Iliana Reyes named new College of Education associate dean

Aug. 4, 2020

The college is excited to announce that Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Professor Iliana Reyes has been named the college's new associate dean! Professor Reyes has been with the college for 18 years, having started as an assistant professor in 2002. She was promoted to full professor last year.

Professor Reyes received her master’s and doctoral degrees in developmental psychology from UC Berkeley. Her...

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Looking for ways to keep your children engaged throughout the summer?

May 26, 2020

To get some tips for surviving summer at home, This Is Tucson spoke with educational psychology doctoral student Rebecca Friesen, who also homeschools her three boys. "It can be very helpful to have a one-on-one with your child and ask 'What do you want to learn this summer? What skills do you want to gain?' And then start to develop a schedule from that."

This is Tucson also compiled a list of organizations...


TREC to host Social Emotional Learning Summit as webinar series

May 4, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the college's Tucson Regional Educator Collaborative is redesigning the in-person Social Emotional Learning Summit (originally scheduled for June 6) into a FREE month-long webinar series convening each Tuesday in May, from 3 - 4:30pm.

The topics of the original summit are more important than ever as teachers adapt to the changing needs of teaching during a pandemic. The...

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Committee on Understanding the Changing Structure of the K-12 Teacher Workforce for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

March 1, 2020

Dean and Professor Bruce Johnson served on the Committee on Understanding the Changing Structure of the K-12 Teacher Workforce for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The committee released a new report , finding that teachers face new expectations and more demands from policymakers, parents, students, and schools, including addressing changes in curriculum standards, the emergence of more explicit teaching goals,...

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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...

Director of Administrative Operations Yvonne Gonzalez-Lewis was honored as an Arizona Champion

Feb. 1, 2020

Director of Administrative Operations Yvonne Gonzalez-Lewis was honored as an Arizona Champion by the Appointed Professionals Advisory Council for her ability to make individual connections and create a sense of community. She was recognized on the court during the Colorado vs. Arizona men’s basketball game on January 18.

Dean and Professor Bruce Johnson was featured on podcast

Feb. 1, 2020

Dean and Professor Bruce Johnson was featured on this podcast, The Rural Scoop , about what the college offers to rural teachers and potential rural teachers. One of the topics he touched upon was our Teach Arizona program, which is now open to rural communities throughout Arizona.

Congratulations Letty Molina-Gutierrez!

Letty Molina-Gutierrez Wins 2019-2020 NACADA Regional and University of Arizona Awards

Jan. 2, 2020

Congratulations to Senior Academic Advisor Letty Molina-Gutierrez on being named the winner of both the 2019-2020 NACADA UA Excellence in Academic Advising Award in the Emerging Professional category and the NACADA Winner of Region 10 Excellence in Advising in the New Advisor category. We are so proud of you, Letty, and are so lucky to have you as an advocate for our students! Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to the college...

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Assistant Dean Sara Chavarria was named an Arizona Champion

Nov. 1, 2019

Assistant Dean Sara Chavarria (center, in red shirt) was named an Arizona Champion by the Appointed Professionals Advisory Council for her efforts to increase college access to first-generation students and students with limited financial means. Chavarria and other Arizona Champions were celebrated during the homecoming football game.

Sherard Robbins named 2019 40 under 40 winner

Nov. 1, 2019

Congratulations to Associate Director of Equity & Inclusion for Community Engagement Sherard Robbins, who was recently named a 40 under 40 winner for 2019! He and the other winners will be honored on December 2 at the 40 Under 40 Awards Breakfast Celebration hosted by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Daily Star.