GEAR UP professional development team members attend Effective Educators conference


GEAR UP Assistant Professional Development Coordinator Johnna Smith (left center) and Professional Development Coordinator Debbie Walters (right center) attended an Effective Educators conference presented by Drs. Rosemary Wong (far left) and Harry Wong (far right).
WILBURTON, OK (July 11, 2013) – Two members of Eastern Oklahoma State College’s GEAR UP team recently attended the 2013 Effective Educators Seminars featuring Drs. Harry and Rosemary Wong Training in Baton Rouge, LA.

GEAR UP Professional Development Coordinator Debbie Walters and Assistant Professional Development Coordinator Johnna Smith attended the Louisiana State University College of Human Sciences and Education second annual seminars “How to Create an Effective School in Less than Two Years” and “How to Be an Effective and Successful Teacher.”

The conference was designed to demonstrate how teachers can improve student learning by creating an effective school with effective teachers. The presenters revealed what effective practices are employed in schools that make them effective, thus leading to the successful achievement of learning goals.

Rather than a philosophy-based conference, this was a “how to” conference that focused on the qualities of an effective teacher and strategies for implementing those qualities in classrooms and schools. There were also practical and pragmatic techniques presented that can be adapted for immediate use.

The featured keynote speakers were Harry and Rosemary Wong. Additional speakers included Karen Whitney, Carolyn Copp, Merlyna Valentine, Chelonnda Seroyer and Nicholas Clement.

Dr. Harry Wong is a dynamic, motivational speaker who specializes in classroom management and student achievement. He is affectionately known as the "Rock Star of Education." He is known for his common-sense, research-based, no-cost approach to managing a classroom for high-level student success. His techniques have been adapted by thousands of educators and he is credited with renewing entire schools and rescuing countless frustrated teachers. He is the author of “The First Days of School,” the best-selling book ever in education.

“This conference was an awesome experience,” said Walters. “Teachers received valuable information on classroom management and practical strategies to use every day. It was an experience of a lifetime.”

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