April 29, 2008
For immediate release
In response to a recent request from the UC Office of the President, the Gevirtz School at UC Santa Barbara has prepared a report detailing the full breadth of the school’s efforts to improve the quality of and access to education for all students – from pre-school to graduate school (Pre-K-20). This inventory – featuring 56 distinct programmatic activities – indicates the range and scope of activities that the Gevirtz School faculty and researchers are conducting in the Pre-K-20 arena. The full report can be accessed on line via its executive summary.
In its recently disseminated paper “The University of California Educational Imperative – A collaborative effort to enhance the capacity of California’s K-12 schools,” the UC Office of the President asked all campuses to provide an inventory detailing the UC’s efforts to assist elementary and secondary schools. The Gevirtz’s School response goes beyond this request, expanding our scope to include programs improving education in the crucial pre-kindergarten development period and in the post high school time period, as well. The report shows that 33% of our educational outreach programs target early childhood education.
“The historic land grant mission of the University of California directs us to improve the lives of our state’s citizens through our research, teaching, and public engagement,” Dean Jane Close Conoley says. “Nothing is more important to the future of our state and nation than excellent public schools that are accessible to all the citizens of the state. Our Gevirtz School faculty members are deeply involved with regional school districts as partners in pursuing the goal of a world class education available to every Californian.”
[Jane Close Conoley is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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