Campus: CSU, Long Beach -- June 12, 2001

Jeffords Among Top Education Leaders to Take Part In Conference at Cal State Long Beach June 19-22

Some of the nation's top education leaders, including U.S. Senator James M. Jeffords of Vermont, will converge on Cal State Long Beach as the university hosts it second California K-16 Partnerships and Student Success Conference June 19-22.

Jeffords' address on June 22 will be his first on education since switching his party affiliation from Republican to independent, a decision that recently gave Democrats control of the Senate. A member and former chair of the Senate's Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Jeffords will discuss national education issues and trends.

Focusing on partnerships between public schools and higher education as a strategy to raise student achievement, the conference will bring together K-12 teachers and administrators, policy makers and higher education faculty and leaders to discuss collaborative strategies to promote success for all students.

In addition to Jeffords, keynote speakers for the conference will include Tony Alverado, chancellor of instruction for the San Diego School District who will talk about "High Performing, Low-Income Schools," and Pedro Noguera from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, who will speak on "Building School University Partnerships to Promote Equity and Access."

Other keynote addresses will be delivered by Kerry Mazzoni, California secretary of education who will discuss "Sharing Responsibility for Students' Achievement," and Mary Ellen Vogt, professor of education at Cal State Long Beach who will lecture on "Improving Reading

Comprehension in the Secondary Schools."

Other prominent guests at the four-day event will include California Superintendent of

Schools Delaine Eastin; California State University Chancellor Charles Reed; Tom Nussbaum, chancellor of the California Community Colleges System; Warren H. Fox, executive director of the California Post Secondary Education Commission; and Dennis Galligani, associate vice president, academic student services, for the University of California.

Also presenting at the conference will be Jane Green, developer of the widely used reading program Language!, Bonnie Sunstein, author of "Composing a Culture and Fieldworking"; Michael Carr, teacher and developer of technology-based reading programs for middle school students.

The conference themes include student achievement, equity and access to higher education

and K-16 partnerships. Several pre-conference events will be held on Tuesday, June 19, including a workshop with reading experts and a session on after-school learning programs.

The registration fee is $65 for those attending the conference as part of a K-16 team and $100 for attendees not part of a K-16 team.

For more information about the Second California K-16 Partnership and Student Success Conference, call 562/985-4546 or view the web site at

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