Changing Lives On the Boundaries

By:
Dr. Jeanne Gerlach,
Carol Sue Marshall
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During this presentation, the speakers will discuss how they collaborated with faculty, staff, administration at the University of Texas Arlington (UTA), the K-12 community, business and corporate partners, and the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex to build a K-16 Council that is the heart of urban education. Our work began and continues to be based on the belief that literacy/language is the basis for all learning and for changing lives of all students (K-16).

Realizing that it takes a village to educate a child (borrowing liberally from Hillary Clinton's (1996) book title, "It Takes a Village"), I agreed to serve as a co-chair of the UTA's K-16 Leadership Council. UTA Provost George C. Wright (currently President of Prairie View A&M University, Houston, TX) and Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District Superintendent, Gene Buinger, are the other co-chairs. Carol Sue Marshall and Ruth Davis, UTA College of Education administrators and Professors of Early Childhood Education are K-16 Council representatives from the College of Education. Our charge was to work with university faculty and administration, 2-year college faculty and administrators, K-12 teachers and administrators, business and corporate employees and leaders, and community leaders to provide quality education opportunities for all students in the North Texas region so they will eventually have access to higher education. Our areas of focus include: (a) getting all students into and through a college preparatory curriculum, (b) aligning standards for high school exit and college entry, (c) identifying instructional strategies that work for students who arrive behind — in early childhood, middle school, high school, or college, (d) transforming counseling from gate keeping to eliminating barriers, (e) improving teacher effectiveness, (f) developing strategies for getting elementary children and their families focused on college opportunities, and (g) planning for interactions with policymakers and legislators. The K-16 Council is tackling these seven issues head on in an effort to provide access to an education for all students in the North Texas area.

Each of the speakers will describe how we continue our work as we began it — listening to the voices of K-12 teachers, administrators, and students and to the beliefs, ideas, and questions of parents and community/business representatives. We believe that all efforts to educate urban students must begin with listening, not telling, and we must value all voices and all views. Further, we feel that the success of our work will be based on our efforts to ensure all students cannot only read and write, but can use literacy/language to think critically and creatively.

Each speaker will talk for 10-15 minutes, allowing 15-20 minutes for audience question and answers. Of course, the speakers will make comments based on their respective, professional roles.


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Stream: Community, Culture, Globalisation
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
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Dr. Jeanne Gerlach

Assoc. VP for K-16 Initiatives and Dean of Education, College of Education, University of Texas at Arlington
USA

Jeanne Marcum Gerlach is Associate Vice President for K-16 Initiatives and Dean and Professor of the College of Education at the University of Texas at Arlington. She has earned two Doctorates, one in English Education/Curriculum and Instruction from West Virginia University and one in Higher Education Administration from the University of North Texas. Her Masters degree is in English Education from West Virginia University and her Bachelors degree is from West Virginia State College. She has been a Fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education's Advanced Management and Leadership Institute and a Millennium protégé at the 2002 American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Millennium Leadership Institute. Her research and publications have focused on Urban Education, Business/Higher Education Partnerships, Issues in English Education, Writing As Learning, Women in Leadership Roles, Collaborative Learning, Governance in Higher Education, Adolescent Literature, and International Education. She has published in numerous education journals, as well as chapters in books. She is the coeditor with Virginia R. Monseau of Missing Chapters: Ten Pioneering Women In NCTE and English Education. She is co-author, with Robin Peel and Annette Patterson, of the book, Questions of English: Ethics, aesthetics, rhetoric, and the formation of the subject in England, Australia and the United States. Dr Gerlach has served as an editorial reviewer, guest editor, and editor of several journals. Additionally, she was editor of International English, a National Council of Teachers of English journal which focuses on the exchange of ideas between and among educators in countries where English is the first or second most often spoken language. She is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English Board of Directors and chairs the Commission on the History of the Council. She has presented at numerous state, regional, national, and international conferences, and has received grants from different agencies. Dr Gerlach has taught in England, New Zealand, France, Germany, Thailand, and Australia. Her awards include the National Council Teachers of English recognition for Outstanding Woman In English Education and several Outstanding Teaching and Service Awards. She was also the recipient of the University of North Texas' Outstanding Alumni Award/Higher Education, 1992, 2003. She is listed in Who's Who Among American Women, Who's Who Among American Educators, and Who's Who Among American Women In Business. In November 2002, Dr Gerlach was honored by the Fort Worth Business Press and received the Great Women of Texas Most Influential Woman Award. In addition to her work in higher education, Dr Gerlach has taught English in secondary schools, served as communications consultant in business and industry, and worked as a newspaper journalist.

Carol Sue Marshall

Associate Dean for Teacher Education, University of Texas at Arlington
USA


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