May 8, 2007
For immediate release
Dean Jane Close Conoley delivers talk at Santa Barbara County Education Office Awards Breakfast
Dr. Jane Close Conoley, Dean of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School, will deliver the keynote address at the Santa Barbara County Education Office’s (SBCEO) 26th Annual Partners Awards Breakfast on Friday, May 11 at 7:15 am in the Community Hall at Earl Warren Showgrounds. Dean Conoley’s talk will be titled “Do You Have (the) C.A.R.? – Competence, Autonomy, and Relatedness as Keys to the Future.”
At the breakfast, awards will be given to students and teachers who have completed outstanding work in career education and career preparation. The SBCEO’s Career Education Programs department serves students, schools, and the community in the areas of career preparation, job training, work experience, service-learning, and school-community partnerships. It administers and promotes dozens of programs throughout Santa Barbara County, including Computers for Families, AmeriCorps, Junior Achievement, and the Santa Barbara Partners in Education.
Dr. Conoley served as dean of the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University for ten years. Prior to that appointment, she was a professor, department chair, and associate dean for research and curriculum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received her B.A. in psychology from the College of New Rochelle, and her Ph.D. in school psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Conoley is well known for the depth and impact of her research on school psychology. She is the author or co-author of 20 books, 33 book chapters, and 30 articles on education issues, and has been the principal or co-principal investigator of grants with awards totaling over $18 million.
Her topic for the awards breakfast covers the necessary skills and values needed to build successful futures in all aspects of life including careers and personal relationships. Dr. Conoley’s focus is on the critical role of personal commitment to enhancing individual and community good.
[Jane Close Conoley is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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