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UW-Eau Claire Professor to Participate
In Education Summit in Washington, D. C.

 MAILED:  Sept. 24, 2003

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Roger Tlusty, professor and chair of the foundations of education department at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, has been chosen to represent the UW System as a member of a Wisconsin delegation attending a one-day U.S. Department of Education summit on high school reform Oct. 8 in Washington, D.C.

Tlusty will join seven others from Wisconsin, including State Superintendent Elizabeth Burmaster and Jessica Clark, education policy advisor from Gov. Doyle’s office, as they meet with Congressional representatives, think tank staff and other educators and government officials from across the nation to discuss the challenges facing America’s high schools and address the solutions and “next steps” needed to tackle those challenges. Secretary of Education Dr. Rod Paige will be one of several high profile speakers at the summit.

According to Tlusty, the agenda he has received indicates that the summit will use the framework of the “No Child Left Behind” legislation “to initiate and promote a national dialogue about transforming high schools and creating seamless transitions into and through postsecondary education.” The summit will focus on four themes: setting high expectations and accountability for results; creating options and engaging students; fostering world quality teaching and school leadership; and making smooth transitions into postsecondary education.

“I think participating in the summit will provide an excellent opportunity to better understand what national leaders are attempting to do and also provide a venue for discussing the impact of legislation on schools, teachers and young people,” said Tlusty. “I hope my historical perspective on secondary school reform can add insights to those discussions.”

Tlusty was nominated and chosen for this honor because of his sustained record of engagement in high school reform initiatives. Recently, for example, he was instrumental in the creation of the UW-Eau Claire Center for History Teaching and Learning, which seeks to use the latest pedagogical innovations and new technologies to advance history education, specifically addressing the needs of PK-12 teachers, as well as undergraduate and graduate students of education and history, in the context of PK-12 standards. Tlusty and several classes of his teacher/students also created a virtual museum of electronic historical artifacts for the Chippewa Valley, and they later received an Eisenhower Professional Development Grant to join that project with the virtual museums of five other school districts in northwestern Wisconsin.

Dr. Katherine Rhoades, associate dean of the school of education, suggested Tlusty when the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction called for nominees to attend the summit.

“Dr. Tlusty ranks as an ideal faculty member to represent the UW System at this event because of his expertise in historical and current educational reforms that affect secondary schools,” said Rhoades. “He brings great honor to the School of Education through his participation.”

All expenses for Tlusty’s trip to the summit will be paid by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Updated: September 24, 2003