Education Summit

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Monday, March 14, 2016  |  Rutgers University – Camden, Gordon Theater


The 2016 Education Summit will focus on ways to promote student engagement, increase academic rigor, and develop an environment for optimal learning. Join us for this lively look at successful teaching strategies and classroom culture from two education all-stars. 

A full conference brochure can be downloaded here.

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Kim Bearden

Co-founder of the Ron Clark Academy, Best Selling Author of Crash Course: Life Lessons My Students Taught Me, executive director and language arts teacher, Bearden has received numerous awards for her creative and dynamic teaching styles. She was chosen from over 70,000 nominations to be honored as the Disney American Teacher Awards Outstanding Middle School Humanities Teacher. The Milken Family Foundation selected her as one of 155 teachers from across the nation to receive the Award for Excellence in Education, and she was chosen from among 7,000 teachers as Teacher of the Year in Cobb County, Georgia.

Known for her creativity, Bearden passionately teaches curriculum in innovative and inspiring ways. She often teaches concepts through songs, kinesthetic games, and unique teaching strategies that motivate even the most restless learners. Her students consistently score among the highest in the state on standardized tests. Most importantly, she has proven that the required curriculum can be taught in a way that reinforces academic rigor while making learning an adventure. For the 2016 Education Summit, Bearden will speak specifically about creating a classroom climate and culture that promotes success. You can read more about Kim Bearden here.

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Dr. Lourdes Ferrer, Ed.D.

Dr. Lourdes Ferrer, known as Dr. Lourdes, is a nationally recognized scholar, researcher, author and expert in education. Dr. Lourdes grew up in a disadvantaged family in Puerto Rico and soon learned that education was the way out of the poverty cycle. This understanding led her to complete her undergraduate degree in mathematics and begin teaching. She went on to complete her Ed.D. in Leadership.

Dr. Lourdes is the author of two books, Hispanic Parental Involvement: Ten Competencies School Must Teach Hispanic Parents and Sentado en la Silla del Conductor (Seated in the Driver’s Seat). She is also the creator and leadership trainer for Navigating the American School System (NAES), a Hispanic Parental Involvement Initiative and In the Driver’s Seat (IDS), two very popular and dynamic academies for parents. Dr. Lourdes specializes in academic and non-academic issues regarding English Language Learners, Hispanic and African-American students and families. She regularly consults with school systems regarding Hispanic issues including parental involvement, assessment, and the No Child Left Behind act (NCLB).  For the 2016 Education Summit Dr. Lourdes will address achievement gaps and the importance of parent empowerment to improve student achievement. You can read more about Dr. Lourdes here.


Tickets for the 2016 Education Summit are available for purchase online using the form below. Tickets are $125 per person. A group discount for those purchasing 3 or more tickets is also available at $100 per person. Students may purchase tickets for $75 per personIf you have difficulty using this form, please click here.

If you have questions about your registration, or would like to pay by check, please contact 856/338-0966.


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