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Are young people prepared for life after
Students, teachers, parents, policymakers and others will
examine the question of how well California’s schools are preparing young
people for life after high school during the 18th annual Envisioning California
Conference Sept. 21 and 22 at the Sacramento Convention Center.
The conference will focus on critical issues facing California’s high
schools such as retention rates among African Americans and Latinos, California’s
high school exit exam and innovative ideas in career preparation. Participants
will work to propose solutions to problems and determine outcomes to move high
schools and the state forward in the global economy.
The conference is presented by the Center for California Studies at Sacramento
State and the Center for Southern California Studies at California State University,
California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell will
present the opening keynote address on Thursday evening, Sept. 21.
Other speakers scheduled to appear include James Lanich, president of the California
Business for Education Excellence; California state senator Deborah Oritz, chair
of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee; Joe Nunez, a member of the
state Board of Education; Ting L. Sun, senior education advisor for the California
Charter Schools Association; Linda Darling-Hammond, co-director of the School
Redesign Network at Stanford University; Granger Ward, California state director
of Advancement Via Individual Determination, (AVID), Jill Tucker, an education
writer at the San Francisco Chronicle and Brian Coaxum, a graduate of Elk Grove’s
Franklin High School and current sophomore at UC Merced who has frequently addressed
the California Legislature on issues facing high school students.
Panel sessions will include such topics as “Retention Rates: Why Are so
Many Young Men Disappearing from Our Schools?”, “Improving Teacher
Education for Pupil Success,” and “A-G (the state’s academic
subject requirements): Is College Prep for Everyone?”
The conference also will include the 12th annual California Journalism Awards,
co-sponsored by the Center for California Studies and the Sacramento Press Club.
The awards, which honor excellence in media coverage of state government and
politics, will be presented on Friday, Sept. 22 at lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m.
and include a discussion with California education reporters.
Registration is $105 if postmarked by Sept. 8 and $125 after. Registration also
is available for specific days or events. Educators, Capital Fellow alumni and
students with ID receive a substantial discount. Students also may attend panels
at no cost.
For more information, visit www.csus.edu/calst
or call the Center for California Studies at (916) 278-6906. Additional media
assistance is available from Sacramento State Public Affairs at (916) 278-6156.
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