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Published by the Public Affairs Office at San Francisco State University, Diag Center.

Contact: Wiiliam Morris
phone: (415) 405-3606

SFSU celebrates emergency-credentialed teachers' commitment to urban education

Aug. 3 proclaimed SITE 2000 Day by San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown.

WHAT: A celebration to honor the 41 teacher candidates who completed SITE 2000, an S.F. State teacher preparation program designed to help prepare emergency credentialed and pre-service teachers to work effectively with children of color in high poverty, urban settings as well as help the teachers prepare for credential tests (CBEST, MSAT, etc.) so they can continue their commitment to working in the urban classroom. Working teachers take the intensive summer program, attend Saturday classes during the rest of the year, and finish the credential program in late spring.

WHEN AND WHERE: Thursday, Aug. 3 from 3 - 6 p.m. at Burk Hall, Room 177, on the San Francisco State University campus, 1600 Holloway Ave.

SPEAKERS: SFSU President Robert Corrigan. KEYNOTE: Michele Foster, author of "Black Teachers on Teaching" and professor of education at the Claremont Graduate School. Through interviews with several generations of black educators, Foster's book examines the history of black education from the beginning of desegregation in the '50s up to the early '90s. SFSU Dean of Education Jake Perea.

A FEW OF THE SITE PARTICIPANTS: Julie Blackburn, (510) 658-8457: Blackburn's grandmother was the first African-American teacher in Pittsburg. Her mother is also a teacher. Blackburn's high school principal was Oakland schools Superintendent Dennis Chaconas. She personally invited him to the SITE celebration, receiving a "tentative yes." Sylvia Chavez, (415) 587-6207, and Valarie McCoy, (415) 822-6208, have been teaching preschool for 15 years, both will be emergency credentialed teachers at 21st Century Learning Centers (free, year-round school-based centers serving over 800 children and their families in Bayview Hunters Point, Visitacion Valley and the Mission District.)

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call William Morris of SFSU at (415) 405-3606 ### Here are some additional items that might be helpful: OJ Padua from the Mayor's office will read the official statement proclaiming August 3 SITE 2000 day. President Corrigan will be available for media interviews to talk about the need for teacher education, etc. Rosa Hernandez Sheets, the SFSU education professor who coordinates SITE 2000 is available at: (415) 334-6850 (h) (415) 334-6850 FAX (h) (415) 338-1555 (w) (415) 338-0567 FAX (w)

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