UMass Amherst School of Education To Be Part of Collaborative Effort to Address Key K-12 Issues

AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts School of Education Dean Bailey Jackson, and at least 10 other faculty from the School of Education, will join deans and faculty from New England’s land-grant universities as part of a conference aimed at improving K-12 education throughout the region. The conference will take place Feb. 6-7 at the New England Center at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N. H.

The regional conference is sponsored by the New England Land-Grant Universities Council of Presidents and will include faculty from the University of Massachusetts, the University of Rhode Island, the University of Maine, the University of New Hampshire, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Vermont.

In preparation for the conference, education deans and faculty members have identified some of the predominant issues concerning K-12 education in their respective states. The goals of the conference include drawing implications from these issues for schools and colleges of education and then determining a regional perspective and response.

Participation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges’ (NEASC) Office of School/College Relations and the Northeast and Islands Regional Educational Laboratory at Brown University will insure that all the schools involved look at the issues concerned from a regional as well as a local perspective. The Northeast Lab is one of 10 federally funded regional laboratories that engage in applied research and development around new and improved teaching and learning methods for elementary and secondary schools and assist schools in achieving systematic educational reform.

The New England Council of President is a voluntary association of the universities of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The six presidents and chancellors serve as the governing board for the organization. The board’s mission is to enhance the quality of higher education through regional cooperation.