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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.


Early Childhood Masters Candidates Present Work
At a recent event at Mills, MA candidates from the Early Childhood programs presented their papers as part of a panel of scholars; afterward, faculty led discussions of the presentations. Child Development undergraduates also presented posters at this conference. A second conference, titled “Promoting Inquiry in Early Childhood Settings”, was held at San Francisco State University. It gave graduating students the opportunity to present their research to the Bay Area’s larger early childhood education community.


Scholars from China Visit the School of Education
The School of Education was honored to host a visit from Professor Fei Dan of ShanYeung Normal University in China in mid-April. Professor Dan is Dean of the Early Childhood and Primary Teacher Education Programs. She was accompanied by a graduate student, Hua Gao, who is working with her in teacher education. The visit was arranged by one of our graduate students, Cai Wang, who had graduated with her B.A. from ShanYeung Normal, where Dr. Dan was her teacher.


Professors Receive Grant from Spencer Foundation
Professor of Practice Julie Nicholson and Professor Anna Richert have received a Spencer Foundation Research Grant award for $50,000 to study the teacher leadership work that Mills Teacher Scholars is doing at New Highland Elementary School in Oakland. We are very excited and pleased for them!


Research Director Publishes Book
Civic Engagement Research Group (CERG) Research Director Ellen Middaugh has edited a book with Ben Kirshner titled, “#youthaction: Becoming Political in the Digital Age.” Dean Kathy Shultz, and CERG Associate Director Erica Hodgin are among those with chapters in the book.  It will to be published by Information Age Press in mid-summer.


Professor Writes Blog Post
DML Central recently posted a blog by Professor Joe Kahne, who discusses "how the ascendency of today’s new media may be introducing fundamental changes in political expectations and practices."


Professors and Students Present at National Conference
Educational Leadership student Derek Fenner and Associate Provost and Professor David Donahue were among those making presentations at the 2014 National Art Education Association's conference in San Diego. Derek’s two talks were titled: "Art Unbound: A System's Change Effort to Keep Art in the Conversation" and "Young People Doing Dead Time: Unveiling the Biopolitical Oppression of Juvenile Justice Youth." Dave spoke on "Integrated Learning through Contemporary Art," with Julia Marshall from San Francisco State and Anne Thulson from Metropolitan State. A group of faculty, students, and graduates presented at the Association for Childhood Education International's 2014 Global Summit on Childhood in Vancouver, BC. Professor of Practice Julie Nicholson, Maja Jevgovic, and graduate Jean Kurnik presented a poster titled, "Global Narratives on Play: Adult Play Memories and Children's Perspectives"; students Anne Bauer and Ristyn Woolley joined Julie to present a paper titled, "Inserting Play into an American Urban School District: Complexities and Teacher Narratives"; and Julie was a discussant for a paper presented by Laurel Silber and Marjorie Bosk titled, "Creating a Multidisciplinary Dialogue so We Can Change Childhood." 


Professor Discusses Leadership
Center for Urban Schools and Partnerships (CUSP) Director Ingrid Seyer-Ochi spoke to Mills undergraduates and graduates about engaging community as part of the Mills workshop series, "Are you a leader? Do you know a leader? Want to become a leader?" 


Students Discuss Model for OUSD
Students in the MBA/MA in Educational Leadership program hosted a brainstorming session with OUSD Board of Education past-president Jody London and Dean Kathy Schultz on what it would take to bring a collective impact model to K-12 education in Oakland.


Recent Posts to the School of Education Blog
Our blog features two new short pieces: One on technology—here and in India, and one on the possible flexibility of manners.


Dean Kathy Schultz on KCBS
Dean Kathy Schultz was on KCBS radio to discuss Gallup's State of America's Schools report. Click here to listen to the broadcast.


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."


MBA/MA in Educational Leadership Students Plan Start-up Weekend
Students in the MBA/MA in Educational Leadership program are among those planning StartUp Weekend EDU/SWEDU. Their website provides details of the weekend’s events, to which educators, students, programmers, and others are invited.


