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Oct. 14, 2002
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Media Advisory

School of Education Receives "Quality Education Partnership Award" Teacher Education Award

Carson, Calif: - The California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE) Committee on Awards has selected the Design for Excellence: Linking Teaching and Achievement (DELTA), a partnership between CSU Dominguez Hills, Los Angeles Unified School District - Local District G, and the Los Angeles Educational Partnership, to receive the "Quality Education Partnership Award" at the CCTE Fall Conference at the Shelter Pointe Hotel in San Diego on Oct. 18. The Committee's decision was unanimous.

"This wonderful program prepares emergency-permit teachers to full credential in one year," says Dean Billie Blair, School of Education. "The work is carried out through a model professional development school (PDS) setting in District G, Los Angeles Unified School District, which provides new teachers with the knowledge and skills needed to be highly successful teachers. We're very pleased to be acknowledged by the state's Teacher Education Council as the outstanding partnership in the state for 2002."

The CCTE Committee on Awards commended the partners for the notable degree of collaboration in the design and implementation of this partnership, which addresses a critical need.

"The thoughtful and powerful design of your program to prepare and retain candidates for teaching in challenging contexts, and the data showing its effects on teaching practices and student learning is compelling. Your program is worthy of emulation," said Pat Gallagher, chair, CCTE Committee on Awards. "We thank you for sharing your vital work with us in this proposal and we look forward to celebrating with you and your partners in San Diego."

The School of Education has recently received exceptional recognition for its accomplishments. One of those accomplishments is a School Leadership Grant, funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Drawn from the "No Child Left behind" grant monies, the CSUDH grant of $1.5 million will train 210 administrators over three years. Dean Blair reports that only 20 of these grants were awarded nationwide and only one in California - the one awarded to the CSUDH School of Education.

For the recent Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) grant, Dean Blair points out 60 awards were made nationwide from a pool of 1,800 preliminary proposals and 220 invited full proposals. The three-year $604,783 grant from the U.S. Department of Education will result in increasing the number of qualified teachers serving in low-performing urban schools.

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