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Spring 2018


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Breaking news: T he statewide K-12 educator walkout begins tomorrow. While we all hope for a speedy resolution, accomplishing that will be difficult. We are in need of a real solution that addresses the systemic funding issues of our public schools. It is heartening to see so much support for our teachers and schools. We are all hoping for a resolution that will change how our public schools and teachers are funded for the long term. Stay tuned.

T his month, the UA earned the designation of Hispanic Serving Institution from the U.S. Department of Education for its success in the enrollment of Hispanic students and in providing educational opportunities to them. 

With this recent announcement, the College of Education, along with other units on campus, invited University of Pittsburgh Assistant Professor Gina Ann Garcia, one of the nation's leading experts on Hispanic Serving Institutions, to speak on what it means to go from Hispanic-enrolling to Hispanic-serving. 

Garcia consults with institutions of higher education throughout the country as they grapple with their changing institutional identities. 
Please join us on Monday, April 30, from 7-9 p.m., in the College of Education Kiva Auditorium for this important talk.

Congratulations to alumnus  Richard Carranza, Class of '91, who was named New York City schools chancellor. "Richard Carranza understands the power of public education to change lives, and he has a proven record of strengthening public schools and lifting up students and families," said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in the New York TimesRead more.

Carranza, our 2017 Alumnus of the Year, was featured in the college's 2016 Imagine Magazine (please see pages 22-23 at  this link).

More good news: Our educational specialist program in school psychology, which is offered at two campuses (one in Tucson and one in Chandler), recently received program approval from the National Association of School Psychologists. Upon graduation from our program, students are eligible to be a nationally certified school psychologist. (Our Ph.D. program in school psychology already has full approval.)

Read on for more news.
Students Weigh In On Red for Ed

students on KOLD news

Inspired by the Red for Ed campaign, teacher rallies and protests are in high gear, pushing for higher salaries and more resources for teachers.  Most of the stories feature teachers and school administrators, but KOLD Channel 13 came to the college to get a student perspective and ended up at Elvira Elementary School, where they found three of our juniors in the early education program. See what students Ariana Warsco, Haley Lesar, and Camille Hastings had to say here .

Cyberkindness Collaboration 
between Tucson and Japan

stop bullying on keyboard

As part of a collaboration with our college and Ben's Bells, students at Tucson's Changemaker High School are working with UA grad students and teenagers in Japan to tackle cyberbullying. They meet monthly via video conference to talk about online behaviors. 

This summer, the Tucson students will visit the students in Japan and vice versa, which provides many opportunities for learning and cultural awareness. The project has received quite a bit of attention:

President Robbins Visits Our 
National Advisory Board

robbins at board meeting
UA President Robert Robbins joined the College of Education National Advisory Board for its quarterly meeting this month. 

He spoke about the UA strategic plan, his vision for the university, and his hopes to expand the college's recognition and role in collaborations across campus.

We're grateful he has taken such an interest in our college.

Grad Cap Challenge for All Graduating Students

grad cap from 2017
One of last year's creative entries (plus a super cute dog!) 
Share your love of education and creativity via your graduation cap for a chance to win an Amazon Echo Dot!
If you are graduating and will be attending the May convocation at McKale, you are eligible to enter our graduation-cap decorating contest on social media. Caps will be judged on  creativity and effort
Check the college's Facebook page for details. Use the hashtag #coegradcap2018
Photos must be submitted between May 8 and May 10 to be eligible. You also must attend the College of Education convocation ceremony to be eligible. The winner will be announced during the ceremony on Saturday, May 12.
Cooper Center Is Buzzing!
young learners at cooper
Cooper Center Associate Director Constantinos Manoli plays the role of the Connector Inspector, showing students the "web of life" in a lesson about ecosystem relationships between
living and nonliving things.
Spring certainly has been buzzing at the Cooper Center for Environmental Learning! Check out these highlights and stories:
  • Cooper participates in the Simply Straws Campus Challenge, which runs until April 30. The goal is to be the campus with the most online pledges from students and staff to not use plastic straws. Every person who submits a pledge gets a coupon for one free glass straw! 
And, finally, the Cooper Center is in the final days of a crowdfunding campaign (more on this at the bottom of this newsletter). With everything the Cooper Center does, please consider supporting this remarkable outdoor classroom. Follow this link to participate in Cooper's 2018 crowdfunding campaign .
Message from the Alumni Council
Greetings!  Spring has come in like a lion here in Southern Arizona, and your Alumni Council is ROARing to the finish. As with every semester, we'll be at the college's convocation ceremony on May 12 to hand out red carnations to all graduating students.
And we want to invite all alumni to our end-of-semester Alumni Happy Hour on Monday, May 14, at Vero Amore on Swan at Fort Lowell, 5:30-8 p.m. It is a time for food, fellowship, and fun. We pay for the food, you pay for the drinks!
Always feel free to contact me at doboko@comcast.net. 
Bear Down!
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David Overstreet '80 '86
Alumni Council President
Disability & Psychoeducational Studies 
Professor Shirin Antia is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association of College Educators -- Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The association noted that Antia "is the definition of 'Lifetime Achievement' and is most deserving of the award. She has truly spent a lifetime dedicated to improving the lives of deaf and hard-of-hearing children. She has done this as a classroom teacher, mentor for graduate students, and first-class researcher."

