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Faculty Scholarship and Publications

May 24, 2018

Navarro Named Transformative Teacher Education Fellow

Oscar Navarro was named a 2018 Transformative Teacher Education Fellow for his “great passion and a unique perspective in working for social justice in teacher education.” Navarro was one of 14 fellows selected from over 115 applicants who will participate in a summer institute and embark on research that explores the recruitment and retainment of K-12 teachers of color. 

Faculty Published in Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy

Briana Ronan and Julee Bauer, together with local teachers and curriculum and instruction master’s students Laurie lunker, Jesse Sanford and Michelle Berry published a paper titled “Building Literacy Partnerships Across District and Institutional Boundaries.” It highlights their work to build a professional learning community to transform literacy practices in meeting the needs of Latino and emergent bilingual student populations.

Somoza-Norton Conducts Research on Applications of Biomimicry in Educational Leadership

Andrea Somoza-Norton is working to integrate biomimetic applications in the Educational Leadership and Administration Program. Biomimicry, the practice of applying principles from nature and ecology to organizations and management, encourages educational leaders to expand their point of view in solving current educational issues. Somoza-Norton’s research supports Cal Poly’s Sustainability Objectives and will be the School of Education’s (SOE) first approved sustainability-aligned course. Findings from the research were also presented at the Oxford Education Research Symposium last December and will be published in the California Association of Professors of Educational Leadership Journal in fall 2018.

Researchers Present Locally and Nationally

Cal Poly faculty members Tanya Flushman, Megan Guise, Chance Hoellwarth and Nancy Stauch, together with grants specialist Sarah Hegg, published and presented their research on SOE’s innovative clinical practice experience and partnerships with local school districts. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s TOP Grant to support partnerships with federally classified high needs schools, the research has resulted in the publication of four articles and several presentations on the impact of co-teaching practices on teacher candidate development. Additional grants through the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation have supported research and articles on improving supervisor coaching and feedback to teacher candidates during fieldwork experiences.

HEC/SA Program Nominated for President’s Diversity Award

The Higher Education Counseling/Student Affairs team was a program finalist for the 2017 President’s Diversity Award in recognition of the program’s outstanding efforts to promote diversity, equity and inclusivity on the Cal Poly campus. SOE staff member Virginia McMunn was also a finalist for an individual award in recognition of her previous work with the Cal Poly Scholars program.

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6/16 - 2018 SOE Commencement Ceremony

May 21, 2018

School of Education
Commencement Ceremony

Christopher Cohan Performing Arts Center
Saturday, June 16, 2018

All master’s degree and credential graduates are encouraged to participate!

All graduates are individually recognized and photographed on the stage of the Performing Arts Center!

10:30 am Graduates line up by the PAC ticket office
10:30 am PAC auditorium doors open – Seating is first-come, first-served.
11:00 am Ceremony begins

What to Wear
Master’s degree graduates wear regalia (cap, gown & hoods - visit the University Store for details)
Credential graduates wear professional dress (no caps & gowns)

Tickets for Graduates
All graduates will receive a free, commemorative ticket for the ceremony.
Commemorative tickets are available May 14 – June 15, 2018 at the School of Education Credential Office (Bldg 02-Rm 120).

Tickets for Guests
All guests need a ticket to enter the PAC for the ceremony.
Guest tickets will be available for purchase May 14 – June 15, 2018 at the Credential Office (02-120), or via special arrangements through your program coordinator. The ticket price is $5.00 each (cash or check only), with a maximum of eight tickets per graduate. Please make check or money order payable to: “Cal Poly Corporation” with the number 81111 on the memo line.
Remaining tickets will be sold in any quantity on a first-come, first-served basis starting on June 4, 2018.

Special Accommodations
If you or your guest requires special accommodations at the ceremony, please inform the Credential Office (02-120) when purchasing your tickets and no later than Wednesday, June 13, 2018. For additional information, please call 805-756-2126 or email

We look forward to seeing you and your guests at the School of Education Commencement Ceremony!

4/12 - Teacher Job Fair

Feb 26, 2018

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SS Alum, Brittny Nation, Featured in Intersections Magazine

Feb 23, 2018

Brittny Nation (Biochemistry, ’11; Single Subject Teaching Credential, ’12) didn’t set out to change lives or help solve the STEM education crisis. She wasn’t even interested in becoming a teacher — until chemistry Professor Seth Bush talked her into taking a class called Learn by Doing Lab. After teaching hands-on science to local elementary school students, Nation was hooked.

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SOE EdTech Lab

New SOE EdTech Lab

Jan 31, 2018

The School of Education has procured campus support to redevelop its computer lab into an Educational Technology Lab in which classroom technologies are showcased for its teacher candidates and for local teachers. The school is looking to raise $20,000 to support the purchase of additional technology. Construction begins Summer 2018.


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