Priyanka Agarwal Receives CERA Research Partnership Grant

PhD student Priyanka Agarwal has been notified that her research proposal Questioning the Problem, Tinkering the Solution! Student Engagement in Mathematical Discourse has been selected by the California Educational Research Association (CERA) Awards Committee to receive this year’s Research Partnership Grant.

Ms. Agarwal’s research aims to develop and implement new math units of study for low-achieving middle-school students in a predominantly working class Latina/o community. The study is being conducted using a research-practitioner partnership model in which Ms. Agarwal is partnering with a practicing math teacher to co-develop and implement lessons focusing on student problem-posing. Ms. Agarwal will receive a financial grant of $5,000, complimentary CERA membership and conference registration, and a $200 travel stipend in 2017 and 2018.


Rossella Santagata Delivers Keynote at Korea National University of Education

Associate Professor Rossella Santagata delivered the keynote address at 51st conference of the Korea Society of Educational Studies in Mathematics (KSESM), held at Korea National University of Education (KNUE) in Cheongiu, South Korea. The title of her presentation was “Learning to Improve Mathematics Teaching through Systematic Analysis of Practice: A Longitudinal Study of Teacher Preparation.” See more here.

Congratulations to Christopher Stillwell, PhD student, who was honored as the 2017 Most Promising Future Faculty Member

Congratulations to Christopher Stillwell, PhD student, who was honored as the 2017 Most Promising Future Faculty Member at the 2017 Celebration of Teaching Awards, held May 4, UCI Student Union. 

PhD Candidate Christopher Stillwell has been honored by UCI’s Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching & Learning and the Center for Engaged Instruction as UCI’s 2017 Most Promising Future Faculty Member. 

In nominating Christopher for this honor, his advisor, Professor Judith Sandholtz, praised Christopher’s exceptional performance in fulfilling the three-fold mission of the University of California: research, teaching, and service.

Research: Christopher is recognized as an emerging expert in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). In 2016, he was named to TESOL International’s 50th anniversary list of “30 Up and Coming professionals, the next generation in research, teaching, publishing, and leadership.”  He is listed on the U.S. Department of State’s database of English Language Specialists. As a graduate student, Chris has edited two books published by TESOL; one was shortlisted for the prestigious ELTon Award for Innovation in Teacher Resources. He also has authored or co-authored ten published chapters/journal articles (with three others in-press and one under review) and has made 18 presentations at professional conferences. 

Teaching: As a graduate student, Christopher has worked as a Teaching Assistant over twelve times in courses such as multicultural education, ethics and education, and learning and cognition. For the Division of Continuing Education, he developed and taught certificate courses and summer intensive courses in English as a Second Language; led workshops for international teachers from China, Brazil, Taiwan, and Japan; and created specialized programs in English as Medium of Instruction.

Service: Christopher is highly involved in service activities at multiple levels. He is an active member of four different professional organizations: TESOL International Association, CATESOL (California and Nevada), American Educational Research Association, and American Association for Applied Linguistics. At the campus level, he serves as a board member for the Orange County CATESOL organization and has facilitated youth participatory action research at a Santa Ana middle school.  He is a TESOL advisory committee member for UCI’s Division of Continuing Education and serves on the board of Associated Doctoral Students in Education.

Congratulations to Associate Professor Rossella Santagata, Dean’s Honoree for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

Congratulations to Associate Professor Rossella Santagata, Dean’s Honoree for Excellence in Undergraduate Education at the 2017 Celebration of Teaching Awards Ceremony, hosted by the Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching & Learning and the Center for Engaged Instruction.

Associate Professor Rossella Santagata has received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education at UCI’s 2017 Celebration of Teaching, held May 4 in the UC Student Center.

In nominating Dr. Santagata, Dean Richard Arum and Associate Professor Penelope Collins characterized Dr. Santagata as an exemplary faculty member gifted in teaching across the School of Education’s three program levels: undergraduate, master’s, and PhD.

