SOURCE: ETS

June 08, 2005 09:00 ET

Educators to Gather for Conference on Successful Schools, Successful Students

ATLANTA, GA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 8, 2005 -- Educators from around the country will gather in Atlanta June 24-28 for a conference focused on successful schools, successful students, and school improvement, ETS announced today.

The conference will be hosted by ETS, the world's largest educational measurement and research organization, and will be held at the Hilton Atlanta, 255 Courtland, NE. This eighth annual conference will give educators from across the country an opportunity to attend professional development sessions from the ETS Pathwise professional development series. In addition to the training sessions, participants will have the opportunity to discuss issues, explore new strategies, and share insights with one another.

This year's conference will cover such topics as school improvement, mentoring and induction; teacher preparation and evaluation, parental involvement, and school leadership.

Pre-conference institutes begin on the June 24 and continue through June 28. One of the pre-conference institutes will include the popular Framework Observation Program, a research-based approach to structuring the collection, interpretation and assessment of evidence about teaching. Another will offer the School Leadership Workshop Series, which centers on The Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Standards for School Leaders. Participants will come to understand how to apply the Standards, and will have an opportunity to reflect on their practice and identify and correct issues that adversely affect teaching and learning in their schools.

This year, pre-conference participants will also be able to select the Framework Leader Academy Part I or the Managing Student Behavior Minicourse Workshop, two offerings that had not been available previously.

The conference keynote speakers will be teaching and learning experts Charlotte Danielson, Dylan Wiliam and John Holloway. Danielson is the author of several books supporting teachers and administrators, including "Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching and Enhancing Student Achievement: A Framework for School Improvement." She is an educational consultant, has taught all levels from kindergarten through college, and has worked as an administrator, curriculum director, and staff developer. In her consulting work Danielson has specialized in aspects of teacher quality, teacher evaluation and professional development.

Dylan Wiliam is a widely published author and Director of the Learning and Teaching Research Center at ETS. He has been a college professor, academic coordinator and has conducted research on the role of assessment in the support of learning.

John Holloway is the author of numerous books and journal articles on school leadership. In his extensive career, John has served as teacher, college professor and high school principal. He was also a contributor to the monthly research link series for the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development.

To register or for more information about the conference please visit the conference Web site -- www.ets.org/pathwise.

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