U.S. Education Secetary Visits Harte

U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige visited Harte Elementary School to highlight the school's successes and learn more about its innovative teacher training. The visit is one of the final stops of Paige's three-week, cross-country tour presenting the White House education agenda. Harte's teacher training is an example of Long Beach Unified School District's successful Seamless Education. The school's innovative approach addresses the local and national shortage of qualified teachers. Since January, about 15 aspiring teachers from CSULB have taken their teacher preparation classes in Harte's Professional Development Bungalow. These graduate students get hands-on experience in the classroom with master teachers at Harte. In turn, the university provides up-to-date training for Harte's experienced teachers. Harte's goal is to help university students earn their teaching credentials by the time they complete their four-year degrees, speeding up the preparation of qualified teachers. Since 1994, LBUSD, Long Beach City College and the university have worked to create Seamless Education, a high quality, smoothly linked education system aimed at improved student achievement and teacher preparation. During Paige's visit, Boeing presented a $100,000 check for Seamless Education. Harte and five other schools in the LBUSD recently won a $6 million magnet school grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Paige, former superintendent of the Houston Independent School District in Texas, last month began his national tour of exemplary public schools. At Harte, the secretary will meet with students, teachers, parents and community leaders before moving on to San Diego and Denver.