Educator to Attend United Nations Meeting

Aretha Marbley has been invited to join the U.N. group Monday (Feb. 28).

Aretha Marbley

Marbley will participate in the United Nations’ discussions about partnering in order to promote access and education for our knowledge economy.

Scholars from academic and other institutions have been invited by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs Committee of the United Nations to discuss “Partnering with the Philanthropic Community to Promote Education for All.”

Aretha Marbley, a professor in counselor education in Texas Tech’s College of Education, has been invited by the president of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to join the U.N. group on Monday (Feb. 28) at its headquarters in New York.

“The College of Education is proud to have Dr. Marbley represent the college and Texas Tech University in United Nations’ discussions about partnering in order to promote access and education for our knowledge economy,” said Charles Ruch, interim dean of the college.

In an effort to explore collaborative opportunities in advancing the Millennium Development Goals for education, the event will feature discussions on innovative partnerships focused specifically on the themes of enabling access for girls and boys to complete primary education and to promote education and training for the knowledge economy, issues which are high on the agenda of the U.N.

Participating as panelists will be leading CEOs, heads of foundations, high-level representatives of the United Nations system and leading non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the U.N., will open the meeting.

The outcome of the deliberations will be shared with all U.N. member states during the ECOSOC high-level session in July.

In attendance will be ambassadors and member states delegates, representatives of U.N. organizations, corporate contributions executives, as well as leaders of private foundations, international NGOs and academic institutions.

The event is jointly organized by the U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UNICEF, UNESCO, the United Nations Office for Partnerships and the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy.

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College of Education

The College of Education at Texas Tech University offers a full range of programs, including 9 doctoral degrees, 10 master's degrees, two bachelor's degrees and numerous specializations which can lead to careers in public or private education as teachers, professors, administrators, counselors and diagnosticians.

Programs in the college are housed in three departments.

The Department of Curriculum & Instruction offers advanced degrees that prepare leaders, researchers, and professors with the knowledge, skills, and practical application experience needed to analyze, construct, and evaluate curricula in ways that create optimal learning conditions for all learners. Language and literacy, bilingual education and STEM education are just a few of the specializations offered by C&I.

The Department of Educational Psychology & Leadership consists of a diverse group of academic programs that equip students with a comprehensive knowledge of learning, motivation, development, and educational foundations. The disciplines of counseling and school psychology are housed within the EP&L department as are programs to prepare future college administrators, primary and secondary school and district leaders, as well as practical and academic educational psychologists.

The Department of Teacher Education focuses solely on teacher preparation, ensuring that teacher candidates are ready for the classroom on day one. The Teacher Education Department is home to TechTeach, an innovative teacher preparation program that puts teacher candidates into public school classrooms for a full year and requires that students pass teacher certification tests prior to entering the classroom. Various paths to teaching careers, including fast-track distance programs statewide and alternative certification options, are also housed in this department.

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