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April 21, 2004

Education Reform Topic Of UI Science Education Symposium

What does it take to achieve long lasting reform in education? F. James Rutherford, Ph.D., architect of one of the largest reform efforts ever conceived in technology, science, mathematics, and the social sciences, will try to answer that question and others as the keynote speaker at the University of Iowa Science Education Symposium today, Wednesday, April 21.

The symposium, whose theme is "Education Reform: A Half-Century Daydream?," begins at 4 p.m. in the Jones Commons of the Lindquist Center, home to the UI College of Education. The discussion runs from 4 to 5 p.m. and will be followed by a question-and-answer session from 5 to 5:30 p.m. The event is open to the public.

Rutherford is the former assistant secretary of education for research and improvement in the U.S. Department of Education, former assistant director of the National Science Foundation, and former director of education at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

As a political education leader in the Washington D.C. area he has affected educational policy for many years. As the president of the National Science Teachers Association, he effectively transformed the national organization, bringing a research bases into educational practices.

After earning degrees from the University of California-Berkley, Stanford University and Harvard University, Rutherford helped design curriculum projects at Harvard as a science education professor.

During today's talk, he will offer insight into the reform efforts he initiated and directed through Project 2061, as well as his views on the role the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 has played -- and will play -- in the progress of the reform efforts with which he has been associated.

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