Penny Rosenblum
Professor of Practice Penny Rosenblum wrote this blog about apps for students to build math word problem-solving skills and graphics literacy skills.

Professor Carl Liaupsin is the new DPS department head. He came to the college in 2001 as an assistant professor. His scholarship focuses on function-based behavior interventions. 
Liaupsin replaces Professor Linda Shaw, who served as head for 10 years and is returning to the faculty as a professor of rehabilitation counseling. 
Shaw recently was quoted in this article in Cetus News about personalized learning.


Associate Professor Michael Sulkowski was quoted in this story about a 12-year-old boy who hanged himself after being bullied.
Educational Policy Studies & Practice
The UA kicked off its first year of TEDxUofA with a conference that featured seven speakers, two of whom have College of Education ties: Associate Professor Nolan Cabrera and graduate student Sherard Robbins, who also is an assistant dean of students at the UA. Read more.

Associate Professor Jill Koyama is the 2018 Erasmus Circle Fellow, one of the highest honors bestowed upon the college's faculty for demonstrated excellence in research, instruction, and service. She was recognized at the Annual Erasmus Circle and Donor Recognition Reception last month.

Associate Professor Francesca Lopez is the new associate dean for the college, replacing Associate Dean Renee Clift, who came to the college in 2009 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Clift is returning to the faculty in Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies.

Lopez recently wrote this op-ed in the Arizona Daily Star.
Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies
Assistant Professor Leah Duran is the 2018 Richard Ruiz Scholar in Residence. The Scholar/Artist in Residence program is sponsored by Learning A-Z and is an initiative of Resplandor International and Worlds of Words to promote the love of reading and education in collaboration with multiple stakeholders in Guanajuato, México. Read more.

Student Brennen Feder is a Paul Lindsey Intern who has clocked more than 100 internship hours at the Coca-Cola Company. As part of his internship, he is in charge of many initiatives involving the UA campus. He adds, "I am working on sustainability efforts with UA athletic programs. I am so excited about my future in education and how this internship will set me up for success." Congratulations to Feder, who also was just elected as an ASUA college senator for the College of Education!

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Gonzalez and Moll

Professor Emerita Norma Gonzalez is the recipient of the Council on Anthropology and Education's George and Louise Spindler Award, given in recognition of her outstanding and ongoing contributions to the field of educational anthropology. The council noted that her scholarship "inspires and will continue to inspire anthropologists of education for decades to come."

Professor Emeritus Luis Moll is the 2018 recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Lifetime Achievement Award from the Literacy Research Association. The award is given to a distinguished scholar for a lifetime contribution that has made a significant impact on the field of literacy theory, research, and practice.

The results are in from the General Faculty General Election, and our very own  Associate Professor Jessica Summers is the new University of Arizona Chair of the Faculty.  Please see this Q&A with Summers, which appeared in the Daily Wildcat.

crystal soltero
Congratulations to Associate Professor of Practice and Faculty Fellow Crystal Soltero, who was featured in the UA Parent & Family Programs newsletter here.

Nadia Alvarez Mexia, a 2010 Ph.D. graduate, is the recipient of the UA Commission on the Status of Women 2018 Edith Sayre Auslander Established Visionary Award. Mexia is the director of Latin America initiatives in the UA Office of Global Initiatives.
Until next time,
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Bruce Johnson
From Our Development Office

It's crowdfunding time for the Cooper Center for Environmental Learning, a partnership between the college and Tucson Unified School District.

kids in the desert at cooper

Since 1964, more than 130,000 kids have walked the Cooper Center's trails and engaged in hands-on learning as a way to explore broader concepts in science and our impact on the planet.

Once a year, for the last three years, we've come to the community for crowdfunding support of this unique part of Southern Arizona's learning landscape. Last year's campaign raised $30,000 for our program; we hope to exceed that goal this year!

A gift of just $10 -- the cost of a couple of coffees at Starbucks -- pays for a full day and overnight experience for a student, including nighttime astronomy programs and campfire activities.

A $35 contribution -- what you'd pay for a night at the movies or a casual dinner -- allows a student to spend a day and night and helps cover the costs for educational staff.

Follow this link to participate in our 2018 crowdfunding campaign, and please consider helping us spread the word with the hashtag: #SupportCooperCenter.

And thank you for all the ways you support education in our community.

For more information, please contact me at 520-621-3413 or lorourke@email.arizona.edu.


Lee O'Rourke
Associate Director of Development
Interim Lead Development Officer

To make a gift to the college,  please follow this link

We want to hear from you! Send your news to anat@u.arizona.edu .