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Michele Norris
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Teachers Support Network Announces Advisory Board

Distinguished Group of Leading Educators to Provide Continuing Insight

PRINCETON, NJ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 02/05/2004 --Teachers Support Network (TSN ), a Princeton, NJ-based company providing schools and teachers with tools, techniques, and processes that focus on recruiting, developing and ultimately retaining highly qualified teachers through a teaching career announced the formation of a new Advisory Board.

This panel of five members, each distinguished in his field and recognized for commitment to public education, will counsel Teachers Support Network's management in the development of teacher recruiting and retention solutions. This will further enable the company to provide a well-formulated solution to meet district needs and the aspirations of those looking towards a teaching career.

Ted Sanders

Currently president of the Education Commission of the States, Ted Sanders has extensive experience as an outstanding educator at the state and national level as well as a teaching career in the classroom; chief state school officer in three states; acting U.S. Secretary of Education; and most recently, University President of Southern Illinois University. From 1991 to 1995, Ted was the Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction, and prior to that he served as Deputy U.S. Secretary of Education, during which time he also served as acting U.S. Secretary of Education, a post he held from November 1990 to March 1991. Ted also served as Illinois State Superintendent of Education, after holding a similar position in Nevada. In his classroom teaching career, he taught in Mountain Home, Idaho, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs School Districts and worked for the New Mexico Department of Education. Dr. Sanders received his Ed.D. in Educational Administration and Higher Education from the University of Nevada, Reno. He holds an M.A. in Teaching Mathematics from Washington State University and a B.S. from Wayland Baptist University in Texas.

Ramon Cortines

Ramon Cortines has had an outstanding teaching career as both a school teacher and administrator and has held numerous teaching positions at public schools. He is currently the executive director of the Pew Network for Standards-Based Reform at Stanford University. He has served as the superintendent of schools in Pasadena, San Jose, and San Francisco, California. He has served as Chancellor of the New York City Public School System.

Richard C. Kunkel

Richard Kunkel is the dean of the College of Education of Florida State University, where students are prepared for a teaching career in today’s education environment. He has also served in leadership or board positions in several teaching colleges including Auburn University (Auburn, AL), the University of Nevada (Las Vegas, NV), St. Louis University (St. Louis, MO), and Ball State University (Muncie, IN) and professional organizations centered around supporting a teaching career including the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Council of Post Secondary Accreditation. The author of numerous books and professional articles, he has also been the recipient of many grants from the United States Department of Education, the Jesse Ball DuPont Foundation, the Danforth Foundation, the Menninger Foundation, the Garvey Foundation, and the Lilly Endowment. Further, Mr. Kunkel is the former Executive Director of the National Council for Acceptation of Teacher Education and the Holmes Partnership, an organization of Research Universities in partnerships with local schools.

Arthur W. Stellar

Arthur Stellar is the Chief Education Officer of Renaissance Learning, Inc. He received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Ohio University. He has been a superintendent since 1985 in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Georgia, Massachusetts, and New York. As adjunct faculty, Dr. Stellar participated in seminars on "Urban Superintendent Preparation" at Harvard University. A published author and speaker, Dr. Stellar has written several books and articles. He has also presented at many national conferences for education organizations, such as the American Association of School Administrators, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the National Association or Elementary School Principals, the International Society for Educational Planning, and the World Council for Curriculum and Instruction, among others. He was elected President of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the Horace Mann League and the North American Chapter of the World Council of Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Stellar currently serves as Chairman of the Board for the National Dropout Prevention Network/Center.

Richard Erdmann

Richard Erdmann has been an innovative leader in the field of educational technology for the last 20 years. He has founded and managed several innovative educational technology companies focused on curriculum reform and instructional practice. He has been involved in education accountability since the early 1970's when he managed several very large performance contracts. His first education company, Wasatch Education Systems, was initially financed by school districts and pioneered many educational and technological innovations during the time he managed the company.

Teachers Support Network, incubated by Warburg Pincus LLC and funded by private investors, provides schools and teachers with tools, techniques, and processes focused on recruiting, developing and ultimately retaining highly qualified teachers

Teachers Support Network solutions are based on best practices in recruiting management and professional development, and they are consistent with the mandates of No Child Left Behind, the sweeping federal reform of education.


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