 In the undergraduate program, Rossella Santagata is a mainstay for Education 50 (Origins, Purposes, and Central Issues in K-12 Education), a course that introduces students to the social, historical, philosophical, and political roles of education in American society. These issues are more critical now than ever, and Dr. Santagata’s commitment to promoting understanding of the role of education in providing greater equity and opportunities for diverse students is abundantly evident in her teaching. Her students note that she is particularly skilled at eliciting rich discussions and collaborative problem solving that results in a high level of engagement in her courses. Her commitment to undergraduate education is also evident in her mentorship of lecturers and teaching associates, assisting them in both curricular and instructional design, so that they too can effectively promote mastery of educational science concepts and competencies for our students.

As an expert in teaching and learning, Dr. Santagata’s contributions to undergraduate education extend far beyond the traditional lecture hall. She developed Project CRYSTAL (Cultivating and Researching Youth Systems Thinking through Authentic Learning) in partnership with the UCI Center for Environmental Biology, the Crystal Cove Alliance, and Crystal Cove State Park. In Project CRYSTAL, 4th to 6th grade children, mostly from underserved communities around Orange County, work with UCI undergraduate students and engage in authentic environmental research concerning land conservation and restoration. While the goal of this project is to develop life-long science learners, and support children’s academic achievement, it also provides undergraduate students with meaningful opportunities to serve the community, inspire future science educators, and experience carrying out educational research and evaluation.

Dr. Santagata also is commended for her role in directing the partnership with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) for UCI’s School of Education. She was the architect of the School of Education’s Summer Education Research Internship (SERI) program, which gave undergraduate students from HBCUs a taste of graduate school by working in research in a lab. Her leadership of this program has supported undergraduates not just in their research, but also in their preparation for academic careers.

Rossella Santagata exemplifies what is best about undergraduate education, and her contributions to undergraduate education reflect the values of UCI: promoting educational opportunities to enhance social mobility and impact, inclusive excellence, and community engagement.

Congratulations to Jenell Krishnan – AERA Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award

Congratulations to PhD student Jenell Krishnan!
Jenell received the AERA Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award for the Writing and Literacies Special Interest Group – “Writing for the 21st Century: DocuViz, Google Docs, and Synchronous Collaboration in a Middle School Context.” See more here.
Pictured: Jessica Zacher Pandya (Chair of the Writing and Literacies SIG), Jenell Krishnan, Andrew Cusimano (Teacher-Research Partner)

Associate Professor Elizabeth van Es has been awarded a NSF Grant: ”Collaborative Research: Community and Teacher Teams investigate Equitable Noticing and Dispositions (Co-ATTEND).”

vanes_13_2_120Collaborative Research: Community and Teacher Teams investigate Equitable Noticing and Dispositions (Co-ATTEND)
PI: Elizabeth van Es
Funder: National Science Foundation
Duration: 2 years
Teacher noticing is a central component of mathematics teaching. The study is situated in sociocultural theories of learning and development that connect patterns of noticing in the classroom to participation in social and cultural communities. The goal of the study is to extend this framework to noticing for equity in the mathematics classroom using a community-based design approach. The study includes three research questions. (1) What is the relation between the dispositions, noticing practices, and mathematics instruction of secondary mathematics teachers? (2) What activities, tools and frameworks support teachers in learning to notice for equity? (3) How can a community-based design model enhance the conceptualization of noticing for equity and the development of tools/frameworks for teacher learning? The project will include the design of a professional development for two cohorts of secondary teachers in collaboration with community leaders at two different sites. The project will also develop tools for research that can be used in other projects that investigate teacher noticing for equity in mathematics. Data collected will include teacher interviews, video documentation of teacher and community leader interactions in professional development (including summer design charrettes), other documents and artifacts from the design of tools and resources, and other qualitative data. Multiple frameworks will be used for data analysis.