SOUTHEASTERN TO HOST EDUCATION SUMMIT ON THE FUTURE
OF TEACHER PREPARATION
HAMMOND – Three nationally recognized
authorities on reforming teacher preparation programs will headline a summit
meeting for statewide educational leaders at Southeastern Louisiana University’s
University Center on Friday, March 21.
Described as a “roll up your
sleeves look at preparing tomorrow’s teachers and leaders,” the full day
program is designed to impart cutting edge information on research-based
approaches for the redesign of teacher preparation, leadership development
and graduate education programs. Attending the program will be school district
leaders and educational teams from universities throughout the state.
The program will feature presentations
by Michael Fullan, international leaders in school change and dean of the
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto;
G. Reid Lyon, chief of the Child Development and Behavior Branch of the
National Institute of Child Health and President George W. Bush’s advisor
on child development and education; and Robert J. Sternberg, IBM professor
of psychology and education at Yale University and current president of
the American Psychological Association.
The leaders will make individual
presentations in three different segments and debate issues in a “Point-Counterpoint”
style. Program participants will then engage in discussion following each
session and interact with Fullan, Lyon and Sternberg.
The summit is sponsored by Southeastern
and the Center for Development and Learning in Covington in partnership
with the Office of the Governor, the Louisiana Blue Ribbon Commission for
Educational Excellence, Louisiana Board of Regents, Louisiana Board of
Elementary and Secondary Education, Louisiana Department of Education and
the University of Louisiana System.
“The preparation of teachers
must be a focal point in any discussion about reforming our educational
system,” said Southeastern President Randy Moffett. “The quality of education
that our children receive is directly impacted by the qualifications of
the teachers in the classroom. By bringing together these recognized authorities
in educational reform, we are providing our school and educational leaders
with access to some of the leading minds in education. Their presentations
will provide the basis of discussion on how we continue to improve our
The lunch program will include
a presentation by Delaine Eastin, director of the National Institute for
School Leadership. The former superintendent for public instruction for
the State of California, Eastin will present NISL’s new program designed
to help school districts prepare principals to be outstanding instructional
leaders. Also at lunch, Jeanne Burns of the Blue Ribbon Commission will
present the state’s guidelines for redesign of graduate education programs.
The three main speakers – all
members of the Professional Advisory Board of the Center for Development
and Learning – will each give summary remarks at the end of the conference
as well as a call to action for the participants.
Considered one of the world’s
leading authorities on educational change, Fullan is the author of numerous
books on educational change, including “Change Forces with a Vengeance”
and “The Moral Imperative of School Leadership.” He serves on the editorial
boards of several professional journals and has received a number of awards
for his research and service in education. He was awarded an honorary Doctor
of Education Degree by the University of Edinburgh.
In his position with the National
Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Lyon is responsible for
the direction, development and management of research programs in areas
such as developmental psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and human learning
and learning disorders. An advisor to the President on child development
and educational research and policies, he also serves as a member of the
President’s Commission on Excellence in Special Education. He has worked
at all levels of education, including serving as a third grade classroom
teacher, 12 years as a school psychologist, and more than 20 years as a
Sternberg presently serves as
president of the American Psychological Association. His research focuses
on human intelligence, human creativity, styles of thinking and learning
disabilities. Author or co-author of more than 600 publications, his books
include “Successful Intelligence,” “Teaching for Successful Intelligence,”
and the “Handbook of Creativity.” Sternberg is the recipient of numerous
awards and has received four honorary doctorates from universities in Spain,
France, Belgium and Cyprus.
Additional information on the
summit can be obtained from the Southeastern Office of the President at
985-549-5861 or the Center for Development and Learning at 985-893-7777.
THE EDGE OF CHANGE
Friday, March 21, 2003
Southeastern Louisiana University
||Educating Our Children’s Teachers
Speakers give their visions of what state-of-the-art teacher preparation
should look like in 2010.
||Leadership: THE Strategy of the Decade
Speakers tell how they would design the “perfect” school leadership
||Redesigning Graduate Education for Tomorrow’s Leaders
Speakers react to Louisiana’s new guidelines for the redesign of graduate-level
|Speakers will be available for interviews at breaks.