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April 7, 2001

Presenters Focus on Future of Education at UW-RF

Experts will gather to consider new directions in the field of education at two separate presentations, April 27 and 28 , on the campus of UW-River Falls. The presentations are part of a week-long celebration prior to the inauguration of Chancellor Ann Lydecker on Saturday, April 28. Both sessions are free and open to the public.

"Of all the social issues in the United States, education remains at the top of the list," said Chancellor Lydecker. "People are deeply concerned with ensuring that young people have the best education possible at the K-12 level. They want to know, too, that young people will be successful in their higher education experience. Our presenters for these panels represent the latest thinking about the challenges and opportunities that educators face today."

UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Nancy Zimpher will be the keynote speaker for "Educational Change Through P-16 Partnerships" on Friday, April 27, in the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building at 2 p.m. The presentation is sponsored by the College of Education and Graduate Studies at UW-RF.

P-16 Partnership is an agreement between a pre-school through grade 12 system and a higher education institution, grades 13 to 16, to improve the quality of teachers. Those who train students to teach work closely with the schools, grades pre-school through 12, where future teachers do their field work. The school and the university collaborate to develop the training the students will have.

Zimpher, a distinguished scholar in the field of education, is nationally known for her work with P-16 Partnerships. She will be drawing on her scholarship and her experience, and will lead a panel discussion to bring in the experiences of other individuals.

The panel will include Francine Tompkins, associate professor of education at UW-Green Bay, who is leader of the P-16 Partnership there, and Ron Jetty, instruction and professional development consultant for the Wisconsin Education Association Council,Wisconsinıs largest teacherıs union. The union has been active in promoting P-16 Partnerships.

"Our panelists all specialize in working with others to create initiatives that are more powerful than any one group could achieve alone," said Zimpher. "Those attending our session will receive valuable insight into the challenging task of uniting separate groups for the common good."

Adrian Tinsley, president of Bridgewater State College in Bridgewater, Mass., will be the keynote speaker for the other program, "The Public University in the 21st Century," on Saturday, April 28, in the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building at 8:30 a.m. The presentation is sponsored by the UW-RF Chancellorıs Office.

Said Lydecker, " Public universities are confronting new challenges in the rapidly-changing context of the 21st century as they strive to provide life-long educational opportunities to students. Dr. Tinsley will be joined by higher education leaders from this region in discussing some of the issues they all face on a daily basis. They will also describe strategic approaches being taken nationally and locally to ensure that public higher education will effectively fulfill its mission in the future."

Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen of UW-Stout will act as moderator for a panel of respondents.

The respondents include: President Bill Ihlenfelt, Chippewa Valley Technical College; Chancellor Bill Messner, UW colleges; Chancellor Don Mash, UW-Eau Claire; and Chancellor Kevin Reilly, UW-Extension.

The public is invited to attend both presentations and to participate in the question and answer sessions that will follow them. For more information on "Educational Change Through P-16 Partnerships," contact Professor Mary Manke at 715/425-3774. For more information on "The Public University in the 21st Century," call the UW-RF Chancellorıs Office, 715/425-3202.

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