Educational Testing Service

April 17, 2011 08:00 ET

ETS, WSSU to Host HBCU Collaboration Conference on Educational Improvement

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - Apr 17, 2011) - Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) will join Educational Testing Service (ETS) in hosting a conference on improving teaching quality, student achievement and closing gaps April 17-18 at the Marriott Winston-Salem Hotel.

This will be the 16th in a series of conferences convened jointly by Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and ETS in an effort to strengthen and enhance the quality of teacher preparation, teacher effectiveness and student achievement.

The conference will focus on closing achievement gaps as well as strategies for generating resources, promoting teaching effectiveness, and inspiring higher student performance and achievement. It will examine the legal, political and financial obstacles that must be confronted in pursuit of closing achievement gaps. The broad range of topics is designed to attract educators, parents and the broad community as a means of producing new ideas and strategies.

"We are pleased to host the conference this year and are excited about engaging educators and community stakeholders in exploring topics and developing strategies to enhance the preparation of effective teachers who can meet the diverse needs of today's students," said Dr. Francine Madrey, Professor and Associate Dean for the School of Education and Human Performance at WSSU. "The conference will cover a variety of topics including pursuing state funding equity, invigorating communities to advocate for better schools, preparing students for success in school and beyond, and developing innovative approaches for communities to finance their student's college attendance."

Speakers for the conference include Wade Henderson, President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; Kent McGuire, President of the Southern Education Foundation and former Assistant Secretary of Education in the Clinton administration; David Sciarra, Executive Director of the Education Law Center, which advocates on behalf of public school children for access to an equal and adequate education under state and federal laws; and Peggy Carr, Associate Commissioner for the National Center for Education Statistics. Julienne Malveaux, President at Bennett College, will speak at the dinner on Sunday night, and Mary Evans Sias, President of Kentucky State University, is the luncheon speaker on Monday. Additional outstanding speakers include Charles Clotfelter, Professor of Public Economics and Law at Duke University and Ronald F. Ferguson, Senior Lecturer in Education and Public Policy at Harvard Graduate School of Education and Director of the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University. Chuck Wilbur, Senior Policy Consultant, and Saleem Ghubril, Executive Director of The Pittsburgh Promise, will discuss ways that communities can help shape public policy and work with schools to improve student performance. Additional presentations will be made by representatives from the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Sandy George, Principal of Mount Airy High School, and Lisa Frieson, Principal of Cummings Elementary School in Memphis, will close the conference with a panel discussion on academic readiness for college.

There is no conference registration fee, but registration is required. To request registration materials, contact or (609) 734-5641.

About ETS
At nonprofit ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and post-secondary education, as well as conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually -- including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® tests and The Praxis Series™ assessments -- in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide.

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