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Why I chose Pacific Oaks College

November 27, 2019

Alumna and current student Tonya Carline believes her time at Pacific Oaks has strengthened the work she was already doing in the community.

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Child competency begins in infancy

November 26, 2019

For alumna Jill Getto Lee, a RIE parenting class led her to Pacific Oaks and into a career empowering children from birth.

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Teaching children to explore equity

October 31, 2019

Alumna Karina Murillo returned to college in search of ways to bring diversity and equity to the classroom.

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Making experience count

September 30, 2019

一道本不卡免费高清Twenty years after leaving college early, Pacific Oaks College alumna Aubrey Kliaman transformed her life experience into college credit through our Credit for Learning from Experience program, helping her finally earn a degree—or two.

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College applications start in kindergarten conversations

September 04, 2019

一道本不卡免费高清Pacific Oaks alumna starts promoting college in her kindergarten classroom to show children a way to make their dreams come true.

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Bringing the campus experience online

September 03, 2019

一道本不卡免费高清The unique culture Pacific Oaks has worked to develop can be felt far beyond the campus classrooms. It is a culture of community reflected in the online programs, too.

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Making a difference in early childhood education beyond the classroom

August 13, 2019

Alumna Lark Sontag started as the special education expert for preschool teachers, and found a way to share her expertise on a larger scale.

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Rooted in Values

June 07, 2019

一道本不卡免费高清Yoland Treviño, a Marriage & Family Therapy alumna and former board member at Pacific Oaks, brings a unique perspective to education and social justice in America due to her indigenous background.

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Pacific Oaks alumna receives artist spotlight in local news

May 13, 2019

Human Development alumna, Rebecca Maloof, hopes to make the arts more accessible through “wearable works”

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A greater purpose

April 24, 2018

Alumna Denise Smith knew she wanted to do more to help children. The water crisis in her hometown of Flint, Michigan provided the chance to answer the call.

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Journey: 5 steps to a transformation

April 24, 2018

“Journey: 5 Steps to a Transformation” explores five steps to a transformation through realization, exploration, knowledge, action, and actualization. Susan Livingston is the alumna highlight for Voices Spring 2018 issue.

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How Pacific Oaks changed the life of Pasadena’s Stark Spirits owner

March 30, 2018

Stark Spirits distillery co-owner Karen Robinson-Stark reflects on how Pacific Oaks influenced her career path—from childhood development expert to entrepreneur. Discover the “spirit” she found through her work.

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Reading as Science and Art

December 12, 2019

一道本不卡免费高清Catherine Walter, Ed.D., of Pacific Oaks’ School of Education shares her thoughts on a recent op-ed from The New York Times.

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Pacific Oaks College celebrates expansion

December 02, 2019

一道本不卡免费高清To celebrate our expansion into a new adjacent space we commissioned the creation of 10 posters highlighting its dedication to social justice.

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Transition from pre-k to kindergarten with ease

November 26, 2019

Learn more about how to prepare for the transition as your child enters formal school years.

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Early Childhood Education: Bullying in the Classroom

October 31, 2019

Bullying in both the classroom and online is a pervasive issue that spans across several age groups. This article examines ways to keep your students safe.

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Dr. Jack Paduntin’s Inauguration as Pacific Oaks President

October 02, 2019

On Tuesday, October 1, Dr. Jack Paduntin was inaugurated as the 11th president of Pacific Oaks College and Children’s School.

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Course spotlight: Foundations of early childhood education

September 20, 2019

Did you know that child-sized furniture wasn’t widely available or considered until the early 20th century? There are a vast number of things that educational theorists have contributed to the classroom throughout history—which provides an important foundation for teachers.

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Examining California’s affordable housing crisis

September 19, 2019

Faculty in Pacific Oaks Community Psychology program discuss how those working in the field can help address California’s affordable housing crisis.

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Male role models are hard to come by, especially in the classroom

August 28, 2019

Three men who work in education discuss what drew them to the field, the bias they’ve experienced because of their career choice, and how they see the classroom changing.

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Different types of communities in the field of community psychology

August 15, 2019

一道本不卡免费高清How would you define a community? It is important to understand the different types of communities in order to conduct effective research.

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Development techniques for early childhood educators

July 26, 2019

Early childhood education changes children’s lives. Learn different techniques to improve motor, language, and socio-emotional development.   

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A new role model

July 26, 2019

一道本不卡免费高清Pacific Oaks’ College new dean of students, Dave Crafts, is a champion of celebrating identity.

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Three Big Problems Communities are Solving

June 27, 2019

一道本不卡免费高清Community psychology helps address large, societal crises with tangible solutions, like tiny home villages solving homelessness.

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Roundtable Q&A: Big Problems, Little Minds

June 07, 2019

We talked to three members of the Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School community to discover how to talk to our children, from helping them process distressing news, to supporting them through a crisis that may hit close to home.

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Healing a House Divided

June 07, 2019

一道本不卡免费高清Partisan lines are being drawn in the living room and at the dinner table. But it’s never too late to erase them.

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Under the Microscope: Education in America

June 07, 2019

一道本不卡免费高清In America’s schools, teachers know best. It’s time we start listening to them.

