Statewide P-16 Conference January 24
The fourth annual Nebraska conference on P-16 education (pre-school through college) will be held Friday, January 24, at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln. About 175 Nebraska educators at all levels will participate in the conference.

The P-16 Initiative was launched in 1997 by University of Nebraska President L. Dennis Smith and Commissioner of Education Doug Christensen. Its activities include providing advice and information to students and parents on choosing appropriate courses in high school to assure success in college, alignment of high school and college curricula, and encouraging development of innovative ideas to help make education in Nebraska both a high quality and seamless experience for students.

Keynote Speakers at this conference will be Charles Coble, executive director of the Teaching Quality Policy Center at the Education Commission of the States, and William Reaves, who serves in the dual capacity of assistant vice chancellor for public education in the Texas A&M university system and assistant commissioner of education in Texas.

Coble will speak at 9:00 a.m. He first came to national attention as a professor of science education and dean of the award-winning school of education at East Carolina University in Greenville. He was subsequently recruited by the 16-campus University of North Carolina to become its first Vice President of University-School Programs.

Reaves will speak at 1:30 p.m. A former school superintendent in Texas, he currently administers the Partnership for Texas Public Schools, one of the nation’s first long-term collaborative ventures involving a major university system and a state education agency.

Anne Cognard, Nebraska Teacher of the Year for 2002, will address conference participants at lunch, which begins at 12:15 p.m.
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