Dear colleagues,

The UCI School of Education has spent the past year responding to the historical challenges facing our country by renewing its commitment to serve our students and community.  It is meaningful and fulfilling work.

Faculty at the school have embraced and demonstrated a practice of ongoing assessment, reflection and iteration around the design of our pedagogical offerings. The undergraduate program revisited the learning outcomes for the educational science major and articulated a set of 21st Century disciplinary concepts and competencies that will serve to guide program improvements.  The school’s teacher education programs engaged in efforts to increase partnerships with local community colleges and to design innovative resources and tools to support expanded K-12 computational instruction. Faculty have also worked to revise the structure of the Ph.D. program to ensure successful doctoral student time-to-degree and job placement.

The School of Education also has been working this past year to expand its work in both the university and our community. We have expanded our collaborations with faculty across the campus who are committed to expanding educational opportunities and equity. We are developing closer relationships with local schools and districts, the Center for Educational Partnerships, OC-STEM, the Orange County Department of Education and other community stakeholders that recognize the importance of our work and the need to support our efforts strengthening the university’s ties to the community.  We also have begun to explore and identify potential international partners in China and elsewhere that we will work with to develop research collaborations that will generate innovative solutions to addressing shared pedagogical challenges facing educational systems worldwide.

In the months ahead, we look forward to both sharing our progress and engaging with you in advancing our efforts that are at the core of serving the university’s mission.

Sincerely,

Richard Arum
Dean, School of Education

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