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2008: CRESS Center Celebrates 20 Years of Service

Jamal Abedi

In the midst of the campus’ centennial anniversary, the School of Education’s Center for Cooperative Research and Extension Services (CRESS) marks its 20th anniversary. Offering the most respected teacher professional development; innovative and effective outreach to schools and organizations serving youth; and evaluation services to government, schools and university researchers, CRESS deeply reflects the School’s commitment to doing work that really matters in and out of schools to enhance the education of all learners.

Milestones & Achievements

  • School graduates largest class to date: 256 students
  • Six new faculty join School
  • CRESS Center celebrates 20 years of service, launches Center for Education and Evaluation Services (CEES)
  • Mark (Credential ‘75) and Marcia Cary establish School’s first endowment to fund scholarships for PhD students with a $53,000 gift
  • The Children’s Center at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, provides a gift of $125,000 for an endowment to support the School’s annual children’s literature lecture–Words Take Wing: Honoring Diversity in Children’s Literature
  • Professor Jamal Abedi receives lifetime achievement award from the California Educational Research Association
  • Associate Professor Michal Kurlaender named a Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Center for Applied Policy in Education hosts statewide conference on Achievement Gap
  • School hosts special event in honor of National Teacher Appreciation Week

“The PhD program in education gave me a foundation to keep asking new questions and exploring possible answers. In fact, it had a huge influence on my life. It is my hope in establishing a fund for a PhD candidate that it will help the School attract people who are naturally committed to teacher education and sympathetic to understanding the importance of self-reflection.”
          – Mark Cary (Credential ’75), founder of the Mark Cary Reflective Learner Award

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