What We're Doing to Keep Teachers Teaching

June 15, 2016

Last year, the nation's teacher-preparation programs produced more than 300,000 new professional educators. However, close to 50 percent leave the profession during their first five years of teaching. Some of the reasons teachers leave the profession include low pay and an ever-increasing emphasis on testing, leaving little time for instruction.

Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies Department Head Bruce Johnson adds, "Thirty...

Shirley Fisher with Wilbur

Celebrating Shirley Fisher

April 19, 2016

Friends, family, and former students both near and far came to honor Director of Field Experiences Shirley J. Fisher for all she has done for the college, the community, and the more than 3,300 UA student teachers she placed in nearly 250 schools — via some 165,000 emails and 4,000+ school visits/meetings! (It would be hard to even begin to estimate the number of lives she touched as both a principal and teacher in Flowing...

Passport to High School Students

Making the Dream of College Less Intimidating

April 19, 2016

On their first day of Passport to High School, soon-to-be high school students Natalee Mercado, Kali Noudelman, Aijaz Wahab, and Rueshil Fadia (left to right) look for UA historical points of interest as part of a map-reading activity. "We focus on buildings with historical significance for this activity," says College of Education Director of Outreach Sara Chavarria, who oversees the program, which empowers graduating eighth-graders from low...

$1.1 Million Grant to Help Retain STEM students

April 19, 2016

College of Education Director of Outreach Sara Chavarria, who also is the assistant director of the STEM Learning Center, was featured in...

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Cats @ the Capitol

April 19, 2016

The UA Alumni Association, in partnership with the UA Office of Government and Community Relations, hosted the 2016 Cats @ the Capitol in January in Phoenix. Six College of Education alumni and staff joined more than 60 members of AdvoCats to meet with state government officials to discuss issues affecting the UA and to advocate for the legislative agenda developed by the Arizona Board of Regents and the presidents of the three state...

Mexicayotl Academy Students Visit the UA

April 19, 2016

College of Education graduate student Jesus Jaime-Diaz taught Chicana/o History 101 to Mexicayotl Academy seventh-grade students from Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora. The class came to the UA to present their final-semester projects, which included models of murals, traditional dancing, and poster presentations. This was a great opportunity for these young students, some of whom had never been to the university campus...

Barry Roth

Fastest in the World!

April 8, 2016

Associate Professor of Practice Barry Roth came in first place (age group 60-64) in the 800 freestyle, swimming the race in just a few seconds over 10 minutes. And, yes, that was the best time in the world in his age group! He also made the top 10 in 50, 100, and 400 freestyles. Where do the rankings come from? The Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) compiles and ranks times from meets held all over the world. Roth...

Prestigious Fellowship for our Faculty Three Years in a Row

April 8, 2016

Assistant Professor Sara Tolbert was selected as a 2015 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow. This is the third consecutive year a UA College of Education faculty member has been chosen for this honor, which is among the most prestigious for early career educational researchers. The fellowship comes with a $70,000 grant to encourage fellows to pursue critical education research projects. The primary focus...

Wisdom Keeper

April 7, 2016

In the Navajo culture, teachers are revered as "wisdom keepers," entrusted with the young to help them grow and learn. This is how Tia Tsosie Begay approaches her work as a fourth-grade teacher at a small public school on the outskirts of Tucson. Begay, one of our elementary education graduates and a current grad student in our educational leadership program, was named one of National Public Radio's 50 Great Teachers.


Project FOCUS graduates

Project FOCUS Crowdfunding a Success

April 7, 2016

Launching its first-ever crowdfunding effort, Project FOCUS — a post-high school option for students who have intellectual disabilities — had a goal of raising $29,055, which would be used to pay student mentors. When the last day arrived, the crowdfunding effort had raised more than $34,000!