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Volume II, Issue 1 - July 2012
Ph.D. graduate, Sarah Ryan, is hooded by Professor Robert Ream
Ph.D. graduate, Sarah Ryan, is hooded by Professor Robert Ream

The GSOE commencement ceremony was held on June 18, 2012. Nine Ph.D.'s, 51 Master degrees and credentials and 39 teacher credentials were conferred. Sarah Ryan, who earned her Ph.D., was the graduate student speaker. Dr. Ryan's research addresses the consequences of educational and social inequality for student outcomes. She begins a postdoctoral fellowship with Carnegie Mellon University and the Rand Corporation in the fall. Carissa Duran, who earned a Master of Education and Single Subject Teaching Credential, was the teacher education student speaker. Duran graduated with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Philosophy/ Law and Society and Sociology from UCR in 2011. She plans to teach at the secondary level while pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Policy with an emphasis in Educational Policy.

Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh, founder and Executive Director for the Center for Autism and Related Disorders was the keynote speaker. The center is known internationally for its work in autism research and treatment. Dr. Granpeesheh began studying autism as an undergraduate at UCLA, where she also earned a Ph.D. in 1990. While there she worked on a groundbreaking study that showed a recovery rate of close to 50 percent among participants who received early, intensive applied behavior analysis treatment. Dr. Granpeesheh is a licensed psychologist as well as a board certified behavior analyst. She is the 2011 recipient of the American Academy of Clinical Psychiatrists Winokur Award.

Congratulations to the UCR Graduate School of Education Class of 2012!

Dean Douglas E. Mitchell
Dean Douglas E. Mitchell
Dean Douglas E. Mitchell
The Education Minor: A New Opportunity for Undergraduates

The most important change in the GSOE over the past several months has been the development of an undergraduate Education Minor which will become available to UCR students this fall. Final approval of this new program was given by the Academic Senate at its meeting on February 21st. This program promises to benefit UCR students in a variety of ways. Most importantly, it opens up a pathway for students who want to understand teaching and learning, child development, the conduct of educational research, and how school organizations and public policies shape educational opportunities and influence student success. Knowledge of these important aspects of education will facilitate access to teacher credentialing programs and advanced degrees preparing students for careers as professional educators, research scholars and public policy leaders.

Several members of the GSOE ladder faculty will offer Education Minor courses, providing undergraduates with exposure to research scholarship in this field. Students in various majors across campus may select from available Education Minor courses, ones that most enrich their major fields. Or they may choose to select the courses that provide the most direct route to the teacher credential program. As the program gets implemented, web-based advising will be added to the guidance provided by the UCR catalogue. Guidance will also be provided to undergraduate advisors across campus to help them give appropriate guidance for students interested in this new program. Details will be forthcoming.

Thanks to Assistant Dean and Director of Teacher Education, Anne Jones, and the rest of the special (hard working) committee that developed this program. Thanks also to Associate Dean Begoña Echeverria who shepherded the program through the Faculty Senate approval process.

GSOE Alumna Establishes Scholarship in Teacher Education
Dr. Katherine Wright and Mr. Dwight
Tate, long time friends and supporters of
Dr. Katherine Wright and Mr. Dwight Tate, long time friends and supporters of UCR.

GSOE alumna, Dr. Katherine Wright, recently made a gift to establish the Bridge to Success Scholarship in teacher education. Dr. Wright established this fund to help excellent credential candidates who, because of financial strain, are on the verge of withdrawing from the program.

Dr. Wright and her husband, Dwight Tate, have deep connections to UC Riverside. As a child, Kathy enjoyed riding her bike through campus and visiting the small market within the married student housing area. She went on to earn her California elementary teaching credential, master's degree, and administrative services credential from UCR. She is a retired district administrator with Riverside's Alvord Unified School District and serves on the GSOE's Dean's Advisory Board.

Born and raised in Riverside, Dwight attended UCR from 1966-68, finishing his bachelor's degree at UC Berkeley. He returned to UCR to obtain a secondary teaching credential in 1971. Staying close to his roots, Dwight works in Riverside as a financial adviser.

Kathy and Dwight have made gifts to many areas of campus over the years, and we are extremely grateful for their support. With the Bridge to Success Scholarship, we will make a difference by helping to keep our excellent teacher education students in school.

