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How one dean is ‘schooling’ diverse crowds on social activism

July 15, 2017

Working in the mental health field is a natural progression into social justice work, according to Dr. Donald Grant, associate dean at Pacific Oaks College. A casual glance at the writings from the former science teacher turned social activist confirms his stance.

In-clu-sion: A word from Pacific Oaks

May 17, 2017

n., The action or state of including or of being included within a group or structure. It feels like every day I have another conversation about how the state of our world feels divisive, strange, and somewhat disheartening right now.

The Open School opens minds

March 23, 2017

Imagine attending an elementary or secondary school where the students have as much of a say as the teachers. No more “because I said so,” or a mandatory syllabus, or needing permission to do something as simple as use the restroom.

Response to executive order on immigration

February 01, 2017

Dear Pacific Oaks College and Children’s School Community, I write today to directly address the deeply troubling Executive Order Donald Trump signed on Friday, January 27, 2017, restricting people from seven countries and refugees from entering the United States.

How to become a marriage counselor

January 24, 2017

For those interested in psychology and helping others, a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) can open up a variety of career opportunities.

A guide to teacher education programs in California

January 18, 2017

The teacher education program at Pacific Oaks gives its graduates the tools and knowledge to handle today’s culturally diverse classrooms with dignity and respect for both the teachers and the students.

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Courses involved in obtaining a human development degree

January 18, 2017

Coursework in the human development degree program is comprised of learning to understand the often complex issues that people deal with throughout a lifetime.

How to become an elementary school teacher in California

January 18, 2017

Take a look at what is required to become an elementary school teacher in California, and how an online teaching credential can help.

How to get your M.A. in Early Childhood Education

January 18, 2017

Obtaining an M.A. Early Childhood Education degree can be a challenging, but worthwhile, task. Find out how.

Jobs for marriage and family therapy: African-American studies graduates

November 18, 2016

Career options for a Master’s in African American studies degree.

Teacher credentialing requirements in California

November 12, 2016

If you are interested in becoming a teacher in the state of California, it is important that you understand all of the requirements for teacher credentialing in order to ensure the process flows as smoothly as possible.

How to get an M.A. in Human Development

November 02, 2016

The human development master’s degree program is intended for those who wish to become administrators, program directors, and case managers.

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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.

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.

Roundtable Q&A: Wearing intelligence on your sleeve

May 17, 2017

Put your emotions aside so you can think clearly” is common advice we still hear today. But another line of thinking has emerged in the last couple decades—that wisdom and clarity can also stem from having a positive and productive emotional investment in your family members, co-workers, projects, and yourself.

How a helping hand created a humanitarian

May 10, 2017

Meet the Pacific Oaks College alumnus whose personal experience fleeing Vietnam as a child refugee inspired him to become a mentor and advocate for those experiencing homelessness.

Global citizen

November 08, 2016

On November 22, 1963, a 13-year-old Patricia Breen woke up in Tokyo to news she would never forget. President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated in Dallas. Within minutes, word spread across the globe—all the way to the American Embassy where her father was stationed.

A few good families

November 08, 2016

Margie Young was an infant when her father, Robert “Bob” Young, got together with six local families in Pasadena to found a children’s school unlike any other. Her father was a Quaker. Some of the other families were not.

The invaluable lessons of service

November 07, 2016

For more than seven decades, Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School has fostered a culture of social justice through volunteerism and community service—extending its core values from the Pasadena community to as far as villages in South Africa.


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Pacific Oaks and Fuller partner for immigration reform discussion

June 21, 2017

Pacific Oaks College and Fuller Theological Seminary recently co-hosted an “Immigration Rights & Mental Health Care” forum for the greater Pasadena community.

Pacific Oaks College solidifies roots in northwest Pasadena with property purchase

June 05, 2017

The social justice-centered college further commits to impacting the economically diverse population of the city.

Pacific Oaks appoints new executive director for Pacific Oaks Children’s School

May 17, 2017

Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School (PO) announces the appointment of Robert Boyman as Executive Director of Pacific Oaks Children’s School.

PO faculty present on trauma-informed care at the 2017 World Forum in New Zealand

May 11, 2017

Pacific Oaks College faculty, ReGena M. Booze, Ph.D., Core Faculty for the School of Human Development, and Yolanda Carlos, Core Faculty for the School of Education, recently presented at the 2017 World Forum on Early Care and Education in Auckland, New Zealand.

