Thompson Policy Institute Awarded $3.5 Million to Establish CalEPIC

September 21, 2021 by | News

Chapman University’s Thompson Policy Institute on Disability (TPI) has been awarded a new $3.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. With the new funding, TPI will operate the California Educator Preparation Innovation Collaborative (CalEPIC), one of only two such educator preparation transformation centers in California. In alignment with the missions of both TPI


Thompson Autism Center Adds Transition Planning to FAST Services

August 26, 2021 by | News

CHOC’s Thompson Autism Center has added Transition Planning to its suite of Families and Schools Together (FAST) services. According to FAST@CHOC Program Director Elissa Green Kaustinen, the model being implemented at the Thompson Autism Center is focused on person-driven planning, which seeks to help people with disabilities plan for their future. J. Thomas Megerian, M.D.,


Make Possibilities Realities

August 16, 2021 by | News

Activist and entrepreneur Megan Bomgaars said schools should place students with disabilities in general education settings. In the keynote address at the Thompson Policy Institute on Disability’s 2021 Virtual Summit on DisAbility and Inclusion, Bomgaars said schools and communities need to encourage all students to follow their dreams, to be anything they want without limits.


Thompson Policy Institute on Disability Awarded $784,000 Grant to Support Advancement of Inclusive Schooling

August 3, 2021 by | News

The Thompson Policy Institute on Disability (TPI) has received a new three-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for $784,000. Funding for the Strategic Practices for the Advancement of Inclusive Schooling (SPAIS) grant will support educator preparation programs (EPPs), public charters, and public school districts to improve outcomes for historically marginalized students. Leveraging


SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union Sponsors Community Math Learning Center

July 27, 2021 by | News

SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union has generously awarded $15,000 to support Chapman University’s new Community Math Learning Center. Embedded within the Attallah College of Educational Studies’ Teacher Education program, the Chapman Community Math Learning Center, which integrates teacher education training and community math enrichment, was launched in Spring 2021. Cathery Yeh, Ph.D., the faculty director of the


Immersive Science

July 22, 2021 by | News

Through a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Chapman University is giving two local science teachers a unique research learning opportunity this summer. Two Orange County high school science teachers, Christian Quinteros (MA in Teaching ’20), a physics teacher at Portola High School in Irvine, and Peter Ly, a chemistry teacher at Santa Ana


Part-Time Jobs for Future Teachers and School Employees

July 20, 2021 by | News

Whether you’re an undergraduate or graduate student, one of the best ways to prepare for your dream job is to gain experience in your field, such as through a part-time job or internship. Future teachers, school counselors, and school psychologists should look no further than local schools for work experience. Nearly all public school districts


Thompson Policy Institute on Disability Awarded $500,000 Grant to Further Mission and Expand Services

July 20, 2021 by | News

The William S. and Nancy E. Thompson Family Foundation has awarded an additional $500,000 to Chapman University’s Thompson Policy Institute on Disability (TPI), continuing its support of TPI’s mission to reduce the barriers that limit access to learning, living, and working for individuals with disabilities. The Thompson Family Foundation is a national leader in autism-related


Attallah Alumna Honored with National School Counseling Award

June 22, 2021 by | News

Katerina Sorrell, a 2014 graduate of Chapman University’s MA in School Counseling program in the Attallah College of Educational Studies, has received the 2021 National Certified School Counselor Award by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). NBCC created the NCSC Awards to recognize school counselors’ achievements and help promote the programs they are implementing


Attallah Doctoral Alumna Named Louise M. Berman Fellowship Award Winner

May 18, 2021 by | News

Anne J. Steketee (Ph.D. ’20) has been chosen as the winner of the 2020 Louise M. Berman Fellowship Award, a research fund managed by Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), an international honor society in education. This award will help Dr. Steketee fund the continuation of her doctoral research, “Secondary Traumatic Stress in Teachers and School Communities

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