Mills Teacher Scholars Announces Annual Professional Networking and Study Event
Join Mills Teacher Scholars on May 20 as teachers present their professional learning on topics including: academic discussion, scientific inquiry, reading, mathematical reasoning, vocabulary development, argumentation, independent learning, writing development, and evidence-based claims. The full program is posted here


Graduates Attend and Speak at National Conference
Graduate Liz Rice sent us an update from Washington, DC, where she attended the American Association of Community Colleges’ National Conference and attended a panel that included graduate and President of Skyline Community College Regina Stanback Stroud.  


Graduate Honors Berkeley USD Teacher
Graduate Sarah (Roo) Cline wrote an obituary in Berkeleyside for the man who introduced jazz studies to Berkeley USD.


MBA/MA In Educational Leadership Graduate Accepted to Prestigious Program
Graduate Sara Stickler was recently accepted into the AT&T Leadership Development Program. Lokey Graduate School of Business has placed several alums in this program, and we are proud that she is joining them.


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 3:00-4:30 pm. 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.


School of Education Faculty to Present at AERA
The School of Education is pleased to announce that many of our faculty and researchers will present at the annual AERA conference in Philadelphia. Academic Coordinator Annie Neves compiled this list of who, from our school, will be there.


Professor Receives Award
Professor Joe Kahne received the "2014 Civic Action Award" from the California Council of the Social Studies at their Annual meeting in LA.


Read the Latest Addition to Our Blog
In the latest post to Collegial Connections, graduate Jenna Peterson reflects on how the School of Education helped her follow her passion for Early Childhood Education.


Research Group Presents Paper at Conference
Civic Engagement Research Group recently traveled to Boston, where Professor Joe Kahne, Research Director Ellen Middaugh, and Associate Director Erica Hodgin presented a paper on Education for Participatory Politics at the Digital Media and Learning Conference.


Student Selected for Prestigious Fellowship
MBA/MA in Educational Leadership student Evan Decker has been selected for a prestigious Education Pioneer Summer Fellowship. Candidates compete on the national level for these paid Fellowships and we are honored that he will be part of this year's cohort.


Announcing Oakland Urban Teacher Residency Program
The School of Education’s Oakland Urban Teacher Residency 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.


Mills Teacher Scholars Present Annual Conference 
Mills Teacher Scholars' is pleased to announce that their annual Inquiry in Action conference will be held this year on May 20, 5-8p; please read this preview of the evening's presentations.


Graduate Selected Superintendent of Schools
Columbia, MO's Board of Education has selected Ed Leadership grad Peter Stiepleman as superintendent of schools effective July 1, 2014.


President Obama Visit Graduate’s Schools
Educational Leadership graduate Lakimbre Brown is Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Instruction in Washington DC, and recently had the honor of a visit from President Obama. The President joined the children for circle time in some of the PreK classrooms, and then held a press release about the importance of early elementary education.


MBA/MA Graduate Travels To Educational Conference
MBA/MA graduate Liz Rice was recently at the Mazatlan Forum in Mexico. The Mazatlan forum is a think-tank in Mexico and the forum looked at questions like these: How is technology changing the face of education in the US and Mexico? How can educational research inform our decisions to change institutions? How is the digital classroom revolution changing learning? How can we overcome divides to achieve equity?


Summer Courses Announced
The School of Education will offer 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


School of Education on LinkedIn
The School of Education’s LinkedIn site is a good place to look for jobs in the educational community. Anyone is welcome to join, and to post their own job opportunities or professional news. There are also sub-groups for Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, and Teacher Education.


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."

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.


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.


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.


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.


School of Education Partners with 100Kin10
The School of Education is pleased to announce its partnership with 100Kin10, a national network to support new STEM teachers. Together with the Division of Natural Sciences, OUSD, and the Lawrence Hall of Science, SOE hopes to graduate 100 math and science teachers by 2019, and support their work in OUSD through our new Oakland Urban Teacher Residency Program. Professors Ruth Cossey and Barbara LiSanti were instrumental to this partnership.


