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Georgia Southern ‘New Teacher Thrive and Survive Summit’ assists new teachers with classroom management

The College of Education (COE) at Georgia Southern University is offering a day for early career teachers to recharge, reconnect and reengage. In September 2020, teachers will gather at the University’s Statesboro Campus for the “New Teacher Survive and Thrive Summit” featuring keynote speaker Ruth Herman Wells, director of Youth Change, a comprehensive professional development resource for teachers, counselors and principals.

“One of the concerns for new teachers is retention and burnout within their first five years,” said Alisa Leckie, Ph.D, associate professor and COE interim assistant dean for partnerships and outreach. “We want to ensure that teachers are getting the support they need for both their professional and personal well being and growth.”

The event will be held in the College’s classroom building, located at 275 C.O.E. Drive, Statesboro, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and will feature session topics including classroom management, motivating students, stress management and financial wellness.

The keynote address, presented by Wells, will address classroom management challenges while providing practical strategies for motivating students. Wells has authored more than 20 books on youth and child behavior and has more than two decades of experience hosting workshops for teachers and other educators .

“Classroom management is one of the concerns we hear teachers express most often,” said Michelle Reidel, Ph.D., professor of middle grades education and summit coordinator. “Especially for new educators who are really trying to find their footing in their own classrooms. It can be a challenge to build relationships with students, design meaningful instruction and meet the many demands teachers face today. We want to help by providing early career teachers with resources and tools that will assist them in feeling confident and prepared to move into their future teaching careers.”

The summit is limited to 150 registrants to ensure individual concerns of participants can be heard and discussed during the breakout sessions. Registration is $25 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Door prizes and giveaways will also be available during the summit.

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Please note!
This event has been rescheduled from its original date in March due to the changing situation with COVID-19. As the date for this event approaches, please check back on the specific event details.


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