SOE ECS Professor Betsy Quintero Selected as Fullbright Specialist to Macedonia

Elizabeth Quintero, Professor of Education and Coordinator of Early Childhood Studies has been invited to participate in a Fulbright Specialist grant during the month of October at the University of Skopje, in Macedonia.

The Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Pedagogy has requested contributions regarding pre-school and primary education. The Activities Requested include:

• Participate in or lead seminars or workshops at overseas academic institutions
• Consult with administrators and instructors of post-secondary institutions on faculty development
• Develop and/or assess academic curricula or educational materials
• Conduct teacher-training programs at the college/university level

Project Description

Teacher training is still a new concept in Macedonia and the school system needs vastly improved teacher practice and mentoring programs. The goal is to develop a step-by-step program that gives public school teachers the guidance and confidence to succeed as future teachers. Also, a review of U.S. pre-school and elementary school policy and curriculum would be very valuable for the department and its teachers.

Project Purpose is to develop a train the trainers approach to instill these skills into young teachers and develop the professional ongoing dialogue to build mentoring into the long-term professional career. Build a program and curriculum for university teaching staff to work with in the years to come.

For additional information please contact Elizabeth Quintero, Professor Early Childhood Education, at ext. 3306 or

California Rideshare Week Oct. 3-7

Please join us in celebrating California Rideshare Week, a statewide campaign to encourage commuters to try alternative transportation. Make a pledge today to carpool, ride the Vista bus, bicycle, walk, take a Zipcar - or any combo - for your commute to and from campus at least one day during Rideshare Week. Enter for a chance to win an Apple iPad2 and other great prizes! VCTC and the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District invite everyone who commutes to campus to “Go GREEN Ventura” by pledging to share the ride one or more days the week of Oct. 3-7, 2011.

To enter for a chance to win an Apple iPad2 and other great prizes, go to, complete the online Pledge Form, fax it to 805-642-4860 or e-mail it to to be eligible for the random drawing. Other prizes include a $100 VISA gift card and iTunes gift cards.

For more information, please contact Police & Parking Services Customer Service at ext. 8430 or visit us at the Benefits, Health and Safety Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 5,10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Malibu Hall.

For additional information contact Deanne Ellison, Community Outreach Administrator, at ext. 3151 or

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