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The Department of Teaching & Learning holds as its central mission educational research and the preparation of educators at all levels. The department ensures that its professional education programs are based on essential knowledge, established and current research findings, and sound professional practice.

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The Clark County School District is hiring 2000 teachers.

Hurry! Contact Teaching and Learning department to set up an appointment at tlgrad@unlv.nevada.edu or 702-895-1540. The application deadline for SPRING 2015 has been extended until NOVEMBER 30, 2014.

Doctoral Student Cynthia Clark Has Published a Study in Journal of Digital Learning and Teacher Education

Department of Teaching and Learning Doctoral Student Cynthia Clark has published a study, titled "Teacher Candidate Technology Integration: For Student Learning or Instruction?" in the Journal of Digital Learning and Teacher Education. The co-authors are Drs. Shaoan Zhang and Neal Strudler. The study applied transfer of learning theory to the examination of secondary teacher candidates' integration of technology in the field experiences. This study was funded by a T&L mini-grant for technology in 2013-2014.

Nevada Mathematics Project supports 126 teachers implementing the Nevada Academic Content Standard

Nevada Mathematics Project is a collaborative statewide mathematics initiative to improve math instruction and student achievement in Nevada. Their goal is to support 126 teachers from the state of Nevada to improve math instruction and develop math leaders. Faculty in the Department of Teaching and Learning collaborate with the University of Nevada, Reno, Northeastern Nevada Regional Professional Development Program, Northwestern Regional Professional Program, Lyon Count School District, Nevada Department of Education and Elko and Las Vegas sites with the aim to:

  • Provide Professional Development in the Nevada Academic Content Standards in Mathematics: Fractions/Ratio and Proportions and Algebraic Thinking/ Expressions and Equations for teachers in grades 3-8. Deepen Teachers’ Content knowledge.
  • Help Nevada teachers refine pedagogical skills so that students learn mathematics through the Standards for Mathematical Practice. (Implement Whole Class Discussion Framework – Refine Process of teaching)
  • Improve Student Learning.
  • Develop teacher leaders in math that can support other teachers and their districts.
  • Facilitate Professional Development sessions in strategic locations to optimize regional access toprofessional development.
  • Capitalize on Nevada mathematics leadership expertise, knowledge and resources and work as a team to create a statewide partnership that forms a learning network.

For more information: http://www.unr.edu/nevada-today/news/2014/nevada-mathematics-project

Doctoral Student Publishes Article in Journal of Science Education and Technology

Abeera Rehmat, a PhD student in C & I with emphasis in science education, has just published a peer-reviewed article in Journal of Science Education and Technology entitled: “Technology integration into a science classroom: Preservice teachers’ perceptions” and published OnlineFirst. It is available online at http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10956-014-9507-7. Congratulations, Abeera!

Dr. Clifford R. McClain Named: NACTE Postsecondary Teacher of the Year

Dr. Clifford R. McClain

The Nevada Association of Career and Technical Education (NACTE) recently honored Dr. Clifford R. McClain as the Postsecondary Teacher of the Year, at their Annual Conference in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. This award was presented in recognition of his outstanding service, devotion, and leadership in Career and Technical Education.

While at the Annual Conference, Dr. McClain also made two presentations. He presented with Ms. Celine Endy, a UNLV Sophomore and the Administrative Vice President of the UNLV Collegiate DECA organization. Their presentation was entitled, Why Not a Collegiate CTSO? This presentation discussed the need for more student leadership organizations on Nevada’s several collegiate campuses, while highlighting the success of the new UNLV DECA Chapter. Dr. McClain also presented a paper entitled, I’m Not What Others Think: Countering Stereotype Threat. This presentation discussed how repeated experiences of negative stereotyping can lead to diminished confidence, poor performance, and loss of interest by many of our students, especially on cognitive high threat tests.

Dr. McClain is an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for the Career and Technical and Postsecondary Education program in the Department of Teaching and Learning.

Recent Graduated Recognized as CCSD New Educator of the Year

Ms. Lashaundra Taylor
Ms. Lashaundra Taylor, a recent elementary education graduate of the Department of Teaching & Learning, was recognized as a 2013-2014 New Educator of the Year by the Clark County School District.

Ms. Taylor was one of six individuals who received the award (out of a pool of nine hundred).

