Over 200 educators gathered on May 7th at UCI's Beckman Center to celebrate the teaching profession and listen to the keynote address from Deborah Loewenberg Ball, William H. Payne Collegiate Professor of Education at the University of Michigan, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, and director of TeachingWorks. Titled "The Power of Teaching," Ball's address emphasized the importance of building relationships with children to support their learning and flourishing and to disrupt racism, marginalization, and inequity.
During the event, Dr. Frank Olmos, senior human resources analyst, Los Angeles County Office of Education, announced the new UCI School of Education Alumni Association. Established earlier this year, the School of Education Alumni Association provides a space for the School of Education’s 10,000+ alumni to collaborate, develop programming and inspire and support current students. More information is available here
After the formal program, educators enjoyed hors d'ouevres and joined in conversations with teachers and school leaders about the current state of education in Orange County and strategies for collaborating and leading professional learning to transform teaching.
The second annual UCI National Teacher Appreciation Day Celebration was sponsored by the UCI Teacher Academy, which unites educators and UCI faculty to improve learning opportunities for youth in K12 settings. The celebration was supported by contributions from SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union, Lakeshore Learning, Skibby Learning Center, Balboa Bay Resort, Mother's Market, and Teacher Created Materials.
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Dean Richard Arum welcomes educators to UCI's 2nd Annual National Teacher Appreciation Day.
Dr. Deborah Ball delivers the keynote address at UCI's 2nd Annual National Teacher Appreciation Day.