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My American Identity

June 07, 2019

Diversity is what makes America great. At a time when the country is increasingly divided, we embrace our differences in perspective.

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Trending: #FightforJustice

April 24, 2018

From pounding the pavement to using hashtags, activists have found a new way to unite.

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A is for access

April 24, 2018

More than half of low-income children enter kindergarten unprepared. When early childhood education is missing, how can teachers fill in the gaps?

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Roundtable Q&A: The new American family

April 24, 2018

According to three Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) professionals from Pacific Oaks College, the expanded mindset of families and relationships have necessitated a notable evolution in the Marriage and Family Therapy program.

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A greater purpose

April 24, 2018

Alumna Denise Smith knew she wanted to do more to help children. The water crisis in her hometown of Flint, Michigan provided the chance to answer the call.

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Journey: 5 steps to a transformation

April 24, 2018

“Journey: 5 Steps to a Transformation” explores five steps to a transformation through realization, exploration, knowledge, action, and actualization. Susan Livingston is the alumna highlight for Voices Spring 2018 issue.

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Lessons for life

April 24, 2018

For nearly 75 years, young minds have been nurtured beneath the trees of Shady Lane. We asked four generations of alumni to share their favorite memories and lasting lessons from their time at the Children’s School.

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Follow the (modern) leader

May 17, 2017

As practices and priorities evolve to meet the demands of the modern business landscape, a new leadership model must also emerge. Leaders with the skills to bring together the bottom line with the common good will be increasingly important.  

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Excursion into empathy

May 17, 2017

Ten days abroad gave Pacific Oaks students a new perspective on the global immigration crisis and a new tool with which to practice their profession: compassion.

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We’re now accepting applications for Study Abroad to Peru

September 03, 2019

一道本不卡免费高清We are now accepting applications for a short-term study abroad course to Peru where students will examine the fundamental concepts of educational research.

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New doctors in the house!

November 13, 2018

The School of Education is thrilled to announce two new doctors in the house: Dr. Beth Chamberlain, Dean of the School of Education, and Dr. Jerell Hill, Administrative Faculty, School of Education.

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Pacific Oaks College Hosts Social Justice Night Awards

November 05, 2018

一道本不卡免费高清Pacific Oaks College held its inaugural Social Justice Night where Lesford Duncan, Pacific Oaks’ first Social Justice Hero was honored

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CARE hosts career fair on PO’s Pasadena Campus

August 01, 2018

On July 21, 2018, CARE hosted a successful career fair on the Pacific Oaks College Pasadena campus.

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President Breen pens letter of support for TIME’S UP movement

January 09, 2018

President Breen, moved by the organization’s commendable actions in addressing systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace, wrote a letter pledging the support of Pacific Oaks to their cause.

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Study abroad in Austria: Now accepting applicants

November 17, 2017

Discover an education unrestricted by geographical boundaries during our Spring semester study abroad program at Krems University, Austria.

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Negative labels may be removed for aspiring educators

November 08, 2017

California’s ESSA State Plan proposes that instructors with intern and preliminary teaching credentials should no longer be labeled as “ineffective teachers.”

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Pacific Oaks College awarded $103,200 grant from The Fletcher Jones Foundation

October 12, 2017

Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School, one of the nation’s leading pioneers in the study of education and human development, will be able to further advance its mission thanks to a $103,200 grant from The Fletcher Jones Foundation.

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President Breen selected as honorary committee member for Pasadena’s Early Learning City Movement

September 04, 2017

President Breen was recently selected to be an Honorary Committee Member for the City of Pasadena and the Office of the Young Child’s “Launch of Pasadena as an Early Learning City.”

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Video recap: Experiencing humanity

August 15, 2017

Pacific Oaks’ students visit Berlin to explore the experience of refugees for the “Immigration in Context” study-abroad course.

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Pacific Oaks develops an adjunct faculty mentoring program

August 15, 2017

In October 2017, Pacific Oaks’ Human Development faculty member Dionne Clabaugh, Ed.D., will be one of the presenters at the University of Mexico’s Mentor Institute Conference, “A Decade of Cultivating an Inclusive Mentoring Community.”

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Pacific Oaks College hosts successful career fair for students and alumni

July 20, 2017

On July 15, 2017, Pacific Oaks College hosted a successful Career Fair on its Pasadena campus. Taking place on a Saturday afternoon from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the event was well-attended, with roughly 80 attendees and 35 recruiters from 18 organizations.

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Join the Pacific Oaks College Alumni Association

January 05, 2018

Join the Pacific Oaks College Alumni Association to network and reconnect with Pacific Oaks. We have added some exciting additional membership benefits.

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Video recap: Experiencing humanity

August 15, 2017

Pacific Oaks’ students visit Berlin to explore the experience of refugees for the “Immigration in Context” study-abroad course.

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Pacific Oaks College: From self-discovery to transformation

March 08, 2017

Recently, we asked several of our students, alumni, and faculty what Pacific Oaks College means to them. It was clear from their answers that they feel a part of a community dedicated to making significant change in the world around them.