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Dean Thomas M. Smith Named 2019 AERA Fellow
Thomas M. Smith, professor and dean of the Graduate School of Education, has been named a 2019 Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the largest national interdisciplinary research association devoted to the scientific study of education and learning.   Smith is one of only 10 prominent scholars to…
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 …
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…
Dr. Asha Jitendra Awarded for Research on Learning Disabilities
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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…
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 "The Iron Cage of College and Career Readiness: Young Men of Color and High School Curricula."    The Iron Cage of…
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…
So Cute You Could Crush It?
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Assistant Professor of Special Education Katherine Stavropoulos' first-of-its-kind study explores the neural underpinnings of cute aggression.  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…
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.    Assistant Professor Kinnari Atit received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Temple University. After receiving her doctorate, she was a postdoctoral…
New Program Spotlight: M.A. in Neuroscience and Education, and M.Ed. in Applied Behavior Analysis
GSOE recently launched two new programs: Master of Arts in Neuroscience and Education, and a Master of Education in Applied Behavior Analysis.   Master of ArtsNeuroscience and Education   One of the few Neuroscience and Education M.A. programs in the U.S. Interdisciplinary: Students will take classes in Graduate School of…
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…
Transforming Education: Esther Garcia '90, '92
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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 provided…
Dr. Louie Rodriguez Named Newest Endowed Chair
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There’s an overarching question that informs the bulk of Louie Rodríguez’s research: When it comes to education, how can we make the system work better for students? An Inland Empire native, Rodríguez now serves as both the associate dean of undergraduate education and an associate professor in UC Riverside’s Graduate School of…
AP Readiness Program Expands to San Bernardino County
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A $150,000 grant will enable the University of California, Riverside’s Graduate School of Education to strengthen and grow one of its most successful regional partnerships. Launched in 2016, the UCR AP Readiness program is the product of a collaboration between the university’s Graduate School of Education, or GSOE, and the…
Recent GSOE Faculty Highlights
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Read our recent round-up of faculty accomplishments and work. BooksDr. Margaret A. NashWomen’s Higher Education in the United States: New Historical Perspectives (Palgrave) Dr. Louie RodriguezPAR EntreMundos: A Pedagogy of the Américas (Critical Studies of Latinos/as in the Americas) (Peter Lang Publishing) Dr. Thomas M. Smith…
Book Co-Authored by GSOE Dean Tackles Need to Improve Math Education
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Graduate School of Education Dean Thomas Smith is a co-author of “Systems for Instructional Improvement,” a new book dedicated to improving math instruction in the U.S. Don’t consider yourself a “math person”? According to a team of researchers who study math instruction in the United States, the disconnect could be more of a…
Teacher Education Program Hosts Successful Mock-Interview Day
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Job hunting can be stressful for even the most seasoned professional, and adequately preparing for an interview can often be the key to landing the job of your dreams. The Teacher Education Program’s annual “Mock Interview Day” provides student teachers with the opportunity to refine their interviewing skills and receive advice…
Bragging Rights: Student Accomplishment Round-Up
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Throughout the year, students in the Graduate School of Education have earned awards, presented at conferences, and participated several professional development events. Below is a round-up of a few student achievements:  Maria Hernandez, who will be receiving her master of general education and single-subject teaching credential…
High School Student Enrollment in UCR AP Readiness Program Doubles
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More and more high school students enroll in Advanced Placement courses to help prepare them for the rigor of college and strengthen their college applications. In fact, according to a recent study from The College Board and the Education Commission of the States, the number of students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses have…
12th Annual UC SPEDDR Conference
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Doctoral students in special education at UCR joined students and professors from eight UC campuses for the 12th annual student-run University of California Collaborative for Research on Special Education, Disabilities, and Developmental Risk (SPEDDR) conference, held at UC-Davis.   This conference is one of several activities of…
Dr. Margaret Nash's Anthology Introduces New Voices on the History of Women in Higher Education
By Julie Porter on
It’s been over 30 years since historian Barbara Solomon published In the Company of Educated Women: A History of Women and Higher Education, one of the few comprehensive texts that looks at the role of women in higher education. Since then, subsequent accounts of women in higher education have largely been “an ‘add-in’ to the…
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