Owensboro/Daviess County will host a three-day symposium at the Owensboro Convention Center on Nov. 16-18, offering three days of sessions and workshops exploring innovations to transform education and implementing the effective principles of The Leader In Me.
Teachers, administrators and education professionals from across the region will attend these sessions, which include an in-depth review of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Be Proactive; Begin with the End in Mind; Put First Things First; Think Win-Win; Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood: Synergize; Sharpen the Saw).
A highlight of the event will be a presentation by keynote speaker Ron Clark at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday. His biography, as listed on the official Symposium website, is as follows:
Known to many as “America’s Educator,” Ron Clark is the 2000 Disney American Teacher of the Year, a New York Times bestselling author, the subject of a television movie, and the founder of the Ron Clark Academy. Ron is regularly featured on network and cable television (The Today Show, CNN and Oprah,) and was dubbed by Ms. Winfrey as her first “Phenomenal Man.” Ron Clark brings charisma, energy, and devotion to the education profession.
Ron pioneered innovative projects in rural North Carolina working with minority students in a low-wealth area. His highly effective programs garnered national attention and led to a White House invitation to be honored by the president of the United States.
In 2003, Ron Clark released the New York Times bestselling book The Essential 55 which includes his 55 expectations of students—as well as all individuals—young and old. Ron’s second book The Excellent 11 was released in August 2004 and further captured the attention of parents, educators, and students alike.
Session topics include conversations about how schools around the world are empowering students to adopt 21st century leadership skills; learning about best practices; and celebrating local schools for their successes.
Four DCPS elementary schools – Country Heights, East View, Sorgho and Whitesville – earned Leader In Me Lighthouse School status last year and are among schools that will host sessions of visiting educators eager to learn about their success.