Contemporary Topics in Education

Understanding the Need

The Contemporary Topics in Education Pathway is designed to support Fellows as they enter a complex educational landscape. Fellows are provided an opportunity to explore the intersectionality of communities, families, and students.

About the Pathway

In collaboration with Nevada State College and the University of Nevada Reno, Fellows engaged in the following over the 2022-23 academic year: 

Fellows developed an expertise in an area of self-selected interest regarding a contemporary topic in education

Fellows Investigated the national, state, and local impact

Fellows worked in collaborative groups with Fellows and university mentors

Fellows developed and implemented an action plan for specific and meaningful ways to move Nevada forward


Increased knowledge of contemporary issues in education impacting minoritized populations

Identified statewide collaborative partnerships and resources

Developed the skills to center the voices of the community, families, and students they serve

Foster skills to become communicative partners and change agents


Heather Van Ness

NIEPRR EEP Lead, UNLV & Assistant Professor in Residence

This EEP was made possible thanks to community partnerships as well as generous funding from the Nevada Department of Education to support the Nevada Institute on Educator Preparation (NITEP) and the Nevada Institute on Educator Preparation, Retention, & Research (NIEPRR).