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AERA 2024 Conference Information
The SOE Community at AERA 2024
The 2024 AERA Annual Meeting will be in Philadelphia from April -14, 2024 Dozens of UCR School of Education faculty, students, and researchers will participate at this year’s annual American Educational Research Association, or AERA meeting. AERA is the largest national interdisciplinary research association devoted to the scientific study of education and learning. This year’s event will be held in-person from April 11-14 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. “AERA is an important opportunity for educators to come together and exchange ideas. Having so many of our scholars sharing their scholarship
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Norco CRC filling out UCR applications
UCR to offer BA degree to students in the Norco state prison
UC Riverside will offer a Bachelor of Arts program within the confines of the Norco California Rehabilitation Center, a prison about 50 east of Los Angeles.
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UCR School of Education secures $1 million grant
UCR receives a $1 million grant from an Inland Empire collaborative group to further its efforts to address the California teacher shortage and diversify the teacher workforce.
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UCR Lifted Gets off the Ground with Spark Grant
UCR Lifted receives $25,000 Spark Grant from Michelson 20MM
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Participants from the Roundtable on the Critical Shortage of Dual Language Teachers
SOE Hosts Roundtable on the Critical Shortage of Dual Language Teachers
The School of Education's Teacher Education Program (TEP) recently hosted a roundtable on the critical shortage of teachers in dual language immersion (DLI) programs, where instruction is provided in English as well as in Spanish. Directors from school districts in the Inland Empire and Coachella Valley who are responsible for supporting the district's DLI programs attended and shared the challenges they face in fully staffing their programs, especially at the secondary level. With the Commission on Teacher Credentialing requiring DLI teachers to possess a Bilingual Authorization (BILA) to
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Teacher Education Program Recommended for Accreditation from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing
The UCR School of Education completed their seven-year cycle of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) accreditation process in November 2023. The accreditation team has recommended the UCR School of Education - Teacher Education Program for renewal of Accreditation. This is the highest recommendation possible and affirms the quality and effectiveness of the program and commitment by the Teacher Education Program (TEP) leadership, faculty and staff. “It is with excitement that I share the CTC accreditation site visit for UCR’s Teacher Education Program has been recommended
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Racial justice teacher development institute wins $100,000 grant
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UCR now offers teacher education at its Palm Desert campus
Answering a great need in the desert region of Riverside County, UC Riverside has started a teacher education program at its campus in Palm Desert.
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Diversity statements in UC faculty hirings is questioned
Use of diversity statements in faculty hiring can come into conflict with academic freedom protections, say the authors of a new paper published by the UC Berkeley Center for Studies in Higher Education.
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Report urges public schools to do more to address racism
Educators and policymakers urged to positively address racism and its impact on learning and opportunity
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U.S. News 2023 college rankings are out, and UCR surges
Once again, U.S. News & World Report has named UC Riverside the No. 2 university in the nation for social mobility. UCR also climbed 13 spots in the overall rankings, to No. 76 among the top 435 private and public universities.
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Elite university admissions for athletes benefit white students
Special admissions for athletes, legacy students, and the children of faculty and dean’s choices greatly benefits white applicants, a UCR-led analysis shows.
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Ph.D. Dissertation Defense Round up: 2022-2023
The School of Education is proud to announce and celebrate our doctoral graduates who successfully defended their dissertations this academic year.
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SCHOOL OF EDUCATION'S 2023 GRADUATES
Celebrating School of Education's 2023 Graduates
This year, we had over 330 students graduate from the School of Education. Of those students, 169 received theirs Bachelors, 101 received Master of Education (M.Ed.) plus Credentials, 29 received Master of Arts (M.A.), and 13 received their Doctoral (Ph.D.) Degrees. Below is a list of some of SOE's 2023 graduates, along with a few who received awards for their academic excellence this year. Sarai Palma Hernandez received her Bachelor's Degree in in Education, Society, and Human Development, with a concentration in Learning Behavioral Studies, and in Spanish with a concentration in Cultural
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UCR professor’s work cited in Justice Sotomayor’s dissent
In this summer's landmark affirmative action case, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor used UCR education professor Uma Jayakumar's research in her dissent.
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Q&A: What does the end of affirmative action mean for UCR?
Emily D. Engelschall, associate vice chancellor of enrollment services, offers insight.
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Offering Hope to the Next Generation of Education Students: Meet Zaira Jimenez, Ph.D.
