Mills Teacher Scholars Program Receives National Coverage
Mills Teacher Scholars, a professional development program for teachers sponsored by the School of Education, was featured in the October issue of Educational Leadership as an example of a program that leverages teacher leadership in schools. "Two Ways to Lead", by Anthony Cody, highlights the work of teachers from New Highland Academy in the Oakland Unified School District who are enrolled in the program. Learn more about Mills Teacher Scholars in this newly-released five-minute video.
Professor Ruth Cossey is Keynote Speaker
Professor Ruth Cossey was the keynote speaker on the last day of the California Mathematics Network annual meeting in Orange County. She was charged with sending "everyone on their way feeling inspired and ready to tackle the tremendous task of implementing the Common Core State Standards in mathematics."
MEET Graduate Featured on KQED
MEET Graduate Annie Hatch recently submitted a piece to local NPR-affiliate KQED, in which she describes what happened when her students wrote to Holocaust survivor Elie Weisel.
Researcher & Entrepreneur to Present at Crafts Fair
Jillian Roth, a researcher for the Lesson Study Group and a student in the MBA/MA in Educational Leadership program, runs an on-line jewelry business, jillybeads4justice, and donates part of each sale to 501(c)(3) organizations. She will be showing and selling her jewelry at the Mills Craft Fair.
School of Education Stars for Mills Cyclones Swimming
Amelia True, who is currently studying for her teaching credential, was recently honored as a star swimmer for the Mills Cyclones swim team.
Student Group Hosts International Speaker
The MBA/MA in Educational Leadership Huddle student group and Mills Center for Socially Responsible Business were honored to host an evening with Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, Founder and Executive Director of Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) in October. Dr. Yacoobi spoke about her work with AIL, with a particular focus on its variety of educational programs. Dr. Yacoobi also showed a short video and answered questions from the audience.
School of Education Faculty Delivers Guest Lectures
Visiting Professor Greg Tanaka recently presented two lectures about the coming US economic collapse, and the rare opportunity it will present for social reform and higher education. One talk was delivered by Skype to students at UNC Chapel Hill in September; the other to the Second Annual Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences at William Patterson University in New Jersey.
Urban Education Students Volunteer in the Community
Students in CUSP Director Ingrid Seyer-Ochi's Urban Education class have begun weekly work with youth at several local elementary schools as part of the course's service learning component. Some students are working with teachers at Laurel Elementary, helping bring hands-on science learning into the classrooms. Others are working with the non-profit Reading Partners in one-on-one reading instruction at Allendale Elementary. Students will also be volunteering at Laurel once a month at their Mobile Food Pantry program.
Mills Professors Contribute to Urban Teacher Education Consortium
Professor Anna Richert, Dean Kathy Schultz, and Professor Ruth Cossey are Mills’ representatives to the Urban Teacher Education Consortium (UTEC). UTEC is initiating a study of urban teacher preparation with the goal of better understanding how programs prepare students to become successful teachers for urban schools. They are asking these coupled questions: As the world changes, what do urban school teachers need to know and be able to do to promote the academic success of children? Given this base of knowledge and skill, how can teacher education programs help students acquire both?
Mills Research Scholar Presents at Lesson Study Conference
Distinguished Research Scholar Catherine Lewis was recently in Sweden with more than 600 classroom teachers and educational researchers from 28 countries, presenting lesson study work at the annual meeting of the World Association of Lesson Studies. Around the conference theme of "lesson study and learning study as teacher research," diverse sessions focused on topics including lesson study in special education, pre-elementary education, higher education, and in many K-12 disciplinary areas. Catherine presented a plenary session with two teachers from Sweden and one from Hong Kong on how to sustain a powerful lesson study movement.
Mills Teacher Scholars Program Enrolls Local Teachers
Mills Teacher Scholars will be directly supporting 130 teachers this year in year-long inquiry work. Teacher scholars come together in the Scholars Group, which meets monthly at Mills, and at their seven partner school sites. At three of these sites, the work will be led by teacher scholar leaders who participate in the Teacher Scholar Leaders Network. To learn more about the work of Mills Teacher Scholars, watch a five minute video of Mills Teacher Scholars' work in action.
Flora Fellows Announced
Three students from this year’s teacher education program (TTS) have been selected to be Flora Fellows this academic year, and will receive scholarship grants from the Flora Family Foundation. The Flora Family Foundation seeks to support efforts to attract and prepare students of color to enter the teaching profession.
