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The Charter College of Education (CCOE) at Cal State L.A. is the only public college of education in the United States with the distinguished “charter” identity offering an extensive portfolio of 57 academic programs. The CCOE features undergraduate, graduate (including a joint Ph.D. with UCLA and an Ed.D., the first-ever independent doctoral-level program offered at the university), over 20 teaching and professional credentials, as well as a variety of academic certificates.
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As you read this, you are probably moving from a slower pace suited for summer into that faster pace that gets an academic year started. I sincerely hope that your summer was filled with many good things---a time for enjoyment, opportunities to refresh yourself, and memories made with family and friends. I also hope you are looking forward to this academic year and the opportunities to grow personally and professionally through connecting with and working with others in the CCOE, across campus, and out in our local communities where fieldwork and service happen. This fall, the college takes an important step to posthumously honor a distinguished alumni and history maker, Mr. Sal Castro. After receiving his training as an educator, in the early 60s, in the College of Education at LA State College (which today is the CCOE at Cal State LA), he found himself teaching in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). In 1968, he, along with the youth leaders with whom he worked, led walkouts from five area high schools by Latinx students and supporters (about 25,000 strong) to call attention to the discrimination and poor schooling they were experiencing. This changed the course of history. One result, more and more Latinx students went to college in that period, a legacy which continues to this day. Your success is important to us! We are here to prepare you to you to think, to learn, to teach, to lead, and to respond to the needs of your communities and schools! Please let us know how we can assist in your goals and studies as you prepare to meet the needs of the children, youth, and families of Los Angeles!
I hope you have a richly rewarding semester!
Bush Named as New Chair of Pan-African Studies
Nana Lawson Bush, V, Ph.D. has been named Chair of Pan-African Studies in the College of Natural and Social Sciences at Cal State LA. Dr. Bush is a Professor of Educational Leadership and Administration in the Division of Applied and Advanced Studies in Education and has also taught courses in the Pan-African Studies Department for many years. Last year, Dr. Bush was one of six Cal State LA faculty members who were recognized for excellence in teaching and outstanding achievements during the 2018 Fall Convocation. In addition to his book, Can Black Mothers Raise Our Sons? and recently the released book/workbook co-authored with his brother, Dr. Edward Bush, and others, The Plan: A Guide for Women Raising African American Boys from Conception to College and The Plan Workbook, he has published over 30 articles addressing African American educational history, African-centered education, school desegregation, and Black male schooling and developmental issues. We wish Dr. Bush the very best and will look forward to future collaborations between the Pan-African Studies Department and the CCOE.
In the Media
The New CCOE-News Bulletin is Now Available
The Critical Perspectives in Early Childhood Special Interest Group (SIG) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) has announced Oona Fontanella-Nothom, Ph.D. as the recipient of the 2020 Dissertation of the Year Award for her dissertation: Deconstructing in the Wake: Learning Race and Racism in a First-grade Classroom. Dr. Fontanella-Nothom completed her dissertation at the University of Missouri, College of Education in Learning, Teaching and Curriculum. She currently serves as Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education in the Charter College of Education at California State University, Los Angeles. She will be formally recognized with the award at the AERA Annual Meeting, April 17-21, in San Francisco, CA at a reception on April 18th.
Her dissertation research was a collaborative project of inquiry between a researcher—Dr. Fontanella-Nothom—and a first-grade teacher, which examined the teaching and learning race and racism in a first-grade classroom. Utilizing the theories of anti-Blackness, and recognizing the ways that anti-Blackness exists and persists in classrooms, Dr. Fontanella-Nothom’s research points towards approaches educational stakeholders can engage with to develop an equity mindset and endeavor towards justice.
The Organization for Autism Research Congratulates the 2019 Applied Research Grant Recipients
The Organization for Autism Research has announced its seven 2019 Applied Research Competition grant recipients. Among the recipients is Dr. Robin Dodds, assistant professor in the Special Education and Counseling Program at the Charter College of Education.
Dr. Dodds is the only non-research recipient being funded for her work in Helping Optimize Language Acquisition (HOLA): Online Parent Training Modules for Latinx Parents of Toddlers at Risk for ASD.
Read the full announcement.
The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) announced Christina Restrepo Nazar, Ph.D. as the recipient of the 2020 AACTE Outstanding Dissertation Award for her dissertation: Youth as Teacher Educators: Supporting Preservice Teachers in the Developing Youth Centered, Equity-Oriented Science Teaching Practices. AACTE President and CEO, Lynn M. Gangone commented, “As the recipient of a 2020 AACTE Award, Dr. Restrepo Nazar challenges us to prepare teachers to teach with equity and justice for all.” Dr. Restrepo Nazar currently serves as Assistant Professor of Science Education in the Charter College of Education at California State University Los Angeles, where she imparts youth-centered, equity-oriented science teaching practices to future educators who will serve our urban schools. She will be recognized formally with the award at the AACTE 72nd Annual Meeting, February 28 – March 1, in Atlanta, GA.
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