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Gevirtz Graduate School of Education

A cohort of graduate students from the Department of Counseling Clinical, and School Psychology appointed to prestigious internships for the 2021-22 year

Eight graduate students from the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology (CCSP) at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School have earned prestigious 2021-2022 internships across the country to complete their work for a Ph.D. Each year, students in their fourth year of doctoral studies compete nationally for APA-Accredited pre-doctoral internships to complete the applied portion of their degrees. As in years past, this year was...

Alumna Kirsten Turner wins Teacher of the Year award in Vista Unified School District

UC Santa Barbara Gevirtz School Teacher Education Program (TEP) alumna Kirsten Turner (SST/M.Ed., ’15) recently won the Middle School Teacher Golden Apple award in the Vista Unified School District. The award earns her the title “2021 Teacher of the Year.”

Since she graduated from TEP six years ago, Turner has been working as a history teacher at Roosevelt Middle School in Oceanview, CA. She is the grade-level lead on the Instructional...

Student Profile: Daniel del Cid researches how to support essential workers and unions through the pandemic and beyond

Daniel del Cid is a second year School Psychology graduate student researcher under the supervision of Dr. Jill Sharkey. His research explores educational policies and practices that can enhance and support the experiences of Latinx minorities. Del Cid hopes to use this research to elucidate potential stress buffers among these vulnerable, underserved, at-risk populations, and more specifically, develop interventions that might lessen...

Andrés Consoli awarded Affiliate Professor status in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Andrés Consoli (M.A., Counseling Psychology, ’91; Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, ’94), an associate professor in the Department of Counseling, Clinical & School Psychology at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School, recently became an affiliate professor with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Consoli is also an affiliate professor with the Chicana/o Studies Department.

Consoli was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and received his...

Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj presents as part of Education Week webinar “Examining the Evidence: Supporting Immigrant-Origin Students and English-Learners”

Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School will be one of the presenters for an Education Week sponsored webinar, “Examining the Evidence: Supporting Immigrant-Origin Students and English-Learners,” on Friday, February 19 from 1-2 pm ET. The panel will draw on the evidence from two new EdResearch for Recovery briefs, “Supports for Students in Immigrant Families,” and “Supports for Students Who Are English-Learners.”...

Celebrating opportunity and inclusion: Highlights from the 2021 Virtual Fellowship Breakfast

At the Gevirtz School’s 2021 Virtual Fellowship Breakfast, the Zoom room was filled with warmth and gratitude. The event theme—Celebrating Opportunity and Inclusion—sparked meaningful discussions among the Gevirtz School faculty, staff, donors, and fellowship recipients in attendance.

“There are students in the Gevirtz School that wouldn’t be here unless there was fellowship support to open the door,” Dr. Jeffrey Milem, Jules Zimmer...

Christine Hirst Bernhardt, Star Astronomy Teacher

Christine Hirst Bernhardt, a doctoral student in Education, isn’t kidding with her email signature’s tagline “Have a Stellar Day.” Astronomy is her passion, and at the heart of her desire to learn even more about science education at the Gevirtz School. She says her earliest memory is of the Challenger Disaster, so it’s even more striking she has been part of the Teacher in Space program herself, flying on a mission of NASA’s SOFIA, the...

Natalia Jaramillo educates students about posttraumatic growth

On February 10th, Natalia Jaramillo presented a workshop entitled “Let’s Talk about Posttraumatic Growth” at the UCSB Resilience Summit, a 24-week program put on by the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences offering a certificate in the science and practice of resilience. Posttraumatic growth is the phenomenon of self-reported positive change following a traumatic or challenging life-event. Jaramillo jumped at the chance to present...

Student Profile: John Galisky leads STEM educational advances

John Galisky is a second-year doctoral student in the Department of Education working with Drs. Julie Bianchini and Danielle Harlow. For 25 years he taught at Lompoc High School next to Vandenberg AFB. In 2000, he established the Space, Technology and Robotic Systems (STaRS) Academy, an engineering program that integrates core academics in Math, Science, and Language Arts with elective courses in Drafting, Engineering Design, Electronics,...

Diana Arya and Miya Barnett appointed graduate diversity officers

Over the last decade, UC Santa Barbara has worked diligently to ameliorate the well-known national “leaky pipeline” that has always impacted diversity in the graduate and postdoctoral populations. As one step, UCSB Graduate Division has required each department to identify a graduate diversity officer to take the lead on outreach, recruitment, and the support of graduate students from under-served populations within each discipline.

