Chico State Invited to Join National Educational Renewal Network

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August 28th, 2006

California State University has been honored with an invitation to join the National Network for Educational Renewal (NNER). The NNER was begun in 1986 to address the unique role of education in a democratic society; to foster sound educational policies and practices; and to facilitate ongoing, simultaneous renewal of schools and the education of teachers. On hearing of the invitation, Communication and Education Dean Phyllis Fernlund remarked, “We are delighted to learn of this opportunity to join the NNER network. We are committed to this agenda and look forward to sharing our work and learning more.”

Faculty at CSU, Chico have been participating in activities of the NNER since the late 1990s, and the university is a charter member of the California Coalition for Educational Renewal (CCER). In her welcoming letter, NNER Executive Director Ann Foster noted, “Your setting has a long history of work with the Agenda for Education in a Democracy and brings the quality work you continue to do and a rich diversity to the Network.”

Membership in NNER requires a three-way partnership of Arts and Sciences faculty, Education faculty and P-12 schools. The CSU, Chico partnership includes four colleges within the university: Communication and Education, Humanities and Fine Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences. Partnerships are also being developed with three northstate counties and will include both a large and a small district from each. The partnership with Butte County, represented by County Superintendent Don McNelis, includes Palermo Union School District, represented by Superintendent Sam Chimento, and Chico Unified School District, represented by Superintendent Chet Francisco. Sutter County Superintendent Jeff Holland will be selecting two districts from his county for the partnership, and a third county is being approached for participation in the partnership.

CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg responded to news of the invitation to join NNER by stating, “This is a terrific recognition of the quality and promise of our programs and the importance of our regional presence and leadership.”

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