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. Jori Beck and Colleagues Receive Funding

Dr. Jori Beck, Principal Investigator and Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, secured $218,323 in funding from the State of Nevada to help reform how the State evaluates educator effectiveness.


Co-Principal Investigators include Drs. Michael McCreery and David Vallett, Assistant Professors in the same department. By securing this grant, Beck and her team hope to improve teaching and learning for teachers and students in Nevada, and yield findings that can help address teacher accountability at the national level.

Of the $2 million appropriated by the State of Nevada for SB 474- referred to as the Great Teaching and Leading Fund (SB 474), $1 million was dedicated specifically to the Next Generation Performance Framework (NEPF). The Great Teaching and Leading Fund was created to incentivize professional development and improvements to the educator pipeline; the NEPF, as one initiative supported by SB 474, is a statewide evaluation system that uses student achievement data to inform teacher and building level administrator effectiveness. The Nevada Department of Education website outlines goals of the NEPF as follows:

  • Foster student learning and growth;
  • Improve educator’s instructional practice;
  • Inform human capital decisions based on a professional growth system; and
  • Engage stakeholders in the continuous improvement and monitoring of a professional growth system.

The grant, entitled “Creation of the Nevada Educator Performance Framework (NEPF) Online Training System,” involves the research team creating a system to facilitate NEPF implementation. This process will include initial training of approximately 260 teachers, administrators, and other education professionals- along with concurrent validation procedures for an evaluation instrument. Beck would like to help ensure that the NEPF is used reliably to help teachers and students make accurate high-stakes decisions. She adds, “all teachers should be constantly reflecting [on their teaching] to ensure that they are improving their practice; that’s good teaching.”

Learn more about about Dr. Jori Beck, Dr. Michael McCreery, or Dr. David Vallett