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Department of Teaching and Learning News

The Department of Teaching & Learning holds as its central mission educational research and the preparation of educators at all levels. The department ensures that its professional education programs are based on essential knowledge, established and current research findings, and sound professional practice.

Current Teaching and Learning News

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Campus News | August 4, 2021

Education and art majors team up to better explain complex concepts to children.

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Campus News | February 10, 2021

UNLV professor Iesha Jackson examines structural forms of racism in the teacher education pipeline and ways to combat them.

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Business and Community | February 5, 2021

Nevada Institute on Teaching and Educator Preparation finds home at UNLV and in the community.

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Research | October 19, 2020

Doctoral student Maryam Mohiedden Rad left behind life as an attorney to pursue her academic interests in a program unique to UNLV.

Research | September 9, 2020

College of Education professors Christine Clark and Norma A. Marrun reactivate center, examine absence of Ethnic Studies in schools and teacher education programs.

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Campus News | May 21, 2020

Elementary teacher Ellie Edgar and high school teacher Kenny Brown selected for annual CCSD award.

Teaching and Learning In The News

June 23, 2021

Professors at UNLV are on a mission to encourage more girls to pursue a career in STEM fields by hosting the Engaging Girls in Ubiquitous Intelligence and Computing camp.

Las Vegas Review Journal
February 15, 2021

Laurents Bañuelos-Benitez can count on one hand how many teachers of color he had while growing up in east Las Vegas.

Domino Magazine
December 20, 2020

It’s happened on more than one occasion: I’m in the middle of a video call when the dreaded rainbow wheel starts spinning on my screen. The page is having trouble loading. My face is awkwardly frozen in time for all to see. The audio cuts in and out.

Las Vegas Review Journal
September 3, 2020

Clark County teachers and families are reporting big spikes in their data usage and accompanying bills during the first month of virtual education, with some saying they are exceeding caps of more than 1 terabyte offered by internet service providers like Cox.

El Tiempo
September 3, 2020

Clark County teachers and families are reporting large spikes in data usage and accompanying bills during the first month of virtual education, with some claiming they are exceeding the more than one terabyte caps offered by Internet service providers. like Cox.

Las Vegas Sun
August 20, 2020

The Clark County School District’s abrupt shift to digital learning in mid-March was especially tough on lower-income and minority students. Reportedly, nearly one-third of all students stopped learning because they didn’t have a device or internet connectivity so they could participate in the remote instruction.

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Recent Teaching and Learning Accomplishments

October 18, 2021
Howard R. D. Gordon (Teaching and Learning) deliverd the keynote address, "Ethical Leadersship: Potential Challenges and Implications for the Next Generation of Technical and Vocational Education and Training Leaders," at the 2021 East and Southeast Asia UNEVOC Network Consolidation Workshop.   His address emphasized the elements of the toxic...
October 8, 2021
Travis A. Olson (Teaching and Learning) co-authored "Conceptualizing Curricular Reasoning:A Framework for Examining Mathematics Teachers’ Curricular Decisions" in the journal Investigations in Mathematics Learning. The article presents research based on a recent National Science Foundation grant for which Olson served as the UNLV principal...
October 6, 2021
Iesha Jackson (Teaching and Learning) published an article titled "Not Suspended but Not Protected: Challenging School Discipline Reform in the Name of Restorative Justice for Young Adult Black Girls." This article is part of a special issue of the Northwest Journal of Teacher Education on anti-Blackness in education. 
September 22, 2021
Travis A. Olson (Teaching and Learning) authored the president's column in the September 2021 issue of Intersection Points: The Newsletter of the Research Council on Mathematics Learning. The Research Council on Mathematics Learning seeks to stimulate, generate, coordinate, and disseminate research efforts designed to understand and/or influence...
September 21, 2021
Kenneth Varner and PG Schrader (both Teaching & Learning) along with their colleagues Jennifer Markides, David Gerlach, and Siniša Opić published "Global Challenges to Teacher Education and a Glocally Sustaining Pedagogical Framework" in the journal Global Education Review.
August 31, 2021
Norma A. Marrun (Teaching and Learning), Marcela Rodríguez-Campo (Nevada State College), Tara J. Plachowski (Teaching and Learning), and Christine Clark (Teaching and Learning) coauthored an article, Divergent Values: A Family Critical Race Theory Analysis of Families of Color and Their Perceptions of Teachers and Teaching as a...