Graduate Involves Community in Improving Assessment Scores
Teacher education graduate Lisa Holmes, the West Contra Costa Unified School District, and East Bay Knitters recently awarded students at Richmond High who scored well on the Math CST colorful fish-shaped knit hats. To learn more, read Lisa’s archived blog.
Child Life Graduate Featured in Local Newspaper
Amanda Suhrke was recently profiled in the Asheville (NC) Citizen-Times. They described how her work as a Child Life specialist make hospital visits less scary for children.
Graduate Receives Second Grant for Science Program
Teacher education graduate Aaron Verderwerff was recently awarded a grant from ING for his innovative science program at Lighthouse Community Charter School. Earlier this year, he was named Inspirational Teacher of the Year by PG&E.
Grant Awarded to Oakland Education Cabinet
Dean Kathy Schultz, Professor Linda Kroll, and Associate Professor of Practice Julie Nicholson are on the Oakland Education Cabinet's 0–8: Early Childhood committee which recently received a $30k grant from the Rainin Foundation to launch a campaign about the importance of early learning programs for 3- and 4-year-olds in Oakland.
Education Professor Awarded Grant from National Science Foundation
Professor Ruth Cossey received a nearly $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to start a teacher residency program in the Oakland Unified School District. The program was developed in response to OUSD’s need for math and science teachers to enter and stay in the district.
Gates Millennium Scholarships Awarded to Two Graduate Students
Two of only 1,000 people in the nation chosen to be Gates Millennium Scholars are Mills Educational Leadership students Courtney Nash and Huber Trenado.
Oakland Tribune Publishes Op-Ed by School of Education Researchers
Civic Engagement Research Group Research Director Ellen Middaugh and Professor Joe Kahne recently published an op-ed in the Oakland Tribune about how young people's engagement and technology can combine to create a new model of urban civic education in OUSD.
Education Professor's Organization Receives Grant from MacArthur Foundation
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation recently awarded Youth and Participatory Politics, a research organization led by Professor Joe Kahne, a four-year, $4.9 million grant to support new media research efforts with partner institutions including Harvard University, the University of Chicago, the University of Southern California, and the University of Arizona.
Graduate Student Published by Routledge
Educational Leadership Student Derek Fenner has published a chapter in Culturally Relevant Arts Education for Social Justice, entitled "The Arts and Juvenile Justice Education: Unlocking the Light Through Youth Arts and Teacher Development."
Thoughts about School Gardens
Associate Professor of Practice Elizabeth Baker has written an entry for our blog about the difference between English and US school gardens.
New Faculty for Teacher Education
Nikole Richardson will join the School of Education this year as Visiting Assistant Professor and chair of the TTS Humanities program. Nikole has her PhD from Stanford; the topic of her dissertation: School Context and the Development of a Culturally Responsive Pedagogy. She has taught in Washington DC and Boston, among other places. Last year, she taught adolescent development for the TTS program and a course for MEET.
Parent Group to Start
Child Life student Karna Sacchi, the mother of a 5-year-old, will be starting a parents’ group to share ideas, provide support, and socialize as families. If you are interested, please contact us via email and we will forward your contact information to Karna.
Dean Kathy Schultz Travels to Haiti
Dean Kathy Schultz wrote a new blog about her trip to Haiti, where she and her colleagues, including School of Education Professor Linda Kroll and Lecturer Fredi Breuer, taught professional development, collaboration models, and book-making to teachers and children.
New Video about Child Life in Hospitals
The School of Education interviewed two graduate students, Jen Geisse and Kali Kirchenbauer, about their work in Child Life in Hospitals, and why they choose Mills for their studies.
MBA/MA Student Leading for LGBT Issues
MBA/MA student Sarah Garmisa recently led a panel on LGBT Youth and Education in SF as part of Education Pioneers. In October, she will direct a session called "Women in Leadership: Challenging Expectations and Influencing the Paradigm" at the ReachingOUT Conference for LGBT MBA students and recent graduates in New Orleans.
School of Education Alumna Accepts New Position in Nation's Capital
The School of Education is proud to congratulate Educational Leadership graduate Lakimbre Brown on her new job as Instructional Superintendent for Elementary Schools in Washington, DC. Lakimbre will be responsible for supporting, evaluating, and planning professional development for elementary schools and principals.
Local Station KALW Features Audio Journal from Alumna
KALW recently featured an audio dairy from Teachers for Tomorrow's Schools graduate Diana Arbas of her student teaching year at Oakland High.