Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Delivering a Keynote Address next week on Sept. 3, 2014 at Rice University's 50th anniversary of the Teacher Education Program

--> Friends,I am extremely honored to have been asked to deliver a keynote address next week in Houston at Rice University as part of the 50th anniversary commemoration of its Teacher Education Program on September 3rd in the Anderson-Clarke Center’s Hudspeth Auditorium on the Rice University campus (an RSVP is required) as you can see in this announcement of the event.
Among other things, I will  be talking critically about our high-stakes testing system and how we as Texas can and should move in a different direction, beginning this next legislative session with a sharing of clear ideas on how to move forward—together with a fresh sense of what teacher's work could and should be under this system. Texas is ground zero for all this high-stakes testing nonsense and so it only makes sense that we lead the change.
I will also share our Tejano/Mexican American Studies curriculum development initiative that consists of a partnership with the Austin Independent School District (AISD) the City of Austin, and Nuestro Grupo, a grassroots organization, to establish a Cultural Arts and Literacy Saturday Academy for fourth-grade, AIDS children.  This curriculum will get taught in Spanish, beginning with an inaugural ceremony this fall at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Culture Center. 
Under the auspices of the National Latino/a Education Research and Policy Project, I also head a national grow-your-own (GYO) Latina/o teacher initiative in 5 cities in 5 states that will suggest future directions for teacher preparation in the U.S.
 I promise to be suggestive and informative. Please scroll down to see how you can rsvp.
Jeff Falk
– August 20, 2014Posted in: News Releases
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Rice’s Teacher Education program will celebrate 50th anniversary with special events Sept. 3-4
HOUSTON – (Aug. 20, 2014) – Rice University’s pioneering Teacher Education program, part of Rice’s Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, will celebrate its 50th anniversary Sept. 3-4 with two special events highlighting educational equity in Texas schools. The events coincide with the beginning of the state’s K-12 school year.
Sept. 3, Angela Valenzuela, a professor in the Educational Policy and Planning Program at the University of Texas at Austin, will give a public keynote address on “Educational Equity, Politics and Policy in Texas.” She also serves as director of the University of Texas Center for Education Policy and is the new director of the National Latino Education Research Agenda Project that aims to create a national teacher education pipeline for Latino youth. Valenzuela’s talk will be at 7 p.m. in Anderson-Clarke Center’s Hudspeth Auditorium, 6100 Main St. Public registration for this event is free; however, an RSVP is required at
On Sept. 4, a panel will explore the topic “Educating for Equity in Texas Schools.” This discussion is open only to the media and invited guests and will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Rice Memorial Center’s Grand Hall, 6100 Main St. Panelists will include Alex Byrd, associate professor of history at Rice; Grace Magnani, 2014 Rookie of the Year teacher in Fort Bend Independent School District; Linda McNeil, director of Rice’s Center for Education; Juliet Stipeche, president of the Houston Independent School District Board of Education and associate director of Rice’s Center for Excellence and Equity; Judy Radigan, director of Rice’s Teacher Education program; and Valenzuela.
Founded in 1964, Rice’s Teacher Education program was established on the tenets of creating content experts who are adept at writing and delivering innovative curriculum. Today, Teacher Education at Rice University provides professional education courses that include extensive study of critical issues in education and effective teaching for diverse learners.
For more information about the Rice University Teacher Education program, go to
Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.
For a map of Rice University’s campus with parking information, go to
Follow the Glasscock School via Twitter @GlasscockSchool.
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Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,920 undergraduates and 2,567 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just over 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is highly ranked for best quality of life by the Princeton Review and for best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go here.
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