In the News: September 2013

Members of the GSE&IS community are a significant presence in national and international media.

Faculty, students, and alumni of the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies have demonstrated world-class excellence in research and expertise. Here is a sampling of GSE&IS’s presence in national and international media.


CRESST: Teaching to the Test
Op-Ed for Inside Higher Ed, September 5, 2013

Inside Higher Ed featured an op-ed by Jay Phelan, UCLA professor of evolutionary biology, and Julia Phelan, a senior research associate at UCLA’s Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing, about the effectiveness of teaching curricula that emphasize performance on high-stakes tests.


Marcelo Suárez-Orozco: Immigrant Youth Connecting with College
Quoted in NPR, September 4; The Harvard Crimson: September 2, 2013

GSE&IS Dean Marcelo Suárez-Orozco was quoted in NPR’s “Code Switch” blog on the drive of American-born Latinos to enter college.

Suárez-Orozco was also mentioned in an article in The Harvard Crimson, as one of a group of faculty members who in 2001, proposed that the university create a center for Latin studies.


Mike Rose: Teaching Experience Matters; On Quality Teachers
Op-Eds in The Washington Post, September 9; Sept. 12, 2013

An op-ed by Mike Rose, professor of education, on the current belief that short teaching careers are beneficial, appeared recently in The Washington Post’s blog, “The Answer Sheet.” He also wrote a second op-ed on the founders of the KIPP Charter Schools, and the teacher who inspired them.


Rodney Skager: Teen Drug Education, School Discipline
Featured in The Huffington Post, September 11, 2013

“Beyond Zero Tolerance: A Reality-Based Approach to Drug Education and School Discipline,” a book by Rodney Skager, professor emeritus at GSE&IS, was highlighted in an article in The Huffington Post on interactional and participatory measures to fight drugs and alcohol in schools.


Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles: Segregation in U.S. Schools
Featured in The Times, September 13, 2013

An article published in London’s Times Educational Supplement about school resegregation in the United States cited a study by the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA showing that roughly 15 percent of black and Latino students attend schools where less than 1 percent of students are white.


Center for Civil Rights Remedies: School Suspensions and Race
Featured in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, September 17, 2013

An article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch about a efforts by a school district in Virginia to reduce racial dispartities in student suspension rates highlighted a study by the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles, showing that the district had the highest disparity between suspensions of black and white students of any district in the state.


Gary Orfield: School Desegregation in Louisiana
Quoted in Education Week, September 17, 2013

Gary Orfield, director of the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA and professor of education, was quoted in an Education Week story about a federal court case involving school vouchers and school desegregation in Louisiana.


Mitchell Chang: Institutions Foster “Sink or Swim” Environment for STEM Students
Quoted in USA Today, September 19, 2013

Chang, professor of education and a faculty adviser for UCLA’s Asian American Studies Center, is quoted in a USA Today article about college students who start out studying science, engineering or math, then switch to majors in the liberal arts.


Sandra Graham: Benefits of Cross-Ethnic Friendships
Featured in PsychCentral, September 25, 2013

PsychCentral reported on research led by Sandra Graham, professor at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, showing that middle school students who form friendships across different racial and ethnic groups tend to feel safer and less vulnerable. Graham was quoted.


Mike Rose: Untapped Potential in Underserved Adult Students
KCET “Cakewalk,” September 26, 2013

Professor of education Mike Rose was interviewed by KCET’s Erin Aubry Kaplan on his book, “Back to School: Why Everyone Deserves a Chance at Education,” and the need to reassess the view on adult and continuing education.


Daniel Losen: Race and School Suspensions
Featured in the Syracuse Post-Standard, September 27, 2013

The Syracuse Post-Standard reported that Daniel Losen, a researcher with the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA, is working with the Syracuse, N.Y., school district to analyze the district’s suspension trends. The article referenced a Civil Rights Project report showing that minority students are suspended at disproportionately high rates in school districts throughout the U.S.