Southeastern offers educational summit on conditions of children, families, schools and society in Louisiana

Contact: Rene Abadie
Date: October 23, 2012

      HAMMOND – A collaborative summit meeting to discuss key issues regarding children, families, schools and society in southeast Louisiana will be held at Southeastern Louisiana University on Thursday, Nov. 1.

     Sponsored by the College of Education and Human Development with financial support from Entergy, the free program will be held in the Kiva auditorium on the 2nd floor of the university's Teacher Education Center on North General Pershing Avenue.

     The program is open to the public and is designed primarily for educators, school administrators and professionals in children's advocacy and social services. Attendees can participate in any or all of the sessions.

     Speakers will make short presentations on a variety of topics from 12:30 to 4:40 p.m. John Fischetti, dean of the college, will present a keynote address at 5 p.m., followed by a panel discussion featuring various leaders in education, government, and child advocacy service. The program will conclude with an open discussion.

     "For too long we have worked in silos across community agencies, businesses, schools, colleges, government, etc., all attempting to meet the complex needs of children and families," Fischetti said. "It is important to work together more effectively to really address the impact of poverty and other social issues that jeopardize our educational, social and economic future."

     Among the topics to be discussed are a look at educational policy in Louisiana, educational leaders as community alliance builders, classroom management, issues related to child abuse and neglect, parenting skills, bullying, and needs and interventions for children with incarcerated parents.

     The panel discussion will be moderated by Southeastern Professor of Teaching and Learning James Kirylo, who has played a major role in school reforms in Hammond. Also participating are Hammond City Councilman Lemar Marshall; Darrell Fairburn, superintendent of Washington Parish School System; Southeastern student teacher Marian Usey; attorney Lila Tritico Hogan; and CASA Chief Executive Officer Rob Carlisle.

     For more information, contact the College of Education and Human Development at 985-549-2217.

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