May 2015 Newsletter
Awarded $3,500,000 from IES to Study Digital Scaffolding
George Farkas, Penelope Collins, Mark Warschauer

Professors Mark Warschauer (PI - r), Penelope Collins (c), and George Farkas (l), in collaboration with Garden Grove USD, will test the effectiveness of visual-syntactic text formatting (VSTF) for improving student achievement in reading, writing, and English Language Arts.
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New Publication: Helping English Learners to Write
Helping English Learners to Write

Faculty members Carol Booth Olson, Robin Scarcella, and Tina Matuchniak publish Helping English Learners to Write: Meeting Common Core Standards, Grades 6-12 (Teachers College Press).
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Invited Visiting Professor at the Institute Francáis de l'Education
Rossella Santagata
Following her presentations at UNESCO, Associate Professor Rossella Santagata has been invited as a Visiting Professor to contribute to the UNESCO Chair initiative on the "Preparation of Teachers for the 21st Century."
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Awarded $2,900,000 to Study Impact of Embedding Educational Information in Baby Books 
Stephanie Reich
Associate Professor Stephanie Reich (PI), Greg Duncan, and Natasha Cabrera have received a $2,900,000 NICHD grant to study the effectiveness of embedding educational information in baby books as a way of educating mothers and fathers about child development.
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Alumna Named to State Board of Education
Feliza Ortiz
Alumna Dr. Feliza Ortiz-Licon, Senior Director of K-16 Education for the National Council of La Raza, has been named by Governor Jerry Brown to the California State Board of Education.
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Faculty and Alumna Edit New Publication
gil_publication

Associate Professor Gilberto Conchas, Michael Gottfried, and Ph.D. Alumna Briana Hinga are editors of the new Routledge publication: Inequality, Power and School Success: Case Studies on Racial Disparity and Opportunity in Education.
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Doctoral Students Garner Three NSF Fellowships, Two Honorable Mentions
NSF
Gabriel EstrellaMaria (Masha) Jones, and Tarana Khan each were awarded the highly selective NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, one of the most prestigious awards available to graduate students in the United States. Lauren Godfrey and Doron Zinger received Honorable Mention.
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MAT Scholarship Recipients Honored at Spring Awards Celebration
Teacher Awards
The 2014-2015 School of Education Teacher Education Honors Scholarships Celebration on April 23 recognized recipients of the Dean's Scholarship, Mary Roosevelt Honor Scholarship, Master of Arts in Teaching Scholarship, and the Owen Thomas Scholarship.
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BTSA Launched at UCI
BTSA
Teachers of Tomorrow and the newly-inaugurated Bilingual Teacher Student Association hosted a welcome social hour and panel discussion to celebrate the launching of BTSA at UC Irvine.
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School Educators Honored by University at Celebration of Teaching
2015 Celebration of Teaching
Cathery Yeh: UCI Most Promising Future Faculty
Penelope Collins: Dean's Honoree for Teaching Excellence in Undergraduate Education
Jeff Johnston: UC Irvine 2015 Lecturer of the Year 
 

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