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UCR scholar receives Carnegie Foundation Fellowship

UCR scholar receives Carnegie Foundation Fellowship

(February 8, 2001)

Two nationally recognized foundations awarded a national scholars fellowship for 2001-2002 to Judith Sandholtz, a professor at the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Riverside.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Pew Charitable Trusts jointly fund the Carnegie Scholars program. Sandholtz is one of 30 Carnegie Scholars selected nationally for 2001-2002. Carnegie Scholars represent a range of disciplines in higher education ranging from biological sciences and engineering to law and philosophy. Each Carnegie Scholar designs and undertakes a project that deepens the understanding and practice in the teaching and learning of his or her field.

Sandholtz will begin a two-week residency at the Carnegie Foundation in Menlo Park, Calif. in June as part of the one-year fellowship. She will spend shorter periods working as a Carnegie Scholar during the academic year and finish her term with a second two-week residency. When not engaged exclusively in Carnegie Scholar duties, Sandholtz will be at UCR.

Sandholtz specializes in teacher education, educational technology, and teacher professional development. She hopes to advance research in those areas by undertaking an in-depth analysis of teaching practices and how they can be adjusted to meet student needs.

Sandholtz believes the current standardized testing and assessments for teachers don't adequately measure their professional learning. She plans to draw on the approach taken by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, which emphasizes individualized teaching practices in connection with high standards to develop a course for students in the Masters of Education degree program.

"Candidates will conduct a comprehensive analysis of their instructional practice in kindergarten through 12th grade classrooms, specifically focused on how to gauge student learning and adjust instruction to further student understanding," Sandholtz said.

She received her Ph.D. in curriculum and teacher education in 1989 from Stanford University. Sandholtz came to UCR in 1990 as assistant director of the Comprehensive Teacher Education Institute at UCR and became its director in 1991. Under her leadership, the institute gained recognition in 1994 as an exemplary teacher education program by the National Education Association. In 1997, the institute received the Distinguished Program in Teacher Education award from the nationwide Association of Teacher Educators.

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