April 5, 1996
Leadership Conference April 19-20
Promoting partnerships that will increase parent and family involvement in education will be the focus of a Leadership Skill Institute at UW-River Falls April 19-20.
Parents, teachers and education students, school board members, school administrators and school-based teams are invited to attend the session at the Hagestad Student Center. UW-River Falls has been selected as one of several regional sites around the nation to host this event.
The institute is titled, "Caring for the Children We Share," and will promote a team approach to facilitating the social, emotional and academic growth of children. Don Davies, founder of the Institute for Responsive Education and Co-Director of the Center on Families, Communities, Schools and Children's Learning, Boston University, will speak at the Friday evening opening session. His topic is "Crossing Boundaries: Can We Share the Duty of Children's Learning?'
Saturday's session will open with Carol O'Connell, consultant to the Ohio Department of Education and former classroom teacher and administrator. Her session is titled, "It Takes a Village to Educate a Child," reflecting the theme of the National Educational Goals 2000.
Breakout sessions both Friday and Saturday will focus on programs throughout the state that have been successful in promoting parent involvement. Other featured speakers will include: Jane Grinde, Director of Family-School Community Partnerships for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction; and Sheryl Miller, president of the Wisconsin PTA, as well as school administrators, board members and school site-based teams.
Sponsors are the UWRF Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, College of Education Departments of Professional Studies/ Secondary Education and Counseling/School Psychology and Continuing Education Extension, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and Phi Delta Kappa International.
Participants may register for Friday evening or all day Saturday only, or for both sessions. Continuing Education and graduate credit options are available. Registration is requested by April 12. For information, call Continuing Education at 715/425-3256 or 800/228-5607.