Dr. Jeff Shih Named Associate Vice President of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators

Congratulations to Teaching & Learning Associate Professor Dr. Jeff Shih for being named Associate Vice President & 2018-19 Chair of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE).

As the largest professional organization devoted to the improvement of mathematics teacher education, AMTE includes over 1,000 members devoted to the preservice education and professional development of K-12 teachers of mathematics.

The organization’s goals are:

  • Effective mathematics teacher education programs and practices;
  • Communication and collaboration among those involved in mathematics teacher education;
  • Research and other scholarly endeavors related to mathematics teacher education;
  • Professional growth of mathematics teacher educators;
  • Effective policies and practices related to mathematics teacher education at all levels; and
  • Equitable practices in mathematics teacher education, including increasing the diversity of mathematics teachers and teacher educators.

Holmes Scholar of the Month: Eboni Caridine

By  | Originally posted on AACTE Ed Prep Matters

Congratulations to Eboni Caridine, Holmes Scholar of the Month for December 2017!

Caridine is a doctoral candidate in the Ph.D. program in higher education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Her research interests include undergraduate student involvement in campus governance processes, community-based organizations and their partnerships with postsecondary institutions, and racial equality in education.

At UNLV, Caridine has taught several first- and second-year seminar courses for the College of Education and served as a graduate assistant with CREA (Center for Research, Evaluation, and Assessment), where her responsibilities included assisting the team with evaluating school reform programs in the state of Nevada.

She currently works for the Nevada Department of Education, where her primary duty is to monitor implementation efforts of the Nevada Educator Performance Framework for teachers, school administrators, and seven other licensed educational professional groups in the state.

Caridine has spoken at several conferences on the importance of higher education and serves as an independent educational consultant for her community. She is very active with her church and is currently spearheading a mentoring program at a middle school in North Las Vegas. She presented her research in 2016 at the University of New Mexico’s Mentoring Institute and the 2017 AACTE Annual Meeting Holmes Scholars session, and she is currently coauthoring a book chapter on macroaggressions.

Caridine holds a B.A. in sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a master’s in instructional leadership and policy studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a master’s in management from Robert Morris University in Chicago.

Known for advising youth to stand up for what they believe, even if they find themselves standing alone, Caridine exemplifies the principles and mission of the Holmes Program.

To nominate a Scholar of the Month, complete this form.

Student Abroad Spotlight: Tiffany Hilk

By Daniel Mendoza, M.S. • November 2, 2017

In the Fall of 2016 President Len Jessup described the distinctive characteristics of UNLV. Rebels are Different, Daring, and Diverse. Our students exude these attributes in several different ways across campus, in the community, and across the globe.  College of Education’s Tiffany Hilk, an Elementary Education major is currently in Galway, Ireland completing her final graduation requirement of Student Teaching.

Kylemore Abbey. “This photo is a little deceiving because it had just stopped pouring rain and we had to get back on the bus to go home, so this is probably the only photo I managed to get of Kylemore Abbey clearly. They’re currently trying to preserve the Abbey so that’s why half of it is covered in scaffolding.”

Student Teaching is the final semester for the College of Education teaching preparation majors. During this semester, students apply all that they have learned in their classes, projects and practicums while taking the lead role in a classroom and running it as their own.

We will be getting updates from Tiffany throughout her time in Ireland while she completes Student Teaching. In the Meantime, have a look at why she decided to go abroad.

Where did you grow up?

I was born in Northern California but raised in Las Vegas since I was two. I graduated from Clark High School in 2012, funny enough for their Academy of Math, Science and Technology program and not their T.E.A.C.H program.

What inspired you to become a teacher?

I have always loved learning and going to school. My goal when I return home is to get a job teaching in Clark County School District. I grew up in the city and I am going to help it to continue to grow. I also want to pursue my Master’s degree at UNLV.

What or who inspired you to Study Abroad?

