Curriculum Materials Library Gets a New Title

The Curriculum Materials Library is changing its name to the Teacher Development & Resources Library (TDRL).


The Curriculum Materials Library (CML) is changing its name to the Teacher Development & Resources Library (TDRL). Located in the College of Education, the CML is a branch library of the UNLV University Libraries.

With the name change, the library will be updating signage within the library and the Carlson Education Building and updating library and campus print and electronic publications after May 16 and over the summer. All changes are expected to be completed by August so that the name change is in place for the start of the 2016 – 2017 academic year.

The name change better represents the diverse collections within this specialized branch library of the UNLV University Libraries, as it offers a variety of resources that support teachers in the P – 12 arena and education professionals including principals, counselors, and other specialists. In addition to P – 12 Clark County School District textbooks and curricular materials, the Teacher Development & Resources Library has learning and classroom manipulative kits, children’s and young adult literature collections, and features a professional development materials collection for educators. The library also features a teacher preparation lab which is a space where College of Education students and CCSD teachers can experiment with educational technology.

The mission of the UNLV Teacher Development & Resources Library is to support the UNLV College of Education by providing services and P – 12 curriculum materials to students, faculty, and staff as well as P – 12 educators in the Las Vegas community. In 2015, the TDRL was visited close to 90,000 times by its library users, and over 15,000 items from its print collection were used. In addition, unique spaces within the facility, including the computer classroom and group study room, were used over 600 times by the UNLV College of Education students, faculty, and staff.

The Teacher Development & Resources Library is open to the public. Its hours during the academic year (August – May) are: Monday – Thursday, 8 am – 8 pm; Friday, 8 am – 5 pm; and Saturday 9 am – 5 pm. Summer hours are: Monday – Thursday, 9 am – 7pm; and Friday- Saturday 9 am – 5 pm. Hours may change during semester breaks – for complete hours, visit the UNLV Calendar website.

For additional information, contact the Teacher Development & Resources Library at 702-895-3593.

COE Faculty Recipients of University-Wide Faculty Awards

From proposals submitted University-wide, three faculty chosen to receive awards.


The Office of Research and Economic Development announced the recipients of the 2016 Faculty Opportunity Awards. This year 68 proposals were submitted university-wide, of which only 20 were selected to receive awards. Congratulations to three College of Education faculty as 2016 recipients:

COLLABORATIVE INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AWARDS – EMERGING AREAS SEED GRANTS
Dr. Joshua Baker, Educational & Clinical Studies
Dr. Nathan Slife, Educational Psychology & Higher Education
Proposal: “Strategies for Making College Campuses Inclusive: Using Universally Designed Instruction to Assist Students with Intellectual Disability (ID) and Autism”

INDIVIDUAL INVESTIGATOR AWARDS
Dr. Katrina Liu, Teaching & Learning
Proposal: “Where Are Our Teachers of Color? Resilience and Diversity in K-12 Education”

For more information about the Faculty Opportunity Awards visit the UNLV Research & Economic Development site.

Dr. Brittnie Watkins: A Passion for Court Education

UNLV alumnae, Dr. Brittnie Watkins is inspiring tomorrow’s leaders.


Brittnie T. Watkins, Ph.D., Esq. ’14, a dual degree graduate from UNLV’s College of Education, having earned her doctorate in Educational Psychology in 2014 and her Juris doctorate in Law in 2014, is inspiring many of tomorrow’s educational leaders in Nevada law and education. As a graduate of UNLV, Brittnie was active within the university and held offices in many student organizations. She was a member of the Nevada Law Journal, Vice President of the Public Interest Law Association, Marketing Coordinator for the Child Advocacy Law Association, and President of the Black Law Students Association. On top of that, she was awarded the “Outstanding Dissertation Award” for her dissertation titled, “Reducing Court-Related Stress through Court Education: Examining Child Witnesses, Attorneys and Parents.” Brittnie credits her extensive research training within the College of Education and her direct advising for her dissertation success. She acknowledges Dr. Rebecca Nathanson as her Advisor and Mentor and recalls Dr. CarolAnn Kardash as instructing her in cognitive research.

Currently, Brittnie is completing a clerkship with Justice Michael L. Douglas of the Supreme Court of Nevada where she conducts legal research, drafts bench memorandums, and attends oral arguments as a Judicial Law Clerk. Upon completion of her clerkship in August 2016 Brittnie hopes to “Take the next step and get some experience at a law firm and then open up her own firm,” she said.

For additional information about UNLV COE Dual Degree, visit http://education.unlv.edu/ephe/programs/dual-degree/

COE Spotlight: Sukhjit Kaur Narwal

Narwal, a Secondary Education major, views the teaching profession as her way to give back as a mentor and advocate.


Narwal, a College of Education undergraduate Secondary Education major, views the teaching profession as her way to give back as a mentor and advocate to students in Las Vegas, a community where she was born and raised by immigrant parents. She aspires to become a high school English teacher for Clark County School District, where she found great mentorship and acceptance from her English teacher through the magnet program at Clark High School.

Narwal is currently en route to obtain her Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education. She is vice-president of her dance club, a member of Ewalu club, and plans to get involved in the Office of Student Engagement and Diversity. Her favorite class thus far has been in Women’s Studies and sees what she has learned in the course to be very applicable to teaching. Narwal admits, “I’ve never been comfortable talking about gender or class, but taking this course has broadened my knowledge base and I feel more comfortable speaking about these issues.” She adds that she is passionate about fighting the injustices women suffer across the world, including in education.

Narwal currently works for the UNLV/CSUN Preschool as a teacher’s assistant. She enjoys working with children and reports she has learned so much on the job. In her spare time, Narwal volunteers at Jack Daily Elementary School and the Animal Foundation. She stays connected with excellent mentors and advises peers to remain close to their mentors. Narwal looks forward to student teaching and taking courses offered through the College of Education.

For more information on degree programs in secondary education, please go to http://education.unlv.edu/teach/