UC Irvine Extension Offers Programs to Help Teachers Succeed in Turbulent Times

Irvine, CA, March 29, 2009 --(PR.com)-- Programs and Courses Prepare Educators for Proposed Education Reform Policy
Recently, President Obama has introduced several initiatives designed to enhance the performance of teachers across the nation. These proposed plans embrace a highly controversial merit pay system which rewards effective teachers and penalizes those with low-performing classrooms. In response, the University of California, Irvine Extension, is presenting a number of custom designed programs that will support the development of highly qualified teachers. These programs focus on techniques to increase subject matter competency, content knowledge, academic literacy, and content pedagogy.

“Teachers teach because they believe in children, and they want to see future generations succeed, and UC Irvine Extension is committed to giving teachers the tools to not only provide a solid foundation for the students that will become this country’s future – but also, the resources to become extraordinary,” explains Angela Jeantet, Director of Education Programs at UC Irvine Extension. “With Obama’s education initiatives being put into play on the very near horizon, now is the time for teachers to invest in enhancing their skills and in furthering their own ability to be the best teachers they can be – for today, and for the future.”

UC Irvine Extension is dedicated to delivering relevant, application based programs that are designed to "teach the teachers.” In support of the University of California, “California Teach” initiative, UC Irvine Extension has custom-designed programs to support the development of highly qualified teachers. These programs are tailored to develop new leaders among teachers and administrators who serve to shape the success of individual schools and districts and include:
· Integrating Technology in the Classroom
· Reading Certificate Program
· Science Inquiry in the Classroom
· Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)
· Administrative Services Credential (Tier 1 & 2)
· Special Education Law: K-12 Practices

These University of California-quality programs are delivered on-campus, online and onsite at districts, taught by industry-respected, practicing professionals and approved by the University of California, Irvine Education Department. The school is also recognized for its ability to offer consultation, specialized teacher training and staff development programs to meet the needs of schools, districts and the state — at the school site. In addition, UC Irvine Extension offers numerous free online courses, designed to open access to education to anyone, anywhere – no matter what their economic status. For more information, visit http://unex.uci.edu/certificates/education/.

About UC Irvine Extension: As the continuing education arm of UCI, UC Irvine Extension is dedicated to providing a university-level learning experience for students, offering thousands of exciting courses and programs to local, regional, and global constituencies via online curriculum as well as through on campus classes. UC Irvine Extension offers a rich array of academic and community programs to support a diverse audience, from a wide selection of academic programs to numerous campus activities. For more information, please visit www.extension.uci.edu.

About The University of California, Irvine: The University of California, Irvine is a top-ranked university dedicated to research, scholarship and community service. Founded in 1965, UCI is among the fastest-growing University of California campuses, with more than 27,000 undergraduate and graduate students and about 1,400 faculty members. The second-largest employer in dynamic Orange County, UCI contributes an annual economic impact of $3.3 billion. For more UCI news, visit www.today.uci.edu.

Contact: Kacie Scheenstra, 714-573-7528

Echo Media Group
Kacie Scheenstra