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Kevin Henry and DeMarcus Jenkins recognized for leadership in higher education

March 26, 2020

Assistant Professors Kevin Henry and DeMarcus Jenkins are among the winners of the JV Educational Leadership Award from JV Educational Consultants.

JV Educational Consultants is a Michigan-based firm that provides student and faculty development and leadership consulting services to associations, colleges, nonprofit organizations and other institutions. Its Leadership Awards recognize "outstanding leadership...

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Advice for parents adjusting to a new normal

March 26, 2020

Arizona Public Media spoke with Associate Professor of School Psychology Michael Sulkowski about how parents can cope with a new normal of both working from home and trying to continue some measure of education for their children.

"His first suggestion: Pause and ask your kids what they’ve heard about coronavirus."

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Educational psychology doctoral student and home-school teacher offers tips for first-time home-school teachers

March 24, 2020

With thousands of schools closed across the country to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, many parents are taking on the challenge of home-schooling their children for the first time. UA News reached out to Rebecca Friesen, a doctoral student in the Department of Educational Psychology and a home-school teacher of three children, for some helpful tips.

"The key, she says, is modeling a genuine enjoyment of learning."

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The assistant professor of higher education was nominated for her research into whether the enrollment management practices of public universities undermine access for underserved student populations.

Redesigning college admission amid the COVID-19 pandemic

March 22, 2020

Assistant Professor Karina Salazar's research, which found that colleges disproportionately recruit students from wealthier, whiter areas, was mentioned in a Forbes article about how college admission practices are shifting due to the coronavirus outbreak.

College recruiters are presented with an opportunity to examine the practices around recruitment and how resources are allocated by college and university admission offices....

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Solving Arizona’s teacher shortage through the Arizona Teachers Academy

March 11, 2020

Cronkite News wrote a piece on the Arizona Teachers Academy and the importance of investing in K-20 education in Arizona. They spoke with the college's Raul Gonzalez, who coordinates the ATA program at The University of Arizona.

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Evaluating America’s teachers

March 11, 2020

The Washington Post wrote a piece about Professor Emeritus Thomas Good's recently released research brief, “Addressing Teacher Evaluation Properly.”

"Good told me that teacher evaluation practices today are varied across the nation in part because of large differences that schools have in resources for teacher development. For example, some districts spend $7,000 per teacher while others spend little, and there is varying availability...

Building a Bridge to STEM Degrees for Transfer Students

March 6, 2020

A $4.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation will help create a stronger path for Pima Community College students who transfer to the University of Arizona to pursue bachelor's degrees in STEM fields.

Regina Deil-Amen, professor of educational policy studies and practice in the UA College of Education and principal investigator on the grant, says a key benefit of the grant is that it can help diversify STEM talent...

Racial bias and Indigenous communities on Arizona campuses

Feb. 28, 2020

On this episode of Arizona Spotlight, AZPM student employee Vanessa Ontiveros sat down with Felisia Tagaban, one of the founding members of Voices of Indigenous Concerns in Education (VOICE).

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Chan Zuckerberg Initiative awards the College of Education and TUSD $650,000 to promote curiosity and self-direction in adolescents

Feb. 20, 2020

The College of Education and Tucson Unified School District recently received $650,000 in funding from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to explore the impact of asset-based dialogic teaching, a process where teachers pose critical problems for inquiry, reflect upon students’ responses, and engage students in conversation. This gift comes out of a total of $5.45 million that the company is awarding to teams of educators and organizations across...

KGUN visits Worlds of Words to talk about WOW Teen Reading Ambassadors

Jan. 16, 2020

Veronika Vernachio of KGUN 9 visited Worlds of Words to talk about the WOW Teen Reading Ambassadors pilot program that offers high school students a college experience at The University of Arizona. Vernachio spoke with WOW Associate Director Rebecca Ballenger and local high school student Gregory Medina-Kenyon about the program. Medina-Kenyon, who helped start the program in 2018, was recently accepted into Stanford University and says he “...