I wanted to Student Teach abroad to challenge myself to gain a new perspective of the world by experiencing different cultures. I wanted to immerse myself in another culture to experience what challenges a new student could possibly face when moving to a new country. I want to see the diversity within education so that I can find the best possible methods to use within my classroom.  I hope to get a better understanding of various teaching methods and experience different cultures. This is my first international solo trip without my family and let me tell you it is hard because I have such a close knit family. I am very lucky they are supportive of my goals and aspirations. I talk to my family every day.

Why Ireland?

Tiffany at The Cliffs of Moher
“This day was probably the warmest day we had in Ireland. The views here are so surreal and exhilarating. I always wanted to visit the cliffs and let me tell you it did not disappoint.”

Ireland was actually my second choice. My first choice was England but due to some technical issues, I was not allowed to go. I was given the opportunity to come to Ireland instead and I jumped on it! I literally had two weeks to get everything together before I left for Ireland. I now get to share the experience with four other women who are also doing student teaching here. In England I would have been alone, but here we all have each other. Ireland is such a beautiful country with so much to offer. I am so glad I was able to come.

What has surprised you the most about Ireland in your first week?

It may seem weird but it would probably have to be how silent the rain is here. It could be sunny outside but when you look out the window and focus, you can see the rain. It is like a mist at times and other times it can be raining very aggressively.

Name three things you could NOT leave home without?

I would not leave home without a good book, multi-weather coat and my phone. There are a ton of things that I wanted to bring with me on this trip but when you are limited to a fifty pound bag and a carry-on bag, you quickly realize what is important to you.

Any tips for student thinking about studying abroad?

My biggest tip for students thinking about studying abroad is to do your research and be flexible. Know what you are getting yourself into. This is a big choice but if you decide to do it you will find it is going to be one of the best experiences you have.  

For more information about international student teaching, visit our website.

Developing Leaders Who Transform School Communities

Along with the challenges that accompany keeping a school functioning day-to-day, school principals and administrators must also be equipped to tackle the many issues they’ll face in PK-12 schools in the 21st century—such as combating poor attendance or test scores, effectively educating English language learners, or addressing behavioral problems.

The Educational Policy and Leadership (EPL) program is designed to develop educational leaders who understand the urban environment and the community in which schools exist. Program participants receive a firm foundation of knowledge and skills needed to meet the demands and expectations of school administrators—all within a systems approach for transforming schools within an urban community. In addition, program curriculum is based on the Nevada Educator Performance Framework and Standards for School Administrators. Thus, program participants learn content and develop skills that are expected of their performance as entry-level administrators.

“The talent coming from this program is exceptional,” Dr. Mike Barton, Clark County School District’s (CCSD) chief academic officer said. “I see first-hand that these candidates are well prepared—they think differently, they know how to tackle complex problems facing schools and education, and they keep an instructional leadership focus as they get into their new roles.”

Crucial to this program is the opportunity to put theory into practice with hands-on field experiences within operational schools. During their 36 semester hours of coursework, EPL students are embedded in local schools, where they work with mentor principals to research issues that occur within their school. After cataloguing existing resources available to combat the issue, students then create and implement programs to spur improvements. And the results? They often have impacts that reach far beyond an individual school. As of October 2017, EPL program students and graduates have created 54 school-based intervention projects that impact anywhere from nine to 640 students at each school.

Enrolled students also have the opportunity to learn from and build a network of connections with current, high ranking administrators and employees at the CCSD and other Nevada agencies. The partnership element between UNLV, CCSD, and the Las Vegas community is a key element to the success of the EPL program. Cory Garr, a secondary education teacher in CCSD and EPL student explains that the leaders he’s taken classes from will be the people he calls on when he has questions in his future role as a dean of students. “It’s an incredible opportunity to learn from the administrators who know CCSD inside and out… But what’s really valuable is that when they see me in meetings or around town, they know me by name now,” Garr said.

Welcoming its third cohort of students in January 2017, the Educational Policy and Leadership program continues to grow, simultaneously creating opportunities for graduates while filling much-needed vacancies in administrative roles across the Clark County School District and the state.

For more information on the EPL program, or to apply, visit