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Student Research

Master's and doctoral students at the Mills College School of Education engage in research on a broad variety of topics during and after their program. Faculty work closely with students and alumnae/i to support them in the publication of their research findings. Below are examples of some of the critical issues Mills students have addressed.

Research Project: Students of Color in the Classroom
Terry Pollack has most recently been visiting assistant professor in the Mills College School of Education, where she earned a master's degree in 2007 and a doctorate in education in 2009. Prior to that, Terry served as assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at San José State University and as a lecturer at Mills College. Terry also has nearly 20 years of experience as a public elementary school teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her article takes a close look at everyday teacher talk about students of color in their classrooms. Read article »

Research Project: Developing Urban Teachers of Color
Rachelle Rogers-Ard is the manager of the talent acquisition team within the Oakland Unified School District where she oversees Teach Tomorrow in Oakland (TTO), a federally funded initiative designed to recruit and retain local, permanent teachers who reflect the diversity of Oakland's children. A lifelong Oakland resident, Rachelle earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Holy Names University, and a doctorate in education from Mills College in 2007. Before that, Rachelle taught for 10 years at Castlemont High School in Oakland and then was the artistic and education director for the Oakland Youth Chorus. Rachelle has been a visiting professor at Mills College, Holy Names University, Sonoma State University, and the University of San Francisco. Her article describes the strategies TTO uses to recruit and retain teachers of color from Oakland for the Oakland Unified School District. Read article »

Research Project: Finding Funds of Knowledge for Ethical Teaching
Sarah Sugarman is currently the second- and third-grade head teacher at the Mills College Children's School. Prior to that, Sarah taught second and third grade at Aspire Monarch Academy in Oakland. After obtaining her teaching credential at Mills in 2005, Sarah earned her master's degree in education with an emphasis in teaching (MEET) at Mills in 2009 and went on to publish an article based on one of her master's projects. Her research on funds of knowledge deeply influences her work at the Children's School, where she continues to teach with an inquiry stance. In this article, Sarah describes her study of a second grader in order to understand the many strengths and resources he brings to school. Sarah's description stands in contrast to the deficit language often used to describe children in high-poverty schools. Read article »

Last Updated: 6/9/17