Linda Clinard came to UCI Office of Teacher Education in 1988 to teach reading. During the School of Education’s 50 Year Celebration on February 5, 2016, Dr. Clinard shared her reflections on the School’s past. The text below contains her 2016 remarks and an update describing her recent activities in support of the School.
Linda Clinard, Ph.D. - February 5, 2016
In 1991, the Office of Teacher Education became the UC Irvine Department of Education. The same year, Mary Roosevelt, Elementary Program Coordinator, with the support of Department of Education Chair Alan Hoffer, introduced a Professional Development School (PDS) partnership with Pio Pico Elementary School principal, Judy Magsaysay, in Santa Ana. The following year, while I was UCI's Secondary Program Coordinator and elementary/secondary credential program literacy instructor, Mary and I met with partnership district administrators to expand the PDS program.
A key part of the PDS partnership program was based upon feedback from the K-12 partners who suggested that classroom teachers who hosted the UCI/PDS student teachers be valued as partners during the student teaching experience. A major shift in K-12 teacher and university advisor roles was made in collaboration with the schools.
Classroom teachers who hosted UCI student teachers became “University Associates” trained to use the Cognitive Coaching model developed by Arthur Costa and Robert Garmston to mentor the student teachers. UCI credential program instructors became “Subject Matter Advisors” who guided students to collaborate with the classroom teachers to implement research-supported subject content.
In 1993-94, I collaborated with visiting researcher Dr. Tamar Ariav from Beit Berl Teacher’s College in Israel to explore the effectiveness of the PDS model. The results demonstrated that classroom teachers and UCI student teachers mutually benefitted from the UCI PDS partnership model. Research results were shared in the late 1990’s at research conferences in the U.S. and Israel and in two articles: (1) “From Cooperating Schools to Professional Development: A Chance to Improve Teacher Education and Schools” (Ariav, T., and Clinard, L. (2000). Dapim, 31, pp.148-178 [in Hebrew]) and (2) “What Mentoring Does for Mentors: A Cross-Cultural Perspective,” co-authored with Dr. Tamar Ariav, Beit Berl College, Israel (2000), European Journal of Teacher Education, 21(1). Dr. Ariav became president of Beit Berl College in 2008 and continues to be committed to the importance of collaborating with partnership schools in teacher training.
The Credential Program's incorporation of a research model for teacher education complemented the introduction of the Department's first doctorate in Education, the UCI/UCLA Joint Ed.D. in Education Administration in 1993.
Update: August 1, 2019
In 2000, I continued to support literacy-related professional development and research partnerships for PreK-Grade 12 educators when I became Regional Director of the California Reading and Literature Project in the UCI Center for Educational Partnerships. From 2003-2007, I collaborated with PreK and Kindergarten educators and district leaders to offer National Science Foundation-funded Leadership Institutes called “Science and Math Integrating Literacy in Early Childhood (SMILE grant)”. I collaborated with Dr. Deborah Mercier of Concordia University and a team of teacher leaders to collect research data and write an article which was posted in 2009 on the NSF Math-Science-Partnership (MSP) website: http://focus.mspnet.org/index.cfm/18107
Another focus of outreach to partnership schools and families has been family literacy professional development and presentations based upon my book “Family Time Reading Fun” – first published in 1998 and now in its fourth edition. https://he.kendallhunt.com/product/family-time-reading-fun-help-children-become-successful-resource-teachers-tutors-and-parents
Since retiring from UCI in 2007, I have been honored to stay connected with UCI researchers and professional development partners as a member of the UCI California Reading and Literacy Project (CRLP) Advisory Board (2007-present) and the School of Education Dean’s Advisory Committee (2007-2018). I have also continued to offer presentations focused on family literacy.
Read more about Linda Clinard’s past contributions to education in her 2009 School of Education Spotlight:
Linda and John Clinard