GSOE Alumni Highlight - Mrs. Jisela Arias Martinez
Dr. Katherine Wright and Mr. Dwight
Tate, long time friends and supporters of
Mrs. Jisela Arias Martinez - M.Ed. 2010

Jisela Martinez graduated from GSOE with her Master of Education and Bilingual Cross-cultural Language Acquisition Development Credential in June 2010. After working as a substitute instructional aide, a permanent special day class instructional aide, and a long term substitute teacher in Val Verde Unified School District, Jisela was hired in summer 2011 as a certificated elementary teacher. She is now teaching kindergarten and entering her second year in the RIMS-BTSA teacher induction program.

Jisela's favorite part of teaching is her students, especially her current age group. She notes that "everything is so new to them, they are like sponges and are capable of so much. Watching them develop and grow academically is absolutely amazing." She enjoys all aspects of teaching, including collaborating with her kinder team to figure out the best teaching strategies and practices each week. She believes that a good team definitely benefits the students. In addition, Jisela has worked on developing good relationships with her students' parents. She includes them in her endeavor to create a supportive environment for her students.

Jisela was born in East Los Angeles and moved to the Inland Empire after completing third grade. She is the oldest of six children, and began her teaching career early by practicing on her siblings. With the help of UCR's TRIO program, a program for college bound students, Jisela attended Cal State San Bernardino where she graduated with her bachelor's degree. Toward the end of her undergraduate career, she married her long time friend from high school. She notes that "it's a true blessing to have a family that is supportive in all aspects of life."

Once Jisela decided to pursue education as a career, she searched for a program that would allow her to foster her bilingual literacy skills. She wanted a program with high standards that provided quality education and training. One of her friends had completed the BCLAD Credential Program and also earned her Master of Education from GSOE, and was very satisfied with her graduate experience. Jisela was convinced to apply because of the hands-on student training that came with a great support team, including her teacher education supervisor, Mrs. Lilian Jezik, who had previously taught for many years. Mrs. Jezik made sure that her students were equipped with plenty of resources and materials so that they could become exceptional educators.

Jisela's professional goals for the future include developing her craft as a teacher. In addition, she would like to one day become an administrator and possibly be in a role where she can mentor new teachers. She is also open to the idea of someday becoming a cohort supervisor, whereby she hopes to inspire new teachers-in-training, the same way she was inspired.

Alumni Allies—We Want You!
Alumni Allies

Alumni Allies is a pilot program in GSOE which seeks to strengthen the connection between alumni and the School. We are currently recruiting veteran teaching and/or administration professionals to be part of this program. Veteran alumni, meaning those who have on-the-job experience teaching or working in school administration, are matched with 'new professionals', i.e. teaching credential alumni who are just entering the job market. Alumni Allies partners stay in contact via email, phone calls, or in person. Through these contacts, 'veterans' can support the new professionals during job searches and the first years of teaching. New professionals can share current concerns and developments in education and schools. New friendships and a renewed commitment to UCR are the goals.

Alumni Allies and GSOE hosted their first reception for the 2012 teaching credential candidates in May following the BTSA informational seminar. Over 60 credential candidates and GSOE alumni attended, and new professionals submitted requests to participate in Alumni Allies. Twenty-nine multiple subject (elementary); 14 single subject; and two special education credential candidates submitted interest cards.

We are still in need of additional 'veteran' alumni, and we hope to match veterans with new professionals and have contacts begin by fall 2012. Being part of Alumni Allies requires just a little time, and the difference made by a few calming words, a shared reminiscence, or a suggested direction can be amazing.

If you are interested in the Alumni Allies program, please contact Dr. Kathy Bocian at or (951) 206-0928.

Research Highlight: Dr. Margaret Nash
Dr. Margaret Nash
Dr. Margaret Nash
Campus Life in Inland Southern California during the Great Depression

Dr. Margaret Nash conducts research on the history of education in the United States, especially the role that education plays in the historical construction of identity. She is interested in the social contexts for and meanings of education, the question of who gets educated and why, and the relationships between education and citizenship and between education and policy. Dr. Nash is preparing to start on a new project, "Higher Education in Hard Times: Campus Life in Inland Southern California during the Great Depression," which will examine campus life at institutions of higher education in the Inland Empire during the Great Depression.

Higher education today continues to be a means for upward mobility, although with the state's massive budget woes and repeated tuition hikes, a college degree has become less affordable for growing numbers of poor families. This project will help us understand who still pursues higher education even when resources are scarce, and why. It will also explore how campuses restructure opportunities during difficult times. Finally, this project will look at higher education in the Inland Empire during the Great Depression as a way to understand historical links between college attendance, beliefs about social mobility, and concepts of the civic good.

