February 2016 Newsletter
"We Salute You" Dinner Honors Faculty and Staff Who Built UCI's School of Education
Deans and Crystal Kochendorfer

Crystal Kochendorfer was one of the honorees who shared her memories at the School of Education Dinner commemorating early faculty and administrators. Ms. Kochendorfer, the first student to enroll in the newly-established UC Irvine Office of Teacher Education in 1967, received her teacher credential in 1968. Pictured left to right: Interim Dean Mark Warschauer, Crystal Kochendorfer, Founding Dean Deborah Vandell.
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Professor Receives $2 Million IES Grant to Improve Early Childhood Education
Chancellor's Professor Carol Connor

Chancellor's Professor Carol Connor will be leading the assessment team in development of the Optimizing Learning Opportunities for Students' (OLOS) Early Learning Observation System, funded by a grant from the Institute of Education Sciences. Read More

Professor's Co-authored Article is 2015 AERA Most Read
Professor George Farkas

Professor George Farkas has been notified that his article co-authored with Paul Morgan and colleagues is AERA's "most read education research article of 2015": "Minorities Are Disproportionately Underrepresented in Special Education: Longitudinal Evidence Across Five Disability Conditions". Press Release/Article

Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow Featured in Forbes' List of "30 Under 30" in Education
Constance Ipoh

UCI Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow/Assistant Professor Constance Iloh has been selected as one of Forbes Magazine's "30 Under 30" in the category of education. She is the only education scholar/researcher selected in all 20 categories represented on the Forbes 30 under 30 lists. Read more

SoE's Three Interactive Booths Enliven 2016 Homecoming 
SoE Homecoming Booth

At the School of Education's Homecoming 2016 booths in Aldrich Park, visitors could experiment with 100 Tiny Hands water activities, create a valentine's poem with the UCI Writing Project, and experience Samsung's Virtual Reality headsets. Read more.

Ph.D. Alumnus Believes in Tackling Poverty to Counter Terrorism
James Leak

Ph.D. in Education Alumnus James Leak (pictured right) has devoted his time since graduating in 2012 to overseeing NURU International's education efforts in East Africa. Read more.

MAT Student Awarded LaVerne Noyes Scholarship
Alison Hensley

Master of Arts in Teaching candidate Alison Hensley has been awarded the 2016 LaVerne Noyes Fellowship by UCI Graduate Division. The recipient must be an academically superior student pursuing a graduate degree and a direct descendant of a World War I U.S. Navy or Army veteran.
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Founding Dean's Contributions Honored at Dean's Suite Entrance
Deborah Lowe Vandell

School of Education Founding Dean Deborah Lowe Vandell has been honored for her contributions to the growth of the School with a framed tribute at the entrance to the School's third floor Dean's Suite.
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