Pacific Oaks College and affiliate school faculty to lead training on intergenerational trauma in South Africa

March 27, 2017

Pacific Oaks College faculty, Dr. Bree Davis, Ph.D., Associate Dean, School of Cultural and Family Psychology, and Dr. Rebecca Rojas, Ph.D., will be heading to South Africa to lead a weeklong training on intergenerational trauma.

PO College and Children’s School honor Gretchen Brooke’s legacy with memorial scholarship

January 27, 2017

Pacific Oaks College (PO) announced the Gretchen Brooke Memorial Scholarship in fall 2016, a merit scholarship awarded to eligible Northern California-based students who exemplify the values of PO.

Pacific Oaks College announces grand opening of San Jose Campus

October 10, 2016

After years of instructional cohorts in Northern California, Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School (PO) announces the grand opening of a new branch campus based in San Jose, Calif.

Pacific Oaks College announces Dolores Huerta as commencement speaker

April 01, 2016

Pasadena, Calif.– April 1, 2016: The 56th Commencement Ceremony of Pacific Oaks College will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium with a commencement address by Dolores Huerta, labor activist and co-founder of United Farm Workers.

Pacific Oaks College announces Marcia Bankirer as dean of new San Jose Campus

March 11, 2016

Pacific Oaks College announced the installation of a new Dean, Marcia Bankirer, Ph.D. to their newly established branch in San Jose, Calif. located at 1245 S. Winchester Blvd.

Terry Ratcliff, Ed.D., named Pacific Oaks College’s Dean of Academic Affairs

March 01, 2016

Pacific Oaks College proudly welcomed Terry Ratcliff, Ed.D. as Dean of Academic Affairs. Dr. Ratcliff comes to Pacific Oaks with over thirty years of experience in the field of higher education.

Dr. Patricia Ann Breen inaugurated as 10th president of POC

October 07, 2015

Pasadena, Calif. — Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School (POC) proudly celebrated the inauguration of its 10th President, Dr. Patricia A. Breen, on Friday, Oct. 2, at Pasadena’s historic Castle Green.

Pacific Oaks College and Children’s School welcomes its 10th president

June 18, 2015

Pasadena, Calif. – On June 1, lifelong educator, previous TCS Education System (TCS Ed System) senior executive, and current provost of Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School, Dr. Patricia A. Breen took the helm of an institution she fell in love with years ago, officially assuming her new role as its 10th president.


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Lucy Clark: The epitome of a Pacific Oaks College graduate invested in social justice

March 08, 2017

Lucy Clark grew up in the 1940s and 1950s in West Texas. She was a bright, inquisitive teen who was encouraged by her biology teacher to pursue math and science as a career.


January 24, 2017

Myriam Avery built on her Pacific Oaks College master’s thesis to open an international adoption agency. Today, this proud alumna is bringing hope to children who wait around the globe for a family to call their own.

World view

January 24, 2017

As Pacific Oaks College’s first student to study abroad in South Africa, recent graduate Paula Swearingen reflects on how the experience prepared her for her current role in early childhood education.

STEM champion

January 24, 2017

Pacific Oaks alumna Susan Wood lives her mission delivering science, technology, engineering, and math curriculum in early childhood education settings.

Quinn Hunter McGonagle, Pacific Oaks Children’s School alumna

January 17, 2017

As an alumna of the Children’s School, what would you describe as some of your best memories there?

Dr. Andrew Kami, M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy, Class of 2008

January 17, 2017

Tell me a little about what led to your decision to get a master’s degree from Pacific Oaks.

Heaven Cisse at Pacific Oaks

Community connector

November 02, 2016

Pacific Oaks College alumna Heaven Cisse received valuable hands-on practicum experience while finishing a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. Within days of graduation, the agency offered her a full-time job.

Byron Flitsch

Top teacher

November 02, 2016

Pacific Oaks College alumnus and recent “Teacher of the Year” award winner Byron Flitsch combines his fun-loving zest for life and early childhood education training to inspire his students to love writing.

Identity factor: Sharon Chang, M.A.

November 02, 2016

Pacific Oaks’ Alum Sharon Chang helps others address the complex questions that race and ethnicity pose in the U.S. today.


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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.