California Educators Honor Union Pacific

Union Pacific Foundation Program Assists Public High School Principals

Omaha, Neb., February 14, 2007 – The California Association of Renaissance Educators (C.A.R.E.) has recognized Union Pacific with a C.A.R.E. award for The Principals’ Partnership, a program that provides support to public high school principals.

The award honors Union Pacific and The Principals’ Partnership "for the vision and action to assist public high school principals."

William Roberts, principal of Los Altos High School (Hacienda Heights, Calif.), presented the award to Partnership representatives Feb. 6 in City of Industry, Calif. Roberts is one of 185 public high school principals in California supported by The Principals’ Partnership.

"We want to recognize Union Pacific and The Principals’ Partnership for their unparalleled commitment to public high school principals," Roberts said. "The leadership training they’ve developed for a very complex role-the high school principal-is exciting, and we’re deeply appreciative."

The Principals’ Partnership, the signature giving program of the Union Pacific Foundation, is one of America’s premier business and education partnerships. The program supports a network of 1,000 public high school principals in 21 states. Principals exchange knowledge, best practices and resources across the network, and are supported by The Partnership’s team of nationally recognized educators. Team members also develop a customized program for each principal, working with principals on key issues they have identified as areas of concern in their schools. Professional development opportunities, including the Summer Leadership Institute conference, are offered throughout the year. There is no cost to principals or school districts for Partnership activities.

In addition, The Partnership maintains an award-winning public Web site ( featuring research briefs and case studies useful to all educators. It is estimated that The Partnership, through the participating principals, will reach approximately 71,000 teachers and 1 million students this year.
"We are excited to have public high school principals in California participating in The Principals’ Partnership for the third straight year," said Bob Turner, Union Pacific Foundation president and UP’s senior vice president for corporate relations. "Their dedication and commitment to providing an environment where quality learning can take place is admirable, and Union Pacific Foundation is pleased to support their efforts."

The California Association of Renaissance Educators is dedicated to recognizing and celebrating high schools’ academic successes. C.A.R.E. is affiliated with Jostens Renaissance. Founded by Jostens and educators in 1988, Renaissance inspires the acceptance and excitement for academics traditionally reserved for athletics. Through Renaissance, Jostens aims to increase student performance and teacher enthusiasm, and to raise the level of community participation in schools.

In addition, to the C.A.R.E. recognition, The Principals’ Partnership has been honored by state education associations in Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, and Arizona; the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Business Civic Leadership Center.

Union Pacific Foundation

The Union Pacific Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of Union Pacific Corporation. The Foundation has distributed funds since 1959 to qualified organizations in communities served by Union Pacific. The Foundation is not endowed, but is funded each year from the operating profits of Union Pacific Corporation. Much of the foundation’s philanthropic support is directed toward The Principals’ Partnership, its signature giving program. Union Pacific believes principals who are effective leaders build strong schools, which in turn produce solid citizens, workers and adults. When that happens, we all benefit.

About Union Pacific

Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America's leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country and serves the fastest-growing U.S. population centers. Union Pacific’s diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad offers competitive long-haul routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada’s rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America’s premier rail franchise.

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