October 5, 2005
Governor appoints Whitworth Education Professor to Serve on State Council
Whitworth School of Education Visiting Professor O.J. Cotes has been appointed by Governor Christine Gregoire to serve on the new Washington Learns K-12 Education Advisory Council. Washington Learns is an initiative Gregoire is leading to study and improve Washington state's public-school system.
Cotes and other members of the K-12 Advisory Council are examining the issues affecting students, including transitioning young children into kindergarten and preparing high-school students for post-secondary learning opportunities, and making recommendations for improvement to the Washington Learns Steering Committee.
Cotes is actively involved in many state grants and programs involving new teacher mentoring, new teacher certification, and teacher recruitment. She works with Future Teachers of Color and the Teaching Academy, which are programs that encourage high-school student to consider careers in education. Cotes also supports Native American communities and programs for students in the Spokane region.
Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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