08/01/10 — Summer institute to begin Tuesday

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Summer institute to begin Tuesday

By Staff Reports
Published in News on August 1, 2010 1:50 AM

Wayne County Public Schools' teachers and parents will have an opportunity this week to learn innovative approaches for student success.

Tuesday through Thursday, the district will host its fifth annual summer institute at Mount Olive College.

Theme for the free event is "Teach, Learn, Graduate."

The conference will be prefaced by a one-day event on Monday, also at MOC. "Graduate Wayne County" will feature Sen. Don Davis as keynote speaker. The day starts at 8:30 a.m. with registration, followed by Davis' address at 9:15, then presentation of graduation projects, a panel discussion and workshops in the afternoon.

Parents as well as educators are invited to the Summer Institute, where more than 85 sessions will be offered for new and veteran teachers, support staff and parents.

The three-day event will kick off with its first general session on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.

"This year's summer institute and pre-conference has a special focus on graduation, and preparing students for success in school. We encourage teachers and parents to come out and learn effective strategies to promote student achievement and help ensure our students are engaged in their education and ready to graduate," said Dr. Sandra McCullen, WCPS associate superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

Administrators say the summer institute is not only a valuable professional development and support opportunity, but it also helps educators and parents stay abreast of the latest educational strategies.

"Our district is committed to helping students be successful in school, so they can be successful in life," said Dr. Steven Taylor, schools superintendent. "This four-day event will offer local opportunities for our employees and parents to learn new and innovative concepts, collaborate with peers, and better prepare our students to graduate and be globally competitive. Even more, these professional-led sessions will be at no cost to attendees."

For a complete list of sessions or to register, go to www.waynecountyschools.org.

On-site registration will take place each morning from 8:30 until 9:30 a.m.