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Summer Conferences Inspire Attendees

For many in the field of education, summer is a time to gather with colleagues and share innovations in their practice and disseminate research findings. This summer the College of Education held two of their annual conferences, the Southeast Conference on School Climate June 3-5 at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Savannah, and Curriculum Studies Summer Collaborative June 7-9 at the Armstrong Center in Savannah. 

The Southeast Conference on School Climate was held at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Savannah

The Southeast Conference on School Climate brought together elementary and secondary educators and administrators to focus on creating better learning environments for students. Participants heard from keynote speaker Horacio Sanchez, president and SEO of Resiliency Inc., one of the nation’s leading authorities on resiliency and applied brain science. Keynote speaker Jeremy Anderson, founder and CEO of Jeremy Anderson Group, LLC shared his story of overcoming drug and alcohol abuse, repeated failure in school, a diagnosis of ADHD, and the absence of his biological father with the help of his teachers.

At the Curriculum Studies Summer Collaborative, a group of scholars in the field of curriculum studies gathered from all over the world to share their ongoing research and spark new ideas. Presenters included Shirley R. Steinberg and Denise Talia Ferro-Baszile who shared their expertise in cultural studies. Another featured speaker at the conference was a recent graduate of Georgia Southern’s College of Education, Renee Jenkins. She presented on Gullah-Geechee Music from 1970-2020, the topic of her doctoral thesis. To enhance her subject matter, a reception that featured a performance by Gullah-Geechee Ring Shouters was held off-site at Savannah’s Susie King Taylor Center for Jubilee and the Savannah Gallery of Slavery and Healing.


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