"Higher Education in Hard Times" will fill in gaps in the literature on the history of higher education, the history of education in California and in the West, and the construction of gender on college campuses. This project seeks to understand the relationships among class, upward mobility, and education in a time period even more challenging than today's "Great Recession," seeking historical understanding of the meaning and purposes of higher education in difficult economic times.

Dr. Nash is an associate professor in the Education, Society and Culture program at the GSOE. She received her doctorate in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Nash joined the GSOE faculty in 2002.

James Reardon Memorial Scholarship Reaches Endowment
Anthony School, 2011-2012 Reardon
Scholarship recipient with Mrs. Anita
Anthony School, 2011-2012 Reardon Scholarship recipient with Mrs. Anita Reardon

The James Reardon Memorial Scholarship fund has finally reached endowment level, and will now provide scholarship support for teacher education in perpetuity. Jim Reardon was a Supervisor of Teacher Education from 1971-1998. He was as generous and passionate about mentoring as he was about the study of history and social science. In 1998, he lost his battle with cancer, and that same year his wife Anita, with family, friends and colleagues, established the James Reardon Memorial Scholarship fund. Several of Jim's colleagues and committed GSOE alums have continued to contribute over the years, and it was always Mrs. Reardon's hope that the fund would eventually be endowed. In February, GSOE received a gift from one of Jim's family members for the remaining amount needed to endow the fund. The James Reardon Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a student teacher seeking a credential in social studies. We are grateful to everyone who has contributed to this fund.

For information on ways to support scholarships in the GSOE or to make a gift, please contact Launa Wilson, Director of Development, at 951-827-6388 or, or visit our web site,

GSOE Alumni Highlight - Professor Andrea Guillaume
CSUF Professor & GSOE Alumna, Dr. Andrea Guillaume
CSUF Professor & GSOE Alumna, Dr. Andrea Guillaume

By Valerie Orleans
Director, Internal Communications at Cal State University, Fullerton

Andrea Guillaume, M.A. and Ph.D. alumnus of UCR GSOE, and a member of California State University, Fullerton faculty since 1991, is this year's recipient of the Carol Barnes Excellence in Teaching Award, one of Cal State Fullerton's highest faculty honors.

The Carol Barnes Excellence in Teaching Award was inspired by the achievements of Barnes, an emeritus professor of elementary and bilingual education who received the CSUF's 1994-95 Outstanding Professor Award and distinguished herself in leadership roles on state and national levels.

Dr. Guillaume teaches more than 20 different courses in the classroom and online that span undergraduate, credential, master's and doctoral levels. Working with a colleague, she established a technology boot camp, where she demonstrates how teachers can use technology for a variety of purposes. Today, each student in the department is required to participate in the boot camp before beginning the credential program.

Known internationally for her expertise in teaching and curriculum development, Dr. Guillaume has mentored university faculty members and has served as a "master" teacher to various delegations. She "consistently works to improve her teaching," said Lisa Kitman, chair and professor of elementary and bilingual education.

While at Cal State Fullerton, Dr. Guillaume has been awarded more than $4.5 million in grant funding to assist the region's teachers. She has produced five textbooks, published numerous journal articles and written multiple textbook chapters. She has presented papers at many conferences and provided hundreds of in-service training programs.

Through the CSUF College of Education's Center for Creativity and Critical Thinking, she has taught technology to practicing teachers, designed and led the innovative arts and creativity-rich multiple subject block and developed an ethics workshop for teacher candidates.

Dr. Guillaume also serves on a variety of university committees. In addition, working with other faculty members from across campus, she helped to develop the Student Learning and Teaching Excellence (SLATE) Academy. The academy is an 18-month program for colleagues to identify their areas of expertise, as well as areas for growth in pedagogy and teaching strategies. Faculty members are provided with a forum in which they can practice these skills and receive feedback from their peers.

Her other areas of involvement at CSUF include the Institute for Advancement of Teaching and Learning, the Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education and the Joint Doctoral Program. She currently serves as the Faculty Development Center's faculty coordinator for teaching and learning and co-leads the University Business Institute's "train the trainer" workshops.

Dr. Guillaume earned her doctorate and master's degree in curriculum and instruction from UC Riverside and her bachelor's degree in liberal studies with an emphasis in mathematics and science from San Diego State University.

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