Celebration for Professor’s Retirement
Students, graduates, professors, and friends are invited to attend a celebration on April 26 in honor of Vicki LaBoskey's incredible contribution to the School of Education and her influence on generations of multiple subjects teachers. The afternoon will begin with a talk by Nel Noddings, whose writing on education and care is foundational to the School of Education’s program. She will speak at Lisser Hall from 3-4:30p. Afterwards, a panel of graduates will talk about the connections between their work with Vicki and at Mills and their current practice as teacher leaders. An informal reception with Vicki, Nel Noddings, and alumnae will follow. The evening will conclude with dinner and continued celebration at Reinhardt Alumnae House. Please contact Annie Oxenhandler for more information about the event, to buy tickets for the dinner (all other festivities are free), or to make a contribution in honor of Vicki.
Professor Publishes Article and Presents Talk on Current Research
Assistant Professor Priya Shimpi, together with several colleagues and Child Development major Rebecca Johnson, published an article in the Journal of Research in Childhood Education: "Using Parent and Teacher Voices in the Creation of a Western-based Early Childhood English-language Program in China." Priya also spoke at the Stanford Graduate School of Education's Language, Equity, and Education Policy Working Group on "Bilingualism and Relations to Social Cue Understanding in Young Children."
CUSP Director Active in Campus Events
Ingrid Seyer-Ochi, Director of the Center for Urban Schools & Partnerships (CUSP) recently participated in two on-campus events. For the first, she joined Mills faculty at the Provost’s Office Faculty Lunchtime Series to discuss, “Not Just Transgender Studies: Infusing Gender Diversity across the Curriculum.” On March 14, she will lead a panel at Lokey GSB’s annual Conference on Socially Responsible Business. The conference will explore scale and social impact, and Ingrid’s panel, which includes Ed Leadership student Kevin Taylor, will discuss, “If Not Scale, then What? Comparing approaches to reform in public education.”
Faculty Present at Lunchtime Seminars
School of Education faculty are presenting two of this spring’s Provost Office Faculty Lunchtime seminars. On February 26, Professor Sabrina Zirkel discussed “The Role of College and Classroom Environments in Efforts to Increase the Numbers of Women in STEM.” And on March 18, Professor of Practice Julie Nicholson, Professor Linda Kroll, Professor Linda Perez, and Lecturer Betty Lin will talk about “How Can We Remain Committed to Principled Practice and Integrate Digital Technologies into Our Teaching?”
Professor Addresses “Race Matters”
Professor Ruth Cossey recently spoke at Race Matters, a free speaker series for teachers, principals, students, parents, board members, and the community to engage in thoughtful dialogue about race and equity in service of improving teaching and learning. Professor Cossey spoke about the headlines regarding Oakland's African-Americans' outstanding achievement in math –what the headlines mean, and what it would take to build schools and communities that would make that headline real.
Faculty Member Publishes Case Study
Lecturer Nikole Richardson recently published a case study on student-centered learning at Oakland's Life Academy: "At Life Academy, 99% of the student population is economically disadvantaged—yet students significantly outperform their peers at other district schools. Through the incorporation of student-centered approaches to learning, Life Academy has created structures, rituals and instruction that give students opportunities, voice, and multiple chances at success."
School of Education Blog Features Post about Child Life
Recent graduate Nnenna Okezie writes in Collegial Connections: "I came to the San Francisco Bay Area to further my education and discovered my passion for working with children and families....Child Life was perfect for me because of my degree in Early Childhood Education and interest in science and medicine."
Student Awarded Research Internship
MBA/MA in Educational Leadership student Marcela Engmann will be working as a Graduate Research Assistant to Reos Partners, helping them develop a strategic plan for the University of California's network of ecological reserve stations.
Summer Courses Announced
The School of Education is pleased to announce that the following courses will be offered over the summer term:
EDUC 418A/418B Administrative Field Experience; Megan Sweet
EDUC 425 Introduction to Research Design; Susan Christopher
EDUC 180/280 Hip Hop Pedagogy; Nolan Jones
EDUC 180/280 Dilemmas of Difference About Race, Class, Language, Gender, and Culture in Schools; Tomas Galguera
EDUC 180/280 Child Life: Children and Families in Healthcare Environments; Betty Lin
EDUC 180/280 Research Seminar in Child development: Cross-cultural and Interdisciplinary Perspectives; Priya Shimpi
Panel Discussion of Smoking on Campus
Academic Coordinator Annie Neves was one of the panelists for a presentation and discussion of smoking on campus: Where Are We and Where Should We Go On This Issue? Students, faculty, and staff attended this important discussion
Mills Teacher Scholars Share Work with Community Members
Mills Teacher Scholars works at six school sites and also facilitates monthly Scholars Group meetings at Mills to support teachers from a broad range of schools with inquiry about their practice. Recently, teachers from the Scholars Group shared their work-in-progress with teachers and community members to get feedback that will inform their teaching. Scholars will be presenting the final results of their inquiry work at the May 20 Teacher Inquiry in Action Forum at Mills.
Partnership with 100Kin10
As a new organization linked to the 100Kin10 campaign to recruit more than 100,000 STEM teachers in the next 10 years, the School of Education recently joined more than 30 partner organizations to design and implement a fun campaign to recruit STEM undergrads and recent grads to teacher education programs.
Scientific Process Explored at the Children’s School
The Children’s School teaching team continues their focus on the scientific process. Most of the skills that scientists engage in come naturally to young children, and the teachers are making these skills more obvious, more intentional, and, as children get older, more sophisticated. Read about their experiments, or watch to see what the Big Bad Wolf looks like at school.
Announcing Oakland Urban Teacher Residency Program
The School of Education is pleased to announce our Oakland Urban Teacher Residency Program. The program, a collaboration among SOE, OUSD, and the Lawrence Hall of Science, is designed to prepare people with a STEM undergraduate degree to teach in Oakland. Applicants who are accepted to the program receive: Full tuition scholarship for a Single Subject Credential in Math or Science; individualized coaching from an experienced OUSD teacher; professional development support from Mills faculty and site directors. Upon successful completion of the credential, students receive: A 4-year employment opportunity from OUSD; full tuition scholarship to our MEET program; 4-year salary supplement for participation in inquiry groups (Lesson Study/Teacher Scholars.) Contact us if you know someone who would be interested.
Professors Contribute to OUSD Evaluation
Professor of Practice Julie Nicholson and CUSP Director Ingrid Seyer-Ochi have been hired as Evaluators for OUSD's 0-8 systems change. They will be studying two professional learning communities in the district: preK/TK/K teachers participating in the Socially Complex Play PLC, and preK/TK/K/1 teachers working together in a PLC emphasizing Balanced Literacy. They will also be completing a comprehensive document review.
Lesson Study Group Shown Effective
Lesson Study Group was recently mentioned in a report that "identified 643 studies of professional development interventions related to math in grades K–12.” Only two were found to have positive effects on student math proficiency, and Mills College Lesson Study Group is one of the two.
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