July 18, 2006
For immediate release
Dean Jane Close Conoley of the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at UC Santa Barbara will address the Goleta Valley Rotary Club at its monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 18 at 12 noon at the Elephant Bar. Dean Conoley, invited to speak to the group by Goleta Union School District Supervisor Kathleen Boomer, will present a talk entitled “The American Dream: Alive, Dead or on Life Support?”
Dean Conoley says about her talk, “The American Dream is in danger of disappearing if we all don't take responsibility for its vitality. We create this uniquely U.S. opportunity – to succeed based on what you do and know, not who you know or your family name – every generation. It is the cornerstone of our identity as a nation.”
Dean Conoley’s talk will argue that our public schools are a highway to the American Dream. She asserts, “Throughout California and the nation heroic leaders have emerged that have transformed failing school enterprises into life enhancing experiences for entire families and communities. Each story is unique, but common model elements are a(n): authentic partnerships with businesses, communities, local universities; unwavering belief that all children can learn; and willingness to demand quality from teachers and work tirelessly to involve parents.”
Rotary Club of Goleta Noontime, California was chartered on December 8, 1987. The club is a member of Rotary International headquartered in Evanston, Illinois, and is part of Rotary International District 5240, which covers Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Kern and Ventura counties, and Westlake Village.
[Interviews with Jane Close Conoley are available; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789.]