Congratulations Ms. Taylor.

Doctoral Student Has Chapter Accepted for Publication

Teaching & Learning doctoral student, Ms. Amanda VandeHei, has received word that her chapter, "Becoming the Teacher I Am Today," was accepted for publication in Why We Teach Now, edited by Dr. Sonia Nieto (as a follow up to Why We Teach (2005)). The text will be published by Teachers College Press later this year or early next year. This is an extremely prestigious publication, way to go Amanda!

Congratulations to Ms. Jovita Bayuga

Ms. Jovita Bayuga
Congratulations to Ms. Jovita Bayuga, Graduate Program Coordinator in the Teaching and Learning Department.

As a Spring 2014 Masters Degree Graduate in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Career & Technical and Postsecondary Education, Jovita was initiated into the Phi Kappa Phi national honor society last week at the UNLV chapter initiation ceremony.

Doctoral Student Cynthia Clark Receives UNLV Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award

Teaching and Learning Doctoral Student Cynthia Clark
Department of Teaching and Learning Doctoral Student Cynthia Clark was awarded second place in the UNLV Graduate College's university-wide competition for the 2013-2014 UNLV Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award. As an award winner Cynthia will receive will receive an honorarium and certificate to commemorate her award.

Congratulations Cynthia!

Gayle A. Zeiter Children's Literature Conference

Gayle A. Zeiter Children's Literature Conference
The Gayle A. Zeiter Children's Literature Conference will be held on Saturday, April 5th from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Greenspun Auditorium on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus. The cost to attend the conference is $15.00 for University of Nevada, Las Vegas undergraduate and graduate students and $25.00 for community members. Registration is limited to 200 attendees so be sure to register early.

Refer to the list of links below for more information related to the featured speakers, registration information, and the conference schedule.

2014-2016 SEED Teacher Leadership Development Grant Awarded to Southern Nevada Writing Project

The Southern Nevada Writing Project (SNWP) recently received notification of $20,000 in grant funding to support the implementation of a two-year plan for investing in teacher leadership programming and opportunities for 20 or more new or experienced teacher leaders. The 2014-2016 SEED Teacher Leadership Development Grant is administered by the National Writing Project via funding from the US Department of Education. The purpose of this grant is to expand and develop teacher leadership to improve the teaching of writing and learning in the nation’s schools. SNWP will use this the first half of this funding to invest in teachers attending the 2014 Invitational Summer Institute to be held at UNLV from June 17-July 11. Additional funds will support other leadership institutes over the next year.

SNWP is one of nearly 200 National Writing Project sites that comprise the National Writing Project network. In addition to the summer institute for teachers, SNWP sponsors writing camps for youth each summer. This year the camps will run from August 4-15. Camps for grades 1-8 will be held at Paradise Professional Development School and at Simmons Elementary. Summer Writing Workshops for grades 9-12 will be held on the UNLV campus. Applications for the camps as well as further information about SNWP programs can be found at the SNWP website or by contacting Marilyn McKinney.

Dr. Jeffrey Shih Receives College of Education Distinguished Service Award

The Department of Teaching & Learning would like to congratulate Dr. Jeffrey Shih on recently receiving the COE Distinguished Service Award. A recipient of the Distinguished Service Award has contributed significantly at the national, local and/or university level for the last two years. Congratulations Dr. Shih!

Dr. Micah Stohlmann Receives College of Education Early Career Award

The Department of Teaching & Learning would like to congratulate Dr. Micah Stohlmann on recently receiving the College of Education Early Career Award. The Early Career Award is based principally on the quantity and quality of the nominee's contribution to scholarship, teaching, and service. An outstanding nominee for this award would show significant contribution in all three areas. Congratulations Dr. Stohlmann!

Dr. Howard Gordon Interviewed on Radio Talk Show

Dr. Howard Gordon, Teaching & Learning Professor, recently participated in an interview on the All Sides with Ann Fisher Radio Talk Show. The purpose of the interview was to discuss the history of vocational education and current trends for this type of education in the U.S. An audio recording of the talk show can be accessed through the WOSU website.

Graduate of the Literacy Education Program Interviewed on KNPR's State of Nevada

Linda Avendano, a graduate of the masters degree program in Literacy Education, and a 4th grade teacher at Elaine Wynn Elementary School, was interviewed on KNPR's State of Nevada on February 4, 2014.