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Carrie Towbes and John Lewis fund the Healing Center

The murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, among many others, and the activism of #BLM this past summer led Carrie Towbes to look for a place to take action, as she wondered what philanthropy could do locally. Towbes turned to Healing Justice Santa Barbara, a Black-led and Black-centered organizing collective that aspires to build resilient communities for the African diaspora and other marginalized people along the Central Coast....

Tine Sloan co-editor of new volume “Using Data to Improve Teacher Education”

Tine Sloan of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School is a co-editor—with Charles A. Peck, Kristen Cuthrell, Désirée H. Pointer-Mace, and Diana B. Lys—of the new volume Using Data to Improve Teacher Education: Moving Evidence to Action (Teachers College Press 2021). One of the book’s chapters is a “Program Portrait: University of California, Santa Barbara,” co-authored by Sloan and Jennifer Scalzo, M.Ed. Coordinator at UCSB’s Teacher...

Michael Perez Straddles the Line Between Scientist and Educator

It’s the summer of 2016, and Michael Perez (M.Ed., SST/Science, ’15) is on Santa Rosa, one of the Channel Islands, assisting with research on vegetation and soil erosion. For the second year in a row, he has received a STEM Teacher and Researcher (STAR) fellowship to assist in research led by USGS scientist Kathryn McEachern (he will receive a third in 2017). “I have really grown to admire the unique biology and beauty of California's Channel...

The South Coast Writing Project (SCWriP) announces its 2021 Annual Invitational Summer Institute in Composition and Critical Literacy

The South Coast Writing Project (SCWriP) announces its 41st Annual Invitational Summer Institute in Composition and Critical Literacy. This premier four-week professional development event will be held July 5th – July 30th, 2021, Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 2:45 pm, on the campus of UC Santa Barbara. If COVID protocols at that time do not allow for a fully in-person seminar, hybrid or remote Summer Institute hours will not be as long.

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Student Profile: Jacquelyn Chin connects her creative community and her academic pursuits

Jacquelyn Chin is a doctoral student in Counseling Psychology working under Dr. Tania Israel. She worked in the African American Studies department at the University of Maryland, College Park in the Black Child and Family Lab. Her research focuses on interventions towards internalized stigma among queer Black and Latinx communities. Jackie’s life goal is for Black queer and GSM groups to have access to mental health resources. She is a...

Shannon Rivard wins the Gevirtz School 2021 Staff Citation of Excellence Award

Shannon Rivard was selected by fellow staff members for the 2021 Gevirtz Graduate School of Education Staff Citation of Excellence Award on Feb. 5.

As Department Administrator for the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology (CCSP), Rivard provides support to the CCSP Chair and faculty, coordinates curriculum and faculty workload planning, department events, visiting scholar appointments, financial management of...

Student Profile: Dina Naji Arch interrogates latent variables and quantitative research methods

Dina Naji Arch is a second-year doctoral student in the Department of Education with an emphasis in quantitative methods in the social sciences under the guidance of Dr. Karen Nylund-Gibson. She earned her B.S. in Psychology from UC San Diego and minored in Business. She later received her M.A. in Psychological Research, focusing in quantitative methods, from California State University, Fullerton. Her current research interests include...

Alumna Damian Jenkins founds NOVA, an online academy for middle and high schoolers

Damian Jenkins (Education, Ph.D., ’10) has founded the National Online Virtual Academy (NOVA). NOVA is an online academy currently serving middle-school-aged students with an interactive and community-focused curriculum. The school addresses the needs of students individually and uses teaching models that mimic everyday life. At present, NOVA only offers classes for middle schoolers, but in the future, high school classes will be offered as...

Student Profile: Meghan Evans focuses on the power of communities to combat adversity-driven mental health issues

Meghan Evans is a doctoral student in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology studying Clinical Psychology working with Dr. Maryam Kia-Keating as her advisor. She has worked as a senior lab manager and post-baccalaureate research associate focused on the relationship between trauma and/or adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and mental health, as well as other public health issues (i.e. community violence, housing...

The South Coast Youth Safety Partnership, including Dr. Jill Sharkey from the Gevirtz School, recommits to addressing violence among youth

In a recent statement the members of the South Coast Youth Safety Partnership (SCYSP) wrote, “We are devastated by the recent tragic loss of youth in our community from violence. We represent an ongoing collaborative effort across youth-serving sectors to reduce youth and gang violence and build safe and healthy neighborhoods for everyone, especially our vulnerable youth populations. As service providers, public safety officers, educators,...

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