School of Education Gets New Home

Left to right: Aug. 2006, Aug. 2007, Nov. 2007.
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On Jan. 26, the College celebrated the public opening of the Paul and Lydia Kalmanovitz School of Education in the Frank J. and Olivia C. Filippi Academic Hall. The afternoon event included a panel discussion on “The Future of Education in California: Closing the Achievement Gap,” with panelists including state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, consultant and author Lee Mun Wah, and Joseph Ovick and Abe Doctolero from the Contra Costa County Office of Education. Laura Garcia-Cannon ’91, an NBC11/KNTV anchor, was the moderator.

“We have a new home and a new name,” says Nancy Sorenson, the School of Education’s dean. “Both are gifts for which we are most grateful.

“Both also represent new challenges,” she continues. “With the gift of a new home, the College challenges the school to renew its commitment to education as a force for social and personal change. With the gift of a new name, the Kalmanovitz Foundation challenges us to be advocates and activists in efforts to transform our schools, strengthen our communities, and contribute to the well-being of young people and their families. We are grateful for the gifts and we are energized by the challenges that lie ahead.”

Principal support for the building project was provided by the Kalmanovitz Charitable Foundation, the Wayne and Gladys Valley Foundation and the estate of Frank J. and Olivia C. Filippi.

The School of Education has graduated thousands of teachers in its 40 years of existence. In fall 2007, there were 753 enrolled students. The school offers a wide variety of credential, master’s and doctorate programs, including a Montessori education program, counseling programs and special education programs.

“The School of Education’s mission truly embodies the Lasallian spirit of learning and service to others,” says Jane Joyce, coordinator of recruitment and admissions. “Now we have a wonderful new home to which we can welcome our students — past, present and future.”