Education conference to draw top leaders in field

Leaders in education will gather to address the state of education in Texas at the University of North Texas' Education Leadership Conference.

Hosted by UNT's College of Education, the conference is expected to draw teachers, principals, superintendents and others in the field of education to discuss the challenges currently facing public education and the keys to helping students succeed.

The conference is Nov. 13 (Wednesday) at UNT's Gateway Center, 801 North Texas Blvd.

Kozol
Jonathan Kozol

"This conference has given the university's educational leadership program a national presence," said Jimmy Byrd, associate professor of education and program coordinator. "It also provides a forum for leaders in education to meet with nationally renowned experts in an effort to gain insight into what is happening in education today."

A State of Education in Texas address will be given by Dr. Mike Moses, senior educational adviser for Raise Your Hand Texas, a nonprofit advocacy organization that works to strength public education across the state; Dr. Johnny Veselka, executive director of the Texas Association of School Administrators; and Dr. David Anthony, CEO of Raise Your Hand Texas.

Award-winning author Jonathan Kozol will give the keynote address. During the Civil Rights Movement, Kozol gave up the prospect of a promising and secure academic career, moved from Harvard Square into a poor black neighborhood of Boston and became a fourth grade teacher. He is now the country's most widely read and highly honored education writer.

Todd Whitthorne, a nationally recognized health and wellness speaker and president and CEO of Cooper Concepts, Inc., will give a presentation on the links to personal and professional success.

The conference is sponsored by IBM.

The UNT Department of Teacher Education and Administration, which is coordinating the conference, provides doctoral and master's degree programs in Educational Leadership, as well as principal and superintendent certification programs.

-Sarah Bahari