CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico Hosts National Conference on Education

Date: 09-21-2015

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

Approximately 250 educators from around the country will attend a conference at California State University, Chico this weekend to discuss the importance of democracy in public education.

National Network for Educational Renewal (NNER) will host its annual conference Oct. 1-3 at various locations at CSU, Chico. The theme of the conference is “Diversity, Equity and Democracy in Education.”

The opening welcome to the conference will be held in Colusa Hall 100A Thursday, Oct.1, at 2:30 p.m.

NNER is a non-profit membership network that seeks to improve the quality of learning experiences in schools and provide equal access to education for all students.

Along with hosting the conference, CSU, Chico will be represented by approximately 20 faculty members and more than 50 students attending the event. “Normally this conference is held in a conference hotel and there is a small amount of student participation, but because we're holding it on campus, our ability to involve students in the dialogue is huge,” said education professor Ann Schulte, a member of the local conference committee.

Schulte said others attending from the area include K-12 teachers, Butte College faculty and students and alumni of the School of Education.

Among the highlights of the conference will be CSU, Chico’s Raising Educational Achievement in Collaborative Hubs (REACH) program receiving the 2015 Nicholas Michelli Award for Promoting Social Justice. REACH was recognized for serving low-income and first-generation college students and promoting collaboration among students, faculty and staff. More information about the award can be found in this CSU, Chico news release: http://www.csuchico.edu/news/current-news/9-3-freshman-educational-program-receives-social-justice-award.shtml.

One of the conference panel discussions will feature attorney and CSU, Chico alumnus Sergio Garcia, who was the first undocumented immigrant admitted to the State Bar of California. He and two CSU, Chico alums who work as teachers will discuss the diverse experiences of undocumented immigrants and their pathways to legal status.

For more information on the NNER conference, go to http://www.nnerannualconference.org/.