December 27, 2007
For immediate release
UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz Graduate School of Education and the Division of Social Sciences present “Policy Goes to School: Promoting Pre-K through Graduate School Educational Success” on Friday, January 11, 8:30 am – 1 pm, UCSB Corwin Pavilion. This event will feature panel discussions composed of an interdisciplinary team of distinguished UCSB faculty, along with local, regional, and state level policy makers. These panels will highlight challenges that face our public schools and how we can best promote policy that produces positive changes. The luncheon speaker will be Dr. Roslyn Arlin Mickelson, Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Her talk is titled “Diversity, School Choice, and Opportunities to Learn Math and Science: Policy Changes in a Post-Seattle and Louisville Legal Landscape.”
This symposium will be the first of what will become an annual summit that brings together educational research and educational practice with the goal of ending the achievement gap and providing equitable and excellent education to all. Topics examined will include the process of moving from research to policy to practice, how districts collect data and react to policy, and how best to strengthen connections between the schoolroom and the statehouse.
“We are delighted to be launching this new series,” says Jane Close Conoley, Dean and Professor of the Gevirtz School. “I look forward to an authentic conversation between panelists and our audience. The process of making and implementing evidence-based educational policy that actually supports quality teaching and student success is very complex, difficult, and open to competing political and economic agendas.”
Panelists include Congresswoman Lois Capps (CA-23rd District), Jane Close Conoley, Dean of the Gevirtz School, Melvin L. Oliver, Dean of the Division of Social Sciences, Kathy Boomer, Superintendent of the Goleta School District, Paul Cordeiro, Superintendent of the Carpinteria School District, Delaine Easton, Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership at Mills College, Lorraine McDonnell, UCSB Professor of Political Science, and Russell Rumberger, Rebecca Zwick, and John Yun, all professors in the Gevirtz School.
The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. To reserve a space, contact Suzanne Oliver, Gevirtz School Director of Community Relations at 805.893.2460 or soliverATeducation.ucsb.edu
[Suzanne Oliver is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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