Harry & Rosemary Wong share classroom management tactics at fifth annual Effective Educators Seminar series

From left to right: William Martinez, CHSE Dean Damon Andrew, Rosemary Wong, Harry Wong


LSU College of Human Sciences & Education hosted THE Classroom Management Conference, the latest installment of its fifth annual Effective Educators Seminar series. In partnership with renowned authors, educators, and speakers Drs. Harry & Rosemary Wong, the conference was a watershed moment for educators navigating the vital and always-changing climate of classroom management.

Since this partnership's inception, CHSE has impacted more than 9,000 teachers, administrators, current instructors, coaches, and more. This year's events took place in Shreveport, Louisiana, on June 22, 2016, and Austin, Texas, on June 27, 2016, drawing attendees from all over the United States, including Michigan, Minnesota, Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, and Florida. The College introduced a new, innovative attendance option this year – a live streaming of the conference in Shreveport was available at the University Laboratory School for those who could not travel to hear the Wong’s speak.

Christen Stokely, a kindergarten teacher in Bossier Parish and LSU Online student pursuing her MA in Educational Leadership, said the Wongs’ strategies and techniques were interesting to hear as an experienced teacher.

“As I move forward and become a school administrator, I will use some of the strategies from the seminar to help new teachers with their classroom management,” she said. “There were some techniques that I had heard of before, but it was great to be reminded of them and I will continue to implement them.”

William Martinez, writer and performer, made a special appearance, sharing ideas on how to make a classroom inviting and nourishing for all students.

As the foremost authorities in the field, Drs. Harry and Rosemary Wong have spoken to more than 1 million educators and are the authors of the best-selling book in education, The First Days of School. They have enhanced the careers of tens of thousands of teachers and administrators. As an alumna of CHSE, Rosemary and her husband’s partnership has produced five installments of the Effective Educators series reaching more than 6,500 teachers in the Baton Rouge, Shreveport, New Orleans, Chicago, Dallas, Austin, and Houston areas and beyond in the last five years.

Many participants are early career teachers who walk away from the event with tips and techniques they can implement immediately with little to no financial investment. From creating a first day of school plan to eliminating discipline problems in the classroom, these early career teachers learn how to become more effective overnight giving them more confidence for the upcoming school year. Seasoned teachers leave rejuvenated with new perspectives and approaches to maximize classroom time. Administrators, staff developers, college professors, and instructional coaches also learned valuable techniques.

Rosemary Tripi Wong is a native of Louisiana who matriculated through the Jefferson Parish Public Schools. As a young, elementary teacher working in the East Baton Rouge Parish Schools, Rosemary experienced the difficulty of managing a classroom while trying to engender student learning and academic success.  As CEO of Harry K. Wong Publications, Rosemary is the driving force behind the development of the company’s educational books and tools aimed at improving the effectiveness of teachers.  She has her undergraduate degree from Southeastern Louisiana University, her Master in Education from Louisiana State University, and her doctorate from Brigham Young University. Rosemary was selected the LSU 2012 Distinguished Alumna of the College of Human Sciences and Education for her extraordinary work in education.

Harry K. Wong is an educator, educational speaker and author. His works include The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher and New Teacher Induction, as well as a variety of CD-Audio and DVD-format resources for teachers. His techniques have been adapted by thousands of educators for success in their schools and classrooms.  Dr. Wong has been awarded the Horace Mann Outstanding Educator Award, Upton Sinclair Award, Outstanding Secondary Teacher Award, the Science Teacher Achievement Recognition Award, the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award, and the Valley Forge Teacher's Medal. 

About CHSE
The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The College is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 977 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is continually working to improve its programs.

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