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Our Kids Solutions Forum Focuses on Narrowing the Opportunity Gap

Educators, community organizers, researchers, and activists from across the country gathered at UC Riverside from June 21-22 for the Our Kids Solutions Forum, a two-day conference named after the book by Robert Putnam, a renowned author and Harvard University professor of public policy. Putnam’s book, published in 2015, also inspired a documentary series of the...

GSOE Dean is Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

UC Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox announced today the appointment of Thomas M. Smith as interim provost and executive vice chancellor, pending approval by UC President Janet Napolitano. Smith, who previously served as interim vice chancellor for student affairs during 2018, joined UCR in September 2014 as dean of the Graduate School of Education (GSOE)....

Arturo Nevárez Receives Prestigious Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

Arturo Nevárez, a first-generation doctoral candidate in the Graduate School of Education, received the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, which includes $25,000 in graduate funding over one year. The fellowship will allow Nevárez to complete his doctoral degree and provide him with support as he seeks out postdoctoral and university faculty positions. Nevárez grew up in...
By Tess Eyrich |

Field of Dreams: Former Student Athlete Pursues His Passion for Community and Service

“I am just a kid from Lake Los Angeles that wants to make a change, not just in my community, but in this world,” said first-generation undergraduate student, Francisco “Panchito” J. Ramirez Rueda, who is graduating this year with his B.A. in education and sociology. In August, he heads to the University of Michigan on...
By Julie Porter |

UCR Civic Engagement Research Group Co-Hosts Civics Showcase

On May 22, Riverside middle and high school students gathered at Riverside City Hall to present their civic learning projects in front of nearly 200 community members, City councilpersons, RUSD teachers, parents, and fellow peers for the first annual Riverside Unified District Civics Showcase . Students had the opportunity to showcase their awareness of current...

GSOE Celebrates 50 Year Anniversary

On April 11, UCR faculty, students, alumni, staff, and friends gathered at the UCR Barbara & Art Culver Center of the Arts to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Graduate School of Education. Following a reception, guests were treated to a series of “Ed Talks,” short, engaging talks from current faculty engaged in research areas...
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GSOE Faculty Awards and Research

Below is a round-up of recent Graduate School of Education faculty research, awards, and news. Dean Thomas M. Smith, Associate Dean and Assistant Professor Louie F. Rodriguez, and Professor John S. Levin were honored at this year's AERA in Toronto. Thomas M. Smith , professor and dean of the Graduate School of Education, was named...

Student Round-Up

Congratulations to all our students on your hard work and accomplishments this year! Read about some student highlights below. Arturo Nevárez , Ph.D. candidate in Education, Society, and Culture, was awarded the 2019 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship . Arturo’s dissertation focuses on the schooling experiences and critical literacies of Latinx/Chicanx youth in secondary Ethnic Studies...

"Autism Goes to College" Documentary Premieres

Though it’s difficult to pinpoint an exact number, a growing number of young people with autism spectrum disorder are choosing to go to college. Some write about their diagnosis in their college application essays and immediately request services from on-campus disabled student services offices. But many others don’t. They enter college hoping for a fresh...
By Tess Eyrich |

Dean Thomas M. Smith Named 2019 AERA Fellow

Smith is one of only 10 scholars nationwide to receive this prestigious honor
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UCR and NASA on Shared Mission to Bring STEM Education to Local Schools

Three years ago, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or JPL, joined forces with UC Riverside’s Graduate School of Education to bring science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, programming to schools throughout the region. The partnership began when NASA selected UCR Assistant Professor of Teaching Cathy Lussier as a faculty team leader for NASA’s Minority University...

GSOE at AERA

Faculty, researchers, and students of the Graduate School of Education will be honored and presenting at the 2019 American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting in April in Toronto, Canada. AERA is the largest national interdisciplinary research association devoted to the scientific study of education and learning. This year's theme is "Leveraging Education Research in...

Dr. Asha Jitendra Awarded for Research on Learning Disabilities

A professor in UC Riverside’s Graduate School of Education is the recipient of two peer-nominated awards from the Council for Exceptional Children. Asha Jitendra, who joined the education school in 2018 and holds its Peloy Chair in Learning Disabilities, was presented with both the council’s Special Education Research Award and its Division for Learning Disabilities’...
By Tess Eyrich |

The Iron Cage of College and Career Readiness: Young Men of Color and High School Curricula

On Wednesday, February 13, GSOE welcomes Suneal Kolluri, PhD Candidate (Urban Education Policy, University of Southern California) for its first Dean's Distinguished Speaker Series of 2019. Kolluri will present "T he Iron Cage of College and Career Readiness: Young Men of Color and High School Curricula." The Iron Cage of College and Career Readiness: Young...

Join GSOE at NASPA on March 11 and 12, 2019

Headed to NASPA? UCR Graduate School of Education will be at the NASPA, Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education, national conference in Los Angeles on March 11 and 12. NASPA's Annual Conference is a global gathering of student affairs professionals passionate about important higher education issues. GSOE will have a booth in the main exhibit...

So Cute You Could Crush It?

Have you ever looked at a puppy and had the urge to squeeze or even bite it? Or felt compelled to pinch a baby’s cheeks, albeit without a desire to harm it? If you answered yes to either question, you’ve experienced a phenomenon called cute aggression — and you’re far from alone. Until now, research...
By Tess Eyrich |

GSOE Welcomes Five New Faculty

The Graduate School of Education is delighted to welcome five new faculty to its ranks: Drs. Kinnari Atit, Asha Jitendra, Lorena Gutiérrez, Catherine Lussier, and Wesley Sims.

New Program Spotlight: M.A. in Neuroscience and Education, and M.Ed. in Applied Behavior Analysis

GSOE recently launched two new graduate programs: Master of Arts in Neuroscience and Education, and a Master of Education in Applied Behavior Analysis.

Dr. Jan Blacher is Leading the Charge to Improve Relationships Between Kids with Autism and their Teachers

The prevalence of autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, has mushroomed in recent years, jumping 15 percent between 2016 and 2018 alone. An estimated one in 59 children has received an autism diagnosis, making it likely that all regular education teachers will encounter a student with ASD at some point in their careers, said autism education...

Transforming Education: Esther Garcia '90, '92

Esther Garcia is the first to admit that for many students, getting to college can be just as much of a challenge as going through it. “I had no clue how to prepare for, or even apply to a university,” said Garcia, then a first-generation prospective college student from Los Angeles. “Information about college wasn’t...
By Tess Eyrich |
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