October 2 , 2007
For immediate release
Dean Jane Conoley of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School addresses U.S. Congressional staff about the University of California’s plan to educate more and better science and math teachers
On Monday, September 24 Dean Jane Close Conoley of the Gevirtz School at UC Santa Barbara, along with colleagues from Purdue University and Vanderbilt University, addressed about 50 U.S. congressional staff about the important role being played in increasing American competitiveness in mathematics and science by colleges and schools of education. The group was part of a contingent of deans from Association of American Universities schools – the top 62 research institutions in the nation – that gathered in Washington, D.C. to address staff associated with the science and education caucuses of both houses of congress.
Dean Conoley’s remarks focused on the role the University of California is playing in increasing the number, quality, and diversity of science and mathematics teachers for California’s secondary schools. Currently many high school classrooms in math and science are being taught by unprepared teachers, under-prepared teachers, or out of field placements. Students in high poverty schools that have traditionally struggled with achievement remain most likely to have teachers who are novices or who were not fully prepared in mathematics or science.
Dean Conoley described the California Teach initiative being pursued by all of the UC campuses and which is co-led by Deans Conoley and Gaines (Mathematical, Life and Physical Sciences Dean) at UC Santa Barbara. Dean Conoley said: “At UC Santa Barbara we have strong collaborations across our colleges and schools of engineering, science, and education. These partnerships are creating new pathways to attract and support students who are majoring in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) into secondary teaching. Financial and academic guidance advantages are being offered to these students to explore careers in education. We are excited about our ambitious goals – to quadruple our development of STEM teachers in five years – and by the new projects that are being created.”
[Jane Close Conoley is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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