International Expert on School Change to Participate in Reforming Schools Institute at

first_imgAddThis Share CONTACT: Michael Cinelli PHONE:(713) 831-4794E-MAIL: [email protected] INTERNATIONAL EXPERT ON SCHOOL CHANGE TO PARTICIPATE IN REFORMING SCHOOLS INSTITUTE AT RICE UNIVERSITY Internationally recognized experton school change Michael Fullan will offer his insights on educational reform tosome 200 teachers and administrators from 56 campuses in the metropolitanHouston area during the third annual Reforming Schools Summer Institute at RiceUniversity.The institute will be held July 20-22 on the Ricecampus.Fullan, dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies inEducation of the University of Toronto, has developed a number of partnershipsdesigned to bring about major school improvement and educational reform. He willspeak in the Grand Hall of the Rice Memorial Center on Tuesday, July 20, at 8:45a.m. He will be available to talk with reporters after his speech.In addition to his keynote address, Fullan will work closelywith groups of principals and meet privately with business, foundation, andeducation leaders during the event.Rounding off the institute program will be Barbara Watkins,a successful reforming school principal in the Chicago Public Schools, and PedroBermudez, who is involved with the Annenberg Reform Movement nationally and atthe Miami, Florida site.Offering the essential community element of school reformwill be Lucretia Coates, an elementary school principal in the Baltimore CityPublic School System. A number of educators from local schools and universitieswill present workshops, participate in roundtable discussions, and facilitatesmall group conversations.”The increasing participation of local presenters indicatesthat Houston’s capacity for reform is growing both in breadth and depth,” saidLinda Clarke, executive director for Houston Annenberg Challenge.Teachers and administrators from seven area schooldistricts—all from Beacon Schools and Lamplighter Networks of Schools which areinvolved in the Houston Annenberg Challenge reform movement—will attend theinstitute.The mission of the Houston Annenberg Challenge is ”topromote an academically rich and purposeful education for more of our childrenand to demonstrate how such an education could become possible for all ourchildren.”Houston was named a national Annenberg reform site in 1997.Over a five-year period, the Houston Annenberg Challenge will distribute $60million in support of local public school reform initiatives. The NationalAnnenberg Challenge awarded Houston $20 million with the provision that localfoundations, businesses, organizations and citizens match the remaining $40million over the allotted time period. The Brown Foundation, Inc. and theGreater Houston Partnership have led the way in their philanthropic support ofthis public education effort.”The Annenberg Challenge, Houston, has worked as a realpartner with the Houston Independent School District to support our mission ofschool improvement,” Clarke said. ”Teachers, principals and districtadministrators now have the opportunity for reflection and dialogue withcolleagues across the city, as well as opportunities to hear national, state andlocal experts share their knowledge of school reform strategies andissues.”The event is sponsored by the Rice University Center forEducation, the Coalition of Essential Schools, and the Houston AnnenbergChallenge, the Rice University Reforming Schools Summer Institute representsboth the heart and lifeblood of school reform work in the metropolitan Houstonarea. ###last_img

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