Cal State

1999 Conference on Standards-Based K-12 Education

California State University Northridge

Transcript of welcoming remarks by David Klein


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Mr. Klein: Ladies and gentlemen, can I have your attention, please. We have a long schedule ahead of us, and I apologize for the delay. We had a few scheduling issues that came up. Welcome to the conference. Thank you for coming. We're very glad you're here. My name is David Klein. I'm a Professor of Mathematics at Cal State Northridge and one of the conference organizers. The purpose of this conference is to explain California's K-12 Academic Content Standards for language arts, for math, for science, and also to deal with the practical issues we need to consider in order to make them succeed.

We take the point of view that it's now time to implement these policies and work together. We're pleased to present to you many of California's education leaders, people who have had a direct involvement in creating California's new policies. And we're very lucky to have several national leaders in education reform as well.

Brief biographies of each of our speakers are included with the conference materials you have. So our introductions will be mercifully brief. I regret that we must make a change in the program this morning. For medical reasons, Maureen DiMarco is unable to attend the conference. Janet Nicholas has graciously agreed to include in her talk the topics that Maureen planned to present.

Before I thank the many contributors to this conference, I would like to call your attention to a few procedural issues. First, we are pleased to be able to provide lunch free of charge today -- that will be at noon. And lunch will be -- the box lunches will be available, not in this room and not where the coffee is being served. But a room across the quad called the Grand Salon. And I'm just going to point in the general direction of where it is (Demonstrating), and you will be able to tell where it is by looking at where people are going (Laughter). If you have not already had a chance to register, we encourage you to do that. All that means is you get a name tag. And that's the official registration for the conference.

Each day -- at the end of each day, today and tomorrow, we will have an opportunity for members of the audience to speak about whatever issues in education they wish to. We have two microphones here for that purpose. It will be a moderated microphone. We ask that people limit their comments to three minutes, so that everyone gets a chance to speak.

And for the speakers of the conference, those of you who are here, if you have not already had a chance to sign a few forms at the registration table, we beg your indulgence for that, and it will simplify our tasks.

It is with great pleasure that I acknowledge the contributors of this conference. I would like to recognize Aida and Stan Metzenberg, co-organizers of this conference. You will see both of them on and off the stage during the conference. They have both made many sacrifices and have spent countless hours to make this conference a reality. In order that you know who to ask questions besides me, please stand -- Stan and Aida (Applause). Stan's in the back.

Edward Carroll, dean of science and math at Cal State Northridge, co-sponsored this conference on behalf of his college. He helped in many ways. Ed will serve as Moderator of the math and science panel, and I would like to thank Ed, Cheryl and other members of Dean Carroll's staff. Ed, please stand up (Applause). Many others have also contributed. I would like to gratefully acknowledge the assistance and encouragement from Jim Goss, executive assistant to president Wilson. Also Vice-President Mack Johnson and Hedy Carpenter. Jorge Garcia from the College of Humanities and Mary Kay Tetreault, Acting Dean of the College of Education, provided consultation and advice. I'd like to thank them all very much.

I take great pleasure in acknowledging the financial contributions to this conference from the following co-sponsors: The Houghton-Mifflin Companies, the Harcourt Companies, the McGraw-Hill Companies, the Prentice Hall and Scott Foresman Publishing Companies. While none of these publishing companies played any role in selection of speakers, they each have contributed generously and sent representatives, a sure sign of willingness to learn about and contribute to California's education policies. Finally I would like to express profound gratitude toward California State University Northridge's President, Blenda Wilson. She has vast experience in teaching high school and being President of the University, and everything in-between. Without her this conference would not have come into existence. She has guided us through many earthquakes, both literal and metaphorical, and I have had the pleasure in participating in some of those earthquakes. She has been truly a great leader and an inspiration, and it is a great pleasure to present her to you. (Applause).


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Contact the organizers

Postal and telephone information:

1999 Conference on Standards-Based K12 Education

College of Science and Mathematics

California State University Northridge

18111 Nordhoff St.

Northridge CA 91330-8235

Telephone: (Dr. Klein: 818-677-7792)

FAX: 818-677-3634 (Attn: David Klein)