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Professor Awarded Tenure; New Professors Join School of Education
The School of Education is pleased to announce that Professor Priya Shimpi, who teaches in the Early Childhood Education program, was awarded tenure this spring. The School is also pleased to announce the arrival to campus this fall of two new faculty members: Pedro Nava and Argelia Lara. Pedro will be a professor in the Educational Leadership program; he studies migrant and immigrant parental engagement and is interested in bringing his work to Oakland. Argelia will be a post-doctoral fellow her first year at Mills; her research looks at the experiences of undocumented Latina/o college graduates.

 

School of Education Partners with Oakland Unified School District
As chair of the Oakland Education Cabinet's 0-8: Early Childhood Committee, School of Education Dean Kathy Schultz participated in a presentation to the OUSD school board on the importance of early childhood education. The presentation was received well and the board invited the group of school district leaders and community partners to come back in October with concrete recommendations.

 

Awards Presented to Oakland Unified School District Student
Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age (EDDA), a project affiliated with the School of Education, celebrated the work of OUSD seniors who exemplify the goals of the project. EDDA honored two students from each OUSD high school, and gave special awards to five students who exemplified different models of expertise in community readiness.

 

Artistic Fall Event
This fall, the School of Education will welcome mural artist Daniel Camacho to campus. Daniel will work with School of Education students to create a mural that explores some of the themes of social justice that we also address in our classes. This special event is open only to SOE undergraduate and graduate students. If you are a student, and would like more information, please contact us.

 

School of Education Co-Host StartUp Weekend EDU
Hosted by the School of Education and Mills’ Graduate School of Business, SWEDU (StartUp Weekend EDU) will bring youth voices and educator experiences together to produce new ventures and solutions for students in Oakland. To learn more and register, visit the SWEDU website.

 

School of Education Featured in Video Series
WestEd recently created a series of California Early Childhood Educator Competencies videos. These films, which highlight best practices in ECE, are part of the California Department of Education's Early Learning and Development System. Both the Mills College Children's School and many professors and graduates of the School of Educations’ Early Childhood Education program were featured in the videos, particularly this video. A full list of the videos, with links, is here.

 

School of Education Graduate Receives Award
Graduate Elena McDonald-Martyn recently received Teacher of the Year at Castlemont High. This student-nominated award was given to her for her work on the 11th grade team, where she teaches algebra and geometry. Over 100 students nominated her for the award.

 

Welcome to Fall 2014
The School of Education is expecting more than 120 new students to join classes in the fall. The new students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, and will enrich our programs with their interests and skills.

 

School of Education Administrator Volunteers in Oakland
Administrator Annie Neves spent the spring semester teaching a narrative writing workshop to 7th and 8th grade girls at United for Success Academy. The workshop included writing, videos, and music, and culminated in an anthology and a 'zine of the girls' writing.

 

School of Education Blog
The School of Education maintains a vibrant blog. Recent entries include a piece by MEET graduate Julie Beers, in which she challenges an old adage about teaching, and a guest blog about education in Malaysia.

 

Urban Education Celebrates Its First Graduates
The School of Education graduated its first undergraduate students in the new Urban Education minor this spring. The students have worked hard to show their commitment to the needs of urban schools.

 

Mills Teacher Scholars’ Present Evening of Inquiry
Mills Teacher Scholars, a group affiliated with the School of Education, recently presented their annual Teacher Inquiry in Action Forum. Over 250 teachers, district administrators, district coaches, foundation program officers, college faculty, and school site parents from across the Bay Area enjoyed the poster presentations and break-out sessions led by teacher-scholars who have spent the academic year immersed in systematic inquiry to better understand their students' learning. The evening was featured in Berkeley School Board member Ty Alper’s blog.

 

Fellowship Named for Retiring Professor
The School of Education is pleased to honor retiring professor Vicki LaBoskey with a fellowship to attract and support talented students to the Multiple Subject Credential program. We hope to endow this fellowship to provide merit-based support for a new student each year in perpetuity. If you would like to contribute, please send a check to Mills College Office of Institutional Advancement, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland CA 94613. Please indicate the Vicki LaBoskey Fellowship on the check.

 

School of Education Announces Its First Online Course
This summer, Lecturer Betty Lin will teach the School of Education’s first on-line course, “Child Life, Children and Families.” She and Instructional Technology Administrator Kiem Sie spoke this spring at the Provost's Office Faculty Lunchtime Seminar about "Lessons Learned from Preparing to Teach Mills' First Fully Online Course."

 

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Last Updated: 7/3/14