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Learn about our distinctive programs from Mills College School of Education faculty, staff, and current students.

On-Campus Information Sessions

  • Saturday, September 24, 3:15–4:30 pm
  • Saturday, October 8, 11:15 am–12:30 pm
  • Wednesday, October 26, 6:00 pm 
    Application Workshop with 30-minute info session to follow
  • Saturday, November 5, 10:30 am 
    Application Workshop with 30-minute info session to follow
  • Friday, November 11, 4:15–5:30 pm
  • Saturday, December 3, 11:15 am–12:30 pm

Online Information Sessions (webinars, all times in PT)

  • Wednesday, August 31, 11:00–11:30 am
  • Tuesday, September 13, 11:00–11:30 am
  • Tuesday, October 18, 2:00–2:30 pm
  • Thursday, November 17, 9:00–9:30 am

Accelerated Degree Program Information Sessions for current Mills students

  • Wednesday, September 14, 12:00 pm–1:00 pm
  • Thursday, October 13, 12:00 pm–1:00 pm
  • Tuesday, November 1, 12:00 pm–1:00 pm
  • Wednesday, December 7, 12:00 pm–1:00 pm


You can also go to our Visit page to learn about additional campus visit options.


CUSP Event: Viewing of Defies Measurement, a film by Shannon Puckett, followed by a panel discussion

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
5:30 pm
Location: The Bender Room

The American public school system hangs in the balance. High-stakes testing and corporate reformers have tipped the scales toward a culture of learning that favors standardization over innovation. It begs the question: What if the most important lessons learned in school are the ones that can’t be measured? Defies Measurement strengthens the discussion about public education by taking a much-needed, fresh, hard look at why it is so important to address the social and emotional needs of every student, and what happens when the wrong people make decisions for schools. Through the intimate lens of students and teachers at Chipman Middle School in Alameda, California, the documentary film reveals an emotional story that has become all too common in this country. The film is punctuated by interviews with some of today’s biggest names in education, which reveal compelling evidence to inspire audiences to rethink a better way to educate our children.

Shannon Puckett is a mom, filmmaker and former teacher. She taught in Brooklyn and San Francisco public schools, but it was her time at Chipman Middle School in Alameda, California, that inspired the documentary film, Defies Measurement. The panel members will be David Maduli, Rehema Allen and Sylvia Kahn.

View a trailer of the film.

CUSP Lecture: "Teaching to Transform Communities" with Laurence Tan

February 16, 2016
Location: The Bender Room

The son of Filipino immigrants, Laurence Tan was studying to be a doctor when the vision of becoming a teacher presented itself in a dream. Now a fourth grade teacher at a charter school in Oakland, he has twelve years teaching in the South Los Angeles/Watts area. In 2014 he was honored by the Los Angeles Unified School District as “Teacher of the Year.” Laurence helped establish the Watts Youth Collective with former students, an organization that promotes social change through media. Laurence’s twelve-hour teaching days and his work with the collective are efforts to produce positive changes in each individual and the community. Laurence will engage the Mills community in an important conversation around what type of commitment it takes to be a transformative teacher and community leader. Read more »

CUSP Lecture: "What's Your Gender? Identifying and Supporting Children's Gender Creativity" with Diane Ehrensaft

March 9, 2016, 5:00 7:00 pm

Diane Ehrensaft is an associate professor of Pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco and a developmental and clinical psychologist in the San Francisco Bay Area, with a private practice in Oakland, California. She is Director of Mental Health of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center and chief psychologist at the Child and Adolescent Gender Center Clinic at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. She specializes in research, clinical work, and consultation related to gender-nonconforming children and assisted reproductive technology families, lecturing, publishing, and serving as an expert witness on both topics nationally and internationally. Read more »

CUSP Event: Education Under Arrest: Educating Young Men of Color in the Age of Incarceration

April 1, 2016, 5:30 pm
Gathering Hall, Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business
Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA

The Center for Urban School Partnerships (CUSP) strives to create systematic and sustainable change in underserved communities. CUSP is excited to host an event focused on a thoughtful and timely subject. Our event, “Education Under Arrest: Educating Young Black Men in the Age of Incarceration,” features a screening of Fruitvale Station followed by a panel of Mills faculty members.

Panel Members:
Nolan Jones, EdD,
has worked with TRIO Upward Bound programs since 1994. He is currently the director of Upward Bound at Mills College. His academic and research interest in youth development, transformative education and hip hop pedagogy will help panel attendees to gain practical knowledge on how to best reach and teach men of color.

Pedron Nava, PhD, is a professor in the School of Education at Mills College. His research focuses on urban and rural school inequality, critical pedagogy, family-school engagement, and undergraduate social justice-based research. His experience with mentoring students of color will enrich panel attendees knowledge on how to cultivate adult allies for youth development and engagement.

Adrienne Oliver, MFA, teaches English at Laney Community College in Oakland. Since 2002, she has been teaching developmental English, where many men of color are disproportionately represented. Her research interests in hip hop pedagogy and developmental education will offer perspectives on reaching young men of color in the classroom

Sabrina Zirkel, PhD, is Professor of Educational Leadership at Mills College. She has published widely on perspectives in urban education, including: Issues of race and ethnicity in education, creating more effective multi-ethnic and urban schools, intergroup relations in schools, and educational leadership for social change. A social psychologist, she can also bring the perspective on how implicit bias impacts police-community and teacher-student relationships. She will offer panel attendees an analysis of how current research in urban education can impact student-teacher relationships for the better.

Last Updated: 8/19/16