California Secretary of Education Alan Bersin Speaks on High School Reform

Sponsored by Stanford School of Education External Relations


Wednesday, April 5, 2006
5:00 pm –
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Cubberley Auditorium, School of Education Building

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Stanford School of Education Cubberley Lecture Series Presents:

Alan Bersin, California Secretary of Education

Standards-based education has made progress in the elementary grades, particularly on the primary level, but improvements are not clearly evident in our secondary schools. California Secretary of Education Alan Bersin will describe the structural, instructional, policy, and political obstacles to high school reform. He will also analyze the prospects for significant change in meeting this crucial challenge.

A Q&A session and reception will immediately follow the lecture.

Alan Bersin was appointed California's Secretary of Education last July by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. From 1998 to 2005, he was Superintendent of Public Education in San Diego City Schools, where he focused the district's resources on instruction to improve student achievement and modernized its business infrastructure to support teaching and learning in the classroom. Secretary Bersin also served as chair and member of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing between 2000 and 2003. Secretary Bersin is an active member of numerous organizations, including the policy boards of EdVoice and the Broad Institute for Superintendents; the Board of Overseers for Harvard University; the visiting committee for the Harvard Graduate School of Education; the National Council on Teacher Quality's advisory board; the Urban Affairs Council of the California School Boards Association; and the board of trustees of The Neurosciences Institute. He is currently a lecturer at Stanford University School of Education.

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Open to the public.