More than 250 local teachers, UCI faculty, and education alumni attended UCI’s Inaugural School of Education National Teacher Appreciation Day celebration on May 9, in the Pacific Ballroom at UCI's Student Center.
The event opened with welcoming remarks from Richard Arum, Dean of UCI's School of Education, and an introductory video featuring Dean Arum and Orange County Superintendent Al Mijares affirming the importance of university-community engagement.
Distinguished Professor Pedro Noguera delivered the keynote address -- "Teachers Matter: How to Make a Difference for Every Child" -- concluding with a Q&A session.
Following the keynote address, Dean Arum and Provost Enrique Lavernia announced that SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union has given the School of Education a three-year, $300,000 gift to create a new K-12 professional development Teacher Academy. The Teacher Academy is envisioned as a national model for state-of-the-art teacher training and professional development, as well as the effective dissemination of advances in the science of teaching.
SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union Chief Administrative Officer, Dana Schuller, and Vice President, School and Community Relations, Kristin Crellin, accepted the evening's Inaugural Sponsor appreciation gift.
Educators completed the celebratory evening with refreshments, informal conversations with Professor Noguera, and an opportunity to purchase his most recent publication: Excellence Through Equity.
Images from the Celebration: https://youtu.be/pE0VjWrrke4