Campus: CSU, Los Angeles -- October 14, 1999

School District Leaders from Long Beach and L.A. to be Honored as Cal State L.A. Distinguished Educators

On Thursday, November 4, 1999, the Friends of the Charter School of Education at California State University, Los Angeles will honor Carl Cohn and Ron Prescott at the tenth annual Distinguished Educator Award Dinner. The honorees represent the Long Beach and Los Angeles school districts, respectively. The prestigious awards are presented annually to recognize leaders in the field of education whose lives and careers have made a difference for students in the public schools. The event, to be held at the Almansor Court Restaurant in Alhambra, will begin with a reception at 5 p.m. followed by a dinner at 6 p.m.

Carl Cohn is the superintendent of the 90,000-student Long Beach Unified School District. Under his leadership, the district has implemented systematic reform measures in areas such as school uniforms, K-3 literacy, 8th grade exit standards, integrated technology and seamless education. He has discussed the school system's successes on the Today Show, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, CNN Headline News, PBS and National Public Radio.

In 1996, Cohn participated in the White House Conference in Youth Drug Use and Violence. At that forum, he joined President Clinton and Vice-President Gore in discussing local initiatives that are making a difference in reducing youth violence. Cohn taught politics of education at the University of Pittsburgh and, at the same time, served as a consultant for the Tri-State School Study Council and the Race Desegregation Assistance Center. During a six-year tenure at Long Beach Polytechnic High School in the '70s, he was active in student and community affairs, playing a key role on the Poly Community Interracial Committee and winning the PTA Honorary Service Award.

Cohn attended St. John's College in Camarillo, California where he received a bachelor's degree in philosophy. He completed his master's degree in counseling at Chapman University and his doctorate in urban educational policy and planning at UCLA.

Ron Prescott is a deputy superintendent in the Los Angeles Unified School District. He is responsible for the offices of Government Relations and Legislation, Grants Assistance, Policy Research and Development, School Utilization, Student Auxiliary Services, LA's BEST, Partnerships and Adopt-A-School, Parent Community Services, and Public Affairs.

Prescott is currently serving as a board member of Policy Analysis in California Education, is a consultant for the Council of the Great City Schools, and a member of the Association of California School Administrators. He was selected by the California Legislature as one of Sacramento's top 15 lobbyists-the first such award given to a public-agency representative. For this, the California Journal featured him in the cover story, September 1978. He has also been recognized for his leadership in the initiation, development and implementation of Title I programs. Prescott has been an instructor at Mount St. Mary's College and an adjunct professor at USC, teaching Urban Education, as part of the University's master's degree program.

Prescott received his bachelor's and master's degrees in Education from Cal State L.A. He also holds credentials in general elementary education, general secondary education and general school administration, as well as a certificate in the sociology of school integration.

The Friends of the Charter School of Education is a support group of alumni, educators and community members whose principal objectives are to give scholarship assistance to men and women enrolled in the University's Charter School of Education and to support other activities of the School. These scholarships assist future educators who will be teaching and providing educational opportunities for children. All proceeds from the Award Dinner will go to support the Friends' Scholarship Endowment and Faculty Development funds.

For an invitation or information regarding the Distinguished Educators Award Dinner, call the Cal State L.A. Charter School of Education Development Office at (323) 343-4446.

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