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LSU College of Education to Host Education Seminar Series

04/23/2012 11:45 AM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU College of Education, along with Harry and Rosemary Wong, will host “Effective Educators Seminars” on Monday and Tuesday, June 11-12, at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center. Participants will have the opportunity to learn strategies from leaders who transform schools and the lives of tens of thousands of teachers.


Harry and Rosemary Wong are the foremost authorities on creating the effective teacher and are the most sought-after speakers in education, booking conferences two to four years into the future. They are authors of the book “The First Days of School,” which has sold more than 3.6 million copies.


On Monday, June 11, school leaders will learn “How to Create an Effective School in Less than Two Years” from the Wongs and four highly successful school principals from across the country. Principals, assistant principals, school leadership teams, aspiring administrators, superintendents, board members, college professors and policy makers are invited. Registration for Day 1 is $145, with lunch included.


On Tuesday, June 12, the Wongs, with expert educator Chelonnda Seroyer, will show attendees “How to Be an Effective and Successful Teacher.” Teachers, administrators, instructional coaches, staff developers, education professors, pre-service teachers and paraprofessionals are encouraged to attend. Registration for Day 2 is $99 with a special student rate of $49 for full-time university students, with lunch included.


More information on the conference presenters and objectives follow.


In “How to Create an Effective School in Less than Two Years” the Wongs will host the day and lay groundwork for what it takes to create an effective school. Four principals will school improvement strategies that work:


  • Susan Szachowicz, of Brockton, Mass., will share how she took the largest high school in Massachusetts with high failure and dropout rates and turned it into a celebrated school featured in the New York Times, U.S. News & World Report and PBS.
  • Karen Whitney, of Sisseton, S.D., will show how she took a public school on an Indian reservation with more than 500 referrals and in two years created a school that made AYP for the first time.
  • Rose Kerr, of New York City, will show how she started a new school that became the highest ranked school out of the 1,440 public schools in New York City within two years.
  • Judy Jones, of Splendora, Texas, will show how she took a school that was rated academically unacceptable and turned it into a school rated exemplary in just one year.


Guests will leave with plans on how to create an effective school with observable results.


In “How to Be an Effective and Successful Teacher,” the Wongs, along with Seroyer, will share how effective teachers manage the classroom to improve student learning and achievement. The Wongs will share dozens of common sense, research-based, basic techniques used by effective teachers that cost nothing to implement. Teachers will learn how to manage the classroom for student learning and achievement.  


Seroyer is a high school English teacher in Madison, Ala., who was named Teacher of the Year in just four years. She is a highly sought-after nationally recognized speaker and consultant.   


Seroyer will share a classroom management plan to use when school begins and how to turn a classroom around in one hour. Participants will learn how to organize students’ space, time and materials so student learning will take place.


Attendees will learn how to eliminate discipline problems, start school the new academic year successfully the first minute of the first day, engage students so little instructional time is wasted, have a class where the students know what to do, how to do it, and when to do it, and how to quiet a class with a smile in less than five seconds. Administrators will learn how they can create a school with a culture of effective leaders.


At the end of the day, participants will leave with an action plan for starting the first day of school and the rest of the school year.


Registration for the two-day conference in its entirety is $250 and includes a VIP reception at the Tiger Den Suites in Tiger Stadium on Monday, June 11. Individuals who attend only one day of the conference may attend the reception for $25 admission.


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