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Texas Education Commissioner Williams slated as Symposium Keynote Speaker

The Department of Educational Administration and Foundations in the College of Education at Texas Southern University will host The Dr. Clifton M. Claye Educational Leadership Symposium Friday, November 8, 2013. The daylong campus event centers on the topic of the state of education in Houston and in the state of Texas.

Dr. Michael Williams, the Commissioner of Education for the State of Texas, will give a keynote address during the morning session about what’s happening in education at the state level. Dr. Gaye Lang, chief academic officer of the Focus Learning Academy, will speak about what makes an effective educator in today’s schools.

A panel discussion in the afternoon session is devoted to safety in schools, a major issue for parents and educators as there are increasing numbers of emergency situations happening on school campuses of all levels of education. The panel features chiefs of police from Houston Community College, Houston ISD, Rice University, Texas Southern University, and University of Houston, as well as a licensed psychologist who will speak about how students are affected by school emergencies.

“Administrators and teachers at schools need to be trained in how to handle emergency situations in our schools. Who better to teach us than the experts in the field?” asked Danita Bailey-Perry, professor and interim chair of Educational Administration and Foundations in the College of Education. “We are excited about the wealth of knowledge our students and the community can gain from these distinguished and knowledgeable individuals,” she added.

This event is open to TSU students as well as educators and administrators in the community. “This event is a huge opportunity for TSU to be seen as leaders of education in the community,” said Bailey-Perry. “Many of our students are already working in the school districts of Houston, and we are happy to provide this opportunity for professional development.”


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