Campus: CPSU, San Luis Obispo -- November 29, 1999

Retired Educators Establish $125,000 Trust to Benefit University Center for Teacher Education

Lee and Allyn Arnold of Cayucos, retired Los Angeles-area educators, have created a planned gift that will benefit Cal Poly's University Center for Teacher Education (UCTE) and advance the center's hands-on approach to teacher education.

"We are extremely gratified by the Arnolds' generous gift to the UCTE," said Susan Roper, director of the center. "Their contribution is by far the largest gift the education programs at Cal Poly have received.

"As retired educators, Allyn and Lee endorse the University Center for Teacher Education approach to field-based teacher preparation and support the UCTE's many partnerships with schools," Roper said.

Their gift, established as a charitable remainder trust, creates a future gift for the UCTE while generating current tax and financial benefits for the Arnolds.

The UCTE has reshaped the way teachers are educated at Cal Poly, giving student teachers as much actual classroom experience as possible.

The center works to improve teacher education by also improving local schools. It also actively collaborates with local public schools in order to foster "simultaneous renewal."

The UCTE offers coursework leading to multiple-subject (elementary school) credentials and single-subject (secondary school) credentials in agriculture, English, home economics, mathematics, physical education, science and social science. Specialist credentials include administration, agriculture, pupil personnel services, reading and special education. Master's degrees in education are offered in tandem with a special credential or with a focus on curriculum and instruction.

For more information about the gift or the UCTE, call Carol Barnes at 756-5934.

For information about planned gifts, contact Mike McCall, director of planned giving at Cal Poly, at 756-7106.

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