Lending a Helping Hand through NvLEND

Doctoral student Stephanie Devine becomes a trainee of the Nevada Leadership Education in Neuro-developmental and Related Disabilities (NvLEND).


Over the next 10 months, Stephanie Devine, doctoral student in the Department of Educational and Clinical Studies, will train with 13 other individuals from across the State of Nevada on issues related to special education and disability issues. Devine was selected after a competitive application process, and she is excited to work with what she cites as the best training in the State of Nevada on these issues.

Devine received a bachelor’s degree in English from California Lutheran University in 1998 and a master’s degree in Special Education from University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) in 2009. She worked for the Clark County School District as a special education teacher, specializing in Intellectual Disabilities and Autism for seven years. Currently, Devine is working on a doctoral degree in Special Education at UNLV as well as serving as a Visiting Lecturer in the College of Education.

Moving Science Education Forward

Dr. David Vallett, Assistant Professor in Teaching & Learning, has received a $315,000 award to increase awareness and knowledge of the Nevada Academic Content Standards for Sciences.


Dr. David Vallett, Assistant Professor in Teaching & Learning, has received a $315,000 award from the Nevada Department of Education Math Science Partnership 2016-2017 grant program entitled: “Moving All Nevada Teachers through Awareness of the NVACSS (MANTA).”

Vallett serves as the Principal Invenstigator, and Dr. Hasan Deniz, Associate Professor in the same department, is an evaluator for the project. Vallett has partnered with eight other leadership team members at the University of Nevada-Reno (UNR), within Clark County School District (CCSD), and with Southern Nevada’s Regional Professional Development Program (RPDP).

Led by UNLV, and partnered with UNR, CCSD, and the RPDPs statewide, Moving All Nevada Teachers through Awareness of the Nevada Academic Content Standards for Science (NVACSS) (MANTA) is a multi-institutional project in science education with the primary goal of raising awareness and familiarity with the NVACSS statewide through the development of a cadre of teacher leaders, who will then develop and present workshops to teachers in their districts and regions. The 96 person teacher leader cadre will complete a 50-hour institute on the NVACSS and peer leadership delivered by higher education faculty and teacher educators from across the state. Through a partnership with PCG and Dr. Richard Vineyard, all science teachers statewide will participate in Pepper, an online module outlining the NVACSS. Additionally, NV science teachers will have the opportunity to take part in up to 20 hours of teacher leader delivered workshops along either an awareness or implementation track, depending on their level of experience with the NVACSS.

Dr. Michael Nussbaum Elected President APA Division

Dr. Michael Nussbaum, College of Education Professor, elected President-Elect of Division 15 of the American Psychological Association.


Dr. Nussbaum (Professor, Educational Psychology and Higher Education) has been elected President-Elect of Division 15 (Educational Psychology) of the American Psychological Association, and will serve as president in 2017-18. The mission of the division is to expand and apply psychological knowledge and theory relevant to education and promote joint action with others having similar purposes in educational reform. APA is also active in the policy arena, and Michael plans to draw upon both his policy and psychology background as president.

New UNLV Student Organization for Scholarly Writing

Dr. Margarita Huerta and students have founded a chapter to support students interested in academic writing.


SAA is a UNLV-registered student organization of individuals who meet together to support one another with scholarly writing. SAA provides resources and networking opportunities, and allows students to share experiences of navigating through novice academic writing. The goal of SAA is to maximize quality and production of scholarly writing for UNLV students.

2016-17 SAA Meetings:

  • September 2 at 2pm in the Student Union Room 224
  • October 7
  • November 4
  • December 2
  • February 3
  • March 3
  • April 7
  • May 5

For more information, contact Kristin Withey or visit their Facebook page.