Civic Engagement Research Group Blogs about Digital Media
In this recent blog post for the American Planning Association, Civic Engagement Research Group Director Ellen Middaugh describes how "youth and their adult allies have begun to use new media in creative ways to connect to and build their communities."


Educational Leadership Student Featured in Video
Cheyenne Pronga, a student at the School of Education and a member of Teach Tomorrow Oakland, talks about the importance of Latino teachers in this new video.


Recent Updates to the School of Education Blog
In the latest post, TTS student Zubin Hu explores what it means to be an English Language Learner. A recent post by Lecturers Susan Marchant and Betty Lin was reblogged by "Child Life Mommy."


Mills Teacher Scholars in OUSD and San Leandro
Mills Teacher Scholars is partnering with the Alameda County Office of Education and San Leandro Unified to support digital integration and Common Core learning through their Teacher Innovator Network. They have also received a grant from the Stuart Foundation to fund a pilot program in OUSD to support program specialists in their work on academic discussion. San Leandro Education Fund (SLED) recently featured MTS in their newsletter, highlighting their fifth anniversary at Roosevelt Elementary, where 98% of teachers participate in inquiry work.


Professor Contributes to Policy Discussion
Professor of Practice Julie Nicholson recently participated in the CA Child Development Coalition Annual Retreat in Sacramento. This meeting brings together legislative staff and stakeholders from across the state involved in early childhood policy. An important topic of discussion was SB 837, a bill proposed to make Transitional Kindergarten available for all 4 year olds in the state.


Academy Award Winning Filmmaker Debra Chasnoff at Mills
The Center for Urban Schools & Partnerships (CUSP) was among the groups sponsoring Academy Award-winning filmmaker Debra Chasnoff's recent visit to Mills. The event began with a reception and a screening of Chasnoff’s film "Straightlaced: How Gender's Got Us All Tied Up." After the film, Chasnoff led a series of activities and a dialogue around understanding and challenging narrow gender role expectations and homophobia.


Educational Leadership Student Accepts New Job
Ed Leadership student Elizabeth Rood is now Director of Education Programs at the Bay Area Discovery Museum.


Educational Leadership Graduate to Speak at AERA
Educational Leadership graduate Sara Truebridge will be presenting her paper, "Resilience: Believing in Students and their Strengths for Success in Schools," at the 2014 AERA meeting in Philadelphia in April.


New Articles from School of Education Professors
Professor Anna Richert has written a short piece about the uncertain work of teaching, and the dilemma posed by a winter jacket, for the ASCD newsletter. Professor of Practice Julie Nicholson and Professor Tomas Galguera recently published in Teacher Education Quarterly: "Integrating New Literacies in Higher Education: A Self-Study of the Use of Twitter in an Education Course."


Celebration in Honor of Professor Vicki LaBoskey’s Retirement
Graduates of the Multiple Subjects Credential program are asked to save the date for a conference and celebration at Mills in honor of Vicki LaBoskey’s work at the School of Education. SOE will host panels by and for graduates, followed by dinner and festivities, on April 26. Please contact SOE if you are a graduate and would like to be on the mailing list.


Educational Leadership Student to Run for AERA Graduate Student Council
Student Chris Carducci has been nominated to run for the AERA Graduate Student Council in the position of secretary/historian. The School of Education encourages all graduate students to join AERA. SOE faculty are actively involved in many sections and have a significant presence at the annual meetings. This year's meeting is in Philadelphia.


Lecturers Blog about Child Life
Lecturers Susan Marchant and Betty Lin have written an entry for our blog in which they contemplate how to evaluate the cost effectiveness of Child Life services. Child Life services are valuable psychosocially, but how do you measure that economically?


Professor and Student Speak to Transitional Kindergarten Parents
Professor of Practice Julie Nicholson and Educational Leadership student Michelle Grant-Groves spoke with transitional Kindergarten parents in OUSD about the role of play in children's learning and development.


