SACRAMENTO - Governor Gray Davis has announced the appointment of Richard A. Navarro, dean of Cal Poly Pomona's College of Education & Integrative Studies, to a 12-member Commission on Technology in Learning.
The purpose of the commission is to make policy recommendations to the State Board of Education in such areas as statewide planning for educational technology, including a master plan for its use in elementary and secondary instructional programs; dissemination of technology resources; and guideline development for ongoing comprehensive statewide evaluation of all technology, telecommunications and distance learning programs that affect grades K-12.
Navarro, who has been at Cal Poly Pomona since 1997, is currently on the board of directors for both the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the Pomona Valley Educations Foundation as well as being co-chair of the East San Gabriel Valley Education Consortium.
University President Bob H. Suzuki commended the selection of Navarro and the commission's purpose.
"We are very proud to learn that Richard Navarro has been appointed to this important and prestigious statewide commission," Suzuki said. "Technology today plays a vital role in education, a role that will continue to expand in years to come. Dr. Navarro's personal experience and understanding make him an ideal choice to this commission, which will make decisions to help enhance K-12 education in this state."
A California native, Navarro received his bachelor's degree in humanities at San Francisco's New College of California (1976). He earned a master's degree in educational policy & planning from Harvard ('78) and both a master of arts in anthropology ('83) and a Ph.D. in international development education ('84) from Stanford.
Before coming to Cal Poly Pomona, Navarro served as special assistant to the provost at Stanford in 1994. He also spent 14 years at Michigan State, during which he was the founding director of the Julian Samora Research Institute ('88-'93) and chair and executive director of the Midwest Consortium for Latino Research ('90-'93).
"It is an honor to be invited by Governor Davis to serve on this very important Commission," said Navarro. "He has put California back on track to regain the preeminence it once enjoyed for quality schools. I look forward to contributing to his agenda."
Other commission appointees include Heidi H. Haugen of Davis, a science teacher at Florin High School; John K. Nagata, Agoura, a longtime Los Angeles Unified School District administrator currently on leave from the district; Betty D. Silva, Suisun, secondary library media teacher at Fairfield H.S. and past president of the California School Libraries Association; Moises Torres, Irvine, special assistant to the associate vice president for student academic services for the University of California's Office of the President; and Alice W. Tsou, Cerritos, a teacher at Leal Elementary School.
Commission members do not receive a salary for their service and their positions do not require State Senate confirmation.
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