Zaira Jimenez just graduated with a Ph.D. specializing in special education. While she now holds the highest possible academic degree a student can obtain, Zaira never imagined she would go to college at all. Like many students who grew up in low-funded schools, Zaira was never encouraged to pursue an education beyond high school. “My [high school] teacher recommended that as a Latina I should do something with my looks rather than continuing my education,” she said. While she didn’t have an encouraging support system, Zaira was determined to go to college. That persistence paid off and she
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Dean Spencer speaks at ABEN conference
Dean Spencer’s Keynote at A Black Education Network Institute
The 18th Summer Institute held by A Black Education Network (ABEN) focused on Pedagogies & Practices for Successfully Reaching African American Students. At the institute, 120 educators from throughout the country gathered to engage with, learn from, and share best practices with the nation’s most inspiring Black educators. This year’s institute included SOE’s Dean Joi Spencer as a keynote speaker. During Dean Spencer’s keynote address, she shared her insights on the importance of advancing Black education and empowering the next generation of leaders. She also went over hallmarks of Black
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UCR remains staunchly committed to educating a diverse student body
University of California, Riverside, leaders and scholars have made the following statements in response to the 6-3 U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down the use of race, or affirmative action, in college and university admissions:   Kim A. Wilcox, UCR chancellor: 
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SOE's response to U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding affirmative action
We are dismayed by the recent Supreme Court ruling, which effectively ends race-conscious affirmative action in the United States. These recent decisions on two cases, Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. (SFFA) v. President and Fellows of Harvard and SFFA v. University of North Carolina set a stage for future educational policies, practices and mindsets and send a message that race and racism no longer impact the life-chances and outcomes of individuals and communities. As Californians, who have experienced the ill-effects of a 27-year ban on Affirmative Action, we are profoundly aware of the
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California schools weak on civic education, report finds
UCR study finds that California public schools remain weak on civic education that is needed for an informed democracy
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Tara J. Yosso
Professor Tara J. Yosso honored for lifetime achievements 
Education professor Tara J. Yosso honored by the American Educational Research Association for her lifetime achievements.
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First Scholarship Recipient Selected for New SOE Donor Endowed Fund
LaTysa Flowers-Jackson has been named as the inaugural recipient of a first-of-it's-kind endowed scholarship fund. This is the first endowed scholarship for SOE’s new undergraduate program, and LaTysa is the first recipient. LaTysa is an undergraduate student in the School of Education where she is working towards her degree in Education Society and Human Development with a concentration in Social Justice. She also works full time at the YMCA of San Diego as Association Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Director. Her background includes experience in special education advocacy, mental health
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Fellowship supports probe of meritocracy ideology high schools
UCR School of Education professor Suneal Kolluri will probe the paradox of the meritocracy ideology in U.S. high schools with a fellowship from the Spencer Foundation recently awarded by the National Academy of Education
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Alumni Award Recipients Lesly Monsalve, Rachael Bedolla, and Nallely Arteaga hold their awards
Alumni Honored With Excellence in Education Award
Nallely Arteaga, Ph.D. ‘20, Lesly Monsalve, M.A. ‘21, and Rachael Bedolla, M.A. were selected as the 2023 alumni award recipients
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One of every six autistic children are expelled from daycare
University of California, Riverside, study found that 16% of autistic children of surveyed parents were expelled from daycares resulting in more problems for them in elementary school.
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SOE Welcomes Dean Spencer
Over the past few months, the UCR community has warmly welcomed Dean Joi A. Spencer as its new Dean of the School of Education with a series of events: Dr. John and Kathy Allavie welcomed donors and community members to their home in Riverside, CA for an intimate gathering , and the School of Education held a welcome reception and book talk on campus where Dean Spencer discussed her recent book, "Anti-Black Racism at School: Creating Affirming Educational Spaces for African American Students" (Teachers College Press). The conversation was moderated by SOE Assistant Professor Alice Lee. View a
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California study finds that growing political conflict hinders learning and increases hostility
A new analysis by researchers at UC Riverside and UCLA shows that even in blue state California, political attacks on public schools are pervasive and growing, hindering learning and the role schools play in a diverse democracy.  Political division and community-level conflict is negatively impacting student interactions, and many California students are experiencing hostility and intolerance in school. Troublingly, the research finds high levels of hostile comments toward LGBTQ students, and racist remarks targeting Latino, and in particular, African American students.
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Joseph Kahne
Education professor honored by national education research association
The American Educational Research Association, or AERA, has honored UC Riverside education professor Joseph Kahne as a 2023 AERA Fellow for his exceptional contributions to education research.
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Award winners
School of Education authors recognized for work to improve racial climate in teacher education programs
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SOE at AERA 2023
Dozens of UCR School of Education faculty, students, and researchers will participate at this year’s annual American Educational Research Association, or AERA meeting. AERA is the largest national interdisciplinary research association devoted to the scientific study of education and learning. This year’s event will be held in-person from April 13-16 in Chicago. This year, Ted and Jo Dutton Presidential Professor for Education Policy and Politics Joseph Kahne has been named a 2023 AERA Fellow and will be inducted during a ceremony at the 2023 Annual Meeting in Chicago on April 14. The AERA
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Meet SOE's Undergraduate Student Ambassadors
Ambassadors support the vision and spirit of SOE by collaborating with faculty and staff to provide engaging, informative, and personalized experiences for the community.
