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October 12, 2006


NEW YORK, October 12, 2006 – Approximately 300 school-based and university-based educators will convene Saturday, October 21, at The City College of New York (CCNY) for a one-day conference, “The New Educator: Building and Sustaining Learning Communities in Challenging Times.” 

The event, co-sponsored by the CCNY School of Education and its journal, The New Educator, celebrates the 85th anniversary of the school’s founding.

“Educators find themselves confronted with unprecedented and sometimes conflicting demands, ranging from high-stakes testing and accountability mandates to serving diverse student populations,” noted Professor Beverly Falk, Conference Chair and Editor of The New Educator. “This conference gives educators from school and collegiate settings an opportunity to come together to exchange ideas and build a community focused on meeting the challenges.”

The conference features two keynote speakers: Sonia Nieto, Professor Emeritus of Language, Literacy and Culture, University of Massachusetts, who will appear at the opening session, and Pedro Noguera, Professor in the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University, and Director of the Center for Research on Urban Schools and Globalization, who will deliver the concluding address.

Registrants will be able to attend their choice of 19 breakout sessions in a variety of formats best suited for participants to engage the content: individual presentation; interactive workshops; colloquium lunch presentations, and roundtables.  Topics include: Technology and Teacher Preparation; K-12 Student Mentoring Partnerships; Understanding and Shaping School Climate; Charter Schools: Pros & Cons, and Changing School Culture.

The event concludes with a special performance by the Youth Dance Company of the American Ballroom Theatre, who were featured in the movie Mad Hot Ballroom, followed by an award presentation to the group’s founder Pierre Dulaine.  Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer will present the award to Mr. Dulaine on behalf of The City College School of Education, the Harlem and Heights Historical Society, Community Board 12 and the 33rd Police Precinct.

Supporting organizations for the conference are: American Museum of Natural History, Bank Street College of Education; The National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools and Testing; Sadlier-Oxford, Taylor & Francis, and Teachers College Press.

For full conference details and agenda, please visit

About The City College of New York

For over 159 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines.  Over 13,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Science, the School of Architecture, the School of Education, the Grove School of Engineering, the Center for Worker Education and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.