Education Dean to Serve on Distinguished National Commission
By Janice Palmer, Office of University Communications
STORRS, Conn. -- Richard Schwab, dean of the Neag School of
Education at the University of Connecticut, will serve on one of
the country's most prestigious
education commissions. He has been invited to join the National
Commission on Teaching and America's Future, whose membership
list reads like a "Who's
Who" of public officials and education, business and community
"I am honored by the invitation and look forward to working with
the commission," Schwab says. "As a member, I hope to highlight and
build upon the Neag
School of Education's achievements in teacher education, increase
professional development for classroom teachers, and increase the
recognition they receive for a job well done."
The 28-member commission is a nonpartisan and nonprofit group with
a mission to improve the quality of teaching across the country. It
was established in 1994
with funding from the Rockefeller Foundation and Carnegie Corporation
of New York, and is housed at Teachers College at Columbia University
in New York.
The group may be best known for its landmark report, What
Matters Most: Teaching for America's Future, issued in 1996.
It called attention to the need for
making teacher quality a priority on the national agenda and
created a blueprint for policy reforms.
Now another major report is in the works - a midterm progress
report - and Schwab will take an active role in preparing it. In
the letter inviting Schwab to join
the commission, its chairman, James Hunt, former governor of North
Carolina, stated that Schwab's "insights and experience as a dean
of an innovative teacher
preparation institution would greatly benefit our work."
Hunt earned a national reputation for being an education governor
during his tenure in North Carolina. Another commission notable is
of Stanford University, one of the country's leading scholars in
teacher education. Other members include philanthropist David
Rockefeller, members of
Congress, the presidents of national education organizations,
and corporate leaders.
Schwab, who earned his master's and doctoral degrees at UConn,
returned to his alma mater in 1997 to become dean of the Neag
School of Education. He has
been leading the effort to make it one of the top 10 schools of education
in the country.
Schwab will attend his first commission meeting on June 7
in Raleigh, N.C.
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