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Rita Kohli
Education professor to be recognized for exposing inequities faced by teachers of color
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School of Education researcher Linda Ventriglia-Navarrette received The James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award today. (UCR/Stan Lim)
Researcher honored for work in English language learner education
The James Irvine Foundation recognized Linda Navarrette as one of six change-makers in California.
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School of Education researcher Linda Ventriglia-Navarrette received The James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award today. (UCR/Stan Lim)
Researcher honored for work in English language learner education
The James Irvine Foundation recognized Linda Navarrette as one of six change-makers in California.
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UCR hosts 17th annual University of California Special Education, Disabilities, and Development Risk conference
Three UCR School of Education doctoral students served as co-chairs for this year’s annual University of California Special Education, Disabilities, and Development Risk conference, held at UCR.
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Joi Spencer
School of Education dean works for equity in education
Joi Spencer, the new dean of the School of Education, comes to UC Riverside with deep ties to Inland Southern California and a mission to help the region realize greater educational equity in public education.
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Dean Joi Spencer
Five questions with....Dean Joi Spencer
Dean Joi A. Spencer shares advice for students, her desert island music, and a glimpse into what she does in her free time.
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Rita Kohli
UCR professor receives grant to probe racial barriers in teacher education programs
Rita Kohli, an associate professor in the UCR School of Education, has received a $50,000 grant from the Chicago-based Spencer Foundation to probe the experiences of teacher educators of color as they navigate systemic racism in teacher education programs throughout the United States.
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School mental health screenings
Culturally-informed mental health screenings improve student, school and community successes
As concerns about youth mental health, school shootings, and other forms of violence prompt more school systems to conduct mental health screenings, a UC Riverside-led analysis is urging school officials to proceed with deference to student family, cultural, and community backgrounds.
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School mental health screenings
Culturally-informed mental health screenings improve student, school and community successes
As concerns about youth mental health, school shootings, and other forms of violence prompt more school systems to conduct mental health screenings, a UC Riverside-led analysis is urging school officials to proceed with deference to student family, cultural, and community backgrounds.
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New article examines how young men respond to college readiness practices while enacting masculinity
Suneal Kolluri published a new article in Urban Education, “What Do I Need That For?”: The Misalignment of Masculinity and College Preparation in an Urban School.” Kolluri is an assistant professor in the Educational Policy and Leadership department in the UC Riverside School of Education. His scholarly work has been featured in the Review of Educational Research, Educational Researcher, and the Harvard Educational Review. Below is an abstract and link to the article. Abstract Young Black and Latino men face profound academic obstacles in transitioning to college. Few studies have interrogated
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UCR AAHHE fellowship winners
School of Education grad students, faculty member, alums win AAHHE fellowships
The American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, or AAHHE, has honored two UCR School of Education graduate students, a faculty member, and two alums with 2022-23 fellowships.
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School board meeting in Portland, Ore, in 2021
Culture war battles at schools harm public education, UC report finds
Educators have sought to avoid controversy by pulling back on teaching lessons in civics, politics, and the history and experiences of America’s minority communities.
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OASIS initiative provides $1.7 million for UCR research projects
UCR's Office of Research and Economic Development (RED) has announced over $1.7 million in competitive funding for faculty research projects through its Opportunity to Advance Sustainability Innovation and Social Inclusion initiative, known as OASIS. The projects range from probing the severity of COVID-19 infection in Riverside County, through sustainability and resilience in agriculture; to finding ways to mine lithium needed for electric car batteries from brine below the Salton Sea.
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Meet UCR’s new faculty members
For fall quarter 2022, UC Riverside welcomed 34 new permanent faculty members from a variety of disciplines. Learn more about the new faculty below: &nbsp; <strong>College of Humanities Arts and Social Sciences</strong>
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UCR Through the Roses
Dr. Frances Valdovinos named Assistant Dean and Director of Teacher Education
Frances Valdovinos has been named Assistant Dean and Director of Teacher Education program at UCR’s School of Education (SOE). Valdovinos joined SOE in 2016 as a student academic advisor and was recently appointed assistant dean and director of teacher education, a role she served as interim for a year.
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SOE welcomes three new faculty
Join us in welcoming three new faculty! José Del Real Viramontes, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Higher Education Administration and Policy program the School of Education at the University of California, Riverside. Prior to UCR, he was an assistant professor in the Higher Education/Community College Leadership program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Cultural Studies in Education from the University of Texas at Austin. As a former community college transfer student, his research explores the
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UC Riverside student interns working at the R'Garden in 2020. (UCR/Stan Lim)
New program aims to increase Latinx students conducting environmental research
A $342,000 grant has allowed the expansion of a UC Berkeley program to UCR.
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New dean of School of Education named
Joi Spencer has been named the dean of UC Riverside’s School of Education, effective Jan. 1, 2023.  Spencer is a professor of Mathematics Education at the University of San Diego, in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, or SOLES. During 16 years at USD, Spencer has been associate dean and, most recently, interim dean of SOLES. 
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