The College of Education and Integrative Studies is a learning community focused on meeting the present and future needs of students in our communities. We educate students to become highly qualified and significant leaders in our society. We are committed to the principles of diversity, ethics and social justice, and life-long learning. Central to our mission are innovative and integrative thinking, reflective practice, collaborative action, and learning by doing.
Research and Special Projects
International Journal of Teacher Leadership
The International Journal of Teacher Leadership (IJTL) is an online peer-reviewed journal of practice and research in teacher leadership. IJTL will be published once a year. The primary goal of IJTL is to provide both researchers and teachers of education significant sources of information based on recent advances in theory, research, and practice in teacher leadership.
The editors of the International Journal of Teacher Leadership (IJTL) invite you to submit manuscripts regarding teacher leadership issues to be considered for publication in 2012. We welcome submissions from a wide community of practitioners and researchers—from professors, teachers, administrators, leaders, trainers, specialists, and graduate students.
The OPUS Collective is an online, openly accessible, searchable repository of culture-rich, curriculum-linked stories created through digital media. In its completion, the site will include Web 2.0 social technologies such as story ratings, comment fields, storyteller profiles, user-created groups, scripts to embed OPUS stories into other blogs or websites, and the ability to link to stories hosted on other sites such as YouTube. To this end, the word "opus" not only refers to an original creative work, but the acronym also represents the goal of "Offering Perspective Using Storytelling."
The PolyTransfer program is the first of its kind in the CSU system. It is a responsible for increasing transfer student involvement in social and academic settings at Cal Poly Pomona. It provides students with the knowledge and skills for a seamless transition from community college to a four year university.
PolyTransfer students are encouraged to explore their talents and abilities, to set the highest standards for themselves, aspire to academic and personal excellence, to utilize the full range of campus resources and create a community of transfer students. The program encourages and promotes academic achievement and co-curricular involvement by providing transfer students with, collaborative learning workshops, peer mentoring, and summer bridge programs for entering transfer students.
The Critical Turn: Historical and Contemporary Formations in Ethnic Studies
As the final installation of a two-year long program series, “The World in Motion,” The Critical Turn: Historical and Contemporary Formations in Ethnic Studies will examine how both the local and global have reshaped the re/production of knowledge in academia and emergent disciplines such as Ethnic Studies, Women’s Studies, and Cultural Studies. The conference attempts to trace how academia and scholars both responded to and were transformed by the civil rights and decolonization movements in the U.S. and internationally. A case in point is how scholars have been responding to the challenges of the new social order in the field of Ethnic Studies, with the addition of the descriptor of “Critical” to Ethnic Studies. The conference examines the extent to which this qualifier marks an ideological shift and/or rift within the field. What is the significance of this shift and what conflicts underlie it? The conference also examines similar debates that are occurring in other fields as scholars, artists, and activists attempt to map and critically respond to the new and ever changing socio-political terrain.
The School Robotics Initiative
The School Robotics Initiative (SRI) serves a critical need in public schools by promoting elementary-school student interest in careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Since 2006, the SRI has worked with elementary and middle schools in Pomona and Walnut Valley school districts to develop and implement an innovative robotics curriculum that has successfully served over 750 students representing diverse socioeconomic backgrounds and achievement levels. This year alone, SRI schools will serve up to 450 students in grades 4 through 8. During weekly classroom sessions, participating students use LEGO® Mindstorms NXT robotics invention kits to develop expertise in robotics design and construction as well as targeted knowledge and skills in math, science, writing and technology. The curriculum supports emergent mathematical and scientific thinking and has strong ties to the California Common Core Standards for Mathematics, as well as national standards in, science, literacy, and technology.