March 23, 2009
09-050

Jennifer Tanner
Communications Specialist

Expert on Education Speaks April 6

VALDOSTA - Dr. Harry Wong, a leading speaker in the field of education, will address local educators at 7 p.m. Monday, April 6, in the James H. Rainwater Conference Center.

The author of “First Days of School” and “How to Inspire Students to Achieve” will share his knowledge on the importance of educators in student achievement along with high expectations and effective instructional techniques.

With more than 33 years in the classroom, Wong developed methods for improving discipline problems, homework turn-in rates and dropout rates - methods, which he shares with teachers, principals, school administrators and board members around the world.

“Dr. Wong brings a common sense, user-friendly, no-cost approach to managing a classroom for a high-level of student success,” said Dr. Brian Gerber, professor in VSU’s Department of Middle, Secondary, Reading and Deaf Education. “Over 2,000 colleges and universities use his book, “The First Days of School,” in their teacher preparation programs, and the Dewar College of Education is one of those. We are extremely proud to be able to bring this national figure to speak to our students and area educators.”

Nearly a half million people have benefited from the award-winning teacher’s more than 3,000 lectures, which feature dynamic delivery, universal appeal and practical useful techniques for classroom success.

All local educators and education-related professionals are invited to the free event. Wong will also address VSU faculty and students at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 7, in the PE Complex. Call the James L. and Dorothy H. Dewar College of Education at (229) 333-5925.