UCLA Teacher Education Program in the News
TEP Student Reinvents Music Class to Teach Kids Arts, Technology
UCLA TEP Student Lawrence Grey Berkowitz was awarded a 2013 Rishwain Social Justice Entrepreneurship Award for his work teaching a blend of songwriting, recording, audio production and self-esteem building, while also teaching traditional and technological literacy to students.
NASA Workshop Inspires TEP Students With Experiential Teaching and Learning
Students in the Teacher Education Program (TEP) recently had the chance to find out if experiential learning floats – literally. At a workshop last month that was funded by the Noyce Foundation, they participated in a NASA UROV (Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle) workshop, designing and building robotic devices that would potentially be used for underwater exploration.
Jesús Gutiérrez, Jr.
Baldwin Park High School
Jesús specializes in teaching English Learners. Also, this year, because of his passionate commitment to education, he has been working with failing students, motivating them to overcome their fears and return to the path of academic success.
A colleague writes, "Jesús brings to his classroom an abundant amount of energy and an unlimited reservoir of fresh ideas."
John Muir Middle School
Jayme doesn't see middle school as a place where a bunch of squirrely children run amok. She sees it as an opportunity to influence her students -- many of them faced with poverty, gangs and other negative influences -- to take their first steps along a path of success.
A parent offers this: "Ms. Tao has created an environment of trust and care that has encouraged my daughter to take risks without fear."
TEP alumnus Jesús Guttiérez, teacher at Baldwin Park High School, was named the 2013 Baldwin Park Unified School District Teacher of the Year.
TEP alumni Megan Markevich and Hector Perez-Roman were chosen as 2013 Teach Plus Los Angeles Teaching Policy Fellows, a highly selective program for teachers who work with policymakers to reform education.
TEP alumnus Joel Laguna was honored as the 2013 Michael McKibbin Outstanding Educator.
Kalil Cohen Honored as Founder of Los Angeles Transgender Film Festival
Kalil Cohen (M.Ed. TEP '10) was recognized with KCET's "Local Hero" Award for his creation of the Los Angeles Transgender Film Festival and his work as an educator and activist.
Mónica Ratliff Wins Los Angeles Unified School District Board Seat
Ratliff (M.Ed. TEP '02) was elected to the seven-member board of
the Los Angeles Unified School District. She is the only board member
who is a working classroom teacher.
Teaching to make a difference
Sara Ordaz wants to make a difference. That's why she chose UCLA. And that's why she's a teacher.
recent graduate is now thousands of miles away from campus, but she
still holds the values she learned here close to her heart. These values
are what motivate her in the classroom each day as she works to instill
a sense of confidence and a value for education ["a respect for
education"] in her kindergarten students on Detroit's east side.
Walls (M.Ed. TEP ’11) attributes her passion for teaching to her very
first classroom experience. “Without a question, my kindergarten teacher
inspired me to teach. I wanted to be just like her.” Mrs. Bouer of
Sixth Avenue Elementary School in Los Angeles, Calif. instilled a
confidence and determination in Walls that would help her achieve an
outstanding educational career.
"The Mechanics of Digital Storytelling" Article Published
The LAUSD publication, The Ladder, recently published "The Mechanics of Digital Storytelling" by Sarah Bang (M.Ed. TEP '10). Read the article here and view Courage, a sample digital story project made by a second grade classroom.
Shannon Garrison Goes the Extra Mile
Garrison (M.Ed. TEP '98) was selected as one of five teachers to carry
the Olympic Torch last summer by the Samsung Corporation and John
Legend’s Show Me Campaign, as a way to recognize the work of teachers
who go “the extra mile.” The fourth-grade teacher at Solano Avenue
Elementary School carried the Olympic Flame through Edinburgh, Scotland
on June 14, 2012.
Sydney Schaef: TEP Alumna Establishes School in Tanzania
When Sydney Schaef (’10, M.Ed.;Teacher Education Program (TEP)/Urban Teaching) was an international exchange student at the University of Dar es Salaam in East Africa in 2005, she joined local community leaders who were working to develop a sustainable education model that would serve as an alternative to the traditional orphanage institution. Before she graduated from the University of Florida with her bachelor’s degree in history and religion, Schaef co-founded Kujali International, a nonprofit that partners with local communities in East Africa to establish free or low-cost private schools for orphaned and at-risk youth.
Six TEP Alumni in the Inaugural Cohort of Teaching Policy Fellows
In 2011 Teach Plus chose thirty top Los Angeles teachers, including six UCLA TEP alumni, as Teaching Policy Fellows to advance urban public education reform in Los Angeles.
“We are ecstatic to begin our inaugural cohort of Policy Fellows with
this group of incredible educators,” said John Lee, Executive Director
of Teach Plus Los Angeles.
Marjorie Faulstich Orellana: Making the Most of the Middle
Orellana draws from activism and teaching in urban settings to bring inclusiveness and literacy to English learners.
Tyrone Howard: Mentoring for Doctoral Students, Aspiring Teachers
The founder of the Black Male Institute is an expert on educational access, equity, and culturally responsive pedagogy.read more...
Kyndall Brown: California Mathematics Project’s New Executive Director Wants Competency, Equity for K-16 Math Students
Brown encourages educators to learn to teach with consideration for students' varied skill levels and "real world" relevance of math.read more...
Imelda Nava-Landeros: Supporting Pre-Service Teachers in the Sciences
English language learners need support in developing academic language through scaffolded instruction.
Megan Franke Honored with AERA’s Relating Research to Practice Award
Franke's national recognition is based on her contributions to building understanding of the links between research and practice.