MBA/MA in Educational Leadership Students Awarded Internships and Jobs
Student Pari Tanna has accepted an offer to join AT&T's prestigious Leadership Development Program after she graduates. This is a highly competitive 3-year rotational program in general management which is designed to prepare executives. Student Laura Buckner has been selected to intern with the E. & J. Gallo Winery Premium Wine Unit during this spring semester.  Her project will involve helping to build out, operate, optimize, and prepare for audit Gallo's management system for sustainability. Laura Buckner, Emily Kaplowitz, and Cora Sorenson are among the students working on two pro bono consulting projects for non-profits in the community: Partners in School Innovation and the Alameda County Community Food Bank.


Voice of Witness Program
Voice of Witness came to Mills to lead a half-day program specifically for Mills MBA and Educational Leadership students. The program, called The Voice of a Leader: Articulating Powerful Stories for Personal and Professional Success, provided students an opportunity to re-imagine themselves as a leaders through communication arts and storytelling in ways that support socially responsible leadership and business practices.


Black Success Conference
Ascent: African American Graduate Association, and Mills College’s Black History Committee hosted their first Black Success Conference to promote academic and professional development, growth and overall success, by providing a chance to network and explore learning opportunities that range from career development to identifying the keys to financial freedom.


Graduate Presents Noyce Scholarship Program
SOE Graduate and Oakland teacher Margo McInturff was recently in Baltimore at an NSF meeting to present about "Open the Gate", our Noyce-funded project that supports future math and science teachers.


“Transformative” High School
TTS graduate Saybah-Katrina Russ teaches at Noble Street Charter Network in Chicago, IL, which was recently named one of Newsweek's Top 25 Transformative High Schools of 2013. The Network is expanding by two schools per year.


Graduate’s Book Celebrated
Educational Leadership graduate Sara Truebridge recently published her new book, "Resilience Begins with Beliefs: Building on Student Strengths for Success in School," based on her dissertation written at Mills. Danville's Rakestraw Books held a book talk, signing, and party for her on January 16.


Outstanding Teacher Award
Educational Leadership graduate Steven Drouin was voted 2013 Outstanding Teacher of the Year at Tracy High School in Tracy CA. He teaches social studies courses to diverse groups of high school students, and his research interests include heterogeneous/democratic instruction, detracking, and narrative inquiry.


Graduate Featured in Teach for America Webinar
MBA/MA in Ed Leadership graduate Cecilia Aguilar was recently featured on a Teach for America webinar about "Careers with Social Impact and the Call for Strong Women Leaders in Education." The webinar explored educational inequity for girls, especially those from low-income communities, and how many women are finding that the leadership skills they develop in MBA programs help them become strong leaders in a wide range of careers. Cecilia is the Manager of Learning and Teaching Development at Teach for America.


MBA/MA in Educational Leadership Student Awarded New Position
Liz Rice, a student in the MBA/MA in Ed Leadership program, recently secured a position as Director of Product Marketing at the start-up GoBe.Me. GoBe.Me is developing a technology platform for educators and employers which will help them better meet the training and developmental needs of their students and employees. The position grew out of an internship Liz had with GoBe.Me during Summer 2013, and she will begin her tenure in January 2014.


Professors Published in Early Childhood Journal
Professor of Practice Julie Nicholson, Assistant Professor Priya Shimpi, and their colleague Colette Rabin recently published an article about adults and play in the November issue of Early Child Development and Care. The article is titled, "'If I Am Not Doing My Own Playing Then I Am Not Able to Truly Share the Gift of Play with Children': Using Poststructuralism and Care Ethics to Examine Future Early Childhood Educators' Relationships with Play in Adulthood."


MBA/MA Graduate Awarded New Job
MBA/MA graduate Jovan Hicks has accepted a position in AT&T's prestigious Leadership Development Program, and will be relocating to Dallas to start in February 2014. The program is one of the best rotational leadership development programs in the country and very selective.


