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Christopher Edley to Address CAEP Conference

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Last month, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) announced Angela Duckworth as the first keynote speaker for the 2014 Fall CAEP Conference in Washington, DC. We are equally excited to announce that civil rights scholar Christopher Edley will keynote on Day 2 of the conference.

Edley, former dean of the University of California-Berkeley School of Law, is currently faculty director of the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy, which he cofounded. He also was cofounder of the Civil Rights Project at Harvard University, where he taught law for 23 years.

Last year, Edley cochaired the national Equity and Excellence Commission, which created a report on education disparities affecting underserved and disadvantaged students. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said the report, For Each and Every Child: A Strategy for Education Equity and Excellence, “sounded a powerful and important alarm about the distance we still have to go to improve education for every American child.”

Why are we at CAEP excited for Edley’s speech? Our president, James G. Cibulka, summarized the sentiment we share: “CAEP’s work should and must be framed in the larger civil rights space of our nation. We are, of course, about strengthening the nation’s teaching and leader workforce.”

“Equally important,” he continued, “CAEP is committed to a leadership role in improving the educational opportunities and achievement of all our nation’s children, including children of color and others who are disenfranchised.”

Join the other supporters of improving teacher quality who are gathering to share innovative ideas about accreditation’s role in ensuring teacher candidate readiness:

Conference: September 30–October 1, 2014
Workshops: September 29, 2014
Washington Hilton
Washington, DC

Registration is open – secure your spot by September 5 to save!

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Tiffany S. Erickson

Director of Communications and Public Relations, CAEP