Wynn and Beckley Elementary Schools have diverse and low-income student bodies. They have high numbers of English Language Learners, and little in the way of extra resources. But this year, both schools are participating in a program that will allow them to produce 30-minute Disney musicals with the help of teaching artists. After the program ends, the staff at school will know how to put on a musical that uses all the resources the school, and the community around it, have to offer.

Listen to the entire interview at: http://www.knpr.org/son/archive/detail2.cfm?SegmentID=10908

Ms. Avendano was a fellow of the Southern Nevada Writing Project Invitational Summer Institute in the summer of 2012 and teacher in the Southern Nevada Writing Project Youth Writing Camp.

Technology and Literacy Education Graduate Interviewed on Inside Education

Jessica Carroll, the Ready to Learn Coordinator at PBS, was interviewed by Dave Sheehan, for a segment on Inside Education on February 11, 2014. Her segment about the PBS student writing contest starts at 18:13.

Jessica received two masters degrees from C&I Technology and in Literacy Education. She was a fellow in the 2010 Invitational Summer Institute and serves as director of Southern Nevada Writing Project's Youth Programs.

View the entire interview at: http://www.vegaspbs.org/inside-education/

Dr. Howard Gordon Publishes Book

The History and Growth of Career and Technical Education in America Dr. Howard Gordon, Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, has published the fourth edition of his text, The History and Growth of Career and Technical Education in America.

This edition features comprehensive background and research on such topics as evolving employer expectations, special-needs populations, land-grant institutions, teacher shortages and alternative certification, CTSOs, and an historical overview of influential leaders and their impact on career and technical education curriculum development. Pre-service teachers as well as experienced career and technical education teachers will appreciate this well-documented road map of Career and Technical Education.

Teaching and Learning Doctoral Student Selected as an AACTE Holmes Scholar

Ms. Sherry "Tuli" McKnight, Teaching and Learning Doctoral student (Career and Technical and Postsecondary Education) has been selected to represent the University of Nevada Las Vegas as one of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Holmes Scholars. The prestigious AACTE Holmes Scholars Program consists of doctoral students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds pursuing careers in education at AACTE member institutions. The program provides mentorship, peer support and rich professional development opportunities to the Scholars. The program also helps AACTE member institutions increase the diversity of their faculty by developing an outstanding pool of candidates for faculty and other leadership positions.

As a Holmes Scholar, Ms. McKnight will serve a three-year term; participate in the AACTE Annual Meeting (including the Holmes Scholars Pre-Conference, which precedes the AACTE Annual Meeting, as well as the full AACTE Annual meeting); present her research at the AACTE Annual Meeting; participate at least once in the AACTE Holmes Scholars' Summer Policy Institute and AACTE Day on the Hill; participate in at least one other education conference such as those of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE), or another conference within their discipline; propose and implement a project that relates to or forwards the goals of AACTE and authentically engages her in advocacy, policy, service, or research work that furthers high quality and equitable educator preparation; participate in activities and meetings sponsored by the National Association of Holmes Scholars Alumni (NAHSA) during Scholars' final year in the Holmes Scholars program consider affiliate membership in NAHSA during your final year in the program.

Career and Technical Education Faculty and Students Present at Recent Conferences

Drs. Clifford McClain and Howard Gordon and Career and Technical doctoral students Ms. Kimball and Bezard recently presented at Nevada conferences.

Kimball, C., McClain, C. & Gordon, H. A methodological approach to autoethnography research: Implications for public health. Nevada Public Health Association Annual Conference Redefining Health: Strategies for Improving the Physical, Mental and Social Well-Being of All Nevadans, Reno, NV, September 12-13, 2013.

McClain, C., Kimball, C., & Bezard, C. A new vision for ACTE teacher-leadership: Three distinctive perspectives. Nevada Association for Career and Technical Education, Lake Tahoe, NV, July 23 – 26,2013.