MBA/MA in Educational Leadership Student Awarded New Position
Liz Rice, a student in the MBA/MA in Ed Leadership program, recently secured a position as Director of Product Marketing at the start-up GoBe.Me. GoBe.Me is developing a technology platform for educators and employers which will help them better meet the training and developmental needs of their students and employees. The position grew out of an internship Liz had with GoBe.Me during Summer 2013, and she will begin her tenure in January 2014.


MEET Graduate featured in Local Press
MEET graduate Annie Hatch was featured in an article in Oakland Local about the Common Core in Oakland Schools. The article also features Carlos Cabana, who has in past year been a Cooperating Teacher for the School of Education.


Visiting Professor Greg Tanaka Presents at Anthropology Conference
Visiting Professor Greg Tanaka recently presented the Past President's address at the Council on Anthropology and Education/American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in Chicago. His talk was titled, "Systemic Collapse and Renewal: The Democratic Purpose of Education in the 21st Century."


Professor Anna Richert to Present at Brandeis University
In January, Professor Anna Richert will be talking at Brandeis University to students, alumni, and other educators about managing teaching dilemmas. The presentation will be based on her latest book.


Professor Joseph Kahne to Travel to Rome
Professor Joe Kahne will travel to the University of Roma Tre in December to give a talk titled, "The Practice of Politics Have Changed: Redesigning Civic Education for the Digital Age." The talk comes out of research done through the Youth and Participatory Politics Research Network that Joe chairs, and the Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age initiative, which he co-directs with Research Director Ellen Middaugh. He also recently delivered talks at both the Berkeley School of Education and Harvard Graduate School of Education on Redesigning Civic Education for the Digital Age, and he spoke at the National Conference on Citizenship in Washington, DC.


Educational Leadership Student Leads Session at NAME Conference
Educational Leadership student Derek Fenner, along with two co-presenters, led a session at the recent NAME Conference, held this year in Oakland. The session was entitled, “The School to Prison Pipeline, the Role of Teaching and the Transformative Role of Arts-Based Engagement.”


Student Group Hosts Educational Careers Panel
The Graduate School of Business Career Services Office and the MBA/MA in Educational Leadership Huddle student group will present a panel on educational careers. “At the Intersection of Business and Education: Careers to Inspire” will feature these panelists: Bill Somerville, President and Founder, Philanthropic Ventures Foundation (PVF); Kate Whiting, Co-Founder Educents and Mills MBA grad; Paul St. Roseman, Prinicipal and Senior Consultant and Mills EdD candidate; Tameka McGlawn, Senior Practice Associate, Linked Learning, Ed Trust-West; Erica Ernst, Assistant Development Manager, Worldreader.


School of Education Faculty to Present at Mills College Provost Talks
The Provost's Faculty Lunchtime Series features two School of Education professors this fall. Visiting Professor Greg Tanaka will present "On Systemic Collapse and the Remaking of Democracy," and Professor Diane Ketelle will discuss "Fiction as Social Research." These talks are open to all students, staff, and faculty.


Mills Teacher Scholars Anticipate Transition to Common Core
The Mills Teacher Scholars newsletter recently featured a reflection by one of their teacher scholars on how she transitioned her classroom to close reading, a practice recommend by the Common Core Standards.


Two New Courses This Spring at the School of Education
School of Education will offer two new courses this spring. Visiting Professor Greg Tanaka will introduce EDUC 180/280 "Systemic Collapse and Renewal", and Dean Kathy Schultz will teach EDUC 280 "Comparative International Education."  Greg's class will explore how to help "a democratic nation initiate a rebuilding of its social infrastructure." In Kathy's class, students will explore "conceptions of teaching and learning...[and] focus on key educational issues in comparative perspective."


School of Education Lecturer Writes for HuffPost
Lecturer Rick Ayers recently wrote a blog for the Huffington Post in which he wondered, among other things, if the vice president of the College Board hasn't confused correlation with causation.


Net Impact Conference
Lokey GSB had a big presence at this year’s Net Impact Conference. MBA/MA student Danielle Biselli played a "pivotal role" in bringing educations sessions to the event.


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.

Last Updated: 12/15/14