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Collaborative to sponsor conference on school change

STANFORD -- The Stanford/Schools Collaborative will sponsor a conference on "School Change: What Have We Learned from Research and Practice?" Nov. 20-21, at the Center for Educational Research at Stanford.

The conference will bring together teams from leading Bay Area school change projects - including project staff, researchers, teachers, school administrators and foundation representatives - to explore the unresolved issues of school reform.

Keynote speakers will include education professors Robert Calfee, whose Project Read/Inquiring School project is used in 100 schools across the country; Elizabeth Cohen, creator of the Center for Complex Instruction, a strategy for multilingual classrooms with a wide academic range; and Henry Levin, whose Accelerated Schools program has been praised by President Bush and earned national attention.

Other speakers will include Pete Mesa, superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District and a former assistant superintendent for the state, and Margaret Szabo, who administers California restructuring grants for the State Department of Education.

In addition, participants will discuss other Bay Area projects, such as Alliance for School-Based Change, a program of the Stanford/Schools Collaborative; Coalition of Essential Schools, founded by Theodore Sizer of Brown University; Collaborative for Educational Excellence, a program in the San Francisco Mission District; the Herald Meetings project, which uses teachers' research as a way of bringing about curriculum change; and Restructuring Schools, a project co-sponsored by the San Francisco School District teachers union.

The Stanford/Schools Collaborative is a school- university partnership that brings Bay Area teachers and administrators from public schools together with faculty, researchers and graduate students from Stanford and other universities. The conference is funded by the Hewlett Foundation.

Contact Beverly Carter, director of the Collaborative, at (415) 723-1483 for more information.



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