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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 | May 21, 2020

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

People | April 17, 2020

Freshman Elaiza Suarez says the reality of the coronavirus situation hit her when she had to cancel spring break plans to travel to California.

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People | August 7, 2019

Through a nonprofit she founded, alumna Erica Mosca helps low-income high school students get to — and then succeed — in college.

Campus News | May 1, 2019

UNLV faculty and students honored with Service-Learning, Community-Based Research, Faculty/Staff Outreach, and Student Service awards.

UNLV assistant professor Sophie Ladd reads a book to a group of students.
Business and Community | January 7, 2019

UNLV assistant professor encourages teachers-to-be to keep diversity front and center in the classroom.

Meagan Madriaga-Hopkins a Professional Writing Consultant poses.
People | October 22, 2018

Helping engineering students channel their inner Shakespeare

Teaching and Learning In The News

June 5, 2020

In the wake of millions of people taking to the streets to protest police brutality against black Americans — the most recent example of which involved the killing of George Floyd — and demand racial justice, white parents raising white children want to know how they can encourage the next generation to do better. The key: teaching anti-racism. As activist, scholar and writer Angela Davis has stated, “In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.”

Las Vegas Weekly
May 11, 2020

The modern American school system began in 1837 with the creation of the first state Board of Education in Massachusetts. Nearly 200 years later, the closure of schools nationwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic has delivered a seismic jolt to that system, as school districts and college campuses across the country scramble to move classrooms online—and try to replace what’s being missed.

Las Vegas Weekly
May 8, 2020

On April 28, the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada sent a letter to Gov. Steve Sisolak declaring that the state has been failing to provide an equal education to all students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 11, 2019

Most children begin the reading journey with their parents reading them bedtime stories. For a lot of children a crucial bonding moment occurs when the child is introduced to the page turn and the excitement of stories.

Las Vegas Review Journal
February 21, 2019

Sophie Ladd used a book about love and loss to help her undergraduate UNLV students open up about their feelings after the Route 91 Harvest festival shooting. She read “The Heart and The Bottle,” by Oliver Jeffers.

Las Vegas Review Journal
July 2, 2018

The middle schoolers bustled into the classroom at 8:30 a.m.

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Recent Teaching and Learning Accomplishments

August 11, 2020
Howard R. D. Gordon (Teaching and Learning) recently was nominated for the position of career and technical education teacher educator or researcher in the field of workforce development on the National Occupational Competency Testing Inatitute Board of Trusttees.
June 30, 2020
Maximum A. Sirabian (Teaching and Learning) is heading up the contact tracing effort for the state of Nevada as a one of five contact tracing quality managers with Deloitte, overseeing a team of 300. The doctoral student says he is proud to use his knowledge, skills, and abilities to help Nevada fight Covid-19.
June 22, 2020
Xue Xing and Howard R. D. Gordon (both Teaching and Learning) published an article, "Mediating Effects of School Engagement between High School on-Time Completion and Career and Technical Education," in the journal Vocations and Learning. This study found that career and technical education (CTE) coursework had strong positive influence on high...
June 18, 2020
Jung Min (Art), Chad Scott (Teaching and Learning), and Shahab Zargari (College of Fine Arts) were selected for the nationally juried art exhibition, Use Other Door at Core Contemporary Gallery. The exhibition is on display until Aug. 15 and is free and open to the public Wednesdays through Saturdays, from noon-6 p.m. Due to the current...
June 17, 2020
Shaoan Zhang (Teaching & Learning), Qingmin Shi (Decision Support), and Emily Lin (Graduate College) published an article, “Professional development needs, support, and barriers: TALIS U.S. new and veteran teachers’ perspectives.” Drawing on 1,508 U.S. secondary teachers’ data from the Teaching and Learning International Survey 2013, this...
June 4, 2020
Brittany Paloma Fiedler and Niki Fullmer (both Libraries) will present "Latinx Students in a Hispanic-Serving Institution's Academic Library" at the California Academic and Research Libraries Association 2020 virtual conference. The presentation will include preliminary findings from surveys and interviews of Latinx students at UNLV and their...