The event "Accountability and Quality in Higher Education: Are They Compatible?" was held on Thursday, May 28. Experts examined what accountability means in higher education, especially in light of the UC Accountability Framework. Public higher education has long recognized the need to be responsive to its many publics. Except, however, for financial controls, it has not re≠lied on the kinds of formal accountability mechanisms, such as standardized tests, which are common in elementary and secondary education. The challenge for higher education is to show that it is accountable for the outcomes expected by stakeholders without narrowing the curriculum or compromising the educational opportunities and research creativity that have made U.S. universities major engines for economic growth, upward social mobility, and personal development. The plenary address at the event was presented by Mark Yudof, President of the University of California. Pictured in the photo are Christopher Edley, Michael Brown, and David Shulenberger.
For details see a full press release.
The UCSB Gevirtz Graduate School of Education Alumni Association and the UCSB Gevirtz Graduate School of Education held a celebration honoring the School of Education’s former deans on Friday, April 24 at Mosher Alumni House. This event honored R. Murray Thomas (Dean 1965-1969), Norman J. Boyan (Dean 1969-1979), Naftaly S. “Tuli” Glasman (Dean 1980-1987), Richard Shavelson (Dean 1987-1993), and Jules Zimmer (Dean 1994-2004).
Pictured in the photo are Thomas, Boyan, Glasman, and Zimmer with current dean Jane Close Conoley. Shavelson could not attend the event.
For details see a full press release.
The Gevirtz School is not only dedicated to engaging in research that generates knowledge, advances teaching and learning, and influences education practice and public policy, we are also dedicated to improving education right now. For the centennial of our school we have chosen the theme "School Is Everybody's House" as a way to recall the mission of the original one-room schoolhouses. These buildings were far from just sites of learning — they were centers for communities, gathering places for a rich civic life and hopeful promises for the future. As we move into our new building for the 2009-2010 academic year, we are reflecting upon the ways we help provide for the greater Santa Barbara region in an attempt to provide the best educational opportunities for the most students.
For details see our School Is Everybody's House webpage.
Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), gave a free public lecture on Monday, February 23 at 7:30 pm at UCSB Campbell Hall. This event was presented by the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, UC Santa Barbara’s Critical Issues Forum, and UCSB Arts & Lectures. For more details, see a full press release in our news section of the site.
Photo caption: Marian Wright Edelman (seated) after her presentation with (from l. to r.) Alice O'Connor, Professor of History; Jane Close Conoley, Dean of the Gevirtz School; Marilyn Gevirtz; Gina Carbajal; Salud Carbajal, Santa Barbara County First District Supervisor; and Naomi Schwartz, former Santa Barbara County First District Supervisor.
Ms. Edelman's address, as broadcast on UCTV:
UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School presented Accountability in K-12 Education: Where Do We Go From Here? on Monday, February 9, 8:30 am – 2 pm, UCSB Corwin Pavilion. Panel discussions with experts from the university, schools, think tanks, and the government examined hot button issues like No Child Left Behind, statewide standards, and standardized testing in an effort to discover if the accountability movement can not only assess students and schools but also help students learn and help schools close the achievement gap. The keynote lecture at the event was presented by Dr. Susan Furhman, President of Teachers College, Columbia University. For further details, including the program for this event, see this press release.
In the fall of 2008 the Gevirtz School offered three special events to which the public was invited to see how the school brings innovation, imagination, and inspiration to the field of education.
These events were a chance for people to get inside classrooms and the teaching process. To learn more about these events, see this descriptive flyer (pdf).
During 2008-2009 the Gevirtz School is celebrating 100 years of preparing educators, as the Santa Barbara State Normal School was established as a two-year college program for training manual arts and home economics teachers in 1909. Our new building will open in time for the 2009-10 school year, a cutting-edge new home for the school as we head into our second century.