Summer 2014 Newsletter
Research Findings Support Basic Math Instruction for Struggling Students
George Farkas
Professor George Farkas' research finds (a) teachers are more likely to use ineffective instruction when teaching students with mathematics difficulties, and (b) teacher-directed instruction that focuses on textbooks, worksheets, and other tools to convey facts, skills and concepts is associated with significant gains for students with math difficulties. 
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Evaluation of National Children's Study Notes Strengths, Areas for Improvement
Greg Duncan
Results from National Children’s Study Evaluation, chaired by Distinguished Professor of Education Greg Duncan, are released for public review: "National Children’s Study Has Great Potential to Expand Understanding of Children’s Health and Well-Being, But Key Design Elements Need Further Development for Study to Be Successful." 
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Named to Top 25 Most Influential People in Afterschool
Deborah Lowe Vandell
Dean Deborah Lowe Vandell, named to Top 25 Most Influential People in Afterschool by the National AfterSchool Association, delivers keynote address at National Conference in Alexandria Virginia.
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Summer Activities Include Lectures, Keynote Addresses in Germany and Finland
Jacquelynne Eccles
Distinguished Professor of Education Jacquelynne Eccles has traveled to Europe this summer to deliver a series of lectures and keynote addresses and meet with the Ministers of Education from Finland, Estonia, and Poland.
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Science Program Receives Top Ranking from NCTQ
Cal Teach

The School of Education’s undergraduate teacher preparation program, UCI Cal Teach Math and Science (4-year STEM bachelor's degree plus teacher credential), was awarded top ranking among 890 teacher preparation programs in the U.S. evaluated by the National Council on Teacher Quality. UCI's teacher preparation program was ranked #1 in California, #1 in the Western Region, and #8 in the U.S.
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Reginald Sample, Ed.D. Honored with "Walk a Mile in my Shoes" Art Installation
Walk a Mile in my Shoes
Alumnus Reginald Sample (Ed.D., 2011) was honored at the Jefferson/Rodeo site of the "Walk a Mile in my Shoes" art installation. Dr. Sample and a photograph of his shoes were selected for his having a positive impact on the life of his community "educationally, mentally, socially, and spiritually."
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Working Memory and Plasticity Lab Showcases Student Research
Youngmin Park
Five graduate student researchers from the Working Memory and Plasticity Lab - Jacky Au, Grace Lin, Youngmin Park, Nancy Tsai, and Tyler Watts - presented their research findings during the "Experimental Research Methods" poster session on June 5, 2014.
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42 Undergraduates Earn Certificate in Afterschool Education 
CASE Awards
42 undergraduates earned their Certificate in After-School Education (CASE) by completing six courses (24 quarter hours) of coursework and 70 hours of supervised fieldwork. CASE, the first program of its kind in the U.S., was developed in response to the pressing need for quality curriculum and well-trained after-school personnel in order to achieve positive outcomes. 
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Michael E. Martinez Prize Awarded to Teya Rutherford, Honorable Mention to Cathery Yeh
 Michael E. Martinez Prize - 2014
The 2014 Michael E. Martinez Prize for Outstanding Research and Service has been awarded to fifth-year doctoral student Teya Rutherford. Fourth-year doctoral student Cathery Yeh received Honorable Mention. The Prize, established to honor the scholarly and professional achievements of the late Michael E. Martinez, Professor of Education at the University of California, Irvine, is given to a doctoral student who demonstrates superior scholarship, intellectual curiosity, and high levels of professionalism and collaboration with fellow students and/or faculty. Pictured at left: Mrs. Stephanie Martinez, Teya Rutherford, Dean Deborah Lowe Vandell, Cathery Yeh.
Keith Curry Scholarship Awarded to Huy Chung
Keith Curry Scholarship
Fifth-year Ph.D. student Huy Chung has been awarded the 2014 Keith Curry Fellowship. Dr. Curry, Chief Executive Officer of the Compton Community College District and graduate of the UCI/UCLA Joint Ed.D. in Educational Administration, established the $1,000 fellowship to help support the studies of a current Ph.D. student who has demonstrated significant growth in academic achievement and unusual perseverance – qualities that Dr. Curry believes characterized his journey toward his doctorate. Pictured at left: Dean Deborah Lowe Vandell, Huy Chung, Dr. Keith Curry.
Kenneth Lee Receives ADSE Outstanding Service Award
Kenneth Lee
Ph.D. Student Kenneth Lee has received the 2014 Associate Doctoral Students in Education (ADSE) Outstanding Service Award. ADSE is an organization of Ph.D. in Education students dedicated to fostering community and ensuring that student interests, concerns, comments, and questions are heard and addressed in a representative manner. Mr. Lee was recognized for his many contributions to the School, the doctoral program, and his fellow students, including coordinating professional development seminars for doctoral students, assisting with recruitment and admissions, and organizing social events. Pictured (l-r) ADSE President Chenoa Woods, Ken Lee, ADSE Vice-President Joyce Lin.

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