GradNation Wilmington Regional Community Summit

Grad NationOn December 1, 2015 we are hosting the GradNation Wilmington Regional Community Summit convened by UNCW’s Watson College of Education Dropout Prevention Coalition. This event is one of 100 GradNation Community Summits, sponsored by America’s Promise Alliance as part of the GradNation Campaign, with generous support from AT&T. America’s Promise’s goal for the community summits is to fuel local collaborative action to increase high school graduation rates.

Like our previous dropout prevention events, the focus is on awareness of solutions and what is working. At the heart of this work will be the Five Promises, the wraparound services that dramatically increase a young person’s chance of success: caring adults, safe places, an effective education, a healthy start and opportunities to help others. This event is absolutely free but you will have to register to make sure there is a seat saved for you. We expect teams of educators, non-profit and community organizations as well as parents, students, business and community members. The goal is to learn about successful programs in the region and develop action plans for area school districts.

Date and Time: December 1, 2015, 9 am- 4 pm
Place: University of North Carolina, Wilmington, Education Building Room 162
Lunch will be provided

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(Note: We can only take the first 150 spots- we predict they will go quickly)

lkjfldKeynote Speaker: Darrell Scott from Rachel’s Challenge!

Darrell is Rachel’s father and the founder of the Rachel’s Challenge program. He has spoken to over five million people in live settings around the world, not counting the millions he has spoken to through programs such as Oprah, Larry King Live, CNN, and the Today Show. He has authored or co-authored five books, and meets with politicians and educators regularly concerning issues of school violence.

Rachel’s Challenge includes a series of student empowering, educator motivating programs and strategies called the Awaken the Learner Five-step School Improvement Process that equips students and adults to create and sustain safe, caring and supportive learning environments essential for academic achievement. The programs are based on the writings and life of 17 year-old Rachel Scott who was the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999. Rachel left a legacy of reaching out to those who were different, who were picked on by others, or who were new at her school. Trillium Health Resources:  has sponsored over 120 schools in our region to include Rachel’s Challenge in their schools.

To find out more about GradNation Summits:

2015 WCE Public Speaker Series

CushnerFrances O’Connell Rust, University of Pennsylvania

The Problem IS the Practice: Defining Teacher Education in a Social Media Revolution

Frances O’Connell Rust is a Senior Fellow and Director of Teacher Education programs at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, and Professor Emeritus, New York University Steinhardt School of Education.

Her awards include the American Educational Research Association’s Outstanding Dissertation Award (1985), the Association of Teacher Educators’ award for Distinguished Research in Teacher Education (2001) and the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators’ Outstanding Teacher Educator Award (2008).

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