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September 19, 2003 :: State Regents' Dahlem Appointed to National Education Team

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U.S. Education Secretary Rod Paige has appointed an Oklahoman to a national education team to help Oklahoma and other states meet certain requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Kyle Dahlem, director of teacher education and the Minority Teacher Recruitment Center for the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, joins seven other national education experts, practitioners and researchers on the new Teacher Assistance Corps. The team will provide voluntary support to states as they carry out the highly qualified teacher requirements of the act.

“During her time here at the State Regents, Kyle has done a tremendous job of helping our public colleges and universities produce top quality teachers for our children,” Chancellor Paul G. Risser said. “We are extremely pleased that the education secretary thinks so highly of Kyle and has total confidence in her abilities. We are fortunate to have her as part of our team.”

According to the No Child Left Behind law, teachers are deemed as highly qualified if they possess at least a bachelor’s degree, receive full state certification and demonstrate competency in each subject area they teach. Teachers have until 2005-2006 to become highly qualified.

Dahlem began her duties at the State Regents in Jan. 2000 after spending several years in the Oklahoma public school system. She and other TAC members will make visits to sites around the country as necessary to assist and advise departments of education on how to help teachers meet the letter of the law.