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Date: Thursday, September 12, 2002
Contact: Dr. Robert Fox, (808)974-7731

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawai`i Charter School Resource Center today announced the appointments of Mr. Quddus Addison and Ms. Zanette Johnson as Center
Associates. Both new associates come to the Center with extensive backgrounds in Charter School education and are expected to add strong support to the Center's programs in research and services for Hawai`i schools of choice.

Addison is currently a teacher and faculty operations chair at Hawai`i Academy of Arts and Sciences Public Charter School. His previous experience includes work with Waters of Life Public Charter School, the New Earth English Academy in Taitung, Taiwan and Addison English School in Kanazawa, Japan. He serves as secretary and member of the Board of the Hawai`i Association of Charter Schools. He has also served as a member of the Message Development Committee for the transition of the Charter Fiends National Network and Exchange Coordinator for the Hawai`i-Arizona Charter School Student Program. He has a bachelor of arts degree from Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho and attended high school in Portland, Oregon. Johnson currently works as teacher and teacher coach/evaluator at Kanu o ka Aina New Century Public Charter School, where she is the Title I and SID coordinator. She also serves as staff developer for Na Lei Na'auau

Hawaiian Charter School Alliance. Johnson's previous experience includes Cleveland High School in Portland, Oregon and Mount Madonna School in Watsonville, California. She has a bachelor of arts degree from Bowdoin College and a masters degree from Lewis and Clark Graduate School. In existence at the University for little more than a year, the UH Charter

School Resource Center has until now confined its activities to research on the unique ethnocentric nature of many of the charter schools in Hawai`i, providing advice and support to emerging Hawai`i Charter Schools. With the addition of Addison and Johnson, the Center will embark on a number of new initiatives, including a weekly newsletter for the Hawai`i Charter School community and an annual Charter School Report providing both statistics and progress reports from each Hawai`i charter school.

Johnson and Addison will also be involved in a number of current Resource Center projects, including the Leadership for Entrepreneurial Educators Project, which is conducted in collaboration with Arizona State University, the Transitional Teaching Grant in collaboration with the University of Nevada, the Charter School Incubator Project with the Ohio Charter School Resource Center and Strategies for Building Democratic Communities Conference at the University of Hawai`i at Hilo on January 25, 2003. Center co-directors Dr. Nina Buchanan and Dr. Robert Fox, whose recent studies of ethnocentric schools will appear as a chapter in "The Emancipatory Promise of Charter Schools: Towards a Progressive Politics of School Choice," being considered for publication by both SUNY Press and New Press, were enthusiastic in their praise of Addison and Johnson.

"Hawai`i is fortunate to have two such experienced and dedicated educators," Fox said. "First, they share their talents with their students and colleagues in the classroom. But, even more, Quddus and Zanette are students of education who will work with the Center to examine ways in which Hawai`i's children can better be served. We are lucky to have them aboard."

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