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Current Issue: November 17, 2003
Volume 39, Number 9

COE invited to join prominent network

By Greg Johnston

A partnership between the UNM College of Education, UNM College of Arts and Sciences and Albuquerque Public Schools has been granted membership into the National Network for Educational Renewal, a Seattle-based, prominent network of teacher preparation institutions and school districts. With the addition of UNM, the network includes 23 national settings.

NNER is highly respected and widely published. The work of the organization is to simultaneously improve the quality of education for citizens and the quality of preparation of educators through partnerships.

For UNM to be accepted into NNER, the application process required that the partnership demonstrate evidence of extensive collaborative work between the two colleges and APS.

Collaborative efforts must promote renewal in each organization to ensure that current students have access to quality teachers. Partnership members must also engage in extensive professional development to familiarize themselves with the Agenda for Education in a Democracy that guides the NNER. The agenda is derived from a large scale study of schools and teacher preparation by John I. Goodard, a Seattle-based researcher.

We are delighted to be selected as partner with APS,” said Viola Florez, UNM College of Education dean. “Our partnership over numerous years has produced many successes, including programs for teacher recruitment, retention and professional development. The education of our students at UNM and the education of students in APS is vital for the future of our community and state.”

 “Through the NNER work, we will tackle the tough issues together and improve education in New Mexico,” said Beth Everitt, superintendent, Albuquerque Public Schools. “The challenges of urban education are too big for one institution to solve.”

“We at UNM are strongly committed to educational outreach across the state to enhance student learning. Membership in NNER is important because this is a group that is dedicated to this kind of work across the country. It is also significant because it recognizes UNM as having a strong collaboration between the schools of Education and Arts and Sciences,” said Reed Dasenbrock, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.