to his research, including a 2010 deployment to Iraq as a platoon leader. He received a Bronze Star Medal for actions in a combat zone.

Assistant Professor Z Nicolazzo
is a member of the UA Trans* Studies Initiative. Her research focuses on tracing discourses of gender in higher education and has appeared in a variety of national and international publications, including the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education and TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly. Her first book, Trans* in College: Transgender Students' Strategies for Navigating Campus Life and the Institutional Politics of Inclusion, was released last year.
Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies

Through his research, Professor Julio Cammarota highlights participatory action with Latinx youth, institutional factors in academic achievement, and liberatory pedagogy. His work advances social justice in education and youth development. He published Sueños Americanos: Barrio Youth Negotiate Social and Cultural Identities, an ethnography of Latinx youth. He also co-edited a volume on the struggle for ethnic studies in Tucson, Raza Studies: The Public Option for Educational Revolution.

For the last 12 years, Assistant Professor of Practice Raul Gonzalez taught university and high school students in Houston, Mexico City, and Tucson, where he taught culturally relevant social studies classes and trained educators in culturally responsive strategies. A native Texan, Gonzalez received his doctorate in political science from Rice University.

Assistant Professor of Practice Brandon Harris' research highlights the influence of green amenities on the physical and social environments in urban communities, environmental justice issues related to "green" gentrification, and the impact of stigma on communities of color. He earned a doctorate in parks, recreation, and tourism management from Clemson University in May. He also holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in sports marketing and management.

Assistant Professor of Practice Sung Eun Jung earned her doctorate in early childhood education at the University of Georgia. As a researcher, she focuses on designing and implementing early childhood education programs, such as theme-based integrated curriculums, project-based learning activities, and a child-care program for toddlers. She is interested in the potential of early childhood robotics education for culturally responsive STEM teaching and learning.

Assistant Professor of Practice Suzanne Kaplan taught mathematics in the Sunnyside Unified School District for 16 years and was twice named the district's Teacher of the Year. She also was honored twice as a Southern Arizona Middle School Teacher of the Year. She works with pre-service teachers in the college's Teach Arizona program and in-service teachers in the Teachers in Industry program. Her expertise includes content area literacy, curriculum development, and educational equity.

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Associate Professor Michelle Perfect  was honored with an award from the  Women's Interprofessional Network of the American Diabetes Association . The award recognized an abstract she presented at a network reception in Orlando, Florida, in June. The American Diabetes Association's Women's Interprofessional Network includes members who are female clinicians, scientists, educators, and other health professionals in the diabetes field. Perfect's abstract, The Effects of a Sleep Extension Intervention on Glucose Control in Youth with Type 1 Diabetes, won in the category of behavioral medicine, nutrition education, and exercise.

Perfect's research on sleep apnea -- showing that teens with sleep apnea have more problems with attention, hyperactivity, and aggression; more trouble managing their emotions and social situations; and are less able to care for themselves without help -- was highlighted in this article in Medicinenet.com.

Educational Policy Studies & Practice

Sarah Jeong, a technology writer recently hired by the New York Times for a prestigious post on its editorial board, spoke sarcastically about white people in a series of years-old tweets. Jeong is the latest in a long line of people to have their old tweets surfaced for scrutiny in connection with a high-profile career assignment. "Part of the reason it was so easy for the outrage (surrounding Jeong) to be manufactured in the first place was it was completely decontextualized and ahistorified," said Associate Professor Nolan L. Cabrera, who was interviewed for this  article about the issue in the Washington Post.

Cabrera also discussed the benefits of ethnic studies courses in Inside Higher Ed.

Associate Professor Jill Koyama, a cultural anthropologist, is the new director of the UA Institute of LGBT Studies. More.

Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies

Tucson Unified School District honored four of our alumni at its Celebration of the Stars:
  • Kirstin Bittel '98, Certified Campus Support Employee of the Year
  • Elizabeth Houston-Judd '06, Elementary School Teacher of the Year
  • Christopher Ryan '06, TUSD Middle School Teacher of the Year
  • Allyson Howes '17, High School Paraprofessional of the Year
The College of Education was proud to be represented at the Metropolitan Education Commission's 28th Annual Crystal Apple Awards by three outstanding alumni:
  • Nicholas Clement '97, Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Steve Lynn '68, Education Advocate Award
  • Leah Oliver '88, of Mountain View High School, received the Teacher Award

Professor Renee Clift was quoted in this  azcentral.com article about Arizona Teachers Academy, which was a prominent part of Arizona Governor Ducey's 2017 agenda and announced in Ducey's State of the State address. The academy was designed to help address a  continuing teacher shortage that leaves thousands of students without qualified teachers in their classrooms.

Janice English '87 is the new principal of Waimea Middle School. She brings 20 years of experience, including teaching science and math, academic instruction for special education, and student counseling.

Zachary Hojnacki '14 '17 was selected to be the new head coach of the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester "Marlins" Swim Team. He earned his master's and doctoral degrees in educational psychology.

Student Detroit James served as the keynote speaker at the Hopi Junior High promotion ceremony in May. James is studying physiology and education in the Honors College. More.

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Longtime College of Education friend and supporter Naomi Karp '66, who was named an honorary alum in 2010, was featured in United Way's Good News Network, a monthly newsletter from the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona.

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Kristi Lopez '09 made quite a splash as the coach of a dance team from Walden Grove High School, which was featured on America's Got Talent. It was the first time a high school dance group had been on the show. Lopez is the daughter of former UA baseball coach Andy Lopez. Watch them perform or read about them  here.

Jeffrey Thoenes '85 '92 is the new superintendent of Comstock Public Schools in Kalamazoo, Michigan. After leaving Tucson Unified School District in 1996, Thoenes served as a building administrator for 20 years in four school districts -- Bowling Green Area Schools in Ohio, and Bridgeport, Mt. Pleasant, and Williamston Districts in Michigan -- before relocating to Kalamazoo. In 2009, he earned an educational doctorate from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant.

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Professor Erin Turner held two summer institutes about math education. For the last two years, Turner and her team have worked with 40 teachers in Nogales, Arizona, on their mathematics teaching and supported them as developing elementary math leaders. The teachers co-planned and co-facilitated the institute as a way to share what they have learned about innovative math teaching with colleagues from elementary schools across the district.

The second institute, held in Tucson for teachers from five schools in Tucson Unified School District, was part of an NSF research grant focused on math modeling, a relatively new area for elementary grade. Turner said, "Our particular angle is using contexts that are familiar and meaningful -- authentic situations from schools and communities -- as a way to introduce students to the modeling process. This has been great fun, and of course kids can do amazing things when given the chance. There are numerous real-world implications for this work because kids are learning to think and reason about real-world scenarios, using math." 

Enjoy the fall semester,
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Bruce Johnson
From Our Development Office

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