Professor Judith Green of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz Graduate School of Education (GGSE) recently celebrated her 65th birthday by inviting her colleagues and the public to contribute to the next generation of educational scholars by donating to the Philip and Helen Green Research Fellowship. Dr. Green encourages people who would like to honor a family member or friend to send a contribution and a brief entry about the honoree, which will be entered into a tribute book: In the Name of Family: Dedications to Education. A virtual version of the book will be posted on the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education website on the Literacy & Inquiry in Networking Communities (LINC) page and a hard copy of the book will be archived at the LINC Center.
This fellowship carries on Philip and Helen Green’s commitment to public education by making a contribution to future researchers. Contributions will be used to support doctoral students who are working with research and development projects in classrooms with immigrant and/or culturally and linguistically diverse students, sponsored by the Gevirtz School’s Center for Education Research on Literacy & Inquiry in Networking Communities.
GGSE Professor Michael Gerber wrote the following to Dr. Green while making his donation in honor of his parents Pauline and Sidney, “I will be pleased to celebrate your birthday by contributing to the Philip & Helen Green Research Fellowship in my parents’ names and for all the immigrant families who struggled to give their children a better education and, thereby, a better life. In a cynical and troubling time, it always seems to me important to remember that American immigrants in every age have taken seriously the transcendent sentiments expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.”
The current Green Research Scholar for 2006-2007 is Damian Jenkins, who has presented her research in a mathematics class at the national American Educational Research Association conference. Previous scholars include Audra Skukauskaite, who has just accepted a tenure-track position in qualitative research at Texas A & M University. Often Green Scholars work closely with teachers in local schools. Chunxia Wang’s and Richard Nardi’s dissertations both examine a performing arts classroom taught by Phil Levien at San Marcos High School. Levien, a Carnegie scholar teacher, has published his results on teaching Shakespeare on the Carnegie Foundation website. Monica Pierfederici’s dissertation has been presented in Italy at the International Pragmatics meetings. Laura Hill-Bonnet’s research has been presented in France at an invitational meeting. Jennifer Scalzo is engaged in research in teacher education classes on language and diversity education. Christine Law is involved with research with the deaf. Eva Oxelson is engaged in research in linguistically diverse classrooms.
Contributions may be sent directly to the University to the following address: Development Office, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9490. The check should be made out to the UCSB Foundation. Donors can send a written note about family and friends to "green AT education.ucsb.edu" or may include it in the letter with the contribution.
[Judith Green is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789.]