Student Educational Association to Host First ‘Schools that Learn’ Colloquium

On March 6, the Student Education Association (SEA) will team up with the Educational Studies Department at St. Mary’s College to host the first annual “Schools that Learn” colloquium in Daugherty Palmer Commons (DPC).

The meeting will be open to the public and discuss the key issues that schools are facing at a time when the economy is suffering and the high demand for education continues.

In anticipation of a large crowd, Educational Facilitator Julia Bates from the Educational Studies Department at the College has organized a collection of distinguished personnel including 2009 Maryland Teacher of the Year Jennifer Rankin, St. Mary’s County Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano, and Dr. William Hite, the Superintendent for Prince George’s County Public Schools. St. Mary’s senior, Kelli Hill and a recent St. Mary’s graduate, Makeda Hilliard, will also speak.

The colloquium will address the pledge for increased educational funding that was laid forth in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed earlier this month. Funds from the act have allowed Maryland public schools to implement new practices that rendered promising results. Schools that continue to compete for grant funding and have yet to experience this shift in exceptional teaching and learning performance are looking for ways to improve their institutions for the betterment of their students.

“The SEA and Educational Studies intend for this event to build conversations between educational leaders, teachers, and future teachers such that they can all find common interests and create new ideas for education,” said Bates.
Lunch will be provided for ten dollars.  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. followed by the key note address at 9:15 a.m..  The colloquium will end at 2:30 p.m.

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