Campus: Cal Poly, Pomona -- December 22, 1999

RNavarro.gifCal Poly Pomona Educator Selected To Prestigious National Board

Richard Navarro, dean of Cal Poly Pomona's School of Education and Integrative Studies since 1997, has been selected to serve on the board of directors for the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).

Navarro, also a member of the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium's higher education advisory board, was one of 15 new members elected to the NBPTS board at its annual meeting Oct. 21-22 in Washington, D.C.

"Cal Poly Pomona is proud to have Dean Navarro elected to this prestigious board," said Cal Poly Pomona President Bob H. Suzuki. "His experience and expertise will provide a tremendous resource during his tenure on the national board."

A Diamond Bar resident, Navarro spent 14 years in the department of teacher education at Michigan State University before coming to Cal Poly Pomona. During his time at Michigan State, he founded and directed the Julian Samora Research Institute, the first Latino policy research center in the Midwest.

"Richard supports the University's commitment to education for local teachers and students," said Richard Santillan, interim vice president of academic affairs at Cal Poly Pomona. "His election to this board allows him the opportunity to support teachers and student education at a national level."

Locally Navarro's election to the NBPTS board has drawn positive reactions.

"The Claremont faculty is definitely benefiting from the involvement of Cal Poly

Pomona with the National Board," said Joan Presecan, Claremont Unified School District board of education member. "Being a partner with Cal Poly Pomona will ensure our district the very best in professional staff development."

The NBPTS is a nonprofit, nonpartisan and nongovernmental agency governed by a 63-member board of directors, the majority of whom are classroom teachers. Created in 1987, its mission is to establish high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do; to develop and operate a national voluntary system to assess and certify teachers meeting set standards; and to advance related education reforms for the purpose of improving student learning in United States schools.

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