The Kremen School of Education and Human Development has grown long-lasting partnerships with school districts throughout the Central Valley. In close collaboration with these partners, Fresno State annually prepares and nurtures one of the largest cadre of teachers in all of California and also trains and supports sixty percent of the region’s school superintendents and educational leaders. With a return rate of eighty percent of all Fresno State’s graduates returning to the region to live and to work, more than 3 of 4 teachers in the Valley have their degrees from the Kremen School.
In the interest of improving collaboration, several superintendents from across the Valley connected for their first in-person P12 Educational Leadership Superintendent’s Advisory Council meeting. After 16 long months of COVID restrictions, it was a refreshing time to reconnect and revive interests in new projects, programming and protocols for the re-opening of the state.
- Dean Randy Yerrick, Kremen School of Education and Human Development
- Superintendent Todd Lile, Madera Unified School District
- Superintendent Bob Nelson, Fresno Unified School District
- Superintendent Eimear O’Farrell, Clovis Unified School District
- Superintendent John Campbell, Kings Canyon Unified School District
- Superintendent Wesley Sever, Kingsburg Elementary Charter School District
- Assistant Professor Jessica Hannigan, Department of Educational Leadership at Fresno State
“The goal of the P12 Educational Leadership Superintendent’s Advisory Council is to join together P12 and higher education partners to collectively invest in the success of all educators,” said Jessica Hannigan, assistant professor of educational leadership and P12 program coordinator. “This advisory council is a needed feedback loop to Kremen and a platform initiated by the Dean to strengthen our relationships and enhance partnerships with local districts. Most importantly, Kremen seeks input from our stakeholders to obtain feedback for continuous system and program improvement.”
We rely on our P12 partners for placement and collaborative support of counselors, teachers, and educational leaders and our P12 partners rely on our efforts to remain up-to-date, relevant and in touch with new developments in the state and nationally. Our P12 Educational Leadership and Administration certificate and degree are core components in their preparation.
The meeting, led by Dean Yerrick, began with a reading of an educator’s message gifted on a medallion by President Jiménez-Sandoval.
The purpose of partnerships is for the success of students. Our partners are making extraordinary strides in education. In attendance represented four California distinguished school district honorees, the third-largest school district in the state and one of eight charter elementary schools in the state. These partnerships have enhanced our teacher preparation programs and provided tools to translate theoretical learning to practical needs.
Having a strong bond with partners opens doors to endless opportunities.