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National Network for Educational Renewal


The Conference Planning Team invites you to participate in the October 7-9, 2010 NNER Annual Conference. We envision a conference that will give us an opportunity for rich and critical conversation about issues related to building and sustaining partnerships. We encourage leaders from the P-12 classrooms and districts, university partners from arts and sciences and education, and community stakeholders to share lessons learned from challenges and opportunities they face in partnership settings as they pursue the work of the NNER. To help center the discussion, we have identified four conference strands which represent various “dimensions of democracy.”:

1) Practicing democracy in the classroom
2) Engaging the wider community
3) Creating citizens of the world
4) Considering the implications of policy decisions

Continuing the tradition of recent NNER conferences, the 2010 event includes, in addition to presentations from member settings, an impressive array of keynote speakers, including ISU’s own Dr. Greg Michie, author of “Holler if You Hear Me” and William Ayers, Distinguished Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago and author of City Kids, City Schools: More Reports from the Front Row.

A Thursday evening Meet and Greet Reception will be our first opportunity for conference participants to catch up with old acquaintances and make new friends. Continuing another NNER tradition, the 2010 event will provide participants with a bit of local flavor, this year a Friday evening performance at Illinois State University’s Center for Performing Arts. After a welcome from ISU President Dr. Al Bowman, participants will be treated to a musical performance and cocktail reception in the grand foyer of the new hall.

On the business side, time will be reserved for meetings of the Tripartite Council, the Governing Council and the Executive Board. For the sixth consecutive year, we also will offer a New Participants’ Session for individuals who may be new to the organization and need an orientation to the mission and goals of the NNER. Finally, the 2010 conference will move forward in its sixth year of recognizing two institutions for their exemplary work in two specific areas by awarding the Richard W. Clark Award for Exemplary Partner School Work and the Nicholas Michelli Award for Advancing Social Justice.

We are particularly pleased that the conference will be held in Normal, Illinois. With a statewide mission to prepare teachers for all of our public schools, ISU and its’ partnership sites work throughout the state to achieve simultaneous renewal in P-12 education. Also, the dates of the conference will be during the warm autumn colors found in the Midwestern fall. We hope that the combination of business and pleasure will make your time in Illinois a truly rewarding experience!

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