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The College of Education is committed to creating an intellectual environment that promotes quality instruction, significant research, and professional service. Particular attention is focused on preparing professionals for diverse educational settings and on contributing to educational and pedagogical knowledge through scholarly endeavors. The College provides leadership in both the art and science of educational practice. Furthermore, the College is committed to creating an inclusive learning environment that values and promotes diversity. Collaboration among students, faculty, other professionals, and community members is essential to the College in achieving its goals. Integral to the mission is a dedication to being a premier college of education that serves our dynamic and expanding community, the state, the region, and the nation.

Dr. Steven Bickmore of the Department of Teaching & Learning was recently highlighted in the UNLV News Center.

Dr. Joseph Morgan of the Department of Educational & Clinical Studies was recently appointed by the State Board of Education as a member of the State Special Education Advisory Committee. He will be representing the category of "Universities-South" through June 2018.

Banned Books Buffet: Back by popular demand! Last year's event had over 250 participants including an AP English class from Clark High School. This is a chance for students to learn more about the importance of intellectual freedom and the impact of censorship/book-bannings in education.

Dr. Nancy Lough, Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Higher Education and Chair of the Faculty in the College of Education, was selected to participate in the University's Leadership Development Academy. The Leadership Development Academy will consist of two components: (1) a curriculum of approximately three to five seminars per semester related directly to prominent higher education issues and UNLV specific challenges, and (2) an administrative placement that will involve direct contact with a senior administrator. It is expected that the academy fellow will work on a specific project as part of that placement. Due to the intensive nature of the program, the number of academy fellows will be limited to four to six per year. Academic and administrative faculty will have at least one senior administrative placement. Academic faculty fellows will be granted a one-course workload reassignment for each regular semester of the year-long academy. Administrative faculty fellows, due to their more restrictive schedules, will have their placement scheduled on an individual basis and in accordance with a negotiated agreement between the provost's office, the fellow, and the fellow's supervisor. In all cases, the number and nature of placements and projects will be tailored to individual fellows to the extent practicable. It is anticipated that the Academy will be a two-year experience, with much of the second year focused on completion of the fellow's project.

College of Education student and Clark County School District math teacher Ms. Katherine Kelley was highlighted in an article published in the UNLV News Center. Ms. Kelley is a Teach for America student in the Department of Teaching & Learning.

Dr. Hugo Garcia was just elected as a member-at-large position to the executive committee on the Council for International Higher Education (CIHE). Dr. Garcia will serve as a member-at-large on the Council's Executive Committee as a full voting member. His term is for two years. His duties as a member-at-large of CIHE include serving as part of an advisory group to the Chair and supporting the Program Chair with coordinating the International Forum program. The purposes of the CIHE are: (a) To provide a forum for the dissemination and discussion of research in order to advance research and theory on higher education from comparative and international perspectives. To provide a formal structure within ASHE for scholars with interests in international higher education can promote theory and research to explore contrasting cultural and international perspectives in the study of higher education; (b) To provide a focal point and network for students entering the field of international higher education research; and (c) To provide a communication linkage among higher education researchers for the identification of research priorities, the exchange of ideas and methods and the facilitation of cooperative research and evaluation.

The UNLV Rebel Academy was highlighted in a June 25 news segment. The Rebel Academy was created by the Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education, at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), in order to prepare a cohort of teachers for entry into the Clark County School District (CCSD) as teachers of record for the 2015-2016 academic year due to the County's anticipated need for 2,600 teachers. The faculty from the UNLV Department of Teaching and Learning also view Rebel Academy as an opportunity to provide a free service to the community in offering a summer enrichment program to Grade 7 and 8 students for four weeks. Through the Academy, the Grade 7 and 8 students enhance their knowledge and reasoning skills in English, math, and science.

The summer institute Always Remember: Reading and Writing About the Holocaust, managed by Department of Teaching & Learning Professor Dr. Liz Spalding, was recently highlighted in the news. A listing of the most recent news releases are available by visiting the links below.

Visit the Always Remember Institute site more information about the conference.

Project F.O.C.U.S., headed by Department of Educational & Clinical Studies Assistant Professor Dr. Josh Baker, was recently highlighted in the news. Here are some of the recent highlights:

The purpose of Project F.O.C.U.S. is to provide an inclusive, accessible, and productive career education program for college aged students with Intellectual Disabilities in the Las Vegas valley that promotes self-determination, community engagement and partnerships, job readiness and transitions to adulthood through person-centered planning, inclusive teaching, evidence-based research, and positive behavior supports.

Over the past year, the College of Education at the University of Nevada Las Vegas identified key educational issues to be presented during the 2015 Nevada Legislative session. College of Education faculty completed research around these key education issues and developed them into papers with the intent to inform policy makers during this session. The faculty produced papers spoke to these issues:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders in Nevada (PDF | Interactive)
  • Educational Funding Practices in Nevada and the U.S. (PDF | Interactive)
  • English Language Learners: Historical Contexts, Current Status, and Considerations for Future Directions (PDF | Interactive)
  • Full Day Kindergarten: An Overview for Nevada (PDF | Interactive)
  • Implementation of the Nevada Academic Content Standards in English Language and Mathematics Key Issues (PDF | Interactive)
  • Improving Child and Adolescent Mental Health in Nevada: School Based Initiatives and Wraparound Services (PDF | Interactive)
  • Addressing the Needs of Students Living in Poverty though Comprehensive School Reform (PDF | Interactive)
  • Improving the Teacher Pipeline (PDF | Interactive)

These papers have been shared through the legislative session. Each of the full papers can be found in journal format in either PDF or interactive formats. You may also find a condensed version of each paper's findings in a two-page flier by clicking each title above.

Please feel free to contact the authors directly should you have any questions regarding these specific papers, or contact Sheila Bray at sheila.bray@unlv.edu for additional a copy of this publication.

73% of high school seniors are underprepared for college writing. A disproportionate number of these students are linguistically diverse. Only 17% of underprepared writers will earn a Bacclaureate degree. The "Write to College" project uses the summer bridge concept as a platform for research that offers study participants reciprocity in the form of academic assistance and financial aid advising. The project will target UNLV-bound students from low-performing public high schools in the Clark County School District (CCSD). Ten high-achieving students from low-income family backgrounds will be recruited to participate in a 10-day pilot incarnation of the "Write to College" bridge. Students who successfully complete the program receive a modest scholarship.

Individuals interested in "Write to College" should contact Department of Educational Psychology & Higher Education Assistant Professor Dr. Stefani Relles for more information.

Dr. Travis Olson Publishes New Book

Book: Putting Essential Understanding into Practice: Ratios and Proportions Numbers 6-8

Dr. Travis Olson, Associate Professor in the Department of Teaching & Learning, recently published a book titled: Putting Essential Understanding into Practice: Ratios and Proportions Numbers 6-8. Dr. Olson's recently published book is a research-based book for strategies and content exploration for practicing teachers. Information was included on the authors' own research on student strategies for the problems and synthesized a wealth of research that exists on the subject to make deeper content connections.

Publication of the book was a collaborative effort between Dr. Travis Olson and researchers with the University of Hawaii Curriculum Research and Development Group. Congratulations Dr. Travis Olson.

Older news postings can be found at the UNLV College of Education News Archive page.