Drs. P.G. Schrader and MaryKay Orgill Awarded National Science Foundation Grant

Dr. P.G. Schrader
Dr. P.G. Schrader and Dr. MaryKay Orgill (Department of Chemistry) were awarded $749,700 from the National Science Foundation for their grant proposal titled Cyber-Learning Activities to Scaffold STEM Practices (CLASSP). The grant will look at how innovative, cyber-enabled instructional methods can transform STEM education and increase opportunities for underrepresented middle-school student populations. CLASSP addresses this by developing, implementing and testing a cyber-learning methodology to elevate STEM learning opportunities and success for underrepresented minority and rural middle school students in Nevada.

Research on video games has informed this approach, which combines a proven system for online inquiry with feedback. This system is being developed in concert with a community of practitioners within the existing Nevada Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness Undergraduate Program (GEAR UP) network that addresses the college preparation of underrepresented populations. GEAR UP will help identify and CLASSP will target an audience of middle-school students from ethnically and racially diverse and economically disadvantaged communities. Through this partnership, the impact of the projects' cyber-learning methodology will be piloted online and in face-to-face interactions with students in the urban settings of Reno and Las Vegas. Next, the project will expand to meet the interests and needs of rural educators and students in remote areas of Nevada. With experimental cyber-learning methods and low technology requirements, CLASSP is capable of being integrated into the most rudimentary technology infrastructures. The lessons learned will inform teacher training and STEM education of diverse students.

Assistant Professor Olson's Work Highlighted

Teaching and Learning faculty member, Travis Olson is featured in the latest edition of Discoveries Newsletter. The article describes his use of software and web resources in the teaching of mathematics. The newsletter also describes his teacher professional development project funded through the Nevada Collaborative Teaching Improvement Program (NeCoTIP).  

 

Discoveries Newsletter

Dr. William Speer to Serve as the Director of the Math Learning Center

Dr. William Speer will serve as the Director of the Math Learning Center. As the Director of the Math Learning Center, Dr. Speer's top priority will be to work with the campus on the continued improvement of mathematics education at UNLV. This entails working closely with the College of Sciences - Department of Mathematical Sciences, Academic Success Center and the College of Education to develop new and more effective math education delivery modes.

Dr. Speer is a Past President of several professional organizations including the Research Council on Mathematics Learning, the School Science and Mathematics Association, the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Ohio Mathematics Education Leadership Council, the Nevada Mathematics Council (two terms), and the Nevada Association of Teacher Educators (two terms). He is also an Alumni Fellow of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents. He has served on the Mathematics and Statistics Advisory Committee for the College Board, served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Washington, D.C. based Triangle Coalition of Business, Government, and Education and, currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of WestEd. He was a member of the NCTM Commission that released the landmark publication entitled Professional Standards for Teaching Mathematics and was a major author on the revised NCTM teaching standards. He has also served NCTM as the Chairman of the Affiliated Services Committee and as the Chairman of the Board of the Mathematics Education Trust. He is the primary author of the Wiley text, TODAY'S MATHEMATICS: Concepts, Classroom Methods and Instructional Activities, twelfth edition, focusing on content/teaching methods for the elementary and middle grades. Dr. Speer also served as the General Editor for the NCTM annual yearbooks covering 2011-13, has been a contributing author on six major books, and has authored numerous articles in various professional journals. He has served as editor of the IDEAS section for the Arithmetic Teacher journal and editor of the INVESTIGATIONS section of Teaching Children Mathematics journal. He has also served on the Editorial Board for the research journal FOCUS on the Learning and Teaching of Mathematics (now renamed as INVESTIGATIONS in Mathematics Learning).

Congratulations Dr. Abigail Hasberry

Dr. Hasberry with Drs. Clark and Speer
Dr. Abigail Hasberry (pictured above with Drs. Christine Clark and William Speer) was selected by UNLV President Neal Smatresk as one of UNLV's outstanding graduates. Dr. Hasberry is graduating this spring semester with her Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction. She will be honored during the Spring 2013 Commencement that will was held on Sunday May 19, 2013.

Dr. Christine Clark Interviewed in National Publications and Wins Mentor Award

Dr. Christine Clark
Dr. Christine Clark, a professor of Multicultural Education in the department, was interviewed as a part of a recent article on on diversity in higher education. The article was included as an insert within both the March 8, 2013 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education and the February 28, 2103 edition of Diverse Issues.

In addition, Dr. Clark recently received the UNLV Graduate & Professional Student Association Outstanding Mentor Award.

Congratulations Dr. Clark.

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