A Message to the UCLA Education and Information Studies Community

Wasserman Dean highlights work of UCLA IS professors Johanna Drucker and Michelle Caswell, TEP alumna Keara Williams; selection of Distinguished Professor of Education Pedro Noguera to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

As we look ahead and plan for our next steps in navigating this unprecedented challenge, I am ever thankful for the kindness and spirit of courage that you all are sharing throughout our community.  We hope that we will be back together in the near future and I will keep you updated as we learn more about planning for the fall.

This week in Ampersand, we are highlighting the work of our community to overcome the new challenges of today’s remote teaching and learning. UCLA Teacher Education Program alumna Keara Williams was featured in the Los Angeles Times, where they highlighted her efforts in reaching her students during the closure of LAUSD schools. A link to that story is here

Michelle Caswell, one of our Information Studies faculty, has found ways to ensure that her graduate students are provided with the benefits of an on-site internship – one of the hallmarks of an Information Studies degree from UCLA. She has enabled her students to gain professional experience and invaluable connections in the field as they remotely fulfill the requirements of her community-based archives course, serving their internships with archives and museums that reflect the equity mission of UCLA Information Studies. Read the story here.

Also from UCLA’s Department of Information Studies, Johanna Drucker, the Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies, discusses opportunities during today’s events for information professionals to contribute greatly with their skills and expertise, which includes providing organized access to resources and data that support the public and professionals in the areas of education, medicine, and media. Read that story here

I want to thank our UCLA Lab School teachers for their work to develop remote learning for our youngest Bruins, which is especially challenging when so much of the teaching there is inquiry-based and incorporates art as a way to actively demonstrate elementary-age student learning. These days are a challenge for all parents across the nation, but I applaud our UCLA Lab School parents and young students who are being remarkably creative during this temporary way of learning.

And finally this week, I am greatly pleased to announce that Dr. Pedro Noguera, Distinguished Professor of Education and Director of the Center for the Transformation of Schools, has been elected a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Founded in 1780, one of the world’s most prestigious scholarly societies, “the American Academy of Arts and Sciences honors excellence and convenes leaders from every field of human endeavor to examine new ideas, address issues of importance to the nation and the world, and work together to cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honor, dignity, and happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people.”

The entire GSE&IS community joins me in congratulating Pedro on this extraordinary distinction and marvelous recognition of his academic contributions to the sociology of education. Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! 

I thank you all and continue to wish you and yours a safe and healthy week. 

Please take care and keep in touch,

Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco
UCLA Wasserman Dean & Distinguished Professor of Education
UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies